Mars Inspired Look for IMAM Planet Collaboration

mars big Some of us over on r/indiemakeupandmore decided to do a collaboration based on planets. I chose Mars as my planet. Mars is obviously the red planet, and when I think of it, I think of dusty dry red/orange rocks, so I did a mostly matte look with a lot of reds and red orange. mars wearable look I initially did a more avant garde version sans the winged liner, but it was a bit too in your face red without anything to balance it out. So I added some winged liner to make it a touch more wearable. mars close up w A close up of the eye make up, side by side with an inspiration picture I found when googling Mars. mars wearable glassesRed glasses for a red planet look! I’m really shocked by just how much the glasses tone things down. Mars productsEyes:

  • Blackbird Fire Pledge
  • Blanche Neige Little Mermaid
  • Notoriously Morbid Boca Del Infierno
  • Hello Waffle Cortexiphan
  • Life’s Entropy Brow Theory in Blonde
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Mascara
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Dark Brown


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Blackbird Magic Trick Super Powder in Translucent
  • Blackbird Beau


  • Kae Q Sapodilla
  • Kae Q Mango

Before I did my eyes I applied foundation and set it with powder. Then I started my eye make up by applying primer to my entire eye area, including under my lashes. I patted Fire Pledge, a matte red orange, all over my lids, up past my crease. I applied it more heavily down near my lashes and more lightly as I went up. I dabbed what was left on my brush under my lower lashes. Then I used a fluffy angled brush to apply Little Mermaid, a slightly orangey red with a touch of shimmer, to my crease. I used a liner brush to apply Boca Del Infierno, a matte burgundy red, to my upper and lower lashlines. I used a small brush to apply a dot of Cortexiphan, a red satin, to my inner corners, like a highlight except red. I used a fluffy blending brush to blend around the edges of my eyeshadow. I blended out the edges a lot. I applied mascara and was going to leave it at that, but it was a bit too out there so I added brown liquid liner on both my upper and lower lashlines with a small wing at the corner. I filled in my brows as well. For my cheeks I used Beau, a sort of reddish brown matte eyeshadow, and picked a tiny bit up with my contour blush and blended it into my cheeks as a combo blush/contour. Then for my lips I started with a base of Sapodilla, my perfect nude, and dotted Mango, an orangey red, on top and blended them with my fingers.

If you’re interested in seeing what everyone else came up with, you can check out the other planetary looks here.


FOTD: Lavender Eyes and Dark Purple Lips

purple lip bigMy starting point for this look was the lip color. I knew I wanted to try out my dark purple beso balm, but I wasn’t sure what sort of eye look to match it with. I was rifling through my shadows when a lavender caught my eye. I figured a lavender smoky eye would complement the purple lips without being too intense.

purple lip lookI think it worked nicely, although the shadows are a little bit cooler toned than the lips. Next time I might try warm purple eyeshadow instead.

purple lip shadowsEyes:

  • Blanche Neige Sweetest Voice
  • Blanche Neige As Above, Below
  • Blanche Neige Daughters of Air
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Stila Smudgestick in Halfmoon
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Baroque Sonrel Not Sonrel


  • Kae Q Passionfruit
  • NYX Wonder Pencil in Light

I started my priming my eyelids and then patted Sweetest Voice, a lavender, on my lids up, stopping at my crease. I blended out my crease using Daughters of the Air, a beige. Then I pushed As Above, Below, a blueish grey, into the outer v and both lashlines. I lined my eyes with grey pencil liner, blended it out and finished with mascara. I did my usual foundation routine and used a plummy blush on my cheeks. I lined around the outside of my lips with a nude pencil and blended it in with my finger. Then I used a doefoot to apply Passionfruit, a dark purple balm.

I really like the formula of the beso balms, although this one was the trickiest of the three I’ve tried so far, probably because the color’s so deep. It’s not 100% opaque (which isn’t a surprise, because it’s a balm, not a lipstick), but it makes it a little bit tricky to get perfectly even coverage. It’s super comfortable to wear (like a really nice non-tinted lip balm, which makes me want to try Kae Q’s regular balm) but it doesn’t have much staying power. I ate a snack and when I was done all that was left was a faded line around the outside of my lips. But, on the plus side, it didn’t stain, so it was super easy to wipe off the ring with a tissue and my lips looked totally normal. I definitely wouldn’t recommend wearing this if you know you’re going to be eating, though. The color’s pretty much exactly like a non-sheer version of Shiro’s A Girl and a Cat tinted balm, which is kinda neat.

Do you wear dark purple lipstick? What do you pair it with?

FOTD: Little Mermaid and Pisces Challenge

Pisces and Little MermaidOver on Working With Monolids, Francesca has been doing a sample challenge. She draws two random eyeshadow sample bags from her stash and creates a look using both of them. She brought the idea to /r/indiemakeupandmore, and asked people to list the eyeshadows they own. Then other users would choose two random colors to make a look with, without looking up pictures of what the shadows look like. I love pretty much every type of make up challenge there is, so I jumped on board. Half an hour of typing out names later, I had my list. /u/three8six9, of Butabanasaurus, gave me my first pairing, Blanche Neige’s Little Mermaid and Dark Matter Makeup’s Pisces. From the sound of the names, with their aquatic references, you’d think the colors would go together easily. However. Little Mermaid is red orange. Burnt red orange. And Pisces is turquoise. Super bright turquoise. Not really colors I would have paired up. But it was a challenge, so I knew I had to figure it out!

Pisces and Little Mermaid 1I wasn’t sure what to do, and wound up going full on avante garde. I actually like this, in a “I wish I had a weirdo gallery opening or an experimental theatre opening night to wear this to” type of way.

Pisces and Little Mermaid 2A glasses shot and a close up. To show off the weirdness in all possible ways.

Pisces and Little Mermaid shadowsEyes:

  • Blanche Neige Little Mermaid
  • Dark Matter Makeup Pisces
  • Shiro Doge
  • Stila Desert
  • Tarte Hot Stone Massage
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Anti-Aging
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Sephora Collection Black Lace Eyeliner
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Exposed


  • MAC Viva Glam V

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this combination of shadows so the look sort of developed as I put it on my face. My original plan was to use Pisces in the inner corner, Little Mermaid in the Outer Corner and Doge in the middle as a transition, so I started by applying Doge, a shimmery champagne, all over my primed lids. But Then I wound up covering it all up with Little Mermaid, a burnt orange-red, which I applied up to my crease and below the outer half of my lower lashes. I used a matte orangey nude to blend it out and up to my eyebrows. Then I applied Pisces, a bright turquoise in my inner corner, and blended it up and a round the corner into the red. However, it wasn’t turquoisey enough, so I applied a bot of Pixie Epoxy and added some more on top. Then I lined my upper lashes and both waterlines with black pencil liner. With the black liner on, I decided there needed to be still more turquoise, so I used an angled brush to blend it across my entire lower lash line and along the bottom outer edge of the red shadow. To finish I applied Doge underneath my brow bone, curled and mascaraed my lashes. I did the rest of my face makeup, with slightly reddish brown nudes for both my cheeks and my lips, and realized the amount of crazy eyeshadow I had on was overpowering my brows. So I used a grey brown eyeshadow to fill them in with an angled brush. Weirdo look complete!

Have you ever paired random samples? I had a blast with it and am looking forward to doing the rest of the pairings I was given.