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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Hook-up

Getting the Holiday Hook-up with Make-up is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1,) Smoldery liner. Everyone dreams for thick lashes and a defined lash line, but sometimes lining the eye too thick takes away your lid space and makes the eye look heavy. Now you can have “it” (thick, defined lashes) and eat your cake too (have an open lid space). First, you need an eye pencil that has been tested to be safe for the waterline. Then, take your eye pencil and line the upper waterline, even in between the lashes. This creates a thicker line defining the eye and lashes without taking up the lid space. Voila! Naturally enhanced liner and lashes!

2.) Curvatious Cheeks. The winter brings more than snowy white tree tops as most of us find our tans fading to a level somewhere between “pale golden” and “snow white”. This is when contouring comes into play. Choose a lightweight powder in a shade 1-2 levels darker than your skin tone. Apply in a line from the top of your ear toward the tip of your nose, following your cheek bone. Dust off, your brush and take a second pass over the edges with a circular motion to diffuse all lines. Apply blush as normal and enjoy a curvier more sculpted you.

3.) Lavish lips. The easiest way to make a statement is with great lips. This seasons runway shows made a statement with everything from rich sherbet to crimson red. The secret is prepping the lip. Use a primer around the edge of the lip; ensuring to pass both on and over the lip line. Once set; line your lips starting from the outside edges in (this gives a fuller look). Once you’ve lined the lips fill in a bold lip color using a lip brush, working your way from the edges of your lip inward. Lip brushes are your friend when it comes to getting a lot out of your lipstick. Matte lips are in, so don’t feel the need to slather on the gloss. If you choose to gloss it up, go light and stay in the center.

Happy Holidays, you Devil you…..

Monday, November 30, 2009

Give more this season...

Do you want to give a gift that says more, means more and helps others....

This scarf was made by Unique Batik. They work with craftswomen in Guatemalan and Ghanian villages to create beautiful bags and jewelry out of materials native to the area. These eco-friendly and unique products give fair and dignified employment to impoverished women.

Come to "LIVE OPEN MARKET" DEC 5 & 6th at
Cornerstone Church 348 N. Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA.

The Perfect "little black" pump

Little black dress....Check!

Little black shoes....?

Check out the super sleek Brian Atwood Maniac heel which has celebrities stepping out in style.  January Jones, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Cavallari and Eva Mendes have all picked up a pair.  It's no secret why as the hidden platform secretly lifts the legs giving you ultra-gorgeous gams.

Words of wisdom, "Act Quick" the super cute "Nude" version is already out of stock....

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Winter comes early to Bloomingdale's San Francisco

This October I had the pleasure of witnessing what was probably the most elaborate Holiday Event MAC Cosmetics has ever done.  The intricacy of animation was fantastic and boy was it alive.  From Hula Hooping to Beach Balls to playing twister, everyone was invited along in the fun.  As passerbys gazed at the magic some would dare to participate.  From the youngest to the oldest there was no one immune to the mirth.  Several times throughout the day when crowds of shoppers gathered so would two giant bubbles, containing inside them real people.  Rolling to and fro the 2 bubble boys danced their hearts out.  They occasionally caused a little mischief by instigating a dance battle with each other. This event will definitely go down in the record books of many a MAC addict.  When is the last time you went to the make-up counter...you could be missing out!

Couture Fashion Week is coming to New York

What: Couture Fashion Week
When: February 2010
Where: Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York Feb12-14, 2010
Who: Fabulous fashion followers and delectable designers includi ng Amal Sarieddine, Ruben Campos and Dedret Taciroglee
Since 2003 this event has been making headlines in the couture fashion world.  This year Producer Andres Aquino has an impressive lineup of Designers, Entertainers and Luxury Exhibits.  Be sure to get your tickets soon for one of the shows or the ball happening on February 13th.

Happy Halloween Fashion fans!

Whatever your costume is this Halloween, let fashion inspire you!

Happy Halloween!

Fashion That fits like a glove...or watch..or handbag...

When visiting New York I always like to stop off at Bergdorff Goodman, where the displays are sure to spark seeds of inspiration. I was not disappointed, as I entered the store, on this cold September day as I found myself in a fashion show of marvelously dressed mannequins.
Maybe it was the lingering high of fashion week or the double cappuccino I'd just had, but this collection had me jittery with excitement. May each piece bring you just as much joy as it did me!
For more inspiration visit http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The holy water of the fashion world....

