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~Blush FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I love when I decide to photograph a look and then, by some good fortune, it ends up working perfectly for one of these Antipodean Beauties challenges! This look is one I tried a few days ago and the inspiration is makeup that I saw a makeup artist from Mecca wearing a few months ago. I noticed how amazing the vibrant orange shade was that she had on her lids and when I asked her about it, she said that she was wearing NARS Taj Mahal blush.

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I love Taj Mahal as a blush and and it’s one of my ‘brown girl staples’ but I always forget that it can be super pretty on the eyes. The last time I used it as an eyeshadow was back in 2011 when I was travelling in Sri Lanka and had very minimal makeup with me so I had to improvise with what I did bring. I used it in the eye look below and, if you’re interested in what I used, you can check out the original post by clicking here.

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I decided to try out a ‘blush only’ eye look and used NARS Blushes in Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d’Or. Now I should add a disclaimer here that, while I use blushes as eye shadows, many blushes are not considered ‘eye safe’. This is because they may contain red pigments and dyes which aren’t made for use around the sensitive eye area. I tend to keep pink and red toned blushes on the lid only and keep them away from the waterline and haven’t had any issues. If you have very sensitive eyes though, you might want to take more care.

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clockwise from top left: Chanel Brume d’Or, NARS Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross.

To get the look below I used:

  • NARS Taj Mahal on the lid
  • NARS Gina on the inner lid
  • Chanel Brume d’Or to blend out the crease
  • NARS Albatross as an inner corner highlight
  • Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid liner in black on the top lashline
  • YSL Faux Cils Mascara on the lashes

 

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I applied a combination of NARS Taj Mahal and Gina to the cheeks as well to tie the look together.

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I finished up the look by applying Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel to my lips. I wish I’d gone with something more orange or peach toned and actually ended up changing out the lips later for Lanolips Ointment with Colour in Rhubarb.

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What blush would you use as eyeshadow?

~Pop of Colour FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired when I was trying to think up ideas for this weeks challenge so no full face looks this week. Instead I decided to show 3 ways I usually incorporate a ‘pop of colour’ in to my eye makeup. I used the shimmering chartreuse shade from the NARS Rated R palette. I love this palette but I neglect it because it’s not so easy to wear on a daily basis.

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Look 1: Use your bright shade as an accent on the inner corner on an otherwise neutral eye.

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Look 2: Use your bright shade on the centre of the lid and the centre of the bottom lash line.

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Look 3: Use your bright shade to line the bottom lash line. This is the way I usually use a pop of colour in my look.

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What’s your favourite way to wear a pop of colour in your makeup?

~Luxe FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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This week’s challenge is ‘Luxe’ so I decided to use some of my favourite luxury brand products in a look. For my base I used:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation,
  • Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen (concealer)
  • Burberry Beauty Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation

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For the eyes I used:

  • Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire as a base
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Iridescent Leather
  • Hourglass Calligraphy liquid liner in Cognac
  • Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension Mascara

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I wanted to stick with a bronzey highlighted look so I used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume D’Or on my cheeks. This is a gorgeous shade that gives a lovely sunkissed look to the cheeks.

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I finished up the look with bright red lips because nothing says luxe more than a luscious red lipstick. For today’s look I decided to go with Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica. This lipstick is part of the range inspired by Monica Belucci and it’s a lovely creamy, rich and pigmented red shade.

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What’s your favourite luxe product?

 

~Over the Top FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It’s time for another Runway inspired Antipodean Beauties challenge. This weeks theme is ‘over the top’ and I thought the Dior 2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture makeup was appropriate. Rainbow eyes and a vampy lip seem pretty over the top to me!

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I think that the model’s brows was covered and then drawn higher for the original look but I decided not to for my look. Covering the brows would allow for more space to fill in and, if I ever recreate this again, I think I would go to the trouble of covering my brows.

