before you ask, "wtf?"

I view makeup from the perspective of a painter. Whether a look is practical or not does not matter to me. What does matter is the skill or technique you learn from creating a look. I am not a professional, a guru, or whatever else. I am simply an art student exploring the world of makeup.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

That One Socially Awkward Guy

I was going to do a blog post about bridal makeup, but why on earth would I do that? I have like zero experience doing bridal work so... I'm gonna put if off until after the wedding on saturday.

In the meantime... I will share with you a story. A story about a man. A man, who has no social skills.

He is that one guy absolutely everybody knows, because should you make eye contact with him he will rise from wherever he is seated and go talk at you. Ask any female (or male for that matter) on my campus and they will tell you, " THAT guy?? Oh he is such a creeper! I tried to avoid him the other day but we made eye contact and it was all downhill from there." I first met him last summer, because he lived in the apartment next to mine. It was tragic, because he would catch me on my way in or out every single day. If he so much as heard my door squeak open, he was ON that shit. He wouldn't have anything to talk about, really, just an awkward, "What are you doing? What's that? Who's that? Where are you going?" that would last for an agonizing 15 minutes.

His (power) walk resembles the gate of a duck, with it's head bobbing forward and back, the rest of it's body struggling to keep up. Fortunately this means you can hear him coming. Just the other day I was walking to class in the morning, enjoying the quiet, when I heard a rush of inconsistent footsteps coming up behind me. I knew it was him before he opened his mouth, which he did, to ask me what I was doing.
Thank goodness he was late for class (so was I at this point) and sped off in a hurry ahead of me.

The lesson I've learned from this guy is this. If you are going to be social and talk to strangers, at the very least have something to say. Also, it's always safe to assume that silence means GTFO.

A friend of mine today said that college life is the feeling of making a couple of friends, while also being stuck in a crowd of strangers. I have to agree with him.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Very Brief Opinion on "Soul Mates"

So here's something kind of crazy that just came to my mind.

The person who I will marry, my soul mate, is alive right now. He exists, somewhere. He could be awake right now or comfortably (uncomfortably) asleep. He could be working, studying, eating, thinking, right at this very moment. We may have already met. We may have stood next to each other in line at Walmart. Or maybe, I've never seen him before in my life.

Is that not crazy??

If you ever feel lonely, just remember that your soul mate is out there...and they are missing something because you aren't yet in their life.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Where have I been?

This post is going to be a bit different from my usual makeup-related stuff...

The simple truth is, I've been too stressed out to enjoy makeup the way I normally do. It's incredibly sad, but I have to take things one day at a time and relax when I have the opportunity. The source of most of my stress has been my entering into a new relationship with a close friend of mine. We have always been very close...but now that there is a title defining our relationship, everything has changed. My parents who once loved him now despise him and my mother does everything in her power to break us up, despite knowing that he makes me so so happy. Really, he does. I've never been so happy with someone before!
But what does one do when the odds are against you? I'm your generic white American girl, and he is a half black, half white British guy. No matter what I say or do, nothing will convince my family that he is right for me. And yes, it is about race. At this point, all I can do is wait it out and stay strong in my faith that everything will work out.
The best advice he has given me on the issues is this: Don't listen to what people think, because people rarely think rationally. Listen to what people know, the facts. That's really all that matters.
So, I will not let an opinion break me down. I will not let a thousand opinions break me down. I know what I know, and that is all that matters.

I promise, I will be updating more in the future. In fact, I have two shoots coming up that should be a lot of fun! With that said, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things....have a wonderful week everybody!!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lady Gaga Makeup

If you are a regular at Makeup Alley, then you already know about the recent challenge to recreate a Lady Gaga look. Makeup Alley, if you are not aware, is a fabulous makeup community with reviews, pictures, boards, and basically everything else you can imagine. Go lurk if you're at all curious!

In any case, this post is to show you how I created my Lady Gaga inspired look.

This is obviously not one of her stage makeups, with lightning bolts or zippers on her face. You can go that direction if you feel comfortable with it...but I'm just going to stick with this more "casual" look (for Gaga, anyway).

The most obvious thing about this look is the heavily contrasted eyes. You could achieve this look using only black and white shadow, but you are welcome to choose any light colored shadow and dark colored shadow you like. My only recommendation would be to keep it on the matte side, especially with the darker shadows. For this look, I used mostly electra on the lid with gesso as a highlight, and carbon in the crease. Also, refrain from darkening your brows too much. Lady Gaga keeps hers extremely light, and usually has heavy bangs which cover them anyway. The point is, she obviously doesn't give a crap about eyebrows.
The next thing to consider is the shape of the shadow, or the shadow placement. Most women would never go that heavily with a black shadow so close to the bridge of the nose. But Gaga, she's not "most women". You want to concentrate the darkest color just under the beginning of the brow, and bring it down until it is almost level with your tear duct. You should keep some space between that color and your tear duct, to create the illusion of much larger eyes. Think of it as if you were continuing the line of your crease. Now that you have that placed, continue the shadow in nearly a straight line to the outer corner of your eye. I said nearly straight, because you want to work with the natural shape of your eyes, which is likely curved. If Gaga wanted it to be straight, she would have just used tape. BUT that's not what we're trying to achieve!
Next, bring that dark shadow down and place it pretty heavily on the outer corner, including the lower lashline. This gives the illusion of big doll-like eyes. O.O
Okay, so you add your lid color and highlighter and you have everything blended, now what?
For liner, you would want to use a black gel, cake, or even a liquid liner. Go ahead and wing it out like you would for a retro pin-up look. Also, take the liner all the way to the tear duct. The next part is key to any Gaga look. Line your lower lashline (NOT the waterline) with the same liner you used earlier. Take the line all the way to the inner corner, connecting it with the top liner. If you saw my previous blog post with my all black liner look, you'll see what I'm talking about. It should form a point, which you can exaggerate to your liking. Lady Gaga almost always lines her waterline with white, so go ahead and do that. I used a nyx jumbo pencil in milk.
And you might have noticed something missing from my picture...That would be false lashes. Find the biggest most obnoxious pair you have and bam! Lady Gaga eyes!
The rest of the face is pretty simple..wait, no it's not.
While she has on occasion kept the rest of her face pretty natural, she often wears very extreme blush. Trust me, the woman is not afraid of it. Contouring is key, as well as using a very bright blush (think mac in lillyland collection!) applied all along the cheekbones.
For the lips, you can either go super bright, or keep it nude. I honestly find the look crazy enough already, so I went with nude lips. She often draws her lipliner outside the natural lipline, but if you have full lips this step isn't necessary. The important thing is to line with a nude lipliner and to fill in with a slightly lighter lipstick. I used mac hue lipstick for this.

AAAAAAND that's it! Do something crazy with your hair, put on some spandex body suit, and forget pants before you go out. Sooner or later the paparazzi will be all over you. :)

I hope this was fun! Let me know if there is any sort of look you would like to see duped :)
How do you feel about Lady Gaga? Is the revolutionary and unique or a crazy psychobitch? Let me know!!!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Makeup as Art- What is your style?

You may have noticed (if you watch my youtube channel) that I've been rapidly deleting videos. The reason is pretty understandable. I don't like them. More and more of the people I know in my life are asking about my videos, and it's quite simply embarrassing to have them watch videos I don't like. This doesn't mean I won't make any more videos, it's just that I'm kind of starting over.

Anyway, on to some fun makeup!

This is just something I put together last night out of boredom. I've got these new pigments in interesting colors, so why not go crazy? I personally think that I could have taken it a step further with the fuchsia and white..but that may be just me.
After putting this look together, I got to thinking about what my makeup "style" is. You know, if I'm ever in a magazine, what would people know me for? I'm starting to think that my style focuses on the natural curves of the face. I try not to do any makeup that clashes with the face shape. Let me find an example of what I mean....

Okay, so here is something I did a very long time ago. Thinking along the lines of M. C. Escher, the lines drawn flow with the contour of the eye. This can apply to casual makeup as well! If you are trying to create the illusion of something (a cat eye, eyelid, wider set eyes, higher cheekbones, etc), you have to work WITH the shape of your face, rather than against it. I can't just shade my cheeks where I wish I had cheekbones. That only draws more attention to the fact that I'm faking it. Working with the natural hollows of your cheeks is a better strategy.

Hopefully this has given you something to think about! Next time to experiment with makeup, familiarize yourself with your natural contours. You will learn a lot about how to work with your face in the process. :)


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Continued

Okay so now that I'm well's what I got.

First, a lovely hello kitty blanket! You'll see this in the rest of the pictures :) so soft.

So next was a huge box filled with VS Pink undies! I once told my ex boyfriend that the best gift you could give a girl is underwear. It's true for me, at least. Anyway, this little stuffed dog came with the underwear and will have to satisfy your curiosity. Sorry, I just don't feel the need to post pictures of my underwear on here.

Call me crazy.

One of my favorite things this year to receive was this MAC Cool Capers pigment set. Honestly, I will probably be wearing these colors every day this week. For girls with pale skin, this combination of colors is ESSENTIAL! However, I could definitely see women of color wearing the hell out of these colors as well. It's a fun set that can look great on anyone

Ah...the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. I am so thankful to receive this as a gift. Honestly, it is one of the best makeup books I've seen. It covers absolutely every facet of makeup from the very basics of application, to breaking into the business as an artist. I'm going to be learning a lot from reading this, hopefully. Anybody else read this yet? Let me know what you think!

Now this is a bag by Coach that I picked up awhile back. It was originally like....$250+? I honestly can't remember the exact price. But I got it for somewhere in the ballpark of $50! Amazing deal! The picture really doesn't do it much justice, as it is a really beautiful purse.

Harro Kittay!

Also known as "Hello Kitty". This is just something sweet that my mom picked up for me. I absolutely adore anything hello kitty, and this one has always caught my eye at the store. It is SO SOFT, guys!

On the topic of hello kitty, here is something very special that my mom picked up for me as well. The story behind this is sort of funny, actually.

I live near a CCO, and when this came in I just died. I hadhadhad to have it! It was $60 though, and my birthday was coming up so I showed it to my mom. Her reaction? She bought the only remaining one in our skintone for herself. Oh, I was pissed. You can absolutely believe I was pissed. My birthday came and went and still no hello kitty compact. Well, my mom must have stopped by again since my birthday and saw that they stocked more of these! She picked one up and the rest is history.

Lush, you say?
This is absolutely nothing compared to what I picked up today, lol. Did you know that Lush has killer after christmas sales? I stumbled in and walked out with $60 worth for $20. Anyway, back to the goodies. My brother actually picked these up for me :)
he got my the Gnome Name bubble bar and the Up You Gets emotibomb. I used the latter today and it was great!!

Here are some Coach earrings that my mom got for me. Ummm I don't know what else to say? They're just these really cute gold hoops with little inlaid c's. They look classic but somewhat edgy at the same time, which I find interesting.

Now this was my "big" present this year: a Tiffany key. I got the 2.5" oval key with the oval chain. I love it! It just looks so great with everything. I wore it today over a very plain grey long sleeved tee and it made my outfit much more interesting and pretty.

It's a spud gun....not much else to say.

And here's another present from my brother. Lol, the Family Guy star wars special. My family watched this last night and it was just hysterical! Family Guy seems to always get it right. :)

And that is basically it! Wanna see my huge Lush haul? That is coming!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009!

It's 2:07 Am right now...guys, I have a problem with staying up late.

But yeah, Christmas was technically yesterday! It was a lot of fun hanging around with my family and exchanging gifts. Oh wow, I just looked outside thinking that I saw snow!
I live in Georgia, there's no chance in hell it's snowing right now (get with the program woman!).
Here is what I wore as far as makeup goes. I used primarily the mac cool capers mini pigment set because it was a gift I received. For once, I involved glitter and it did not temporarily blind me! In fact, the glitter was a huge success and I got many compliments on it.

(how do you like the tp in the background? classy, right? lol I go through tissues so fast that I always keep a roll of tp around just in case my nose gets out of control)

Soooo on with the presents! I got a lot of neat things this year that I'm excited to share with y'all.


It's almost 2:30. I have GOT to get my ass to bed! I promise to post pictures of everything tomorrow, serious.