Ask Audrey Staff | What’s in Our Makeup Bag?

Find out what’s in our stash!

Do you have that specific eyeliner that you can’t go a day without? Or maybe you’ve found your perfect skin foundation. Maybe you’ve fallen in love with just the right eye shadow to make Asian eyes pop. Whatever it may be, we all have our own beauty secrets and favorites. Today, we’ve decided to share some of ours! I went and asked a few people here at the Audrey Magazine Office to share their favorite/essential piece of make up. Continue reading to find out whats in our bags and click on the pictures to see where you can purchase them!

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Summer Issue Extra: More Women Redefining Beauty

As an assistant editor for a women’s lifestyle magazine, I’m exposed to images, faces, bodies and shapes all day, every day. I surf blogs, I flip through magazines and I interview some of the most “beautiful” people on the planet.

As my life has gotten more infused with the media’s standards of beauty, I have to admit, I’ve become a little disturbed by the narrow scope of what is deemed beautiful in our society. Long limbs, blonde mane, enormous eyes, lush lips, big boobs, etc. As an Asian American woman, we have a slightly different set of requirements to be beautiful (straight black hair, big eyes, clear, pale skin, waif-y body shape, etc.), but it’s still there.

But then, I realized I was actually in a position to do something about it! Audrey Magazine decided to put out a casting call seeking REAL women to participate in a photo shoot for our Summer issue. We wanted to feature girls who had great stories to share about their quirks, their bodies, their faces.

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LA Fashion Week 2013 | Manna Kadar of Manna Kadar Cosmetics

Manna Kadar Cosmetics was the exclusive make-up sponsor of the 2013 LA Fashion week providing make-up for the runway shows last month.  While some might think this was a daunting task (handling every show!), Manna of Manna Kadar Cosmetics takes it all in stride.  This could be because of the long-wearing make-up she designed for the everyday woman.  Says Manna, “The premise for the line is [that] all the items are long-wearing, double duty so once you put the make-up on, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t smudge.”

Manna got her foot in the beauty industry door at an early age as she owned seven cosmetic stores by the time she was twenty-two while attending USC.  Operating cosmetics stores was the best hands-on training for her as she was able to truly test every product constructing her own analysis on what product performed well and what product didn’t.  She would go on to take some time off and venture into the financial world as a banker for seven years.  But her passion for beauty consumed her and she jumped right back in, acquiring a few more salons and spas.  What did she gain overall from this experience?  “I kind of learned both sides of the business…the combination of the two is what led to creating Manna Kadar Cosmetics,” says Manna.

AUDREY caught up with a busy Manna in between one of many shows during Fashion Week and we got the lowdown on her collaborative working process with fashion designers, one of her key products and how to achieve beauty “fabulousness” in a mere seven minutes.

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Audrey Style: Tropical Longings

And of course, will all the tangerine and tans, I must do the spring de rigeur orange lip. I like Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection’s lipgloss in Wild Coral (below, second from left). Not only is it a cinch to apply, but the sheer coral-orange is a real life version of the bright orange lips we saw all over spring runways. Super flattering on Asian skintones, you get all the wow factor of the classic red lip without any of the retro kitsch.

Estee Lauder “Bronze Goddess” collection.

And while it’s still too early for bronzers, I like the dash of luminous pinky tan the collection’s Exotic Bronzing Blush imparts to my wan winter skin. Don’t be fooled by the name — it’s only a touch of inner glow color for even the palest of skintones. (And I love the zebra stripe design — so glamorous!)

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Exotic Bronzing Blush.

The Bronze Goddess collection is out now for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters.

Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner

Yes, color is important, but nothing really transports me to an island oasis like scent. Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner has just the right amount of coconut scent to transport me to some Eden-esque isle, without overwhelming me with pseudo-vacation mockery. And the extra luxe formulation (organic coconut and sunflower oils, as well as organic shea butter) that’s also 100 percent vegan does wonders for my dry ends. It makes me want to linger in the shower juuuust a little bit longer.

Editor’s Diary: FreshEvents’ Pamper Me Fabulous

FreshEvents’ Pamper Me Fabulous brought together some of L.A.’s hottest spas and salons.

I always think it’s funny when people tell me I have a glamorous job. The words “magazine editor” conjure images of exclusive red-carpet soirees and celeb-infused events. Sure, I get a cool invite or two and tons of free products, and I’ve sat a mere arm’s length away from such luminaries as Tony Leung and Ralph Fiennes at one time. But most of the time? I’m just trying to catch up with my email and figure out the day to day. I wish I could clone myself just so I could make it out to all the spas and salons that various publicists want me to check out. Continue reading

Personal Beauty: Elizabeth Le Pek & Lash Royalty

Lash Royalty’s Elizabeth Le Pek shares her beauty routine.

ISSUE: Winter 2010

DEPT: Beauty

STORY: Anna M. Park

As a former talent agency owner, Elizabeth Le Pek, 29, has had plenty of experience with stunning models and major corporate clients. So when the Vietnamese American decided to start her own company, it seemed natural for her to enter the beauty market. She knew that false eyelashes were just as important as the right shade of lipstick, but all the quality lashes she encountered were priced well over $20 a pair. So she started Lash Royalty, an affordable line of false eyelashes supported by years of research.

Daily beauty routine: I keep my skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, and face moisturized with SPF 30. I truly believe that you should give your skin a break from makeup as much as possible. When I am not wearing makeup, I often receive compliments on how my face looks dewy and smooth.
Beauty must-have: I cannot live without my false lashes! They’re a quick and non-invasive way to give my eyes the attention they deserve! And I absolutely love Shu Uemura’s beauty cleansing oil – it is one of the best makeup removers.

