Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Face beat for my Sister!!!

Hi everyone, hope y'all enjoyed the nice and overly extended weekend (overly extended because business has been on hold for two I definitely had enough rest for the next few working days, I hope you did too :).
As part of my rest, I did some makeup jobs and my kid sis also 'begged' me to shape her eyebrows (yes I laid emphasis on "beg" cos she doesn't like from shapening her brows I decided to just give her a complete makeover (perks of being the sister to a Makeup 
Although she slept almost throughout the time, the final look was beyond Ah-May-Zing!!!! and as a result I did this tutorial based on demand :D
Let the pictures speak for themselves :) (see pictures and products used after the cut).

Finished look!!!! <3....I'm sure you are thinking "bright pink" on "dark skin"...Yes it can work :D

The initial plan was for me to help her shape her brows...and that's what you can see here :) (went from bushy to clean with nice arcs)

                        After <3<3

                      Side view :)

Closer view of her face featuring the lovely glittered eyes, bright pink lips and nice highlight and contour. 

Step by Step detailed application of the look 

- Using a spoolie/brow brush, I brushed all the hair on her brows upward, then I used a makeup scissors to trim off all the hairs that were outside her natural brow shape. 
- then, I brushed all the hairs downward and repeated the process above
- Her brows were really bushy, so I tried to locate her brow bone and using a new razor (I used tiger razor), I removed all of the hair on the brow me a good arc to start with
- Then I gradually shaped out the remaining part of her brows following her natural brow shape. 
Ps: I kinda reduced the fullness of her brows a little but please note that when you're working on clients, reducing the fullness of their brows should completely be at their discretion.
- I used jordana pencil in "dark brown" to outline the upper and lower part of her brows and I used jordana retractable pencil in "brown suede" to fill in the brows.
- Using a spoolie, I brushed everything into shape.
- I defined her brows with graftobian hd creme foundation in "Pecan" for the under of her brows and "Sienna" for the upper part of her brows using the elf concealer brush (comes with the 11 pcs elf brush set).

- I used "shadow shields" in this application because I was going to be dealing with a lot of glitter which I didn't want to fall all over her face.
- Then i primed her eyes with nyx jumbo pencil in "milk" which also served as the eyeshadow base.

- As shown in the picture above, using my urban decay eyeshadow brush, I applied the bright pink eyeshadow from my bhcosmetics day and night palette all over the lid and to the inner corner.
- then I used the matte black colour in the same palette to create a bold and dramatic outer-V.
- Using a clean flat shadow brush, I applied medusa makeup glitter in "material girl" by dabbing on the glitter little by little all over the lid.
- Using a precision brush, I applied medusa makeup glitter in "star struck" to the inner corners of her eyes. 
(This particular glitter is a voilet iridescence glitter, it kinda reflects the colour of the shadow and adds a nice voilet effect...I honestly don't know how to the glitter is whitish in colour, I will probably just swatch all the medusa makeup glitters I have soon). 
I found the above picture of the star struck glitter online...not soo clear but it will give you an idea pending the time I swatch them. 
I'm actually giving this explanation on the glitter because I applied some of the pink colour to the inner corners of her eyes and when I applied this glitter on top, I expected it to be white/silver and shimmery but alas, it gave a purplish very gorge shimmery look as shown below.
Although I have applied this same glitter on top of a nude eyeshadow before and it just reflected the nude and gave the eyelook a gorgeous soft shimmer. 
Ok enough on this they would soon be available for sale, so watch this space...hehe!!
- In her crease, I used the bdellium tools blending brush "776" to apply a soft brown eyeshadow from my coastal scents 42 stack palette. I also blended out the eyeshadows 
- then I applied a mixture of the beige colour as seen in the bhcosmetics palette picture above and MAC's rice paper to her brow bone.
- I lined her lid with BmPro pen liner 
- I applied maybelline colossal Kajal to her water line and I smudged it with a teal eyeshadow (I really can't remember the palette I got the teal eyeshadow from x_x)
- I used red cherry lashes "523" that I purchased from yanga beauty website as her false lashes applied with duo lash glue.

