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Wearable white eyeliner

Hi everyone,

 

You may have read in the May 2010 issue of Allure magazine that white eyeliner is the colour to wear right now. “By replacing traditional black eyeliner with a streak of white, makeup artists create a look that’s cool and stricking.”

Now that all sounds very easy and simple but wearing white eyeliner isn’t something for the faint at heart, it will get you noticed more because it’s “new” and is dangerous because it can make you look ill or just like you don’t know how to use makeup.

The models at Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren look amazing, but I personally wouldn’t wear this outside because people will ask if I’m sick if I wear it the way it was worn at the Donna Karan show (also because of the no mascara it would look odd). I gave it a little twist and made it instantly wearable (and slightly sixties which is also very hip right now).


As you can see I’m not wearing any other makeup on my face again, all the focus should so to the eyes. I started with a white eyeliner (by Bourjois) and set that with a white eyeshadow (from the Eyeshadow Duo Twilight by Smashbox) and then used a cream black eyeliner (by Clinique) with a very very thin brush (by Sephora) to line really only the base of the lashes. I then used a black waterproof eyeliner (by Urban Decay) on my top waterline (try not to blink until it’s dry) and then I used a black mascara (by YSL) on my top lashes only.

The inspiration came from the Donna Karan S/S 2010 collection.
Inspiration picture:

Antique Gold smokey eye

Hi everyone,

I needed a very quick smokey eye I could do in the car within minutes without any tools (except my fingers). So what you see here is the result of 3 minutes of makeup.

In these pics you can see I’m trying to grow my brow a little thicker (makes me look younger and since I’m turning 30 this year…. ;) ). I hate the one hair sticking up but if I pluck it I will have to pluck more and then I’ll be back where I started, so I’m trying to live with it, if it’s longer I can hairspray it to stick where I want it. I already plucked out some hairs after the first pic because I saw one that could go :D

The producs I used are only these 4 products and nothing else:
- Dior Eye Show in 092 Glam & Glitz Black

This is a cream black (dark grey really because of the silver glimmers in it). It’s PERFECTION in a mini jar. You can wear it sheer and you can build it.

- MAC Reflects in Antique Gold Glitter Brillants

This is a mini glitter which doesn’t look like a glitter. It’s very smooth and sticks perfectly to the Dior cream, giving you a more warm smokey and and it actually looks sort of “glossy”.

- YSL Singulier mascara (click here for a full review on this product).

- Bourjois brown eyeliner pencil to line my waterline.

 

Looks too simple to be true? Try it for yourself, you’ll be amazed how well this combination of products works.

Natural make-up with sparkly lashes (Pixiwoo idea) * @Pixiwoos

Hi everyone,

I loved this makeup since the very first moment I saw it and I did it again yesterday so I wanted to tell you what products I used (because you don’t have to use the exact same products that have been used by the person who inspired you) but for the how to, watch the Pixiwoo video where Samantha Chapman explaines the way it should be applied.

Face:
I started with a clean and well moisturized face. You need this for the best possible base.
I used my favourite Make Up For Ever, HD Primer in 001 Neutral because it’s been raining a little today and I don’t want it running of my face ;) .
Next I used Make Up For Ever, HD Foundation in 140 Soft Beige, I’ve been getting paler and paler these days (not outside much) and this means I need one of the lighter foundations I own. Also this HD foundation gives coverage but isn’t a foundation that screams FOUNDATION WEARER to everyone so that’s another good thing, it doesn’t hide my freckles but it neutralizes the blemishes a little.
Under my eyes I used a little Make Up For Ever HD Concealer which I love and hate now that I own it a little longer. I love it because it works amazingly and it’s great, but the rubbery application thing that I was amazed by and seemed like a great idea now is a horrible thing in my opinion because the concealer that’s already in the application tube but hasn’t come out yet will dry in between uses which means that the next time you use it you have a bit that’s a little harder and more opague and harder to blend. This means rubbing harder when using it directly on your face (something I don’t do anymore now!)
As a bronzer I used a Stila – Sun Bronzer which looks very natural on my pale skin right now and no blush because I have a natural flush and I really don’t need to add to it at all. I did use a little Benefit Moonbeam to the top of my cheeks for a little highlight.

