Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

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Last week, I was invited to speak to Mr. Toru Kobayashi, RMK Makeup Artist, and to learn a little more about the RMK brand and the RMK Style of makeup. I love talking to makeup artists – there is a tip to learn from every single one of them, and Toru Kobayashi was no exception. Although he spoke only Japanese, an interpreter and his effort to get his message across to me helped tremendously. I took away some good tips on applying makeup the Japanese way, and I think that sharing is a good thing! icon wink Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

Base Makeup Is Very Important

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L-R: RMK Control Color N, RMK Smoothing Polished Base, RMK Pressed Powder N

I’ve noticed that the Japanese brands place a lot of emphasis on the base. They take great pains to ensure that the base makeup which includes primer, concealer, foundation and highlighter is done well to create a natural yet flawless look for the skin. A base done well, combined with well applied mascara and a light lip is good enough for a barely there style of makeup which the Japanese favour, Mr. Toru proclaimed. Although he uses RMK products, I’ll try to tell you about other products which might fit the bill approximately icon smile Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

Hide pores with a primer

Toru-san’s favourite product for creating the perfect base is the RMK Smoothing Polished base (photoshop in a tube!) It covers pores, creates a smooth base to work on and helps foundation last and last. He only applied it on selected areas – nose including the sides and on the cheeks.The smoothing effect is visible almost immediately hence it being photoshop in a tube. You could probably get a similar effect with a primer or tinted skin smoother of your choice. Clarins makes one but as luck would have, it I can’t find my sample! icon razz Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

Apply concealer with a light touch and set with pressed powder

The next product was concealer which Toru-san told me must be applied in a very thin layer or you risk it looking cakey. For most of us, we’d try to use concealer liberally to conceal our dark circles or blemishes. Toru-san only applied a thin layer, blending it on the back of his hand before patting it on the skin and then used the pressed powder in the RMK Super Basic Concealer Pact to set it.

Tip: Blend concealer on the back of your hand and then tap it where you need it to avoid it going on too thick

I tried this using my own concealers, and then lightly setting it with a loose powder applied with a fluffy brush. The effect wasn’t quite as perfect, but it was close, and surprisingly, just a little bit of concealer did the trick!

Highlight parts of the face for a 3D effect

Toru-san used the RMK Control Colour N which looked like a white shimmery liquid, a bit like a liquid highlighter. He applied it around the eye area, tops of the cheeks, and beside my mouth, and a touch on the bridge of the nose. This draws attention to the eye area and gives the face a 3D effect. He then applied a very light pink shimmer powder to brighten the skin. I attempted this with a liquid illuminator and there is a similar effect albeit a little more subtle.

He also used the new RMK Pressed Powder N which is a pressed powder with corrective qualities in one. It brightens the complexion and the top colours can help with colour correction and for a skin brightening effect.

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Clockwise from Left: RMK Pressed Powder N (Blue to cover redness or brighten sallow skin), RMK Mix Colors for Eyes EX-04 (green) Shiny, RMK Mix Colors for Cheeks EX-02 (Shiny) RMK Lip Crayon 01 Pink

Use foundation sparingly and only where you need it

This tip was a bit new to me. When I apply liquid foundation, I just slap it on my whole face. Toru-san however, only used very little, and applied it to the bottom half of my cheeks near the jawline, forehead and the sides of my nose and face, avoiding the areas which he had previously used the concealer and highlighter. I asked why this was the case.

The answer is that you don’t need foundation on your whole face. Once you’ve got your base and concealer on, applying foundation on top of that would be too thick and it can look too unnatural. I found it most intriguing. I tried this with my own foundations and I have to say that Toru-san is right (of course he is!) When I’d got my base on, the foundation was just a “touch up” for areas that I had not used concealer on before. The overall effect is a much more natural “my skin but better” look. Try it for yourself and see icon smile Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist You might find you actually end up using a lot less product than previously! icon biggrin Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

A light gold/cream shadow under the eyes erases tiredness

I must have looked tired when I went for my interview because the rims of my lower line were red. Toru-san used a light gold shimmer shadow to line my lower lash line. This would counteract the redness and help lift and brighten the eye area and prevent you looking tired. It was just a very very light wash of colour but it did the trick! I instantly looked less tired!

Proper curling of lashes and mascara opens up your eyes

I was surprised when Toru-san started the point makeup with mascara. For him, the RMK Style is all about a good base or foundation and properly curled lashes with mascara to draw attention to the eyes.

