LOVIN’ LILAC

Get in on Pantone’s color of the year with tips from makeup artist Christina Choi on how to do orchid, lavender and plum on every type of eye. 

For spring, we’ll be seeing a lot of plums, lavenders and lilac in makeup and on the runways. I love this color trend because these shades look especially great on Asian skin tones. It’s also flattering for dark brown, brown and hazel eyes. Here, I show you how to wear this trend on three different eye shapes using Christina Choi Cosmetics. Finish each look with a sweep of Luxury Gloss in K-Pop, our new shade for spring, infused with argan oil and vitamin E — it’s the perfect complement to the lilac eye trend.


THE TOOLS:

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From left: Deluxe Stamp Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Bullet Crease Brush and Contour Crease Brush, all by Christina Choi Cosmetics.

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Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow

 

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Island Orchid Eyeshadow

 

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K-POP Luxury Gloss

 


 EYE TYPES:

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Eyes with small crease (thin double eyelids):
-Dust a sheer layer of Splendor Eye- shadow, a baby pink, from lash base up to the brow bone using the Deluxe Blending Brush.
-Keeping your eyes slightly open, contour the natural crease line with Chai Eyeshadow, a medium matte brown, using the tip of the Angled Shadow Brush. This brush is designed specifically for a thin double crease.
-Line the upper lash line with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow, a deep eggplant purple with silver flecks, using the Perfect Liner Brush. For a softer look, apply dry. If you want a more liquid liner effect, add a touch of water to your brush, mix, apply and wing outwards.
-Dust the lower lash base with Island Orchid Eyeshadow, a neon-lilac, using the Deluxe Stamp Brush. This brush is designed to make eye lining a breeze. Just use the side of the bristles and stamp onto the lower lash base starting from the outer corner, working your way in.

Eyes with no crease (monolid):
-Apply two layers of Island Orchid along the lower lash line using the Deluxe Stamp Brush. Then apply Island Orchid to the eyelid, blending and diffusing with the Crease Defin- ing Brush.
-Frame the upper lash line with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow using the Bullet Crease Brush to slightly smoke out the liner. For a more dramatic effect, add a couple layers of Purple Galaxy, making the liner thicker and diffusing the edges with the Bullet Crease Brush to create a blended appearance.
-Frame the lower lash base with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow using the Perfect Liner Brush.

Deep set crease:
-Apply a light layer of Island Orchid into the natural crease of your eyes using the Contour Crease Brush. This brush is designed to fit into a larger crease line.
-For a pop of plum, press Island Orchid on the eyelids using the side of the Deluxe Blending Brush, perfect for a larger eyelid surface.
-Contour the crease line with Purple Galaxy, using the tip of the Angled Shadow Brush. Use only a touch as this shade is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.
-Define the upper and lower lash base with Purple Galaxy using the Perfect Liner Brush.


Christina Choi has more than 17 years of makeup artistry experience, most recently as Designer of Makeup Artistry and National Artist at Bare Escentuals. She founded Christina Choi Cosmetics for the modern woman on-the-go — a multifunctional line complementing all skin tones, eye shapes and ethnicities, with an emphasis on products and brushes that work especially well for Asian features. 

 

This story was originally published in our Spring 2014 issue. Get your copy here.


Christmas Gift Guide For The Make Up Lover

So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?

Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.

 


EOS Lip Balm

“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)” 

 


NYX (The Curve) Eyeliner

“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. “ 

 

 


MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.” 

 

 


Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)

“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays” 

“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”

“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.” 

 

 


SENSAI Lip Treatment

“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.” 

 

 


Aerin The Mini Lipstick

“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.” 

 

 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!” 

 

 


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder (in Soft Beige)

“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!” 

 

 


Kanebo Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color (in 113)

“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! “ 

 


Urban Decay Naked Palette

“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”

 

 

 

Ask Audrey Staff | What’s In Our Bag? (Summer Edition)

Its time to pull out the sundresses and shorts- summer has arrived! Here at Audrey, we’ve noticed that the products we use during the summertime are very specific. Maybe its the sun or maybe its the mood we’re in during the summertime. Whatever the reason may be, we all have our essential summer items and we’re here to share them with you! Read more to see what’s in our bag this summer!

 

 

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“I love using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It’s true to its name, it has great staying power, which is essential for someone like me with oily skin. Plus, the applicator is easy to use!”


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“Its easy to forget that the sun can also be harmful for my eyes and not just my skin. This is where sunglasses come in! Ray-Bans are basically  the little black dresses of the sunglasses world. Keep this is your bag in case you have unexpected summer adventures and need a pair to match most of your summer looks.”

BB

“For summer, I lay off on the makeup and load up on sunscreen. I generally just use a BB Cream with SPF (I currently have DHC’s BB Cream in my current rotation). This particular one blends really nicely – feels so weightless and provides great coverage. ”

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“For an extra glow/shimmer, I finish off with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightescapade - it feels very luxurious”

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.Since it’s hot and you don’t want to have sweaty make-up/ foundation on, you just use concealer. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER! There are different shades to match your skin tone. This helps just cover blemishes and it doesn’t feel heavy.”

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“I enjoy using Kiehl’s Lip Balm! It works well and smells good. There are different flavors. I’m currently using the coconut one.”

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“I’ve been wearing the Victoria Secret Fantasies collection for as long as I can remember. While I usually opt for warmer scents like vanilla, the new Beach Dreams Collection is perfect for the summertime.”

coco

“Since the sun is out more often in summer (and I sit right where we get a direct amount of sunlight from the ceiling), I like wearing quirky baseball caps to shield my face at the office. Like this one.”

 

aveeno

“For sunscreen, I use two: for the body Aveeno’s Protect and Hydrate

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and for the face, Bona Clara’s Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29. The latter is pretty awesome because its non-sticky, comes in liquid form – and you can blend it in your daily moisturizer for extra protection. My skin is pretty sensitive – and thankfully, this is a sunscreen that hasn’t given me any breakouts on the face.”

 

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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