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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thick eyeliner & red lips - Kahlen Kang

Hair wash at RE:STYLE.
Friday evening was the night of Expressions by Symphony Orchestra by Taylor's. It was a dance performance in which one of my friends were involved in, and she requested that I do her make-up for her. Turns out she was almost the only one who asked that.

After my class, I waited for her at Starbucks, then we both went to the salon for her to get her hair washed and blown. About a half hour later, she rushed to her car to get her dress, and headed to a classroom in the ADP section to get ready.

There was music, girls using up eyeliner like no one's business, and a lot of joking. When I was done with Kahlen's make-up, I helped Joyce with a bit of her make-up as well (mascara and blusher). I noticed that a lot of salesgirls (or relevant) who promote mascaras just didn't apply the mascara well enough to let the mascara show through well enough.

As in, they didn't dare go to the roots, and just touched the wand to the tips of the lashes, which wasn't enough to display the true power of the mascara. That, however, is a completely unrelated topic to the current post.

At first, I had in mind to do a smokey eye for her, then it was specified that they only needed eyeliner. Think the boldness of Amy Winehouse, and the sharpness of Dita von Teese (although it really doesn't look like either).

Partying for peace~
I had already begun the base - cream shadow, then brown shadows from the Artistry palette. When the specification was given, I layered on top some gel liner by Silkygirl, creating a wing by scaling it with the bottom lash line, then slowly pointed it by sharpening the edge with some moisturizer on a cotton bud.

To gauge the required thickness of the eyeliner, some black shadow on a flat brush was used to "mark" the point where the liner would be visible when the eyes are open. After filling up to the requirement, some black shadow was dusted on top of the gel to set it, as well as applied to the edge to smoke out the harsh line slightly.

Applied two coats of mascara, then stuck on outer half lashes (which were the only lashes I had). The real and false lashes were blended together with a gentle press with an eyelash curler. Applied some black shadow to the outer lower half to balance out the eyes, and cleaned up any fallout with moisturizer on a cotton bud, and overlaid with some BB cream.

Lightly dusted her face with some powder, did some highlighting, then contoured her cheeks as per her request, but I did her nose as well. I risked making her face a white cast by using powder and BB cream that contained SPF, but it came out beautifully~ Blusher was added, and then lipstick!

Make-up with le red dress~
To be honest, I have not worked with such a bright lipstick before. I've worked with like dark cherry lipsticks and berry-rose tones, but this was a red with a pinkish-berry undertone. Anyway I first applied some lip balm prior to lipstick, then filled out the lips with a lip brush.

I didn't get to see how it looked like after dancing, but you could read more about this on her blog. I was satisfied at how it came out, though. While the other girls had used liquid eyeliner (some which came out patchy), she wore gel liner (which is much more intense and lasting).

And I unintentionally gave her eyeliner a slight smokey effect. It went with the requirements anyway - sexy, sultry, yet with a hint of old-school. I'm by no means professional, but I'd like to gain more experience where make-up is concerned. Not only on myself, but on different features and people.

Here's the list of products used (I shall exclude the initial smokey eye shadows):
  • shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow in Beige (cream base)
  • Silkygirl Double Intense Gel Eyeliner in Pure Black
  • Artistry eye shadow in Ash Black
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect in Black
  • Daiso Make-up Accessory No. 50 lashes (cut in half)
  • 1000Hour Lash Glue in Clear
  • Za Total Hydration BB Cream UV
  • Laneige Sliding Pact SPF24 in Natural No. 1
  • Laneige Sliding Pact_EX SPF25 PA++ [Snow Crystal] in 1 Translucent Skin Tone (highlighting)
  • Artistry eye shadow in Basic Beige (contouring)
  • Bobbi Brown blusher in Blushed
  • Kiehl's Tinted Lip Balm SPF15 in Hue No. 30G
  • Revlon lipstick (not mine =P)
  • The Face Shop Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Grey

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