Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Tutorial: Day of the Dead

Here it is guys, our last Halloween tutorial for this year! This year a lot of people seem to have taken a shot at creating a Day of the Dead look. In Mexico, and maybe other countries as well, they celebrate their lost loved ones by preparing a great feast including their lost loved ones' favorite dishes and by creating lots of very decorative sugar skulls as treats. This is how this tutorial came about! A lot went into this look so let's jump into to it!
So for the white base I once again used the Fantasy Makers Painter's Palette, just blended it all over my face with my fingers. Next I did the eyes, which in my opinion is the main focus in this look. I first outlined the shape I wanted around the eyes using a black eyeliner. I then filled the inside of the circle using the navy blue in the Wet n Wild Blue had me at Hello Palette. I just patted the shadow on using a flat eye shadow brush. Then I outlined the navy blue with a teal shadow from the same palette. Next I created the scalloped bordering with my black eyeliner again, all filled it in with Last Call eye shadow from the Urban Decay Ammo Palette. Then I moved to the nose, I outlined the shape I wanted and then filled it in with the same navy blue shadow I used for the eyes. As you can tell from the pictures, I scratched my nose before taking the pictures and forgot to retouch the shadow I removed, sorry! Anywho, I moved on to the rose on my chin. This was by far the most difficult part for me. It took me quite a while to find a picture of a rose online that I could recreate, and then successfully transfer it onto my chin. I suggest practicing on a piece of paper before drawing on your chin. Once I had it down, I outline the rose shape on my chin using my black eyeliner. I filled it in with the red from the Fantasy Makers Painter's Palette, and used the teal shadow from before to fill in the leaves on either side. I have to say that I am quite proud of the results, no matter what anybody says haha. You can be creative with it though, and do whatever you'd like.
Lastly I did all of the resting designs with the same black eyeliner. As you can tell, your black eyeliner will be your best friend with this look. The tear drop on the right was the only other thing I filled in with the navy blue shadow. Oh and the upside down heart was filled with the same red as the rose. That basically sums up my Day of the Dead look! I had SO much fun creating this look, even though it took a very long time to create, and even a longer time to remove haha. I will most likely rock this the day of Halloween since I don't really feel like dawning a full-on costume. I hope you guys enjoyed this and give it a try!

Have a fun AND safe Halloween!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mermaid: A Halloween look!

When Halloween is aproaching, I always find myself looking through my makeup drawers and creating certain looks in my head. I love playing around with my makeup, It's just soooo much fun. Anyway I hope you enjoy my mermaid look.
The first thing that I did was put a medium coverage foundation on my face, then I put some blush and some micabella pigments on my face, some were blue, some were green and some were purple. I mainly did that on my forehead. Then I started with the eyeshadow, I put a light gold eyeshadow all over my lid, a teal eyeshadow on the outer half of my lid and a light purple in my crease. On my lips I'm wearing one of my favorite lipsticks, that I dont get to wear often simply because its not something that I can pull off on an everyday basis. The Lipstick is D'lilac by Limecrime. I think it's pretty obvious that I'm wearing falsies lol. Anyway, when I was playing around with the lash glue, I started dotting lash glue on my face...not knowing where I was going with it, I ended taking a  q-tip, dipping it into one of my favorite pigments from Sugarpill and making some scale looking things. I wish I would have spent more time on this step, but I wasn't feeling very well :( But you basically get the idea.
I think some of those pigments on my face, made it look like my face was wet, which was a nice effect.

Hope you enjoyed the look :) Have a Nice Wednesday :D

Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween 2011: Dark Fairy

Hey guys! I don't know about you but I LOVE Halloween. The whole process of finding the perfect costume, dressing up, experimenting with make-up looks, and getting together with friends is always a blast! As of now I'm unsure as to what I'll be dressing up as but I thought I'd share with you some of the looks I'm contemplating.

This first one is a dark fairy/angel look I came up with inspired by a NYX campaign I saw at Ulta the other day haha For the eyeshadow, I first primed all over my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion to prevent any creasing. Next I layed down a sheer layer of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pots and Pans as a base. I applied it straight from the pencil and then blended it out with my ring finger. On top of that I used a very shimmery, metallic silver shadow from a Victoria's Secret palette that I believe to be discontinued but any silver eye shadow will do. I applied it all over the lid and up into the crease area.
Then, to add depth, I applied a black shadow with silver glittery (also from the VS palette) to the outer portion of the lid and winged it out a bit. Once I blended it with the silver of the rest of the lid and into the outer portion of the crease, I took a cotton pad dampened with make-up remover and created a sharp edge along the outer portion, defining the wing created earlier. Next came the eyeliner. Now for this I used the the black from the Fantasy Makers Painter's Palette, which you can find at your local Walgreen's, but you could use any eyeliner, pencil, gel, or liquid. This is the part you can get creative with. After applying a thick line on the top lashline, I did the extended design which you can see here in the pictures. Since I used a cream consistency liner, I set all the areas where I used it with a matte black shadow. To finish up the eyes, I added #3 MAC lashes and a light coat of mascara just to help my natural lashes adhere to the falsies. Oh! Almost forgot, I also used Fantasy Makers Glitter Eyeliner in Cryptic to add a bit of sparkle to the look just around and in between the extended black liner designs. To define the eyebrows, I just used the same matte black eye shadow I used to set the eyeliner with an angled brush, and combed through them at the end with a lash brush.

To complete the look I lined my lips with a black eyeliner pencil and used Fantasy Makers Lipstick in Black on top of that. Lastly, I took some of the red from the Fantasy Makers Painter's Palette and added it to the center of the lips, both top and bottom.

And there you have it, my dark fairy/angel look! Hope you enjoyed :)

What costumes are you contemplating?

Happy Monday <3

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall 2011 Polish Picks!

Left to right: Butter London Tea with the Queen, Butter London Toff, OPI Meet me on the Star Ferry, OPI We'll Always Have Paris, OPI Bling Dynasty, Sally Hansen Wine Not?

So fall is finally here! Time to bring out the scarves, boots, coats, and NEW NAIL POLISH!!! In the fall I like wearing more of the neutral colors, purples, and deeper/darker colors. So starting on the left is Butter London's "Tea With a Queen." It is described as "on the pink side of tan, very neutral" and honestly the description says it all. It just gives your nails a very polished and sophisticated look. Next is Butter London's "Toff'." I did a NOTD (nail of the day) for this one so I won't go on and on, but in a nutshell it is a purple-toned dusty pink. Moving on to OPI first is "Meet me on the Star Ferry," which is a metallic medium purple. Then is "We'll Always Have Paris," which is my absolute ALL TIME favorite nail polish! It is a deep dark purple/burgundy creme color. From afar it might appear to be black, but up close its a gorgeous color :) Last from OPI is "Bling Dynasty" and it is a metallic bronze golden color. This is an example of a neutral color only shimmery to add a little umph, if you know what I mean. The last one is one from Sally Hanson, "Wine Not?" and like the name foreshadows, it is a shimmery deep red wine color which I think is perfect for fall!

What are your favorite polish colors for fall?

Happy Tuesday <3