YG’s Cosmetic Line Moonshot Goes International With Global Online Store

 

We went crazy when we heard YG Entertainment released their cosmetic line, Moonshot. Who wasn’t mesmerized by all the vibrantly colored powder mousses and the luminous cream paints. But those of us who are a “moonshot” away from Seoul, we had no access to the wonderful pigmented products…until now. It’s time to rejoice and have our fill of cosmetic candy because YG just released Moonshot’s online global store, which means international shipping!

The brand that dares you to be extraordinary released their makeup looks for Spring/Summer 2015, and they don’t fail to wow us! Watch the behind the scenes to see how the makeup artists achieved the S/S15 looks by using Moonshot’s hot new product–the powder duo.

The models in the video are seen sporting the newly-released powder duo in Minty Wind and Aries Scent. If the video wasn’t enough to have you craving these colors, the actual products will certainly do the trick.

For those of you who’ve used green eyeshadows before, you may have experienced the green color turn into a dark ash grey color instead and you’re stuck looking like you wiped dirt across your eyelid. You don’t have to worry about that with Moonshot. The green color of Minty Wind stays true to its vibrancy. That means no dirt on your lids and only extraordinarily cool eyes.

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If green’s not your cup of tea, then have a look at Aries Scent. Nothing can beat a good lavender purple shadow– it’s equivalent to the trusty Little Black Dress but for your eyes. The Aries Scent palette will be your go-to for the spring and summer because it’s great for all skin tones and all eye colors, especially those with brown eyes.duo_703 copySS_Collection_03

Check out Moonshot’s international online store for more quality multi-use products! Plus, there’s a FREE SHIPPING event happening until April 19th. Better start stocking up on those goodies! Take a closer look at these top sellers that were featured in their Fall/Winter collection:

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All images courtesy of Moonshot Cosmetics.

 

 

Incredible Makeup Hack: Use Red Lipstick to Get Rid of Dark Circles

 

If I’m being completely honest with you, there have been quite a handful of “all-nighters” in my life. Who hasn’t had to give up sleep for work, school or that unhealthy addiction to Netflix? Whatever the cause may be, you’re bound to have a few days where you can’t hide the missing hours of sleep– they show up on your face in the form of dark, unforgiving circles.

Sure, there are plenty of expensive products specifically made for dark circles, but these brightening products often don’t give full coverage or simply create unnatural white circles. Trust me, you don’t want those things either.

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Leave it to YouTube beauty blogger, Deepica Mutyala, to find the solution. As it turns out, we don’t need expensive products to cover up our dark circles. All we need is a red tube of lipstick.

I know, I know. Lipstick doesn’t sound like something you’d want near your eyes, but trust us on this. Mutyala explains in her video that the opposite colors of your blue and green circles are red and orange. As a result, putting some lipstick on your dark circles offers more coverage than a bright concealer.

The trick is to know your skin type and understand what shade of lipstick would best oppose your circles. For instance, those of you who have have lighter skin will probably want to stick with a peach color while those of you who have tan skin can opt for orange and red shades. Blend the lipstick, cover it up with your normal concealer and voilà! You’ll be able to fool anyone into thinking you got a full night of sleep.

Mutuala’s viral video has already gathered nearly 4 million views. Check it out for yourself and let us know if you have any other crazy makeup hacks!

 

 

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Less is More: “Normcore” Springtime Makeup Trend

 

Normcore has to be one of the most confusing trends I’ve ever encountered. For those who aren’t too familiar, the “normcore” trend was birthed in late 2014 as unisex fashion with pieces that are unpretentious in an attempt to look “normal.” Such pieces include over-sized dad pants, plain tees and Birkenstocks paired with tube socks. To me, it all sounds like an early 90’s throwback. But i-D best explains the confusion by pointing out, “the purposeful nonchalance regarding appearance made its way into fashion, and suddenly the unplanned became planned.”

Somewhere in the mix, this paradoxical trend inspired a new makeup look also called “Normcore.” Some Korean makeup artists drew inspiration from the Paris Fashion Week F/W 14, noticing that the models were sent down the catwalk with minimum makeup except for some color around the eyes. More recently, Marc Jacobs reinforced this trend even further in his S/S 15 collection. According to i-D, Marc Jacobs models “weren’t wearing any make-up. Not just that “no-make-up make-up” style. Really, no make-up.”

