Professional and passionate, Eileen Lee can endow you with a radiant look for any occasion. The devoted makeup artist tailors her brilliance for any style on anyone, be it a supermodel or a real woman.
Eileen uses a practical and friendly approach to timeless beauty for every woman. As a makeup artist she tailors her brilliance for absolutely any occasion or style -- be it a private lesson, a magazine photoshoot or a lavish wedding. "Makeup is a form of language and we are always learning different ways to communicate beauty, which is where I try to help," she says.
Here, Lee offers her favorite tips for makeup and skincare.
Three common makeup mistakes are:
-- Using light diffusers as concealers to create a reverse raccoon-eye (light circles instead of dark circles).
-- Applying the same makeup techniques and colours learned during your teenage years (otherwise known as a 'makeup rut'), and overusing bronzer everywhere (you know who you are!).
-- You've heard this before, but the worst thing a women can do to her skin is not protect it from the sun and not wash her face before bed. Come on people!
Effective skin care tips:
If you use an eye cream, keep it in the refrigerator so the cool cream will de-puff tired eyes and then smooth whatever is left on your fingers on your lips. Both areas are extremely delicate so will benefit from the ingredients normally used in eye creams.
Obviously cleanse, tone, and moisturise your face everyday and use a non-greasy 30+ SPF before adding any makeup to prevent sun damage no matter what part of the world you are in besides the desert. Don't forget to protect your ears, neck, decollete and hands with whatever you are using too.
The youthful look:
A typical day look would look soft but refined and goes something like this:
-- First thing I would do is even out the skin by concealing imperfections, colour-correcting and brightening the areas under the eyes, around the nose and the corners of the mouth. Then I would go back and add colour depending on the occasion and look I was trying to achieve like a soft taupey brown in the crease and slightly underneath the eye complimented with a dark colour wedged into the upper and lower lashes.
-- I would then contour the bone structure with a dark bronzer or contouring powder (no additional ingredients like shimmer or red for this) and add a touch of peachy or pinky blush on the top of the cheeks.
-- I always use the blackest mascara to the top and lower lashes concentrating on the outer corners sweeping upwards for a mini face-lift appeal. I like to define the lips with a pinky/brown neutral lipliner like MAC's iconic Spice and feathering the colour inwards towards the opening of the mouth to avoid any harsh lines once it wears thin and applying a sheer sherbet pink lipstick and gloss over this.
-- Lastly, I would add what I refer to as 'candlelight' which is a pearlised shimmer onto the tip of the cupid's bow under the nose, inner tear ducts of the eyes, and on the tops of the cheeks where the light should look like it's hitting. Stunning often comes to mind!
Lip gloss or Lipstick?
-- If you want to create a lip that is precise and stands out, using a lipliner is a must to create the shape and for staying power.
-- Lipsticks come in all variations of texture starting with a matte fortified with rich pigment onwards towards a sheer gloss with only a touch of colour. Then of course, you can mix any and all of these together to create something unique like a shiny ombre lip Ã¥ la Kim Kardashian.
-- Pencils are easy to work with and can smoke out an eye really well even when you are on the run (or at a stop light). Nothing compares to liquid eyeliners when creating a glamorous retro look or cat eye.
-- Gel eyeliners are the easiest to manage since brushes hold the product more easily allowing you to create precise lines and shapes. Gels have staying power so are also great for people to use who have runny eyes or sweat a lot and don't like the look of eye colour running down their face. A little goes a long way with gels.