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Proper way to curl lashes

I was a little surprised when Toru-san told me that I should not curl my lashes from the root. That throws every single eyelash curling lesson I’ve learned out the window! According to him, based on my eye shape and lashes (stick straight lashes that point downwards) if I curl from the root, the curve would be too steep and I’d get an unnatural kink to my lashes. I found myself agreeing because I do have that happen often.

He told me I should start curling my lashes only about midway and walk the curler to the ends. This would be more natural and when he did it, the curled lashes were beautiful! My lashes looked long and curled up and even without mascara, I noticed how wide-awake I looked.

Tip: When curling lashes do not only curl from the front. To get the lashes at the sides, turn your head when looking into the mirror and look to the left to ensure you get your outer lashes; and to the right to get your inner ones.

Most of us just squeeze our curlers and hope for the best, don’t we? This ensures we grab and curl all our lashes. The effect, when properly done, is stunning!

Do not over apply mascara on your lashes

When applying mascara, there is no need to apply too much. Apply the 1st layer then wait for it to dry. If you layer on your mascara while wet, your curled lashes will droop because its too heavy. Once your first layer dries, continue to your eye makeup and then come back and layer on another layer of mascara if you feel it necessary.

Mascara on top of dry mascara will hold the curl. Mascara on top of wet mascara will cause it to droop. Good tip this one!

Eyeliner is not for everyone

This tip caught me by surprise. At this time, I had my mascara on, and some light shimmery eye makeup and I expected eyeliner to be next. However, Toru-san told me that for me, I should not apply eyeliner. A first eh? Which makeup artist would tell you that?

The reason he told me, was because due to my eye shape, eyeliner would result in my lashes being hidden and diminishes the effect of my eyes as it would look too harsh. With properly curled lashes and once mascara is applied, I could already see some sort of definition to my eyes and to him that was sufficient. What I should do, is tightline – draw eyeliner UNDER my eyelids. This has a less harsh effect, yet emphasises the shape of the eye. If you have a single lid as I do, and shallow set eyes, try this tip – its a bit of a surprise, but it does give a very natural “my eyes/lashes but better” look.

I must say however that this tip is true if I were to focus on a lighter more natural style of makeup (which it so happens I’m gravitating towards now). If I were going to go dark on the eyes, I think having eyeliner on would be quite necessary for definition.

rmk3 Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup ArtistI hope you’ve found some of these tips useful. I most certainly had some food for thought, especially the tip about eyeliner and the bit about not using foundation all over your face as I have been doing all this while. I did find the makeup when completed, looked nice and very fresh. Very Japanese LOL! icon biggrin Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

Close to, it was rather shimmery for the most part. The eyeshadow (Summer 2011 palette) in particular was a little shimmery and so were my cheeks, so I would probably tone it down for everyday. But otherwise I was happy with the look, especially how with just base makeup, he managed to draw attention to the eyes in such a subtle manner. Since this is a look I’m gravitating towards these days, it was most opportune to pick up these tips! icon smile Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist

Here’s a quote I picked up from the RMK website

But above all, ‘with RMK, the first thing people will always notices is you, not your make-up,’ believes Rumiko. ‘I just want to make you feel comfortable with who you are.

I think this is one of the best makeup philosophies I’ve come across icon smile Japanese Makeup How To: Makeup Tips from Toru Kobayashi RMK Makeup Artist I applied my makeup here following most of the tips Toru-san taught me, using my own products, and I must say that I liked the effect. Its not so noticeable in the photo but in real life, my eyes are more pronounced even with just a light wash of colour and without eyeliner, my lashes look much more prominent, and my base makeup looks lighter.

Did you learn something new from the tips shared here?

Paris B

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Andrea May 31, 2011 at 8:43 am

oh….i will try the concealer tip..i’m always worried that it looks too obvious since i’m still new to it…. though i have a similar eye style…i’m not sure if it’ll work on me..but i’ll try…tightline on the upper or lower eyelid? i’ve always had problems with lower eyelids -_- but thx for sharing all the tips!

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

If you are new to concealer, don’t apply it straight on your blemishes/undereye area. Apply it to the back of your hand, warm it up and then use the flat of your finger to dab on the skin then apply a light dusting of loose powder. It offers a sheerer finish :) I tightline on the upper lid but Toru-san also told me to draw a light line on my lower waterline for definition but I’d do that only if I have applied some brightening powder on my lower lid area :) And don’t worry, I have the same problem you do with lining lower lids. The trick is to draw a very light line, not something stark :)

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ichigobunnie May 31, 2011 at 9:19 am

thank you for posting this! definitely learned a good amount of overall less-is-more. im always paranoid about not putting enough, or not having enough color, but i think ill try out these tips next time :) thanks!

