Art of Makeup With Jose Luis & Guerlain Un Soir A L’Opera, Christmas 2014 Collection

Remember in my previous post where I have shared the tips and techniques of using Guerlain Abeille Royale? In this post, I will be sharing in creating Guerlain’s Christmas 2014 Look guided by Jose Luis Yuve using Un Soir A L’Opera which is Guerlain Christmas 2014 Makeup Collection. I have remained my eye makeup when I attended the workshop, pardon my brows, eyeliners and mascara.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014

Image Courtesy of Guerlain

‘A night at the Opera is a night of celebration. Guerlain’s 2014 holiday collection rejoices in the radiance and beauty of this magical experience while paying homage to its classic Coque d’Or perfume. First launched in 1937, Jacques Guerlain created Coque d’Or as a tribute to the opera as well as to his friend Diaghilev, the founder of the Russian Ballet.

Coque d’Or’s sensual breathtaking bottle was comprised of dark blue Baccarat crystal and finished with a thin golden layer. It drew its shape from the bow, worn by men on gala evenings and in the ballerinas’ hair. According to the legend, this ribbon offers the secret of grace and eternal seduction to those who possess it.’

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Super Aqua -Serum BB Hydra

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra++

‘At the heart of Guerlain’s Super Aqua-Serum, a bestseller for the last 25 years, lies Aquacomplex, which purifies cellular water* to improve its circulation, restore a youthful appearance and provide skin with powerful age-defying hydration.
The first BB Cream infused with Super Aqua-Serum, this true Beauty Balm delivers, in a single step, instant and long-lasting hydration (12 hours)**, smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines, and evens out the complexion. This subtly-tinted, feather-light texture protects the skin from both UV rays and dehydration while perfecting the complexion for a naturally radiant glow. Comes in two shades: “”Light”” for pale to medium complexions and “”medium”” for medium to dark complexions.

*In-vitro tests ** Instrumental test – results 12 hours after application.’

After all the nourishing skincare, it’s time for some coverage to create flawless canvas. Jose reminded our foundation acts as our second skin, therefore it should not be thick but adequately to brighten up that complexion. Start with the Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra++, squeeze an adequate amount, warm up between the fingers to melt the product, dab all over the face and blend evenly. I definitely love this BB cream for it’s light texture and with just a small amount, it gives a very good coverage and blends easily.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Lingerie De Peau Foundation Compact

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Compact Foundation

‘Guerlain invents the most perfect second skin with an all-in-one product. Lingerie de Peau Compact combines the powdery melt-away feel of foundation with the creaminess of a concealer to create a perfect complexion with a spectacular natural finish. Its secret: hyaluronic acid, encapsulated in the Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, continuously captures and maintains water on the skin’s surface.
The “little nothing” becomes everything… The face regains its luminous freshness and full plumpness. Hold and comfort are irreproachable all day long.
The six shades of the range leave a glowing, long-wearing tone that leaves the skin looking natural. The concealer, in a tone lighter than the shade, fuses perfectly with the skin’s natural tone. SPF 20 – PA+++’

Dust lightly over the skin with this foundation to set it for a longer lasting flawless canvas. Again, the foundation shouldn’t be thick and the powder should be applied lightly over the BB cream.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Brows

Brows defines our eyes and without brows, it will definitely make us look pale. Jose shared the basic techniques to identify selective points to identify the brow shape. Use something thin and straight such as pencil or brush handle as your pointer.

First point would be the start of the brows. Use your pointer, lean at the sides of your nose, across your tear-duct and over the brows, that would be the start of the brows. Second point would be the arch of the brows. Use your pointer again, lean at the sides of the nose, across the outer of your iris and brows, that would be your arch. Lastly, the end of the brows. Use your pointer again, lean at the sides of the nose, across the outer corner of your eyes and brows, that is the end of your brows.

