If you guys were unaware I am here to tell you I happen to be a major comic book geek. When I found out that in the upcoming Marvel movies they were killing a ton of major characters due to Thanos, who kills himself as well, I almost had a canary until I realized Vision brings Thor, Captain American and gang back with the Infinity Stones (or gems)! Not sure if any of you beauties have seen the infinity stones but my word- I'd become a villain to steal those shit's, absolute stunning. Since no one has YET to do a look of this nature I decided to be a Lillee and break the barriers, literally ;). There are a few basic things you MUST know before taking on this look: Red is a primary shade, so is blue and yellow. These three colors will HEAVILY clash against the secondary/tertiary colors (purple, green, copper/orange) which means you must be cautious on which tones of primary colors you pick. For example, as a yellow I chose a very mellow and light sunny shade that has more white in it than orange tones, if I were to pick a flat primary color of yellow sans a lightened effect it would clash WAY too much with the purple/red combination! A last thing to know is the glitter WILL be super annoying to fix during the day IF you do not place it correctly on, I packed the glitter on passed my crease which prevents a later on flaking effect (just as an example). Before getting into the product's I'd like to wish ALL of you a Happy Saturday, hopefully the week ahead will be as dazzling as this makeup look!
*Too Faced Born This Way Foundation- Porcelain
*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100+N0
*Makeup Forever Pro>Bronze Fusion, 10M Natural Matte Honey
*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powders, Mirage Filter
*NYX Cream Blush, Boho Chic
*ABH Lipgloss(s): Warm Bronze + Vintage
As I described in the video tutorial (I will probably be posting the blog post first SO this is like a sneak peak) my major breakouts are actually not hormonal, they're due to the new products I bought for my March Haul. If you were curious as to where the video is to that haul I am sad to say it WILL NOT be posted for the simple reason I can't publish rubbish to you guys, some of the things I said are simply NOT true anymore! For example I bragged about how amazing Benefit's Dew The Hoola bronzer is only to breakout 4 days later with MAJOR acne bumps. You might be wondering why this is relevant, well being the first step is ALWAYS skin care, breakouts are a game changer to anyones routine, especially mine since I don't break out too much. All I had done prior to makeup application is soak my skin in steamy water for 10 minutes, I then proceeded to applying a light layer of Origin's High-Potency Night-A-Mins Cream all over my skin, especially out towards my hairline! I figure steering clear of all oil is my best bet for the next few days, I am not a fan of spot acne treatments. Just so you guy's are aware of the shades present in the infinity stones I posted a picture above, as you can see, the gems are hypnotizing!
I wanted to ensure my skin was drenched in hydration before moving forth in adding ANY foundation, I have tons of dry patches because of these pesky breakouts. Thanks Benefit. Using my FAVORITE primer, Natasha Denona's Face Glow Hydrating Primer, I gently dashed tiny marks of product across all high points of my face, its best to stick to the high points because it makes blending out MUCH easier rather placing product around random areas! Speaking of blending out, once I had the product placed onto the exact area's I wanted it on I moved along to gently smoothing the primer in with fluent stretching outward motions, occasionally I used circular motions to buff the primer out towards my hairline. By this point you have the choice of either allowing the primer to dry a bit OR to move straight along, for the sake of my dry patches I went straight to the next step, the excess oil will eventually matte down! With a pump of the Too Faced Born This Way foundation onto the back of my hand I segued the product onto my left cheek using my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush. I generally prefer sticking to stippling motions with slight drags downwards, this helps to build up product WHILE forming a uniform skin texture (if you brush upwards you stand a chance of tiny hairs getting caught in the foundation). Make sure the coating's you use are very lightweight, I tend to go very heavy on my cream contour so I actually used half a pump all over my face. Surprisingly the half pump was enough to cover any redness or minor breakouts so too complete the foundation process I lightly buffed out excess product left on my hand to my hairline and under my chin! These are area's forgotten quite a bit by many women and men, I am here to say DON'T FORGET IT- you'll be shocked at what a difference it'll make.
