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Saturday, December 29, 2012


"We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift." -Marilyn Monroe

Me, Photo Shoot-12/12
You know them.  You've met them, dated them lived next door to them or even worked with them.  If you've had better luck then me, you have managed to avoid them.  Too bad there isn't a sign or clear warning to ignite our basic "fight or flight" response upon our first encounter with these jealous souls.  If only these people came with a "run now" or "damaged goods" warning tag!  We could then steer clear of these poor, lonely, talentless cling on's before their desperation causes them to try to become a part of our full, happy lives.

"The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth" -Albert Einstein 

At some point in our lives we do have to deal with one of these tainted and broken personalities.  If you're lucky, its only one, however if you are like me, above average looks, happy relationship & amazing career you'll have more than you share!!  Please don't take my previous statements of fact to be egotistical, they are not.  They are simply facts.  I had a career for which I was paid to have my face & body photographed, then went on to a highly successful  career, basically working for myself, in entertainment.  Not many people have lives & a career like this much less two careers!  Again, I am not meaning to brag (and if you are someone similar to me, you get what I am saying) I am stating obvious facts.  Its like Albert Einstein saying he is stupid!  That would be silly!  The fact is Einstein was a genius and for him to try to say otherwise is ridiculous!  That is where I am coming from.  And no, I am  not comparing myself to Einstein.  But for those of you reading this that get it, you already knew that!

"No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Cinderella, True Beauty
I for some reason have had more than a few encounters with these sad 'haters'.  It could be the industry I spent most my life in that led to these situations, I don't know.  I do know that from a young age I started noticing strange reactions in meeting women.  At the time I was not as secure in myself or my looks so I thought there was something wrong. I learned from a modeling agent I had that it was not me but a reaction to me that was the issue.  My height, lean build & good genes led me to modeling, I did not seek it out.  I had notes left on my cars from ages 16 on numerous times from men wanting a date or men saying they were a photographer, etc.  Just from seeing me walk through a parking lot or store.  Now again, this is not my ego.  My looks are not my creation!  I did not have plastic surgery to look the way I do!  Therefore, I cannot take credit for my looks, my parents do!  They are the two that made me the way I look.  Being beautiful is not a talent!  It is a lucky gene pool!  Beauty also can be a double edged sword!  Case in point, the subject matter of this blog post.  If I did not look the way I do, I would not have dealt with these pathetic 'haters' so often, perhaps at all.  Clearly outward beauty is a gift, not a talent.  What is a talent though is beauty on the inside!  Who you are, integrity, morality, kindness, honesty, generosity (both of spirit and material) and compassion to name a few.  Behaving as a "beauty" is the only pure and real beauty there is & it is developed, not given.  A good example of inner beauty & outer beauty having to deal with the ugly, evil and jealous is Cinderella.  The core of that story is exactly what I am writing about here!  Cinderella's step sisters only hated Cinderella because of her outer beauty.  True, Cinderella was born with her looks but she was kind & loving to all.  That is what the core of her beauty stemmed from.  Her two hateful, jealous & outer beauty challenged step sisters were so busy trying to compete with someone that was not in competition, that they missed out on the real beauty of their step sister & life!

"the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls" -Friedrich Nietzsche