Draw accordingly following your pointers light-handed as you want to create soft natural brows. Ensure to blend the brows with a brush to soften those drawings.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Petrouchka Palette Eye

Guerlain Petrouchka Palette

“The refinement of an exceptional palette to slip into your evening bag.
The case is adorned with a precious red fabric bow which can easily be transformed into a delightful bracelet or a hair tie.
The must-haves for a sophisticated beauty look: five finely iridescent eyeshadow shades and four matte or pearlescent blushes.”

On the first glance of the palette, it looks like an ordinary palette and later did I know, the palette is actually magnetically secured with another blusher quads underneath of it where I will have a photo of it for blush application.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Tutorial

Let’s get into the eye makeup and I do have my eye brows, eyeliner and mascara done before I come to this workshop. The name of the eye shadows are following as labelled in the previous photo.

  1. Apply on the crease with Deep Gold with circular motion bringing forward to the inner eye lid and ends with circular motion. Repeat the steps until you get the your desired saturation.
  2. Apply Gold on the middle of your eye lid and gently blend in with Deep Gold that was applied on the crease.
  3. To create that deep set eyes, use Black Gold to apply at the outer corner of the eye lid. Blend in circular motion and bring forward to the middle of the eyelid.
  4. Select Light/Yellow Gold, highlight at underneath the brows and inner corner of the eyes.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 The Eye Pencil

Guerlain The Eye Pencil

“A demanding expert, Madame wants it all! An all-in-one pencil capable of transforming her eyes’ expression in an instant, bending to her every whim at any time… The perfect eye contour pencil thanks to its clever combination of silky smooth waxes, luminous polymers and intense pigments, the Eye Pencil pairs high-impact colour with a vinyl shine.

Like a kohl pencil with the softness of a gel, it frames the inner eye with an intense, stay-true line. Long-lasting, no-transfer and water-resistant, it unfailingly withstands heat and tears of emotion.

Carefully considered down to the smallest detail, it is even retractable to deliver its fine pencil as needed, until it is finished.”

Redefine eyes with lining on the upper lash line, finish off with high wing out to create that cat eye look. This eye liner is creamy with dark pigmentation, not as easy to glide on as I would imagine plus with the pencil sharpness, it was challenging to create that cat eyes liner.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Cils D'enfer Maxi Lash

Guerlain Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash Mascara

‘A charming trump card and an irresistible weapon of seduction… Maxi Lash dresses up, intensifies and enhances the eyes.
Its extraordinary formula ensures breathtaking volume, curl and hold. Its secret? The combined action of three polymers: the first is coating, the second is softening and the third is setting. From the very first stroke, they act together for a simultaneous result in order to plump up and curl the fringe of lashes in a lasting and even way.’

Pump up those lashes with more volume and curl to finish off the eye makeup. I applied this mascara over my lashes (which already applied with my lashes) in zigzag motion with no worries in clumping them. No matter how many times I have layered it over my lashes, it does not clump at all. It darkens my lashes and bring them even higher whereby you could how high my lashes are lifted as though I’m wearing falsies.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Perles D'etoile Light Revealing Pearls of Powder

Guerlain Perles D’etoile Light Revealing Pearls of Powder

‘Crafted entirely in golden metal, it features the famous bow inspired by Coque d’Or sculpted on the lid.
The legendary pearls are available in blend of six light and radiant tones has been specially designed to enhance the complexion after nightfall under the lights of evening.’

Bring the glow and radiance of the skin with Guerlain Perles D’etoile Light Revealing Pearls of Powder. This powder will not give you a disco ball shine but sufficient to bring more light to your skin.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Perles D'etoile Light Revealing Pearls of Powder Technique

The Guerlain way of applying Guerlain Perles D’etoile Light Revealing Pearls of Powder. This technique is simply easy where you start at the forehead towards the temples, over the cheekbones, to the bridge of the nose, bringing down towards the nose crossing the cupids bow, lips and lastly end on the chin. Repeat the same on the other half of the face mirroring the same shape. Notice that the shape its actually a ‘G’? It is the Guerlain’s signature G where Jose is using.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Petrouchka Palette Blush

This are the quads of blusher in Guerlain Petrouchka Palette where is consist of 2 shimmery and 2 matte blushers. Their shades are light pink, rosy and plum shades. Using the same technique as Jose, swirl the brush over all of the blushers and gentle apply over the cheeks.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Rouge Parade

Guerlain Rouge Parade

‘Ready to go out, the exceptional lip colour is adorned in red lacquer, set off with a golden charm and mechanism. As precious as a jewel, the aptly named 820 Rouge Parade delivers a luminous red bullet. It is the shade worn by Natalia Vodianova in the campaign visual, attracting every eye from her balcony.’