Brows:
I’m trying to grow my brows a teensy bit thicker then I’ve had them for a while which means on me that one brow is looking good and full (the one on the right and most towards the camera) and the one on the left is growing in at places and some places it’s going slower :S Argh, soooo difficult to not pluck the other one to look like the slower growing one, but I’m NOT going to!!! I use a Urban Decay’s – Brow Box in Brown Sugar to hide the growing in part and I’m brushing the hairs more upward to make it look just as thick as the other one (it’s only a teensy bit and I think no one would notice, but I do and I’m proud of my brows so let me OCD on them :P )

Eyes:
I was in a hurry today so I only used a little Painterly Paintpot on my eyes, usually I use a Clinique – Touch Tint for Eyes Shimmer Formula in Gold Glimmer but I couldn’t find it.
I used my Shu Uemura – Eyelash Curler which is my favourite even though I still have no idea how to pronounce the brand name ( :oops: )
If I do this look I use either the Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Lewd (Royal Blue) or the Rimmel London Extra Super Lash Mascara in Electric Blue which is the brightest blue mascara I’ve ever seen. I’m wearing the Rimmel mascara here (two coats) because it’s a rainy day and I could use something to brighten it.
Over this I used the product I bought because of this video, namely the Urban Decay – Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Spandex which according to their website is a black, accented w/ rainbow glitter liner. It does have many different shades of glitters and you see them fairly well in Sam’s video, but it’s sooo hard to get the real life beauty on a picture. My mum has been trying to get it to catch perfectly for 10 minutes and then we gave up (or at least I got sick of the camera in my face and the video shows you the look perfectly just look at timestamp 6.20).
On my waterline I’m wearing a Make Up For Ever – Aqua Liner in 15L and it stayed on pretty well for my eyes. Usually it runns pretty quickly but these always stay on pretty long on me.

On my lips I’m just wearing a little Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream not really a lipgloss I know, but I’m using it as one at the moment. I’m loving the promo pictures of the new Make Up For Ever – Labshine – Sparkling, Pearly, Chrome Shine Lip Gloss though but I don’t own them yet. I think if you use a black mascara (or a darker blue like Samantha does in the video, you can get away with a more coral lipstick. I did just give my mum my MAC – Coralista lipstick though, I bought it because I loved the shade for summer, but my lips get an allergic reaction to the lipstick :( Anyone else have that same problem with MAC lipsticks? It was my first ever MAC lipstick, and I don’t have that reaction to the lipglosses but the lipsticks are now something I’m reluctant to try again.

Anyway, if you’re still reading you really are a makeup fan aren’t you? ;) Thank you for all your patience and for reading my weird stories and listening to my opinion on things. I hope you know I do really appreciate you guys and I hope you have a terrifuc Tuesday tomorrow.

Nic and Nouk going out makeup

Hi everyone,

The girls are going out tonight and I’m going to bed in a minute. I did the makeup and now I’m home ready to be up early to spend some more time with my sister before she leaves again.


On her face Nicole is wearing:
Moisturizer (that was left to sink in for 5 to 10 minutes before applying primer).
Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light,
MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation applied with a MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush
I took some Sephora’s – Concealer Palette under her eyes to take away any redness (using the green).
I didn’t apply any blush because she’s going out and riding to the city on her bike and then dancing in a warm club so she’ll be natually flushed.
I used an Essence brush to apply a very light dusting of MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder under her eye to set the concealer.
I then contoured with first a Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder in 01 and then darkened the contour in the middle some more with Smashbox Bronzer Duo in Cosmopolitan (which I got in the Smashbox ‘Socialite’ Beauty Collection set).
I used a little L’Oreal eyeliner pencil on her brows.

I wanted to match the clothes and Nic was wearing an amazing blue shirt and she wanted rocker chick eyes so I went for dark.
I started with a primer, for Nicole I used a MAC – Soft Ochre paintpot and went over this with a black eyeliner as a basecolour (also on the waterline) which I blended with a Smashbox, no. 15 definer brush.
I then went over it with a Smashbox vibrant dark blue from the Twilight eyeshadow duo (patting the colour on and blending only the edges). I then used a little MAC Reflects in Transparent Teal Glitter Brillants and put on some Sephora – Lipgloss in Rosy Glow on her lips. She did her own mascara sn we were done.