Me, Studio Makeup Room-'96
I have had way too many encounters with the "ugly step sisters" types & will never fully understand someones motivation to insert themselves into my life.  For example, I worked for years for a certain leading, national TV show as a Makeup Artist.  There was a Hair Stylist working the same show.  I  did not work in the same makeup room as she, so not much interaction.  Years later I am called to work the makeup department for another national TV show, after having my first child.  The first day I report to the studio's & open the makeup room, I see this same Hair Stylist.  Its been about 4 years since last we saw each other (she got let go of the other show about a year after I was hired) and I had not only had a baby (at the time, less then 2 years old), I had also had major back surgery & heavy rehab.  Well, the first thing this person says to me is, "Wow, Lisa Gibson!  I saw your name on the call sheet & thought, she's on this show? I figured you were hired because you're the 'sexy Lisa Gibson', but now I see you are not sexy anymore."  She was referring to my gaining 15 pounds due to my baby and recent back surgery with learning to walk again.  You see, she was so jealous and hateful towards me all those years that she managed to launch the meanest cut down she could at me!  She not only let me know I was no longer 'sexy' but she also demeaned my talent and ability!  I have had lots of mean remarks born from jealousy thrown at me, but I remember this one because I had no idea she had spent all those years thinking of me!!  Get a life!  I had not given her a seconds thought.  Not because of any reason, she was just insignificant to me & my life.  I had no reason to think of her, she was not important enough.  I had not bad feelings or good towards her, I felt nothing as she was not in my life.  I have too much going on to think of someone I once worked with.  Not negative or positive, just nothing.

"Beauty is a sign of intelligence" -Andy Warhol

Me, Hawaii '08
That leads me to my point.  I am beyond tired of women who are so insecure, lonely, sad, talentless & bored that they must constantly find ways to insert themselves in my life.  Why is it that just because I may have moved on these desperate women cannot seem to stop thinking about me, reading about me or trying to compete with me?  How can there be a competition between Cinderella and her ugly step sisters?  There cannot be a competition where there is no commonality!  That is why you never see a woman that looks like Whoopie Goldberg in a beauty pageant! Can't these women (and we know who they are in our lives) just go on with their lives?  Do they have to continue to inflict us with their lame excuses to make contact?  Its bad enough dealing with men like this throughout life, why do we have to endure these lackluster, clueless women too?  When I have a end to a relationship with a woman (neither bad or good, just an end), be it business or personal I do not think of them again.  I don't care & have no thought of them.  My life, as full as it is, goes on.  I am ambivalent about them.  I don't understand why these women can't see how pathetic, sad and desperate the look by spending their time thinking of or finding excuses to contact me?  My goodness, move on with your life!  Get a life!  Unless someone is very special to me, I do not worry about what they do, say or have.  I certainly am never threatened by anything they may do or have because they are no competition to me, so why should I give them a thought?  Yet it amazes me that there are still these empty, sad & desperate women I have either worked with or known that are so out of touch with reality they actually think they matter to me, much less are competition!  Please, if you think you may be one of these types, stop!  Moving on with your life is the answer.  Inflicting yourself on people that clearly are out of your league and or think absolutely nothing of you just highlights how sad and empty your life is!  Read a book, learn a language, volunteer in an animal shelter, join a gym and try to find your waist again anything but being transparent & pathetic enough to continue to worry about someone who never gave a second thought to you!  Realize you are on one level & they are on another, much higher, happier & more successful level than you ever were or ever could be.  No competition between Cinderella and her ugly, mean, loser step sisters!  A warthog and a thoroughbred race horse cannot compete!

"Beauty is the illumination of your soul" -John O'Donohue

Me, Modeling-'90
Now, for the 'haters',  find a hobby, volunteer in helping others, donate to charity but stop obsessing about people who couldn't care less about you.  It just makes you even more ugly than you already are & that is not what anyone wants!
For the object of the "haters", keep on being the successful, ground breaker, loving and well loved, happy, fulfilled, beautiful (inside and out), amazing, smart, talented woman you have always been!  Maybe nothing will ever make the 'haters' change, but us objects will continue to love, be loved and succeed at things others won't attempt!

"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone" - Dorothy Parker

Wishing you a Happy & Beautiful New Year!

