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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Minimalist Yet Dramatic Makeup Inspired by the hit television series: The Vampire Diaries


Before I start writing the steps, on how I came up with this makeup look, I'd like to say that I do not have the intention of trying to look like the gorgeous Nina Dobrev or any of the characters in the hit television series. The makeup I've done here is my own take of the makeup style done to the beautiful actress Nina Dobrev in TVD. 

I've been watching TVD for 5 years now. Aside from the plot of the story, one thing that keeps me glued to The Vampire Diaries is the makeup style. I even pause the video, whenever Nina Dobrev gets a close up shot. I have watched a number of TVD makeup inspired tutorials on YouTube.com. Now I decided to give it shot.

When I did the makeup style of Elena Gilbert, I focused on her character as a person. To all TVD lovers like me, We can all agree that, she is kind, mindful of others than herself. She is a sincere person. She loves both Caroline and Bonnie equally. She values the people around her.
Despite her character flaws, she is beautiful...

Here are the steps on how I arrived with my makeup style:
Elena Gilbert has flawless skin, and expressive eyes. Those were the features I focused on.
To obtain her flawless skin, I applied an Ivory shade liquid foundation and then followed it up with a sheer loose powder.
For the eyes, I applied a Vanilla Gold e/s on my entire eyelid with the use of the eye shader brush. After that, I applied a Tan blush as e/s between the natural fold of my eyes and brow bone with an e/s brush. And then for the dramatic effect, I applied deep brown e/s directly on my eye fold with the angled brush. I lined the bottom lids of my eyes with my pointy liner brush dipped in deep brown e/s. To finish it up, I applied 2 coats of volumizing/lengthening mascara and curled my lashes. I opted not to put on falsies because, Nina's eye lashes are all natural.

Elena Gilbert doesn't seem to have a blush on her cheeks. That's why I also applied the Tan blush onto the apples of my cheeks. To complete the look, I've done a simple makeup trick.
With the use of my lip brush, I swiped sheer powder on my lips and then I topped it with a wild orchid colored lippy.

Unlike Elena, my hair is short. I only focused on the makeup, that's why I didn't do anything with my hair. I hope you enjoy my latest blog entry. Toodles :-)
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Makeup Brushes Tools of The Trade Part 3


Every beauty enthusiast and beauty stylist knows that, to be able to come up with various attractive looks, 
Proper makeup brushes or tools are ought to be available. I have discussed in 2 of my previews posts about the types of brushes and it's uses. I'ts  about the 5 piece brush  and 7 piece brush set. In connection with that, I find it beneficial for everyone who view my blog, to read additional information about this subject matter.

Now for those who are bold and brave in experimenting on different looks, a brush set with a larger number of pieces is an advantage. Let us talk about the 12 piece brush set.


The additional brushes in a 12 piece set are as follows:

The Fan Brush: it is used to clean up makeup particles specially under the eyes. It can also be  used to contour the hollows of the cheeks.

The Angled Blush Brush: It is good for creating an a illusion of a chiseled face or emphasizing the cheekbones. It is good to use in creating an excellent heart or oval shape from a round or square shaped face.

The Spoolie/Mascara wand : Just how it is called is already self explanatory. It is used to apply mascara and it can be used to comb the eye lashes after applying mascara on.

The eye shader brush : It is used when you apply the base color of  the eye makeup. It is also used in highlighting the under eye area.

The eyeliner brush: It is used to apply a liquid, gel, powder eye liner.







Thursday, February 20, 2014

Makeup Palettes a Must Have for Beauty Enthusiasts and Makeup Experts

Makeup palettes are a must have, for beauty enthusiasts and makeup experts. Aside from the attractive packaging, the array of colors are exciting to try. For practical reasons, there are various types to choose from which is very beneficial and fun for makeup aficionados.

There are complete makeup kit with eyeshadow and blush on in one and eyeshadow professional kit, which is a combination of Matte finish and Satin finish of earth tones, metallic and plum shades.

The makeup palettes are available at the mall, beauty supply store, local specialty store and online beauty stores. There are makeup palettes for every woman who loves to have fun, learn and enhance their makeup skills. The samples below are MAC complete professional makeup kit, which I purchased from a friend and then the Fashion 21 color set which was a Christmas gift from a family friend...



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The 2 Types of Makeup Brushes


In the last 2 blog posts, I have discussed about the different makeup brushes and it's uses.
In connection to my previews topic, I'd like to share about the 2 types of makeup brushes and how it can be effectively used. Makeup beginners may sometimes wonder why, there are 2 types of makeup brushes. No need to get confused anymore because I am going to provide the details here.

The 2 Types of Makeup Brushes:

1. The animal haired makeup brushes: These type of makeup brushes are best used for cake and powder,and mineral based makeup. 

2. The synthetic makeup brushes: These type of makeup brushes are best used for liquid,cream, mousse and gel based makeup.

The 2 types of makeup brushes are not hard to find. It can be purchased in all leading makeup stores and local beauty stores. There are array of brands to choose, from high end, high street and affordable brands.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Makeup Brushes The Tools of the Trade part 2

Whether you are a makeup enthusiast, a novice makeup artist or an experienced makeup artist, having the proper tools in creating a fantastic makeup look is the most important.
This is my second installment on my Makeup Brushes The Tools of the Trade blog post. 
I am certain that  the information you're gonna get from here is going to be helpful to you.