Best feature: My smile. I read somewhere that if you smile constantly, it actually makes you more attractive to others. Besides, we have enough grumpy people in L.A., so why not smile and stand out. Beauty advice for Asian women: I always recommend highlighting your eyes with a pair of high quality false eyelashes. This re- ally opens up the eyes and creates an elongated effect to the natural shape.

More stories from Audrey Magazine’s Archives here.

Cargo’s Judy Yonemoto Shares Celeb Makeup Secrets

Want gorgeous skin like Maggie Q’s? Read on.
Cargo’s Judy Yonemoto on how to look as good as your favorite celebs.

ISSUE: Summer 2011

DEPT: Beauty Kit


Makeup artist Judy Yonemoto, a member of cosmetic brand Cargo’s Elite Artist Community, specializes in film and television, and is currently working with the cast of NBC’s hit comedy Outsourced. It’s a perfect fit for the Japanese American because Cargo’s blu-ray High Definition line was specifically designed with photochromatic pigments and micronized minerals to meet the challenges of high definition filming. Here, Judy addresses some of the makeup issues important to Asian women.

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Beauty | Lighten Up with Brightening Cosmetics

Lit from within? The secret is even skintone, as seen on Ming Xi in Vera Wang.
Whitening, lightening or “brightening” cosmetics lines are just starting to take off here in the U.S.

ISSUE: Fall 2011

DEPT: Beauty Kit

STORY: Anna M. Park

You had a glorious, carefree summer of soaking in the sun and now you’re paying the price. The remnants of your golden tan are slowly turning into splotches, courtesy of UVA rays. “Dark spots, discoloration and uneven skin pigmentation are common problems, especially among my Asian patients,” says celeb dermatologist Jessica Wu, author of Feed Your Face. In fact, for Asian skin, it’s typically hyperpigmentation that tends to be the first sign of aging, rather than wrinkles, she says, since Asian skin tends to be thicker.

In fighting brown spots, one of the most commonly used ingredients is hydroquinone, which works “by blocking one step in the skin’s production of pigment,” says Dr. Wu. There’s been some controversy over the safety of hydroquinone (though studies have yet to link the ingredient to cancer in humans), but there are plenty of alternatives like kojic acid, arbutin and soy, which, according to Dr. Wu, has been shown to reduce discoloration in patients with darker skin tones, including Asians.

A multi-faceted approach is key in fighting hyperpigmentation, according to dermatologist Ronald Moy. He recommends retinols or salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, which leads to more rapid skin growth, and then hydroquinone or other pigment inhibitors to block the production of melanin. When over-the-counter creams fail, Dr. Moy turns to laser peels, microdermabrasion, chemical peels or intense pulsed light treatments. “The best laser for treating pigmentation on Asian skin is the long pulsed (not Q-switched) Nd:Yag laser combined with a pulsed dye laser,” he says. “It causes less trauma to Asian skin and there is not as much post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.”

While a booming industry in Asia, whitening, lightening or “brightening” lines are just starting to take off here in the U.S. “U.S. cosmetics companies have finally realized that uneven skin pigmentation, not just wrinkles, can make your complexion look older than its years,” says Dr. Wu. Here, some of our favorites.

  • 1. The cheeky skincare line’s latest brightening collection inspired by their Asian customers. Benefit B.right! Radiant Skincare.
  • 2. Clinically proven to even skintone in 30 days, this natural brightening system uses a superfruit complex of kakadu plum extract and Japanese unshiu peel to lighten without the usual side effects. Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening line.
  • 3. The newest discovery out of Estée Lauder’s research labs is clinically proven to even skintone in two weeks and is touted to work on all ethnicities. Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator.
  • 4. A unique mushroom extract breaks up dark spots for prescription strength, clinically proven results without the redness. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.
  • 5. Dr. Moy’s own line features a DNA repair enzyme engineered from marine sources in Iceland to encourage fresh, young cells, while a bleaching agent treats. DNA EGF Renewal DNA Intensive Renewal.
  • 6. From the Korean cult beauty brand, a blend of medicinal herbs to protect from UV light and stimulate circulation. Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum.
  • 7. Kiehl’s clinically proven Photo-Age line, formerly only available in Asia, is now exclusively in the U.S. at Kiehl’s Santa Anita Westfield, Arcadia, Calif. Kiehl’s Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment.
  • 8. With Korean ginseng and licorice, this targeted treatment works to regenerate elastin fibers and release trapped melanin in the deeper layers of the skin. AmorePacific Age Spot Brightening Pen

Audrey’s Days of Summer | Makeup Guide for Humid Weather

Stila’s BB Cream

Although I am a SoCal native, my upcoming trip to South Korea has inspired me to do a post on makeup for humid weather. The last thing we want is to have our face melt off.. Here are some tips to keeping your makeup fresh and intact!

Face

For the face, ditch the powder and liquid foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Most of these have SPFs in them so you kill two birds with one stone! Couple products I would suggest are:


NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Eyes

For your eyes, make sure all your products are waterproof, and prime your eyes if you’re going to wear eye shadow. I swear by Stila’s liquid eyeliner in black. Rain, wind, snow, it doesn’t budge! Urban Decay is famous for their primer; it is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Lips

Lip stains are known to have long lasting effects, but also known to dry your lips out. Try Tarte’s moisturizing lip stain. They have one that is both shimmery and matte, and the unique crayon shape makes it easy to apply quickly.


Tarte’s LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain

With the exception of the eyeliner and primer, all of the products mentioned above are paraben-free. I found it difficult to find natural alternatives when it comes to long lasting ability, but if there is a fantastic product we are missing out on, please tell us in the comments! Yes, Asian products, especially BB cream often times fare better to the ones in the US, but it is trickier to get your hands on. I am planning to do a huge makeup haul when I get to Korea though so stay tuned!