Friday, October 29, 2010

RAW: Natural Born Artists + FOTN

Hello everyone! Here's a meaty blog post for you. Last night I went to the RAW: Natural Born Artists Art/Fashion show and I've got quite a few pictures to show you. It was the first art/fashion show that I've been to so it was really new to me. My friend invited me because she knew I was into makeup and her cousin was the makeup artist featured at the show. Here's a link to their website if you want to learn more about RAW:
The runway was actually over the pool. Oh chic!

The show featured different artists whether their specialty was makeup/hair, fashion, photography, or even jewelry. It was really small so we were able to actually look at all the exhibits. Of course, I only took picture of the makeup exhibit, which were all done by friends' cousin, Keifla.

Keifla with my friends and his monster pin-ups. Amazing work!

I was at awe looking at all the face charts at the show. If you look closely at the picture above, the monster pin-up in green was actually "unzipped." She explained how fast he actually worked on her and it honestly looked like it could have taken a good hour or more. The scarred skin looked so real in person. So inspirational!

Two of the models strutting their stuff.

The fashion show was interesting, but also short. I think another designer was supposed to show their work but they couldn't make it, so we only saw one collection. I cannot remember the name of the designer (but I'm sure you can find it on their website), but I LOVED that most of the models wore legwarmers! I seriously love legwarmers and anyone who says they're not cute and out of style are so wrong. Go to Japan and you'll see that people still rock them, and yes they are cute.

So that ends my night at the RAW art/fashion show. My friends and I were starving so we headed to happy hour before heading home. Sometimes it's fun to get all glammed up for a night out =) Here's the FOTN:

Eyebrows: Purple e/s from CS 78 Palette Version 1

UDPP in Eden
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha (base)
MAC "Club" e/s (lid)
Bee Luscious Dark brown e/s (darken)
MAC "Saddle" e/s (crease)
Clinique Black Icicle Duo (highlight)
Ardell Wispies

Monistat Chafing Gel
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in True Beige and Toast
MUFE No. 4 Camouflage Palette
CS Contour & Blush Palette
MAC "Azalea Blossom" Blush Ombre
MAC Invisible setting powder

Beautique "Dusty Rose" lipliner
NYX "Milan" lipstick
NARS "Pillow Talk" lipgloss

Monday, October 25, 2010

Minimalist Makeup: Quick and Easy!

Hi everyone! Today's blog post focuses on something I don't bring up very often, considering this is somewhat of a "go-to" style of mine: minimalist makeup. A lot of my tutorials on youtube don't focus on keeping makeup very light so I thought it would be good to touch up on this.

This is not necessarily an FOTD, but the actual thought dawned on me as I was getting ready to go to dinner tonight. I didn't feel like putting on a lot of stuff on my face and I surely wasn't going to pull out my eyeshadow brushes and start blending up a combo. Sometimes you just don't need to if you're going to be out for a few hours, ya know?
When I want to keep things minimal, I always focus on two things: skin and lips.

Let's start with skin (Here's a link to my skincare routine video: Personally, when I look at other people's makeup I look at their skin. You can have some awesome eyeshadow on but if your foundation looks caked on or maybe a little too light/dark, it IS noticeable too. For my makeup tonight, I applied literally 3/4 of a pump of my Revlon Colorstay foundation and applied it to areas where I needed it, then blended it out. With a little bit of concealer under my eyes, it evened out my skintone. I also contoured and highlighted, with a little bit of a pink blush to my cheeks. I like just a hint of color on my cheeks since I usually go for a lip color that pops.

Now if you've seen my videos, you already know that I LOVE lipsticks and mainly lipsticks that have high pigmentation and are rather NSFW at times. It really took me a while to find what colors suited my skintone, but in the end it's worth experimenting. I lean towards a lot of plums, magentas, and even some corals. From time to time I like to wear a red lip too ;). Tonight I went for more of a magenta with MAC's "All's Fair" lipstick (on top of Magenta lipliner). Don't get me wrong, it's okay to wear something a little more natural (because we are going for minimal), but this is just my personal preference and I'd take a bold lipcolor over some dramatic eyeshadow any day.

I think by focusing on those two aspects you can have an easy, fresh look without the hassle of pulling out eyeshadows and loading up on eyeliner and mascara. But of course, this is just my opinion so here are some last tips on what I believe to be minimalist makeup:

Eyebrows: I personally need to fill in my brows because it really does frame your face! Don't wanna spend too much time on them? Tinted brow gels are the way to go (though I filled in mine here with purple e/s, something I've been doing for a while).
Lashes: I'm wearing false lashes in this one only because I chose not to wear mascara. It's either/or for me, but if you're not into both, at least curl your lashes; it will make a difference.
Eyeshadow: If you really MUST put on eyeshadow, I would go for a soft wash of color on the lid, blended out and a subtle highlight. I like to just use MAC's Sublime Nature paint on the lid if I want to brighten up my eyes a little.

Lastly, a lot of women forget that natural IS beautiful. I think minimalist makeup is bringing out your own natural beauty, without the extensive use of products. AND it gets you out the door a lot faster ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Daytime Smokey Plums FOTD

Hello everyone! Wow a new blog post?!?! It's been AGES since I updated this thing so I thought I'd give it another go. Today's FOTD is a very wearable plum smokey eye. Hope you like =)

Revlon Tinted Wax
MAC "Vibrant Grape" e/s

Pixi Plum e/s from Lumi Lux Palette No. 1 (lid)
MAC "Sketch" e/s (darken crease)
L'oreal HIP brown e/s from "Roaring" duo (crease)
Clinique "Black Icicle" duo (highlight)
UD 24/7 Eyeliner

Monistat Chafing Gel (primer)
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Caramel
NARS Orgasm Blush
CS Contour & Blush Palette
MAC Invisible Setting Powder

Beautique "Dusty Rose" lipliner
MAC "Twig" lipstick
NARS "Pillow Talk" lipgloss