Happy Tuesday (literally almost Wednesday LOL) cute thang ;)! First off, I'd like to present a HUGE thank you to my loyal fans (you guy's duh) for staying apart of my blog with full fledged support. This might be rather odd to some however I haven't done a look in around 4 days, detrimental, I know, however I figured creating more of a schedule is best (Wednesday night posting, Fri-Sat looks), besides it gives both of us both something to look forward too. Today I have in store a super sexy smokey eye that is meant to be dolled up, this is not one of those versatile looks where you can simply remove lashes or change the lip color, those daring enough to be their inner cheetah surly understand this matter! Originally this was suppose to represent a "black panther", but it ended up yielding a much more glittery and "glam" appearance, which contrasts against an all black look. For those looking forward to a black panther look (MARVEL) fear not, over the weekend I will attempt this look again with a much darker approach, hopefully all will go well! A few things you should keep in mind before getting started with this makeup look are: have equipped a few blending brushes, a paper towel (glitter fallout is prevalent), and make sure you have time!! This is not a "boooom, I'm done" sort of look, it requires patience and a certain skill level, I personally feel anyone could proceed to completing this look however, just focus my loves. One last thing, the tutorial video wise will be posted around Friday, juggling school and editing is a toughie!
*Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Gobi
*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100+N0
*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powders, Mirage Filter
*NYX Powder Blush, Pinched
*Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed, Champagne Pop
*Anastasia Bev. Hills. Pure Hollywood
Thankfully I JUST received my brush clearer in the mail this afternoon, you guys have no clue how bad my breakouts have been from dirty oil laden brushes. Sadly when I filmed the video I was using filthy bristles, so my skin care routine was very lean in terms of products I used. Generally on day's containing poor skin conditions I like to simply splash hot water onto my face numerous times (until the water reaches a boiling point, I begin at a cool temperature) and I prefer finishing off the routine with my favorite Fresh Seaberry Oil. Be dually noted this routine works for me in specific, I just find the Fresh Seaberry oil to work VERY well for pre-makeup application! Speaking of pre-makeup application's, once I had my moisturizing oil set I moved forth in applying my Natasha Denona Face Glow Hydrating Primer. Since the primer comes in a jar I like to "dash" the product across the tops of my cheeks, on the center of my forehead, and on my chin. These are the fundamental area's that help aid blending, plus it allows the user to apply much less product! Starting from my left cheek inwards, I gently eased in the primer using smooth circular motions, these motions mimicked buffing strokes very closely which helped to cover all zones of my face, hairline included. Make sure the primer you choose works for you, remember a primer should address previous skin concerns as well as prep the face for makeup application! In my experience, sometime's the fault of foundation is NOT the actual formulation of the products' problem, it could be due to a primer reacting poorly with the foundation chemicals, thus making it super important you as a mini home makeup artist know your products INSIDE AND OUT. Once my primer had a good 4 minutes to dry, I transitioned straight into the foundation process- I took a pea-sized amount of my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi onto the back of my hand for starters! Try to stick with light-medium buildable coverage foundations with serious glow factors, this makes the steps to come much simpler. As a slight change up I decided to use my Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush, it makes the process of applying foundation much easier and between you and I then brush was 10x cleaner than my beloved MJ Face II. This process is honestly VERY self explanatory (view the image provided above)- starting from my right jaw line up I began to place the product onto my skin with stippling motions, beware of the bristles they have a tendency to pick up too much foundation, it might cause streaky effects! Other than stippling motions and only ONE LIGHT COAT, I made sure to buff out excess product onto the sides of my face, better known as the "hairline". By this point you could either allow the foundation to dry or move forth in the cream contouring, since more product is piled on I don't see a fair reassigning for wasting time drying when the product consistency (oiliness) will be reactivated again!