Not sure if you lovies will approve of this BUT I was thinking of doing a tutorial strictly on contouring, when I record the blending video it only makes perfect sense to do it in conjunction to a contour video, no? Since cream contouring was put into the playing field, you should know it went a bit South today, meaning different methods were used under the same principals. To begin the process I took my Urban Decay Vice 3 brush (don't ask why, just go with it) and dipped it right into my Cover Fx N0 cream foundation! I prefer using an extremely light highlighting shade and extremely dark contour shade, this is MY personal likings which means use whatever I say as a guide, this is not an exact science since contouring methods vary from person to person. N0 was taken under my eyes in inverted triangles (up to my hairline), down the bridge of my nose sprouted up towards my hairline (intertwined through my eyebrows, top and bottom), and from my left jaw line to my right jaw line. I packed on some pigment to the area containing a HUGE acne dry patch, it looks more like a burn honestly! As for contouring using Cover Fx's N100 I simply drew on straight lines to the sides of my nose (connecting at the tip for dimension), in the hollowing of my cheeks, and to my jaw line. For added depth I also took the cream product under my lips, this gives off a pouty effect! To blend everything in I used my handy Elf Ultimate Blending Brush, for the times I have not so good skin this brush saves my life tremendously because the bristles push into the skin rather downwards which drags product off. I stuck to a variety of stippling motions AND buffing motions to ensure the cream's blended in seamlessly, if you must add more product PLEASE work in layers, its better to blend+add rather blend in a butt load of product that starts streaking because too much was applied! I allowed the cream's too set for a good 4 minutes before moving along to the powder bronzing/contouring stage, I suggest you wait a longer amount of time BUT I am very impatient.
Weirdly enough it's easier for me to stipple on powder than wait longer bouts of time, odd but quite true. The beauty of this look however is many of the products work amazing under humid conditions BUT ALSO are gel-cream based making them easy to manipulate! One of my all-star bronzers happens to be Makeup Forever's Pro>Bronze Fusion Powder in 10M. This gel bronzer is simply amazing because in correlation to this makeup look, when I used my Mac 168 brush and swirled into the powder then applied it to the temples of my face down to the hollows of my cheeks and back around to my jaw line with stippling/blending motions, it conformed to a more liquidy cream texture, not many powder product's do this! Another texture that is easy to manipulate happens to be the most common of all, silky smooth talc ridden powders, this is probably the main reason why I prefer the Marc Jacob's #instamarc Filtering Powder's over ALL popular contour kit's. As you might of guessed I gently blended in the powder to the hollows of my cheeks and the sides of my nose using the same Mac 168 brush, this just added more definition to my face! For all of you against adding extra powders and such, if you're going to add glitter, honey go all out screw your morals, this is Lillee's Glitopia, yes that is a new word :).
Try to stick very natural when it comes to the blush, that means no vivid reds and definitely NO extreme pinks! Though your intent is purely good hearted, I'd hope, the contrast of bright cheeks against demure bronze lips and extreme eye makeup will create too much of a clash to the human eye at first sight. The pure purpose of a blush for this makeup look is to add a HINT of color (Benefit's Dandelion would be a good option for powder user's) as well as a nice glow! To get this spoken of "glow" I simply picked up my Nyx Boho Chic blush and with a cleaned Elf Ultimate Blending Brush I firmly blended the color from the apples of my cheeks up to the tip tops' of my hairline. This upward dimension gives nice depth to the face AND gives the illusion of higher pulled up cheekbones! The funny part about the shade's I chose the highlight with is they have the SAME exact name's, when does that EVER happen?! To kick off the process I used my fingers and smudged into Starlight by COVER FX (only available with their N-P collections) only to pat the product right onto the tops of my cheekbones, unbeknownst to me this actually rubbed around previously blended on cream's SO I switched to my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush. I gently stippled the product onto the high points of my face (cheek bones, bridge of nose, cupid's bow, forehead, chin) and layered it on slightly to the bridge of my nose to coat over any patches! To set the cream and give a bit more "light" to my skin I then took ABH's Illuminator in Starlight and swept it strictly across my cheekbones using my Tarte Swirl Powder Brush. One thing new beauties will soon come to learn about me is every brush is vulnerable, meaning despite the brush being named one thing I opt in for using it on another task. For example, the Tarte Swirl Powder Brush is meant for contouring/bronzign purposes, in my opinion it makes a much better glowifiyer.
During the glitter process I messed up SO DAMN MUCH. Glitter flecks everywhere to the point it appeared as if I mimicked the glitter tears trend, I'm sure quite a few of you were going gaga in your seats at home *eye roll*. To help combat the excess glitter fall out I quickly went into my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder with Makeup Geek's Stippling Foundation Brush. I patted the powder heavily between my cheek/jaw contour as well as under my eye area (I swept some glitter fallout off first), on my forehead, and alongside my chin. This is commonly known as the "baking" method, works wonders to smooth out uneven skin texture's! While this was setting into my pores I moved along to applying ABH's Warm Bronze Lipgloss all over my lips with a dash on Vintage to the center. This duo gives off a beautiful bronze sheen that accents the more vibrant colors up above well! Once I had the lashes applied I dusted off excess powder and sprayed on Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray in great quantity all over my face. This not only "awakens" the makeup in terms of refreshing powdery appearances, it helps to lock everything in place to ensure the way you walk out is the way you'll walk back in at the end of the day ;).
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
*Sugarpill's Burning Heart Pallet: Poison Plum, Buttercupcake, Love
*BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 28 Eyeshadow Pallet: C6.R1, R4 + C4.R4, R2 + C5. R4, R5
*OCC Glitter, Gold
*Urban Decay Electric Pallet: Freak
*KoKo Lashes, Stella
The eye makeup present above is VERY dramatic, a ton of products are used as well and for once I am going to highly suggest following this step by step, with the exact same shadows and glitters used. Earlier in this blog post in depth I gave a description of primary/secondary/tertiary shades, if you want to have a flawless appearance your best bet is to take it slow and follow my lead! A majorly important thing to have is STRONG eyebrows. Eyebrows that are stringy like gummy worms or like comma's with a thick inner and thin outer are NOT going to accent the shadow present here well, the thick arches do a splendid job of forming a nice ratio between brow:blended shadow:glitter. Since I predicted the eye makeup would be a good 20 minutes I decided to use my Morphe G11 brush, the thick bristles with a perfect curve cut make it SUPER easy to line the top + bottom brows, plus when it comes to filling in all I had to do was push upwards and ta-da instant perfection! When it comes to an eyelid base keep it matte, and keep it milky. Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is the ONLY white base I'd recommend for this look, keep in mind this is actually an eyeliner thus it has better strength when it comes to keeping shadow on and vibrant! I simply took the white shade straight from the stick and drew a line under my eyebrows (following my brow bone) and down the center of my eyelid. I then gently smudged the color in with slight tugging motions. The only reason I applied it under my brow bone is because it helps to fix any flaws brow wise, moreover it's the equivalent of what people use as a illuminator for this area.
I find mind to be the most powerful source of energy any person can encompass. If you think about it, without a mind one wouldn't crave power nor space gems or reality envisions! Being this is the almighty I decided to make yellow, Mind, the eyelid shade, besides the fact I haven't done a yellow shadow look in quite some time. Using a dense tiny shadier brush, specifically Mac's 219, I lightly went into Buttercupcake by Sugarpill and proceeded to patting it across my entire lid area! Occasionally in the video while I apply this shade you WILL see me tug it across a tad, this is only because I wanted to ensure the matte yellow filled up my entire lid in a clean cut semi-circle. For a glimmering and lightening effect I then took C5.R4 mixed with C5.R5 and smudged it across the lid in one light layer, don't stress building up pigment on these two shades! When it comes to the crease WORK WITH CATION, I had to actually have two blending brushes handy because the powdered shadow got "stuck" between the stickiness of Nyx's Milk. With that being said using my Mac 217 brush (to firmly apply the product on) and Poison Plum by Sugarpill I gently began to ease the color into my crease with fluent patting+blending motions. The matte purple will slightly cover over the previously applied yellow however this isn't much of a concern because glitter is poured right on-top! Once I had decent pigment on the purple color I took my Sephora #27 Brush and dusted right over the crease with side to side motions to ensure the shade disbursed fully outwards. Using this method helps one use less shades in the long run because a transitional color IS NOT needed :)!
