Most of you know I tend to steer clear of vibrant shades that lean very un-natural on the lips, today however I stepped completely out of my comfort zone and got funky ;)! This is definitely not one of those "everyday" look's, but if you tone the lip down too a matte nude or sexy subdue pink surly you can rock this peacock inspired smokey eye! Speaking of peacock inspired eye makeup this is a rumination of my SECOND ever posted blog post, mind you the blending wasn't too ideal. You might be asking yourself, "Why is Lillee re-doing past looks?" I feel everyone has room to improve, whether you're at a skilled level or not. With the upcoming season budding through in a week I figured it would be fun to do Spring editions of my previous favorite looks, do be noted this is NOT intentional, it just seems to be playing out in the way of mini series' (if you think come Fall time I won't have another edition, think twice my love)! Anyhoo, you will need clean brushes to begin with this look and quite a few paper towels to prevent a tremendous amount of fall out with the glitter. If you guy's have ANY requests don't be shy to email me at Thaeyeballqueen@gmail.com, I always reply within an hour eastern time :)! As an FYI too you all-- my Nyx order arrives tomorrow, a haul video along with my new Sephora and BH products is being done, fear not cuties.
*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100+N0
*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Contour Powders, Mirage Filter
*Too Faced Love Flush, Baby Love
*OCC Glitter, Mint
I can't be one to stress perfect skin with this makeup look since I literally went home from school, removed my makeup, and started on a relatively dirty canvas. I suppose today is a fantastic day to talk about my new discovery- Neutrogena's Hydrating Makeup Removing wipes! A few day's ago I had posted a video of me removing my makeup and a TON of you were curious as to what I used since all my love bunnies know I'm a huge fan of waterproofed products. Not only does this wipe remove ALL my makeup (ONE WIPE) within 4 minutes, I have noticed long term skin benefits of less dry skin AND too my surprise less acne broken out skin! I highly suggest you guy's give the wipe's a try, if they work on my sensitive skin surly they will be durable for you too. Do be noted these retail for $7.00 and ONLY LAST one month per package, use them wisely! Take into account I also used them for my recent dramatic makeup look's, in general this whole package probably would of lasted me a month in a half. If you want to proceed with your regular routine, be my guest it probably is much more beneficial than my method, I just wanted to get a blog tutorial done before the sun set!!!
As many of you know I've grown on my Natasha Denona Hydrating Primer QUITE a bit! Every morning? Natasha Denona. Every makeup look? Natasha Denona. Concisely said, this is the most AMAZING primer for almost all skin types! How do I know this? Well after experimenting on dry skin (myself) AND oily skin (two clients), it is pretty damn fantastic. Rewinding back to when I removed my makeup, I then went ahead and dashed on finger tip amounts of the primer onto the tops of my cheeks, the center of my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and the center of my chin! Its best to dash cream primers on the high points because it makes blending the product out gradually MUCH easier, and it requires less product. Once I had the primer placement set I went forth in gently blending the cream out using firm motions starting from the center of my face dragging out towards my hairline! Make sure you don't neglect the sides of your face, this will get you especially if you plan to wear the select makeup look 1-10 hours. Based on whether your primer contains oil properties on not, gauge the amount of time you'd prefer the skin base to sink into your pores!
There was a literal foundation face off in my upstairs makeup room, and when I say face off I literally mean it. I had about 10 different bottles lined up and by elimination of benefits I gradually tossed them back into the foundation bucket. The winner happened to be Becca's Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme Foundation because I wanted an absolutely perfect skin texture without the heaviness aspect packed on top! To begin I took ONE PUMP of the foundation onto the back of my hand (don't go over a pump, coverage will be sealed during cream contouring, the foundation is just to even out the base and color correct a tad) and with my Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush began to work it into the lower region of my face. Especially with using such a dense brush AND little product it is best to spot and area of concern and begin there-- forget the "start from the center" bullshit, as long as you blend and buff towards the edges I guarantee you your makeup will still look flawless! Moreover I stippled over all zones of my face until I had an even silk like base (skin, should appear as if no foundation was applied), by that point I gently went back into areas with visible breakouts and built up coverage this way I'd use less cream contouring product in the next step.
Contouring, where all your dreams can come true. Breakouts disappear, you get a desired sculpted face shape AND it prolongs makeup wear, how could you NOT love to contour?! Most will argue it causes breakouts but between you and I, as long as you clean your skin and rid it of all makeup, honey be fabulous screw em' all. Now with the contouring presented from the image to the right I did NOT use a brush, just my fingers. If you prefer using a brush be my guest it'll have the same effect! First off with N0 I drew two enlarged upside triangles under my eyes that extended out towards my hairline (this will pull my features "up"), one line down the bridge of my nose going up towards my forehead (I sprouted it out to widen and brighten the area), and from my left jaw to right jaw (will conceal some blemishes I had here while adding dimension to the contour coming up). Using N100 I simply contoured the sides of my nose, my cheeks, and my jaw line using single stroke flicks- nothing special was done here! To blend the creams in you have a choice of either using a Beauty Blender sponge OR a brush such as the previously used Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush! DO NOT use a brush with scarce bristles, especially with these being cream/dry foundations a denser and spot usage brush is needed, unless you opt in for a sponge- NO HANDS! Starting from my jaw line up I basically used patting/stippling motions in clockwise circle motions, when it came time to blend in the cheek contour I used upward stippling motions this way the illusion of higher pulled cheek bones was formed (most desirable for me, it WILL NOT work on everyone!). I continued on with the same motions until I finally finished, you should allow the creams to set for a few minutes before adding powder, it'll help them set!
Kind of a weird interruption BUT I am going to call Nyx today (for those that asked) because they keep shipping and taking back my stuff randomly, very odd BUT I will not let this interfere with the haul anymore, a haul is in the midst of being recorded- do be noted it'll be lengthy. ANYHOO, once my cream contour was relatively dry I moved along to the bronzing stage just to add a pretty bronze glow to my skin! Most use Benefit's Hoola as a contour powder, if this is you skip the next step involving contouring powders. To apply Hoola I picked up my Tarte Swirl Powder Brush and gently went into the powder, I tapped off excess on the side of the container to ensure only a tiny amount was on the bristles (this is build-able, no need to rush). I brushed Hoola from my temples down to the hollows of my cheeks and around to my lower jaw line, this encompasses the general area's the sun naturally hits SANS the sides of the nose! Speaking of the sides, after bronzing I quickly went into Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Contour Powder pallet and using the dark bronze shade I gently contoured the sides of my nose with the same Tarte Swirl Powder Brush, for extra definition I also applied and blended the powder under my chin and in the hollows of my cheeks.
Powder blush= not a favorite of Lillee, so why did I venture out into this scary realm? Well, to be frank Baby Love is a spectacular and interesting shade SO WHY NOT. This whole she-bang was very similar to my foundation battle, I was contemplating whether to use Mac's Relaxation Cream Color or Baby Love. In the end I chose Baby Love just for the reason I wanted a subdue facial appearance, the attention is all on the eyes and lips! With that being said, using my Sephora #74 brush I gently tapped into the powder and flicked (in other words blended upwards in short strokes) the finely milled particles onto my skin starting from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline. Try to stick within the "up to hairline" effect because it'll give the illusion of higher raised cheekbones, just as explained with the bronzer previously, and it will give a desired flush rather clown rouge. The illumination process was VERY important because it added a subtle hint of brightness to the very elaborate look, don't mistaken subdue for no dimension! With Benefit's High Beam I lightly drew dashes on the high points of my face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid's bow, forehead, and chin) and then proceeded to blending them in with my middle+ring finger together, I stuck mostly to patting motions. I actually had a rather good beat going on so I decided to keep my two fingers together (almost like they were glued together) this way I could smudge into the Bh Cosmetic's Floral Blush Duo, specifically the lighter highlighting shade and pat it right onto the area's previously liquid illuminated. As you can tell I stuck with light pinks, champagnes will work fine however it'll bring a much different aspect to this look then desired as a different contrast is formed between the teal's and bright blue's.
THE LIP PART WAS THE BOMB.COM! Not only did this color boost my mood, it was just spectacular and wore a substantial 4 hours WITH constant laughing and talking. To begin I lined my lips with Stila's Smudge Stick in Jade, I had to build up pigment going towards the center but it was not a biggy! By this point you can either get a brush/towel, though it'll take way form the artwork, OR get ready to get messy ;). With my index finger I went into a bit of Hug Life by Sugarpill and with one stroke of smudging, I applied it across both my upper and top lip area's, this will require some build up to achieve a fully metallic appearance! After I had that set I followed through with adding Lumi to the center lips with smudging motions AND finally a dash of Mint Glitter by OCC for a glittery aesthetic. I personally waited towards the end to powder up and set my skin, this order allowed me to get rid of any fall out once the lips were completed anyway! Being the eyes are up next and this is on the skin/lips section let me briefly explain what was done, would you be so kind? OF COURSE you guy's would, duh you're all dolls! To keep it concise, with my Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush I lightly patted on Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder to my under eye area, forehead, chin, and between my cheek/jaw contour. I then proceeded on to spraying Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray to my skin for a flawless and freshly hydrating appearance!
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Yogurt
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Pallet: Ibiza, Sherbet
*Too Faced Cat Eyes- Panther
*Urban Decay Glitter Eyeliner, ACDC
*Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Pallet, Candycrush
*Makeup Geek Gel Liner, Immortal
*Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, So Black!
*Kiss True Volume Lashes, Ritzy
*Bh Cosmetics Glitter, Sapphire
For every intense makeup look, intense brows must follow. Not sure why but when I do glitter eyeliner it always seems less of a hassle then straight black lines, this gives more of a reason for intense brows because if the eyeliner is not highlighting the eyes, another feature MUST take the throne! To start the brows up I first spoolied through both of them with firm grooming motions using my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush just too ensure the brow hairs only went one way, either left or right depending on which brow we're discussing. I then went ahead and lined my upper+lower brow with the Dipbrow Pomade, its always best to have an outline before you start filling things in! MAKE SURE when you connect the upper+lower brow line they mend at a perfect angle at the tail end of your brow, the line should never go downwards towards your winged liner, it should extend out towards your hairline. To finish up the brows I simply filled them in with light brush strokes and sealed the deal with one last spoolieing to ensure product disbursed evenly! Just for some pre-knowledge- I wasn't too concerned on the priming base I went after, any color will do just as long as it can withstand intense shimmer pigments. Honestly even if I used Milk by Nyx rather Yogurt the same effect would be yielded it's just about brightness, moreover I smudged on Yogurt and blended it evenly up towards my brow bone.
The first shade applied to my lid is Ibiza, this changed tremendously because while I loved the shade at first site I realized the look starting leaning toward my Mildew Green Smokey Eye a tad too much, keep in mind this is a Spring peacock people!!! Rather a huge fluffy shadow brush I actually opted in for my Mac 224 brush, the denser and compact bristles make it much simpler to get decent pigment circulation. After having my brush selection set I then went ahead and patted on Ibiza to my entire lid area, don't stress building up pigment too much as the color swaps into a teals color very soon! Oh hey guy's this is very soon. Using Mermaid by Makeup Geek I firmly pat the color onto my lid's and continuously built up the sheen until I received my desired hue. During about a half way point of building up I decided to WET the foiled eyeshadow and apply with my finger only, this yielded a more metallic appearance! The next shade up that really will sculpt the eyes out is Sherbert, stick with peachy nude's for the transitional shade it'll contrast well with the inner V shade's opposed to a neutral shade that's sort of bland. With my Mac 217 brush I lightly began sculpting in Sherbert with slight side to side motions, I avoided mixing with the lid shade as much as possible! Though it is NOT needed to build up pigment on this color I decided to just for the fact the inner V shades were close to black or were black, it needed a better gradience to adhere too. Speaking of close to black shades, once I had Sherbert blended in I moved along to the color Ocean Breeze, an extremely stunning blue with fine shimmer particles! It's best to know your products inside and out, the fact Ocean Breeze contains shimmer is VERY important because it'll require more pigment build up AND it can be used as a smokey effect leader (shimmer's tend to be silkier and much easier to blend, odd observation of mine hehe). Using the same Mac 217 brush as before I firmly blended in Ocean Breeze using side to side motions and occasional tiny circular motions just to blend upwards into Sherbert. This color followed the creasing of my eye socket to a T which made for a better "rounded" smokey eye effect! To finish up the crease I took the shade Panther and gently smudged it into the inner V using a Mac 219 Pencil brush. Be careful of the way you apply this, as you can see from the photo's shown above I used a very light hand, if you mess up simply go into a fluffy blending brush and try your best to ease the harsh lines!
The glitter liner is literally the easiest part of this whole look, the only thing you have to remember is work fast! To begin give yourself a wing using Urban Decay's Glitter Liner in ACDC, even if no glitter pigment comes out it's the sticky base we're going for here. Once you have the line quickly go into the Sapphire glitter and with a Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush and "push" the glitter onto the sticky line, make sure you layer the glitter on, there should be absolutely NO GAPS between the packing on of Sapphire. Before you close the jar take a pea-sized amount of the glitter glue of your choice, or perhaps lash glue, and apply a thin amount to your lower lash line (I used my Too Faced Glitter Glue). You will notice a huge amount of fall out since the lower lash line is closest to the cheeks, don't stress it, just get out a paper towel and position it under your eyes! Once you have the paper towel positioned once more "push" the glitter upwards onto the lower lash line while packing it on at the same time, if you just apply it sans the pushing up motions more fall out will occur which in reality is a loss of glitter for you. Continue to use these motions until you have the lower lash line coated in glitter! For a spectacular inner corner highlight that wasn't bland I went into Candycrush by Sugarpill, with my pinky I heavily blended in the color. I took Candycrush also in the center of my lid this way it would stand out against the other colors more!
I have to add some oil to my regular ABH Jet liner, all great products have their downfalls sadly. In replacement to this I decided to use Makeup Geek's Gel Liner in Immortal, equally as amazing in pigment and lasts a substantial amount of time on the waterline! To apply to liner I cleaned off my Mac 212 brush and gently smudged it right across, I made sure to smoke it slightly out towards the actual lash line this way it was a heavy black line. This eyeliner transfers SO if you blink the product will replicate on the upper lash line as well! To finish up I gave myself a good amount of mascara (especially to the lower lash line) and a nice pair of new fluffy Ritzy lashes. Dramatic lashes are a MUST with this look, having dainty one's will just not cut it! For more glitter eyeliner looks click these link's: Disco Gemini Purple Smokey, and Pastel Glitter Eyeliner. In a few I will begin recording my Virgo look, I have not forgotten my mellow peeps, however do be noted it'll have a twist no bland lips will be in sight, sorry :). I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, love you sexy peacocky people.