I always hate when women/men defend not using cream contouring methods, listen, if you're completing an uber dramatic makeup look eye wise, the face must follow, it's simply odd looking to have blemish ridden skin and perfect eye's/lip's, plus the fact it distracts away from certain factors! If you're already at the process of layering foundation, a little cream shouldn't scare you. Now that we all have had a mini chat- using my Sephora Concealer Brush and the N0 cream by Cover Fx, I gently yet firmly drew inverted triangles under my eyes (extended out towards my hairline for a "pulled up" illusion), singular lines from my left jaw to right jaw (one firm stroke across to lighten up the lower region), and one line from the tip of my nose up to my forehead (highlight sprouted out hovering across my eyebrows). Contouring wise, I used the cream N100 and drew singular medium thick lines across the hollows of my cheeks, on my jaw lines, and on the sides of my nose for a chiseled and slimming effect! Contouring varies from person to person, this just happens to be the MAIN area's that work best for me, also be noted color wise it's best NOT to go by what you see above, I tend to choose shades 4 shades lighter and 8 darker, oddly enough this is what looks best for me, test things out until you discover your contour puuurfection ;). To blend the creams in I took my previously used Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush and gently stippled in the products! These are very blend-able on their own, no Fix+ is needed. Try to avoid circular motions when it comes to the cheek contour, focus on upward pushing blending motions as it'll form the illusion of higher pulled up cheekbones! When it comes to cream contouring I highly suggest allowing it to dry for a few minutes, even if it remains porous at least after a good 6 minutes some formulation will be matted down.
Just as I explained in my video tutorial (yippie for those of you seeing my blog post first and getting a sneak peak), I wanted to make sure my skin was VERY bronzy and defined. To get this look I first picked up my Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder in 4 (the darkest shade seems to agree most with my skin coloring, once again go by what works for you, not what seems to work for others) and with my Mac 168 I promptly blended in the product starting from the temples of my face moving down to the hollows of my cheeks and around to the curve of my jaw line! This is better know as the "outer 3 of the face" because the outer part sort of curves in and out like a three shape. To yield more definition and too set the cream contour, contour, I then went into the dark bronze shade provided in my Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Filtering Powder pallet. Being you generally SHOULD NOT bronze the sides of your nose if the powder is shimmery (creates a widened effect) I heavily contoured my sides using a Elf Concealer brush (talk about multi-purpose), this once more set the contour from before and added more definition. I also quickly went over the hollows of my cheeks and under my chin with the shade to ensure optimal shadowing was received! Here is a real shocker- as a blush I used Nyx's Pinched, which happens to be a powder I HAVE NEVER used since I purchased it a year ago. You love's know I absolutely despise power blushes for the fact they look phony and yield natural flushes, today however I decided to delve into that pool of color and go for it! Using my now super dirty Mac 168 brush, I gently brushed the product onto my skin starting from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline. It took literally 3 minutes to blend thoroughly, I suggest starting with a tiny amount of powder and building it up from there. To finish up the tactical part of the makeup in terms of what I like to do prior to eye makeup, I then took my Tarte Swirl Powder Bronzer and Contour brush and heavily swept across my cheekbones/bridge of nose/forehead/cupids bow/chin Becca's Champagne Pop! This color is my absolute favorite and it compliments the eye makeup SUPER well, be sure to once more work in layers, layers are your best friend's.
The lips flow two ways with this makeup look. They can either be glittery red or a subdue pink/nude shade, I personally prefer the pink/nude hence why I chose it as my cover photo however the glittery red is definitely a fun twist, so I shall describe both ways! To the left is the "red" effect- I first lined my lips with Sephora's Nano Liner in Real Red then patted on loose BH Cosmetics Deep Red Glitter on top in light layers. This got VERY messy, which is the top reason of why I removed it and started the lips over again honestly. The second version is with a light coating of ABH's Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, it gives off a very glam vibe! To help clean up the glitter, prior to the lip change, I patted on Besame's Brighting Vanilla Powder in large amounts all over the area's I originally highlighted with Cover Fx's N0 using my Sephora #74. After a few minutes of "baking" I then dusted the product off with hopeful thoughts of dusting glitter away, and then sprayed on Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray to refreshen my makeup! Honestly speaking the spray will really save you IF you decide on glitter lips, it sort of "flicks off" any glitter and makes it much easier to remove product, in this case glitter.
*ELF Smudge Pot- Gotta Glow
*Too Faced Chocolate Bar Pallet, Salted Caramel
* Too Faced Le Grand Palais: Dreamlight, Yule Log
*Makeup Geek Duo Chrome Eyeshadow, Steampunk
*Glitter Injections, Cheetah Print
*Violet Voss Glitter, Copperella
*Kiss Looks So Natural Collection, Pretty Lashes
During this little tutorial I decided to snap photos that represent a step by step view, the pictorial is VERY popular by you guy's and it is no biggy to create so I decided to stay consistent! The first step to any eye makeup look is grooming and filling in the brows. If you think about it, without eyebrows many eye makeup looks wouldn't be so spectacular, brows truly frame the face! For quick and simply defined eyebrows I took my Morphe G11 brush + dipbrow pomade in Caramel and abided by a few steps: Lined the top and bottom, connected at the tail end; filled in with light brush stokes to mimic actual brush hair. If you fancy giving a few spoolies in, go for it, I just find the G11 to do all the work for me prior to filling in! As for an eye primer I opted in for Elf's Smdge Pot in Gotta Glow, it happens to be a super pigmented gold color which is PERFECT for this multi dimensional bronzy/copper look. I simply smudged on the color starting from the center of my lid and blended up towards my brow bone(s), it is sheer enough to build in layers, so if you fancy a pigmented base shade this is an amazing affordable option!
