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FOTD: The Bridesmaid in Lime Green


As requested, a lime green look...

Face:
I’m wearing MaqPro Puff foundation in No 90, set with Deluxe finishing powder in Dark from Black Opal and Fashion Fair blush in Plum rich.

Eyes:
My brows are filled with brown brow pencil from Sleek, on my brow bone black opal foundation in Truly topaz set with Urban Decay Naked eye shadow from the Naked palette.
On my eye lids: NYX eye shadow base in W/pearl, eye dust in Vintage in the inner corner of my eye and lime green from the Safari palette on the rest of my eye lid both from Sleek Make up. In my outer corner and crease Mink (dark brown) eye shadow from Casabella.
I lined my upper eyelid with black liquid eye liner from Maqpro and  my waterline with matte black eye shadow from the Sleek Safari palette. I'm also wearing B114 lashes from Eldora.
Lips:
Lined my lips with Lip liner in Cinnamon from Sleek make up, filled with Fashion Fair lipstick in City Girl and Shimmer glaze lip gloss in Fairies (warm gold) also from Sleek make up.



Hope you like it

TTFN!

FOTD: The Bridesmaid In Yellow Take 3

This is the simplest one yet... 
In case you were wondering, NO your eye shadow does not have to match your dress...
Face:
Mat Velvet+ foundation in No.75 set with Super Matte powder in No.56 from MUFE and Love thing blush from Mac.
Eyes:
My brows are filled with brown brow pencil from Sleek, on my brow bone Black opal stick foundation in Truly topaz set with white eye shadow from the Sleek Circus palette.

On my eye lids, Urban decay eye shadow primer potion in Sin, and shimmery brown eye shadow from the Sleek Original palette all over my eye lids. Then I the Super Matte powder as a blending color (between my eyelid color and highlight).
I lined my upper eyelid with black liquid eyeliner from Maqpro and my lower lash line with matte black eyeshadow from the Sleek Circus Palette. My lashes are No 747M 

Lips:
Lined with lip pencil in Ruby and filled with High shine lip gloss in Sweet Sixteen.  I went for flirty pink but this look will look will just as good with bright red lips :-)



This one is really simple but I still like it. 
There you have it 3 looks I think will look nice on a bridal train in yellow dresses. Which do you prefer?




TTFN!

FOTD: The Bridesmaid In Yellow Take 2

Face:
Mat Velvet+ foundation in No.75 set with Super Matte powder in No.56 from MUFE and Coral blush from Sleek make up.

Eyes:
My brows are filled with brown brow pencil from Sleek, on my brow bone Black opal stick foundation in Truly topaz set with sheer gold eye shadow from the Sleek Jewels palette.

On my eye lids, Urban decay eye shadow primer potion in Sin, yellow gold eye shadow on the 1st 2/3 of my eye lid and shimmery black in the outer 1/3 of my eyelid and crease both from the Sleek Jewels palette. Then I added  matte black eye shadow from the Sleek Circus palette in the outer corners.

I lined my upper eyelid with black liquid eyeliner from Maqpro, my lower lash line with matte black eyeshadow from the Sleek Circus Palette. My lashes are No 301 (don't remember the brand) coated with Black Opal mascara in Black.

Lips:
Lined with lip pencil in Cinnamon from Sleek make up, filled with Blushing Coral lipstick from Clinic and Shimmer glaze lip gloss in Sunshine from Sleek Make up. 



TTFN,

FOTD: The Bridesmaid In Yellow Take 1

This look is for my dear friend Waila who will be wearing a yellow and black dress on a bridal train this weekend. This is the first of 3 looks I will do with a yellow theme...
Hope this helps...
Face:
I’m wearing Dermablend in golden brown, Mat Velvet+ foundation in No.75 set with Super Matte powder in No.56 from MUFE and Scandalous blush from Sleek make up.

Eyes:
My brows are filled with No3 (brown) pencil from MUFE on my brow bone Dermablend in golden brown set with sheer gold eye shadow from the Black opal Golden galaxy Mosaic palette.

On my eye lids, Urban decay eye shadow primer potion in sin, yellow eye shadow on the 1st 2/3 of my eye lid and dark brown in the outer 1/3 of my eyelid and crease both from the Black Opal Golden galaxy mosaic palette.

I lined my upper eyelid with black liquid eyeliner from Maqpro, my waterline with Urban decay 24/7 pencil in Zero (black) and my lower lash line with the same dark brown eye shadow on my eye lids. My lashes are from the MUFE Back to black collection coated with Black Opal mascara in Black.


Lips:
Lined with MUFE Aqua lips in 3C (deep red) and filled with Burberry Lip cover in Hibiscus.







Let me know what you think.

TTFN!


Strip Lash 101

I bought my first pair of lashes about 3 years before I actually left the house wearing them, so believe me when I say practice is key. As requested by Erica, here is how I put on (strip) false lashes.




You will need lashes, glue and tweezers. You may also need mascara, eyeliner and a lash curler.