She's got sass... Gucci’s Frida Giannini understands the essence of modern sexiness so well, she’s bottled it The New York Times April 12, 2009 by Edwina Ings-Chambers It’s only the second time I’ve met Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, and I’m late. Oh, the horror! The mortification! It’s my own fault. I turned up at Claridge’s assuming that a designer of her standing would have taken over a fancy suite for her interviews. So I head straight to reception to ask for her, and am directed upstairs — to the wrong room. The door is answered by a bleary-eyed member of the general, non-fashion-designing, public. More mortification. It turns out that Giannini, 36, is sitting downstairs in a corner of the breakfast room being decidedly ungrand. She greets me warmly with two kisses. “How lovely to see you again!” No hint of irritation. No mention of the time. Just an open, friendly smile. This, it quickly transpires, is typical. She is the epitome of calm — so much so that I ask her if she’s a yoga devotee; she isn’t, but she does have a trainer who comes round to her home in Rome at 7.30am three times a week “to do exercises for the back, for my posture, because I’m always like that . . .” She hunches over. All her apparent calmness belies the fact that she’s a very busy woman. Her London schedule, before whizzing to China in 10 days’ time, includes interviews to talk about the new fragrance, Flora (inspired by the print she famously revived from the Gucci archives when she headed up the accessories section under Tom Ford), as well as overseeing the shoot for the new advertising campaign and hosting a party for the refurbished Gucci store in Sloane Street — gone is the black decor of the Ford era, in is a golden hue. Gold, I say, seems to be an important colour for her. “It’s warm,” she says, laughing. “I looked at the archives from the 1920s and 1930s, and there was a lot of gold, so I wanted to bring it back to life.” It is also the colour of the Gucci woman. Her catwalks, for instance, are usually strutted by models with long, wavy golden hair (her own is similar, although usually straight), sun-kissed skin and smoky eyes; it’s almost as much a part of the Gucci look as the clothes — neat trouser suits, short dresses, colourful prints. She laughs again — something she does a lot of. “Make-up and hair are definitely so important to the final look, the final story. And it’s important, from season to season, when telling a different story, that there is a link in the communication,” she explains. “It’s a reflection of a very confident woman — strong, independent — and something that is a message of our generation. That’s why I think it’s very appropriate for Gucci.” So appropriate, in fact, that she is even keen on the idea of a Gucci cosmetics line. “I would love to. We are discussing plans and we will see. I already have the packaging I want in my mind.” Dressed in black (a Giannini trademark) from her ankle boots and leggings to her draped batwing top, but topped off with a splash of colour, courtesy of a large printed shawl wrapped around her neck, she looks, as you’d expect, the epitome of the modern-day Gucci girl. Yet it is also the beloved image of almost every career woman, from here to Beijing, who juggles work with a private life (Giannini is married), travel and a love of fashion. All of which is perhaps why, under her stewardship, Gucci is booming, with a turnover of $2.2 billion (£2 billion). That ability to speak to real women means that Giannini’s fashion shows are often criticised by the fashion press for not being high impact or directional enough. It’s a state of affairs with which she’s at ease. “I’m not criticised by all the world — it is a very small niche of people. And I will never change for them. I want to stay close to my thoughts. When someone wants to offend me by saying I’m copied by the high street — well, for me, it’s a huge compliment.” Why should she feel otherwise? Giannini has become the arbiter of popular taste. She understands what women want and observes them constantly to gauge their needs. “It’s instinctive,” she says. “There is no magic word to explain it, but it’s something you feel and something that probably comes from the fact that I travel quite often, and I’m always looking at women in the street, in a restaurant, having coffee, from America to Japan. I’m curious to see what they’re wearing, what kind of bag they’re carrying, their shoes, their attitude.” More than that, though, Giannini sums up modern femininity: the perfect balance of toughness, happiness and success. Her glamour, her life, seems attainable; it’s real. So she is the figurehead of a huge brand, yet it’s not all about her —“My team is very important to me — we’re like a family.” She is phenomenally successful, but not calculating. “No, I don’t see myself as ambitious. Things just happen in my life, and the story of my career at Gucci is a consequence of very special timing. But I was very happy when I was the head of accessories, too. And I was very happy when I was at Fendi.” She is not on an ego trip either, and has no plans for her own label. “I like working for a big company or big name,” she says “It gives you the opportunity to have a 360-degree view on the world.” And children? “I’ve always seen myself as a mother one day, but not in this moment. I have other priorities, other things to do.” She is groomed, but it’s done with consummate ease — she even freely admits that her long, black lashes are partly false and coated in YSL mascara. No wonder she is so attuned to that Flora print — it is feminine but bold. The new fragrance is merely Frida distilled.

