The April 2018 Darkroom Chronicles is published.
The daffodil fields are the first sign of spring here in the Skagit. As of a couple days ago, they were in full bloom. The tulips will be blooming by mid-April. In this issue we introduce our new and edgy series Efflorescence. Shot on location in the daffodil fields with local artist April Grossruck. Assunta continues her series – The Not So Secret Makeup Secrets with Lips. Russell gives some editorial advice on visiting the tulips. Ciao for now!
The Not So Secret Makeup Secrets – Lips
Hello Everyone!! We are going through a phase of duck lips and Angelina Jolie’s enormous lips as being sexy and admired. To each its own of course, and if you are one of the many who thinks needs bigger lips but is smart enough not to take it off the top, you will find my little “secrets” below interesting and helpful.
Today I am going to talk about Lips…The puckers that look awesome when puckered…and a way to make them “puckerer” without resorting to botox or aggressive enhancements.
Below, I’ve listed some easy to follow steps.
Brush off flakes. Because flaky lips reflect less light, a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller. To get rid of flakes, brush them lightly with a paste of honey and brown sugar ( I keep a small premade amount in a plastic container in the shower, its ok to use everytime you shower, just be gentle when scrubbing). The scrubbing also boosts circulation, giving you a rosy tint sans makeup.
Dab lip gloss in the middle of your lips. Using clear lip gloss or a shade close to your lipstick color, apply a dab of gloss onto the middle of both of your lips. The shimmery product picks up light, making your pout look fuller.
Overdraw your lip line. Whether you believe Angelina Jolie’s mega lips are from makeup or special ~enhancements~, there’s no doubt that she uses lip liner to make them appear bigger. To try it yourself, use a lip liner that matches your lipstick, and trace just slightly outside your natural lip line. Fill your lips in with lipstick, or just use the liner for your whole pout. Use concealer to hide your lip line for an even bolder look.
Avoid dark lipstick. Rocking a nude or pale pink pout isn’t just trendy — it’ll make your lips look naturally larger. Dark colors flatten the appearance of your mouth.
Try a lip balm known for really maxing out your lips. That’s right: The proper product can go a long way with creating the look of fuller lips that are soft. As always, stay away from petroleum based balms, read labels or you might end up doing the opposite of what’s desired.
There you have it…not much of a brainer but they are my “secrets” to a poutier look. Hope you find this article informative and fun and that you will try out the above suggestions.
Thank you for reading and may the lip god be with you!
Assunta Napoleone Makeup
EYELINER – The Eyes Have It.
How many of you wanted to create perfectly lined eyes? That task gets harder as we get older, but it can be made easy…read on..
Knowing how to apply the eyeliner is one of the basics of makeup, so if you love makeup, you eventually learn how to do it. I am no exception! When I feel lazy and don’t feel like doing myself up too much, I like going all out on my eyeliner. We’ve broken this potentially scary tasks into steps so that it’s easy to understand.
- Eyeliner (with an eyeliner brush if required)
Before we talk about how to apply the eyeliner, we must go through the basics of the types of eyeliners out there that you can use.
Types Of Eyeliners
Although this may seem intimidating at first, this is probably going to become your best friend if you love those cat eyes. I, for one, swear by it. They usually come in pots, so you’ll need to use a brush for it.
A liquid eyeliner is best for precise application. These liners come in two types of packaging, a tiny vial-like bottle with an extremely fine and precise dipping brush, and a marker type pen with a felt tip. If you’re a beginner, then I suggest you go for the latter one. I for one do not care for this type and suggest it only if you have no lines around the eyes.
This type of eyeliner is usually the first one we all started out with. It’s best used to line the water line and also to create a smokey look.
How to create an even line;
Start with an angle brush, pretty much like a brow brush. Pick up some pigment from your eyeliner putty, gel, pencil, or eye shadow, start from the corner of the eye right above the top lashes, tap, tap, tap, all the way to the part next to the nose, adding more pigment as needed, then, again, from the outer corner to the inside corner of the eye, follow that tapping line with a long line of pigment, blending the tapping line together…Voila’…THE perfect line! Now if you are free of wrinkles around the eyes then anything will do, any technique will work, if you are not as fortunate like I am…well…where there is a will…the above step will work wonders.
This is a step that is quite overlooked, but is, in fact, the most important step. After cleansing your face, apply a moisturizer for the face and an eye cream around the eyes. The eye cream helps with premature wrinkles and evens out any redness or discoloration near the area.
To achieve an even and clean base, apply a small amount of eye primer on the eyelid, under your eyes, and around the general eye region where any kind of eye makeup would go. The primer’s main job is to make the skin smoother so that it becomes easier to apply makeup. This will give you a flawless finish and also keep the makeup in place for a long time. Apply a concealer on top of the eyelid and the under eyes. Blend it well, and make sure to set it with a setting powder.
Now comes the main part – the eyeliner. You can either use the brush that comes with it or buy one. Start with a line above your lashes. Make sure you use small lines and strokes. It’s always better to build it up. If you make it too thick, you might create a mess out of it, so keep the strokes small. Once you are satisfied with one eye, do the same with the other one. Try to keep it as symmetrical as possible.
Now you have your basic eyeliner done!