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m glad the tops help you :D I too tend to the “Where’s the colour?” school of thought, but I’ve been trying these techniques for a few days and I’m really happy with the outcome :D That said, you will have to like the Japanese style of makeup first too hehe…

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Cynthia May 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

Thanks Paris for this tips. I learned lotsa new tips from this especially the foundation and eyeliner. I didn’t know we don’t need to put foundation on whole face. But I have a doubt, what if the concealer color doesn’t match too well on our skin? Lol..(probably I need to get a new concealer than putting a foundation on it) The eyeliner was a great one. It’s quite true that you don’t need an eyeliner to define your lashes for I have the same eye shape as you. Gonna try that out soon. :)
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

Glad you picked up a trick or two! :D If concealer doesn’t match… its time to get a new one :P As for the liner trick, I am pleasantly surprised because now, I see my lashes when all I used to see was liner before! yay!

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May 31, 2011 at 9:55 am

wow. i must say that i really agree with the make-up! you look amazing-er (because it’s not like you weren’t amazing-looking before ;)).
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

Haha… Thank you Domn! :D

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Hanny
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May 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks for sharing the tips, PB!! I’ve learnt a lot from this post!! ^.^

I especially agree with the eyeliner bit, because my lashes are invisible if I put eyeliner on even with mascara. Its a different story if I tightline heh heh heh
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 10:26 am

Glad some of the tips are useful :) I used to tightline way before, but I stopped. Now I’m getting back into the habit and its yay all the way! :D

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jen May 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

how to stop the racoon effect after tightlining?
i’ve tried so many methods and yet i see the colour transfer after a while.
any fool proof tip?
tks

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 10:27 am

I actually find the transfer less when I tightline as opposed to regular lining. The only way I can think of is to use a waterproof liner. Sometimes when there is transfer when I tightline, it transfers onto my lower waterline which then looks like I lined my lower line, so I don’t fuss over it then.

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lyn
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May 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

You look fab and thanks for sharing the tips too! I always have problems with concealer because my under eye area is quite dry. But I’ll try Toru-san’s method to see if it’s any better.
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thanks Lyn. I used Toru-san’s tips and even managed to get Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer on my eye area without it looking old and crepey! I usually avoid using this product on the under eye because its thick :)

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Rahainah
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May 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

heyya Paris! Thanx so much for this post and the fab tips. What Toru-san did was quite similar with the way Lisa Eldridge (http://www.youtube.com/user/lisaeldridgedotcom) did to cover up skin imperfections. I love Lisa’s and Toru-san’s tips and combine with your brake down of as to why doing this and that has made me more confident to try putting less foundation on and concentrating at building a good base on my face.
Anyways, I’m liking the looks on “Day 14 of 30″ more and I can see that you do have lashes! :P :D

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

That’s awesome ! I have only recently been watching some of Lisa Eldridge’s videos and she has lots of good and useful tips. Its no wonder she’s so popular ;) I’m glad all the tips have helped you and I must agree with you that since I learnt this, I’ve been working on laying down a better base before applying colour and it does make a lot of difference. And yay! You see lashes! :D

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Lee May 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

This must have took you ages to organise your thoughts and write up! I must say I am so touched by your determination and your effort!

I always prefer to blend concealer with fingers, although most beauty bloggers I have seen would have a series of “must-have” concealer brushes…I personally find them pretty useless (a few sitting around) because it’s the temperature of the fingers and the blending which results in a sheer yet natural coverage.

Anyhow, this is a great post! :D
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Aww… thanks! It helps to spice up an otherwise boring “yet another review blog” :P I use fingers all the time for face products. I never perfected the art of using brushes and I find I use too much product when using brushes. For concealer, its fingers all the way for me because as you have noted, the heat from our fingers help the concealer blend better for a more natural finish :D

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Beverly May 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Love the tips above and the fresh look as look. Hehe… I’m always loving the fresh and natural look. ;p

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I hope you found them useful and yes! Less is more! :D

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Issa May 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm

oh, i learned a lot today! i always thought you have to put a generous amount of concealer to hide dark circles. That tip about foundation is also new to me, I always put foundation all over my face…..actually, all those tips are new to me! re: mascara, eyeliner….. thanks for sharing these tips PB! I will definitely try these…..btw, did you have a haircut? you look beautiful! i love your hair! :) Toru-san did a nice job! thumbs up! :)

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Thank you so much Issa! *blush* Yes I had a haircut about 2 weeks ago and my hairdresser cut it a little shorter than I expected but its now grown out a little and I’ve grown to love it too! I guess my hairdresser knew best hehe … :D I’m glad you found some of the tips useful. I knew we shouldn’t pile on the concealer… but I used to do it anyway. Now I know light layers work better and gives a more natural transparent finish :D

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Issa June 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

yeah, your hairdresser is really good! you look so fab on your new haircut! :)

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

*blush* thanks sweetie!

