Makeup On Greek

Hello beauties (and soon-to-be nudies),

Time for a special post just in time for NoDoween. This year's theme is NoDs and NoDdesses: Mount My Olympus. 

If you saw the theme and thought, "how am I supposed to make a Grecian chifton sexy", I can't help you. What I can do, however, is provide you with some tips on what to do with your face.

For starters, I think gold eye make-up is a must in this situation. 

This liner look is easier than you'd think. Just take a gold liner (solid or liquid). Apply thickly along upper lash line. Closer to the lash line, apply a thin line of black liquid liner to clean up the look.

If you want a more dramatic gold eye look, I would recommend getting a gold eyeshadow that works while wet. My recommendation is for Urban Decay's 'Half Baked' but any baked eyeshadow will work. (Clarification: All of UD's eyeshadows work when wet. Half Baked is just the name for the brand's gold color but 'baked' eyeshadow is a type of eyeshadow sold by most makeup brands.) Here are some recommendations. And also this 
Wet a flat, dense eyeshadow brush, then pat the brush into the eyeshadow (a little will go a long way when dealing with wet shadows) and apply using a patting motion to the center of the eye into the small inner corner. Then, to add depth, apply a deeper, medium-dark color in the outer corner and blend into crease. You can add an even darker color on the lower lash line, as well.

On another note, women in ancient Greece would actually create unibrows by connecting their brows in the middle. It's true. Look it up. It was all the rage. 
While I applaud anyone who goes for this bold, yet authentic, choice, most of us are not as daring, so I would suggest some light filling in to make your eyebrows stand out.
For the few of you who compliment me on my eyebrows, this is exactly what I do. Because for whatever reason,..they just stopped filling in like they used to.:

That's all for me. Have a great Halloween, my pretties.


Esperanza Guide Pt. 1 - Face Time~

Here we go guys~! Its Esperanza time again and 6100 main has your back!
The first guide is all about makeup~!
Now at this point you may be asking "why is there a makeup post before anything clothing related?"
I'll quickly answer that it's because dressing for this Esperanza isn't going to be too hard. In fact you probably have something in your closet already! (If you don't, hang in there, there'll be posts coming right up for you!)  What can take you from your awesome self to a more "bond-y" version of yourself is makeup! See the following for looks and tips.

The guide will be organized by relative skill level. Within those levels, I'll try to organize the videos from dark skin to light so that it's easier to find someone close to your skin tone (although you can totally learn from someone who doesn't have the same skin tone~!). 

The looks:
Eye Colors: You really want to go dark and bold! Look for looks that incorporate 
Neutral, skin tone colors or deep blacks, blues and browns for the eye will help you channel that classy look~ You really want those eyes to pop!
Lip Color: Dark Dark Dark. It's Fall, so it's time to pull out the plums, deep reds, burgundys, and browns! If you don't go dark, try to keep the lip neutral and simple~ If you are not doing much with your eye look, I'd even recommend trying an ombre lip~! (See below in the tips section for a tutorial) 

Makeup Dupes/Alternate Choices/Other 
In these tutorials there probably are products you don't have or don't want to purchase. Please feel free to either comment below or ask on our FB page for alternatives!

(never touched makeup before or barely have in the past.)

I highly recommend going to our Esperanza office hours to talk with one of us about makeup~! 
I'd recommend looking at this post for a written guide first.

To prevent this post from too long click here for a Novice guide to wearing makeup, buying products, etc. 

(Worn Makeup a few times, know the basics)

Neutral Smokey Eye + Plum/Purple Lip

Gold Eye + Bold Lip

Winged Liner + Lashes + Bold Red Lip

Simple Brown Smokey Eye+ Lashes

(Wear makeup quite a bit, have done some eye looks before)

Chocolate Eyes + Lip

Smoked eye+ Lashes

Stacked and Bottom False Lashes

Purple + Gold Look


Purple smokey eye

Bronze Smokey Eye

Halo Eyes

Tips and Tricks
Foundation Application:

Applying False Lashes: here are a few different videos on applying false eyelashes~

Eye makeup tips for hooded eyes

Ombre Lips 


Makeup 102: A visual guide

This is a supplementary guide to makeup for novices and beginners. Please check out this page for Makeup 101, an excellent step by step guide that helps you piece together the tips in this guide.