This time I am going to discuss about the 7 piece brush set:

1. The eye shader and blending brush - This brush is used to apply eyeshadow color and for blending each color to make it look natural and beautiful on your eye.
2. The pointed tip brush. This brush is very practical because it can be used both as an eyeliner and lip brush. ( Please do clean the brush with a wet wipe when you're going to use it both ways.)
3. The eyebrow brush with comb - The name itself explains it all. It is used to tame the brows and keep it's shape.
4. The sponge applicator - This is an eyeshadow applicator which is angled on both sides and it has a pointed tip. The sponge applicator is very versatile because it can be used on both powder,cream and mousse eye shadows. It can be used as an eyeliner applicator as well due to it's pointed tip.
5. The Blush and Powder Brush - This brush can be used on both cake blush and loose powder blush, face powder and loose powder.
6. The eyeshadow contour brush - This is used to apply the darkest E/S color on the eyes to create depth and make the eyes look more expressive.
7. The Angled Brush - This is used to apply eye liner or eyebrow cake powder.

When you have these makeup brushes, learning makeup application would be fun and easy. You can experiment on different makeup styles.
Makeup Brushes are the Tools of the Trade in creating fantastic makeup looks, are available in local stores and in all beauty stores. It is sold individually and in sets. Anybody can find an array of makeup brushes even online.
The 7 piece brush set is available in all leading cosmetic stores and online....
Makeup Brushes the tools of the trade are a pretty good investment for every woman who has the desire to learn and grow their skill in makeup application...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

J.Lo American Idol Season 13 Inspired Makeup Style

J.Lo's back in American Idol season 13!! the number 1 attention getter in that talent search show is the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez. She always reinvents herself since the day she started, as one of the judges in AI. I think all the viewers of American Idol are glued to their television screen just to gaze and admire her beauty.
J.Lo at 44 hasn't showed any evidence that she has aged! indeed this woman is very beautiful.
I'm very certain that you love to get her makeup look in American Idol Season 13. Therefore I've done an easy to follow steps on how you can recreate J.Lo's look in AI season 13. However this is my personal interpretation of Jennifer Lopez's look in AI season 13. We  don't look exactly alike, I didn't try hard to look like her. The purpose of this tutorial, is to achieve a comparative look of J.Lo in American Idol Season 13.

We all now J.Lo's makeup is always flawless and it has a healthy glow. Here are the steps to achieve that:
1. Conceal under eye circles and other facial unwanted spots with a cream concealer then blend well.
2. Apply liquid foundation with a shade that is almost like your natural skin tone.
3. With a use of a powder brush apply an orange toned powder on your face to create a tannish skin finish but not too much.

To achieve J.Lo's expressive eyes:
1. Apply a silver gray E/S on the lash line up to the crease.
2. With a swiping motion, apply a charcoal gray E/S on the crease starting from the outer corner to the inner corner .
3.Highlight the brow bone with platinum white E/S.
4. With an angled brush or pointed tip brush, slightly dampen your brush with water and dip it in jet black powder E/S or cake eyeliner. line your upper and lower lash line near the lashes.
5.Groom your eyebrows then apply a natural brown shade of brow powder or brow pencil.
6.Curl your lashes then apply a volumizing and lengthening mascara in any color you prefer. If you wish to add false eyelashes, do so.

To have a natural sun kissed glow like J.Lo
Apply a rosy pink on to the apples of your cheeks then follow it up with a glitter powder on your cheek bones.

To finish the look: Apply a natural pink lipstick. You can try this technique as well. Apply concealer on your lips and then apply a bright red shade of lipstick then top it with a clear gloss.

My personal take on J.Lo's American Idol Season 13 inspired Makeup Style:

 The image below are the tools I used to recreate the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez's look:


 Jennifer Lopez's different makeup  looks gives American Idol viewers to get more excited in watching the show. I hope those who gets to read this post will enjoy it too and learn from this tutorial.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Makeup Brushes the Tools of the Trade

Makeup artistry is a pretty interesting craft to learn. Bringing out the God given beauty of a woman, to make her feel special is quite an achievement. Getting paid for doing makeup is a huge bonus to me. Makeup is a tool to boost one's confidence and it is a way of helping a woman learn to appreciate herself. 

The question is how can we effectively apply makeup on our faces? That is a very valid question: 
Therefore what you're going to read on this post is about Makeup brushes the tools of the trade in
achieving a fantabulous makeup look.

There are 5 Basic makeup brushes which you can begin with until you achieved the excellence in your craft. Do take note that even though you have grown your skill in makeup artistry, it is still important to go back to the basics.

1. The eye shader and blending brush - This brush is used to apply eyeshadow color and for blending each color to make it look natural and beautiful on your eye.
2. The pointed tip brush. This brush is very practical because it can be used both as an eyeliner and lip brush. ( Please do clean the brush with a wet wipe when you're going to use it both ways.)
3. The eyebrow brush with comb - This name itself explains it all. It is used to tame the brows and keep it's shape.
4. The sponge applicator - This is an eyeshadow applicator which is angled on both sides and it has a pointed tip. The sponge applicator is very versatile because it can be use on both powder,cream and mousse eye shadows. It can be used as an eyeliner applicator as well due to it's pointed tip.
5. The Blush and Powder Brush - This brush can be used on both cake blush and loose powder blush, face powder and loose powder.

Makeup Brushes the Tools of the Trade in creating  a fantabulous makeup look are available in local stores and in all beauty stores. It is sold individually and in sets. Anybody can find an array of makeup brushes.  

The image below is a sample of a 5 piece set brush:





Makeup Brushes The Tools of the Trade part 2 is about the 7 piece brush set and the 2 types of makeup brushes. Watch out for it....