Don’t miss this » Camel lids + sculpted skin at Joy Cioci (A/W12)

Monday, October 8, 2012

It’s not all that often that I do a runway-inspired makeup look that I really love, but this one’s a bit of an exception to the rule. Based on the makeup created by the NARS camp for the Joy Cioci AW12 presentation, here’s a look with camel brown lids, soft black liner, and super-sculpted cheeks. 

Paired with semi-sheer nude lips and really well-defined (but not overfilled or overdrawn) brows, the NARS + Joy Cioci look is incredibly easy to wear – polished, but not too done-up.

It goes with any hairstyle, really, but I liked the casual, slightly messy hair at Joy Cioci. (Try letting your hair air-dry for this, and add soft curls or a thick partial French braid on one side of your hair to keep it out of the way.)

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.

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Don’t miss this » A Burberry-inspired Autumn/Winter makeup look

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One of the Autumn/Winter promos that I love (loved, loved) this year was the one for Burberry’s Autumn/Winter colour collection. I still have yet to give the brand a try, but the aesthetic is just stunning — clean lines and gorgeous, classic shades.

Here’s a quick, easy look based off their fall face. With a focus on warm, diffuse eyeshadow and soft black liner, the tutorial (see the link below) is a snap, and I’ve swatched a few colour substitutes for below (seeing as I didn’t pick up Burberry Mulberry and Dark Sable Sheer Eyeshadows to do the look with.)

Hope you enjoy the look, and here’s to a great autumn!

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.

Products used & eyeshadow swatches »

Don’t miss this » Keira Knightley-inspired Anna Karenina (19th century Russian) makeup

Monday, September 3, 2012

Today’s makeup look is an Anna Karenina one, based off the upcoming Kiera Knightley film. Which, while I enjoyed doing it — how on earth are you supposed to emulate a no-makeup look (the actual no-makeup sort of no-makeup, not the modern “natural makeup” take on it) done on one of Hollywood’s most haunting faces when you look like… this? And write a makeup blog?

Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with my face, but you have to admit: it’s neither very Kiera Knightley nor very 1800s Russian. And I’m definitely not a strong-browed Russian beauty who’s going to do nothing more than pinch her cheeks for a bit of colour.

All that taken into consideration, I really do love how these photos turned out, and I was quite pleased with the makeup itself! I mean, I think it’s passably Russian, on a face that’s very much not. And acceptably 19th century, I suppose.

Using a small brush (it’s actually a ridiculously large eye brush; the old, discontinued MAC 225) and a matte brown eyeshadow (Senna Sphinx + Smashbox Smoke), I shaded my brows outside the natural line, contoured under my cheekbones and down the… jowl-y area of my face, and added a very natural, completely matte brown lid for definition.

Then, to pair with the contoured face and strong-but-natural brows, I used a warm, cream-finish brick-red lipstick (Marcelle Provocative) to stain my lips, and added a warm liquid lip colour (LUSH Perspective) to my cheeks, for a slightly ruddy look. More on the lip colour soon — I’m really not loving it on my lips, but they’re more than passable as liquid blushers!

Colour placement guide

(& without the lines and loops)

All in all, this look was more or less put together with a bunch of colours that I wouldn’t typically use, paired with hair that I wouldn’t typically wear, and finished with brows that I wouldn’t typically be able to pull off.

But that’s… kind of why I enjoyed doing it so much, you know? This is the sort of makeup that makes makeup fun; working your way outside of the box and into a different era (and, er, ethnicity) altogether. (Also, a fictional character; what other careers and hobbies will let you attempt to emulate or draw inspiration from a fictional character just because?)

(Not lawyering or accounting or science-ing, that’s for damn sure. But maybe doctoring, because– oh, gosh, okay, I’ll stop making bad puns and let you get on with your day.)

For a full tutorial of this look, don’t miss this post on She Said Beauty.

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Don’t miss this » Graphic blue smokey (cat) eyes

Monday, August 27, 2012

Man, I haven’t done a blue smokey eye in ages. I’m pretty sure I went with a winged shape (cat-eye makeup, winged smokey eyes, whatever you want to call it) last time, too, which just goes to show how predictable (read: boring) I am.

This time, though, I thought I’d play around a bit with shape. In the image below, you have the same look in three different ways, changed with nothing more than a dry q-tip and a couple brisk buffing motions. At left is the most wearable, basic shape; on the far right, the most winged, dramatic effect. (The full-face shots are with the eye on the right.)

I can’t believe it took me this long to try my MAC Casual Colour — I spend most of the summer bare-faced, but I’m really regretting it in this one instance. I’ve used Have A Lovely Day! here, and I’m absolutely smitten with both the colour and the formula: it’s comfortable, looks natural, and still manages to tone down my own lip colour without ending up all strange and milky.

I’ve used Senna Fantasy in the inner corners, here, then taken Annabelle Lagoon (soon to be discontinued) through the lid. The outer wing is mainly Annabelle B-Ray, darkened further with a basic matte black eyeshadow.

Don’t miss this blue smokey eye tutorial on She Said Beauty.

Products used

EYES – colour : Annabelle Mono Eyeshadow in B-Ray and Lagoon, Senna Eye Shadow (Glow) in Fantasy, NYX Eyeshadow in Black.

EYES – basics: Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eye Pencil in Licoriche, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, Ellis Faas Eyeliner in Black, MAC Eye Shadow (Matte2) in Blanc Type.

LIPS AND CHEEKS: MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Have A Lovely Day!

SKIN: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light, theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light, and Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent.

The Dark Eyeliner Rises | An Anne Hathaway (as Catwoman) makeup tutorial + look

Monday, August 20, 2012

Because Selina Kyle is a BAMF.

In a few more words, though: here’s a quick look (tutorial + more photos here) to make up for the fact that I’ve been AWOL recently. Soft red lips, matte neutral eyes, and (what else?) smudgy winged black eyeliner.

While editing these photos, I realized that I look rather… displeased with the entire world in them, which — not intentional, I promise. (Okay, maybe a little bit intentional. It has been so hot in Edmonton this season; I am so, so ready for the fall.)

Honestly, though? This look isn’t exactly prototypical DC superhero — you could get away with wearing it in pretty much any scenario (no ass-kicking or taking of names required). Take the edge off a red lip by applying your lipstick quite sparingly, and then blotting it down with a fingertip for a really soft, lived-in edge.

(Alternately, wear the lipstick full-force for a more dramatic, evening look, or grab a classic-red gloss–with shimmer!–for something a bit more fun.)

Alright. I’m sure you’ve had enough of my boring face for the time being, so I’ll add in one last note and then leave you be!

Black liner through my sparse lashes is my #1 makeup tip for looking just… better, without making it obvious at all that I’ve actually got anything on, and this liner does a fantastic job of it. More awake, larger eyes, more expressive, you name it — liner in my actual lashline (not above it, and not below it) is a makeup trick that I rely really heavily on, and this super-creamy, super-black Annabelle Smoothie pencil has been my pick of the month to do it with.

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