How to: Contour, Highlight and Conceal

Hi dolls!

The other day I posted a new video entitled: How to Contour, Highlight and Conceal. A lot of people tend to run away when they hear the words “contour” and “highlight”, but I promise you it’s not that bad. When using the right tools, techniques and methods, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! I started getting into contouring and highlight when Kim Kardashian first posted that picture of her makeup artist applying the highlighter and brown shadow to her face, I was literally like “wow!” I then started googling and youtubing various makeup artists and how they apply the contour and highlighting technique to their face. To this day, I still think that Kim Kardashian truly has the best contouring and highlighting than any other celebrity – definitely an inspiring photo to look at while practicing is this one:

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Now, there are a lot of benefits to contouring as it can make a world of a difference. By contouring your temple, nose, cheekbones, jaw line, eye crease and even the inner corners of your eyes, you can make it look like you have lost 5-10 pounds easily! Contouring and highlighting also helps define your look, disguise double chins and adds shape to your face!

Concealing allows you to hide those dark circles under your eyes, hide pimples and any red spots that appear on your face. In addition, highlighting allows you to add brightness to your face! When highlighting, it reflects light on your face and gives you a brighter look. In addition, highlighting the middle of your nose will allow your face to appear much longer.

Of course contouring and highlighting is not as easy as it looks. Everyone has a different face shape and you have to find out what works for you! It takes a lot of practice, good precision and of course good lighting. If you have ever photographed yourself using the correct technique to contour and highlight, you will easily notice how much it change the structure on your face.

Anyway, I hope this video helps you guys with the basics of contouring and highlighting. This is kind of how I do it on an everyday basis. Of course, when I want my look to be more “dramatic”, I spend more time on contouring and highlighting and focus on my chin and temples in addition to my nose and cheekbones. For now, this is an easy and simple method that shows you how to contour your cheekbones and nose that helps you achieve that structured face!

xo
Anisa

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Evening Bollywood Makeup Tutorial

 

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Hi Everyone!!

Over the weekend, it was my friends Gaye Holud.. and can I just add that she looked like Princess Jasmine!? Absolutely gorgeous!! For her holud, I decided to wear a pink & purple coloured shalwar kameez and with that, I filmed a brand new make up tutorial!

I kept the colors pretty subtle on my face because I didn’t want to look like a clown, especially considering that my outfit was already so bright and colorful. I started with basic foundation and then moved onto my eyes. The eyeshadow was pretty subtle but my lashes made the look a little more glamorous! (Unfortunately I had translucent powder on one of my eyes throughout the whole video and only noticed when I watched it at the end) – it’s all good though, no shame here!

At the end of my look, I decided to try my new purple lipstick from NYX called Pandora. Unfortunately the colour was a little too dark for me so I decided to put on my favourite bright pink lipstick and was fully satisfied with the look =]

See below for a list of all the products used:

EOS Lip Balm
Monistat Chafing Gel (Primer)
Make Up Forever HD Foundation (153)
Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer (04)
Loreal Gel Eyeliner
Covergirl lash blast
NYX Eyebrow Pencil (EP04)
Nars Translucent Crystal Powder
Mac Prep and Prime
Beauty Blender
Becca Highlighter
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Naked Palette – Toasted
Lorac Pro Palette – Pearl
Princess Jasmine Palette – Ali ababwa
Nyx Lip Primer
Nyx Eyeshadow – Deep Bronze
Loreal – Kohl Eyeliner

Please let me know if I have missed any of the products listed above! Looking forward to making more makeup tutorials!

xo

Anisa

Wedding Etiquette – The do’s and don’ts!

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Hi Dolls!

My post was influenced by Lauren Conrad’s latest blog entitled: “Ladylike Laws – Wedding Guest Etiquette” that I saw this morning and absolutely loved! Are you a guest at a wedding this summer? There is a lot of hidden etiquette and unwritten rules that most guests attending a wedding do not know. Sometimes it is a good idea to read over some unwritten rules to know how you should or should not act and what you should or should not do. Some may seem really minor but keep in mind that the couple (and their family) take a lot of time and money to plan their dream wedding, they want it to be just perfect and will need your help to make that happen! Check out my rules below and feel free to add more into the comments section below!

