Take a Tip From Olivia Munn: 6 Hair and Makeup Looks To Try

 

Olivia Munn clearly is a master of beauty. From a bright lip to a golden glow, she wears almost any look with aplomb. Check out some of our favorites that you can try out for yourself this summer.

 

1. Sapphire blue shadow

 

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Who says Asians can’t wear blue eyeshadow? The key, as shown on Munn above, is to stick with a sapphire blue and keep the color sheer (no cat-eyes here!). Complement the look with a slight flush and neutral lips. Let the eyes do the talking by pulling back hair into a chic chignon or messy topknot.

 

2. A coral-orange lip and loads of mascara

 

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Photo from Just Jared.

 

We love this look on Munn — it’s fresh, clean and yet glamorous, all at the same time. Munn usually likes a smoky eye, but we love how focusing on her upper lid and keeping her eyes unlined really opens up her eyes. And you don’t have to go full-on glam like Munn — just pull back one side of your hair (let the other side fall forward) and pin with metallic bobby pins (cross them, like an “X”) for a more everyday look.

 

3. Smoky eyes and nude lips with a bit of a contour

 

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This is Munn’s go-to look. What really makes this ubiquitous combo (smoky eye-nude lip) work is her slicked back long bob. Pair with a breezy dress for summer and you’ll still look hot while staying cool.

 

4. Matte pink lips with a hint of pink blush

 

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When you’re doing a bold lip, most people prefer to skip the blush, but we like how Munn kept her eyes minimal and complemented her matte pink lip with a sheer pink flush. If you’re on the paler side, the blush is just what you need to balance such a bold statement on the lips. And again, the pulled-back hair keeps the look edgy, not cheesy, and keeps all eyes on the mouth.

 

5. Peachy nude lips and bronze eyes

 

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Another retro ‘do for Munn, but this time paired with bronze shadow and peachy-nude lips. A bit of contour with a matte bronzer keeps Munn from looking washed out — it’s a chic, monochromatic look.

 

6. A golden glow with a strong flush

 

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Photo from Just Jared.

 

Perhaps the easiest look to pull off this summer, sweep matte bronzer to forehead, up cheekbones, down the nose (all places where the sun naturally hits), line the upper lid and dab on lip balm. Pull hair back into a chignon or ponytail and you’re ready to go.

3 Tips for Monolid Eye Makeup

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and thought to yourself, “That would never work, I don’t have the same eye shape,” or “Where do I put the crease color since I don’t have a crease?” We’ve got a few tips to help you out.
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1. Think ombré. The key is applying your shadow in a gradient with the darkest color closest to the lash line. This gives the illusion of depth. Make sure you blend everything well; you want the colors to fade into each other rather than having distinct lines between each color. Finally, make sure you blend outwards. Dark colors near the inner part of the eye tend to make the eyes appear closer together.

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2. Focus on the lashes. The shape of a monolid eye can push lashes downwards. Always curl your lashes and add a couple coats of mascara to hold the shape. Waterproof mascara tends to hold a curl better.

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3. Use a natural highlight. Many people use a light color on the inner corner of the eye or the bottom waterline to brighten their eyes. For monolid eyes, a very light color can look unnatural. Opt for a flesh toned color to create that brightening effect.

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Michelle Phan Doesn’t Wash Her Face In The Morning?

Last month, we showed you the rather horrifying results of sleeping with makeup on. Even more stomach-churning, we showed you what happens when you don’t handle blackheads.. for twenty-five years.

Needless to say, skincare is (or should be) important to all of us. The task is to find the right methods to make sure you keep your skin as healthy as possible. All over the web, you can find people who swear by their methods of skincare and provide secret tips for a clear face. Should all of this advice be listened to?

Certainly not.

Realbeauty.com, for instance, noted that toilet seat covers can be used as blotting sheets. While we don’t doubt this, we’re go ahead and pass on this beauty tip.

So who do we turn to? How about someone who has over 5 million YouTube subscribers and nearly one billion video views?

For years, viewers have trusted Michelle Phan with makeup tutorials, skincare advice, and now fans have been going crazy over her new makeup line, EM Michelle Phan.


So when Michelle Phan advises us to not wash our face in the morning, people were a bit caught off guard. But don’t worry, the makeup guru has a perfectly fine explanation for this. Huffington Post reports:

I don’t wash my face in the morning. I know that might sound gross to some people but essentially when you’re sleeping and your pillows are clean, all you need to do in the morning is wipe down [your face] with a wet cloth. A lot of the times when you’re constantly washing your face over and over again, it dries the skin and your skin will produce more oil which causes breakouts. So it’s all about keeping balance on your skin and applying a light moisturizer in the day time.

 

Be sure to check out more of her advice here.

Michelle Phan’s Quick Secret to Painless Eyebrow Plucking

If you’ve spent years plucking your eyebrows, then you probably remember the very first time that those tweezers hit your brows. You distinctly remember the excitement quickly turning into horror after realizing that eyebrow plucking can be a painful ordeal.

Some of you are the lucky ones. You tolerate pain well and you’ve grown accustomed to your skin being pulled at. This thing has become a breeze after years of practice. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

Some girls experience blood every time they pluck. Others have skin so sensitive that the whole process brings tears to their eyes everytime. Even more peculiar, some have complained of the odd need to sneeze whenever they do their eyebrows.

The point is, plucking eyebrows is not always the most enjoyable of activities and Michelle Phan is here to help. The makeup guru has a quick and simple secret to pain-free eyebrow plucking:

1.) Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring dry

2.) Fold the washcloth in half and lay it over your eyebrows for 1-2 minutes

3.) Remove and pluck away!

 

Because heat and moisture are the main components in painless plucking, you can also benefit from plucking your brows after a shower or dipping the tweezers in warm water.

Be sure to check out Michelle Phan’s basic eyebrow tutorial and share some of your brow plucking secrets below:

 

 

Audrey College Tips: Surviving Your First All-Nighter

All-nighters: you can only avoid them for so long.

Its a week before your midterm and you’re relaxed. That’s definitely enough time to study right? But then you have that meeting tonight. You also promised dinner with your roommate the next night. Oh, and a new episode of your show is on- you can’t miss that. Before you know it, your midterm is the next day and you haven’t studied yet.  It’s crunch time and you’re dreading the night ahead of you, but at this point it’s necessary. Although this may be an experience most college students want to avoid, some may thrive and work greatly under pressure. While we don’t endorse sleepless nights, we’re certainly guilty of quite a few of them. Here are some tips to help you survive your first all-nighter:

1. Take a nap: If you’ve already had a long morning, go ahead and take a two or three hour nap in the evening before you begin doing your work. This will give you energy for the long night ahead of you.

2. If your assignment doesn’t need internet connection, don’t use it: Social media sites such as facebookand tumble can be quite distracting. If your assignment does require internet connection, limit yourself to using those sites. There is a lovely application for macs called self control, which allows you to block a list of websites or programs you want for a certain period of time.

3. Keep energized with healthy snacks: The continuous snacking and crunch of a bowl of nuts or dried fruits gives you a steady release of energy over time. If you’re looking for a quick energy source, fresh bananas and apples are the way to go. Both are packed with several vitamins, minerals and good carbohydrates.

4. Stay away from energy drinks: The quick energy high is always followed by a crash. If you must, drink a soda or coffee. They’ll give you a perk without the crash later. If you’re not a caffeine drinker, cold water will keep you up throughout the night.

5. Study location is key: Not your bed, a comfy couch, or the floor that will potentially make you want to fall asleep. Work somewhere you will not be tempted to fall asleep and complete your work in a well lit place.

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6. Complete your more challenging assignments first: You’ll have more concentration to do good work at the beginning of your all-nighter.

7. If possible, take a couple breaks: During your breaks, walk around and stretch or take a cold shower to help wake you up. If needed, take a 20 minute power nap to re-energize your body and mind.

8. Work with a group: If you’re not the only one that needs to pull an all nighter, work with your friends. Surround yourself with those who will keep you accountable on working efficiently.
Different things work for each individual so be sure to try all of them out and even find new tips to keep you up. Most importantly, breathe and keep a positive state of mind throughout the night. This will allow you to stay calm and focus on the work that needs to be done.

Wong Fu Reminds Us To Save Money … To Avoid Awkward Dates

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) has teamed up with Wong Fu Productions to bring an entertaining way for students to think about financial literacy and money management. Because lets be honest, students of this generation need to save as much money as possible.

