Plum Smoky Eyes

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist

I love going intensely dark for Fall and Winter with my makeup. Of course, it might not be a daytime appropriate look, however for the evening or an event… it is perfect! Always remember to BLEND smoky eyes like crazy. And apply a TON of mascara to those lashes please! (for more information on smoky eyes, read THIS post)

Get this Fall inspired smoky eye look

Makeup Used:

Atlantic Bisque Loose Mineral Foundation. Very Fair Liquid Concealer under the eyes.

Lotus Loose Mineral Blush. Alluring Contour Powder (under the cheekbones). Ethereal Highlighter (on cheekbones).

Cliff Brow Powder.

Highlight: Opal Loose Mineral Eye Shadow under the brow and in the inner corners.
Eyelid: Black Velvet Loose Mineral Eye Shadow with Plum Loose Mineral Eye Shadow over top.
Crease: Freesia Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow to blend the Black Velvet.
Eyeliner: Black Mascara as liner, Black Velvet Shadow smudged with Plum under the eyes.
Mascara: A load of Black Mascara applied to both top and bottom lashes.

Carnation Lip Gloss.

Are you daring enough to try this?

Eyeliner Application Second Edition

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist

Today I am going to continue on the topic of eyeliner. In my last blog about eyeliner, I addressed the factors affecting how eyeliner should be worn. Today I will go over the differences and details of our eyeliner options.

Our eyeliner selection is as follows:
Pencil (offered in a variety of shades),
Liquid (variety of shades),
Eye shadow as eyeliner,
Mascara as eyeliner.

Pencil Eyeliner:
Pencil eyeliner is a basic form of eyeliner. That doesn’t mean it isn’t complicated, but it is still eyeliner in its most basic form. It offers a creamy application. When applied sharpened it goes on dark and in a thin line. When applied dull, it offers a smudged look. It can be dramatic or subtle, again depending on whether it is applied sharp or dull. Layer it for more drama as well. You can set it with an eye shadow powder of the same (or similar) colour to help it last longer.

Liquid Eyeliner:
Liquid liner is dramatic and can be difficult to master. Once you do, you end up with flawless cat eyes, sharp lines, and a sleek intense line. If you’re not careful, it can go badly pretty quickly! Take your time with liquid liner, because if you make a mistake, it is difficult to correct. For a beautifully solid line, apply one coat and allow it to dry before applying another coat. Our liquid liner is smudge-resistant, however, it is not waterproof, as it is impossible to make a waterproof liner all-naturally. Liquid eyeliner cannot really be smudged for a softer look without flaking. So if you are looking for a smudged liner but love a liquid eyeliner, try using a pencil first and smudging that, and then finish with a thin line of liquid along the lashes.

Eye Shadow as Eyeliner:
I would have to say that many people never experimented with eye shadow as liner before Pure Anada came along! Since we started without classic pencil or liquid, we had to learn what else could work as eyeliner! Hence, eye shadow. The great thing about using shadow as liner is that it is hands down the easiest way to apply eyeliner, plus you get SO many colours to choose from! You can apply eye shadow damp or dry, and you will get a vastly different effect. Applying a shadow dry will create a soft subtle look. Applying a shadow damp is called “foiling”, because it creates a slightly metallic sheen and a liquid line effect. For easy application, use an angled liner brush.

Mascara as Eyeliner:
This is one of my favourite forms of eyeliner. On a daily basis, I use liquid liner because it is fast (once you get the hang of it), but when I have a bit more time this is my prefered liner option. I use this for my wedding parties, as it holds up the best. This is the most water-resistant eyeliner Pure Anada has, since it is a water-resistant mascara. It applies like a gel eyeliner, and can create beautiful matte lines. Apply this by sweeping a little bit of it onto the back of your hand and dabbing an angled liner brush into the mascara.

What eyeliner do you prefer? Do you like using colour or classic neutrals? I am really into using navy these days! I challenge you to try something new today. And don’t forget, practice makes progress ;) Eyeliner is the epitome of that.

Dramatic Winged Eyeliner

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist 

Get this dramatic lilac smoky winged eyeliner look.

Makeup Used:

Atlantic Bisque Loose Mineral Foundation, Saffron Loose Mineral Colour Corrector under the eyes (with loose mineral foundation over top).

Azalea Loose Mineral Blush, Beguiling Contour (under cheekbones & as bronzer), Ethereal Highlighter (on cheekbones).

Cliff Brow Powder.

Highlight (under brow and in inner corner): Opal Loose Mineral Shadow.
Eyelid: Lavender Grey Loose Mineral Shadow.
Crease: Onyx Pressed Mineral Shadow blended with Grape Pressed Shadow and Lilac Loose Mineral Shadow.
Liner: Black Mascara used as a gel liner along the upper lashline, Onyx Pressed Mineral Shadow smudged under the eyes.
Mascara: Black Mascara.