  1. Be Polite – Do not ask to bring a “plus one”  if you were not given one originally. There is a reason you were not given one as the bride and groom spend a lot of time on the guest list and eliminate guests who they cannot fit into their budget.
  2. Do not wear Yellow – You would think this is a rule that people follow but you would be surprised. Usually at a Haldi ceremony or Gaye Holud, the bride wears yellow. Do not come to the ceremony wearing yellow, even if you think it is another shade of yellow, just change your outfit. Don’t dress to compete.
  3. Gifts – The bride and groom spend lots of money per head. It is appropriate to gift the bride and groom the approximate amount of what each head costs. Usually the Bride and Groom are spending approximately $60- $150 per plate, if you are a family of 4 then your envelope should reflect how many people are attending from your family.
  4. Punctuality – Of course it is common for a wedding to run a little later to ensure that everything is running efficiently. Do not show up at the wedding when the Bride and Groom are about to walk in. You are really and truthfully ruining their moment as they have to wait for you to be seated before they walk in.
  5. RSVP – I get it, you work 9-5 and your life is difficult. Do you think it is easy for the Bride and Groom to chase the guest list to find out if they are attending? Don’t be selfish. It literally takes 1 minute to hit yes or no on their wedding website. Also, do not RSVP for uninvited guests.
  6. Social Media – If the Bride and Groom have any specific wishes, please follow them. Some weddings discourage tweets while other Brides and Grooms provide a hashtag to use throughout the night. Follow the social media rules accordingly. Also, it is pretty odd when a guest attends the wedding and only uploads selfies or pictures with their friends. Go to the stage and take a picture with Bride and Groom, it doesn’t hurt.
  7. Children – If you have a younger child who is simply in a bad mood the day of the wedding, it might be a good idea to take them outside during the quiet wedding ceremony or traditional rituals that are taking place. Don’t be one of those parents that let their child run around like crazy and ruin the Bride and Groom’s entrance/moment.
  8. Sit at your assigned table – Do you really think that the Bride and Groom did not think out where and who you would be comfortable sitting with? There is a lot of time spent on seating arrangements. It’s rude to go ahead and place yourself wherever you want because quite frankly, you are messing up the seating situation for everyone else.
  9. Bridesmaids Duties – No one said you have to be up the bride’s ass. What you can do though, is at least be there for bridesmaids pictures instead of hanging around the lobby with your boyfriend and being inattentive.
  10. Religion – Do not be disrespectful of the couple’s religious or cultural traditions. This might mean covering your shoulders in a Church, Temple or Mosque. This could also mean, being quiet during a ritual you do not quite understand.
  11. Your Attendance – If you are not attending the full wedding ceremony, that is fine. Do not accept the invitation and leave shortly after saying your hello’s with the couple.  You just wasted a seat that could be given to someone else and money that was spent for your plate.
  12. Don’t be all about your own wedding – If you are getting married shortly after this couple, congratulations! Today however belongs to another couple – consider your wedding to be off topic for just this day.

Some of these unwritten rules may have come across too straight forward but until you plan a wedding yourself, it is difficult to understand. Try to be courteous of the couple that is getting married and have proper etiquette!

xo

Anisa

Glamorous Pink Lips!

Hi dolls!

Hope everyone is having a faaaabulous long weekend! So yesterday, my husband and I had 2 dawats to attend (family parties), we had one for lunch all the way in Hamilton and then one for dinner in Toronto, WHICH ONLY MEANT ONE THING! #makeuptime. I had to create a look that was going to last me all day long and still look fresh. What better way to do this then to add a nice vibrant bold lip? When working with a bright bold lip, I like to go lighter on the eyes (most days) and that’s why my eye make up is pretty neutral. The makeup lasted all day long (especially my lipstick), although I had some fall out from my covergirl lash blast mascara. Overall, I was really happy with the look and I hope you guys love it! See below for the list of products and check out the video on youtube of course!

xo

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List of Products: 
– Make Up Forever HD Foundation (153)
– Mac Prep and Prime
– Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer (sx04)
– Mac – Blunt
– Nars Translucent Powder 
– Ben Nye Banana Powder 
– Monistat Chafing Gel (Primer)
– Make Up Forever Blush (Neon Pink #75)
– Nars – Albatross
– NYX Eyebrow Pencil (EP04)
– Naked Palette – Naked Shadow
– Lorac Pro Palette – Chai and Shell 
– Maybelline Line Express Eyeliner – Dark Brown
– Makeup Forever Lipstick – Rouge Artist Intense 36

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YQAAOLVFUQ&feature=youtu.be

Macaroning with Hafsa

Hi dolls!