APIASF is the largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The organization joined forces with Wong Fu Productions and Wells Fargo to create this adorably amusing short. “Save The Date” reminds us of the importance of responsible money management.

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Here at Audrey, we completely understand the importance of saving up. We’ve come up with a few tips to make sure you avoid situations as awkward as this one. Trust me, you’ll thank us when the time comes.

 

1.) Beware the dangerous debit/credit card. 
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For some, debit and credit cards feel like a limitless source of funds. You don’t physically see your money leave your wallet, so its easy to lose track of how much you spend and how much you have left. Don’t fall into this trap. Stop by the bank and withdraw some cash so you can physically keep track.

 

2.) Utilize your kitchen. 
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You just came back from class, you’re exhausted and the last thing you want to think about is spending time cooking dinner. Fight the urge to pick up your phone and call for take out. Money spent on take-out and eating out adds up quick. Why not work on your cooking skills?

 

3.) Open up to your friends about your finances.
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Don’t find yourself in the endless trap of making excuses every time your friends want to go out. You owe it to yourself to open and let them know that you’d prefer to stay in and watch a movie. In the end, you don’t seem anti-social and you get to spend time with friends.

 

4.) Shop smart. 
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There are plenty of ways to shop smart. Remember those things your mom used back in the day called coupons? Well they still exist and they work wonders. Also, avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry. You’ll end up buying the whole store.

 

5.) Give yourself an allowance 
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I know you’re finally at that age where your parents don’t control and limit where your money goes, but nows the time to realize that your parents had the right idea. Start allocating money and stick to that amount. If you’ve only allotted $20 to buy yourself new clothes this month, then drop one of those cute tops and pick it up next month.

 

6.) Buy used textbooks 
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If you know you have no intention of keeping a book after you’ve finished a class, opting for a used book is always a good idea. Sometimes, these books are so well maintained that you wouldn’t even notice it was used. That, or the previous owner wasn’t too big a fan of studying.

 

7.) Open a savings account
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Open a savings account and every time you have a little extra cash, move it over. A lot of times, this ends up being a life saver and you’ll be surprised how a little bit of cash every day could add up.

 

8.) Have someone keep you accountable.
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Let someone know that you’re trying to save money. They can be the reminder you need when you’re in danger of spending too much.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went To College

1) Find the Balance
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Your first year of college is similar to a trip to the buffet. You’re excited, you’re hungry, and you want to eat as much as you possibly can. The more experienced buffet-goers laugh at your rookie mistake as they take just enough food to feel satisfied. You on the other hand? You’ll try to pack towers on that plate of yours.
When entering a new chapter of your life, it’s understandable that you’re trying to do it all. You want to do amazing in your classes, join as many clubs as possible, make life-long friends (or at least enough friends to avoid eating meals alone in the dining hall), and have an entertaining social life. The excitement will take you far, but you are warned- keep this up and you’re on the path to burn out. There’s no point in overwhelming your schedule if you sacrifice your grades, your health, and even your relationships. With the adrenaline of entering college, its easy to think we can handle it all, but you’re only human. Make sure you understand your limits and manage your time wisely.

2) Go to Class
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Having the choice to attend or skip class is quite the change from highschool. Inevitably, the option is taken advantage of …a lot. I will admit that I had my share of mornings where I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed- so I didn’t. This is a trap. Don’t fall into the trap. Trust me when I say that life will be much easier for you if you’re not scrambling to catch up with lectures or irritating others by asking for their notes. While you may find a way to pass the class regardless of attending, years later you’ll regret this. Look at it this way- calculate all the money you would waste by not attending a single class. Yeah, not worth it.

3) Explore
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One of my most favorite parts of college is the chance to really look into yourself and explore. A lot of people view college as a final time to do what you want to do and be what you want to be before stepping into the infamous “adulthood” stage. It’s a chance to test your limits and discover what you’re really capable of. So step out of your comfort zone- take that yoga class you’ve been dying to do. Talk to that cute person you normally would just admire from afar. Explore your limits and be fearless. Why not?

