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Selita Ebanks inspired Silver Smokey Look

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a look that Selita Ebanks has worn that I haven’t liked. She’s so beautiful that she could wear anything and look good! I have so many looks of hers that I love but I thought that this look would be a good one to try and recreate. It’s a grey smokey eye that has a very elongated cat eye shape to it.

I’ll tell you now that I’m not extremely happy with how the look came out because it’s a little patchy and the shape of the shadow is not one I’ve mastered yet. I don’t have any matte grey shadows except for Print which is almost black so I had to use all metallic shadows.

Here’s what I used:
MAC Blackground Paint Pot on the lid just up to the crease and slightly pulled out into a cat eye shape
MAC Knight Divine eyeshadow (gunmetal grey) all over the lid and along the bottom lash line
MAC Electra eyeshadow (silver) around the tear duct
MAC Print eyeshadow on the outer v and into the crease and then blended out into a cat eye shape.
MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow to blend out the crease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on top lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Zero on the waterline and along the outer third of the bottom lash line.
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara on top and bottom lashes

Nicki Minaj inspired Smokey Teal Look

This is another look I tried as an idea for Alicia from Funny Face Beauty’s Red Carpet Makeup competition. I came across this picture of Nicki Minaj at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and it looked like such a cool look to recreate. I love Nicki Minaj’s individuality and sense of fun even if I can’t really see myself wearing such attention grabbing makeup! Elegant red carpet looks are great but it’s always fun to see what someone like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna or Lady Gaga are wearing because they’re not afraid to try out things that are out of most people’s comfort zones.

The look that she’s wearing is a bright aqua/blue eye that’s smoked out lightly on the outer v. I can’t tell properly because this is the best picture I could find, but I’m fairly certain she’s also wearing glitter along the inner half of her bottom lashline. Of course her look wouldn’t be complete without her trademark bubblegum pink lips!

Here’s my version :

To get the look I used:
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over the eye up to the brow bone
NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk (white) on the lid just up to the crease
A mixture of Sugarpill Afterparty (bright blue) and MAC Cool Heat (shimmery bright teal) patted all over the lid
Inglot matte black shadow (sorry don’t know the name!) on the outer v and into the crease
MAC Plumage eyeshadow (dark matte teal) patted over the area where the bright blue and the black meet
MAC Reflects Turquatic glitter patted on to the lid
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Zero (black) on the waterline and on the outer half of the bottom lashline
MAC Blacktrack fluidline (black) all along the top lash line
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion mascara on top and bottom lashes
Ardell Wispies false lashes cut in half and applied to the outer half of the lid
Modelista Silver glitter liquid liner applied to the inner half of the bottom lashline
MAC 3D silver glitter patted on top of the silver glitter liner

Before I show you a creepy close up of where I applied the glitter please be aware that the MAC 3D glitter I used is not eye safe so use it on your eyes at your own risk!

To finish off the look I tried to get some Nicki Minaj-esque lips by lining and filling in my lips with NYX lip liner in Rose and then topped it with NARS Turkish Delight lip gloss.

Rihanna Inspired Sparkly White Look

As some of you may know, Alicia over at Funny Face Beauty is running a red carpet makeup competition where you choose a celebrity red carpet look and use it as inspiration for your own look. I think it sounds like so much fun and it’s such a great idea for a competition! I’ve been searching for some red carpet inspiration and I found some pictures of Rihanna at the 2010 Grammy’s. Her look was a really shimmery white eye with very long false lashes.

I felt like recreating the look because it’s really pretty plus I wanted to use my MAC Reflects Pearl glitter. It was a really fun look to do but I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to redo it and send it in as my entry or whether I’m going to try out a different look.

The main things I used to get this look was NYX Milk Jumbo eye pencil as a base and then a mixture of Sugarpill Tako eyeshadow and a shimmery white pigment called Merengue by Benefit. I used some NARS Copacabana multiple on the brow bone, topped it with the Merengue pigment and then patted on some Reflects Pearl. The lashes I used here are the Ardell Wispies

Christian Dior Inspired Brightly Coloured Eyes

In my continuing quest to find inspiration from the Spring/Summer makeup trends I came across these pictures from the Christian Dior Spring Ready to Wear show. The looks are super bright and I love the mix of old hollywood glamour with the modern colours.

This look is so easy to do and I was inspired to try out 3 different colours. I used all Sugarpill shadows and they were a hot pink matte shadow called Dollipop, a bright yellow called Buttercupcake and a shimmery green called Midori. All I did was pat the colour on to my lid and then blend out the edges. I also added the cat eye flick with some black liquid liner and used MAC Fascinating eye kohl (white) on my waterline.

My tips for pulling off this type of look are:
1. Use matte shadows- anything with a shimmer (like the green above) can end up looking quite tacky.
2. Keep the colour confined to the lid- this makes the look more wearable
3.Blend!- The blocks of colour on the Christian Dior models is one of the main reasons the makeup looks unwearable but once you blend the edges the look is instantly softened.
4. Keep the rest of the look neutral: I know this look was paired with bright lips for the show but pairing it with a neutral or nude lip makes it more everyday friendly and most important
5. Have fun with it! This is meant to be a fun look so just take it for what is and don’t be so serious 🙂

Pastel Peach Paradisco eyes

It’s such a lovely day in Melbourne today that I thought that a peachy/coral look would be the perfect thing to wear. I decided to use MAC Paradisco eyeshadow, which is a lovely coral colour and which I admit I bought purely based on the name :D. I love the potential of this eye shadow but the intensity you see in the pan is not what you get when you apply this colour and I always find myself having to pack this on like crazy!

Since pastels are making a big come back this season I thought I’d go for a pastel type peach look and layered Paradisco over Soft Ochre paint pot but any light beige or white base will have a similar effect. I combined it with MAC Coppering eyeshadow in the outer v and warmed up the crease using some MAC Rule eyeshadow. I finished it off by highlighting with MAC Solar White eyeshadow around the tear duct and Milani Liquif’Eye pencil in gold on the waterline.

This is such a simple but feminine spring/summer look and it would look lovely with bronzed cheeks, illuminated skin and glossy lips. Hope you like the look!

Collistar Inspired Blue and Purple Eyes

I was looking for inspiration today from the Spring/Summer trends and I came across this picture for Italian makeup brand, Collistar’s spring makeup collection. I instantly fell in love with it and the vibrancy of the colours and the mix of blue and purple which just look so lovely together.

I tried to recreate the look and this is as close as I could get. I tried adding the blue mascara like the model is wearing in the picture but it just wasn’t working for me so I decided to take the blue off and go with the classic black lashes.

I felt so much better once the black mascara was on and I think the look instantly went from being a more editorial look to one that could be worn every day. I would probably still tone this down a bit if I were to wear it out but it was definitely fun to do.

So what do you think? Would you ever wear such a bright look or do you think it’s a bit much for day to day?