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My Makeup Application Steps

How are you ladies doing? As I mentioned on Twitter earlier today, Shane Sparks the choreographer and judge from America’s Best Dance Crew was at the Cheesecake Factory near where I work (as me and my co-workers were there on our lunch break) so we were literally next to him and I wasn’t sure if it was him until the girl behind me asked him “Are you Shane?” and he was like “Yes, how are you?” He was really nice, but he is shorter than I imagined! I thought it was just funny how living in LA you run into so many people, including celebs or “well-known” people.

I’ve had a few readers request that I post steps as to how I apply my makeup (like what order I do things), so here is a quick pic tutorial. I do my eyes first, then apply my foundation last to brush away any fallen eyeshadow that may have gone on my cheeks or nose. If I apply my foundation first, then my eye makeup, I might make a mistake and end up applying MORE foundation to cover it up which is what you DON’T wanna do. I recommend applying mineral foundation first if you wish, when it comes to simple, less intricate looks that don’t involve dark smudgy colors such as black (smokey eye), or dark greens and purples, etc. For liquid foundation, I do the reverse. I apply it first, then set it with a powder. Then proceed to apply my eye makeup just because liquid foundation is trickier and if you mess up your eye makeup with the liquid foundation you might have to start over. It’ still do-able to apply liquid AFTER application of the eye makeup, for me it’s easier to apply it before; and IF there are any mistakes or fallen eyeshadow, I just take a fan brush or a regular brush and brush it away with transparent setting powder to avoid disturbing the rest of the makeup.

Again, this is just MY way of doing my makeup, of course everyone does their makeup differently in a different order perhaps, but this just works for me, and sometimes I like to switch things up! :)

In addition to applying my makeup, I also do the following (not pictured):

– Apply moisturizer
– Apply Primer (right now I am using MAC’s Prep + Prime)
– Apply eyeshadow base (such as a paint pot, UDPP, etc)
– Contour (cheeks, nose, jawline, but I only do this sometimes, I am usually lazy M-F since I don’t wear much to work)
– Apply setting powder (again I don’t do this regularly due to time constraints in the morning, but it’s great to use a setting powder to control oil, especially during warmer weather conditions)

Let the moisturizer dry before you apply your primer, and let your primer dry before you apply your foundation, especially if you are using mineral foundation to avoid blotches of powder on your face. Anyway, hope this is somewhat helpful, I will try and do a video tutorial on it soon as well!

Some of the products used I will do a review on shortly (as I am still in testing phase for some of them) such as the Sonia Kushuk Loose Powder in “Naked”, and so far so good, it’s great at setting makeup or just for applying under the eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow and just brush away later.

Ok go ahead and laugh, I have no makeup on at all! LOL. My co-workers say I look “less Asian” without makeup, lol.

See the big difference?

I then apply my eye makeup…also used MAC’s infamous #7 false eyelashes.

Then after, I then apply my mineral foundation over my facial primer that was applied earlier. You can also use a powder primer such as Purely Cosmetics Oil Absorb Powder.

Here you can contour your cheekbones and/or apply blush, make a fishy face! I like MAC’s “Emote” blush or MAC’s “Sculpt” Powder (PRO) for contouring the face. If you want a highlighter, NARS “albatross” is a great pick too.


What I used:

– MAC Prep + Prime
– MAC Prep + Prime Line Filler (under eye)
– MAC Skin Refined Zone Treatment
– MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30
– Sonia Kushuk Loose Powder in “Naked”
– Buff’d Mineral Foundation in “Chamois” and “Almond”

– MAC “Emote” blush for contouring
– NYX “Pinky” blush on apples of cheeks

– Anastasia Brow Whiz Pencil in “Medium Ash”

– MAC “Vex” e/s all over the lid
– MAC “Nehru” and NYX e/s in “Black” on outer-V and contour
– MAC “Femme-Fi” e/s as highlight
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
– MAC #7 false eyelashes
– UD eyeliner in “Rockstar” (Sephora Exclusive) on lowerlashline
– UD eyeliner in “Zero”(black) on waterline

– MAC “Saint Germaine”
– MAC Dazzleglass in “Steppin’ Out”

FOTD & Tutorial: Smokey Look Using “Black Ore” from the Solar Field Collection

Thank goodness it’s Friday! I am taking a half day at work today since I am leaving for Las Vegas to start the fun! So I most likely won’t post until I get back (on Sunday).

