I’m Sunny Hu of Mostly Sunny, and This Is My Makeup Life

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The sensational Sunny Hu of Mostly Sunny

The My Makeup Life series asks beauty biz insiders, bloggers, makeup mavens and artists to share their holy grail products, tricks, tips and favorite beauty tools. Is there anyone you would like to see featured in My Makeup Life or questions you think I should ask? Let me know here.

Name: Sunny Hu
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Day job/current gig: Translator, but I’m really more like a professional feline entertainer typing a few lines when my bosses are taking their naps!
Hangouts online: mostlysunnyblog.com, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
Current favorite product: It’s a tie between Guerlain Bronze Ora Iridescent Eyeshadow (incredibly stunning and complex shade that functions well on its own) and Dior Bikini Diorblush Cheek Creme (you can apply and blend it out in a pinch, and it sticks around).
Beauty inspirations: I wear a lot of dresses with bold prints, and the prints inspire me to try new color combinations!
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Happiness


What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?

Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is the only product I don’t want to be seen without, and everything else is extra! Some other products that get a lot of love around here include a black gel liner (I’ve tried several brands and they perform equally well on me), Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl (my favorite mascara. Period), Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow, Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss, and Dior Spring Ball Addict Extreme (if I had to stick to one lipstick for the rest of my life, this would be it).



When did you start getting into makeup?

I had a couple of counter makeovers when I was in high school and some basic pieces when I was in university, but I really started getting into makeup about 3 years ago.

Urban Decay Naked Palette was all the rage, and I went through a lot of trouble to score one. I started watching tutorials and reading blogs to figure out how to work with it. Several months later, I made my first luxury makeup purchase (Chanel Mademoiselle Rouge Coco and Peridot Le Vernis). One thing led to another, and here I am with quite a collection (and a blog about it)!

What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?

Cream/stick eyeshadows! Some shades are pretty enough on their own. If you find a formula that lasts well on you, you can cut down the time you need for eye makeup to about 30 seconds.

What’s your favorite beauty tool?

Le Métier de Beauté Eye Shadow Brush. It places color, blends, and feels like a soft breeze on the lids.

What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?

This comes from my mama: eat healthy and go to bed early. I don’t always follow it to the letter, but I try!

What’s your skincare routine?

This could get really long, despite the fact that I’ve tried my best to streamline the process. A few tried-and-true skincare products in my bathroom cabinet include Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, Omorovicza Copper Peel, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream, La Roche Posay Effaclar K & Duo, Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid, and Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty?

I had my eyelashes permed! It was years ago, so I might have blocked out most of the memory. I do remember the curl wasn’t all that natural. Suffice to say, I’m pretty happy sticking to my eyelash curler.

Do you have a trademark look (hair/styling/makeup)?

Neutral eyeshadows, winged-out eyeliner, and a bright pop of color on my lips!

This would be pretty typical

Are there any beauty decisions you’ve made that you look back on and ask yourself, “why?!”

Most of my beauty woes are related to my brows. I’ve plucked out too much hair and filled them with unnatural-looking shades because I didn’t know any better. I also used to over-apply eyeshadows before I discovered eyeshadow primers because they would fade before the end of the day/night. I might soon need to do a thorough job destroying pictures in which I have purple eyeshadows all the way to my eyebrows!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Locally, ICI PARIS XL for my luxury purchases and pharmacies for brands such as Caudalie, Bioderma, and La Roche Posay. Beautybay for a large selection of brands that are not available in Belgium. I also sometimes beg friends who live in the US to order stuff from Sephora for me!

Anything else you want to share?

I’m an introvert (probably not the first thing you’ll notice about me, but I assure you it’s true), but I have a desire to share and make people laugh, which is why I started a blog! I spend a lot of time with my cats, Tango and Muffin. They have taught me patience and mellowed me out over the years.