-The Makeup Chick-

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


  Why do so many women insist on using lip liner that doesn't come close to matching their lipstick?  Is it done for a "look"?  A horrible, un-kissable, just drank hot chocolate look?  Is this done for effect?  If so, what effect?  Fright? Fear? Sympathy?
I hope she enjoyed her hot chocolate!
I think sympathy, because that is the effect that comes over me when I see this dark, stark lipliner look.  I feel so sorry for the women sporting this disaster & wish to give them a mirror as it seems they do not have one.  Perhaps I feel sympathy for their color blindness or sorry for them that they (quite wrongly) think they actually look good!  I see these poor, misguided souls all over.  On television (reality TV), at the store, selling cosmetics at the department stores, ringing up my order at my local home supply store.  I have to fight to stop myself from running at them with a handful of tissues & frantically wiping their lips clean, then reapplying properly!  I want to ask, why?  Why did they chose their lipstick/lip liner combo?  Do they have 'real' friends?  Friends that will tell you the truth, risk hurting your feelings, to be sure not to let their friend walk around looking like they just polished off a box of Oreo's!  Perhaps all their friends apply their lip liner in the same way?  I wonder about the men in these women's lives.  Do they think this, "I just ate a box of Oreo's & washed them down with hot chocolate" lip liner look is appealing?  Are they too afraid to speak up?  Aren't these men at least fed up with the ruined shirt collars & high dry cleaning bill?

I don't know if I will ever solve the mystery of the dark lip liner with a lighter color lipstick stark look, but I will teach anyone who will listen the correct & flattering way to color their lips.


1- Select a lip liner no more than one shade darker than you lipstick color.

2- Warm the tip of lip liner pencil on the back of your hand.  Makes the liner easier to apply & less likely to "crumb" (leave little chunks on lips).

3- Pick up a lip brush or pointed q-tip & blend line.

4- Apply a bit of lip balm, blot with tissue.

5- Now apply lipstick, use lip brush or out of the tube.

6- Blot again, if desired, to keep lip color from bleeding.
Just Right!

*Tip- At times applying lipstick first, then lip liner works well.  Especially when using darker or red tones. Provides more control.  Concealer applied before liner or lipstick helps with control too.  If choosing concealer first, skip the lip balm (#4).

Okay then, what have we learned?  Never, ever, ever wear a lip liner color more than one shade darker than your lipstick!  Best to match the two.  That way you'll never be accused of not sharing the box of Oreo's everyone is sure you just ate!!

Where to start to be sure you have the best selection of the right colors of lip liners?  Luckily I happen to have all the best colors on
 SALE in my online Store!  Supplies are limited, so press the "Red Store Button"(upper right) & pick up one in every shade!  For these prices, pick up two in each shade!  One for you & one as a Gift!  ...I know, Your'e Welcome!!

Yours in Beauty,
Lisa, The Makeup Chick

Posted By Lisa Gibson to Pro Studio Makeup Chick at 12/11/2012 12:49:00 AM


So many wrong ideas & bad, uninformed information out there regarding Eyelash Extensions!  "They make your lashes fall out", "you have to have them re-done every week or two", "you'll have no lashes of your own left"- all wrong!

  Eyelash Extension, when properly applied by an expert certified & skilled, will do no harm to your natural lashes.  You will not lose your own lashes because of wearing extensions.  However, proper following of home care is vital.  Do not use an eyelash curler, no waterproof mascara, do not pull on extensions, do not attempt to remove them yourself.
  Having a good experience with Eyelash Extensions is really all up to you, the client!  Before deciding on Eyelash Extensions, you MUST do your homework!  Do you exercise often & sweat?  Do you use steam rooms often?  Are you a swimmer?  Do you use rich, oil based eye cream or moisturizers?  Do you have the time to devote to monthly touch ups?  The budget too?
 I hand selected this Lash photo to promote extensions
  You see, proper selection through educating yourself is the key to a successful Eyelash Extension experience.  You are in control!  First find a artist who is certified & has years of work in both Extensions as well as skilled makeup application.  Why makeup application skill?  Working around the eye area takes skill & a steady hand.  Years of working in makeup provides a level of skill not gotten just in Eyelash Extension certification.  Also, be sure you choose a Licensed Esthetician/Cosmetologist.  A manicurist in the back of a nail salon is asking for trouble!  Sure, the price may be low, but the real price you will risk & may pay trusting your one and only set of eyes & vision will be priceless!
  Making sure your artist is Licensed as well as Certified is extremely important for sanitation!  An artist offering Lash Extensions who is not Licensed most likely will not be educated in proper sanitation vital to protecting you vision!!  A fact you do not want to skimp on, no matter what the price?  My goodness, its your eyes!!

