Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Makeup - Living Dead Girl Zombie Look

Halloween is my favorite time of year. You can go all out on crazy makeup!
Here's a look I recently did, I was inspired by Petrilude on YouTube. He's always been my favorite YouTuber because he is so creative & amazing! (I posted his picture below for reference).
I used liquid latex & tissues to build the wound area. I did one layer on the outer perimeter, then built it up closer to my eye area so that I could get the effect of the skin being pulled off or ripped open. The smaller wounds are just liquid latex.
After all of the tissue/latex dried, I used a heavy concealer & foundation all over. I took a sponge that I got with Halloween makeup to stipple, some green, yellow & black on my skin. I then put the foundation on top & blended it out a bit. I wanted it to look like something was going on under my skin. I used a powder much lighter than my skin tone to blend everything together.  You want to make sure that the latex & tissue area blends really well with your skin. Next I peeled the latex area back, you can form it to however your little heart desires!
I started contouring the parts of my face where I wanted it to look sunken in. Mainly around my eyes, nose, cheekbones & lips. I used Wet n Wild Color Icon I Heart Matte Eyeshadow Palette to contour, I mixed the dark brown burgundy color with purple & green and added depth with black. I also applied the white to my face to help make me look extra pale!
 I painted (with Mehron Bruise Wheel) the inside (where the latex is lifted) to black so that it would have depth & look like a deep wound. Then, around the inside a with dark burgundy color. I applied Mehron Coagulated Blood Gel & fake blood. I also took tweezers & pulled the smaller areas of latex apart and applied fake blood.
You can watch Petrilude's video here, it's easier to see it than have someone explain it!
(Picture Courtesy of Google Images)
I hope you enjoyed this look!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Look - Glasgow/Chelsea Smile (WARNING:GRAPHIC!)

So I am venturing out into SFX makeup & I have been doing a lot of playing around! I have done a few looks that I will be sharing over the next few days.
The first look I will be sharing with you has a few different names, it is most commonly referred to as the Glasgow Smile, Chelsea Smile or Joker Smile.
Definition from Wikipedia:
A Glasgow smile (also known as a Glasgow, Chelsea, or Cheshire grin) is a wound caused by making small cuts on the corners of a victim's mouth, then beating or stabbing him/her until the muscles in the face contract, causing the cuts to extend up the cheeks to the victim's ears. This leaves a scar in the shape of a smile, hence the name.
 My brother bought me Ben Nye Nose/Scar Wax a few years ago for Christmas because I was planning on getting into FX makeup, however, I got side tracked & never got to play around. So fast forward to a few weeks ago, I started debating what I should do for Halloween. I started researching when a picture of the Chelsea Smile popped up. I was instantly in love with the detail & I knew I had to give it a try.
 I started with scar wax & molded it to about 3" long. I didn't know I should use Spirit Gum, so I didn't have that available (which would have made this much easier!). But I applied that to the side of my mouth, I worked one side at a time. I used a metal spatula to help mold the scar wax as close to my skin & make it blend. The wax is very sticky so I kept my hands coated with Vaseline to keep it from sticking to them. I applied 2-3 coats of liquid latex, allowing each coat to dry in between.
You want to be VERY careful with the next step, I took a pair of small scissors & starting making small snips at the wax/latex. I wanted it to looked jagged & ripped, not be a clean cut line. I also took a little latex on my fingers & bunched it together to look like the skin was torn.
I used Mehron Master Bruise Wheel for the color. I used a deep burgundy color all over the wound & black under the flaps. This will create depth and dimension. I used a small paintbrush from a craft store for the application. I applied Mehron Coagulated Blood on a small brush all over the open area, this is almost like a gel & gives the illusion of a cut before it has scabbed over. Then, I applied fake blood that I got at a Halloween store. I used a sponge & stippling motion to make it appear more real. *Make sure that wherever you apply the latex does not have any hair, it will rip it out & it hurts!
I hope you like this look!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MAC Hue Lipstick Review & Swatches

Happy October!
Can you believe I haven't posted since July? My sincerest apologies, my life has been upside down the last few months. I feel that I should explain about what exactly is going on. My parent's just got divorced after 37 years of marriage. As you can imagine, this was quite hard for me to handle & I have been trying to deal with it as best as possible. On top of that, my husband & I decided that we were going to move in with my father to help him adjust & so that we can save some money to purchase a house in the near future. More or less, I moved in to help my Dad through this difficult time & maybe help myself cope a little bit as well. So again, I apologize for being gone so long but I am finally feeling like myself again & ready to get back to blogging!
I'm going to do a review on my favorite MAC lipstick, Hue. I absolutely love this color & it has become my go to lipstick. I used to always use Myth but I would have to layer a pink toned gloss over top because Myth is super nude, alone it can really wash my skin out.
I started searching for a pink toned lipstick that I could use in place of Myth, just to try something different. After doing a ton of research, I stumbled upon Hue. MAC describes Hue as a soft pale pink & it is a Glaze. My personal opinion about MAC Glazes is that they are sheerer than most other MAC finishes & are almost like a gloss. They are not drying at all & I tend to use them more often than most other MAC finishes.
I like to use NYX's Slim Lip Liner in Rose (my favorite!) all over my lips & apply Hue on top. The liner is a lighter matte pink & Hue adds a bit of shine.
Here is Hue in comparison to a few other MAC lipsticks.
Hue (Glaze), Myth (Satin), Please Me (Matte) & Snob (Satin)
Here is Hue on my lips. Again, I usually use a matte lip liner first, I feel like Hue is almost too light & glossy for me to wear alone. But it does look alright alone, I would use it if I was in a hurry & needed some color on lips.
All in all, I love MAC Hue, I find myself using this very often.
I hope you have enjoyed this review!
All the best,

Monday, July 1, 2013

MAC Bronze, Tempting & Contrast Pin Up Look

Hello Followers!
I am sorry that I have been MIA lately, I've been very busy doing wedding makeup & working.
This is from a few weeks ago, I was doing makeup for a photo shoot & playing photographer assistant for the day. I'll post a few pictures of the model when I get the pictures back.
I used UDPP as a primer, I applied MAC All That Glitters to my eyelid. I used MAC Tempting on my crease & MAC Bronze on the outer corner. 
For me, a pin up look is based on the eyeliner. I like to do a very precise cat eye with liquid liner, usually black or dark brown. It took me years to figure out how to work with liquid eyeliner, I started by using gel liner & a very small angled brush & then worked my way towards using liquid liner.
A better view of the eyeliner. This is Maybelline Lash Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black. Hands down, my favorite eyeliner, I just wish it was waterproof! I do not use tape ( I get this question all the time). I draw a straight, thin line across my eyelid, then wing it out on the corner. I connect the two lines and fill in the rest.
I used MAC Contrast under my lower lash line. I always us MAC Fluidline first, in either Blacktrack or Dipdown then set it with an eyeshadow color. If it's a warm color, I use Dipdown (brown) if it's a cool color, I use Blacktrack (black). 
Here's how I wore my hair. This was REALLY easy, my hair was already wavy from the previous day. I took my bangs & twisted them to get a bump or poof, then I bobby pinned that section. Next, I took a teasing brush & combed my sides as slick as possible. My hair is very thick so I used a clip to help keep the pony tail high. I also teased it to get some volume. Next, I sprayed it with a very strong hold hair spray and tied the bandanna in.  I got so many compliments & it took me less than 10 minutes!
Thanks for reading & have a great night! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Glamour Doll Eyes Vigilante & Recruit

I hope you are having a great Wednesday! 
I decided to play with a few of my Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE) shadows. I have so many eye shadows by them & I rarely play with them because I find loose powder/pigments harder to work with. I am not gifted with loose shadows!  
Here's a look that I created:

  Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion

MAC Studio Fix Finish Plus in NC40
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20
MAC Gingerly
ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium
MAC Cork 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
GDE Recruit (eyelid)
GDE Vigilante (outer corner & crease)
MAC Shroom (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (upper/lower lashline)
NYX Slim Pencil in Pearl White (lower waterline)
Maybelline Turbl Lash in Blackest Black (waterproof)
NYX Slim Lip Liner in Rose
MAC Hue Lipstick
(I got this as part of the Super Shadows Collection)
GDE Says:

Vigilante is a darkened blue with black undertones and a silver sparkle throughout. You know that chill you get down your spine when you're doing something you shouldn't be in the dead of night? Chances are that's Batman breathing down your neck. Bruce Wayne may not have superhuman powers, but he most certainly holds the title for most-feared crime fighter.

Full Jar (No Sifter): 2-2.5 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Full Jar (With Sifter): 1.5-2 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide.
Approved For: eyes, face & nails. 

Full Size is $6.
Sample Jar is $2.50.
Sample Bag is $1.25.
(I got this as part of the Super Shadows Collection too!)
GDE Says:
Recruit is a rich teal with silver sparkles throughout. If anyone has been around the block, it's James Howlett (or as he calls himself these days, Logan). From wars to Weapon-X, Wolverine has seen it all. I'd stay on his good side if I were you; he's got a wicked temper. Oh, and did I mention he's slightly indestructible? 
Full Jar (No Sifter): 2-2.5 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Full Jar (With Sifter): 1.5-2 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5, Blue #1, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Aluminum Powder, Silicon Dioxide.
Approved For: eyes, face & nails. 
 Full Size is $6.
Sample Jar is $2.50.
Sample Bag is $1.25.
All in all, I really love both of these colors. I wish I would have had a little more time for blending but I was already running late. One thing I have learned with loose shadows in to pat them on as opposed to rubbing them in. The Pixie Epoxy is also a must have for shimmery/sparkly shadows. It is a tacky base that makes the colors pop! You can read a little bit more about the Pixie Epoxy here.
Thanks for reading!