Tools of the Trade: Part II


A while ago, I received a request to do a makeup recommendation post. I’m no makeup professional by any means but I do have my own set of products that I absolutely cannot live without, which you will see listed below. I’ve never attended a makeup school but learned some great tips and tricks through makeup classes I took when I briefly attended acting school a while ago, not to mention the tips picked up from various professional makeup artists that I’ve become acquainted with through modeling and pageant events. It also helps that I have religiously been “studying” makeup tips in all types of international magazines and publications ever since I was in junior high school. I think the most useful tip I can give is to “know your face”. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, makeup becomes that much easier. Because I know my eyes are on the smaller side (even for Asian standard), I tend to exert the most energy and effort in eye-lining.

Over the years, I’ve realized that any form of black eye liner is my ultimate best friend. I literally cannot go anywhere without it (except for work days hehe) along with a dark brown eyeshadow used on eyebrows. When I’m in a hurry, I use L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner.


For a special occasion or whenever I need thick, dark lining, I go with either a MAC’s gel liner (though it does dry up quickly) or Stila Smudge Pot in Black (my #1 choice).

I’ve learned that lining my waterlines does wonders in making my tiny eyes look deeper and bigger, for which I use Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero which doesn’t smudge and lasts a long time.

To prevent shadows from creasing, I always use a primer, sometimes Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original or MAC’s Paint Pot in Ochre which works just as well.

Most of my eyeshadows are from Laura Mercier not only because I’m a fan but because my cousin who used to work there hooked me up big time (think a few bucks for a shadow). I use their Tuxedo quad almost everyday which comes with 2 shades of black and 2 shades of white, one matte and the other shimmery which I find very practical and concentrated.

As for mascara, if you follow me on Facebook, you know that I recently picked up Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal in Glam Black

It had been a while since I used a drug store mascara so I thought I’d give this one a try since I really liked their XXL series. It’s been good to me so far with no smudging and clean application. I don’t see dramatic improvement in volume and length but I think it’s good for an everyday use. I also picked up their Maybelline ExpertWear Blush Bronzer in 10 Sunlight which I’m having no issues with. Prior to that, I used Stila Contouring Trio which I picked up at Costco for $15 years ago. Looks like I will be picking up another one from Amazon this time since it’s actually cheaper there!

The product I have most issues with is a concealer. As I get older, I’m starting to notice more sunspots, suggesting a need for an excellent concealer. I’ve been using Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for some time now that comes in two shades: yellow and salmon, which I’m far from being satisfied with. While coverage is okay, it’s extremely drying. I picked up Maybelline Superstay Concealer last week which is proven to be decent so far, especially for the price.

If anything, I do like it a lot better than the Laura Mercier, however my search for a perfect concealer is still on. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Oh, but do keep in mind that I prefer not to spend a fortune on it. ^^

Those of you who have been reading my blog for quite some time are well aware of my love for Korean skincare products. All my skincare products are Atomy brand, a Korean brand which can only be purchased from a member. Everything I use including hair products, sunscreen, eye cream, toothpaste, to body wash are all from this brand and I have absolutely no complaints but only good things to say about them. You can read more about the sunscreen on my previous post here (just look for posts on Atomy).

I hope you found the information helpful. Do keep it mind that depending on your skin type, color, and whatnot, the products I listed may or may not be completely satisfying to your needs. It took me lots of trials and errors to figure out which ones work and which ones don’t, hence experimentation is key, I say.

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Earrings available for purchase at Foreus

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  4 comments for “Tools of the Trade: Part II

  1. angy
    January 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Great tips… how tall are you?

  2. claire
    January 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    how about your skincare routine? :)

  3. Tomi
    January 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I’m 5′ 7″. :)

  4. Tomi
    January 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Everything I use is Atomy brand, except for the massage machine. They are all Korean… I will do a quick introduction on them one of these days. :)

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