Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My DIY Makeup Trial

Now that you've seen my makeup inspiration and the new additions to my makeup bag, it's time to show you how it all came together.
I used quite a few products. Definitely way more than I use on a daily basis. Here's a list from left to right:
  • Revlon Fantasy Lengths false eyelashes with glue #91003 Flirty
  • a toothpick
  • Smashbox Photo Finish primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer
  • Tarte Smooth Operator waterproof concealer in Medium
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation in 210 Buff
  • Maybelline Shine-Free Loose Powder in Light
  • foundation wedge
  • Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express waterproof mascara in Classic Black
  • Cover Girl Cheekers blush in Classic Pink
  • Lancome Sensational Effects eyeshadow palette with Pink Pearls, Pink Zinc, Drama, and Successorize
  • Cover Girl Liquiline Blast eyeliner in Black Fire
  • blush brush
  • eyeshadow brush
  • powder brush
  • eyelash curler
  • Cover Girl Outlast all-day lip color in Rose Pearl
For the most part, I followed this tutorial from A Practical Wedding. It was really helpful, so I'd suggest clicking through, but I'm going to detail a lot of the steps here.

Here's my before picture of me wearing my regular, everyday makeup:
And here's now I got to the after:
First, apply the primer to your face and eyelids. Then use the foundation wedge to apply foundation.

Over the top of the foundation, use the concealer to cover any blemishes or under-eye darkness. (If you want to use the concealer underneath the foundation, that's fine, too. The Internet says it's just personal preference.)

Set your base with loose powder and a powder brush. I tried to lightly press the powder onto my face before doing a top coat brushing it on, if that makes sense. I feel like when you brush the powder on, it wipes off the concealer you just put carefully in place.

Brush the lightest, shimmery eyeshadow (Pink Zinc) just under your brow bone and brush the medium shade (Drama) across the lid.

Draw a thick line of eyeliner along your lash line, smudge it with the built-in smudger tool, and set it with the darkest shade of eyeshadow (Successorize) just like you set your foundation.

People feel very differently about using eyeliner under the eye. I am pro-under-eye eyeliner, so I also smudged liner into my lower lash line about 2/3 of the way across.

Once you're done with the eyeliner, curl your eyelashes and put on 2-3 coats of mascara.

Next is the hard part. Fake lashes. The APW tutorial tells you to cut your lashes into thirds. I did this for one eye and put the other strip on without cutting it. I liked the whole lash strand better. Maybe test it out to see what you prefer. Put a little glue on the edge of your toothpick and then put the glue from the toothpick onto the lashes. Let the glue dry for about 30 seconds! This is very important! Tacky glue will hold better. After 30 seconds, put the lashes onto your eyelid and use the other end of the toothpick to position the lashes right where you want them.
Here I am with lashes on just my right eye (on the left of the photo). You can see how it makes a difference especially on the outside edge.

Once you've got the lashes on and the glue is dry, use your eyelash curler to press your natural lashes and the fake lashes together.

The glue will dry clear, but just to make sure it was well-blended, I smudged a little more of the dark eyeshadow into my lash line.

That's it for the eyes! Next, sweep a healthy amount of bright pink blush over the apples of your cheeks.

Finally, apply your lipstick. Make sure to blot with a tissue before putting the topcoat on over the top of the lip color. And that's it! Want to see the finished product?
At first, I was concerned that I looked like a clown. I never wear this much makeup, so the heavy eye AND super-pink cheeks AND bright lipstick was a bit jarring.

I wiped off as much of the lipstick as I could (that Outlast really stays on, y'all!) and swiped on a bit of the lip gloss that came with the Smashbox sampler I bought. Then, to make it more realistic, I threw on my veil. Just ignore the black t-shirt and pretend there's a wedding dress in its place.
I love it! It's definitely a lot of makeup. In person, I do think it's a bit much, but even on my crappy point-and-shoot camera, I think it photographs very well. And Adam likes it, so that's good.

What do you think?

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