Bronzed skin & bright summer lids, plus a ramble about reviews vs straight-up editorials

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I did lightly bronzed skin and bright, shimmery lids for this past She Said Beauty look, and I kind of love how the photos turned out – you know those days when the sun’s just right and everything looks really good? It was one of those days, which are kind of fabulous all around. I mean, my face just looks like my face, and the makeup (while I love that Eye Dust) is nothing special, but– the lighting, you guys.

[ //break: momentary pause for photography geeks to have a bit of a flail ]

Of course, since then we’ve had nothing but clouds (literally; it’s been days on end and nada), and I’m getting vaguely concerned about if when the sun’s going to come back. But that’s Edmonton for you, right?

The ramble about editorials

Anyhow; I wanted to share a link to the tutorial & talk a bit about the products used – I don’t like getting really in-depth about them when doing contributor posts elsewhere, because I feel it’s a bit unprofessional (hi, you hired me for a tutorial, but actually I’m just going to use lots of exclamation points about brands that most of your readers won’t be able to buy anyways), so I tend to ramble on about the products on theNotice, instead.

There’s something to be said for reviews, of course, but I like reading stream-of-consciousness posts about products as well. I think it helps to get snapshot takes on different products, and I feel like you often get a better picture of what someone actually uses on a day to day basis after the fact — is (s)he still using it a month after the review? Two? What about a year later?

The products

Okay. Let’s start off with Marcelle LUX Eye Dust in Go-Violet. I haven’t reviewed Go-Violet yet (it’ll happen eventually, I hope), but I’m rather fond of it. It’s on the sheer side; more of a shimmering violet glow than a pigmented, sharp-edged shade. The shade and shimmer make it lovely for summer, if you ask me, and perfect if you’re just starting to integrate colour into your makeup – it’s a great, bright shade; easy to blend and just generally hard to mess up.

Then there’s Senna Eye Color in Arabesque; I’ll more or less hold off on this one because it didn’t really show up on film. Gorgeous in real life, though – just a dot in the inner corners. It’s part of the Mod Muse collection, and it’s sort of peachy with some very cool, almost chunky gold shimmer.

On the cheeks, I was wearing Lise Watier Bronzing Powder in Summer Sunset – and, okay, this is pretty much the entire reason why I’m writing this post. I’m not a huge bronzer fan (not by a long shot), but I think this one has my heart this Summer season. I’ll review it soon, and you can see more photos of it here, but — just, wow. It’s luminous, gorgeous, and just the right shade.

Finally, a quick nod to Clarins Gloss Prodige in Candy. These were launched with the Spring Colour Breeze collection, but I’ve yet to get around to reviewing the glosses – they’re permanent, so I’m not in a huge rush. Candy made me think of something syrupy, like honey or agave nectar, and not just because of the name. The glosses are on the heavy side, with a sweet scent, but I’m not yet sure if those are good things or bad things! The shade definitely gets a huge thumbs-up from the peanut gallery, though; it’s going to be perfect for Spring and Summer this year.

Anyhow – I’ll cut myself off here (five hundred words and quite possibly nothing of note; not exactly a paragon of self-restraint), but I hope you enjoyed the ramble!

{ Read the bronzed + bright post & tutorial here. }

Tips for beauty bloggers: Let’s talk curves.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Photoshop kind, not the body kind. (But hey, if you want to talk humans-with-curves in the comments, you go right ahead. The world could use a little less skinny ’round here! Just keep it PG-13, you hear?)

Long story short, I’ve been working on a Clinique Quickliner Intense review, and I’m halfway done, but I’m really, really tired. So, you’ll have to wait until Tuesday for that, but this: this, you can have now.

A sad, lonely, unedited March snowfall photo.

The basics

This isn’t actually an in-depth curves tutorial; rather, I feel like I need to periodically remind people that they exist. They’re ridiculously easy (and ridiculously handy), and can be used in anything from vignetting, to increasing contrast and brightening up photos, to doing that hipster-faded thing.

Curves – brighter (think of it like a screen layer), darker (think of it like a multiply layer).

Unless you’ve gone and inverted your axes, pulling the curve upwards is going to add brightness, an S curve is going to increase contrast, and pulling the curve downwards will increase shadows. Dragging the endpoints inwards will add a more harsh change; think of it as brightening or darkening the shadows, rather than the midpoints. A curve in which the lower point is farther from the x=y line than the upper point will decrease contrast, doing that old-photograph thing that people seem to be into at the moment.

Curves – more contrast; less.

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Airbrushing eye looks | taming brows, erasing dark circles, and perfecting your eye makeup

Monday, August 8, 2011

Before you ask, yes, I will eventually get around to discussing how to take eye of the day photos. For now, though, I hope this Photoshop how-to will suffice!

At twelve minutes and a bit, I don’t think it’s too terribly long, but in case you need some persuading to watch, here’s what it covers:

  • How to Photoshop a portfolio-ready eye shot
  • Perfecting brows by hand (and cleaning up stray hairs with the healing brush)
  • Creating depth with the burn tool
  • Erasing dark circles

But I’m sure you didn’t really need that extra convincing, right? ;)

Wait! Before you go – any interest in learning how to draw in false lashes? I’d be more than happy to do a quick (five-minutes-or-less, I promise) tutorial on creating the perfect fringe of lashes, just let me know!

As always, thanks for watching, reading, and commenting :)

Tips for beauty bloggers: editing product photos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ugh, I probably shouldn’t film while in a wheat-coma in the future :P Anyhow; enjoy the video, and don’t forget that you can watch fullscreen in HD! (Highly encouraged. Highly.)

Tips for beauty bloggers: Photoshopping faces

Monday, June 13, 2011

After (too long) of a delay, I’m pleased to introduce our next instalment in Tips For Beauty Bloggers. Whether you’re a fellow blogger, a photography fiend, or just another Joe the Plumber looking to clean up some photos, I hope you enjoy this post!

I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to do this as a video, and in the end, I decided it would be best to. I’ve uploaded it to Vimeo (we’re still avoiding YouTube, at least for now) in HD format, so I’d definitely encourage you to view it fullscreen – seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

(Yes, I’m still childishly amused by the wonders of the internet. Now shh; less mocking and more watching!)

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please link back to this post. A project like this one takes a lot of time and effort, so I’d really appreciate it if you could refrain from embedding the video on your own sites. Thanks!

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