Gel pad/surgical tape holds down & protects lower lashes
  Proper application of Eyelash Extensions is a lash to lash bond.  Meaning, one synthetic lash to one natural lash, one by one.  An artist offering Lash Extensions in under an hour (full set) is not applying one single lash!  Its a "Flare Lash", a lash that has 3-6 lashes connected in a knot together.  Attaching a "flare lash" to one natural lash is too much weight from the multi-lash & adhesive.  You are sure to not only look like a mess, but also loose your lashes!!  To properly apply a full set of lash to lash, single hair Eyelash Extensions should take at least an hour to 90 minutes.  Remember that when looking for a Lash artist.
  Your Lash artist should have a private, quiet & clean room away from the noise of a salon.  This process is at least an hour & should be done in the most calm & comfortable area.  Lying down on a chair that lies virtually flat or a massage table.  Quiet, calm, even sleep during your Lash appointment!  Your artist should be that gentle!  The only time you will feel at all uncomfortable is during the taping down of the lower lashes.  This prevents the upper & lower lashes from bonding together & never opening your eyes again!  So this taping of the lower lashes being done right is vital!  That is if you like having your eyes open!  Once your lashes are properly prepared, you close your eyes & let the artist do their magic!  Relax, day dream, sleep & open your eyes about an hour later to amazing, long, thick, glossy lashes!  During your time relaxing, a professional artist will gently pick up one synthetic lash with a special tweezer, dip it in special, eye safe adhesive, then spread your lashes apart to isolate just one natural lash, using another tweezer & apply the lash extension to one of your lashes.  Repeating this  process until about 60 lashes have been bonded to your lashes.  You'll have your lashes dried via a small fan, then you'll have your tape removed from your lower lashes, open your eyes & look in the mirror!  You should love what you see!
  You should be handed a list of directions to care for your extensions & follow them to the letter.  If the artist did their job properly, it is then up to you to do the rest!  No water on your lashes for 24-48 hours, no sweating or steam.  Then just enjoy all the looks & compliments that come your way!  

  Since you have just read all about Eyelash Extensions, I am sure you want them for yourself!  After all, its the Holidays & you deserve to stand out too!  Well, if your'e lucky enough to live in the Palm Springs area, you can come to me & enjoy my Holiday Special!  Get yourself a full head of long, thick, sexy hair (we all know men love long hair!) Extensions & I will design a Full Set of long, glossy Eyelash Extensions FREE!  You get amazing Hair & Lashes for one price!  
Green Lash Extensions! By Yours Truly
  For those of you not in my area, read above again & then apply what you have learned to select a proper, educated, professional, certified & licensed artist!  You won't get the Hair Extensions deal I offer, but you will get great lashes!  But only if you follow my rules in choosing the right artist!  You are in control!

  Now that you are ready to greet the Holidays (assuming you go get your lashes), you will need new makeup to show them off!  I am having a fantastic SALE on my hand selected eyeshadows, eye pencils, lip pencils & more!  CLICK ON THE RED STORE BUTTON & shop away!!  Beautify your  soul at the same time by purchasing from 'The Makeup Chick" because every purchase you make I donate to a needy dog & at risk teen!  Everyone wins!!  Go ahead and make a donation on your own to by selecting the Donate selection!  Any amount helps!  For your purchase, you will receive a thank you from the rescue themselves!  You can even donate as a gift in someones name!!  Just fill out the section to contact me!  Helping yourself to be more beautiful & helping a dog & teen that need it is the best gift!!  A unique gift too for the person in your life that is hard to shop for or has "everything"!