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Lisa May 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Love this post. I’m still trying hard to reduce eyelining my eyes. But to no avail. Eyeliner gives me an instant wakeup look but with lesser eyeliner, I might look younger if done right.
Love the eye shade (lavender??) mix with peach blush? N peachy lips?
Which lip color did he use? Great lip color!

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thanks Lisa. As for the eyeliner tip, Toru-san actually told me specifically I shouldn’t line so its not to say that everyone shouldn’t too ;) Some eyes look better lined, some don’t and I’m only just learning that mine don’t… after all this while -_- The lip colour is the Spring Lip Crayon in Pink (01 I think) layered with a Spring Beige lipgloss. I loved the lip look too! Was so excited when I saw how it looked -_-

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Lisa May 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

who would have thought of layering a pink crayon with a beige gloss??! ahhh…it’s lovely. I’ve watched a taiwanese variety program couple of months back and the makeup artist recommended lesser liner to give a more youthful and fresher look. The actress look so much fresher instantly. Think it might just be the technique i’m using that needs improvement and the amount of product to deposit on the eye area. I’m still experimenting and fine-tuning.

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

I know right? Who’d have thought it’d turn such a pretty peach shade?! Makeup Artists are amazing people LOL! Experimentation is the way to go! I’m learning all sorts of new things just playing around :D

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PINKPheng May 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Absolutely amazing make up tips i’ve gained here.. really thank you so much for sharing.. recently, i’m trying on subtle but fresh looking make up and these tips shared here are great inputs to me..

And yes… You look absolutely stunning in the last pic and i agree with the ‘less is more’ theory (:
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Glad to know they’ll help you in your quest! :D It came at a very timely time for me too and thank you so much – credits to Toru-san for some absolutely amazing makeup :D

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Julia May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Pretty! And thanks for sharing!
I feel the same about eyeliner with my own eyes (although I’m Caucasian), so I usually just tightline. (Caucasian eyes without tightliner and just mascara look… weird.)
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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks Julia :) I guess for eyeliner it depends on what we prefer too right? Tightlining is such an awesome trick, everyone should learn it! ;)

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Reese May 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

love the tips and am really intrigued with only applying liquid foundation on certain spots.

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ParisB May 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Yup! That’s a good one… provided your foundation matches the rest of your skintone, and the rest of your skin is nicely prepped :)

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Jess May 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yes, RMK definitely center around proper base makeup! I also heard that RMK has one of the best face/makeup primers? You got me interested in the RMK Smoothing Polished Base now, because covering the large pores around my nose is a big issue of mine!

Have you tried it yourself? If so, how do you like it? I’ve also heard very good things about the Shu Uemura Underbase Mousse, so kinda hard to decide, hehe…

You look absolutely stunning with the fresh and very youthful makeup! I like the make-over a lot! Oh, and about the ‘skipping eyeliner’ thing – I find myself only tightlining my upper lashline these days, since I do agree that this looks so much natural, yet defines my eyes enough for the daytime. ;)
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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve heard loads of good things about RMK face primers or base too! They used a base all over initially. It was the regular base that’s like a lotion. Then the used the Smoothing Polished Base which is thicker. Clarins Smoothing base (or something similar) has a similar balm like texture. It was used only to cover pores. I only tried it the day they had the makeover, but I was contemplating getting it some day LOL! The Shu Uemura mousse is more like an all over face base. I find it a little drying.

I was quite pleasantly surprised to find myself liking the makeover too. I’ve never really had very good experiences with Japanese style makeup but this one gave mea lot of food for thought (and made me want things I shouldn’t want) LOL!

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Jess June 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for your reply, Paris! ;)

I have heard good things about the Clarins Smoothing Base (is it the one that comes in a little red pot that you are thinking of?). But I didn’t like it at all, since it felt too silicone-y which made my skin feel like suffocating.

I have already noted down to check out RMK’s base makeup this summer when I travel to Taiwan (hopefully!). :)
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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I only have a sample of the Clarins Smoothing Base which is the pink one in a pot as you pointed out. I think its breaking me out! Its chockfull of silicones but then so is the RMK one so I don’t know how the RMK one will fare in the long term. Do also check the RMK Makeup Base – that one feels light on the skin and held up the makeup for hours!

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Gin May 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi paris!! This is one AWESOME post!!!!
Everysingle tip is so valuable and usefull!!!!
Thanks for sharing with us!

One request: could u show a small tutorial on how to do the thightlining?? My eye shape is almost the same with u but I don’t really know how to draw it..
It will be great help if u could snap a few photo for that…

Thanks a lot!

Love your blog,
Gg

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi Gin! Thanks so much and I’m glad these tips were useful for you! :D I have previously done a picture tutorial on tightlining but I will do one again soon hopefully with better photos this time. Thanks for the suggestion!

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gin June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

YAY!
THANKS for planning to do one soon! I am really look forward to it!!!!
~HUGS~

Truely appreciate how you share these tips.

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hey Gin I just looked back at my old post on how to tightline your eyes and I think the pics there are quite clear for now :D I’ll still do one soon and hopefully, this time I’ll be able to show how it looks with and without (however subtle it is)

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Connie De Alwis
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May 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Great tips from Toru! I had the chance to meet two RMK artists from Japan a few years back and their lessons are still fresh in mind!

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

Makeup Artists who teach us something really leave an impression don’t they? He’s ignited a new found interest in RMK! Oh dear….

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S May 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I’ve never used primers before.. maybe it’s about time I gave them a go! Thank you for all these tips!! =)
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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

You’re welcome S :) There’s no real need to use primers I believe, unless you have very problematic skin. He only used the primer on me because I had pores that he felt should be concealed ;)

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Monstro May 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm

So many good tips–thanks for this incredible post! I like the one about the mascara–no wonder my lashes kept weighing down!

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

Welcome! :D And I loved that about mascara too. I now layer 1 layer, do eye makeup and then do the 2nd layer and voila! They stay up all day! Yay!

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Stephanie/Yukaeshi May 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I’d say these tips are really revolutionary, especially the ones about curling your eyelashes, foundation and eyeliner! And I have to say you look absolutely fabulous after your makeover, Toru-san really hits the right spots regarding your face/eye make-up :)

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thanks Stephanie and yes, his tips most certainly made me think long and hard about how I should do my makeup… and I’m really liking the results now! :D Hope they help you too! :D

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Junni June 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Awesome post Paris! Thanks for sharing the tips. :) Any makeup base or primer to recommend? As I seldom hear about that from your blog ;)

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Truth is, Junni, I don’t use makeup primers or base :P I can only tell you that the RMK Smoothing base felt light and non greasy on my skin and held up for hours, as well as the RMK makeup base. I am presently trying out one from Dior but I’ll only have my thoughts on that coming up later. I’ve tried Smashbox primers and they do hold up quite well too. Sorry i’m not much help :P

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Junni June 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

:) I’ve guess so, I hardly remember you recommend or review one before. I’m pretty faithful reader huh? :p well, me too, skip the base cos hardly have extra time, been thinking of shu uemura makeup base. The only I’ve tried was shiseido’s, not bad though.

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

The Shu mousse base isn’t bad but I found it a little drying. I’m presently using a Dior one – hydralife I think – and while it is light and friendly to my skin and I do notice my foundation staying on better, its not something special. I think the Clarins sunscreen makes a much better base, and you get nice SPF40 in that which is all good!

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Jennifer June 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

What do you mean by ‘walk the curler to the ends?’ I press the curler midway and then?

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ParisB June 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Fit curler on lashes. Press curler, release. Move curler a little outwards. Press, release. Repeat until you reach the ends of your lashes. Its like a walking motion, and usually is about 3 times depending on how long your lashes are. Hope that helps!

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Jennifer June 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yes, it does, thanks! However, when I fit my curler midway and press, my lashes end up with a 45 degree curl. Hmm.. perhaps I should not press so hard..

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ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh yes, do not squeeze your curler very hard. Just press it lightly, enough to see your lashes curl, but not so hard as to force it to kink. Walking the curler results in a smoother curl :)

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Nicole June 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The applying of foundation only on selected areas is new!

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Mari June 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Japanese makeup is all about having a natural look. I used lots of foundation before, but for a year now I only apply it on my T-zone whenever I want a more polished look – if not, then I use only concealer near the outer corners of my eyes. I disagree with the tightlining since I’m more on the wild side. :D I love to put some emphasis on my eyes whenever I’m using a lighter shade of lipstick. But I do agree with everything else: learning to wait for the mascara to dry before re-applying was a turning point in my life. Mainly because I don’t curl my lashes (too lazy, meh). Good tips!
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