Friends. In a few hours, I’ll be leaving to Korea! Land of plastic surgery and all things cute. It’s my first time in 7 years. :X I’m going with my two girlfriends and we’re staying for two weeks. On the agenda: visit our respective families, eat good food, shop (on my wishlist– boots, glasses, skincare/makeup), play with friends currently living there, experience nightlife, and explooooore!


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I’m not sure if I will have computer access, so I’ll be scheduling posts to publish here and there in the time that I’m away (at least a few times/wk!).

I’ll hopefully still be posting from Instagram so check it out at tina_made_it. ūüôā


Tina Made Over

Remember my friend Renee? You know, from Beauty Makeup Studio, the one from whom I took a private makeup lesson earlier this year. Well, this past Saturday, she held her first ever makeup workshop, in collaboration with Cathy of Chic to Chic Weddings. It was SO.MUCH.FUN.

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The workshop was held in the heart of Hollywood at Studio 1444, a photography/film production facility. The venue itself has an amazing history behind it (read at the link) and it was the perfect space for makeupping, with tons of natural light streaming through + the awesome white interior.

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The workshop was capped at 6 people and was slated for 1-4pm. Cathy set up a beautiful and delicious table of snacks + moscato so we could mingle and munch before (well… and during.. and after) the lesson.

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Loved the yellow+black+white color scheme! And the cupcakes from Big Man Bakes¬†were freakin’ delicious.

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Left: Renee all set up and ready to go! Each place setting had a ginormous mirror, a cup of brushes, Nars bronzer in Laguna, Mac eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown, Cathycat eyebrow pencil in grey-brown, a folder of Renee’s notes (+ space for attendees to take notes), and a delicious macaron from ‘lette.

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Left: How cute is this candid?! Right: Cathy hung up these adorbz chandeliers as part of the decor.

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Left: Because an event isn’t an event without Instagram to prove it #beautymakeupstudio. Right: In the foreground, the macaron (have you TRIED the salted caramel flavor? I die), and in the background, place cards.

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The workshop itself covered highlighting, contouring, eyebrows (which was the hardest and the longest), and false eyelash application. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was a TON of information and we used up the entire 3 hours. Future workshops to cover other topics.

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Left: Yes, that is a scary-ass face but was a super helpful take-home– it gives info about highlighting/contouring. Right: Renee demonstrated “how to” on different students, and had us practice on our own faces as she walked around and gave lots of constructive feedback to each person. Aside from the makeup/tools already at the table, Renee had foundation, concealer, makeup remover, eyelash glue, etc. on hand at various parts of our lesson.

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Practicing our new skillzz.¬†The 3 hours flew by, and we all had a blast meeting new girls (including Elizabeth, on the far left–from Flourish in Progress— my new favorite blog).

We all left Studio 1444 as prettier versions of ourselves, which I guess is a good sign of a successful makeup workshop.

To be in the know about Renee’s future workshops (and to see some of her other work), follow her on Instagram.

Renee IG: renito
Chic to Chic Weddings IG: chictochicweddings
My IG (I feel left out): tina_made_it
Elizabeth IG (aw what the heck, just call me fangirl): flourishinprogress

Tina Made Up

What’s your morning makeup routine? A few months ago I took a private makeup lesson from my friend Renee at¬†Beauty Makeup Studio and she revolutionized the way I apply my makeup. (Read my extensive Yelp review here for what the lesson entailed!). Here’s what I do for a fully made-up face:

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[FACE] After moisturizing and applying sunblock to my face,¬†I mix a tiny glob of Make Up For Ever’s (MUFE)¬†HD Foundation¬†in shade 125¬†(quarter pump) with an equal amount of MUFE’s Full Cover concealer in shade 5 (a shade/two lighter than my skin). I apply this to conceal redness, blemishes, and also highlight the face (apply wherever the light would naturally catch on your face). I learned that it’s really unnecessary to apply a full face of foundation/B.B. cream if you conceal correctly. I also use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche √Čclat in shade 2.5 (also a shade/two lighter than my skin) as an under-eye concealer, and carry this around for brightening throughout the day. Then,¬†I ‘set’ my face with a super-duper light dusting of MUFE’s¬†HD Powder.

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[FACE, cont.] Next, I apply Nars bronzer in the shade Laguna, and Nars blush in the shade Orgasm.
[EYEBROWS] I use¬†Anastasia’s Brow Wiz¬†in shade Soft Brown to lightly shape my eyebrows, and fill in with¬†DuWop’s Browwow¬†powder.
[EYES] I’ll also use Browwow as an eyeshadow (it’s a taupe shade) to add some depth to the eyes.

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[EYES, cont.] Night-look: If I’m going out or feeling ambitious, I’ll add some type of creamy eyeliner (pictured: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Guilty Grey, Urban Decays 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Bourbon; ¬†Solone Gel Like Smoody Pencil in Forest Green) blended out with a shimmer eyeshadow from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette.
[EYELASHES] Finally, I curl my eyelashes with the¬†Shiseido curler¬†(though after this one breaks I’m going back to¬†Shu Uemura’s, which fits my eye shape better) and add a coat of¬†Benefit’s They’re Real!¬†mascara (which I bought after trying out Sephora’s birthday sample this year). My go-to mascara is¬†Estee Lauder’s Double Wear¬†but I like this Benefit one too.

Final look pictured in my bio picture here. It’s tough work applying makeup to make yourself look like you’re not wearing much at all. The whole process takes about 20 minutes– is this long or short?? Do share. ūüôā

PS- If you’re like me and never ‘properly’ learned how to apply makeup, a private lesson like the one I took is HIGHLY recommended. Though makeup seems like one of those things you just “figure out” over time, in actuality there are so many tricks and techniques the average person doesn’t know– they can completely change your look (for the better!). Anyway, if you want to consider a lesson,¬†check out Renee’s portfolio here¬†and her website here— she’s amazeballs and worth every penny.