It's best to avoid doing ANYTHING to the lid after priming, it's such a huge mess when glitter is added first then the crease is worked on, so I decided to work backwards in that sense. Going into my favorite Too Faced Chocolate Bar Pallet (funny because I gave it such a crap review when I first received it), specifically with the shade Salted Caramel, I gently blended the color into my crease using a dense Mac 217 brush using side to side motions using my eye socket as a guide. The brush density bristle wise DOES matter because it determines how much product is picked up and how widely disbursed the product is! To add some dimension I then went into the color Dreamlight. This color was placed directly into the inner V of my eye which requires much more patience blending wise, try to stick with small circular motions and side to side buffing motions, in fact I highly recommend going over the crease with a fluffier brush for a gradience in tone (Sephora #27 Brush). The last color to be added in the crease is Yule Log, don't be afraid to start with a massive amount of pigment with this baby, it just makes for a smokier effect as opposed to building pigment up which as we all know gives a desirable gradience as explained above! Using Mac's 219 pencil brush (easier to direct color into the inner inner V) I gently patted on Yule Log to the outer third of my lid with firm side sweeping motions, from those motions I shifted into the creasing of my eye socket with firm side to side motions followed by a dusting over with a fluffier Sephora #27 Brush to soften the shade up.
NOOWWW you may all cheer that glitter is being used! This is actually a new glitter from Glitter Injections so inside I was crying on how beautiful it came out to be (first time I viewed the glitter since a week ago). First off, I took a pea-sized amount of the Too Faced Glitter Glue onto the back of my hand. From that tiny amount I gently patted on the sticky substance to the center of my lids extending midway through the outer third of my lid, be sure to work fast, glitter glue has a tendency to dry quickly (same goes for lash glue user's). Using my Smashbox Full Exposure Brush I lightly patted it into the Cheetah Print glitter (I transferred it into a flat jar) and from there applied it to my lid with FIRM patting motions, this should be done slowly with your head tilted back to prevent a ton of fallout! Don't worry too much on how the coverage looks, as you can see from image 5 depicted above the glitter did not fully cover my entire lid, hence forth why I moved onto using another glitter on top. To enhance the color a tad and make it seem more "copper" in tone I then took Copperella by Violet Voss and patted it right on top of Cheetah Print, make sure you only apply one layer as the idea is not to cover the multi dimensional glitter, just to change the tone. I took Copperella onto the tear duct's of my eye as well, no glitter glue was needed! Since things are going down south, to finish up the shadowy effect I took my Mac 231 brush and smudged across my lower lash line Makeup Geek's Steampunk. Beware, this color is VERY subjective, it could smoke out blue, brown, or even black, more often then not it is a smokey black/blue which is the effect we want!
Something you loves should know prior to the tutorial is I HEAVILY smoked things up after the fact of recording, which is why image 5 is less smoked and dark than image 6! Moreover I lined my upper lash lines with THICK heavy black wings using ABH's Creme Liner in Jet and an Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush. I then lined both my waterlines heavily (the second time hehe) with firm side to side motions this way I could ensure the thick black really glided on! To finish things up I coated my lashes numerous times with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, focusing more on the lower lashes, and topped it off with Kiss's Pretty Lashes. Be sure to choose a set of lashes that DO NOT cover the glitter, some overly dramatic lashes have a tendency to cover up eye makeup, the point is to show off! Hopefully you guy's enjoyed this SUPER different tutorial, it combines darkness with bronze light which is something I hardly do! If you would fancy a review of the duo chrome shadows simply click the highlighted pink words above, though the review was done a few months back I ALWAYS update previously done haul's/review's/or switchings (not sure if you guy's know that)! Be sure to stay tuned for later today as well, I will be posting my Batman V Superman review video, do be noted SPOILERS are included as if people watching the video saw the movie already. LASTLY, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep updated with special sneak peaks and more ;) Have a good rest of the week cutie's, unleash the beast.