Have the Happiest of Holidays, Merry Christmas!!

Yours in Beauty,

Lisa, "The Makeup Chick"

Thursday, December 6, 2012


I wanted to share my latest Twitter Chat, tonight from 5-6pm.  SHIMMER! 

This SocialWebCafe Twitter Event is about shimmer eye shadow application
Lisa Gibson teaches you how to shimmer.
Join us to learn from Hollywood Studio Makeup Artist, Lisa Gibson. She will chat about how to apply shimmer eye shadow and truly glow for the upcoming holidays.
Got makeup questions? You've come to the right place. Join the #SocialCafe twitter chat any or all Thu evenings at 5p PST / 8p EST to ask those questions of Lisa Gibson.

Twitter Event Questions

  • Q1:  Do you use shimmer eye shadow right now? If not, have you considered it?
  • Q2:  How do you apply/blend your eye shadow? Do you vary it?
  • Q3:  What products do you use for shimmer or non-shimmer eye shadow?
  • Q4:  What do you think you will add to your shimmer eye shadow routine now?
This #SocialCafe event sponsored, in part, by our wonderful friends at: for Twitter Relationship Management

Twitter Event Details

  • Date: 2012-12-06
  • Time: 5:00 pm PST
  • Hashtag: #SocialCafe

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Saturday, December 1, 2012


Here are some examples of Hair Extension "Design" not just application or install.  When Hair Extensions are added to natural hair, the strands must be added with the individual design as well as needs & lifestyle of the client.

Every time a new client comes to me for Hair Extensions, I first talk with them about their lifestyle, needs, hair care routine as well as the hair extension style they have in mind.  This is important to find out who the client is & if the idea they have for their hair extensions will work well with their individual lifestyle. 

Example:  A client comes in who is a swimmer.  She wants long, thick Shrink Link extensions.  Information about the extension technique choice must be given to the client to inform her of the ability of Shrink Links.  Not the correct technique for a swimmer.  Shrink Links do not hold up well with lots of water exposure as well as chlorine.   The client may have read about Shrink Links or has a friend (non swimmer) who has them & does not know how they work.   She simply wants what she has heard about with out knowing what is right for her individual needs.  As the expert, it is my job to inform her & educate her as to the correct extension technique that will work best with swimming.  Keratin Bonds are a good choice.  However, there are other considerations when deciding what is best.  Is the hair fine or fragile?  Is it colored?  These are all considerations the Stylist must share with the client & know herself, to provide the client with the best hair extensions for the money she is spending.

Being knowledgable & confident when talking with a client is as important as the actual extension application design.  A client wants to trust her stylist & deserves one who is confident in her knowledge & education.  Listening is such a very important quality to have as an artist/stylist.  So many stylist don't know or even care to listen to the client.  That is sad & a big reason why stylists can have a bad reputation.  Listening to clients is what separates the successful stylists from the stylist who jump from salon to salon.

One of the comments I hear the most from my clients is my confidence. They all have told me that when they first met me they felt my professionalism & confidence.  That alone gained their trust in me.  Plus, after I am done with their hair, they see why I am confident.  I not only am the best at what I do, I also love it!  If at anytime something does not turn out right, regardless of why, I always fix it.  Most of the time for free!  Standing behind my work & being, well I will admit it, 'obsessed' with making women look & feel beautiful is a huge reason why I have had such a long and consistent career.  Even out of the Studio's now, for the most part, I am still able to generate a full & return clientele.

With all that said, please do your research when thinking of getting Hair Extensions.  Be sure the stylist is certified & experienced.  However, remember someone can have all the "paperwork" that says they are qualified, yet listen to your gut.  If you have a feeling right away that the stylist is confident & sure of their abilities, that may be the best factor in finding a talented Hair Extension Designer!