- I primed her face with MAC matte which is a silicon based primed and I applied this with my fingers.
- Using the elf powder brush (it has a flat top and comes with the 11 pcs brush set), I applied a mixture of Revlon colorstay cappuccino and graftobian hd creme foundation in "Hazelnut" to the centre of her face (the lighter regions) and just the graftobian hd creme foundation in "Hazelnut" to the outer parts of her face (the darker regions). 
- Then I used sigma foundation brush "F40" to apply graftobian hd creme foundation in "Pecan" as highlight under her eyes, chin, bridge of her nose and forehead. (The foundation is 2 shades lighter than her skin tone)
- Then I used a small flat brush to apply a mixture of graftobian hd creme foundation in "Hidden Magic" and "Nightfall" as contour under her cheek bones, sides of her nose, temples, hairline and jawline (the brush came with my coastal scents eyeshadow but is useless as an eyeshadow brush). The contour colour mix is one/two shades darker than her skin tone...this may vary according to skin colour or preference.
- I blended out the highlight and contour with a beauty blender sponge starting from the lighter areas.
- I set the highlight with a mixture of Ben Nye "neutral set" luxury powder and Ben Nye translucent powder in "Sienna" and I set her contour with the Sleek contour kit in "dark".
- I let the highlight and contour sit for about 3 mins then I blended it out with my elf complexion brush.
- I used my elf blush brush to apply the first pink colour from the Sleek by 3 blush palette in "Pink Sprint" just on the cheek bone sweeping it upward to her hairline.
- I used the same blush brush to add MAC's mineral skinfinish in dark under her eyes for additional highlight and I used bdellium tools brush 785 to apply the same to the bridge of her nose also for extra highlight. Then, I also used the elf's eyeshadow 'C' brush to add additional contour to the sides of her nose and the elf blush brush to add additional contour to under her cheek bone.
PS: you can tell from my method of makeup application that I improvise a lot, using creme foundations as concealers, different brushes for various functions etc, it's just to tell you that there are no specific rules in makeup (which is contrary to what most MUAs preach), makeup is art, so express yourself in whatever way you can :)

- I lined her lips with House of Tara (HOT) lip liner "Takuere" and applied HOT's lipstick in Katangora. 
- I cleaned up the excess lipstick with foundation to create nice defined pink lips.

That's all everyone, if you would love to recreate this look, you don't have to look for the exact products I used, just find alternatives that are available to you and Improvise! Improvise!! Improvise!!!.....
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope you found this post interesting. Most of the products used would soon be available for sale, so watch this space :). 
Have a lovely week and stay blessed.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Orange Crush!!! + Brow tutorial

 Hello everyone, happy new month, may this month bring you everything you desire in your heart...Amen!!! 
I've been dreaming of this orange look for soo long but I have been battling with laziness and I've even given the look different names..."courage orange"..."orange is the new black"...etc...lmao but I finally settled with Orange crush for reasons unknown to 
Also with this post, I have decided to share a brow "blogorial"...yes I formed the English...lmao...since there's pictorial (use of pictures)...I'm using my blog to explain sooo BLOGORIAL....hehehe!!!
Pictures and blogorial after the cut.

        Orange Crush!!! <3 <3 <3

To get very nicely defined brows, I used my makeup scissors to first trim excesses, then I used a razor blade to create a proper shape that would be easy for me to follow and also suits my natural brow shape.

Then I outlined my brows with a dark brown pencil (this one is jordana pencil in "06 dark brown"). Notice that I extended the line a bit at the beginning.
I filled in the inner parts with a reddish brown pencil (this one is jordana easy liner retractable pencil in "brown suede"). I actually learnt this method from the CEO of BMPro, Mrs Banke Meshida Lawal and I have adopted the method because I realised that it gives a soft/warm brow look as opposed to the usual thick dark brown brow look.
Notice that I did not fill the extended part.
I used my spoolie/spooly/brow-brush to brush and blend out the brows starting from the extended part (the importance of the extended part is that it kind of gives a fading effect to the begining of the brows and makes it look more natural)
You will need a concealer brush (mine is from elf) and any concealer that is 1 or 2 shades lighter than your skin tone (this one is MAC select cover up in NW 45....I'm not a huge fan of MAC but I'm stuck with this till I get my LA pro concealers :(...)
Using the concealer, I cleaned up and defined the top and under part of my brows giving me this nice shape. Please note that I was blending out the concealer even while defining (blending is key in everything).
If you're still not satisfied with the blending, you can use your fingers to blend it out a little more like I did here
If you don't have a brow gel (like me x_x) can use tweezers to pick out any stray hair around the brows so that you brows would be properly defined.
Voila!!!!! Finished brows...gorge look. Now let's go over to the look of the day.
It sooo nice to see orange look so flattering on dark skin...who says orange does not suit any skin tone...I'm in crush <3 btw I have like three huge scarfs on...head hurts like cray...but the look has to be complete x_x
I used my Margaret Ekpo palette again as shown above and the makeup was applied with the same procedure as seen in my previous post titled "doll face...pinky!!" 
I look soooo nose contour is screaming :D :D...No I wasn't going's my camera I hung on my
       Tongue out :p...Blending is Key!!!!
                    Who's there :|
          Smiles and Dimple (Side view)
Look into my eyes and tell me wat you see...."I see some orange on my lower lid ;) ;)"
To achieve my orange lips, I lined with a brown pencil (close to my skin tone), then I applied milani cosmetics lipstick in "sweet nectar" and applied sleek makeup pout paint in "lava" on top of the lipstick :*
So you don't like me....but I love and my wierd faces...ok lemme leave you with this one. I love you all and have a beautiful week xxxxx