Red lipsticks is a must for the Parisian nights. Jose also shared a little tips which shades of lipsticks to wear according to the color of your clothing.

  • Dark colored clothes – Red lipsticks
  • Light colored clothes – Orange tone lipsticks
  • Low profile clothes – light lipstick

Lipstick plays an important role to match the overall makeup. If wrong shade is selected, you may end up overly done or pale.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Rouge Parade Technique

Jose also shared how lip shapes would determine the character. Rounder shapes would give a sexy look and sharper edge gives an elegant look.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Coque D'or Perfumed Shimmer Powder Body & Hair

Guerlain Coque D’or Perfumed Shimmer Powder Body & Hair

“For the first time since its creation, Guerlain has reproduced Coque d’Or’s original bottle and reinterpreted it in gold-lacquered glass.
With a mere press of the bulb, the twirling, airy powder enfolds the hair and “décolleté” in a delicate sparkling veil. subtly scented with Coque d’Or’s legendary chypre notes, recomposed in an exclusive variation. “

Finish off with Guerlain Coque D’or Perfumed Shimmer Powder Body & Hair to add more outstanding glimmer. This can be applied over the face as well as over the body and hair. I love this as it is easy to use by pressing over the bulb where the powder sprays evenly over the surface and at the same time, giving that beautiful scent.

Guerlain Un Soir A L'Opera Makeup Christmas 2014 Look

This is the final look for this Christmas 2014 and you could also use this for New Years. This look is beautifully elegant. As long as you ensure that you blend the colors well, your makeup will look as though it was professionally done.

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black With Triple Winged Eye Lining Tutorial

Don’t you wish your eye liner is hot like mine? Eye liner is essential in completing the eye makeup as it helps to redefine the eyes. Most of the time we do face the problem of imbalance eye lining, it all depends on technique and the product used. In June this year, Maybelline has came out with a new eye liner with great precision, Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision.Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black

‘From the No. 1 eye liner brand in Malaysia, Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision gets even more precise and exact. With a tip that is only 0.01 (a first in Malaysia from Maybelline New York),, you now have a better control when lining your eyes with Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision. This fine tip offers lasser precision to create the lined look you want. This way, you can fill in even the smallerst gaps between lashes to create a more exact finish.’

FEATURES YOU WILL LOVE:

  • 0.01mm precision

Ultra-precise with the thinnest brush tip ever

  • 24 hours smudge-proof

Lines doesn’t smudge even in humidity and sweat

  • Easy removal 

Comes off quickly and effortlessly when you want it to’

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black Applicator

Previously, Maybeline did the same eye liner and this eye liner is different from it as this promises great precision, ease of use, smudge-proof and easy to remove. As you can see here, the tip of the eye liner is sharp and it is made of synthetic bristles yet it felt soft by application.

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black Swatch

The shade that I have in hand is soft black and from the swatch, it is quite a soft black color with tint of browns. The outcome reminds me of what we could get out of Japanese eye liners. They look pretty similar.

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black - Triple Winged Eye Lining With Big Eye Effect

I tend to play around with this eye liner since it gives a much more softer touch to the look and I could not hesitate to either double or triple eye lining. I did get compliments from my colleagues that this technique gives a very cute look to the eye makeup and I would to share how to achieve this look with a few simple steps.

  1. Line beginning from the inner corner of the eyes.
  2. Extend the line at the end as to create a wing.
  3. Draw another wing above the initial wing.
  4. Repeat the same step again above the second wing.
  5. Draw small triangles at the bottom lashes like so.
  6. Finish off with mascara and done!