**If any of you reading this Blog would like to come to me for your Hair or Lash Extensions, I am located in the Palm Springs area.  Look me up on Manta, Sales Spider, Google Adsense, Thumbtack & Twitter (Makeuppro99).  You will find all my contact information to make a booking with me!

**Last thing:  Be sure to catch my weekly Twitter Chats every Thursday from 5-6PM!  I have been graciously asked by a reporter who contacted me, due to my career in the Studio's, & asked me to do a Chat.  I had never done one before but jumped in & it was so great that I was asked to provide my Professional, Celebrity Beauty Advice every week!  All things beauty are discussed by a theme each week.  Last Thursday, Nov. 29th I gave advice on Makeup Bags.  What to carry in your purse makeup bag & what to pack for your Travel Makeup Bag.  The Chat is still up if you'd like to check out "what to  pack in your Makeup Bag"!  Go to: or

Hope to see you soon, either in person or on Twitter!

When it comes to getting Hair Extensions, why go anywhere else...Why?

Yours in Beauty,
Lisa, "Studio Chick Extension Designer"

Friday, November 30, 2012


Okay, I am not the best at blogging regularly, but I am an artist after all & therefore 'beat to a different drum'.  Please hang in there, I promise it will be worth it!

Now that the Holidays are here, lots of us will be traveling.  Now travel is not as carefree as it once was, so lets at least make our makeup bag needs simple!

I use the zip plastic bag bed sheets come in!
Here are my tips for what to keep in your makeup bag for both travel and your purse.

-A safety pin.  Always pin a closed safety pin to the outside of your makeup bag.  If you loose a button or a necklace or bracelet breaks, it can save you!
-Vitamin E Stick or Capsules.  Keep a Vitamin E Stick on your night stand whether home or away.  Important for travel by air because skin dries out quickly.  Use around your eyes, on your lips & rub into cuticles and elbows too.  Use that safety pin to pierce the tip of a vitamin E capsule, squeeze & apply to desired areas.  No one wants to look at dry, flakey elbows!
-Face cleaning wipes.  Great for quick makeup removing when tired & staying up later then usual.  Also use to shine your shoes (or your man's), clean up a spot on your clothes & to freshen up!
-Use snack size, sandwich size & gallon size Zip Lock Bags.  Use the snack size for Q-tips, earrings, & travel size makeup brushes.  The sandwich size works for sealing liquid foundation.  Never do you want to have it break or spill on your clothes. Pad with makeup sponges & travel tissue packs.  Gallon size bags are great for mouthwash, body lotion, deodorant & anything that can open or spill.  Tuck all of the zip lock bags in a fold up, hanging makeup travel organizer.  Between the zip locks & the zipper pockets in the travel bag, you'll arrive with your makeup in perfect, organized shape!
-Keep Q-tips in your travel bag.  Pointed Q-tips are handy for lining eyes or smudging eyeliner thats too heavy or stark.  Use also for correcting lipstick.  The point makes it a breeze to fix a small mistake without messing up your lipstick.
-Keep a few twist ties with you.  Yes, the ones on loafs of bread or that come with your new trash bags.  Clear or black, even gold are best.  Use for changing the length of a necklace to make it look different while traveling. Cuts down on lugging around lots of jewelry.  Wear a necklace long during the day, then thread the twist tie thru your necklace, tighten, shorten & have a whole new look for night!  *Be sure to cover the twist tie with your hair or a scarf!
-Visit the Drug Store.  Grab up all the travel size items, 2 each.  Make one bag (gallon zip lock) with one of each to keep in your travel bag always & one to use right away.  That way your covered & have what you need on hand.  Don't forget the razors!  I keep inexpensive ones in every travel bag I have!

-2 shades of lipstick, 1 lipgloss.  Lipstick in a lighter shade & one in a darker shade.  1 lipliner in a neutral color to go with both lipsticks & a tinted gloss to use alone or over lipsticks.
-Compact of touch up powder.  Be sure the color is translucent or matches your skin so you don't turn orange.  Replace the puff or sponge in the compact often.  Use the mirror for touch ups & to check your teeth for random bologna or bread!
Clear is best to keep in your purse!
-Small pack of dental floss.  Refer to former tip above.
-Pack of tissue.  For everything!
-Concealer Pencil.  A pencil concealer won't spill or ruin your purse if it falls out of its bag.  Carry one only if you need to use it during the day.  Don't carry it if your skin is clear.  Too much concealer can cake up adding it during the day.  Use with care and a light hand.

That's about it on the best items to keep with you traveling or daily.  Check back with me soon & visit my Store (click the tab above) to find makeup items I use & carry in my kit.  I am selling the some of the same cosmetics I use at low Holiday prices!  I'll pop in again when I add them & let you know.
*Remember to check back in to my online Store & get your lip & eye pencils, eyeshadows & blush.  Great for you and/or stocking stuffers!  Prices are amazing!  Check back, you'll love it!

Be back soon!

Your Studio Makeup Chick,

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Did you know brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world?  I have brown eyes too even though I am a natural blonde.  So that combo is rare!  Don't worry though if you think having the most common eye color makes you common.  It doesn't have to!

Brown eyes have been tested in studies & found that most who look at photos of attractive people (men looking at photos of women & visa versa) with the ONLY change in the photo being the eye color, the face stays the same & the tester is asked to choose which "look" they find the most attractive or friendly.  The study put the same 6 or so faces for testers to choose from, without knowing what, if anything, was different about the faces. All test subjects, male & female choose the faces with brown eyes!  They did not know the only change in the photos of the people was the eye color.  Yet they all choose brown eyes!  When asked why, & still without knowing what was the change in each face, they said the photos with the eyes changed to brown were "warmer, kinder, friendly, approachable".

The experts who put on the test found the reason the testers that viewed the photos of the same faces with only eye color changes choose brown eyes, is because the black color  pupil of the eye is less visible in brown colored eyes.  In blue, green or hazel eye colors the pupil contrast was stark & therefore when the flash from the camera & the lighting used in taking the test subjects photos caused the pupil to contract, it showed more in lighter colored eyes.  A constricted pupil stands out more & appears hard or mean to most & they don't even know why.  None pointed out the pupil size and contrast as why they felt constricted pupils looked less warm, they were judging by the faces alone.  Brown eyes conceal the contrast between brown eye color and the black pupil.  So when the pupil in a brown eye is constricted, it is not as noticeable & therefore brown eyes appear warmer and kinder.

Great news for those of us blessed with brown eyes.  We are not common, we are perceived to be kinder, warmer and more approachable!

That being said, lets move on to eyeshadow tips for brown eyes:

1- Choose neutral colors.  You can & should accent with color, but only accent, not over entire eyelid!

2- Apply a concealer or eyeshadow primer all over lid, lashes to under brows. BLEND! Apply a light dusting of powder with a large soft face brush.

3- Choose a beige, off white or champagne color & blend across eyelid completely.  Work some of the light shadow into the tear duct area.  Use a Q-tip to place it there.  More control & less fall out of shadow on the face.

4- Take a medium size shadow brush, dip into a brown, rust, gray, wine, deep green or dark navy blue eyeshadow, blow off excess (&/or place a square of toilet tissue, folded in half under eye from the mid point outward, slant it up) and apply from the outer part of the eyelid inward.  Keep that same one direction of application.  Not back & forth, only inward strokes, from outside the eye towards inner.   Lighten your pressure as you reach the mid point of the lid.  You should press harder on the outer eyelid, blending upward & soften your pressure coming in.  This technique allows the color to deposit darker on the outer part of the eye and blend to a softer shade towards the mid point.

