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Amber Rose inspired FOTD

I decided to go through my inspiration images folder tonight and try and recreate a look. I came across this image of Amber Rose from a Vibe magazine shoot and thought I’d give it a go as it works with the whole red lip thing I’m doing this month. 

The colours in her look are really bright and I swear my look was brighter in person but I could not for the life of me get it to photograph properly! That being said, my look wasn’t as bright as the original even in person and probably came out a bit smokier than I meant it to.

To get the look I used mainly 2 colours, Sugarpill Afterparty and Sugarpill Poison Plum. I’ve reviewed them both before so click here to check out the review and swatches. Now, if you’re a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know that Afterparty is probably my favourite blue eyeshadow of all time so I always jump at the chance to use it in a look.

I used Afterparty on the mobile lid, Poison Plum in the outer v and crease, MAC Prussian eyeshadow to darken the crease and MAC Nylon eyeshadow in the inner corner. I finished up with Shiseido’s The Makeup liquid eyeliner and Rimmel Wow lash mascara.

The lip colour I’m wearing is the shade that’s part of my Day 3 Red Lip FOTD for Kiss Goodbye to MS (click here).  It’s NYX Plush Red lipliner topped with Korres Lip Butter in Mango.

Bright/dark eye makeup can be a bit much when paired with a bright lip so I also showed the look with neutral lips. I used Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle and I still think it’s the perfect neutral shade for my skin tone. Click here for review and swatches on the shade.

Joan Smalls Vogue Australia Cover Inspired FOTD

Joan Smalls is absolutely stunning and always looks gorgeous but I especially fell in love with this cover look from the April 2012 issue of Australian Vogue. The look is like a modern pin up look substituting red lips for an amazing vampy deep purple lip instead. I think it’s the perfect fall look and would look amazing at night.

Estee Lauder listed the products used to get the looks as follows;
“On the face she wears Invisible Fluid Makeup in shade 5WN1 (on counters early May); on the eyes Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Bronze Dunes, Intense Kajal EyeLiner in Blackened Black and Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black; on the cheeks Pure Color Blush in Hot Sienna (available at the end of the month); and on her lips Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Wine and Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Plum Couture”

I didn’t have any of the listed products so I used my own to do an inspired look. It didn’t come out exactly the same but I still really liked it. The combination of the warm bronze toned eyes and the cool purple lips work really well together and I’ll definitely be wearing out various versions of this look during this autumn season.

Since I didn’t have the Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes eyeshadow palette that was apparently used to get the original look, I went online and looked at swatches and reviews to find shades that were as close as I could get. After lots of research, I found some possible dupes using one of Benefit’s Show Off’s loose powder (now discontinued), 2 shades from the Dior Iridescent Leather quint, MAC Brown Script eyeshadow and a shade from the Bare Escentuals Playlist palette.

I’ve swatched the shades used below in the order that they’re numbered in the picture above.

I didn’t have any idea how exactly the shades were used so I just went with what I thought looked similar. To get my version of the look I applied the orangey-copper shade (shade #3 above) all over the lid. Next I took the yellow-gold shade (shade#1 above and applied it to the inner third of the lid and around the tear duct. I applied the dark taupey-bronze shade (shade #5 above) to the outer corner and used it to define the crease. I blended this colour quite high up the eye. I used the matt browny-red shade (shade #4 above) to blend out the crease colour and to give the browbone some warmth. I finished the eyeshadow by applying the white highlight shade (shade #2 above) right under the brow and to highlight the inner corner of my eye. I finished up with some of my Shiseido liquid liner and a coat of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara.

To get the lip colour I started off by lining and filling my lips with NYX Purple Rain lipliner. Then I mixed some of the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in shade #4 (dark purple) with Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (pink with blue irridesence) and applied it to the lips. I finished up by pressing some of the MAC Reflects Blue glitter on to my lips. If you wanted a darker lip, you would just add more of the darker lipstick to the mix.

I tried to keep the skin light so I mixed some Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation with my Becca Luminous Skin Perfector. I set the skin with MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural and then applied some NARS Taj Mahal blush to my cheeks. I also filled in my brows as the look really works with a stronger defined brow.

Lana Del Rey inspired FOTD

I’d been meaning to do a Lana Del Rey inspired FOTD for a while but a suggestion by a friend kicked me into gear. I (like many people out there) adore Lana’s style with her modern take on retro and vintage hair and makeup. She always looks beautiful and seems to favour a cat eye fick, neutral lids with a brown in the crease and loads of mascara. She usually opts for a very nude lip which accentutates her big pillowy lips.

I don’t look anything like Lana but I decided to use all of these images as inspiration for my own look. I love this type of makeup because it’s very classic but glamourous and suits just about anyone! False lashes would be perfect for this look but I thought they would be overkill for parading around my room.
To get this look I did the following:
I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion to the lid and into the crease
I applied MAC Solar White eyeshadow to the mobile lid to add a gold sheen
I topped this with a mix of MAC Bamboo eyeshadow and MAC Brule eyeshadow so that the shimmer was muted and all that was left was a slight sheen very similar to my skin colour but with a slightly brighter gold undertone.
I applied a mix of MAC Concrete eyeshadow and MAC Cork eyeshadow into the crease
I drew a flick with my Illamasqua Precision Ink liner in Abyss. Use black eyeshadow to do this if you want a softer look. You can make this liner as thick or as thin as you want. This is usually as thick as I like to go.
I used a smokey liner brush to apply some MAC Typographic eyeshadow to the bottom lashline keeping the darkest part on the outer edge and fading the line into nothing on the inner edge.
I applied Revlon Matte Soft Kohl Pencil in White to the waterline, around the tear duct and just under the outermost part of the flick.
I applied lots of Avon Supershock Mascara to the top lashes.
For the bottom lashes, I picked up some mascara on an eyeliner brush and painted a few lashes together so it looked like I had put in some individual false lashes.
I also went in with my MAC Stud Brow Crayon and filled in my brows, making them darker then they usually are. I also used some MACBrow Set in Mink to keep them in place.
For the rest of the face I used:
MAC Mathcmaster Foundation in shade 5
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Orange
TheBalm TimeBalm concealer in Mid Medium under the eyes
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to set my under eye concealer
Illamasqua powder blush in Thrust along my cheekbones
MAC Brule eyeshadow as a highlight along my cheekbones
For the lips I patted on NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
My friend really loved the look above from the Born to Die videoclip so I also did a shot where I wore a similar lip colour. To get the shade I started off by lightly filling in my lips with Bourjois Contour Lipliner in #25 Spirituelle. I then used a mix of MAC Rebel lipstick and NYX Black Label lipstick in Raisin to finish off.

I wanted to keep some softness in the lips depsite using such an intense shade so I didn’t do a defined line around my lips. I also applied the lipstick by patting it and pressing it on to my lips with my ring finger rather than using it straight from the bullet or with a lip brush.
I put my hair in hot rollers for a few minutes and then pinned it to the side to get a bit of that old hollywood vibe going.
What do you think of the look? Who’s your favourite makeup icon?

Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW inspired EOTD

It’s always a bit awkward when I come back to blogging when I’ve been away for longer than intended because I never know whether to make a big thing about it or whether to just sneak in under the radar and jump back in… I’m going with something some where in the middle and I don’t have any big excuses, just an apology for taking so long to get back to posting.

So I was looking through a few weeks ago and these pictures from the Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW collection just took my breath away! This is the mother of all sultry blue smokey eyes. The inspiration was Van Gogh’s Starry Night and you can definitely see how the inspiration has translated across into the makeup with the gorgeous deep blues in this look.

The look for Rodarte used all NARS products but I improvised with what I had on hand. I started with finding the perfect blue base which led me to MAC Pure Creation Paint Pot but it was a little too blue.

I then had the great idea to mix in a bit of MAC Blackground Paint Pot and the end result was a really nice navy blue base. I was playing around by adding more or less of the blue or black paint pots and the colour options are great!

It’s been a while since I actually tried this look and took these pictures but, from memory, I used the darker blue side of MAC Sea and Sky Mineralise duo for most of the lid and MAC Contrast eyeshadow and MAC Print eyeshadow to darken the crease.

I did have some full face shots at one stage but I can’t pull off editorial looks so I had to stick with the EOTD’s only.
What are your thoughts on Rodarte’s take on the smokey eye? What was your favourite Spring 2012 makeup look? I have a few more coming up so stay tuned!