FOTD: Smoke n’ Sparkle

I don’t really know what happened here. I just started putting stuff on…

FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Ilammasqua Blush in Expose
EYES
Chanel Les Perlees Ombres:
Shimmer Black on lids
Shimmer Olive on crease and under waterline
Armani Silk Eye Pencil in Black on waterline
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
LIPS
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Gloss in Summerland

The Growth Process…

I just found this video again. Goodness, I forgot that I even had a youtube channel. What a shame. Anyway, I wish I had time to do videos… but I’d have to find a dedicated videographer. And that’s hit and miss…

It’s good for me to watch this video, because getting good at doing makeup is all about practice. I think I’m better today than I was then (last year).

You know what I say: I’m ever a work in progress.

Chanelling Kristen Stewart: The Unusual Smoky Eye

You all know Kristen Stewart:
The non-traditional (and rather reluctant) starlet was cast as a character named Bella in the ultimate PG-13 romanticism of vampire lore… Hollywood is nothing if without a sense of humor. Kristen Stewart may not possess the inflatable body parts and botoxed features of some of her more notorious counterparts, but she shines nonetheless. I really like this particular ‘smoky eye’ done on Stewart. The look inspired a tutorial from Pixiwoo Samantha, which inspired a look from me:
The ‘brown skin’ trick to this interpretation is to go ‘darker’ with the colors, to acheive the same ratio of skin tone to shadow pigmentation. Stewart is wearing a blue green iridescent shadow, surrounded by a warm brown. Pixiwoo Smantha used MAC clubbing… but I went even darker and used Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Emerge. The surrounding brown is NARS eyeshadow in Mekong. Since Mekong is such an intense brown, I dotted it on with a small eyeshadow brush, then blended it out with a clean fluffy brush. I repeated the step three or four times, until I got my desired shade.

Complete Breakdown: 
FACE: 
Chanel Bronze Universal (used as a foundation)
YSL Cream Concealer in #4
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
EYES:
Dior Eye Pencil in Brunette
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Emerge
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong
MAC Eye Pencil in Industrial
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in #1
LIPS:
By Terry Or De Rose Lip Balm
That’s my interpretation. It’s not exact, but then… it’s not supposed to be. I like the mix of unexpected colors for this look. So to Kristen Stewart (and her MUA) I say, Kudos for going your own way.

Professional Grade: Smokey & Nude

Here’s a rather rough draft of a ‘look’ that I did for a fashion show this week:

FACE:
Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Natural
Chanel Bronze Universal
Tarte Glam Gams Bronzing Gel (on apples of cheeks)
EYES:
MUFE Aqua Cream in #13
MUFE Aqua Black (on and under lashline)
Guerlain Eye Pencil in 01 (Gold)
Naimies False Lashes (#747)
LIPS: 
OCC Liptar in Petty Beige
Sugarpill Goldilux Loose Eyeshadow
Another MUA and I had eight models and two hours to get it done. With multiple changes and no real direction for the look, we figured this was the quickest way to get the most ‘glamourous’ look with little to no drama. I managed to get five girls done before the designer called TIME and we had to line them up for the show. 
Incidentally, the actual show went off without a hitch and the girls looked beautiful!
Official pictures to come.