Monday, September 24, 2012

Madd Style Cosmetics: Pink-Off with Jalackie

Hi all you lovely readers!  

I hope your Summer treated you well and that you're as excited as I am to be getting your scarves and sweaters out for Fall!  Yippeeeeeee!  (What *is* your favorite season?  I would love to know.  :))  Last weekend I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my September tutorial when fellow Madd Model Jalackie suggested we have a pink-off!  Yep, that's right.  A tutorial using nothing but pinks!  I am not one to shy away from a challenge and so without further ado, here is my Madd Style Cosmetics pink themed tutorial!

(Jalackie posted her last weekend.  You should go take a look at it!)

To start, as always, you will want to gather your supplies.  For this look I wanted to show that one can achieve lovely results using only two (yes, two!) brushes.  Normally I like to use all kinds of brushes...because...well...I have a lot of brushes so it's nice to be able to use them!  However, one does not need to use 6 brushes on looks that just don't require it.  

(Left to Right: Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara; Madd Style Cosmetics "Optimus Primer"; Madd Style Cosmetics "Pop N Lock"; Madd Style Cosmetics piggies (clockwise from the lightest pink): Ice Cream Day Dream, Sugar High, Birfday Suit, Bang, Bang! and Pink Ladies; Korres Kohl Liner in "White"; Dense Flat Shader Brush, Fluffy Domed Crease Brush; Lush "Independent" Eyeliner.)

Begin with a squeaky clean eye!

Next you will want to be sure to prime your lids.  Primer will help to elongate the life of your eyeshadows and it will also help to prevent any creasing.  To use Madd Style Cosmetics "Optimus Primer"--use the doe-foot applicator to apply the needed amount to your lid.  Then, use your ring fingers to blend the product over the whole eyelid and up into the crease/brow-bone area.  

After your primer comes your base.  To apply Madd Style Cosmetics "Pop N Lock" I typically use my finger.  I will hold my ring finger on the product for a few seconds to warm it up and then I swirl my finger in the product (as it is quite stiff) until I get the desired amount on my finger.  Then, like with the primer, I use my ring finger to apply this all over the lid and blend it up into the crease.  Bases will help to "grab" on to the colours and help them to appear brighter/more opaque.  All good things!

Now your eye is primed and based and ready for some colours!

Using your dense and flat shader brush, dip it into "Ice Cream Day Dream" (a lovely light frosty/metallic pink colour).  Press the brush in the inside of the lid to help pack the colour on to the bristles.  This will help to prevent any fallout.  Apply this colour by "patting" it on to the first third of your lid.  

Next, using that same brush, dip it into "Pink Ladies" (a medium glittery pink) and apply this to pretty much the rest of your lid.  Because you're working with a light and medium pink so far--they are very easy to blend together.  Just pat back and forth between the light and medium pink until you've achieved a smooth transition.  

To blend the colours a bit up into the crease, I just turned my brush on it's side and ran it along my crease area.  This insures that the colour will be "high enough" so that when my semi-hooded eyes are open, the colour doesn't get hidden.

Now for the darkest pink.  Using that same super brush, dip it into "Bang, Bang!" (a dark dusty pink) and apply this to the outer portion of your lid.  Turning the brush on its side again--create a slightly "winged" edge with the pink.  You can also leave this more rounded, if you prefer, but as my eyes are down turned, I like to angle my shadows "up" toward the end of my brow to help lift my eye.  Blend this in with "Pink Ladies" in a similar fashion to before--just pat from the dark into the medium and vice versa.  You'll have a seamless transition in no time flat!

Next--switch to your fluffy blending brush.  Dip it into "Birfay Suit" (a light skin tone matte) and apply it under the highest arc of your brow.  Following that, blend it along the rest of the brow and down into the crease.  Think of this step as your chance to soften the edges of the pink.  In the middle picture, you see that I brought it from the inside of the lid/crease and all the way to the outside of the crease.  Continue in this way until you have it as blended as you want.

At this point you will have something like this:

For the inner duct highlight--lay down a white base.  I chose to use my Korres pencil.  I focused it right in the duct but also blended it down slightly to the inner portion of the lower lash line and up a bit into the "Ice Cream Day Dream".  Now--switch back to your original flat shader and dip the very tip of it into "Sugar High" (a super awesome white that is packed with pink sparkle).  Pat this over top of the white pencil that was just applied.

All that's left is lining and mascara!  I did a little winged liner, but that is optional.  I do think it has a nice effect with this type of look though.  :)

And here is your final look!

And again...but without a flash!

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I also hope you comment below to let me know what your favorite season is.  :)

As always--if you have any questions or suggestions for future tutorials, please let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

EOTD: Sugarpill and Madd Style Cosmetics Mash-Up!

The other day I received a lovely lovely surprise in the mail--some new pressed Sugarpill shadows!!  My lovely friend Izzy purchased the new vegan shades for me and I was overjoyed (to say the least!)!  Although Acidberry and Mochi were the first that I played with (on my eye), Velocity sure is something special!  I knew I wanted to do a strong blue look with such a super bold blue and the following look was created:

Products used:

  • MTCoffinz "Under the Rainbow" Eyeshadow Primer
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"
  • Sugarpill "Velocity" applied to the crease, outer corner of the eye, and along the outer 2/3rds of the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Bubble Pop" applied to the first 2/3rds of the upper lid and the inner 1/3rd of the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Yukon Cornelius" applied to the other 1/3rd of the upper lid
  • Sugarpill "Tako" for a brow highlight and blended down into Velocity
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Moth" applied to the duct and to add some extra sparkle at the outer edges of where Velocity and Tako met
  • Sugarpill "Bulletproof" for a slight winged liner on the upper lash line
  • Korres pencil in "White" applied to the waterline
  • Gabriel Color Mascara in "Black" on upper and lower lashes
Yay for blues!  It might be turning to Fall, but that doesn't mean bright and bold colours need to hibernate.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

EOTD: Madd Style Cosmetics Glowing Greens

The new school semester is in full swing which means I'm back to being my extra busy self.  I had my first day with my 34 new students on Monday and by the end of both 50 minute classes I had learned all of their names!  Hooray!  That fact probably doesn't make me quite as excited as this fun Madd Style Cosmetics look that I put on my face the other day though!

It was just so much fun to do!  Putting that extra bright colour in the center of the lid and blending out to darker colours around it creates such a neat effect, I think.

I'm going to try to remember everything I used in this look...but I might forget a thing or two since it is a few days old now at this point!

Products used:

  • Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Primer
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White" applied all over the lid and blended up into the crease
  • Korres eyeliner pencil in "White" to line the lower lash line 
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Snot Face" applied in the center of the lid
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Rockstar from Mars" to blend out Snot Face on both sides and a bit at the top (in the crease)
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Pool of Tears" on the outer edges of Rockstar from Mars (and blended out much more in the crease)
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Pisces" in the duct and as a brow highlight
  • Snot Face applied to the center of lower lid, Rockstar from Mars on both ends of that, and Pool of Tears in the inner and outer corners of the lower lash line
  • Winged liner is Sugarpill's Bulletproof with a bit of Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in "Black" on top to darken it even more
  • Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in "Zero" applied to the waterline
  • Tarte EmphasEYES gel liner in "Black" applied over the "Zero" in the lower waterline
  • Mascara...I don't remember which one!  Oops!
Yep yep!  I figure even if it's just about Fall...that doesn't mean we can't still be super bright on our eyelids!  :)