The Image Counsellor

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0210pfeiffer1881Our face loses its elasticity as we age. Fine lines and eye bags are formed… Yes, it sounds scary but it’s true. I have done makeup for mature ladies especially wedding dinner. Some important tips to take home when you slap on any makeup: 

PREP YOUR SKIN with moisturisers. Gel or Creamy face moisturisers are fine. Worse come to worse, use a light oil such as rose hip oil to prep your skin. Give it time to set. Eye area just use light eye gel. We do not want the colour to run.

Must Haves!

1) Light diffusing primer and creamy foundation to create a smooth textured face.

2) Sheer loose powder for that polished look. Too much 2-way cake will enhance the lines!

3) Yellow base, light diffusing concealer for the eye areas. Be light-handed on that. Do not apply too much concealer otherwise it will look too artificial.

My advice to you is to be light-handed. Age gracefully!


A few of my young customers have been asking me about drawing smoky kira_naytli1eyes. If you were to do this, please ensure that you have created a flawless base especially concealer under the eyes so that you would look polished. For beginners, use a light colour such as copper or bronze before you use deeper colours like black or dark navy. Usually smoky eyes are meant for evenings functions, however more youngsters are wearing it in the day as a fashion statement. It’s your choice.

– To ensure that your eye makeup stays throughout the evening, use a primer or base on the eyelids. Then put some loose powder underneathe the eyes so as to catch the excess eye shadow colours.

– Use a  liner  to trace your eyes (top and bottom), then smudge with a cotton bud.Use an eyeshadow of your choice to blend from the upper liner to your eye crease. Starting from the outer end, move inwards.

– Then depending on how much shadow you want to put at the bottom, apply some at the outer corner of the eye (1/3) then blend and move inwards to cover the whole bottom liner.

– Dust off the excess powder and shadow under the eyes. And clean the rough edges of the eye shadow with a cotton bud.

– To add some spice to your smoky eye, add some shimmer on the eye shadow but use sparingly!

– A strong brow should match the eyes.

– Your choice of lipstick is very important to complete the look! Pale Nude creates a mysterious look, dark lips and eyes gives a gothic feel. Explore and enjoy!

eyelid_droopyDroopy (heavy) eyelids before and after makeup

Upper eyelid drooping can caused by:

– Too much fat and skin in the upper lids

– Lost of elasticity of eyelid muscles causing droppy brows and lids

– Over-stretching or tear of the eyelid muscles

Most asians do not have very deep set eyes so it’s important to create contours around the eye area. The tips below offer simple ways to “lift” droopy lids. Practise is the key!

To rectify the situation:

– Use a highlighter (off-white or champagne) on the brow bone area especially below the inner corner of the brows.

– Use a medium eye shadow (for a start) on the outer1/3 corner of the eye and sweep upwards like a bird spreading it’s wing. Do not sweep the colour too high otherwise you will look like a vixen. Make sure the shadow on both sides are balanced.

– Focus a liner on the inner lash line rather than the outer corner which will emphaise on the droopiness.

– Finish by applying mascara on the outer upper and lower corner lashes. Read  Lashes for more information.

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Single eye-lids can look sexy with these few tips:

Ladies with single lids can enhance their eyes with a thick liner. A darker eye shadow can help to create an illusion of double lids. Look at Sandra Oh from The Grey’s Anatomy. She would appear with smoky looking eyes at red carpets events too.

Fake it. Use a double eye-lid tape or glue. This requires some practice to make the new lid look natural. It can do wonders.  Alternatively, use a dark brown eye-liner and draw your own double lid and use a natural colour (shell) over the lid line.

Enhance your lids with dramatic lashes. Cut the lashes according to the length of your eyes. If you want to elongate your eyes, stick a thicker layer of lash at the end of the lashline. To make it bigger, more in the centre.



Qn: How do I get rid of dark eyes circles?

Ans: First question is to ask yourself how did you get those eye circles?

Dark eye circles are the formation of blue veins under the eye area. This would be more obvious if you missed a night’s sleep because of the amount of strain that you put them. If you have eye circles are most likely caused by the lack of oxygen supply to the lungs and body.


Other causes includes:

          Aging. The thinning of skin around the eye area which makes the blue veins more obvious especially when we age.

          Genetics. You will see that dark circles are more visible on people with fair skin.

          Iron deficiency. Lack of iron might cause a bluish tint under the eyes.


Home remedies:


Some of the traditional remedies include putting chamomile tea bags (already soaked) eye area and putting cucumber or potatoe slices to cool your tired eyes.


Personally I would like to massage the eye area in a circular motion with eye gel to encourage lymphatic drainage and to prevent sagging lids. I would very much avoid eye cream that is too thick. Always try out the texture of the eye cream on the back of your hands first. The cream should be quickly absorbed into the skin.


Best thing to do? Let your body have sufficient rest. Play some soothing music and perhaps mediate before bed.