Sunny Orange Make-up

In my last post I wore a very orange-themed face of make-up, to match the orange pops of colour in my outfit and hair.  A little description is in order, as to what products I used and how I achieved the look.

The lip products used were my new matt orange lipstick from Innoxa (from their Couleurs D’ete range), called “Tangerine”, and a lipliner from Prestige called “Poppy”.

The Innoxa lipstick was lovely, moist and creamy, but thankfully not at all frosty, which I find as a girl over 40 ages me. The whole range is worth checking out; there are some gorgeous and very versatile colours.

 

The Tangerine is just a little darker than the Lime Crime orange lipstick I own, “My Beautiful Rocket“. I forgot I owned it, can you believe, hence me buying another orange lipstick!

My eyes:

For the brows I used the Poppy lipliner pencil over already defined brows, to add a little warmth to the colour.

Then as a highlighter I used Make Up Forever matt shadow in an egg yolk yellow shade called Sunflower (number 71), just under the browbone.

I lined the eye with black eye pencil (I like Rimmel) and then liquid liner. Under the eye I used the Poppy liner again just underneath the line of black. Underneath the Poppy liner under the eye I used an orange blush by Nyx as a shadow – it is the powder blush in Cinnamon colourway. I discovered this line in Tokyo in January and am in love with it – but it comes from the US.  I winged it out past the corner of my eye, which needed blending not to look too harsh. Then I made sure it was blended well under the eye as well, as I carried it a good few cm under the eye (almost to where blusher might usually start).

On the eyelid itself and in the inner corner I used the orange UV Kryolan Aqua colour, with a gold shadow over for a little bit of sparkle. To define the crease I used a browny grey shadow.

A huge set of false lashes on top from the violet line from Diamond Lash, and some smaller ones underneath, completed the eyes. I can’t believe the lashes went all the way to the inner corner. I cut them the next day as they looked a little too long, but I’m just amazed that they stuck so well, all the way to the tear duct. The upper ones are extremely big, and VERY fake looking, but I kind of liked the way my eyes looked like Sunflower petals when surrounded by them. The actual lashes I used are in these pics below:

 

For those interested I used Revlon’s Colorstay foundation for normal/dry skin in Buff Chamois, and of course I finished off with my 17mm circle lenses.

Then it was time to hit the town and partay! Here I am with another goth girl about town, Alice:

Creature of the Night by Manic Panic

I’m so excited by this new make-up line! As a current user of both the make-up and hair-dye, I need no convincing where Manic Panic is concerned.  Anyone who knows the history of Tish and Snooky, knows they are PUNK GRRLS from way back, who understand the need for bright colours, deep blacks and dramatic make-up – just the way we alternative girls like it.

SO it’s no surprise that their new make-up line Creature of the Night focusses on just those things.

Basically, the range is made up of kits – including the Dramatic Eye kit and Dramatic Lip Kit – which you can take on your nightly outings or travelling overseas (things I do a lot of!)

There are 5 kits to choose from: some for eyes, some for lips, and some combined. Each has charts showing you how to get the look, and each has 3 degrees of raciness or daringness – PG13, R and X rated. Below is the “Melodrama” kit in red, and the “Psychodrama” kit in purple.

   

   

Admittedly, this post is a teaser, as I haven’t yet tried any of the products myself. But I’m on the case, and will certainly be doing a post when I get my paws on them! In the meantime, check the line out yourself, and be tempted to take a walk on the wild side make-up wise.

Gothic Aristocrat Cancan costume

I was invited to a fancy dress party on Saturday night where you had to dress as something beginning with C (yes, I snickered at first too).  Ever one to use any excuse to dress up EGL, I went as a Cancan dancer, albeit a Victorian one.

I wore several tutus and bloomers/underskirt underneath the big bustle skirt, so it was truly huge and pouffy. Black & white striped stockings paired with the victorian looking boots gave a cancan or saloon girl look to the outfit. Have a look.

My beaded lace over straw percher sloped down to reveal a smoky eye, circle lenses in violet (from Pinky Paradise in G&G; BT02) and bright pink lips.

Victorian Gothic Aristocrat Travel Rider Top – Fan Plus Friend
Victorian Gothic Aristocrat Travel Bustle skirt – Fan Plus Friend
Brocade underbust corset – Gallery Serpentine
and underneath…
Gothic Lolita Puffy Skirt & Long Bloomers – Fan Plus Friend
Black tutu, purple tutu and black & white striped stockings- ebay
Boots – Sexpot Revenge (but are from Pleaser)

Playing up with the other cheeky girls at the party :)
Oh, I mustn’t forget my other half – he went as a clown. He wasn’t meant to be a scary one, but judge for yourself…and check out the Crow while you’re there.
What do you think of our get-ups? There was a great Centurion there, the Crow, Jimmy Cagney, 2 Captain Hammers (from Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog), numerous cats and one Cheetah, a cross-dressing cyclist, a cheerleader-come-drinking coach and a Catholic Priest.
Next week is a club I love a lot – Black Cherry – so there WILL be more dressing up!

Spooky halloween type make-up tutorial

I often tend to think that you can just look at a picture of someone made up and figure out how it’s done.

That’s because I’ve been playing around with make-up for years. 

But then I hear from people who don’t wear make-up very much, or aren’t very adventurous, who are overwhelmed by the look of over-the-top make-up and want step-by-step tutorials.
Well, here is my how-to from Saturday night.

Obviously it’s quite “out there” so you’ll want to wear it to a fancy dress party, alternative club or halloween.

Let’s get started….

1. Start with cleansed moisturised skin.

2. Apply concealer and foundation. I used Estee Lauder Double Wear base and concealer, although I have often used BB cream as a primer first.

3. Draw a new fake eyelash line below your eyes – 1/4 to 1/2 cm below (pencil or liquid eyeliner is fine; use whatever you feel most comfortable with, but the line must be fine).
The idea here is to unnaturally enlarge your eyes.

4. Take your red eyeshadow (I used Manic Panic in ‘Vampire Red’) and shade the inner corner of your eye, and underneath the new lash line you’ve just drawn. Blend down towards the cheek and out towards the temple area. Also blend the area near the nose, so there’s no harsh lines.

5. Draw/fill in your brows – I used a brown pencil for now, but darkened it with black later. I made a quite distinct point to the arch both sides, for a slightly villain/spooky look. You could go much further than this and draw Corpse Bride type eyebrows if you want! But that makes you look sad. It’s up to you :)

6. From roughly where your iris starts, apply the dark eyeshadow in the crease, and wing it out towards the temple. I used Mac shadow in ‘Beauty Marked’, which is a soft black/red velvet shadow with reddish shimmer – but you could use ‘Black Tied’ or any dark shadow.

7. Get a vivid yellow eyeshadow – I used Make Up Forever in ‘Sunflower‘ - and highlight the browbone, just under the brow. Blend into the red on the inner eye, and the black on the outer.

8. Apply a fine line of black liquid eyeliner along your top lid. Wing it out if you wish.

9. Get a white or cream pearly shadow and underneath your eye, apply it to the section between your eye and the lower line you drew. This is to form the fake new eye – we’re pretending the white of your eye is larger than it is. I also did a fine line at the side of my eye between the red and the black.

You’re now at this stage.
10. Get a black liquid liner and very carefully draw over your lower fake lash line, all the way to your inner eye at the tear duct. Join with eyeliner on upper eye that you drew before.
11. Apply your lower lashes – this is now quite simple as the line is already drawn, and then your upper lashes. I used normal upper lashes for my lower ones, but I used them upside down, so they curl outward the way real lashes do on the bottom. However, you can buy lashes specifically for the bottom.
12. Assess the overall look at this stage. I decided to darken the brows given that my false lashes are quite thick and dark. You may want to put white mascara over your natural lower lashes too, if they are dark, but alas, mine are very sparse and almost invisible.
13. Time to powder your face. I’ve been using Palgantong Theatrical Powder from Japan that’s nice and pale, in Light Beige (it’s made in Korea).
14. Line your lips and fill in with lipstick of your choice. I prefer plums to bright reds and used ‘Grape’ from David Jones. You could do pointy lips on the top for a more evil look, but I just wanted to focus attention on the eyes.
15. If you want to wear contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly and insert the lenses now. I personally need them for distance so can’t put them in before doing the make-up, but it’s up to you, especially if you wear special effect lenses with no prescription.
Some of the make-up I used is here:

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Finally, to get the best theatrical look, grab a wig in the colour of your choice, and why not don a hat while you’re there?  Or even a bindi as I have done, for an exotic look. Ta-daaa!! The finished look.
OK, I could have blended a little better in parts (it looked more blended in real life), but it achieved the spooky halloween look I was after. With more time, I would add sparkly diamante stickers below my eyes too for extra zing.
Anyway, I encourage you to try something similar sometime…maybe October 31st even.

Lime Crime make-up in peacock colours

Just as I change the colour of my hair a lot, I also change the colours of my make-up. Back in November last year I received my Lime Crime make-up, and promptly got to work using the delicious bright colours!

Seriously, Lime Crime has some of the brightest , most saturated eye and lip colours you’ll ever see. And for the clueless, or those just needing a bit of guidance, there are great make-up tutorials on  Xenia’s blog, the doedeereblogazine.

Anyways, as to what *I* have done with the colours. It’s bright, but I like to be a bit adventurous.

I used Lime Crime eyeshadows in Duchess (the aqua) on the inner and middle part of the lids, Empress (the purple) underneath my eyes and also just below the highlighter on the browbone, and Medusa (the navy/black) in the crease and on the outer lid, to create depth.  For added sparkle, I used a little bit of gold shimmer powder in the very inner eye corners from Red Earth (MS001).
I have very “shallow” eyes, and find that they look a lot bigger if I use a dark shadow in the crease. Additionally, now I’m in my forties, I have upper eyelids that droop a bit, meaning you can’t really see the colours on my lid that much, unless I’m looking down. Hence, to open up my eyes, I nearly always use a light coloured sparkly shadow in the inner eye. No matter what colours I use, I always stick to this practice of dark in the crease, light in the corner and on the lid.

The lipstick I used is “No, She Didn’t” by Lime Crime, with a little bit of outline from Bonne Bell’s Electric Blue pencil. I think a slightly darker blue suits me better, but new colours are being developed all the time, so maybe I’ll get my wish :)

 
And the final result, not so close-up.

Do you have non-negotiables in your make-up routine? Do you ever wear “weird” colours on your lips, or eyes? Or just at Halloween?