Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Creative Make-Up: Nod to Alex Box

Alex Box's imagination goes haywire whenever she puts makeup brush to face - and so it should. Whenever you feel like your imagination is about to burst - let it. Think of the kind of world we could achieve if we all did this.


This is the particular make-up I chose by Alex Box. I don't know the name of the model.

I must stress that I think this look will look particularly lovely on people with a large lid area, something of which I am not blessed with, but I guess I will just have to make do.


Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (No 5)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
Yaby Eyeshadow (Gold Bar)
Paul & Joe (Nugget)
MAC Eyeshadows (Mystery and Typrographic)
Clinique Liner (True Black)
Estee Lauder Stay In Place Eye Pencil (Onyx)
Ruby & Millie eye shadow (Black)
False Lashes
Illamasqua Blusher (Hussy)
Sleek Blusher (Flamingo)
La Femme Blusher (No 1)

Friday, 5 August 2011

Marilyn Inspired Make-Up (no, not that one, the other one)

Guys have been wearing make-up for as long as we girls have, in fact, with the female free casts of the earliest theatrical days - maybe even longer. Also if we look at the new romantic period in the late seventies to mid eighties there wasn't a bare faced male singer to be seen. Despite this, guys in makeup is often frowned upon and looked at in a very stereotypical way - such as 'oh he's wearing makeup he must want to be a girl' instead of just accepting the fact that makeup should be a completely unisex concept....

....but when Brian Warner emerged on the scene as his infamous character Marilyn Manson I think people tended to react with 'Oh, that guy's wearing makeup - and he's badass!'

Each member of Marilyn's band took their stage names by combining the first name of a female sex symbol and the last name of a serial killer... such as

Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson)
Olivia Newton Bundy (Olivia Newton John and Ted Bundy)
Ginger Fish (Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish)
Twiggy Ramirez (Twiggy and Richard Ramirez)
Madonna Wayne Gacy (Madonna and John Wayne Gacy)

What name would you pick - I think I would choose Raquel Brady for me.


If you look at pictures of Marilyn Manson - no two are exactly the same, he hardly ever wore just one particular style of makeup. So there is really just three things you need to remember with Marilyn's makeup..

1. Heavy eyes
2. Dark lips
3. White face (or very pale)

Here is the picture reference I took for this tutorial


Foundation: Make Up Forever HD Foundation (110)
Eyes: Estee Lauder Cream Color Base (Blue Velvet), MAC es (Atlantic Blue), Clinique Cream Liner (True Black), Ruby & Millie es (Black), Pixi Palette and Make Up Forever Mascara (Smoky Lash)
Face Contour: Sleek Contour Kit
Lips: Estee Lauder Eye Pencil (Onyx), Barry M Lip Liner (11) and MAC Lipstick (Kittenish)

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Beyoncé "Why Don't You Love Me" Inspired Make-Up Tutorial

I decided to do this look worn by everyone's favourite diva because it combined elements in makeup that I love - dramatic AND messy.


Now, I didn't recreate the 'crying' effect in my look - as I don't think too many people want to look like they have been crying their eyes out over Jay-Z not loving them... but if you do, you can simply apply a little bit of Vaseline to the lower lash line - that works just fine.


Revlon Colorstay Foundation
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
MAC Mystery Eyeshadow (for brows)
MAC Brule, Shadowy Lady and Gesso
Clinique Liner (True Black)
Sleek Molten Metal Eyeshadow
Sleek Palette (Storm)
MAC Smolder kohl
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara
Ardell Lashes
Bourjois Bronzer (52)
Rimmel Lipstick (Foxy)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Icon Inspired Make-up: Marlene Dietrich

Your mocking smile will say it all....



Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Powder: Rimmel Translucent Pressed
Eyeshadows: Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Palette, MAC Vanilla and MAC Gesso
Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown Gel
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
Lashes: Ardell
Eye Kohl: MAC Fascinating
Blush and Contour: Coastal Scents Color and Contour
Lip Pencil: MAC Auburn
Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Monday, 6 June 2011

Adele inspired make-up

Being such the star she is at the moment it was inevitable that I would be doing a tutorial based on the beautiful and talented Adele. I love how her looks often mixes in different trends - with the dark socket of the MOD Sixties, the simple thick line of the Classic Fifties and the fresh rosy cheeks of recent trends... And a big plus is that this can be very wearable indeed.


Basically the main products you need to base your look on Adele is some neutral and brown colours (ranging in different shades, from light to dark), a black liner, mascara and a rosy blusher.


FOUNDATION: Estee Lauder Stay in Place
BROWS: MAC Omega eyeshadow and Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper
EYE SHADOWS: Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Quad and MAC Vanilla eyeshadow
EYE LINER: Clinique True Black Liner and MAC Typographic eyeshadow
MASCARA: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
BLUSH: Bourjois Rose de Jaspe
CONTOUR: Sleek Contour Kit (Fair)
LIPS: MAC Stone Lip Pencil and MAC Lovelorn Lipstick

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Shirley Manson 'Milk' Music video inspired make-up

A look as cool as the deep blue ocean...

Why did I do this? Well I love the band, I love the song, I love the video, I love the look, I love her.... why not?

The key theme to stick with in this look is fresh clear skin and bold red lips (a combination Shirley was a keen fan on) equipped with deep blue eye makeup. Now Shirley, naturally, has a very opalescent complexion but you really don't have to go too light (if at all)... infact I do believe that this look will appear beautifully on darker skin and eye tones... particularly the blue eye makeup. You probably want to adapt your red lipstick to compliment your skin tone with reds with a bluey undertone being better suited for fairer skin tones and reds with a warm orangey undertone suiting darker skin tones.



Eye Primer: MAC Prep n Prime
Eye kohls: Estee Lauder Stay-In-Place (Onyx) and Rimmel London (Azure Shimmer)
Eye shadows: DARK BLUE - L'Oreal Chrome Intensity (Blue Jean), DARK GREY/BLACK - MAC Typographic, LIGHT BLUE - MAC Moon's Reflection and SILVER - MAC Electra, WHITE - MAC Gesso
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD
Powder: MAC Translucent
Blush: Max Factor Chestnut
Lip Pencil: MAC Auburn
Lipstick: Maybelline Fatal Red

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Hair and Make-Up

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

.... or failing that, a bit of make-up will do the trick.

You know the people you look back on and think - 'they don't make them like that anymore' - and Audrey Hepburn was certainly one of them. I was privileged, if not a little nervous, to recreate her classic look.

Now, Audrey did keep her look relatively classic - but she didn't play around with it a little - so you only have to really worry about two things when it comes to Audrey's look.

1. Make sure the brows are full and thick. I know that in the video below I have probably done them a little too bold for most people's liking.. you honestly don't have to go that bold if you don't want to. :)

2. The liner on the top lash line - keep it fairly thick, particularly on the outer half of your eyelid and flick it out but don't go too far outside your lid.

...the rest can really be up to you.



Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD
For eyeshadow: Vanilla, Gesso, Omega and Satin Taupe (all Mac)
For brows: Beautiful Brows Pencil Brown/Black (No7) and Sleek Palette (Storm)
Liner: Clinique Cream Liner (True Black)
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
Fake Lashes: Custom corner lashes made (I just snipped old ones I already had)
Blush: Instant Chic Blush
Lipstick: Maybelline Coral Fire