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision in Soft Black - Traclyn Yeoh

It may seem dramatic on the closeup but because of the soft touch of the shade, it makes it less prominent and tend to blend in naturally once mascara is applied on both upper and bottom lashes.

Above all…

I like this eye liner! I could achieve real thin line with this eye liner plus I could fill in the gap in between lashes. The bristles of the eye liner brush felt soft and glides smoothly during the application. I have been using it for a week now and yet to experience any irritation. However, it does claim to be smudge-proof from weather and sweat but it can be rubbed off easily and there is a time I accidentally rubbed at the outer corner of my eyes. Oh yes, that is what happened and some part of the eye liner went missing. Nevertheless, this is still a good eyeliner and just got to be careful not to rub your eyes.

Price: MYR35.90

Availability: National leading pharmacies, selected departmental store and super/hyper markets

PROs:

  • Smooth application, glides easily
  • Thin and precision line
  • Does not irritate my eyes

CONs:

Easily rubbed off

My Rating: 4.9/5

 

~ ♦ ~

This eye liner was provided by Maybelline for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Simple Daisy Nails Tutorial

The weather is cooling down with rains and cloudy days. On the west side of the globe, its transitioning to fall season. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear cute pastel shades on your nails. I’m not sure if it works for you, looking at pastel colors somehow brightens and lightens my day. This nail tutorial is rather simple, having sky blue shades with tiny detail of flowers and I’d like to call it Simple Daisy Nails.

Simple Daisy Nails Tutorial - What You'll Need

What you’ll need,

  1. Base coat
  2. Baby blue nail polish
  3. White nail polish
  4. Yellow nail polish
  5. Top coat
  6. Dotting tool or any rounded tip for dotting patterns

Simple Daisy Nails Tutorial - How To

  1. Apply base coat all over the nails.
  2. Apply baby blue nail polish all over the nails.
  3. Use your dotting tool and dip into the white nail polish then create 5 dots at the corner of your nails to resemble the petals.
  4. Clean your dotting tool and dip into the yellow nail polish. Dot it at the center between the white petals created earlier.
  5. Allow it to dry and seal everything with top coat.

Simple Daisy Nails Tutorial 2

 

My white nail polish is a little thick and it tend to get stringy when I created the petals but it doesn’t look too bad. I create additional daisy on my thumb for another corner of my nail bed. For some reason, the daisy does look like a bulls eye egg to me, LOL!

Simple Daisy Nails Tutorial 3

This nail art is rather simple, easy, cute, feminine and delicate that anyone could do it. Hope you enjoy this simple tutorial and if you have tried this, don’t forget to share it with me either in Facebook or Instagram. I’ll be happy to see your work!

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Malaysia Flag Nails Tutorial & Happy Independence Day!

Malaysia Independence Day is here and just to show some patriotism, I’m back with another nail tutorial having Malaysia flag nails!  It’s really simple and fun design but slightly time consuming. Not going to rant more, let’s rock into the tutorial.

Malaysia Flag Nails Tutorial - What You'll Need

  1. Base Coat
  2. White Nail Polish
  3. Royal / Dark Blue Nail Polish
  4. Bright Yellow Nail Polish
  5. Red Nail Polish
  6. Top Coat
  7. Small Tip Brush

Malaysia Flag Nails Tutorial - How To

  1. Apply base coat to avoid nail discoloration.
  2. Apply white nail polish on thumb, ring finger and pinkie.
  3. Apply blue nail polish on the index and middle finger.
  4. Use red nail polish and create horizontal stripes on white nails.
  5. Repeat the same but create vertical stripes on the thumb.
  6. Use the fine tip brush, dip into yellow and draw a crescent on the index finger and star as many points, best to hit 13 points.
  7. Seal everything up with the top coat and you’re done!

Malaysia Flag Nails Tutorial 2

When you’re done you can see how the stripes on the thumb comes along when you put them together like this. My crescent and star is not as finely drawn because it can be tricky during that step when you want to ensure the opacity of those shapes.

Malaysia Flag Nails Tutorial 3

Simple isn’t it?  Hope you enjoy this tutorial, the holidays and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh