14 February 2014

look of the day - happy valentine's day!

EDITED TO ADD 02/15/2014: The mini-tutorial has been added!

Okay, let's face it: I really don't care for Valentine's day. I loved it as a kid because you gave valentines to everyone and got them in return. As I got older, I hated the holiday for a while because I didn't like the commercialisation of holidays. (Yes, I was that teenager.) And now I just don't care for it, mostly because I don't see why we need one designated day where you're supposed to appreciate your loved ones. Aren't you supposed to do that every day?

Regardless of my feelings on the subject, there is something overly cute about doing a look based on red and pink, and since I spent most of my day trying to get bread dough to rise, I thought I'd give in.

It wouldn't be a makeup look from me if I didn't try something a little different, so there's the heart on my lip. It seems that smiling makes it a little strange, plus I probably drew it in sloppily. This isn't the most practical of looks, as if you're anything like me and smack your lips together constantly, that heart will be ruined really quickly.

Whoo, crazy hair! Here's the look with the heart blended out because I was getting sick of trying to keep my lips from being normal.

For the eyes, start with a peach-gold shade and pat that into the inner third of your lids. Blend a rosy-gold shade in the center third of your lid, and take a hot pink eyeshadow to the outer third of your lid and blend that into the crease. Finding peach-gold and rose-gold shades is probably relatively easy on both the drugstore and high-end levels--I used X and Scratch, respectively, both from Urban Decay, but drugstore brands should have similar colours. As for the hot pink eyeshadow, it can be a little more difficult to find, especially at the drugstore level. Wet n Wild and Hard Candy are good places to start! If you're not opposed to online shopping, Fyrinnae's eyeshadow in Superstar and Sugarpill's Chromalust pigment in Decora are good alternatives to the Sugarpill Smitten pigment I've used. If you want to hit up a Sephora, try Urban Decay's eyeshadow in Woodstock, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' loose colour concentrate in Cherry Bomb, or Make Up For Ever's eyeshadow in Neon Pink 75.

Also, don't forget to consider cream formulas or even blush if you can't find a hot pink eyeshadow! You're very likely to find vibrant pink blush that can double as eyeshadow, whether it's powder or cream.

To anchor this look, line your upper waterline with a black eyeliner, curl your lashes, and add a few coats of mascara. (I hate mascara, so this was relatively monumental for me.) I also put some copper cream eyeshadow along my lower lash line, but this is optional.

The hearts were done with red and neon pink eyeshadows on a small detailer brush. All you really need to do is to create a thick v-shape for them, but if you want to get more detailed, try applying the shadows wet or with a mixing medium (i.e.: e.l.f.'s Mist & Set, MAC Fix+, Illamasqua Sealing Drops, or make your own with a ratio of 3:1 water to glycerin) and they'll not only apply more cleanly but they'll probably not fade as easily. I've also cut a little heart shape out of the sticky part of a post-it note and used that as a guide, first applying a thin layer of eyeshadow primer and then dusting eyeshadow over that. Do whatever works for you!

I took a light pink eyeshadow with a touch of glitter in it and used that as blush, but you can use any light pink blush that you have. For the lips, use a pink lipstick over your entire mouth, then take a red lipstick and a lip brush and paint in a heart on your lips. (xoVain posted an article yesterday about this and they have great pictures to follow!) If you're not into the whole high-maintenance lip thing--which, let's face it, I'm on board with you--you can just apply a pink, berry, or red lipstick and call it a day.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express brow kit in Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

theBalm Put a Lid On It! eyeshadow primer
Inner corner - Urban Decay eyeshadow in X (peach shimmer with gold shift)
Center of lid - Urban Decay eyeshadow in Scratch (rose gold shimmer)
Outer lid + crease - Sugarpill Chromalust pigment in Smitten (hot magenta shimmer with reflective sparkles)
Upper lash line - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (matte blackest black)
Lower lash line - LUSH Cream Eyeshadow in Happiness (sunset copper shimmer)
Lashes - Maybelline Volum' Express the Mega Plush mascara in Blackest Black
Decoration - Sugarpill Chromalust pigment in Asylum (red shimmer) + Sugarpill ElektroCute neon pigment in Love Buzz (neon hot pink with yellow/orange/red sparkles)

Benefit boi-ing concealer in 01
Blush - Sugarpill Chromalust pigment in Birthday Girl (princess pink with fuchsia sparkles)

NYX Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose (mauve-pink)
Heart - NYX Slim Lip Liner in Plush Red (cool red) + Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Stalker (true blue-based red)

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