FOTD: Easter Pastel Halo Eye

easter Happy Easter! I decided to do a springy pastel look to celebrate. (Easter’s not my favorite holiday, it’s not spring here and my husband and I failed to plan ahead enough to buy groceries for our usual Easter dinner, so this is pretty much the only bone I’m throwing to Easter this year.) I did a pastel pink and green version of my newfound halo eye technique. It turned out much more subtle than I expected, but it’s pretty and fitting for the holiday.

easter lookPardon the weird pinkness of my skin. I just got back from a week on the beach, where I got a bit too much sun. Worth it, though!

easter shadowsEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Debussy
  • Shiro Wildflowers
  • Hello Waffle Golden Stairs
  • Shiro Cake
  • NYX Milk
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Buxom Lash Mascara

Face:

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

Lips:

  • Tarte Pink Peony

I started by covering my mobile lids with NYX Milk pencil and blending it in with my finger so there weren’t any harsh edges. Then I patted Cake!, a sparkly white, into the inner and outer corners. It wasn’t very noticeable, so I patted Wildflowers, a light pink, over the top. I placed Debussy, a light green, into the hole in the middle of each lid. Then I picked up some Golden Stairs, a light peachy gold, with a blending brush and used it to blend out the transition between the pink and the green. I also used Golden Stairs to blend out the crease. I used some more Cake above the gold, up to my eyebrow. I lined my eyes with black liquid liner with a little flick and applied mascara. I did my face like usual, with a bit of extra foundation on my nose in an attempt to minimize my sunburn. I used a pink cheek stain, which I blended in with my finger, and a soft pink lipstick.

Do you ever do holiday-themed make up? How do you celebrate Easter? In my family growing up we always went bowling and ate Indian food to go with our Easter baskets and egg hunt. It’s one of our weirder traditions, but I loved it.

 

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FOTD: Tiger Stripes!

DSCN2557A while back I asked my husband what kind of eyeshadow I should wear. His answer? Tiger stripes! So… I put tiger stripes on my eyelids. Then, whenever I would ask him what I should do with my make up, he would give me an animal. So I told him he could choose five animals and I would do a little series of them. He decided to stick to predators. So this is the first in my series of predatory animal themed make up looks.

Bengal Tiger CloseupI wanted the white/orange transition that’s so pretty on tigers, so I used a white gold closest to my lashline, and then orange all over the rest of the eye space.

Tiger EyesTriple wing! I figured this was the most wearable way to do stripes.

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Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Revive Blush
  • Hello Waffle Fauxlivia mixed into the blush

Lips:

I started by applying NYX milk on my lid and then smoothing it up to my brows with a finger. I applied a tiny line of Hello Waffle’s Pachelbel, a shimmery white gold, right next to my lashes. Then I applied a thin layer of Notoriously Morbid’s Comic Relief, a matte orange, all the way up to my eyebrows. After that, I blended Shiro’s Steve O’Lantern, a sparkly darker orange, across my crease and down to the edge of the white. After this, the white wasn’t showing up as much as I’d like, so I dabbed some more NYX milk right next to the lashline in the middle of each lid and patted some more Pachelbel on top. Then I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner, being careful not cover up the white too much and winging it out in the corners. Then I very carefully drew two more lines parallel to the first wing. After I was done with the eyeliner, I didn’t look feline enough for my liking, so I applied a thicker than usual line of Pachelbel along my lower water line and inner corner, and I blended it up from my inner corner to the start of my eyebrow along the inside of my nose. My face stuff went on as usual: foundation, concealer and powder, but I didn’t have a blush that was orange enough for the tiger vibe I was going for, so I mixed a little bit of Hello Waffle’s Fauxlivia eyeshadow into Shiro’s Revive blush, to get a sparkly orange blush. Then I finished everything off with mascara and a sheer orange tinted balm.

I was so happy that I actually successfully pulled this off. I had tiger stripes on my face, but in a way that was surprisingly wearable. A bit out there, but not too much. If I ever have a need to dress up as a tiger, I would totally do this again. Also, it was what kicked off the whole set of animal themed looks, which I’ve been having a ton of fun with. Plus it’s fun letting my husband choose the animals for me!

FOTD: Sparkly Teal Smoky Eye

DSCN5565When I sat down to do this look, I thought “I’ll just do something simple, like the smoky eye I did the other day, but more colorful.” Wrong. It started out simple, but then I made myself feel slightly extraterrestrial, like a weird robot-alien hybrid. So much sparkle. So many cool colors. Plus then I pretty much erased my lips. It’s a little weird looking, in a fun “I’m pretending I’m an alien” way.robot alienI do like it, though. Makes me want to watch space movies. DSCN5582Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body foundation in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Revive

Lips:

  • Smashbox lip gloss in Pout

For this, I started with the same smoky eye over pixie epoxy tutorial from a few days ago, but then I branched out. I primed my eyes, added the pixies epoxy, patted Jupiter Rain, a sparkly teal, all over the lid and under the outer half of the lower lashes and blended the edges out with Mozart, a steely grey. Then I added Blinded by the Whitelighter, a bright pale silver, to the inner half of the lower lashes, and highlighted under my brownbone with a matte vanilla shadow. I lined my upper lashline with black liquid eyeliner but did not add a wing. I curled my lashes and added mascara. Then I did my usual face stuff, using Revive, a super pale shimmery blush, on my cheeks. I finished with a very, very pale milky pink lipgloss, which pretty much turned my lips the same color as my skin.

