Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Madd Style Cosmetics: Shaun of the Dr. Who.

Hello dearest readers!

Today I'm excited to present a tutorial where I used three new-to-me colours!  I recently put in an order for both of Madd Style Costmetics' Halloween collections and this tutorial features two awesome colours from the "Shaun of the Dead" collection (which is still available, by the way!  :D).  I also *finally* picked up some of the Dr. Who Mattes and fell immediately in love with "I Think You Call Me...Sexy".  I knew I had to put this color into a look using a smokey purple and here is the result of the experiment:

If you'd like to find out how I achieved the look, please keep on reading!

To start out, gather all of your awesome supplies:

 (Left to Right: Madd Style Cosmetics "Optimus Primer"; Madd Style Cosmetics "Pop N Lock" base; Gabriel Color Mascara; Madd Style Cosmetics Piggies (top to bottom): I Think You Call Me...Sexy, Record Toss, The Zed Word and Birftday Suit; A fluffy eyeshadow brush (this one is by Royal & Langnickel); A thin angled liner brush; Urban Decay 24/7 liner in "Yeyo"; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in "Strumpet"; Teeny tiny baby lip brush by OCC; A matte black eyeshadow.)

As always, begin with a squeaky clean eyelid!


Grab your primer and your chosen base!  You will want to use both a primer and base because both products serve very important purposes!  The primer helps to even out the surface of your eye and it increases the longevity of your eye makeup.  It also helps to prevent unseemly creasing!  The base, on the the other hand, helps to intensify the eye shadow and will help them to appear brighter (because I am using a white, whereas if I were using a black--it would deepen any colour I were to put on top of it).

 The process with these products is very similar.  First you want to apply as much primer as you need.  You want enough so that you can smooth it out on to the whole eyelid and have enough to blend it up into the crease and down along the lower lash line.  I apply it straight to my lid using the doe-foot applicator and then I use my ring finger to blend it out.

 For the base, I swirl my finger into the product and then smooth it out on to the whole lid.  I concentrate this to the mobile lid (the part of your eyelid that moves) and then blend whatever is left on my finger up into the crease and below the eyebrow.  When you're all finished, you should have something like the photo on the right.

Next for some colour!  Tip your magical fluffy eye shadow brush into "I Think You Call Me...Sexy" (a super pretty light lavender toned pink).  Apply this colour to the tip of the brush.  Then apply this into the crease.  You can see that I have applied it above where my eyelid actually "creases".  I do this because of my semi-hooded lids.  I really do focus my "crease" colours more into the "hollow" between my orbital bone and my actual eyeball!  Sweep this colour into the whole crease.  Then, turn the brush on its side (as you see in the picture on the right) and blend it so you have a nice wash of colour that is more concentrated in the deepest part of the crease and is more blended/faded out as you get closer to the eyebrow.

At the end of this step, you should have something like this:

Using the same eye shadow brush, dip it into Record Toss (a super GORGEOUS metallic lilac) and then "pat" this colour on to the whole of your mobile lid (as you see in the center picture).  Then use whatever product is left to "blend" the colour up into the crease slightly.  You can really just "pull" the colour up from the top part of the line that you see dividing the two colours until you get a more blended result. The fluffy brush really do most of the work for you!

Next, take your white eyeliner pencil and line the outer 2/3rds of your lower lash line.  Then, using that same brush, dip to the tip of it back into Record Toss and apply this to the whole of the lower lash line.  I could have used a more precise brush and then could have skipped the "use your finger to clean it up if you have to" step, but I wanted to use the fluffy brush to get a more soft layer of colour rather than a more "harsh"/precise line.

 Again, using the same brush, dip the tip of it into "The Zed Word" (a sparkly neutral tone with pink shimmer in it) and apply this to your tear duct area.

All there is left is to apply a thin layer of liner (I chose to use a matte black eye shadow just to darken up the lash line, but not really to add a pronounced line for a liner) and then some mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

And that's it!  You're done!  

I also decided to add some lipstick (*gasp!* I know, I know!  I never include lipstick!) for the look and I reached for one of my newest OCC Lip Tars: Strumpet.  It's a super pretty dark berry colour (although OCC's website calls it a "deep red-burgundy").   I thought it gave a nice effect to the overall look. 

 Thank you all, as always, for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you have anything you want me to try out or you're dying to see specific MSC colours used in action--please let me know down in the comments section!  :)

Oh, and PS: I have an MSC give away I'm just about ready to post!  I'm hoping that it ends up being kind of like an x-mas present for a couple of my lucky readers.  More on that to come!!

Oh!  And PPS: Sorry about some of the photos being a little blurry--I was convinced the natural lighting was enough that I didn't have to use my camera's flash.  I am not so convinced now that that was truly the case!  But I think you will all get the point!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

EOTD: Sugarpill Fun

Hi All!

This afternoon I decided I needed to play with my lovely pressed Sugarpill shadows.  I had it in mind to do something with Midori as the feature colour, but I ended up with something a little different than I had intended.  I still quite like the result though!

Products used:

  • MTCoffinz "Under the Rainbow" Eye Primer applied all over the lid and blended up to under the brow.
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White" applied over the primer.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in "Zero" to thickly line the upper lash line before any colour is applied to the lid.
  • Sugarpill "Afterparty" applied to the center of the lid and blended up into the crease.
  • Sugarpill "Velocity" applied to the outer 1/3rd of the lid and blended up into the crease.
  • Sugarpill "Mochi" to blend out Afterparty and Velocity.
  • Sugarpill "Midori" applied lightly on the inner portion of the upper lid
  • Sugarpill "Lumi" applied to the center of the lid (over Afterparty) and in the tear-duct area.
  • Sugarpill "Poison Plum" applied to the lower portion of the outer 1/3rd of the lid and in the "wing" at the outer part of the eye.
  • Korres "White" eye pencil applied as a base in the outer "wing".  Lumi is patted over top of that!
  • The lower lash line goes from inner to outer: Lumi, Acidberry, Midori, Afterparty, Velocity and Poison Plum.
  • Sugarpill "Tako" for a brow highlight.
  • Sugarpill "Bulletproof" to darken up the outer portion of the upper lid.
  • Urban Decay pencil in "Zero" to tightline and to line the lower waterline.
  • Urban Decay Lush Lash Masara applied to top and bottom lashes.

I hope you all like this look.  What's the last Sugarpill colour *you* played with??


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fyrinnae Collage


I just spent entirely too long making this collage, so I figured I'd post it on here.  :)

I recently received the "Samhain" collection (from Fyrinnae) that I bought a bit ago and they're just so darn beautiful.  This afternoon, while I was photographing them, I figured I'd photograph the other Fyrinnae shadows that I have at the same time.  The result is this collage:

(Click to enlarge to full size.)

The colours photographed (in case the font is a bit touch to decipher!) left to right, top row to bottom row: Mermaid Masquerade, Mystical Hedgehog, Ethereal Eire, Mischievous Sidhe, Witchy Woodland Creatures, Velveteen Werewolf, Bonfire Spirits, Sultry Samhain, Atomic Afterglow, Darling Misfit, Mephisto, Sugar Skulls, Cuddlefish and Sequined Master.

Soon I will do a full swatch post of these beauties.  Sooooon!  

Do *you* own any Fyrinnae?  If so, what is your favorite colour??