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

Friday, 27 May 2011

Gillian Anderson/Dana Scully Inspired Make-up

.... or simply just a nice subtle every day/work make-up.

Now, this is obviously not going to be a complete transformation - as Gillian does keep the make-up very subtle in the role. So this look will hopefully make you say...

"I WANT TO BELIEVE......that I can look reasonably good today."


OK, I didn't really use a direct inspirational picture for this look (as it wasn't a complete copy)... but I am just going to throw in a couple of pictures because I love Gillian so much!


Tinted Moisturiser: Laura Mercier Nude
Medium Brown Eyeshadow (for brows): Bobbi Brown Birch
Brow Shaper: Bobbi Brown Clear
Eyeshadows: One neutral, one light and one slightly darker than skin tone: Brule, Vanilla and Omega (both MAC)
Brown Eye Kohl: MAC Teddy
Light Eye Pencil: Benefit High Beam
Mascara: Clinique High Impact
Blusher: MeMeMe Coral
Pink Lip Pencil: NARS Jilted Love
Lipstick: Revlon Kiss Me Coral

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

1930s Make-Up: Greta Garbo Inspired

To me, doing tutorials based on stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood is like coming across a King Cobra... being a fan of serpents, I would be excited at the occurrence but also I would feel quite apprehensive too.

I decided to base this tutorial on the Swedish film star Greta Garbo, not just because of her iconic film status, but also I really loved her unique style of makeup.



Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Make Up Forever HD Foundation
MAC Translucent Finishing Powder
MAC es - Mystery
Estee Lauder Quad - Spiced Peach
Clinique Cream Liner - Black Honey
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
Eylure Naturalites False lashes
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
Sleek Contour Kit - Light
L'Oreal Blush
Barry M Lip Liner - 11
MAC Lipstick - Ruby Woo

Friday, 13 May 2011

Lady Gaga 'Judas' Inspired Make-up

The one thing I noticed mainly after completing this look is that it made my eyes look really small. I don't possess naturally big eyes like Lady Gaga so I do not really suit this look particularly..... but ah well.



Make Up Forever HD Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
MAC Eyeshadows: Brule, Wedge, Vanilla and Typrographic
Clinique Cream Liner: True Black
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
Urban Decay Lip Pencil: Gash
MAC Lipstick: Kittenish

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Liza Minnelli in Cabaret Inspired Tutorial

OK, I'll be honest - I haven't actually seen this film fully. When it comes to musicals, unless it has Tim Curry in fishnets or John Belushi wearing sunglasses and a black tie, I am generally not really into them. So apologies if the look isn't a complete doppelganger to Ms Minnelli.

Here is a quick tutorial based on the classic Cabaret look. The first Cabaret opened up in the late 19th Century but became big in America between 1920s-1940s, heavily jazz orientated (with the likes of Peggy Lee and Nina Simone making guest appearances).

The makeup here basically focuses on making your eyes and mouth stand out above all your other features - so it is important to start off with a clear base so use a good coverage foundation. The eye makeup is somewhat linked to a 1920s flapper look - but it uses more bright colours than ashy colours. So you want to keep the eyes well defined and bright at the same time.

False lashes (both top and bottom) are almost a must for this look... and you preferably want them to be long and spiky as this will help to give your eyes a further 'pop'.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
MAC eyeshadow (Gesso)
Revlon Colorstay Quad (Azure Mist)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (Black Ink)
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
False Lashes (for top and bottom) - doesn't matter which you choose but the spikier the better.
MAC Eye Kohl (Fascinating)
MeMeMe Blush (Coral)
MAC Lip Pencil (Auburn)
MAC Lipstick (Ruby Woo)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

1920s/1930s Make Up: Bette Davis Inspired

"Fasten your seat belts...."

I finally resorted to it. I have been wanting to do a tutorial on the Fifth Warner Brother for a very long time... I guess the only thing putting me off is the fear that I won't do her much justice. But since this week marked the 103rd birthday of Ms Bette Davis I felt compelled to do this.

This particular look is based on the 1934 film "Of Human Bondage" where Bette plays a waitress turned prostitute - so, granted, not the most flattering make up in the world... well, maybe a little more flattering than her Baby Jane look.



Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Buff)
Spooly and soap (To cover brows)
MAC Paintpots - Quite Natural and Blackground
MAC es - Scene
Bobbi Brown es - Birch
MAC es - Typographic
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner - Black Ink
MAC Eye kohl - Fascinating
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Eylure Naturalites Lashes
Barry M Lip Pencil 11
MAC Lipstick - Kittenish and Ruby Woo

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Edie Sedgwick Inspired Make Up

"It's not that I'm rebelling. It's that I'm just trying to find another way."

There are a number of women who have sadly had their lives cruelly cut short - and probably one of the most tragic, mysterious short lives there was, was that of Edie Sedgwick. Known as Andy Warhol's muse in the sixties (appearing in a total of 12 Warhol films) and eventhough she was, you could say, a celebutante (as she was part of a wealthy Protestant family) she did become an icon for the alternative sixties culture.


So when it comes to Edie's makeup it was about the eyes... It was all about the eyes. So in my tutorial I have left out the face and lips as you can wear them as you wish.


Bobbi Brown es (Birch) - for brows
MAC es Gesso, Wedge and Shadowy Lady
Black Eyeshadow (Ruby & Millie)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (Black Ink)
MAC kohl (Fascinating)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
MAC Lashes (42)

Here is the tutorial...

Friday, 1 April 2011

1960s Hair and Make Up: Brigitte Bardot Inspired

"It is sad to grow old... but nice to ripen."

Here is a tutorial I did (for both hair and make up) based on the beautiful and iconic Brigitte Bardot...


The key thing to remember with this look is big.... Big hair, big eyes, big lips... and also big boobs (....but I skipped that part..).


For Hair...

- Hair brush
- Soft Brizzle Brush
- Comb
- Nicky Clark Heated Rollers
- Bobby Pins/Kirby Grips
- Hair spray (optional)

For Make Up....

- Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
- MAC Translucent Powder
- Sleek Palette (Storm)
- MAC eyeshadows - Gesso and Omega
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara
- Me Me Me Blush (Coral)
- MAC Lip Pencil (Stone)
- NARS Lip Pencil (Jilted Love)
- Rimmel Lipstick (Foxy)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

1960s MOD Make Up: Twiggy Inspired

I'm going to give my mother a little ticking off for not giving birth to me in the sixties... because it is a decade that I absolutely love - with the music, films, fashion and make up. But oh no, I had to be brought up in the world dominated by chavs and ASBOs..... ah well.

This tutorial is based on the MOD style of make up - which was commonly worn by British fashion model Twiggy. A bit of a dare to wear... but I love it.

Inspiration picture

For this look you want to stick to a strong black and white monochrome theme - in fact using just black and white eye shadow was very common, just make sure that you have at least one very light tone of shade and one very dark tone.


MAC eyeshadows: Brule, Wedge, Mystery, Typographic and Gesso
MAC eye kohl: Fascinating
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

I did not go into the foundation and lips in the video - as I was just showing the eyes, but all you need to remember with a MOD look is to keep your base and lips as neutral and light (as in 'not heavy') as possible.