Tango being his typical self


Muffin is tired of having a camera pointed at her face

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  1. Katherine M says:

    Gonna have to try that Guerlain Bronze Ora shadow! Always looking for neutrals that are interesting but yet professional. I used to over-apply shadow myself until I discovered primer (specifically, UD in Sin). Primer will help most shadows, even the ones that typically don’t stick around on their own. There is a cream shadow stick that I love by Rimmel, and I’ve been known to set it with powder because it tends to streak or come off, but the color is so pretty that I can’t quite part with it yet. I haven’t splurged on UD Naked yet but I might soon, as I keep eyeing it up in Sephora and Ulta.

    • Sunny says:

      Hey, Katherine! Bronze Ora is limited edition from summer, so you might have to act fast! I haven’t tried UDPP in Sin. I love the regular version and I have tried a sample of Eden, but I still prefer the regular one! If you already have a good stash of neutrals, I’m not sure you need Naked. It was a huge crush for me because at that point I had little to no makeup!

  2. Icaria says:

    Yay Sunny!!! So let me get this straight, you’re an introvert crazycatlady, who’s had her lashes permed (I still can’t wrap my head around this one)and who’s planning something evil to destroy historic evidence of bad makeup (I love purple e/s btw)??? Hmmmm who would have thunk? :D
    Icaria recently posted … M.A.C Indulge Translates Into One Word…

  3. Larie says:

    Hurray, Sunny! A lot of my beauty advice comes from my mum, too! Eat lots of fruits and veggies being her favorite, haha!
    Larie recently posted … It’s All in the Nuances: Shiseido BE231 Nude Eye Shadow Trio

  4. Eva says:

    Ooh Sunny, how lovely to read a post from you here ! You are awesomecakes !

    xoxo Eva (aka the valleydoll and crazy bag lady)

  5. Oh Sunny, how cool that Karen is featuring you here! You know how much I love your blog! :-)
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Make-up tutorial | Full color eye look tutorial for e.l.f.

  6. ChicTrends says:

    Great interview. Love stick shadows as well! x

    http://chictrends.co.uk/

  7. Stacey says:

    Karen I love love love that you have featured Sunny! Absolutely one of my fave blogs, crippling for the bank balance but full of amazing recommendations! I am also a self confessed crazy cat lady and had my eyelashes permed last year-what a total disaster!!!

    Brilliant post! Xxxx

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

    • Sunny says:

      Hey Stacey! Crazy cat lady for the win!!! I think the eyelash perm didn’t go too well for me because my lashes aren’t that long to begin with. The curl ended up looking less natural than it could.

  8. Denise S. says:

    Hi Sunny! I read your blog sometimes although my makeup style is bolder than yours I love your makeup looks! Especially the cat eye!

  9. Charisma says:

    Yay! It’s Sunny! I love Sunny’s blog, together with Teri’s and Karen’s of course. I just love her makeup choices. She’s one of the many blogs I’ve bookmarked.
    Charisma recently posted … Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal Reviews, Photos w/ Swatches

  10. Dominique says:

    Hi Sunny :) So nice seeing you here on Karen’s blog !

    Just great to have such interviews Karen ! :)

  11. hanna says:

    Sunny, you seem really great! I’m going to check out your blog
    hanna recently posted … Chemistry Day One Done, December Please Come

  12. Jessica says:

    Yay, Sunny! This was such a fun read. Loved seeing your kitties. :)

    ♥ Jessica

  13. RxBeautyChic says:

    Yay Sunny! :) Fancy seeing you here too! :D Never knew about the permed lashes! Must have been a sight to see ;)

    And of course, hellos to Tango & Muffin! :D
    RxBeautyChic recently posted … [Top 10 Under $10] – Must Have Hair Products for Back To School

  14. So excited to see you featured here, Sunny! I loved getting to know you a bit better from this post and I think we need to see these shots of you with purple shadow up to your brows immediately! ;) You are really tempting me with the Guerlain Bronze Ora. Your cats are so adorable!! Lots of love, doll!

    • Sunny says:

      Haaaai Kristen! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I’ll see if I can still find any of those but I really hope not. My mom might still have some that she refuses to give me, because she knows what I’m going to do with them :p If you pick up Bronze Ora, I hope you’ll like it a lot, too!

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