First and foremost, you have to try~! The way you become better at makeup (really anything) is to go for it and try it! I will give you different techniques for different makeup product, and try to give you direction as to what *may* work best for you, but ultimately it will come down to you trying it out!
So let's start this journey~!

Tip #1: Know your skin type + primer

The biggest thing you want to have on lock is your skin type. There are five general categories: Dry, Oily, Normal, Combination, and Sensitive. However, you can be sensitive + any of the other categories, so do keep that in mind. There is a chance you already know this~! If you don't a general rule for each category is as follows:
After washing with a gentle cleanser, wait about an hour and then press a separate tissue on each part of your face. Compare your results below:

Normal: No oil, feels smooth
Combination: oil on some tissues, mostly on "T-zone" (forehead and nose)
Dry: No oil, flaky skin, skin feels tight
Oily- "oil" on tissue, skin has shine 

Here's a video about skin types, has a test, and tips for maintaining


Once you know your skin type, its good to think about primers. What is primer? Primers are generally silicone based creams or gels that you apply after moisturizing and before your makeup to accomplish different things. Just about all primers help to make your makeup last longer and create a barrier between your makeup and skin. Some primers help fill in large pores and smooth the skin, some help control oil, some hydrate, and others help to illuminate the skin and give you a slight glow! 

If you are oily/combination, I highly recommend going for a Shine-free/Oil control primer. My personal favorite is Rimmel London's Stay Matte Primer ($5~) its a good cheap primer (not many cheap primers out there~) and controls my oil fairly well. Other options are: No.7 Beautifully Matte ($9.79~), Neutrogena Shine Control ($11.99~)

To fill in pores and smooth skin, the elf Mineral Infused Primer ($6) is a good starting place with many people liking it. 
There are plenty more out there, so please feel free to explore!

Tip #2: The Wonderful World of Foundations

So you've figured out your skin type and whether you will use a primer or not. Now you're standing in the makeup aisle, overwhelmed at all of the different types of foundation. Which one do you get? Cream, Cream to powder, powder, liquid. mouse, etc.?  This amazing 2 1/2 minute video discusses the different types and how to choose what type of foundation!


Once you have decided on what type of formula, now you have to color match. 
Here's another quick video about color matching

Tip #3: Concealers + Color Correction
The first thing to note is that if you have any type of color that is different from your face tone, aka acne scars, redness, under eye circles, foundation alone will not cover it. 

Concealers are good for covering up mild discoloration. You want to follow the same process for finding your foundation color. 
Here's a great video on a basic way to use concealers

 If you have serious redness, or dark spots/under eye circles, you want to look for color correctors to use with concealers. 

Here's a video on picking color correctors

and here's one on applying them

With both Concealers and Correctors you really want to do your best to blend the product out into your skin

Tip #4: Powders
There are different types of powder out there that function differently. This article does a way better job of giving anyone a solid introduction into powders, if you need one, the differences, and how to apply..

Tip #5: Eye products- Eyeliner + Eye shadow+ Mascara 
From here on out choosing items is much easier and takes less thought~!

The biggest thing with eyeliner is that you have to keep trying and putting it on. While there are some types of eyeliner easier to start with than others, the first time you put it on will be a mess. I recommend taking some time like 5 or so minutes and just apply eyeliner a few times figuring out what works best for you!
When choosing an eyeliner, my recommendation for beginners is a felt tip liquid liner pen.
What a typical felt tip eyeliner looks like
 The felt tip allows you to get sharp lines, while the pen design makes it easy to control. Some good pens are: Jordana Fabuliner ($1.99~), Rimmel London Scandaleyes ($5.79~), Maybelline Master Precise ($9.79),NYC HD Eyeliner ($3.99~) 

Here's a video showing how to use the pen and create a wing~

Eye Shadow
For novices, I usually don't recommend getting into eye shadow just yet. There's a world of looks you can do with eye liner and different color lipsticks! If you really want, I suggest getting a single color that you can apply all over your lid for a cute look. These will typically be colors that don't stand out too much on your skin and more in the neutral/gold/silver range. Wet n' Wild/Black Radiance have cheap ($1-3~) small eye shadow compacts that have good pigmentation (meaning they will show up on your skin as they do in the packaging) 

Here comes the fun part (at least for me) I love Mascara, and finding a good one really can be life changing! When looking for one, you want to think about what you want the mascara to do: do you want longer lashes? or are you looking for more volume? maybe both? 
With this in mind, just go for it~ There a tons of reviews on mascaras online, so if you are in the store looking at the wall of mascara, don't be afraid to look it up! 
I will say, keep in mind that eye lashes are hair and function as such. This means that one person's favorite mascara may do absolutely nothing for you. 