 

On Nouk, Nic and I thought she was always wearing purple and Nic said we should incorporate the colour of her clothes as well and that meant soft pinks. That doesn’t suit Nouk to wear a neutral look when going out, so I pumped it up, and it ended up looking like this:

I used the same skinproducts as on Nicole but I changed foundations because I used Nic’s own foundation on her and on Nouk I chose the colour perfect for her skintone (L’Oreal – Matte Morphose in 180 Rosy Sand).

I then took up MAC – Soft Ochre paintpot as a base and used a Sephora Palette called Paradise Island (no longer available) which has a perfect taupe cream shadow to add a glow to her eyes. I set this with a mixture of the three bottom colours from this Sephora – Colorful 9 Eyeshadow Palette and then I smudged a little black eyeliner only on the top of her eyelid as close to the lashline as possible and then smudging it with a brush.

I only applied eyeshadow on the top of her eyes because this makes her eyes even more almond shaped and lifted at the edges and she was very tired and the lightness under her eyes hides this a little more.

Yesterday’s makeup on Nic and Nouk. (with a left and right side of the face comparison on Nic)

Hi everyone,

I did these looks on the girls yesterday and I thought they deserved a post ;)


Nouk is wearing:
Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light,
L’Oreal – Matte Morphose in 180 Rosy Sand applied with a MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush
I took some Sephora’s – Concealer Palette under her eyes to take away any redness (using the green)
I used an Essence brush to apply MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder to set everything.
I then contoured with first a Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder in 01 and then darkened the contour in the middle some more with Smashbox Bronzer Duo in Cosmopolitan (which I got in the Smashbox ‘Socialite’ Beauty Collection set).
I used the blush from this duo as well, but I mixed it with a little Essence Surfer Babe 01 Big Wave Survivor Blush, this gave her the innocent flush she has here. I used a little L’Oreal eyeliner pencil to change the shape of her brow a little.

I then primed her eyes with MAC – Soft Ochre and set this with a little neutral shadow. I then used a deeper brown to darken her crease a little and lined her eye with Stila – Smudge Pot in Jet Black. She put some mascara on and I placed a little Sephora – Lipgloss in Think Pink on her lips and she was done.

I’ve been reading Rae Morris her makeup books and she has a very different view on some things then I and some of the other makeup artists I’ve been interested in. And I wanted to try out the difference.
Her way of prepping eyes is:
1) Cleanse with a waterbased cleanser, don’t moisturize eyes afterwards
2) Apply foundation on the eyelids (foundations contain a moisturizer of some kind, this is all the moisture you will need on your eyelids)
3) Lightly powder eyes with translucent powder.

She has the same different view on prepping skin, saying that a primer contains a moisturizer, which means it’s either a moisturizer or a primer that you should use.

As I said I was sceptic and wanted to test the difference. Here is my honest way of application and the pictures of her face just after application and 2 hours later (after she was just sitting and talking, so no dancing or anything that will make makeup fade or crease).


Nic is wearing on the left side (see X on her collarbone to help me remember which side was which):
Mousturizer.
MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation which was a little streakish, so I really buffed in the powder later on to unstreak everything.
I took some Sephora’s – Concealer Palette under her eyes to take away any redness (using the green).
I used Stila – Convertible colour (dual lip and cheek cream) in orchid) on her cheeks to give her a rosy finish (I used this later on on her lips as well, this gave her semi-matte velvetty lips, very amazing).
I used an Essence brush to apply MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder to set everything (now the streaky foundation wasn’t streaky anymore).
I then contoured with first a Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder in 01 and then darkened the contour in the middle some more with Smashbox Bronzer Duo in Cosmopolitan (which I got in the Smashbox ‘Socialite’ Beauty Collection set).
I used a little L’Oreal eyeliner pencil on her brows.
I used a black Essence eyeliner pencil over the foundation on the eyelid to give me a colour base and then used a purple Sephora – Colorful Mat Mono Eyeshadow to set the eyeliner and used a little light blue to blend the purple out in the crease. On the bottom lashline I used this amazing Smashbox eyeshadow in the colour Digital and then blended it out. Next was mascara ans she was done. 