Not at all what I planned on for today, but it’s fun and I like it. I’m gonna keep playing with this smoky eye over Pixie Epoxy technique, and see if I can do it with a bright color that looks a bit more normal than this. (Also, I’m totally not sure I actually look like an alien to anyone who’s not me. But I feel like one for sure!)

FOTD: Brown with a Pop of Teal

DSCN5119So this is kind of ridiculous, but honestly the color of eyeshadow I’m least comfortable using is… brown. I know it’s a neutral and basic and supposed to be easy, but I’m always confused by what to do with it. Super bright colors? Sure thing. I’m even growing to love some of the ones I thought would look terrible on me before I tried them. (I’m looking at you, red and yellow.) But brown? What am I supposed to do with that? I confessed my hesitance on one of my indie subreddits and someone suggested I try brown on the upper eyelid with a color on the lower lashline to sort of ease myself into the world of browns. So I did. And following upon Thursday’s Jupiter Rain post, it was the color I reached for.

brown with pop of teal I think it turned out okay, but I’m not ready to jump on the brown bandwagon just yet. Although, the longer I have it on my face, the more I like it. It’s growing on me.

DSCN5137Eyes:

  • Fyrinnae Bawdy Librarian
  • Hello Waffle Rachmaninoff
  • Notoriously Morbid Jupiter Rain
  • Stila Wind (from the In the Know palette)
  • Darling Girl Superstar Serum
  • Lorac Behind the Scenes primer
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Dark Brown
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit Sugarbomb blush

Lips:

  • Bite High Pigment Pencil in Sable

For this look, I started with primer and then applied Bawdy Librarian, a medium brown with gold sparkle, all over my mobile lid. I used Rachmaninoff, a darker matte brown, to extend the outer corner into a mini cat eye shape and blended it into the other brown. I used face lotion on a q-tip to tidy up the edge. Then I used a matte peach from the edge of the brown up to my eyebrow. I lined my upper lashes with a dark brown liquid liner, following the bottom edge of the eyeshadow cat eye. Then I mixed Jupiter Rain, a sparkly teal, with Superstar Serum and applied it to my lower lashline. I finished with mascara and finished the rest of my make up like usual, with pretty neutral blush and lipstick.

Bawdy Librarian is a color I got as a free sample when I bought my pixie epoxy. It’s not a color that I would have chosen for myself, given my feelings towards brown, but it does have a pretty glow to it and the formula is interesting in a good way. I’m looking forward to finding other ways of using it, because for now it’s the only Fyrinnae eyeshadow I own.

What about you? Do you have eyeshadow colors that intimidate you? Or if you’re on team I-know-how-to-use-brown, how do you use it?

FOTD: Red and Black Queen of Hearts Smoky Eye, from Crimson and Clovher’s tutorial

Queen of Hearts 1My lovely new internet friend Crimson and Clovher posted posted this Queen of Hearts-inspired tutorial last week, which I knew I had to try. Because a) I love Alice in Wonderland, b) red eyeshadow is my new favorite thing and c) it looked totally badass on her. So I did! And while I think it looks more extreme on me than on her (thanks, super-pale skin), and I skipped the heart shaped lips (since I wasn’t actually going to a costume party), I really like how it turned out. It was easy to follow along with her instructions and it was fun using some new techniques for a change! queen of heartsI love the red! I loved it so much I put it on my lips too. queen of hearts 2Like many of my more extreme looks, glasses tone it down. Obviously I had to wear my red pair. DSCN4894 Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty

Lips:

Obviously, the full instructions for this are laid out in the tutorial, but I did make a few slight changes. I started by priming my lids and covering them with Bloody Awful Poet, a matte black eyeshadow, drawing a cat-eye shape at the corners. I cleaned up the edges using q-tips and face lotion. Then I patted Pixie Epoxy onto the inner 2/3 or so with my pinky and waited for it to set. I applied Vivaldi, a sparkly red, over the top. Then I blended the edges into the black. However, over the black Vivaldi was taking on some burgundy/purplish tones, and I wanted true red, so I patted Unforgettable, a warm-toned sparkly red, over the inner half of the eye or so and blended it into the already-blended other red. At this point I had totally screwed up the edges of the cat eye, so I retraced them with black and tidied them up with q-tips again. I lined my upper lids with black liquid liner, following the lower edge of my eyeshadow out at the corners, and I lined my lower waterline with black pencil eyeliner. I curled my lashes and applied lots of mascara, because I don’t own false lashes. Then I wiped tons of fallout off of my face. If you do this look, definitely do your eyes before your face. I did my face make up, with extra powder to set, and applied red blush very lightly, because one can never have too much red. I tried my red lipsticks, but they didn’t match the red of my eyes, and then I realized both red shadows were lip safe! So I used a lip brush to apply them to my lips with some clear balm. (Note: Neutrogena’s balm is terrible for this. Usually I use Lush’s Honey Trap for sticking powders to my lips and it works so much better. You want something thick and a little waxy otherwise it will slide all over your face. Which this did pretty much as soon as I finished with the pictures. I wound up taking it off and putting Shiro’s With Eyes Unclouded on.)

All in all, I was really glad how well Crimson and Clovher’s tutorial worked for me! I’d never really tried following a step by step tutorial before, but I loved this look and was so glad she wrote up her instructions! Although, between the lips and the eyes I think I used at least a dozen q-tips. Oh well, I think it was worth it. :)

Do you guys ever follow your internet friends’ tutorials? Any advice on wearing eyeshadow on your lips and getting it to stay?

FOTD: Ravenclaw Blue and Bronze

DSCN4559Ravenclaw time! With book colors! (I don’t get why they changed the bronze to silver for the movies. Yes, blue and silver is pretty. But it’s wrong. And if anyone was going to catch that it’s wrong, it’s bookish Ravenclaws. Nonsense.) I am totally and unapologetically a Ravenclaw for life, and a supporter of the blue and bronze.

RavenclawBecause blue and bronze are not the easiest colors to mix together, I put coppery bronze on the lid and used the blue as liner.

DSCN4483This picture best captures the color of the blue.

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Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful

Lips

  • Benefit Dallas gloss

I started by priming both under and over my eyes. I then applied Bartok, a bright copper, all over the mobile lid. I added Belly, a darker copper, to the outer corners and all the way around the crease. I also applied Belly beneath my lower lashes. Then I mixed Hesitant Heroine, a matte bright dark blue, with Superstar Serum to form a paste. I applied it to the upper lashline, winging it out at the corners, and then worked down from the underside of the wing along the lower lashes. I went back in and made sure the connection at the corner was all the way filled in. Then I took a little bit of Treasure Map, a golden bronze, and applied it to my tearducts. I added mascara, a warm coral blush and finished with lip gloss.

I really like how this turned out. Before I added the liner I looked like a crazy person who’d drawn a circle around my eyes with an orange crayon, but the liner really brought it together. It’s not as dramatic as yesterday’s Gryffindor look, but Ravenclaws are less flashy anyways.

FOTD: Gryffindor Red and Gold

DSCN3455bThis is my favorite look from my Musicians Collection review, mostly because it was such a surprise how much I liked it, but also partly because my inner bookworm loves how much it screams Harry Potter. (The rest of the Houses will be coming soon.) I was looking through my stack of sample bags and I thought to myself “oooh, what if I put the red and gold together?” but honestly, I was expecting it be one of those “I tried. I guess I’ll go wash my face now” looks. But I loved it. The formula on these eyeshadows is so good that blending them was a dream, even with a fairly extreme color-switch. Hello Waffle wins for sure.

GryffindorPlus, it encouraged me to break out the red lipstick, and I’m definitely trying to find ways to wear bright lips more often.

DSCN3527Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body foundation in N1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural powder in Light
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty

Lips:

  • MAC Ladybug

I started by priming my lids. Then I placed Vivaldi, a bright sparkly red, along the edge of my outer corner. Usually I work from the inner corners of my eye out when I do my eyeshadow, but because the red is so bright, I thought it would be better to put it on first. Then I used a flat brush to apply Tchaikovsky, a gold, starting at the inner corner and working my way to the red, not going past my crease. I added a little to the inner corner section of my lower lashline as well. At this point I stopped and said “huh, I think this’ll actually work.” Then I patted the excess red off my brush and very, very lightly blended it into the rest of my crease. Then I took a clean blending brush and went back and forth over the area where the red and gold shadows met and along my crease. I mixed Rachmaninoff, a dark matte brown, with Superstar Serum, and used an angled brush to apply it as liner, winging it out on the top, and lightly lining the bottom, skipping the very inner part, and connecting it to the top line at the outer corners. I curled my lashes and applied mascara. At this point, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the rest of my face, and decided to go all in on the red and finished with red blush and red lipstick.

I love how well this came together, and how blue the red and gold make my eyes look. I’m not quite sure where I would wear this look other than just around the house or with my husband, but I kinda want to find an event for it. Also, now that I’ve created a Gryffindor look, I’m starting a little Harry Potter House Series, so keep your eyes peeled for Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff looks.