If you get super overwhelmed, here are a few of my favorites:
Maybelline Mascaras are generally really good, my current favorite is the Rocket mascara (comes in a blue and pink tube) which is a lengthening mascara (meaning long lashes but not very full). 

L'Oreal mascaras are in my opinion the best drugstore mascaras, but they also are the most expensive ranging from $7-$9. My favorites from L'Oreal are the Voluminous Butterfly Midnight Black (volume and length), Miss Manga (great for length and volume), Telescopic Shocking Extensions (length, length, length), and the classic voluminous mascara in carbon black (volume and a bit of length).

Optional Tip #6: Lip color and Blushes
If you've reached this point, you should have just about everything you need to start wearing makeup! So feel free to stop reading here.
 Beyond this is really down to you exploring different colors, formulas and application styles to figure out what works for you! Below I listed a few cheap,but good quality brand to look at if you're interesting in exploring more color!

Lip Colors:
NYX- has cheap lip products in a wide range of formulations, colors, and finishes (glossy, matte, satin) easily my favorite brand for anything lip related
elf- Not as wide of a color selection but does have different formulation to try out and a low price point
Wet n' Wild/Black Radiance- two lines by the same company (same formulation, just different colors) that have great lip products. Black Radiance has a lot of $1.99 lipsticks that are absolutely amazing, and Wet n' Wild offers a line of matte lipsticks for only $2.99!

Now, for my darker people, you have to be a bit more carefully when picking a blush, because if they are not pigmented enough, it will show up grey/white-ish on your skin and that's just not cool. These brand generally are dark skin friendly~

elf- as generally rule of thumb, I would stick more with their blush compact that is just amazing and works for all skin types. They do have individual blushes, however, these range in pigmentation and some have large glitter pieces in them making you look more like Edward Cullen than anything else.

Black Radiance- their baked blushes are the absolute best. Super pigmented (so if you are light, be light-handed in your application or you'll be more clown like) and blend nicely

Wet'n Wild -  also has great blushes that are pretty pigmented. 


Elaine Shen [6100 Main x APASA]

If you don't know Elaine already, here is your chance. She's hilarious and super fun. She's also passionate about the environment (yes, she's an EEB), style, and Asian-American issues, and if you keep reading, you'll see how she pieces them all together.

Elaine in thrifted bomber jacket and shorts.

You may know Elaine as that girl from McMurtry, Class of 2018, who was part of the Mitsi Dance School and appeared on America's Got Talent. She started dance when she was four years old, and practically grew up with the dance crew, made of other girls her age. Her dance company was an amateur one, so the girls she danced with were diverse in terms of body shapes and sizes. (Because we all know if it was a professional company, all the girls would look exactly the same: long, lean and generally stick thin.) Over the years, Elaine was constantly going back and forth between two mindsets. On one hand, she would stress over properly executing dance moves, instead of fretting over baby fat. On the other hand, every time there was a performance, she was reminded of how different she looked from the other girls in her company. Her senior year, Mitsi did a collaborative show with professional Chinese dance companies, and Elaine realized how different she and her friends looked from professional dancers. Very different. She then tried to be more conscious of herself - of her size, and style as well.

However, after repeatedly failing to find clothing that would fit her properly, "trying hard to fit into size categories", and getting confused by the differences between a Forever21 small and an H&M small, she gave up consuming retail products. (Well, not quite, as she repeatedly reminded me that she just purchased two things from Urban Outfitters yesterday.) She then turned to thrift shopping, and fell in love with, not only the Goodwill on Westheimer, but also the entire concept of thrift stores in general. Besides the fact that she could get a pair of barely used J-Brand jeans for $8 (which retail for $200+), Elaine has a few other reasons why she loves thrifting so much.

In DIY cutoff thrifted shirt, thrifted hat and UO shorts.