Boyfriends are back.....

The New York Times April 14, 2009 By SUZY MENKES The Boyfriend Suit Makes a Comeback LONDON — Is it fashion’s passion for the 1980s? Or just a strong statement from women who have had enough of girly dresses? Whatever the reason, the pantsuit is back. But this time, it is a taut boyfriend jacket and slim trousers worn with hands plunged into hip pockets. International designers creating this strong trend include Stella McCartney, who has always made mannish tailoring a counterpoint to the pretty woman. Other female designers, from Hannah McGibbon at Chloé to the iconic Sonia Rykiel, have also come up with interpretations of the boy-girl thing. Male designers, too, have joined the re-vamping of the pantsuit. At Balmain, Christophe Decarnin has played with the soldier’s uniform and with wide-shouldered jackets, teaming them with super-tight jeans for a sexy, rock look. But it is the Gucci designer Frida Giannini who has rocked back to the 1980s to come up with a plausible style for day and night. When Vogue held a party in London this month to fete the designer, the look on stage said it all: a white, bold-stripe suit with a late 1980s vibe. This sharp tailoring was worn by a man: Richard Ashcroft, formerly the lead singer of The Verve, rocking with his greatest hits. The female fashion counterpoint at the event was Claudia Schiffer in a black cropped pantsuit that exuded female power. Ms. Giannini admits that she is dedicated to the androgynous ’80s — its fashion and its music. “Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet — when I was 14, listening to music was an obsession — and now I live with music morning to night,” says the designer, 36, who has a collection of 8,000 vinyl records and has brought rock chic to Gucci. Ms. Giannini was in London to celebrate the makeover of Gucci’s store on London’s upper-crust Sloane Street. “It’s about light — the old Gucci stores were so dark,” said the designer, in a veiled criticism of Tom Ford’s reign at the Italian house as fashion’s “dark knight.” “I opened the windows so that there is an interact with the city and you — the red bus in London and the yellow cab in New York,” she added. “Today, it is not only about a global world.” But globe-trotting is part of Ms. Giannini’s life. After moving Gucci’s headquarters from Florence to her native Rome, which she sees as Italy’s Bohemian, artistic and film capital, her world tour continues. Next stop is Japan, where she picks up an award; and then China, where she will open another new flagship in Shanghai. Ms. Giannini has been at Gucci since 2002, first as an accessories designer under Ford and ultimately ascending to the top job. Dressed in a tunic dress and her favorite leggings, her hair flat around a pixie face, she seemed like a prototype of a client who wants sleek, modern clothes as a backdrop to well-crafted accessories — not least those famous Gucci bags. But the image is not, the designer insists, all about her. “I never like to refer to myself — I don’t want to be my muse,” she claims, citing as inspiration strong women like the photographer Lee Miller or the fashion icon Tina Chow, whom she sees as artists and pioneers. Fashion’s power woman re-visited is a figure who is strong, confident and “always has a masculine side,” says Ms. Giannini — hence the tailoring that the designer sees as part of Gucci’s DNA. With her management-speak about “core values,” “visual merchandising” and the “huge opportunity for growth” she sees in accessories, jewelry and shoes, Ms. Giannini sounds more like a marketing director than a creative force. But she has an ability to hit on the mood of the moment, whether it is the new advertising campaign she is shooting in London with the photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin or her “fetish,” thigh-high boots. Now that she is also designing the men’s collections, Ms. Giannini says that Gucci needs “the boy and girl — it’s important to create this kind of couple.” Her rock chic pantsuit is also a subtle challenge to the era of celebrity gowns. “I don’t care about the red carpet,” she says. “At this moment it is much more interesting to have a rock star wear my clothes.”

Celebrities stripped down....

