A self-proclaimed Korean-American late bloomer. Since my mother is naturally and despicably gorgeous, I'm the sole beauty-product trailblazer at home. So any makeup knowledge I have comes from my friends, magazines, and various websites. No wonder I love this site. I've found that my friends' mothers, sisters and aunts actually have better advice for me (in the long run) than my friends do. So I've come to respect experience.
Maybe it's that I didn't touch makeup until well into high school, maybe it's that my face is just one of those that doesn't like makeup, maybe I really am lucky enough to be what my friends call "one of THOSE people"-- people who don't really need it. Whatever the reason, any more than a medium amount of makeup has never agreed with my features. My best look is barely-there. I don't mind, since it shortens my morning routine, but I wish I could pull off more dramatic looks without looking like a Cirque du Soleil runaway. With more time perhaps.
Even though I personally prefer a more natural look, I absolutely adore classic, glamorous old-Hollywood type looks--the red lips, the pearls, the softly curled hair and dark brows. I stare enviously at women on the streets who can pull this off.
I cycle through makeup obsessions. When I was younger it was lip gloss. For a while it was mascara. Right now it's perfume. I'm fixed on finding a "signature scent," and I don't care if it's Dior or Chanel or Bath & Body Works, as long as it smells divine.
I'm thrilled to have found a site with so much great advice, reviews, and love and energy! I feel like all these women are WAY out of my league, but I enjoy reading the stuff they toss out. :)
|Special Skin Characteristics:||
|Desert Island Items:||
|My Beauty Secret:||
I like to give my skin a break now and then... If I wear heavy makeup for several weeks straight because of events or a bad skin period, I go au naturel for a week or two after. Sometimes it's difficult not to feel underdressed (undermade?), but I guess I still go by my mother's formula: if it ain't broke, don't fix it! It seems to help, anyway. My skin always looks great after a week of air and sun (not that we get much of that in Seattle...).
(Psst... my birth control has done wonders for my skin! I hope it's a lasting effect...)
About forty minutes... since I don't do my hair except for very special occasions, this consists of fifteen minutes of picking out an outfit and the remainder of the time spent foundation-ing, eyelining, curling, and mascara-ing v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. I'm very exact and cautious about my makeup.
|My Horror Story:||
When I complained while getting ready to go out that I was having the most impossible time finding a blush and lipstick that suited my skin tone, my friend whipped out a little tube of what she called her secret best friend. It worked for both cheeks and lips and was supposed to adjust to your skin tone. I put some on and gave it five minutes like the instructions read, but saw no results. I applied more, and a very small hint of color bloomed on my cheeks, barely detectable. I waited for half an hour more, then disappointed, went to my party.
|My Celebrity Look-a-like:||
I've been told repeatedly that I look like Zhang Ziyi (memoirs of a geisha, etc.), but I'm not seeing it. I chalk it up to people's tendencies to think all Asians look the same. No offense taken, though! She's certainly someone I'd like to resemble.
This product is the base (no pun intended) of all my makeup. It is my ultimate makeup secret. Okay, so it's not much of a secret because everyone knows about it, but not many people around me actually think to go out and get it. I don't know if it's my skin or what, but ANY solid eyeliner that I apply will slide eagerly off my lids within hours (including so-called waterproof, and I dislike liquid liners, though I will use them on occasion). By the end of a long night I usually have no liner left on my top lids. By contrast, my lower lids seem to attract the black--I look like I haven't slept in days!
I adore this little guy; it goes everywhere in my purse with me. This is a creamy liquid highlighter that comes in a tiny tube--no larger than my thumb-- so it's perfect for travel, and a little packs a lot of punch. It's so versatile. It works as an inner-eye highlighter, to add some shimmer to the cheek or brow bone, wherever you feel like you need a little shimmer, and even works pretty well as an eyeshadow primer in a pinch. I have it in "Lilac Petal," which despite the name is a pretty neutral champagne color, and I use it for everything. When I don't have time for makeup but my face really needs a little pick-me-up, this comes out.
From within bottles, jars, compacts and tubes.*