I just placed an order for some mineral foundation samples with Buff’d Cosmetics and again with Joppa Minerals in search of the perfect or somewhat close to the perfect shade of foundation. I still love Silk Naturals, but I just want to venture out again and find a foundation where no mixing is needed.

So far I LOVE the coverage of the Joppa Minerals (thanks Moi!) although the first samples I got were a tad bit TOO light. I like Fyrinnae’s, but in the middle of the day, the Superpower foundation became kinda chalky on my forehead and I hated it. So I ordered the regular foundation since I don’t need that much coverage to begin with, and also got two of their finishes to see which one I might like better: sheer and matte.

So now I am trying a few other foundations from companies I haven’t ordered from in awhile just to get back into the groove of picking the “closest one”. I think Joppa might just be the winner, but we’ll see!

In this “Black Ore FOTD”, I wore Joppa’s Mineral Foundation in “Medium Light #2″, and as you can see, it was TOO light on me. But makeup is all about trial and error! :)

Anyways, here is my look using the Black Ore pigment from MAC’s newest collection. It was very easy and simple to do and it’s a GORGEOUS color! A nice shimmery black with gold reflects, perfect for nights where you wanna be more dressy and an awesome addition to re-vamping the “smokey look”.

Not a lot of blending was needed since the smokey look is better when it’s naturally messy and smokey.

Have a great weekend gal pals!

What I used:

– Camellia Rose Skin Soothing Primer
– Joppa Mineral Foundation in Medium Light #3
– MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NC30

– MAC Beauty Powder in “True Romantic”

– MAC PP in “Soft Ochre” all over the lid
– Mad Minerals Indelible Creme Eyeshadow in “Carbon” as base for Black Ore
– MAC Pearlized Pigment Cluster in “Black Ore” on lower half of the lid (applied DRY)
– MAC eyeshadow in “Femmi-Fi” as highlight up to browbone
– Nixie Liquid Eyeliner in “Black”
– L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in “Blackest Black”
– Milani Color Brilliance Pencil in “Black” smudged on lower lashline and waterline with Q-Tip

– MAC Lip Erase in “Dim”
– MAC l/s in “Pleasureseeker”
– A touch of NYX’s lipgloss in “Beige”

Should look like this:

Blend if NESSASARY, get it??! LOL

Should look like this so far…

Then just line your eyes and apply mascara (or even falsies if you want):

FOTD & Tutorial: Black & Purple Using Milani “Shock” and Flirt! “Black Ivy”

I had a request for this look I did a loooong time ago, in which I used Milani “Storm” (black) and Milani “Shock” (purple), I sorta re-vamped the look (even wearing the same necklace!), using MAC “Carbon” eyeshadow instead since it’s a flat matte color, and “Storm” has glitter. Also this look is much more smoky, the new one is softer. I also used grey contacts as someone wanted to see how it would look…

So this is the ORIGINAL look (don’t mind the hideous eyebrows):

And here is the NEW look, I also used the Premier Primer Powder here under my mineral foundation, see how awesome it looks not having any shine?! This was even taken at the end of the day when the BF and I got back from dinner…

Yes I hate my nose…it’s all cartilage, no bone, so can’t get a nose job (sucks!), but at least I can put it all the way down to touch my lip! 😉

The outfit, I actually wore leggings with it AFTER I took this pic, and it’s not see-thru in case you are wondering, lol.