FRENCH ELLE'S NO MAKE-UP ISSUE Posted by: Catherine Strawn | posted on: thefrisky.com 6:00PM, Monday April 13th 2009 Magazine editors seem to have noticed (at last!) that women need to see models and actresses in a truer form, without the work of makeup artists and retouchers to mask their pores, cellulite, and wrinkles. The upcoming issue of French Elle, which hits newsstands this weekend, features Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling, and four other females sans fards, which is a French idiom that literally means “without rouge/makeup,” but implies “openness.” We’re totally psyched to see beautiful women in a more natural, albeit still extremely flattering light. Photographer Peter Lindbergh snapped the women, so they’re not anything like the horribly unattractive candids our friends take of us around 1 a.m. after we’ve ingested a few cocktails, but they’re the closest a fashion magazine is going to get. Like this month’s French Elle is a step in the right direction for magazines, but once a year isn’t enough. Shouldn’t we be able to see celebs looking more like themselves every month? I don’t mean in unattractive photos like the ones tabloids shoot, showing stars’ boogers and dry skin. Natural can be beautiful and at home in a glossy magazine. In this month’s Glamour, there’s a swimsuit story that features a curvy model, and everyone at The Frisky gushed over the model’s hot bod. But the headline reads: “Not a dental-floss-thing kind of girl? Then you’ll love the new old-school Hollywood trend, meant to flatter goddesses of every shape and size.” Why can’t we just integrate natural, more realistic beauty on a regular basis, without calling out the content: This is for all of our non-skinny readers!!! It is rather wonderful, though, that unlike U.S. magazines that show celebs without makeup, these French Elle photographs make the natural look seem like a good thing. Look how good these women look, even when they let their imperfections show! Our tabloids, on the other hand, only draw attention to stars’ flaws, rather than their innate beauty.

Tricks of Tanning....

Tanning: To Actually Sun or Just Look Like You Did? By lauracarsonmiller Posted on April 23, 2009 - 12:42pm Posted on thesparkleshelf.com May’s issue of Allure has a section called ‘Sun & Skin’ and naturally it addresses how bad tanning is for your skin. This got me to wondering how many of you plan to actually seek out a real, sun-induced tan this year and how many are going to shun the sun in favor of your natural color or using self-tanning products? I have dark brown hair and basically an olive complexion, but the parts of me that never see the sun are stark white. When my legs are showing I prefer some color so I am a big fan of self-tanning products. I apply Aveeno body lotion with SPF every day. Before going out to exercise I apply extra sunscreen to any exposed areas and to my face and I wear a hat. I love the feeling of the sun on my skin but never without sun protection! I recently went to my dermatologist for my yearly full body skin check, just to make sure I was free and clear in the ‘suspicious skin growths’ department. Glamour just had their yearly issue that focuses on cancerous melanomas, which shows graphic pics and has testimonials from readers who benefited from getting their ‘mole check’ after reading Glam’s yearly articles. This derm visit is so, so important, people, and I can’t say enough about how much you don’t want to have something go undetected that might be on your back or have some ‘different looking mole’ that you think is ‘just nothing!’ – turn out to really be something – that a doctor can help you with! The best news is that shunning tanning doesn’t have to mean looking pale if that is not a look you are fond of! Don’t forgo self tanners if you are faired skinned either, as you can get great results with Rodial Brazilian Tan Light. Fans of this fabulous concoction include Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Richie and Victoria Beckham. For those who are looking for a more intense ‘tan,’ try Xen-Tan Dark Lotion. I personally love this brand and so do Nicolette Sheridan, Joan Rivers and Jamie Lynn Sigler. Self-tanning has progressed light years from the original formulas and with a little trial and error you can easily find one that is right for your skin tone. So, wear your sunscreen daily and be sure to make time for that yearly skin check, even if you aren’t a sun worshipper. Part of being a responsible adult is taking care of your health. Proper skin care is about more than serums and facials and only you can take your skin to the doctor and get checked out. It’s well worth it. Cheers, Laura

Friday, April 17, 2009

Topshop Opens In The U.S. | The Frisky


I recently got the chance to visit new york and the famous "Top shop". What fun and ecclectic shopping experience.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When is it REALLY a deal on drugstore make-up....