Nic is wearing on the right side:
Moisturizer (that was left to sink in for 5 to 10 minutes before applying primer).
Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light,
L’Oreal – Matte Morphose in 180 Rosy Sand applied with a MAC 109 – Small Contour Brush
I took some Sephora’s – Concealer Palette under her eyes to take away any redness (using the green).
I used Stila – Convertible colour (dual lip and cheek cream) in orchid) on her cheeks to give her a rosy finish (I used this later on on her lips as well, this gave her semi-matte velvetty lips, very amazing).
I used an Essence brush to apply a very light dusting of MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder under her eye to set the concealer.
I then contoured with first a Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder in 01 and then darkened the contour in the middle some more with Smashbox Bronzer Duo in Cosmopolitan (which I got in the Smashbox ‘Socialite’ Beauty Collection set).
I used a little L’Oreal eyeliner pencil on her brows.
I used a Stila Smudge Pot as a primer on the eyelid to give me a colour base and then used a purple Sephora – Colorful Mat Mono Eyeshadow to set the eyeliner and used a little light blue to blend the purple out in the crease. On the bottom lashline I used this amazing Smashbox eyeshadow in the colour Digital and then blended it out. Next was mascara ans she was done.

She then talked for about two hours before I took the next two pictures (One is blurry I saw later).

As you can see there is a lot of colour saturation differ
ence, the left side has a lot more creasing and it’s faded and lost it’s pretty fibrancy. I also thought that the primed side looked more luminous and there were less pores visible. I also thought that her mascara was running on the left side, so I did try out the advise in the book and not only do I prefer my own way, I also think it looks better.

Copper Sparkle

Hi everyone,

I got this amazing MAC sample in the colour called Copper Sparkle which I HAD to try.

It’s a colour I don’t think many can wear, it makes you you tired very easily. You can prevent this by using it only as a hint of colour or by lining your eyes with a dark brown or black eyeliner. I wanted to try it immediately though, so I used it on a bare face (and eye) and only added some Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara to finish the look.

Cut Crease

Hi everyone,

I did this look on Nic this weekend, it’s a cut crease with an Indian twist to the look.

Face:
Nic wasn’t wearing any makeup except for mascara when I started, so I prepped her face with Smashbox – Hybrid 2 in 1 Primer which gives her skin a healthy glow. I then added some Maybelline – Dream Satin Liquid in Ivory to lighten her skintone a little. I then used MUFE lift concealer in no. 2 mixed with no. 1 to hide her dark circles, I buffed this into her skin with a Smashbox – Crease brush no. 10 because this blends the concealer into her skin amazingly.

I then quickly set the makeup with a little Make Up For Ever – Super Matte Loose Powder in 12 Translucent Natural and then added some Stila – Sun SPF15 Bronzing powder in shade 01 to place the outer parts of her contouring (with a MAC 109 brush). I also contoured her nose with this bronzing powder. I then used a bronzer from the Yves Saint Laurent – Sensation Soleil MakeUp Palette no. 1 to really define the hollows of her cheeks.

Eyes:
Nicole has very light brows and I added a mixture of Urban Decay – Naked eyeshadow and MAC – Cork and MAC – Wedge to add multiple colours to her brows. After the brows are ready you can see how far you can do with the eyes. I wanted to do a cut crease with an Indian twist on Nic because it’s something I’ve never done on her before and I wanted to see how it would look. I started with a base of MAC – Soft Ochre and set this with a little Smashbox Eyeshadow in Vanilla.

I used Make Up For Ever – Flash Colour Case‘s dark blue with a MAC angled brush to place the crease bringing it way down on the inner corner. I did it literally ON her crease and blended it upward. I then used Sephora – Colorful Mat Mono Eyeshadow in the colour midnight kiss No. 34 to set the blue and used a little Urban Decay – DeLuxe Eyeshadow in Fishnet to add a little extra brightness.

I lined her eyes with a L’Oreal black eyeliner pencil and then used a little Urban Decay – DeLuxe Eyeshadow in Freakshow under her eyes and made the line fade out where it hit the cut crease. And that is all I did for this look.

I hope you all like this eye, I certainly did!