Please keep the shadow in the order I present it to you in, red is primary thus it should go ONTOP of purple, not the reverse! With that being said, the next color in the crease is Love +. This shade is VERY pigmented, so def be sure to play up on that as the red will indefinitely overpower Poison Plum! With the same Mac 217 brush as used before I began to first gently yet firmly pat the color onto the outer third of my lid, from that starting point I took the shade inwards towards the inner V of my eye following the natural creasing of my eye socket closely. Before adding some depth to this color I once more took my Sephora #27 Brush and smoothed through the two colors! For the depth part make sure the red you choose is not quite a brick red but a rustic ruddy deep red that has pure tones, more closely related Lime Crime's Muse. This color was added to the inner V of my eye just like the previous shades, I worked with a much more cautious hand to ensure the product was under my control and could be dazzled up anyway I wanted! By this point the crease is completed, I'd suggest going back once more with side to side blending motions with a fluffy brush to get a blown out smokey effect.
Hopefully these step by step photos compensate for my more elaborate postings, I'm finding this new style of recording much easier to follow viewer wise and creator wise easier to create (I was holding a camera and doing makeup at the same time, one handed). The lower lash line was SUPER fun, it represented the rest of the Infinity Stones (space, time, soul)! The first color added was a mixture of C4.R4 with R2, this formed a gorgeous light cyan blue that looked identical to the Tesseract. To apply the color I simply used my Mac 219 and gently smudged it across the inner 3'rd of my lower lash line. I then went into the color Freak by Urban Decay and applied it next to the previous cyan blue shade, be sure you use side to side motions to create a nice transition between light blue-green. The last few colors added were C6.R1 (tear ducts) and C6.R4 (close to the inner corners), which represented Soul. You cannot have a top glimmering without a bottom following the same path! I very quickly took Baby Tears by Glitter Injections and placed it right on-top of C4.R4+R2 followed by a light patting of the shade Poison Berry on-top of C6.R4. These glitters are THE BOMB and have absolutely 0 fall out due to their pressed textures's, expect to seem them quite a bit in my upcoming tut's! As far as the upper lid glitter goes I on the spot took OCC's Gold glitter and patted it right onto my lid with my head pulled back to prevent any more glitter fall out than what was already occurring. This does not require a glitter glue base because it's suppose to "peak" out of the other shades, as you can see it did crease a bit however it sort of "adds" to the look because no one is perfect, not even death driven Thanos!
Start finishing up the eye makeup with a thick application of eyeliner and fabulous eyelashes. I suggest using a very heavy duty eyeliner such as ABH's Creme Liner in Jet, it tears through glitter like you wouldn't believe. To strengthen the silkiness of this cream as explained in the tutorial I took a little drop of my Fresh Seaberry Oil and mixed it in! I then proceeded to lining both my waterline and upper lash with a Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush. The bottom lashes should not be neglected with this look, however they shouldn't be as dramatic as the upper lash line, you want to make it so they appear dark but faded in with the glitter! To do so I only coated them ONCE with my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, the same goes for my upper lashes as well. Complete this fabulous look with a pair of KoKo lashes in Stella! These happen to be MY FAVORITE so far. I have used Ariel and Goddess in my two previous looks however nothing compares to Stella, these are perfectly cut too not only exemplify the eye makeup well but fit my eye shape like they were made for me! IF you guy's would be interested, here is another variation of a "Rainbow" styled eye, it is more true to a rainbow compared to this makeup look, I also have a video tutorial that goes along with it: Rainbow Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial.