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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Make-up: Gothic Spring

Although the weather in Kuala Lumpur is almost like summer, it's pretty much still spring by the calendar. It's also been a while since I've done a full-blown make-up look. So here's one look that I threw together quite spontaneously.

All photos unedited except for lighting.
Basically it's a sweet, simple eye look using orange and green, with thin black liner and demi-lashes, then paired with plummy lips. I kept the skin part quite simple - just slight contour and highlight, without blusher to make the look a little more versatile.

You could use another lip color to make it more wearable. And yay! for demi-lashes!!!
No color lenses, just normal Asian eyes. =D And I find that the dark blue on the lower lashline helps tone the look down a little, since there's so much shimmer going on on top. And this look pretty much also plays on the importance of GROOMED BROWS - you don't have to draw them in with kohl pencil, but they should have some DEFINITION. Nothing ruins beautiful eye shadow work worse than neglected brows - other than creasing and bleeding, that is.

Here you see the severity of my blemishes. Anyways, this is basically a vague step-by-step guide from bare-face to just before I slathered my lips with black eyeliner and red lipstick.
Products used (long-ass list):

EYES ("#" shadow colors from 120 palette, refer to right panel  >>> )
  • shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow [beige]
  • #53 [shimmery nude] - inner corners
  • #62 [matte orange] - outer 1/3 of eye, blending outward
  • #83 [shimmery sea foam green] - middle 1/3 of eye
  • #73 [shimmery gold] - in between orange and green, to blend
  • #104 [matte dark blue] - lower half of lash line, fading downwards
  • Artistry shadow in Sand [beige] - along brow bone, blending into colors
  • Artistry shadow in Ash Black - along roots of upper lashes
  • Za Liquid Eyeliner [black] - lining with little extension at outer corner; small triangle on lower lashline as a second "wing"
  • MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara
  • generic brand fluttery false demi-lashes
  • Elianto Ultra-Define Eyeliner in Twilight Black - to line lower waterline
EYEBROWS
  • Artistry shadow in Basic Beige & Chocolate - blended with spoolie brush
FACE / SKIN
  • Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation in Natural + The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation in 05 - mixed, applied, and blended evenly with fingers
  • Pigeon Compact Baby Powder in Beige - pressed on with large brush to set foundation
  • Bobbi Brown blusher in Blushed [nude rose] - to sculpt cheeks and jawbone
  • Artistry shadow in Basic Beige [neutral nude] - to contour nose bridge
  • Callas Finishing Touch Loose Powder (shimmery) - highlight on T-zone, top of cheeks, chin, and Cupid's bow
LIPS
  • Vaseline - applied before applying other make-up
  • for stained lips - Silkygirl Moisture Rich lipstick in Playful [berry pink] - applied on center of lips and blended out
  • for sweet look - Maybelline ColorSensational Moisture Extreme Lipcolor in Soft Azallea [berry] - applied from the tube
  • for Gothic look - Elianto Ultra-Define Eyeliner in Twilight Black + Kanebo Media Creamy Lasting Lip in RD-02 [plum red] - mixed by applying lipstick over streaks of eyeliner, then blended with a lip brush

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