Some recent looks

Posted on March 08, 2015 under FOTD

I don’t have enough to say about any of these looks to make them their own separate posts, but I liked them a lot so I thought I’d put them all in one place and share a few things I’ve done with my makeup recently that I thought were pretty!

I’ve included pictures of the looks themselves (duh), as well as some of the products I used to achieve them. In any palettes where there are multiple shades shown, a little pink star will indicate shades that I used.

Rose Gold and Red

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Lately I’ve been going quite heavy on the eye makeup, so I decided to do something a bit more subtle and go for a classic look, with rose golds from the Naked 3 palette and deep red lips. With my curled hair, it ended up being quite red carpet-y – perhaps a bit dressy just to attend class, but when has that ever stopped me?

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Foundation: Revlon ColorStay for Dry Skin in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; L’Oréal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer under the eyes
Blush: Lancôme Le Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourôse
Highlight: Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From Urban Decay Naked 3 palette: Burnout all over the lid, Buzz on the outer corner, Limit in the crease, Dust on the middle over Burnout
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Mascara: Maybelline Illegal Length
Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery over Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 24 Red Diva

Barbie

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I have a gorgeous mini Lancôme palette full of amazing purples that I always forget about, so this look was all about using that palette! I paired it with a lilac lip colour (sadly discontinued) that ended up pulling quite pink on my lips, leaving me feeling a bit like a Barbie. Paired with a baby pink blush with gold shimmer, and the effect was undeniable. That’s okay, though – Barbie is not my usual aesthetic, but I quite liked this look and I will need to use purples on my eyes more often!

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Foundation: Revlon ColorStay for Dry Skin in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; L’Oréal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer under the eyes
Blush: Benefit Dandelion
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From Lancôme Color Design palette in 306 Lavender Grace: “Lid” all over the eyelid, “Liner” in the outer corner and crease, “Highlighter” in the inner corners
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black on the upper lashline; Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Purple on the waterline
Mascara: Maybelline Illegal Length
Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling (discontinued)

Burgundy Eyes

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My Balm Jovi palette is another one that I have neglected lately in favour of my Naked 3 and Stila in the Light, but it has some gorgeous, unexpected shades so I pulled it out. This look was a bit different because I used one colour all over the lid with no outer corner or crease shades, which I never do! I’ll definitely be building more looks from this palette, because it has some colours that are unlike any others I have.

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Foundation: Revlon ColorStay for Dry Skin in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; L’Oréal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer under the eyes
Blush: Benefit Hervana
Highlight: theBalm Mary Lou-manizer
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From theBalm Balm Jovi palette: Alice Copper all over the eyelid and along lower lashline; Iron Maid-In in the inner corners
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black on the upper lashline; Stila Smudge Stick in Damsel on the lower waterline
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant on the top lashes; Maybelline Illegal Length on the bottom lashes
Lipstick: Lise Watier Gourmand Velours lipstick in Cake Pop

And there we have it: a few looks I’ve done recently that I particularly enjoyed! I have just come into a bunch of new (to me) makeup thanks to Aising and I am feeling rather adventurous/experimental these days anyway, so you might want to expect another composite post of things I am doing with my face, as well as reviews of some of the standout products.

Two Taylor Swift-inspired makeup looks (that you’re not expecting)

Posted on February 17, 2015 under FOTD

If I never see another winged eyeliner and red lipstick Taylor Swift makeup tutorial again, it will be too damn soon. It’s not that I don’t like the look, on her and in general; it’s a classic for a reason. But the beauty blogging and vlogging world does not need seventeen thousand identical tutorials! (See also: any and all Kardashian Kontouring tutorials.)

This is especially true when you consider that in her eight-year career, Taylor has worn a variety of interesting, pretty makeup looks that most people ignore. She’s one of those celebrities who, in my book, always looks good, and that includes her makeup. She has been settling on more of a makeup uniform in the past year or so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a little inspiration from some of her most excellent past looks!

For both of these looks, I started by perfecting my base: I filled in my eyebrows with my trusty Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough As Taupe, and on my face I used Revlon ColorStay foundation in 110 Ivory, MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC15, and L’Oréal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer in Rose Beige.

Look One: Bronze smokey eyes and light pink lips

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Taylor wore this look to the People’s Choice Awards in 2013.

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I started by using Stila’s eyeshadow in Sunset, a shimmery copper found in the In the Light palette, all over my eyelid. I brought the shadow up fairly high, since Taylor’s goes nearly to her brows in this picture.

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Next, I used Stila Sandstone, a matte brown found in the same palette, on the outer third of the lid and a bit in the crease. This picture is pre-blended, of course; never fear!

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And here it is blended properly. I ended up adding more of both Sunset and Sandstone after blending the first time, to darken the colours and to really layer them up to get the same effect as Taylor. I also added a bit of Sunset under the first half or so of my lower lashline.

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To finish of the eyes, I lined my upper lashline and waterline with black gel liner and applied several coats of MUFE Smoky Extravagant mascara on the top and bottom lashes. I’m pretty sure Taylor was wearing false lashes as well (or else her lashes are just crazy long!), but I didn’t want to go through the hassle of applying them.

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To complete the look, I added some peachy blush (theBalm FratBoy), a light pink lipstick (Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in #17), and a matte white highlight under my eyes, on the tip of my nose, and in the cupid’s bow. Taylor’s lips had a brown undertone, but this pinker lipstick suits my complexion better, which is why I chose it. I figure it’s all about the nude look, not about using the exact same colour. And there we have it: smokey bronze eyes and light pink lips, à la Taylor Swift at the 2013 PCAs.

This look ended up being a bit more on the copper side (rather than bronze), but I still really like it. Next time I’d use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as a base to stay more faithful to the makeup Taylor wore.

Look two: Blue on the eyes, coral on the lips

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Taylor’s 2014 Country Music Awards look is THE BEST THING SHE HAS EVER DONE TO HER FACE. I love it so much! I took some liberties with it here, making it a bit more dramatic and confining the blue to the lower lashline, but I recreated it more accurately this summer, and even curled my hair to match:

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Anyway, let’s get on to how I interpreted it this time around.

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I used my trusty Stila palette yet again, using Bare, a matte off-white, as a base. I then mixed two matte Sleek shadows, Thunder and Noir, respectively a medium grey and a black, and used that to define an angled corner on the outside of each eye.

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Here it is blended. It’s meant to be quite subtle, since the rest of the look is fairly dramatic.

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Eyeliner! This is probably where I took the most liberties; though I suspect Taylor’s soft, short flick was made with eyeshadow, I made mine a lot thicker and longer and used gel liner. My hooded eyelids tend to swallow winged liner, so I had to make it bigger so it would show up properly. I used the Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush for this, and used their Silicone Liner Brush in my waterline.

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As I mentioned, I only used blue on my lower lashline, although Taylor had some on both the upper and lower. I thought my eyelid was already heavy enough! This blue is Infinitely Indigo by Lancôme, which I applied using the ELF Small Smudge Brush. I also brought some up under the wing.

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I kept the same cheek colour for this look. Taylor also seemed to have more of a glow here, so I used my beloved Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished on the tops of my cheekbones. On the lips, I used Revlon’s Balm Stain in Romantic, a sheer warm red, with Lancôme’s Fever Gloss in 100 Degrees on top. I love this combination on the lips, and I think it complements the blue beautifully. As you can see, I didn’t have it in me to curl my hair this time – sorry!

This is definitely more dramatic than the source look, but I think it’s nice like both this and with my more delicate initial interpretation.

And if you need any more convincing that there is more to Swiftian makeup than matte true-red lips and winged liner, well…

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My travel makeup look

Posted on December 22, 2014 under FOTD

As this post goes live, my airplane from Reykjavik to Toronto will be taking off. (That is, if all is going according to plan. KNOCK WOOD!) I’ll be spending two weeks with my family for the holidays, and I am very excited.

For a longer trip like this, I tend to pack quite a bit of makeup, mostly lip colours. I mean, it’s impossible for me to say on December 22 that on January 4 I’ll want to wear a specific lip colour, so I bring a lot to cover all my bases. However, for the journey itself (nearly 12 hours on airplanes and in airports – how exhausting), I prefer to keep my makeup nice and simple. Here’s my makeup uniform for air travel:

Brow gel

Normally I have a more involved brow routine, but although I enjoy having perfect eyebrows I am just not that concerned with this when I’m on a plane. This is especially true if I have to wake up early for my flight, which is fairly often. Instead of doing the whole angled-brush-and-pomade routine, I just pop on some of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, which magically fills in my brows super well for being nothing but a tinted gel.

One high-coverage concealer and one undereye concealer

In general, my philosophy is “high coverage concealer for blemishes, sheer foundation for the rest of the face”. This is no different for air travel! I have given my MAC Studio Finish concealer a lot of love – it’s creamy, very pigmented, and can cover anything. My undereye concealer is the most effective weapon I have against looking like a sleepy zombie; I love L’Oreal La Touche Magique.

One powder foundation

Although I love my Revlon Nearly Naked liquid foundation, I cannot fathom slathering ANY liquid all over my face only to bake on an airplane. I want the most lightweight foundation possible! Sometimes when travelling by air I’ll just skip foundation completely, but if I’m feeling slightly less lazy I’ll use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply Pür Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, mostly on my cheeks where I get a bit of redness.

One neutral cream eyeshadow

I apply a light, neutral cream eyeshadow all over my eyelid just to brighten up the area. I love intricate eyeshadow looks, but what the hell is the point when I’m just going to be sitting in a metal tube fearing my death? I always reach for a Maybelline Colour Tattoo for this, generally Inked in Pink or Barely Branded.

Bronzer

A good matte bronzer fulfills three tasks. First, it gives a healthy glow that is so needed when unforgiving airport lights suck the life out of your face. Second, it can be used for contouring – and, yes, I am high-maintenance enough that I will often pop a light contour under my cheekbones even when doing minimal makeup. DEAL WITH IT. Third, it’s perfect to put in the crease to complete my very simple, so-easy-I-could-do-it-in-my-sleep eyeshadow look. Of course, I use The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer for this.

Mascara

Um, duh. Aside from undereye concealer, mascara on curled lashes is the most effective method of waking your eyes up. Today I’m using Maybelline Illegal Length, but I don’t have a strong allegiance to any one mascara at the moment.

Here’s how the eyes look, using Barely Branded, the Honey Bronzer, and mascara:

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One hydrating lip colour

I’ve almost gone through my Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, and that is probably almost exclusively through travel use. It’s a light berry colour that’s not quite “my lips but better” but still very subtle, which means constant touchups are not necessary. It’s also super hydrating – which is nice because planes are VERY DRYING ATMOSPHERES. Plus, you can put it on without looking in the mirror, which is a bonus when your makeup bag with your compact is stowed in the compartment above your head and you don’t want to be that asshole who gets their bag down halfway through a flight.

And here is the final look – simple, quick, easy, but effective:

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One Direction shirt optional.