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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FOTD: Smudgy blues (drugstore)

FOTD: Smudgy blues (drugstore)

Occasionally I whip out my make up at 6 AM, right before I’m heading for work and I create a make up look I really really like. One such looks, is the one I am sharing with you today. I recreated it a few days later when I had more time and, not unimportantly, when there was enough daylight to take pictures. I ended up using only drugstore products to create this look too. So I hope you enjoy and have a great week!

This look combines a few techniques and products that I have really started to enjoy. First of all, I’ve become a huge fan of a light shade on the first half of my lid, with a darker shade on the outer half and in my crease. The petrol blue color I’ve used is becoming one of my faves. It helps of course that I have an eyeshadow, eye pencil and eyeliner pen all in that same color.

The second thing I’ve started to enjoy are rosy, flushed cheeks. I make that happen by applying a poppy red or bright red blush onto the apples of my cheeks mostly. It makes for a subtle yet pretty cheek color. I find it picks up my entire look. If applied subtly it can go with anything and everything and I find it goes nicely with my blonde hair.

Because I went with a darker eye look, I went with a neutral lip. This Rimmel Kate lipstick in 101 is one of my favorites. I love how long it lasts and I got it on sale, so it wasn’t too expensive. The eyeliner I used for this is a blue pen liquid liner that I bought in Prague last summer. I had yet to use it, and thought it would go nicely with this. I was surprised at how easy it was to use. I am dreadful at liquid liner, but this made for a nice and thing line that went on precise enough and I love the dark blue color.

Products used:

Face:

Base: Catrice velvet finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet, Collection lasting perfection concealer in 02 cool medium, Catrice All Matt Plus shine Control Powder in 010 Transparent

Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge in 03 Pink Grapefruit

Bronzer/ Contour: The Body Shop Honey bronzer in 02 fair matte

Highlight: Make Up Academy Undress Your Skin shimmer

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow 010 Vanillaty Fair
  • All over lid: Catrice liquid metal eyeshadow in 040 Under Treasuree
  • Crease: Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow 050 Welcome to Greysland!
  • Outer V: Catrice Liquid metal eyeshadow in 100 What do you sea?
  • Waterline: Catrice kohl kajal eye pencil in 090 cleopetrol
  • Lower lash line: Catrice Liquid metal eyeshadow in 100 What do you sea?
  • Eyeliner: She quick eye liner in 002 blue

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

Brows: Catrice longlasting brow definer in 020 flashy brows, Catrice eyebrow filler perfecting & shaping gel in 020

Lips: Rimmel Kate lipstick in 101

What make up are you enjoying currently?

FOTD: Time to fall in love

FOTD: Time to fall in love

Fall has officially started so it’s time to roll out some seasonal posts. The first one is this fall inspired look. Golds and purples are combined with soft neutrals to create a wearable yet slightly more dramatic look. I like these type of looks for fall. I always feel that more dramatic eye looks go perfectly with the somewhat colder months. Where in spring and summer I tend to keep things simple, fall and winter is the time where I go all out.

The main star of this look is the Sleek Vintage Romance I-Divine palette. I used a mix of both drugstore and high end products. Now that I’m back at work, I tend to do my make up again on an almost daily basis and now I understand again why I have so much make up: I can pick up a different palette every day and not be bored. I hadn’t reached for any of my Sleek palettes in a while and when I took one good look at them I knew instantly the look I wanted to create with this palette.

Golds and purples are great for fall. To keep things interesting and not make the look too harsh I went with purple rather than black eyeliner. I also thought this detail tied in the look nicely while making sure it doesn’t get too sickly looking. I pulled the shadows into an outward shape. By pulling the shadow outwards, I changed the shape of my eyes ever so slightly, making this look more sultry looking. Because the eyes are quite dramatic I made sure to go very neutral on the cheeks and lips. I used my new Estee Lauder Color Envy lipstick in Impulsive. It may just be my new favorite neutral lipstick.

Products used:

Face:

Base: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua 12 Beige Rosé, Retouch Light-Reflecting concealer in 001 Porcelain, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent finishing powder

Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose

Bronzer/ Contour: NARS Laguna

Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: The Body Shop eyeshadow in no. 13
  • All over lid: Court in Cannes
  • Crease: A Vow in Venice
  • Outer V: Honeymoon in Hollywood
  • Lower lash line: Court in Cannes
  • Liner: Pupa Vamp Definition liner 400 Purple Pearly

Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies Flared

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

Lips: Estee Lauder Color Envy lipstick in Impulsive

 

What make up are you wearing this fall?

Colorful make up look for summer

Colorful make up look for summer

Apart from colorful nails, I like wearing colorful make up looks from time to time. Especially summer time calls for brighter, bolder colors on the eyes. I love going for greens, blues and purples. My favorite palette to use for adding some pop of color is one of my Inglot palettes and so I used that to create this look. Stay tuned till the end of the post. For the occasion I’ve decided to look up some older make up looks I created throughout the years. You can find those at the bottom of this post.

Apart from my Inglot palette, I kept the face very neutral. I got my hands on a lilac colored mascara and eyeliner and so I thought by adding those instead of the usual black/ brown, it would be a bit much to then also have a bright blush or a bright lip. And it’s something I tend to mute down anyway whenever I do more colorful eye looks. It is simply more appropriate. You tend to look like a clown when you overdo it, and that’s never a good look.

I do think that the adding of the colored eyeliner and mascara on the bottom lashes adds that bit of extra fun to the look. Another thing I like about this look is that it brings out the green in my eyes. I seem to have brown eyes in most lighting, but when I use certain make up colors or stand in certain lighting, they have a hint of green to them. Many make up artists notice this and so whenever I had my make up done, they always incorporate something purple into my make up looks.

To keep the look fresh and simple, I didn’t use a liquid or gel liner to define my upper lash line. It takes away quickly from the color on my eyelids and I wanted that bright of color to still be visible. I already said that I made this look using an Inglot palette. It features 10 colors and I put it together more than 2 years ago. You can have a more close up look at the palette by reading this blog post.

close ups

Products used:

Face:

Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 51 Light Vanilla, Catrice Re-Touch Light-Reflecting concealer in 001 Porcelain, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent finishing powder

Blush: Make Up Studio Blusher Lumière in Elegant Beige

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: The Body Shop eyeshadow in no. 13
  • Inner corner: Catrice Made to stay highlighter pen
  • All over lid: Inglot Pearl 429
  • Light wash all over lid: Inglot Matte 379
  • Crease: Inglot Matte 239
  • Outer V: Inglot Matte 388
  • Waterline: Essence Big Bright Eyes Jumbo Pencil 01 highlight it…nude
  • Lower lash line: Catrice Kohl Kajal 170 Blues Willis
  • Colored mascara: Essence Colour Flash volume mascara 05 miss lila deleila

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

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

Lips: L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Nude Vibrato

It felt good to play around with some colors again. And that is why I added these older looks below. I used to be so much more adventurous with my eye make up. But then I discovered bright lipsticks and became devoted to those. I should do more of these looks again. Perhaps I should simply pick up the 30 day make up challenge from now on as I was coming onto the more interesting tasks on there. I’ve included links to these looks where possible. Never mind the sometimes cringeworthy picture quality of these posts, my blog has come a long way in the almost 4 years that I’ve been doing this!

rainbow eyes – neon greenpurple – bright blue – pastel

more purplemore bluesmy favorite way of wearing blues

Do you like wearing colorful eye make up?

Urban Decay Naked Basics make up look (using all shadows)

Urban Decay Naked Basics make up look (using all shadows)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I swear by Urban Decay eyeshadows. I have many of their palettes and I especially love their Naked palettes. And I love matte eyeshadow. So when Urban Decay released the Naked Basics palette I knew it would find its way to my stash one day. And just recently that day happened. I will be showing you the palette in all its glory in a few days time, but today I will be showing you the look I created using not just a few but all 6 shadows in this palette. I hope it can show you how easy it is to make a complete make up look with this one palette, making it great for taking along when you’re traveling or to put in your make up bag for on the go.

As you can see I kept the entire look quite classic and light. The palette is great for creating a nicely defined eye without it being too overpowering. When I wore this out I got quite a few compliments on it. It’s a chique look that appeals to many people. Perfect for work, job interviews or school and basic enough to be pulling off a brighter lip than even what I am wearing in this look.

I went with a lighter shade on my eyelid and a medium color in the crease. I used the dark brown in my outer V and on my lower lash line. I used the black eyeshadow as eyeliner and the two highlighting shades for my inner eye corner and brow bone respectively. So boom: 6 colors in the palette and all colors went onto my eyes, without it looking too much.

The lipstick is a Dior one, which is a really nice hot pink color with a coral undertone that is one of my more recent additions as well. I just loved this color the minute I saw it and it gives the look an instant injection of something sweet. I’m usually not one to go for shiny lips, but since the eyelook is otherwise completely matte, I decided at least some part of my face could sparkle a teeny bit.

eye close ups

lips close up

Products used:

Face:

Base: Dior DiorSkin Nude foundation in 010 Ivory, Catrice Re-Touch Light Reflecting concealer 001 Porcelain, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent pressed finishing powder

Blush: Catrice Multi Color blush in Strawberry Frappucino

Highlighter: Too Faced Candle Light Translucent illuminating powder

Bronzer: Benefit One Hot Minute

Eyes: All shadows are Urban Decay Naked Basics

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: Venus
  • Inner corner: Foxy
  • All over lid: Walk of Shame
  • Crease: Naked 2
  • Waterline: Faint
  • Eyeliner: Crave

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

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

Lips: Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care 757 Souveraine

What looks would you create using the Naked Basics palette?

Spring make up look

Spring make up look

Coral is one of my favorite colors for spring so I decided to create a full pinky coral make up look from eyes to cheeks to lips. At the same time I’m trying a new foundation, of which the review will be up later this week. This make up look is very simple to make, but I thought it looked fresh and pretty so I still wanted to share. Forgive the slight orange teint (that’s a preview of the foundation review right there) and the slightly teary-eyed look. I took these pics in the middle of a bout of hayfever and so I looked a bit worse for wear.

The coral lips I created by using a Topshop lipstick in the shade Macaroon. I love Topshop lipstick (my all time favorite red is by them) and this is no exception. It wears alright. I find this color’s formula to be a bit creamier and thus wears off a bit quicker than my bright red one. On my cheeks I’ve been trying the Zoeva blush in He Loves Me, Maybe… It’s a pinky coral colored powder blush and I’m really liking it so far. For the eyes I went with two of my favorite MAC eyeshadows: the infamous Expensive Pink and underdog Paradisco. The latter is so underrated, hardly anybody ever talks about it. It is however, one of the prettiest coral shades ever, with a golden undertone which makes it a perfect match for Expensive Pink.

All other eyeshadows are also by MAC. That’s one thing I love about my MAC eyeshadow palette: because I picked all the colors myself, I have everything I need for a nice make up look within reach. From matte highlighters to color that go well with my eye color: it’s all there. I recently purchased a few shadows to update the palette as I didn’t have any matte crease colors nor any  mattes for blending out other shades. I took out a few colors I had ended up not using very often and I put in three matte shades. That update will go online in the future. For a bit of glow I used another MAC product: the Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Fairly Precious. Keep on reading to see what else I’ve used.

eye look close ups

lips and blush

Products used:

Face:

Base: Rimmel Match Perfection in 100 Ivory, Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory, Catrice All Matt Plus in 010 Transparent

Blush: Zoeva Luxe Color blush in He Loves me, Maybe

Highlighter: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious

Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

  • Brow highlight: MAC Vanilla
  • Inner corner: MAC Dazzle Light
  • Eyeshadow: MAC Paradisco
  • Crease: MAC Expensive Pink
  • Waterline: Catrice Made to stay inside eye highlighter

Mascara: LookX Ultra Lash mascara

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

Lips: Topshop Macaroon

What spring colors do you like using in your spring make up?
And can you guess what I think of this Rimmel foundation?

30 day make up challenge #5: Peach

30 day make up challenge #5: Peach

The 30 day make up challenge is still going strong, however I found out I made a mistake. After the green make up look, I should have done a blue one, but instead I chose the next one of the list and went with bronze. So yeah, I skipped one. My bad and I’ll make sure that I will do a blue themed look for the next 30 day make up challenge post. So today I’m featuring a peach colored make up look and I have to say this was a hard one to come up with. I even ended up using some colors I normally never use and it’s a look that just ‘happened’. It is the reason why I wanted to do this challenge in the first place, so I’m guessing it serves its purpose. Here’s the look:

First of all, apologies for the amount of pictures for this look, but many pictures came out nice and I really did like the look I came up with, so I decided to go a bit heavier on the pictures. Also apologies for the slightly squinted look I have in some of these. I’m still pretty tired all the time and you can definitely see it in my eyes. I can at least…

The look I ended up putting together features many eyeshadow which I hardly ever use. Especially the brighter color in the outer V which comes from a limited edition Sleek palette which I bought when I first got into make up and didn’t really know what I was buying. This was also a rare time where I used some blusher in my eye look as well and I even did some contouring, which again is a rarity. It doesn’t show up very well on the pictures but I’m always a bit scared to end up with brown patches on my fair skin, so I tend to go easy on the bronzer. Another first was a slightly heavier brow look.

Close ups of the eye look

Products used:

Face:

Base: L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in no. 100 Porcelain, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in no. 1 Fair, MAC pressed Prep & Prime transparent finishing powder

Blush: MAC Mineralize blush in Fresh Honey

Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Highlight: Famous Bronze Pot shade 1 Miami

Eyes:

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Brow highlight: The Body Shop eyeshadow in no 13

Eyeshadow:

  • Base color: MAC paintpot in Rubenesque
  • All over lid: Bourjois eyeshadow in no 16 Ambre Nude
  • Crease: Bourjois eyeshadow in no 71 Or Raffiné
  • Blend color: MAC Mineralize blush in Fresh Honey (to deepen the crease)
  • Outer V & Crease: Accessorize Merged Eyeshadow shade 6 in Cocoa
  • Outer V & lower lashline: Sleek Peach Melba from the Good Girl I-Divine palette
  • Inner corner: Bourjois eyeshadow no 05 (no name)

Eyeliner: MAC Dipdown fluidline

Mascara: Lookx Ultra Lash Mascara

Brows: Anastasia brow powder in Taupe, MAC Omega eyeshadow, Benefit Instant brown pencil in medium to dark, HEMA eyebrow gel

Lips: MAC lip erase in Dim, Soap & Glory lipstick in Guavarama

What do you think of my look?