With Spring right around the corner, I’m excited to try out this trend even if the name is super misleading. Coming from 2014, where it was all about the graphic brows and the Kim K contouring, I’m ready to stop covering up and start shedding the extra layers of makeup. It’ll be refreshing and most importantly, it’ll give my skin some time to breathe.

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Normcore makeup is all about being soft and lightweight, but impactful. No heavy foundation, only key coverage, no heavy contouring and no sharp eyeliner. When it comes to the eyes, you want to showcase deep eye sockets and your brow bone. So for eyeshadows, be sure to stay with warm matte colors like gold and orange hues. For more on application, you can watch a couple tutorials below.

Although this video does not have subtitles, you can still get an understanding of normcore make up by watching this video. Feel free to skip ahead to 2:18 for the tutorial:

 

Here’s a bolder variation of the look:

 

All photos courtesy of Jung Saem Mool.

 

Japanese Makeup Artist Transforms Into Audrey Hepburn, Ariana Grande and the One Direction Members

 

A few months ago, we showed you the skills of Paolo Ballesteros, a Filipino host and actor who has undeniable talent when it comes to makeup. Using wigs and his makeup skills, Ballesteros has made himself look like Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, Kim Kardasian and countless other Hollywood stars.

Well it looks like there’s someone else who has picked up a talent for recreating Hollywood looks. A Japanese makeup artist known as Zawachin has attracted 276K followers on twitter for her monomane meiku (imitation makeup).

While Ballesteros gained popularity for his ability to look like female celebs, Zawachin uses makeup to look like both male and female celebrities. In fact, she transforms into celebrities of various age, gender and ethnicity.

Zawachin often uses masks, objects or even her hand to block the lower half of her face. By doing this, she allows the focus to lay on her eyes and eyebrows. Surprisingly, even though she only shows part of her face, her imitations are practically flawless.

Using impressive makeup skills, wigs and even proper wardrobe, Zawachin has transformed into Avril Lavigne, Ariana Grande and, most impressively, all the members of One Direction. Most recently, she has been able to mimic the classic look of Audrey Hepburn. She was even able to mimic Hepburn’s famous pixie bangs without actually cutting her hair.

Check out the photos below and be sure to check out Zawachin’s twitter account and official website.

 

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Look For Less: MAC vs. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Who doesn’t love playing around with eyeshadow? From bright yellow to stark white, Makeup Geek has you covered.

Who do we look to for good eye shadow? MAC, of course. MAC Cosmetics is known for their high end quality. Their eyeshadows are highly pigmented, apply evenly and blend well. But what about those who don’t want to hurt their wallet for make up?

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We have found a brand that offers the same quality as MAC, but for less! Makeup Geek‘s eyeshadows are highly pigmented, cruelty free, talc and paraben-free and blend well.

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MAC’s eyeshadow pans contain 1.5 grams of product for $10, while Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans offer 1.8 grams of product for $5.99. If you have a favorite MAC eyeshadow, you can most likely find a similar Makeup Geek color. Here are a few dupes:

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Top 5 Sweatproof Makeup Products For The Summer Heat

During these hot, summer months, everyone is looking for makeup that lasts. Take on the heat, with these must-have beauty products.


Smashbox Primer

1) Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer ($36) 
Prime, protect, and correct your skin in just one step! This primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and helps foundation last longer. SPF 20 helps protect skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

 


 

Aqua Cream

2)  Make Up Forever Aqua Cream ($23)
Aqua Cream provides rich pigmentation in just one application. Its waterproof formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

 


Stila Eyeliner

3) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner ($20)
This waterproof, liquid liner glides on smoothly without skipping or smudging. The thin marker-like tip is easy to use, and creates a thin line.


Cannonball Mascara

4) Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara ($20)
This Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the wand to increase length and volume, while never flaking off.

 


Cargo Blush

5) Cargo Water Resistant Blush ($26)
This sweatproof blush has a longwearing silicone formula that withstands moisture.

Top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses

Vibrant and bold colors have certainly risen in popularity. We can’t tell you how many women reach for their bright red lipstick on a night out. More women are also choosing colorful eyeliner and eye shadow to make their facial features pop.

Despite this, there are certainly still a handful of women who opt for for more natural-looking lips. Maybe you prefer to draw attention to your eyes. Maybe a nude shade better matches your skin-tone. Maybe you just simply like the look of natural and nude lips. Whatever the reason may be, we have just the thing for natural lip gloss lovers.

Audrey intern, Paulina Lee, is here to give some insight on the top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses currently on the market.


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1) Bobbi Brown- Rich Color Gloss in Pink Buff ($25)
This lip gloss gives lips a beautiful glossy appearance without the stickiness.  It also provides a layer of moisture, which gives even dry lips the appearance of a smooth gloss finish.  The pigment of this is a bit more on the matted side.


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2) Smashbox – Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Forever- Whispering Pink ($22)
Although the pigment looks glittery in its container, it isn’t so when applied.  When applied on your lips, the color comes out as a pretty pink shimmer with just the right amount of gloss.  It’s great for a fun night out and another plus is its lasting quality– one application can last for hours.


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3) Benefit – Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion ($16)
Not only does this lipgloss give a youthful appearance, but smells wonderful to boast.  The pigment of this lip gloss is much more sheer than the two above, but still retains the a pretty glossy quality without feeling sticky.


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4) Revlon – ColorStay Overtime Liquid in Forever Pink ($10)
This gloss is long-lasting as one side is the pigmented color while the clear end of the stick acts as a sealing conditioner to maintain the glossiness.  It boasts a 16 hour lasting quality to it, allowing the subtle pop of color to last throughout the day.


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5) LUSH – Lips Liquid lipstick in Perspective ($19)
Like all LUSH products, this lipgloss is made from entirely natural ingredients such as rose wax and jojoba oil.  It is not as glossy as the others and may need to be touched up with additional clear gloss, but it stands out with its vibrant yet subtle pigment.  Also, this product unique in its versatility, as it can also be used as blush or eyeshadow as well.

Tutorial: Get Instant Double Eyelids (Without Surgery!)

Currently, South Korea has the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. In fact, Miss Korea Kim Yumi had absolutely no problem discussing her multiple procedures. Then there’s the woman who was so obsessed with Miranda Kerr‘s looks that she decided to go under the knife in an effort to look like the Australian Victoria’s Secret model. This phenomenon has become so normalized that a television show called “Let’s Beauty” allows audiences to follow along with someone’s cosmetic transformation.

Among the various cosmetic surgeries, the double eyelid surgery is the most requested and popular procedure for East Asians. The double eyelid surgery is designed to create or enhance the eyelid crease. The procedure is known to be simple and quick. As a result, many women appear to be getting the procedure done even in their teenage years.

Despite the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures, some people refuse to go under the knife and have looked for other ways to enhance their physical features. For instance, some Asian women are turning to photoshop for that confidence boost.

Then, there are some who turn to make up. If you’re hoping to get the appearance of a double eyelid, but you’re not planning on getting surgery for it, we’ve got just the thing. Here’s a tutorial on how to achieve a double eyelid using just make up.

 

Click here for a translation of the steps.

Red Hong Yi’s Chinese Makeup Art

No, we’re not talking about Michelle Phan-esque YouTube tutorials. Malaysian artist-architect Hong Yi, who also goes by her nickname “Red,” has been referred to as the artist who “loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush.”

Yi, who owns her own design studio and travels for work in between Shanghai and Malaysia, is known for using unique mediums for her work. She has made portraits out of flower petals, sunflower seeds, candle wax, bamboo sticks and coffee cup stains. She’s even painted an entire portrait using a basketball as a brush.

The artist claims that she was inspired to use everyday objects for her artwork after moving to Shanghai to work. She argues that some of the most overlooked items can create the best pieces of art.

In honor of Chinese New Year, Yi has made one of her most creative projects yet. Using only make up, Yi has managed to recreated scenes from Chinese myths and create cultural and traditional symbols of the country such as opera masks, firecrackers, cherry blossom trees and goldfish.

The artist explains, “Chinese art requires a lot of precision and skill – one stroke can make a huge difference I felt that this is similar to how a woman carefully puts on her make-up.”

Check out her impressive artwork below and be sure to look into her other works here.

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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.”