5- Grab the first shadow brush used for the first light color & without adding more shadow, just blend over the entire lid to blend the two colors.  Use a soft touch & feather strokes!

6- Line upper eyelid with a black, dark brown, gray, dark navy or the same tone chosen for eyeshadow color.  If using an eye pencil, warm the tip by stroking it on the back of your hand, this warms the pencil a bit & helps it glide across lid better on your lash line.  Blend with a thin, short bristled eyeliner brush. Use brush to blend the pencil color a bit past the outer lash edge of eyes.  If using a liquid liner, use a liner brush, not the wand that comes with the liner.  You'll have more control.  Take the liner off the applicator tip with your short bristle eyeliner brush & line at lash roots, starting on the outside working in.  This gives a stronger color to the outside (cat eye) of the lid and softer inward.  Blend!

7- Take a pointed Q-tip (be sure its pointed, not regular) dip the tip into your selected eyeshadow darker color (you may want to dampen the tip of the Q-ip slightly with water) & starting from outside, gently drag the color inward to the halfway or 3/4 way of lower lashes.  Remember to lighten your pressure as you move inward!!  That gives you a stronger color along the outer lower lid & softens the color deposit as you move in towards the tear duct.  Do not go all the way!  Turn Q-tip over to the unused side & use the clean tip to blend your line.  Pressing softer from the outer edge & increasing your pressure as you blend in.  This is reverse of the upper liner & darker eyeshadow application blending!  This technique leaves a darker color on lower lid lash line on the outer edge of eye & lightens the color inward.  Creating a larger eye look in a very subtle way!  Its all an illusion of light & dark contrasts to create a larger eye.  Lining upper and lower lids with black & no blending provides no contrast & looks harsh & makes eyes appear smaller & squinted.

8- Grab another pointed Q-tip & dampen it a tiny bit, dip the tip in your first lighter color shadow & gently blend your lower lash liner color from the mid point inward.  This blends the darker lower lash shadow liner & gives the illusion of no stopping point for the darker color, which looks stark & awful, & seamlessly blends the darker lower shadow right into the lighter shadow.  Blend the lighter color shadow on your pointed Q-tip right into you lower tear duct area.  Looks great and youthful, plus really opens the eyes!

9- Curler lashes & apply black mascara to upper lashes (coat both sides of lashes, on top & under). While it dries, apply eyebrow pencil or shadow to brows.  Be sure the color you select is one shade lighter then you hair color!!  Creates a youthful look!  Blend, define & Blend again.  Now on to mascara on the lower lashes using a Dark Brown mascara!  This is a slight difference but creates a fantastic eye opening look and contrast!  No more then 2 coats of each!

10- You are done!  Be sure to check your face and under you eyes for eyeshadow fallout.  Clean up with a clean angle sponge moving in an upward diagonal motion along the outer edge of eyes.  This gives a defined, lifting, clean effect.

I hope my detailed instructions helped!  I have read too many "makeup application guides" that tell you virtually nothing about how, what or where to apply products!!  I will be giving more variations of colors for making the most of brown eyes soon, as well as other eye colors!

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Career Fact- I was an originator of the "lighter color applied to the tear duct area".  I did it before anyone else back in 1990 to create the wide eyed & brightening look without having to line the inner lower lid.  I created it for a certain celebrity I worked on due to her sensitivity.  I also used this brightening trick on my brides.  I realized the white liner on the inner lower lid wears off fast & ends up as eye matter globs!  Brides tend to cry & the tears really wear off inner lower eyeliner, so that is why I placed the brightening color in the lower tear duct area, on the skin, not the inside of the eye.  Looks so amazing with a white wedding gown & in photos!!  Now all do it, but it was me who started the trend! Colors that look great applied to inner, lower tear duct area are: Golds, Silvers, Frosty Ice Blues, Lavenders, Soft Matte or Frosty Pinks, Champagne Shimmers & naturally Whites.
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