First, thrifting is fairly more environmentally friendly than shopping for new clothes. Second, even though the sizes of clothing are generally sorted out by S/M/L/etc by what it says on the labels, these labels become meaningless because everyone understands that size descriptions are never true. After a while, Elaine came to accept that size is flexible ("Clearly!" she told me, as she shows me two pairs of thrifted shorts, one a size zero from the 1990's and one a size eight from another time, both of which fit her the same.)  Third, thrift stores don't depend on ads and professional models to advertise their clothes. Removing these models, who are supposedly the standards for how certain clothes fit and what people should look like, allows shoppers to see clothing for what it is by itself without having any expectations as to how it should and would fit. As Elaine puts it, "the clothes [in thrift stores] speak for themselves."

In thrifted flannel and shorts.

Along with the lifestyle of thrifting came the realization that too much energy can be spent towards trying to look nice and "police your body." Elaine passionately explained how she now takes the effort she used to put into looking tip top every day and puts it toward work that she actually cares about, such as her club Rice Oceans or her role in APASA. Now, instead of consciously trying to better just her appearance, she is conscious about bettering herself as a person. She hopes that she can be remembered as more than just "the girl who is fashionable." Elaine continued to explain: although the outer appearance can be purposefully used to create a desired image and express yourself, it is always the inner self that determines people's judgements of you.

Final words from Elaine:
"Thrift stores are a site for incredible amounts of diversity. Not only are there no ads of photoshopped white models showing you how things are supposed to fit, but you find merchandise that isn't restricted by size, brand, class, trends, or gender. The people you shop and interact with also transcend these boundaries that are often put up in a conventional mall. To score big at a thrift store means you have to patiently go through everything in every section and try on a lot of different silhouettes and sizes. I've found that because sizes and styles fluctuate through time, thrifting has allowed me to shift my focus from beating myself up for not fitting into a certain size and instead taking each item of clothing individually and determining whether it looks good or not. Plus, thrifting is like a more environmentally friendly, cheap treasure hunt."


6100 Main x APASA: Asian-American Body Image

I wrote a script for this informational vlog, then couldn't follow it because I got too nervous and distracted. Here it is in polished form, and the vlog below it if you want a good laugh at me LOL.

Hi everyone! My name is Thu Nguyen, and I'm the editor of 6100 Main, the fashion blog of Rice. First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of our blog's readers, yall, for all of the support and love yall give us! And a personal thank you to the blogging team for supporting me and one another as well. Yall are amazing.

So, I usually don't make vlogs, but I'm doing a special edition blog post series and felt like it needed a more in depth, personalized introduction and explanation. This series will be in collaboration with APASA, which is the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance on campus. For those of you who don't know, APASA is a club that provides a safe and thought provoking space to discuss and learn about Asian-American issues. 

Like the title of this vlog, the theme of the blog posts will be Asian-American Body Image. Let's break this down. 

Body image is an extremely important issue in the fashion industry, something that we have been struggling with since the industry's humble beginnings. Fashion's ideal 5'10", 34-24-34, 115lb body results two important things: a toxic environment for models, who go through mental and physical struggles to constantly fit this image, and a highly advertised but false standard for young girls growing up. These stats are for American female models, but are similar in extremity for males and for models in other countries. There can never be enough discussion about the negative consequences of the "ideal" body size, as long as the only models and celebrities we see in media and on runways all wear the same size, and anyone above a size 8 is considered plus sized. And then we need to ask, what does "ideal" even mean? What kind of standard can be ideal for an entire human race, which is naturally diverse? 

Which brings us to the first half of the title, Asian-American. When it comes to dealing with body image as an Asian-American, we then face TWO "ideal" standards. Putting aside the fashion ideals, there is the average American ideal, and the average East Asian ideal that tends to be stereotyped and put upon all Asians, even South and Southeast. What these ideals are, I will leave for you to realize and understand on your own, hopefully aided by the blog posts. But on top of the various ideals, we also face the difficulty of having to fit into the American society, one that is physically diverse but somewhat mentally homogeneous... And, I don't know about you, but I also deal with the expectations of my size from my own family. 

The blog posts will consist of your story, told through an interview or narrative that you share with me, about your personal experiences and opinions about Asian-American body image, or just body image in general, and a mini photoshoot of a couple of your favorite outfits. I would like to invite you, Asian-American or an ally, male or female, to be a part of this project. If  you're interested, please contact me, I'll link my info below in the description box, or shoot me a message on facebook! 

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