What I used:

– Meow Cosmetics Primer Powder
– MMBB Foundation in “Medium Beige”

– MAC Blush in “Fashion Frenzy”

– MAC “Rondelle” e/s all over lid
– Flirt! e/s in “Black Ivy” on lower lid above crease
– MAC “Carbon” e/s on outer-v
– Milani “Shock” contoured on top of Black Ivy and Carbon
– MMBB “Highlights” as highlight

– MAC l/s in “Snob”
– MAC Dazzleglass in “Baby Sparks” (not released yet)

Step 1: I applied MAC “Rondelle” e/s all over the lid from my Gentle Fumes Quad from the Smoke Signals Collection.

Step 2: Apply “Black Ivy” on the lower half of your lid just above the crease, it’s a nice matte charcoal dark grey color, one of my favs!

Step 3:
Then take Milani “Shock” and using a BLENDING BRUSH, tap some on the tip of your brush and apply it using windshield wiping motions on top of the black (think like a rainbow where it’s one color on top of another).

Step 4: Apply highlight.

Should look like this:

Step 5: Add your eyeliner (if you wear e/l), and mascara.

FOTD/Tutorial: Black & Gray Smokey Look

I had a lot of questions regarding my last post on the primer, most of your answers were actually mentioned IN the post, it DOES contain silicone (hence the ingredients “dimethicone” and Silica), it has a gel-like consistency, similar to that of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and I recommend using your moisturizer first, let it DRY, and then apply your primer. This avoids blotchiness of your mineral makeup. And YES it can be used with liquid foundation as well!

What I used:

– Camellia Roes Skin Soothing Primer
– MMBB Mineral Foundation in “Medium Beige”

– Jordana Blush in “Stardust”
– MAC “Strada” Blush
– MAC MSF in “Gold Spill”


– MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” (as base and all over the lid)
– MAC Silver Pigment on inner corner of the lids
– MAC “Cumulus” eyeshadow on middle of the lid
– MAC “Silver Ring” eyeshadow on outer-V and contour
– Indelible Gel Eyeliner in “Black Out”
– Lancome Mascara Base
– Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
– No name brand Kohl eyeliner smudged on lower lashline and waterline

– Milani Lipstick in “Dolce Vita”
– AVON “Latte” Lipgloss

Step 1: Apply “Soft Ochre” Paint Pot all over eyelids.

Step 2: Apply “Rondelle” eyeshadow all over the lid.

Step 3: Apply MAC “Silver” Pigment on the inner corners of the lids.

Step 4: Apply “Cumulus” eyeshadow and “Silver Ring” on outer-V and contour.


I also got my Lancome haul, which disappointedly didn’t suit my taste, so it’s going back! They look pigmented, but ALL the lipsticks were SHEER!

I also got an Amuse Palette that was sent to me, very well pigmented, haven’t played with it yet…

FOTD- Soft Greyish Black, yet Natural Look

I wanted to try a soft grey/black look that would bring out the eyes yet not as overpowering as a smokey look. I still wanted to keep a natural, fresh-face look. Many of you asked what my Silk Naturals Ratio is, I honestly don’t use that formula, I just pour all of the white powder in the jar and start testing from there by adding about 3 or 4 scoops of the Warm Gold.

What I used:


– Pure Naturals Green Tea Moisturizer
– Laura Geller Spackle Face Primer
– Silk Naturals Mineral Foundation


– Milani Blush in “Luminous” (similar to NARS “orgasm” blush)
– MAC Beauty Powder in “Drizzlegold” as highlight.

– MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly”
– Everyday Minerals eyeshadow in “Bundle Up” (all over the lid)
– MAC eyeshadow in “Vex” (all over the lid)
– MAC eyeshadow in “Knight Divine” (outer-V and contour)
– Milani eyeshadow in “Storm” (outer-V and contour)
– MAC eyeshadow in “Carbon” (outer-v)
– Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil in “Blackest Black”
– Laura Mercier Mascara

– Rosebud’s Strawberry Lip Balm
– MAC Lipstick in “Snob”
– Sally Hansen Diamond Lipgloss in “Champagne Toast”

Funky face time!