Step 1:
Press and slide the lash with your thumb to remove it from its pack. I do this instead of pulling at the lash to prevent disfiguring the lash.

Hold the lash against your eye to measure the length of the band against your lash line. If it is too long trim it from the outer corner (the longer corner).



Step 2:
Coat the lash band with a thin layer of glue,









Step 3:






Looking down into a mirror and holding your eyelid taut, place the lash.You should place the lash as close to you lash line as possible. Not on your lashes but the skin just after your lash line.

Secure the lash in place. Start at one end and work your way to the other end. I start with the outer corner and work my way to the inner corner.
Tip: if your hands are not steady keep your elbows on a table for balance.
When your lashes are in place, pinch them in place with tweezers or your fingers.

Step 4:
To merge the false lash with your own lashes, "weave". I picked up this handy technique from Eve Pearl herself ;-) 
Place your pinky finger behind your lashes and apply mascara on your own lash with zigzag motions, 
pushing your lashes into the false lash and unifying them.
Step 5:
Mascara on false lashes is optional, the style of the lash and the look you are trying to get should determine whether you do or don't. 
When they are dry curl them with a lash curler if necessary.

All done!

Eyebrows 101: The Remix


After my first eyebrow tutorial, I got a few messages from readers who still didn't understand what I was doing, so I decided to do another one. In the first one I included some do's and don'ts but this one will be a clean cut step buy step "how to".
This is how "I"do my brows, you may want to skip some steps if they don't suit you. 

If your brows are in good shape you can skip to "Part 3"and if you want brows that look like they have not been touched you should skip "Part 3 Step 2 and/ step 3.

The Tools:
A stencil (optional), tweezers (optional), a brown brow pencil, a white pencil, a loose natural fiber brush, a small synthetic angular brush, a brow brush, concealer and light colored eye shadow.

Part 1. The out line:

Step 1 the guidelines
Place the tail of your brush at the corner of your nose straight up to your brow and make a mark with the white pencil. This is where your brow should start.
Looking straight ahead, place the tail of your brush at the corner of your nose at a diagonal to pass the corner of your pupil and make a mark where it meets your brow. This is where the highest point of your brow arch should be.
Finally place the brush tail by the corner of your nose past the corner of your eye and make a mark where it meets your brow. This is where your brow should end

Step 2 the outline:
Place the stencil over your brow; make sure the highest point of the arch is aligned with the mark you made above. And with the white pencil fill in brow shape of the stencil. If needed (as in my case) extend the beginning and end of the shape to meet the marks we made in Step 1. Take your time make them as symmetric as possible.
If you don’t have a stencil just draw the shape you want with the white pencil.




Part 2 Hair removal.

Choose a hair removal method that suits you. I listed some of them in my previous brow tutorial. I usually tweeze unless I’m in a rush in which case I use a brow trimmer (blade). St this point all you need to do is remove all the hairs that fall outside the white brow shape.




Part 3 Complement what you have to get what you want.
Step 1: The fill in a.k.a the cover up:

With a pencil/eye shadow in a shade close to the color of your hair (you can go darker or lighter by about 2 shades), fill in your brows with light hair like strokes to get the shape you want. Next brush through with your brow brush to even out the color and get ride of any excesses.


Step 2: The Sculpt

In this step you use the angular brush and concealer to outline the bottom of your brow shape, you can do the same at the top but with foundation in your shade. After you8 have done this blend out with your finger to remove harsh lines.





Step 3: The Highlight

With the loose natural fiber brush and a light shade of eyeshadow (matte or shimmery but not metallic for an everyday look) highlight your brow bone.







Bridal Look Take 1


As requested by Uju I have decided to do a bridal look series to help in her upcoming 'makeup artist by default' duties.

Bridal make up, is a lot like regular make up except that it is designed to last a lot longer longer and resist crying, dancing...you get the idea. There is also the general conception that it should be ‘au naturelle’ , I personally think that bridal make up along with everything else that has to do with your wedding should reflect the your personality. You should aim for a glamorous/improved version of yourself as opposed to conforming to some general conception but maybe that’s just me.

To help your make up last longer, you generally want to build it up in layers. I would start with a good matifying primer especially if your bride has oily skin. Followed with foundation set with powder. For your eyes you want to use a primer as well, I use Urban Decay's eye shadow primer potion because it keeps your eyeshadow in place.

The first bridal look is going to be a clean-cut natural glam look inspired by my idol... Mr Sam Fine. Mr Fine is a huge inspiration for me; I think he is absolutely genius but more on him later. The classic Sam Fine look as you have seen on the likes of Monique, Tyra Banks and  Iman,  is a natural glam look with  lots of neutral shades, full lashes and some mojor contouring to enhance your best features and hides all else.This is my first stab at it so its not perfect yet but I hope you get the general idea.


Here is the breakdown for this look.
Base:

I’m wearing Mac studio tech in NC50 (this product is not the best for oily skin but if like me you already have it wear a very light layer over a matifying primer) set with translucent loose powder in Dark from Sleek. For a highlight I used superior pressed powder in Biscuit and Wood smoke for contouring, from Sleek Make up.