TROPHIES Ann Orcutt, a makeup artist, with bargains from a drugstore. THESE days, it’s not a stretch to find former Henri Bendel loyalists navigating the cosmetics aisles of drugstores, intent on finding that perfect shade of $5 blush.
By HILARY HOWARD Published: April 8, 2009 Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times Apparently, they’re not alone. A recent report by Mintel, a market research company, said department store makeup shoppers are increasingly trading down to “drugstore selections” in the current economy. Data from Information Resources, a Chicago-based research firm, seems to confirm that: through March 22 this year, nationwide drugstore sales for facial cosmetics like foundations and powders have increased by nearly $5.5 million over the same period last year. In other words, more women are hitting places like Duane Reade. But they might need help. “I don’t think anyone should be lost or broke because of makeup,” Ann Orcutt, a professional makeup artist, said during a recent trip to Duane Reade in Midtown Manhattan, where she pointed out items that she said compare in quality to more expensive labels. “I did this exact thing recently with a personal trainer from Equinox who was doing a fitness video and had no budget. She was like, ‘I have half an hour and no money!’ ” Ms. Orcutt, whose clients have included the CNN host A. J. Hammer and the actors Liev Schreiber and Kathy Bates, said she helped the trainer (another client) pick out items that included CoverGirl AquaSmooth Compact Foundation for $9.79 (“the best liquid coverage in a compact liquid/powder format,” Ms. Orcutt said); CoverGirl Cheekers Blush for $4.39 (“It has a bit of sparkle in it, it’s not just a flat color”); L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara for $7.50 (“Makeup artists who trained me eight years ago said that it was the best, and I still think it is”), L’Oréal Le Grand Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Black Sable for $8.49 (“This is a fantastic dark rich brown that works for everyone”) and Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad for $6.99 (“This is the only drugstore eye shadow I like”). Other items included Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Gloss for $6.99, L’Oréal Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner for $8.99, and CoverGirl TRUblend Microminerals Finishing Veil, a translucent finishing setting powder, for $12.99. The grand total? $66.13. “High-end versions would have cost upward of $175 easily,” said Ms. Orcutt, who has used all of the above products on her own face and on the job. When splurging on more expensive brands, she emphasized that tunnel vision should be used while visiting upscale stores. “Know what you want, get it and leave,” she said. “Don’t get suckered in by monthly promotions and packages, because they usually involve products and colors you don’t need.” Especially when shopping for a good foundation, she said: “Go to the counter at Henri Bendel or MAC and get professional help. If you try to guess what you need, you’ll end up buying something else later — it’s a huge waste of money.” As for concealers, she recommends a drugstore brand: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector, for about $9. “This is practically an exact copy of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighter, which costs about $40,” she said. “It comes in two shades for mistake-proof blending. I have this in every color in my kit.” For women who have basic coverage needs, Ms. Orcutt is a big fan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ($25), a dry application that is quick, easy and relatively affordable because it can provide three products in one (foundation, powder and concealer). A drugstore version of this is Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation for $13.59. And makeup brushes? “There is no way around this: professional brushes last and grab the right amount of product,” she said, picking out three essentials: Paula Dorf’s Total Camouflage Brush for concealer, MAC’s No. 129 for powder and blush and MAC’s No. 266 for eyeliner. “I’ve had the same brushes in my kit for years.” When it comes to facial cleansers, Ms. Orcutt said, “There’s no point in spending $26 on something with grapeseed extract when you’re just going to rinse it off.” She recommends Olay Foaming Face Wash. “My skin is at its best when I’m using this stuff.”

Hair-oic ideas in a tight economy...

IT GROWS BACK At Bumble and Bumble, a supervisor keeps an eye on an apprentice’s work. By SUSAN CATTO Published: April 8, 2009 JESSICA LENNON never minded paying $140 (plus $40 tip) for a high-end cut at the Frédéric Fekkai salon on Fifth Avenue in New York. But after months of bad economic news, Ms. Lennon, a 24-year-old publicist, recently felt reluctant to make her next appointment. “I started thinking, is it really worth it? Do I have $180 to spend right now on my hair?” she said. She turned to Craigslist and Web sites of upscale salons to find training nights, calling around until she lucked into an appointment at Sally Hershberger Downtown, which offers free trainee cuts on Tuesday nights. Surrounded by novices working on bewigged mannequin heads, Ms. Lennon calmed herself with a mantra: “It’s just hair. It will grow back.” Ms. Lennon (who ended up with a cut she loved) is among the many professionals turning to the inexpensive or free services offered at aesthetic colleges and training salons. Beauty schools have long been popular with students and retirees. Now some schools are reporting a surge of first-time clients, many of whom say they can no longer afford their usual salon appointments.
Local options: In the SF Bay area "The School" by Paul Mitchell is a great option. Go to http://www.paulmitchelltheschool.com/pmts/locations/index.cfm?SetLocation=21 or call (925)691-7687 to ask about their service menu.

