Sunday, November 6, 2016

Holiday Series: Candy Cane Inspired Holiday Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial

                      Officially, today I shall introduce my new Holiday series! Seeing as you cuties reacted well on my Halloween tutorials, whether they were wearable looks, or full glammed out concepts executed to a t, the impressions were well enough that I decided to create a Holiday inspired series, situating around Thanksgiving, to Christmas, and other celebratory things coming up from now, November 6th, to in the future, January 1st, 2017. I realize everyone has their own beliefs, and religions, so I will attempt to kept things monotone, where I will nowhere in between neglect certain religions! Think snowflakes, thanksgiving day makeup, jingle bells...you get the idea. Candy Cane Femme is the first tutorial, so I hope you love bunnies enjoy! If you have any ideas, or possible combinations, comment below. 

                Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! Acts of "blurring" are NEVER done. Skin, is skin. If my makeup is not up to par on the lens, then it is not something I shall introduce to you beauties, though this has never, and will be never the case.  

Time to complete this tutorial: 34 Minutes (professionals/myself)
                                                   50 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Genius Gel Foundation, 14 Ivory Medium  
Urban Decay Cosmetics - Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, Illuminated 
Dose of Colors - Liquid Lipstick, Merlot
Mac Cosmetics - Dazzleglass Lipgloss, Love Alert

                I kindaaaa had a feeling this Candy Cane look would take a little over 30 (thirty) minutes to complete, but the outcome was worth the while! With that being said, I kept the face makeup, as always simple, yet complimentary to the concept at hand.  For example, I made sure my complexion was clear, yet glowing in sparkly pearlescent minerals, and contrasted by cherry reds. Before going into detail on what I did exactly, I would like to make it a point that blusher, as well as other makeup products most women use, will bring down the frosty, and creamy skin effect meant to go with the Candy Cane look! Trust me, I've tried this tutorial once before, and blush was a NO GO. Anyhow, now that i've made myself clear, let's get into the actual tuto'! To achieve that perfect skin effect while still maintaining a skin like appearance, I created a combination of my Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer to my Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation onto the back of my left hand -- one pump per product is how I created an even ratio. Picking up Morphe's M439 Deluxe Buffer, I fully saturated the bristles in both products while mixing the two together, then proceeded to softly blending the foundation/primer mixture into my skin starting from my left cheek, stippling up towards my under eye area. I continued the gentle stippling motions until I visibly saw a beautifully coated, yet touchable face! Now, you can't be a Candy Cane woman without a little glitter. Instead of using a typical highlight, I delved into my Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, in Illuminated, and with a brush full of product I softly swept the pigment across my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose! This was applied TWICE, with the second time my focus aiming towards slight pats this way the glitter would retain. As far as my lips go, I wanted to yield a candy apple red shade, that would contrast the deeper reds used upon my eyes! To do so, I first applied my Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Merlot, then topped it off with a bit of gloss, Mac's Dazzleglass in Love Alert. Despite your undertone, try sticking with clear reds that have cool tones, because spicy reds will take away from the holiday vibes! 
 Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Sugarpill Cosmetics - Shadow(s)/Pigment(s): Love+ (lower lash lines, center lid, candy cane stripes); Tako (lids)
Lime Crime - Venus the Grunge Pallet, Muse (outer third of lids)
NYX Cosmetics - Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
Violet Voss - Glitter, Rose
Revlon - ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner, Black Out
Mac Cosmetics -  Zoom Lash, Beets Me
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Smolder 
Huda Beauty - Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

               See, the beauty of doing candy cane eye makeup is ANY sized candy cane works, and ANY sized stripes work, too! That basically means to let your imagine flow, and to not worry too much about neatness. Makeup is about having fun, and of course blending, but sometimes it is fun to...well, HAVE FUN! For those of you drawn in by the red tones, please take a peak at my Maraschino Cherry  inspired tutorial. It's a bit like this look, just without a candy cane, and with a TON of glitter. With that being the case, once I finished filling in my eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, in Auburn, I went right ahead to creating that cane like shape! I must admit, doing this with a jumbo eye pencil was pretty difficult, SO if you happen to have a thin eye pencil, in a pure white color, USE IT. Anyhow, back to the design! Very gently pulling in 1 (one) inch above my natural crease, I began gliding Milk across as I would with a cut crease, with the only twist of bringing the line inwards, as a tiny swirl. This could take a few tries, but please DO NOT become discouraged, be happy eye pencils smudge in, thus making it simple to start over again! Going along with the concept of my candy cane outline being finished, I switched gears to shadows, and with Love+ by Sugarpill, and a Tarte Etch & Sketch Liner Brush, I started creating tiny tick marks approximately half an inch apart from each other. You could make this sleek with thicker lines, but I kinda dug the fun random markings! 

                   By this point our candy cane can be put on hold, it's now time to fill out the lids, and lower lash lines. Since I already had Love+ out, I took the liberty of smudging the product across my lower lash lines with a Mac 239 brush! From there, I blended excess product across my lids. Unlike with typical cut creases, you WILL NOT need to use a cleaning up cream, the line of work should be clear! Now, switching shadows to Tako, also by Sugarpill, I began to softly build up the pigment towards the inner thirds of my lids. Once I had ample pigment, I softly side to side blended the shadow in to ensure a graident effect occurd! Speaking of gradient effects, to just create a more dimensional cut crease, I took Muse from Lime Crime's Venus Pallet, and with that same 239 Mac Brush, went ahead and side to side smudged the color in with a main emphasis on the outer thirds. You probably can see now what the final outcome should end up looking like, but there is a few more steps, such as glitterizing the candy cane, and applying falsies! Taking out my Etch & Sketch liner brush once more, I dipped into Rose Glitter by Violet Voss, and streaked the pigment in firm pokes onto each Love+ line my candy canes possessed. Glitter glue shouldn't be necessary, however it's up to you on how glittery you'd fancy the stripes to be, and also the amount of wear time you intend! Keeping up with that red toned basis of hues, I squiggled my Mac Cosmetics Zoom Lash Mascara in Beets me across my lower lashes, as well as across my upper lashes! From there I then glided Mac's Smolder Eye Kohl across my waterlines, applied Revlon's ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black Out to my upper lash lines, then plopped on Huda Beauty's Scarlett Falsies. This defiantly was a long tutorial, but I feel as though you beauties will appreciate the creativity! Kisses, XOXO, your Lilz. 
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