30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

For this rendition of the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, I decided to think outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pile on the make up and even though this may not be very extreme for some people, it is for me. I often only have 15 minutes, if that, when I do my make up when I go to work. So to submerge myself into make up for an afternoon is always a nice and welcome change. To create this look I decided to combine a few make up techniques I see many youtubers and instagrammers use, but which it just way too much for me on the daily. So this is my ‘extreme’ make up look.

The first thing I needed was a good dose of color. I mostly opt for ‘safe’ neutral make up looks when I go to work. I sometimes add a pop of color by adding a bit of colored liner or color on my lid, but I usually leave it at that. I also stick by the rule of not pairing bold lips with bold eyes when I go to work. No need to overstimulate my students and having them spend the first 10 minutes of a lesson deciding where to look. I used blue and purples on the eyes and reddish tints on the cheeks and lipst. I feel they sort of go together, but then again, not really at the same time. I had a reason for this pairing though and that mostly had to do with the make up techniques I wanted to try out.

On to the make up techniques I used. I tried to do a 5 in one here: flawless glowy skin, that is contoured and bronzed up, with a strong brow and ombre lips. Pfff that is quite a lot to work with. I also used a chuckload of products to create it and spend over 30 minutes, maybe even close to 45 minutes to create this make up look. That is at least double the amount of time I get to spend on my make up on a regular basis. When I do my make up in the mornings, I do create a full face of make up, but it’s not as ‘perfect’ and full on as this. I apply foundation, concealer and powder. I also try to create some sort of eyelook, but I usually keep that fairly simple and use no more that 2 – 3 shadows, but mostly I go for 1 shade looks. I apply just blush to my cheeks and a lipstick to my lips and that’s about it. I also do my brows, but I just fill them in a bit. You can see my more every day make up look in this video.

For the eyes I mostly went with some bold colors, but I didn’t go int with any crazy techniques. I don’t have that much eyelid space, so I have limited room to work with. If I make looks like these, a winged liner is also no option for me as I need to draw such a thick line to make that work that it would mostly cover up the amazing colors of the eye shadows. So I kept it simple: a bright purple all over the lid, a darker purple shade in the crease, highlight on the browbone and a bright ocean blue in the inner corner. I personally love this combination and feel it truly makes my eyes pop. Read below for a complete low down of how I created this entire make up look.

I used a blend of both drugstore as well as high end make up. Basically I ransacked my make up collection to put this look together.

Products used:

Face:

  • Primer: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
  • Foundation: Catrice Velvet Finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet
  • Concealer: Catrice Velvet Finish concealer in 020 Velvet Rose
  • Powder: Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.
  • Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge 03 Pink Grapefruit
  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in 201 Blonde Harmony
  • Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Dermacol Sheer Face Illuminator in Fresh Rose

Eyes:

  • Base: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin  & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Omen & MUA shade 9 pearl
  • Crease: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Half Truth
  • Inner corner:  Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Deep End
  • Outer V: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (purple shade)
  • Brow bone: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (highlight shade)
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
  • Tight line: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in Onyx
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara

Brows:

  • Pen: Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer 020 flASHy Brows
  • Powder: Catrice eyebrow set
  • Gel: Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow

Lips:

  • Pencil: LA Girl lipliner in Currant & MAC lipliner in Cherry
  • Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999

How did I use all these? I started with my brows. I first ‘drew’ my brows with Catrice’s brow definer. I focused mainly on the first part of my brows with this. Then, I evened it all out with some brow powder and set it with a brow gel. Secondly, I did skin. I primed my face with a glowing primer, and primed my lids using the Kat von D eyeshadow base. I then used a matte and high coverage foundation and concealer and set all that into place with a matte powder. Finally I added Painterly by MAC, to even out my eyelid color.

For cheeks I first applied a contour and blush. Then I bronzed up my face with a shimmering bronzer and I also took that down my neck. However, I did forget to take in the sides of my neck, so you can see that in these pics I’m about 2 shades darker than I normally am. I went in with blush and a liquid highlight and for extra effect, I topped that up with some powder highlight as well.

For the eyes I didn’t go crazy with techinques. I applied a darker shade in my crease first. Then I originally added Omen by Urban Decay, but once everything was done I topped that off with the purple eyeshadow by MUA. It brightened everything up and really amped up the look. For a fun detail I added a bright blue in my inner corners. I used a darker purple shade on my lower lashline and also defined my Outer V with this. I used a highlighter on my brow bone, a nude eyeliner on my waterline and I tightlined with a black eyeliner. As a final touch I topped up my lashes with mascara.

Lips wise I decided to try an ombre lip. I applied a dark red lip liner on the outer edges of my lips and then filled in my lip with a brighter red. I topped it up with a bright red, glossy lipstick which I applied with a lipliner to not get a very full on effect, but that still nicely covered the liner and evened everything out.

Yep, this, in my book, is an extreme make up look. So much make up, so full on is great for a shoot or when you’re being filmed I’m sure. It is not suitable for an every day make up look, but it was definitely fun to do and to play around with my make up again.

What would you do for an extreme make up look?

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30 Day Make Up Challenge #17 Matte

30 Day Make Up Challenge #17 Matte

Are you ready for an all matte make up look? Because that is exactly what I have in store for you today. I know that this thing is called the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, but by now I have been making my way through the different tasks for a year and a half. But hey, steady as she goes right? And I am trying to keep things interesting and think outside the box of my usual make up looks too. So these require more work, more prep and more planning. And then I also need to find the time to actually apply the make up onto my face. Especially now that we’re moving into more experimental territory, it’s a nice way to test my make up skills. Today I am showing you a purple & fully matte make up look.

I decided to make a purple make up look, because despite the fact that I have vouched to myself to one day finish this make up challenge, I also made a promise to myself to feature more color into my make up looks. And this is a good way to experiment. I paired the purple eyes with a neutral matte blush, a bit of contour, but nothing too extreme and a matte pink lipstick with a purple/ blue undertone.

The technique I attempted to use on the eyes was simple, but effective I think. You cannot really see it when my eye is open, but when I look down you can clearly see I have applied a much lighter shade in the center of my eye than in the inner and outer corner. I lightly connected those two sides with the darker purple shade as well. To blend things out I used a matte light brown shade in the crease that is close to my own natural skin tone and I used a bit of purple eyeliner to darken up the outer third of the lower lash line as well as to tight line my upper lash line.

The darker shade in my Outer V doesn’t look that intense on the picture, but in real like the effect was a lot more full on. Since all these shades are matte, this eye look was a pain to blend and get the colors to transition nicely. With shimmery shades this would be a lot easier to do and I personally really like the effect it gives. However, if I use this technique again some other time I will try to make the contrast the between the two colored shades even bigger. I think that way the effect will also be visible when I have my eyes open. But since I do not have that much lid space, as I have fairly deep set eyes, I don’t think I will be able to achieve a very full on effect any way.

Products used:

Face: Dior DiorSkin Nude foundation in 01 Ivory, Collection 16 Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair, Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder in Translucent Matte.

Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose

Bronzer: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

Eyes:

  • Base: NYX HD Eyeshadow primer & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Inglot Matte 334
  • Crease: Sleek Flesh (Ultra Matte V2 Darks)
  • Inner corner & outer V: Sleek Highness (Ultra Matte V2 Darks)
  • Brow bone: Sleek Pillow (Ultra Matte V2 Darks)
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
  • Tight line: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 013 Purple
  • Mascara: Maybelline Falsies Flared

Brows: Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil & Catrice Eyebrow Filler

Lips: MAC Lip Erase in Dim & MAC Matte lipstick in Pink Plaid

Personally I love the purple shade and I actually wore this out to a birthday party I had to go to. Hence the lighting being weird, as it was super sunny outside and I had trouble finding the right spot for the lighting. Everyone complemented me on the eye look. I think the purple suits my brown eyes and complexion really nicely too, so this is a good reminder to myself to wear my purples.

What are your favorite matte eyeshadows to use?

30 Day make up challenge #16 – colorful

30 Day make up challenge #16 – colorful

Oh yes, the 30 day make up challenge is still on! This time we’re playing with color. Since I hit the halfway mark last January, I’ve noticed that this challenge is now taking a far more interesting term. Interesting, challenging and more innovative than the past 15 installments have been. So here’s to trying something different, something new.

Yup that is bright blue eyeshadow I’m wearing. For day 16, colorful, I thought it would be a great way to try an keep my new year’s resolution to wear more colorful make up. So I delved in my make up collection and came up with a blue and purple combination with an unexpected twist. I decided to try out the look and feel of a colored brow bone highlight.

Because I knew the eyes would be quite out there, I went with a neutral face make up. But a colorful make up look, wouldn’t be a colorful make up look if it didn’t have another splash of colors on the lips. Perhaps a brighter pop of pink would have been even more daring, but I figured that a pink that is not too bright would make this look more wearable. And I did have to wear this out when I made it.

The main focus of color is on the lid. I tried to blend out the colors with transition color before adding back in some more color by mixing a blue with some white to create a brow bone highlight. Instead of highlighting my inner corner I went with more color. The purple breaks up the blue and I feel it keeps it from getting too dated and 70s looking.

Products used:

Face: Dior DiorSkin Nude foundation in 01 Ivory, Collection 16 Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair, Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder in Translucent Matte.

Blush: Catrice Strawberry Frappuciono

Highlight: The Balm MaryLou-Manizer

Bronzer: Nars Laguna

Eyes:

  • Base: Catrice Eyeshadow primer & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Madness (Urban Decay Vice 2)
  • Crease & outer V: Prank (Urban Decay Vice 2)
  • Inner corner: Omen (Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette)
  • Transition: Rewind (Urban Decay Vice 2)
  • Brow bone: Underworld & Oyster (Sleek Laguna palette)
  • Waterline: Essence Long-Lasting Effect eye liner in Steel Smurf
  • Mascara: Maybelline Falsies Flared

Brows: Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil & Catrice Eyebrow Filler

Lipstick: YSL The Mats lipstick in 207 Rose Perfecto

This is definitely more out of the box than my usual make up look. I am not sure how I’m feeling about the blue highlight. I think it looks okay when I close my eyes, but with my eyes open, I think it’s too much blue. Or it’s just my brow bone that is too massive, or I’d need more of a transition color. What would your suggestion be to make this work? Would you wear anything like this yourself? And stay tuned on more make up adventures coming up in the future.

What’s your favorite color of eyeshadow to wear?

My signature make up look

My signature make up look

It’s been a while since I made a video and I thought that the next installment for the 30 Day Make Up Challenge would be a good one. Today we’re on Day 15: Signature make up look. Watch the video below to see how I go from a bare face to a full face of make up. Please leave a comment down below to let me know what you think of the video!

Products used:

Face:

Base: Dior DiorSkin Nude foundation in 010 Ivory, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 01 fair, Catrice Transparent finishing powder

Blush: Cover Girl Cheekers blush in 105 Rose Silk

Bronzer/ Contour: NARS Laguna

Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou minizer

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Base color: MAC Paintpot in Painterly
  • All over lid and blended into crease: Urban Decay Naked 2 Suspect
  • Crease: Urban Decay Naked 2 Tease
  • Outer V & lower lash line: Urban Decay Naked 2 Snakebite
  • Lower lashline: Urban Decay Naked 2 Suspect
  • Inner corner: Urban Decay Naked 2 Bootycall
  • Shimmer: Urban Decay Naked 2 Chopper
  • Brow bone highlight: Urban Decay Naked 2 Bootycall
  • Eyeliner: Urban Decay Naked 2 Busted

Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly effect false lash wings in midnight black

Brows: Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde & Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow

Lips: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 210 Impulsive

Brushes used:

  • Sigma F82 Round Kabuki brush
  • Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush
  • Sigma F25 Tapered face brush
  • Sigma E55 Eyeshading brush
  • Sigma E45 Small Tapered blending brush
  • Zoeva 231 Petite Crease brush
  • Sigma E40 Tapered blending brush
  • Hema fluffy brush
  • Sigma E30 Pencil brush
  • Essence smokey eyes brush
  • Hema small angled brush
  • Real Techniques Nic’s Picks Cheek brush
  • Real Techniques blush brush
  • Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight brush

What is your signature make up look?

30 day make up challenge #14: Barbie

30 day make up challenge #14: Barbie

If there is one girl on the planet who has never been truly interested in Barbie, it would be me. As a kid, I only played with Barbie dolls if I had been over to a friend’s place who was an avid fan. I preferred to make up my own games, read books or play soccer with the boys in my street. In fact, I didn’t turn into a girly girl until I was in my early 20s. So this make up look was quite out of my comfort zone.

When I think of Barbie, I think of pink. So that’s what I went with. This is by now means a true Barbie look. I found these two images (1 & 2) for inspiration. But I’m no good at doing winged liner and when I attempted it with this look it was very unsuccessful and I ended up redoing one eye completely. My eye shape also doesn’t come close to that of Barbie and so I just turned this into a fun make up look, using the bright colors I saw in my inspiration pictures: pink and purple.

I also thought it was a good excuse to bring out some Sleek eyeshadow palettes and play around with those. Because that’s really all I did with this look: play around. I never make a test version for these looks. I just pick products and start and see what comes out. That’s the fun part of make up for me and so that’s what I’m sharing here as well. I stuck to pinks for my cheeks and lips, but since I wanted the focus to remain on the eyes, I went with something more neutral toned.

The lip combination I did swatch out before I did this make up look. I wanted something soft and pinky. Like Barbie has on in the inspiration pictures. When it comes to copying the look, I think this is the part of the look that worked out best. And this wasn’t a quick look to make. I wanted to make sure to blend out the colors nicely so there would be a soft gradient, but still have a deep enough crease color. I wanted to be able to still see some of the purple when I opened my eyes and I wanted to pull up the eyeshadow just a little bit on the outer edge.

close ups

Products used:

Face:

Base: Dior DiorSkin Nude foundation in 010 Ivory, Benefit Erase Paste, Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.

Blush: Sleek Pixie Pink

Highlight: MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance & MAC paintpot in painterly

  • Brow highlight: Sleek Good Girl palette merengue
  • Inner corner & inner 1/3: MAC Swish
  • All over lid: Sleek Good Girl palette lollipop
  • Outer V: Sleek Lagoon palette night sky
  • Light wash all over lid: MAC Swish
  • Crease: Sleek Ultimate Mattes V2 highness & thunder
  • Blend color: Sleek Lagoon reflection
  • Lower lash line: Sleek Lagoon reflection
  • Eyeliner: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in onyx
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencil

Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly effect false lash wings in midnight black

Brows: Catrice Eyebrow Set (lightest color only), HEMA eyebrow gel

Lips:

  • Topshop Macaroon
  • Benefit Ultra Shines lipgloss in Dancing Queen

As you can see: a lot of products went into this seemingly simple look. It made for a nice change. On a day to day basis I only get to use 3 eyeshadows max as that is all I have time for in the morning. So to go all out and use so many different eyeshadows and using lip colors I would never have thought to put together otherwise, I had a lot of fun making this. I love the bright pop of color on the eyes and the glossy lip goes with it nicely. So despite this looking nothing like my inspiration pictures, or Barbie, I’m still happy with this look.

How would you create a Barbie inspired look?

30 day make up challenge #13: Contouring

30 day make up challenge #13: Contouring

A make up technique I only just started applying is contouring. I don’t do it every day, and I definitely am not very good at it. I feel I just haven’t found the right brush yet to ensure a nicely blended contour. So far, I’ve succeeded in drawing a line, but I usually find them too harsh. In addition, I have a very narrow face, contouring the sides of my face is thus something I do not always fancy doing. I had never ventured into the realm of contoured eye looks yet and so this post features tons of firsts. A first attempt at a noticeable contour as well as a contoured eye look including a cut crease.

For a first attempt at a cut crease I don’t think it’s too shabby. My only problem is that the minute I open my eyes the entire effect is gone. Pity, but that’s what usually happens with many eye looks in my case. My eye shape simply doesn’t allow me to do elaborate crease work other than darkening it up. They also don’t like winged liner, which is another reason why I hardly ever use it. I like the overall eye look though, despite the fact that the cut crease isn’t as sharp as it could have been. It’s sort of a pin up eye look, but with a bit more interest.

Face wise I kept things simple and went in with what can quite easily be dubbed as my current favorite blush: Benefit Coralista. I used a Real Techniques contour brush to contour my cheeks, nose and forehead. In the last picture below you clearly see the forehead contour. In the picture right after the eye close ups you can more clearly see the cheek contour. I’m still not sure I’m feeling it. It’s one of the reasons why I go back and forth between applying contour and not doing it at all. It’s not something I think my face really needs. I like doing it on my forehead because it’s high and it’s a good way of adding some more shape to it. But without a cheek contour I easily forget to do my forehead.

Eye look close up

cheek contour

Products used:

Face:

Base: MAC Face & Body foundation in C1, MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW20, Catrice All Matt Plus Transparant powder

Blush: Benefit Coralista

Bronzer/ Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Urban Decay Naked Basics:

  • Venus on brow bone
  • Walk of Shame all over lid
  • Faint in crease
  • Naked 2 used to blend out crease
  • Crave in crease to deepen faint & apply cut crease effect

Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly effect false lash wings in black

Brows: Catrice Eyebrow Definer & eyebrow gel

Lips: YSL Rouge pur Couture The Mats 208 Fuchsia Fétiche

What do you think: should I contour more often?

30 Day make up challenge #12: Glitter

30 Day make up challenge #12: Glitter

On with the themed eyelooks of the 30 day make up challenge! Last time meant making smokey eyes, today it’s the complete opposite. This time I’m trying my hand at glitter. Only to sort through my entire stash to find out I own next to no glitter make up products. It’s just something I never wear and since I wanted to push myself to do something differently than just popping on one of my two glitter eyeliners by Sleek, I scavenged my stash to find a stack of barely used MAC pigment samples. I picked the most glittery one I have and used it to create the closest thing to a glittery look I can produce and feel comfortable wearing.

As you can see, not exactly something that would pass for a full on glitter. But other than this I have NO glitter eyeshadow. None. I have plenty of shimmers, and even some metallic shades, but nothing that could pass for a full on glitter. I have a purple and dark grey glitter liner from Sleek, but that’s about it. So when I started looking in the depths of my stash I realized that I have a few loose eyeshadows lying about that I never ever use. They are just too much of a hassle. I also got rid of quite a few ever since I showed you all my loose pigments over 2 years ago.

When I first started blogging, it was quite the rage to use loose pigments. And there were websites dedicated to selling pigment samples as they’re called. For a few dollars you could buy a stack of MAC shades, but without having to buy the entire pot which really, whoever uses one up unless you’re a make up artist? No one. Deciding I wanted to try some, I stocked up. Some of the colors I purchased weren’t really my thing, so I got rid of those, but the ones that I liked I decided to keep. One of them was the most gorgeous of them all: Copper Sparkle. And that’s the shade that is stealing today’s show.

I used Copper Sparkle all over my lid. It doesn’t look like much in the full face pictures, but when you see the close ups you can see that this is definitely not just a shimmer or a metallic shade. I layered it over a newly acquired MAC fluid line from the Moody Blooms collection, to help with the color and sparkle intensity. I supplemented the eyelook with some other MAC shades and my favorite eyeliner: the MAC fluidline in Dipdown. I also brought out some Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-On eye pencil in Coffee to tightline and finish off the look. I also used it on the outer third of my waterline just to deepen and intensify the look. Even though this may not be the most glittery look ever, I still really really love this. It has taught me to use more pigments!

Close ups

Products used:

Face:

Base: MAC Face & Body foundation in C1, MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW20, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent finishing powder

Blush: Shiseido blush in RD 103

Bronzer/ Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: MAC Dazzle Light
  • Inner corner: MAC Jest
  • All over lid (base): MAC fluidline in Copperthorn (Moody Blues LE)
  • All over lid (color): MAC pigment in Copper Sparkle
  • Crease: MAC Wedge
  • Outer V: MAC Mulch
  • Waterline: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-On eyeliner pencil in Coffee
  • Lower lash line: MAC pigment in Copper sparkle
  • Eyeliner: MAC fluidline in Dipdown

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Flared mascara

Brows: Catrice Eyebrow Set (lightest color only), HEMA eyebrow gel

Lips: NARS Dolce Vita lipgloss

I apologize for the massive amount of MAC products used. I guess it was just one of those days.

What would you wear for a ‘glitter’ option?