"Love Letter to Paris" from Marc Jacobs - Spring 2009 Fashion

(PARIS) Marc Jacobs' "love letter to Paris," as he called his Spring 2009 collection for Louis Vuitton, has been answered--with another riff on the idea by Jacobs himself. This season, he looked to Parisian muses--Victoire de Castellane and Ines de la Fressange, he cited backstage--in particular. "I was thinking of all these wonderful French women who have inspired the designers I've always respected and admired," Jacobs said. To that note, there were approximately five distinct stories--many jazzed up with lace, ruching, bubble silhouettes, strong-shouldered jackets, and paisley. The accessories, as always, compete with the clothes--the inverted cone-heels and hair accessories punctuated with pearls, the ever-more-luxe bags in even more mixed media. In 62 looks, Jacobs created a tapestry woven with so much French spirit--"joie de vivre, joie de fashion" as he called it--that it takes some irrevocable gravitas to eschew the rush of emotions and sensations that this show evoked. The fashion world--and the luxury industry--thanks him heartily.

Wedding Wonder

April 14, 2009 Editor's Choice - Fashion Week Daily - 1:15 pm Can Vera and Oscar be Upstaged by This?
While we’re still discussing our favorite wedding efforts during the New York showcases, this $1.5 million peacock sensation might easily top them all. The stunning dresss was just unveiled at wedding expo in Nanjing, China, and the creation took eight craftsmen to finish. As for how many peacock feathers were used? That would be 2,009!

Trunk Show May9th - Walnut Creek


Friday, April 10, 2009

"brow beauty"

Brows are arguably, according to make-up artists, the most overlooked feature on the face. Brows, as the frame for the eyes, hold both strength and emotion behind their shape. It is therefore crucial that the right message is conveyed. First, let talk shape. The start of the brow should Line up with the tear duct. Growing in an upward an outward direction beginning to arch just after passing the pupil of the eye. Then, making a soft and shallow decent toward hairline, the brow will taper off just after passing the last lash. Tools: a pencil is usually the easiest tool with which to create shape. Next, Compliment with color. The brows should generally be one shade lighter than your deepest shade present as hair color. Exception: light blondes will follow the opposite of this idea. Contour (natural variance in color) the brows by using an eyeshadow in one shade deeper along the bottom edge of brow (emphasizing the most depth under the arch). Last but not least, Make it last by using a bit of brow mascara/gel/wax (depending on coarseness of your hair) to hold in place. Go for it and Brave a beautiful Brow......

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's a fine line......

.....Between "Great liner" and "Good lord!" I often get asked about eye Liner. Here's a few teaser tricks to get you started: - For a defined lash line without taking up space above the lashes use a creamy (safe for the waterline) pencil to shade in the upper waterline and in between the lashes - this is a celebrity favorite for that naturally defined beauty look! - When venturing into the liquid land of liners make sure you have the best and right tool for you. An ultra small pencil tip brush is an artists best friend, however you may feel more comfortable with a very thin angle brush. Once you have the right tool be use to use a long-wearing, quick-setting creamy liner to ensure a smooth application (Gel base is a great choice). Start in the middle to get your bearings, then slowly work from middle in and then middle out, I would recommend starting your "wing", if you so choose, at the very end with an outward "pull and lift" motion. - Also, when it comes to shadow (particularly mineralized) you can often wet the brush when you apply it for more definition. Note: you can wet the brush before, if it is a loose shadow - otherwise, you would want to apply the shadow first to the brush and then gently spritz to moisten. The options with liner are endless, but remember to always work within the proportions of your eye shape (i.e. thickness/length) - I hope that helps to get you started!