Hope everyone is doing fabulous on this rainy wednesday night. A few weekends ago, my girl Hafsa and I decided to get together to make Macaron’s! Now I did it once before and it worked out perfectly.. this time we had a few bumps along the road but thats mostly because we were goofing off the whole time. We used ‘Beth’s fool proof recipe’ that my cousin sent to me and it’s the only video that is very detailed in terms of making the perfect Macaron! Now without further ado, let’s get started!

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You will need:
3 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup of White Sugar
2 Cups of Icing Sugar
1 Cup of Almond Flour
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
Buttercream (Chocolate or Vanilla – your choice)
Your choice of food coloring (if any)
A mixer
A sift
A spatula
A couple bowls
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet
Piping Bag

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Step 1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Sift your almond flour and icing sugar into a bowl. During this time, you also want to make sure your eggs are at room temperature. If they are not, throw them in a bowl of luke warm water for about 3 minutes and they will be ready to go!
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Step 2: Prepare your egg whites (make sure to not get any yolk inside) and turn on your mixer to a medium speed.
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Step 3: Add a pinch of salt and your cream of tarter.
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Step 4: Mix on medium-high speed until you reach stiff peaks. You should be able to put the bowl over your head without the mixture falling! At this point, you should add a drop of your favorite food coloring. We unfortunately forgot and had to mix it by hand later which was also okay!
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Step 5: It’s time to mix your dry and wet mixture together. Make sure you fold slowly and do not over mix with your spatula! Once everything is well incorporated and is a thick consistency, pour it into a piping bag and get ready to make little circles!
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Step 6: On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, pipe out 1 inch rounds! Then, tap the cookie sheet 3 times and let the macaron’s sit out for 30 minutes.
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Step 7: Bake your macaron’s for 20 minutes and let them cool before you start assembling them with your butter cream mixture.
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Step 8: VOILA! The macaron’s are complete! Bon Appetite!
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I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy Macaron recipe. Check out the youtube video for more details on the baking process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ636Y8N6E8

Below, you will also find some more pictures of macaron’s I made a few months ago, dusted with icing sugar and made with chocolate ganache!

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Also, check out my girl Hafsa on her blog: http://www.hafsapathan.com/

Thanks guys!
Xo!

 

My Everyday Look

Hi dolls!

So it’s been quite some time since I have had time to blog but I’m happy to say I’m back… WITH MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO! #bigdeal

I’ve been wanting to start making Youtube videos for quite some time but it’s not only challenging but can of course can also be controversial. Regardless, I put all negativity (that can come in the future) aside and said to myself, I’m gonna do it!

My first video is a tutorial for an easy everyday make up look! This is a look that I do on a daily basis (sometimes I cut the skin enhancer and Ben Nye out of my daily routine because it can get a little ‘cakey’). Other then that, it’s a quick simple and easy look that only takes about 10 minutes. A little bit about my skin: I have pretty bad eczema as well as roseacea which has left my skin to be dry and red most days! This look helps me cover that up completely with just a few steps.

Thanks so much for all of the great feedback and questions about my makeup! I wanted to share my product details with you guys, if there’s anything I left out, feel free to let me know below in the comments!

Face/Skin:

EOS Lip Balm
Monistat Chafing Gel (Primer)
Mac Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation (NC42)
Kevin Aucoin Skin Enhancer (04)
Mac Powder Blush (Blunt)
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Nars Translucent Crystal Powder
Mac Prep and Prime
Beauty Blender
Becca Highlighter (Opal)
NYX blush (Color number wiped out from the back)

Eyes:
Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner
Mac Zoom Lash
NYX Eyebrow Pencil (EP04)
Mac Powder Blush Blunt

Lips:
Mac Lipstick (Creemsheen Creme Cup)

& that’s it you guys! Thanks so much for all of the support. I am SUPER excited to keep making videos and tutorials. Let me know what you guys want to see!