4) Take care of your health
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It’s easy to put health in the backseat with so much going on. Sleepless nights to cram for a test, unhealthy “apartment” food (ie. a diet that consists primarily of ramen noodles, frozen pizza, and mac & cheese), and having so much to do that visits to the gym happen about as often as journeys to Mordor. These are only a few of the many ways that your health can take a big hit if you don’t take care of it. A lot will be going on, but you owe it to yourself to make sure your health is a priority. Go the extra mile to do this. Let your roommates help keep you accountable to a strict bedtime (yeah, turns out we need this reinforced even more as we get older). Buy on-the-go breakfast food so you don’t rush to class on an empty stomach. Walk the long way to class. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but repetition of these little things will go a long way.

5) Its okay to be confused
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A lot of people I know ended up changing their major during college and that’s okay. A lot of people decided on an entirely new profession and that’s okay. A lot of people left college without knowing where exactly they were headed and while that’s scary- that’s okay. This was a lesson that I very stubbornly had to learn as well. We’re all accustomed to knowing the next step. We’re comfortable because we’ve been guided up until this point. Middle school led to highschool and a set highschool schedule led to college . But here, the babying stops. You have to make the difficult decisions and choose your path on your own. Its important to take a deep breath and not be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to need some time to figure it out.

6) Relationships are hard work
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When I entered college, I happened to find a group of friends who, like me, were in long and serious relationships. By the end of the year, almost all of us were single. By no means am I saying that relationships in college are impossible. I am also not advising that you break up with your significant other just because you two will go to separate schools. I’m simply pointing out that relationships in college are hard. With a significant other potentially being far away, schedules packed with new adventures, and “temptations” everywhere you turn, you two will have to test your trust of one another. Effort is key and with so many distractions around, it’s easy to forget that a relationship is also a responsibility. I am a firm believer that relationships in college can actually be some of the best ones, but it will only prevail if you are willing to put in the work.


7) Go to office hours
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A lot of students tend to avoid office hours and fail to see the point of it. Trust me, you’ll want to take advantage of this- its never a bad thing to make a good impression on your professor. You’ll be surprised at how much information they’ll divulge about the midterm/final and its the ideal way to get a letter of recommendation. Unless you have an absolute jerk of a professor, they tend to be happy that you just took the time to see them.

8) Be brave- Make friends in class
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Congratulations to those of you who have a super-human immune system, but if you’re like the rest of us, sickness is inevitable. The thing I’ve learned is you ought to make at least one friend in class who can save you from the dilemma of missing notes from an important lecture. Keep in mind that this is still a friendship and friends shouldn’t take advantage of each other. Don’t be that person that obviously missed class all week because of partying and expects “friends” to take notes for them. Keep your favors to a minimum to maintain that relationship.

9) Drop the drama
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One of the beautiful things about graduating from highschool is that you’re allowed to drop all the mess that accompanied it. Drama, sticky situations, exes, you name it! While they may not be out of your life completely, you can look at college as a place to start over. A lot of things that stressed you out in highschool will no longer matter and ideally, college is suppose to be a place where people around you are much more mature. And if they’re not? Then you can let go of them. The pressure of getting along with everyone in highschool has been depleted so go ahead and drop any unnecessary drama. You’ll be surprised at how much better life can get.

10) Take it Slow
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Whether you’re in college for two years or five years, college finds a way to feel like you’re rushing through time. One minute you’re a freshman looking over a map to make sure you don’t get lost, the next minute you’re in your cap and gown taking graduation pictures. Many people have said that college can be some of the best years of your life. Needless to say, I suggest soaking it all in and taking it slow. If these really are the best years of your life, make sure they count.

Hair Nutrition with Byu-Ti Salon’s Natasha Sunshine

Jessica’s hair was dragging her down. Literally.  Nearing her hips, she was always swishing it around. (Especially in my face) I would tell her for months that her tresses were too long and most importantly, too unhealthy. It was time for a cut. And a color. And a treatment. And maybe a pedicure but that’s a story for another time.  We headed over to Byu-Ti Salon in Santa Monica, CA where the owner, Natasha Sunshine, is a pro at hair nutrition and not only making people look better, but more importantly,  feel better inside and out. As Jess got her hair completely revamped, I set out to learning from Natasha more about her salon and about taking care of one’s hair in general. And lemme tell ya, it’s not with 99 cent shampoos.
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