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The look calls for many bright shades so I decided to use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and Sugarpill shadows. The shades I used are swatched above and from left to right they are NYX Jumbo pencils in Hot Pink, Yellow, Rocky Mountain Green and Electric Blue. The Sugarpill shadows are Dollipop, Buttercupcake, Acidberry, Midori, Mochi and Afterparty. The product swatched on the end is the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Purple.

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I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base and patted the Sugarpill shadows on top. I also applied Sugarpill Tako (white) to the inner corner and underneath the blue on the outer corner to anchor the brighter colours. I finished up by lining my eyes to add some definition.

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For the lips I used NYX Cocoa lip liner topped with Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb.

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~Blue FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I love blue makeup so this week’s challenge was right up my alley. I have a folder of inspiration images from the runway and I like to recreate them when I can. The images in this post are all from the Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012 show and are courtesy of the Dior Facebook page.

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For my version I used a silvery green instead of the starker silver used in the original look.

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Products used are (from left to right): Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant, MAC Paint Pot in Pure Creation, the dark blue shade from the Sleek Storm palette and the lightest shade in the same palette, NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue and Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara in Electric Blue.

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I mixed the Chanel and MAC cream shadows and then applied it to the eye in the shape that I wanted. I had to clean it up using a cotton bud with makeup remover on it to get the shape right. I then blended out the outer edge with the dark blue shade from the Sleek Palette and darkened it further with some black. I applied the light shadow as a highlight to the inner corner and then lined my eyes. I finished up by applying some white mascara to my lashes and then applied the blue mascara over it.

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I did some light contouring using the dark brown shadow from the Sleek Storm palette. I used Guerlain Blush and Sun along the cheek bone. I also applied some blue hair chalk to my highlights (and managed to get it on my forehead…) to try and tie the look together.

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The lips in the look are stunning and something that I would wear on its own.

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In my attempt to recreate the look I started by lining my lips and filling them in with NYX lip liner in Hot Red. I then applied Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Retro Red all over my lips. I patted Sugarpill Buttercupcake (bright yellow) to the top part of my lip just near the bow. I then used Sugarpill Dollipop (bright pink) on the bottom lip just in the centre.

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~Autumn FOTD (Rodarte Fall 2014 RTW inspired)~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I’m trying to catch up on as many challenges as I can and I thought that this Rodarte Fall 2014 inspired look was perfect for the Autumn challenge. I love Rodarte runway makeup because they tend to have an ethereal yet dark feel to them. I loved the glitter aspect to the lips in this particular look so I thought it’d be perfect to try and recreate. All the runway photos below are courtesy of Style.com.

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The original look is by James Kaliardos who used NARS products from the new collection. The eyes were created using the Dolomites Duo which is made up of a reddish brown shade and a lavender shade. I substituted these by mixing MAC Sketch and Brown Script eyeshadow’s for the reddish brown shade and NARS Lhasa mixed with a glittery Clinique lavender shade I own for the other shade.

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As my skin is brown, the brown shadows don’t stand out the way they do on the lighter skin tones above. I basically mixed Sketch and Brown Script together and blended it up to my brow and then used MAC Carbon in the outer corner to add a bit of depth. I then used a fluffy brush to blend some of the lavender on to the centre of my lid and to the inner corner. Here’s a great video if you want to try and recreate the look yourself at home.

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I don’t own the lip shades used so I tried to recreate the lighter lip of the two featured at the top of the post by filling in my lips with NYX lip liner in Prune. This is quite a slightly subdued purple that’s showing up more vivid in my pictures because of the flash. I would stop here for a ‘wearable’ option or swap the lip out for a neutral shade.

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The glitter is what originally drew me in though so I tried to find something that would work and the closest I could come up with was MAC 3D Copper glitter. I patted this on to my lips after mixing it with some NARS clear lip gloss. Trying to recreate this look made me realise that I am severely lacking in glitter, a situation I’ll be changing very soon!

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The lip wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned but it’s always fun to play with glitter! If you do plan on recreating this look, stay away from holographic glitter and get something that’s in a similar shade to the lipstick or liner you’re using underneath it.