Eyes:
My brows are filled in with the brown brow pencil, on my brow bone I have on Hide it concealer in No.2 set with superior pressed powder in biscuit all from Sleek Makeup.
On my eyelids I started with Urban decay EPP, a light layer of Yves Rocher Metal cream eye shadow in Mercury. Next I went over it with Maximum impact eye shadow from Sleek in Nude.  Then I cut my crease with matte black eye shadow and blended it out into my brow highlight.

Black liquid liner from Yves Rocher to line my upper eyelid and black twist up eyeliner in my water line and 1001 Cils mascara from Bourjois.

Lips:
I lined my lips with brown lip liner and went over the liner with dark brown lipstick, then I applied with Sleek wonder last lip color in Soft suede then finished with Shimmer glaze lip-gloss in First kiss all from Sleek Make up.






TTFN Bellas

Stella




Eyebrow 101



When it comes to eyebrows there are different types , shapes and people want different things. Some want a brow that is groomed but looks like it isn't, some don't groom their brows at all and others (like me) want a clean sculpted brow. As requested by Joan here is how I do my eyebrows

                                                                      Step 1 The Guide lines:
Place a brush or pencil (anything long and slim) by the corner of your nose straight up past the inner corner of your eye to your brow: this  is where your eyebrow should start.
Next hold it at an angle from the corner of you nose to the outer corner of your pupil and up to your brow: this is where your arch should be (I make a mark at this point with a white pencil). 
Finally from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eye marks where your brow should end. Your brow should end on the same line where your brow starts.


DON'T ignore the guidelines. A brow that is too long  gives the impression a caterpillar is crawling on your face and I'm guessing you don't want that.



Step 2 The out line:
With a white pencil, out line the shape you want for your brows, following the guidelines marked above. Take your time with this step and be sure to make them symmetric. Your brows do not need to be exactly the same but they at least need to be similar. I do this with the help of a stencil. You can buy one, Anastasia Beverly hills  has some impressive ones or you can make one (like I did).
DON'T ignore your natural brow shape, go for a shape that fits with your natural brow.

DON'T get overly creative and make you arch too high or you may end up looking like this...
I don't get how anyone with a miror and/or access to professional MUA would walk around looking like this


Step 2 Hair removal:
There are several systems you can use to remove the unwanted hairs (all that falls outside the white lines)
Here are some of them
Wax: this is one of the methods that remove the hairs right from the roots, so they don’t grow back quick. I like the home kit from Veet because its not harsh and unlike others it can be washed off with water. So it easy to remove any mistakes or left over’s.
Tweeze: this is one of my preferred methods because its a gradual process, reducing chances of taking off too much plus it yanks the hairs out right from the roots so they don’t come back in a hurry. I use flat tipped tweezers because they make it possible to pick up several hairs at once.
Razor: this is the fastest method. It takes off the hairs fast but they grow back fast too. 
Threading: this like waxing and tweezing yank the hairs from the roots. However it is reputed to be the most painful of them, all…which is why I have never tried it.

Pick the method you are comfortable with and roll with it. For first timers I recommend tweezing because its gradual so a mistake would mean a few hairs and not a whole patch. For a semi groomed brow, only clean up the hairs below your brow. For a cleam scultped look clean the bottom and the top.

DON'T over do the hair removal or you will end up looking more like an insect than anything else.


DON'T take off all of your natural brow in the hope of drawing on a new one. This will never look as natural as your own brow.





Step 3 The fill in a.k.a the cover up:
Once your eyebrows are groomed you want to fill it in to make them look fuller and cover up any scanty patches or mistakes. If you have really full brows you may not need this especially if you are trying to achieve a natural look.
You can fill in you brows with pencil or eye shadow (with the help of an angular brush), color is important though. You should use the color of you hair or a shade or two darker.

NEVER USE BLACK!!! I can’t shout this loud enough! I don’t care how dark you or are!!! They will not look natural and it might make you look mean.

Personally I prefer to work with a sharp pencil because I think it gives me more control. You want to work in short hair like strokes as opposed to just drawing them on. After I have filled in the brow I brush through the brow to even it all out. Then brush the beginning of the brow out ward towards you nose to create a fad out effect. You can use a brow brush or angular brush for this.

Step 4 Sculpting:
At this point your eyebrows should look pretty good. You can stop here or go for the full on sculpted look.
For this you apply concealer about two shades lighter than your skin tone on your brow bone and blend it down toward your eyelid. Outline the top of the eyebrow with concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly (you can also do this with foundation but concealer will create a more dramatic effect). You can then set this with powder or a light colored eye shadow (preferably a matte shade).


Finished!
There you have it eyebrows a la Stella. Like I said this is what works for me so you don't need to do everything the way I do. My system is a combination of many tips I have picked up along the way, so feel free to mix and match as you see fit. 

Hope this helps....

TTFN Divas

Stella
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