Ombre lips created by using Razzberry Lipstick on the outside of the lips, blended with Carnation Lipstick on the inner lips.

Colour Correctors

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist

We had someone ask us about using our loose mineral colour correctors under the loose mineral foundation (or pressed mineral foundation). So let me give you a little information on colour correctors and a step by step tutorial!

First of all, as a disclaimer, I will note that generally colour correctors are a bit complicated to use on a day to day basis and are designed for serious correction or for use by trained makeup artists. Most people will find it easier to use a liquid or cream concealer along with their foundation. You can also use a liquid or cream concealer without foundation, whereas a corrector has to be used in conjunction with foundation. I have also found that in most cases, using the loose mineral foundation without a colour corrector underneath offers sufficient coverage.

One more note, I prefer using liquid or cream concealers around the eyes, as I find using a powder corrector can increase the look of wrinkles around the eye area. If you prefer to use a powder corrector, always start with a small amount so it doesn’t get too powdery and dry looking.

However, if you prefer a colour corrector, this is a blog on how to use it!

We have 4 colour correctors:
  • Mint (light green to correct redness, such as rosacea),
  • Saffron & Sunflower (light and medium yellow to correct blue or green, such as dark under eye circles. Also works to correct redness),
  • Lavender (light purple to correct sallow/yellow tones).

On this blog, I will demonstrate Mint and Saffron correctors. The rules for Sunflower are the same as Saffron, but that shade can be used with deeper skin tones. The use of Lavender is so rare, and application technique would be the same as Mint. I have often used Lavender as an eye shadow colour!

Mint is used to correct extreme redness, but in cases where the redness isn’t too extreme you can use Saffron or Sunflower. Because they are yellow, they would still cover redness but be more user-friendly than Mint as they are closer to your skin tone than Mint.

You can only use powder correctors under powder foundation. It won’t work to use a liquid foundation on top of powder correctors. The liquid foundation will just smear away the corrector. However, you can use a liquid concealer underneath a powder, as a powder will help set it and won’t smudge it away.

Now for application!

If you are wanting to simply cover a small pimple or the like, dab a small brush (like the flat shadow end of our Duo Eye Brush or the tip of the Contour Crease Brush) into the powder and apply on the blemish. To cover a small area, just apply the corrector directly on the blemish, and don’t blend the corrector much. See pictures below for demonstration.

Before any corrector or foundation

Dab brush into Saffron

Pat Saffron under the eyes
What it looks like with Saffron applied, before foundation
Apply foundation over Saffron in patting motions

Dab small brush into Mint Corrector

Pat Mint onto the small areas that need correction

What Mint looks like before applying foundation

If you are needing to cover more space, for example, to cover the redness of rosacea on the cheeks, take a larger brush like our Mini Kabuki or Flat Top Foundation Brush and apply the corrector onto the face. Dab or pat the corrector onto the affected area(s) of the face, instead of swirling the minerals onto the face - as that will just cause the corrector to blend right into the skin and not really offer coverage. See pictures below for demonstration.

Dip foundation or kabuki brush into Mint Corrector

Pat Mint Corrector on larger parts of the face

What Mint looks like before applying foundation

Now it is time to cover the corrector with foundation. You can use either loose or pressed minerals as foundation - our loose powder is our fullest coverage, and the pressed minerals would be just slightly less coverage. I want to demonstrate on one side of my face the effect that Mint colour corrector has with loose mineral foundation over top, and then on the other side of my face with only loose mineral foundation. It is good to see how well the loose mineral foundation covers on its own, so that you can potentially skip the step of correctors if you don’t need them!

Covering the corrector is the most important part, especially if you are using Mint. If you don’t fully cover it, you will end up looking sickly… So let’s avoid that! Usually when applying mineral powder foundation, one swirls it onto the skin with a flat kabuki style brush. When covering over colour correctors, you want to dab/pat the mineral foundation instead. On the rest of your face, where there is no corrector, feel free to swirl on the minerals. See pictures below for demonstration.

Dip foundation brush into foundation

Apply foundation by patting it over Mint corrector

Now pictured below is the difference between one side of my face being corrected with Mint corrector and loose mineral foundation over top. On the other side it is only loose mineral foundation used for coverage. Left side: Mint Corrector & Foundation. Right side: Only foundation.

I hope this makes the use of colour correctors a bit more clear for you! Have you ever tried using colour correctors before? Have fun experimenting, and show us how it works for you!

(link to the blog of the makeup look pictured here: