Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vintage Vixen Make-up

How are you all with our gloomy stormy weather? I hope everyone is safe out there and try not to leave the house unless it's absolutely necessary. Safety first! Shopping Later. =P

I love love, E.L.F.'s Studio Line Lip Stain in Fashionista so I decided to also get the other shade, Red Carpet! It's sad that here in the Philippines, only 3 shades are available and the shade Birthday Suit is a very pale pink that's flattering on very pale or very dark skin so for us Filipinas with our fair-medium skin tone, we don't have much choice. I wish they also bring the other shades available here. Enough Ranting! =P

This look is inspired by the lip stain because of it's bright cherry red shade, I thought it would look great for a vintage inspired look!


I tried using affordable make-up so you can easily achieve this look without breaking the bank! 

I already applied my trusty Tinted Moisturizer, Concealer and Brows. I also applied an eyeshadow primer.


I'm using Ellana Mineral eyeshadow for this look.


Inspiration is described as a golden beige frost. It offers a wash of colors on the lids with a a frosty finish that makes the eyes pop.


Brush the eyeshadow all over the lid using a flat shader brush.

Beloved is a mid-tone chocolate brown with a matte finish. Using a round crease brush, lightly define the eye crease.

Blend the crease color and make sure there are no harsh lines.

Using Revlon's Matte shadow in 001 to highlight the brow bone and blend out the eye shadows.


Then use Inspiration to add highlight on the inner tear duct area.

Next is to add winged eye liner. You can use liquid but I prefer a Gel Liner as it offers a bit more control while having the effect and darkness of a liquid eye liner.


I'm using Bobbi Brown's Gel Liner but I highly recommend Maybelline's Gel Liner for a cheaper alternative! I just ran out of that so I'm using Bobbi Brown this time.


Make the eyeliner prominent and extend the eyeliner to make a winged effect.

Now to really create that vintage look is to have long wispy lashes. To achieve that, let's wear False Lashes!

I bought this box of lashes from my trip in Taiwan and it's so inexpensive! A box of 10 lashes only cost, 100NT or ₱150! That's ₱15 per pair! =D These kinds of lashes are best paired with winged eye liners as it the shape extends the eyes creating bigger looking eyes!

If your looking for this particular shape of False Lashes locally, I used to buy from the Face Shop in XLH. I like the Face Shop's better because of the length is just perfect. For the Taiwan Lashes, I have to trim it to fit my eyes.


After trimming, apply a thin strip of eyelash glue and wait for 30 seconds before applying on the lash line.

When the glue is dry, apply eyeliner on the strip of the false lashes to blend out the false lash band.


Because of the heaviness of the false lashes, I wanted to open up my eyes more but I find that using white eyeliner on my water line is too obvious for my skin tone. Fortunately, I have the MAC Chromagraphic Pencil that instead of the stark white shade, it has a flesh or skin tone color.


Using an angled brush, slightly darken the lower lash line with the eyeshadow Beloved or you can use a dark brown eye liner but make sure to smudge it out for a softer look.
Now, contour your face. This part is important for the Vintage Look, after this you can just apply lip color since the vintage look doesn't really have blush but I wanted to add a bit of flush to my cheeks.

I'm using Doll, for a Light Pink Peach blush that is not too bright and obvious. I don't want it to clash with the very bright lip color I'm going to apply.


Now the Lips! The most important part in achieving the Vintage look. Bright Red Lips, preferably with a matte finish with the cupid's bow accentuated.
ELF Studio Lip Stain in Red Carpet























Use the lip stain but don't use the gloss side so that the lip is matte. If it feels too drying for your lips, you can wear lip balm underneath the stain. And make sure to exfoliate the lips so that cracks and peeling lips won't bother you.


Using the MAC Chromagraphic Pencil or a white eyeliner, draw a small "V" on your cupid's bow to define the shape of the lips. It also creates a bit of highlight to draw attention to the lips.

Just dust your face with setting powder for a nice matte finish and that's it! This look is very wearable even if it's a dated look. For a night out or if you just want to look fierce on a normal day, this look is great to try out! =D
Edited photo for a Vintage Feel! =D


HAPPY MID-WEEK!! Friday's just around the corner!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cheap Thrills: Make-up Brush Drying Device?! =D

Brushes are the best investment you can get when building your make-up collection but some brushes are very expensive so caring for them is very important too. After using the brushes you can use a spray on brush cleaner to temporarily clean the brushes but to really clean the brushes you must deep clean the brushes at least once a week if you apply make-up everyday.

There are a lot of brush shampoos that you can buy but just regular baby shampoo would also work. It's also important to remember that you must not wet the ferrule (the metal tube that holds the hair and the handle together) or the glue holding everything together will weaken and the brush will fall apart.

 That is also the reason why the correct drying of make-up brushes is to let the brushes lie horizontally and not standing up or the water from the hairs will seep down to the glue and loosen the glue. The most ideal position of the brush for optimal drying would be upside down but the shape of the brushes will definitely be ruined so I'll just stick to horizontal.

My method of drying is just usually folding a towel and let the brushes lie together but keeping the hairs on the edge so that it can dry without touching the towel and breed bacteria. This method usually dries the brushes in 12 hours or more.

I've been doing that method for quite some time until I found this...


I found it at the Japan Home Center and it's only ₱88! ($2) OK, I honestly don't know what this is officially for since I can't read Japanese but it looks perfect for what I plan to use it for!

Ready, Chadaaan!!


The surface has slots so that air will pass through and dry the brushes much faster! Pretty great huh? It's also great that the holes are not too big so I can also dry travel sized brushes.


It has legs that are foldable so that when done using, just tuck the legs in and store them flat!
 The height of legs is also perfect so that a lot of air can pass through the slots.


The size is also perfect as I can clean all my brushes in one batch and just let them dry at the same time! Before I usually segregate and clean my face brushes first because it takes longer to dry.


The downside in deep cleaning your brushes would be that when wet, the hairs can get shaggy and ruin the shape of the brushes when it dries like that so a way around that is to buy a Brush Guard to hold the shape of the hairs while it is drying.


Before you can only get the Brush Guard from online sellers because it's not available locally and it's also expensive. Thankfully Suesh heard our plea and created one themselves! It's only ₱250 (Approx.$6) for a pack of 10! Also it fits all brush sizes! =D

One more good thing is if you have tons of brushes, you can buy two or more of these things and stack it up as high as you like! =D


Just check out the nearest Japan Home Center in your area to get these! It also comes in different colors too! =D


HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sweet and Flirty Make-up

Heyooo! Now I wanted to take a break from all the reviews I've been doing and I wanted to make a sort of make-up tutorial. Welcome to my first ever make-up tutorial!! Yay!

I wanted to use affordable make-up for this look but some products I used are the ones I already have and I didn't want to buy more make-up because I'm on a shopping ban. (Yes, it's torture!)

I made use of a lot of pink as it looks very feminine and it makes you look young and fresh. And can I say that writing about a make-up tutorial is no walk in the park as you need to take pictures of each and every step! Kuddos to those who have been doing this for years! =D

Now moving on.. Let's make this look! (Warning: Post VERY Picture Heavy)


I already did my Brows with my Nichido Brow Pencil in Dark Brown and set it with the Etude House Color my Brows in #2. Also I applied my trusty Tinted Moisturizer. You can use your favorite foundation for more coverage.

Step 1: Use an eye shadow primer. I used E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadow Primer I got a while back from online sellers.Blend the primer out with your fingers.

Step 2: Choose your colors! I'm using Ellana Mineral eye colors in Halo and Belle. Each cost only ₱130 per pot!
I love how Halo may seem like frosty white but actually it's an iridescent shade of pink! It reminds me of moon stone. It's so pretty!
Using a fluffy E/S brush, Apply it over the lids but not going up to the crease line. Make sure to tap off the excess shadow to prevent fall outs.  This is the type of shadow that no matter how much you add it will still look sheer.


Step 3: Layer in more color! This time I'm using Belle, a bright watermelon pink.


Using a stiff shader brush, pat in this pink shadow 2/3 of the way.


A trick I learned from DGSBeauty that to make the colors pop is to use eye drops! I don't know what difference it made than using regular water but I like how I can just drop it directly on the brush rather than dipping the bristles in a tub of water.
Tap not swipe the brush on your lids and make sure to evenly blend the shadow because I find that wetting the brush makes it a bit hard to get even but it does make it more vibrant.



Step 4: Accentuate the crease. The way we apply eye shadow differs because of the shape of our eyes. Now my eyes are the hooded kind. It's the type that no matter how much e/s I put, once I open my eyes, you won't see it! So I won't bother defining the crease but rather deepen the corners a bit to create the illusion that I do have a crease. 

I wanted to use a matte light brown e/s so I used my UD Naked Palette for this but you can easily find affordable matte brown shadows.

 
Using the shade Naked, dab a bit on the corner of the eyes, and create a small "V" shape. Now bring the color to the crease but stopping about 1/3 of the eye. I don't want to darken my whole crease as I don't want to close up my eyes and that they will look smaller.



Step 5: Darken it a teeny tiny bit. Using the same UD palette, I'm using Buck, a rich brown that you can again easily dupe.

Just dab a bit of the color on the corner "V" shape and gently blend it with the pink shade. 

Step 6: Using a matte light pink e/s for highlighting and blending. Here I'm using the massive Revlon Matte e/s in 002. This e/s pan is so big that I don't see it getting used up anytime soon. I used a matte shadow to highlight the brow and blend and clean out the pinks and browns.



 Now, Blend, Blend, Blend! The best investment in make-up brushes is the MAC 217 Blending Brush in my opinion. It just makes putting on eye make-up a LOT easier and faster! It blends out make-up easier but not erasing the work you've done. Locally, there is no dupe for this but I've heard that Sigma Brushes have a similar and cheaper version but I don't know if it compares since I don't have the Sigma Brush. 


Step 7: Eyeliner. I'm using brown instead of black so the look will stay soft even though I wanted to add a bit of wing to the eyeliner to make my eyes look bigger.

I'm using my ELF Cream liner in Coffee. Don't laugh as it is a bit dried out already that you can see that it shrunk! Somehow I resurrected this with my damp brush fresh from the brush cleaner!

Create a mini cat eye but not too extended as to not make it too obvious.
I also lined my lower lash line 2/3's in using Elianto's Dark Brown stayliner.


Step 8&9: Highlighting. Using a pink shimmer shadow, highlight the remaining 1/3 of the lower lash line and blend it together with the dark brown eyeliner.


Now highlight the inner corners of the eyes to make the eyes pop. I'm using Virgin or a light pink frosted eyeshadow.


Step 10: Mascara!! Curl lashes and swipe on your fave mascara! I'm using the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus! Love this it looks like I'm wearing false lashes.

The finished eye look.


Step 11:Blush and Contour. Use a pink blush to compliment the lip color. I'm wearing Mary Kay Blush in Strawberry Cream.

Step 12: Now the Lips! Personally, I prefer lip stains from lipsticks because I don't need to retouch much often! This Lip stain from ELF Studio line is great because the coverage is just like a lipstick and doesn't come off easy. I just let it dry matte. The shade is Fashionista.


Step 13: Set everything with powder. I'm using the Palgantong Theatrical Powder in Original Beige. I love how this powder is very finely milled and creates a very smooth surface on the skin. It looks like you've airbrushed your make-up.


And that's it! Phew! Now I hope my boyfriend sees this post so he can understand why I take so long in getting ready!And that's just for make-up, add the time I fix my hair + choosing what to wear!! =P
Seriously this post is looong... But hopefully you find this helpful in some way. Thanks for not complaining for having too many pictures of my face! =P

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