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Christmas nails and eyes (plus bonus shoes!) for 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

As is somewhat of a tradition, I made up some fancy themed nails for Christmas this year.  I opted for red and silver this time, and used my remaining Christmas nail stickers to decorate them.  They turned out really well.

I alternated the silver glitter and red polish, carefully applied the stickers, and finished with a couple of coats of clear polish.

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For my eyes, I used Lime Crime’s Siren (red) loose eyeshadow and applied it with a damp brush into the crease and eyelid, with signature sweep 😉  Then I used Chi Chi’s Cyber Vixen (silver) above the crease to the base of the brow bone (also with a damp brush).  Then I applied it again to the brow bone, but this time with a dry brush.  I also used a Chi Chi glitter eyeliner to add some sparkle.

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And here I am with my wacky blue hair :)

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And to finish off the look – sparkly shoes!

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Bold red and silver rock look

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I was wearing a faux KISS t-shirt so I thought I’d go for something rock-like and bold for my eyes.

First, I covered my lids all the way up to my eye brows in shiny metallic silver (Chi Chi’s Cyber Vixen).

Then I marked out a large wing of red on the outer corners, which fanned outwards and upwards to the end of my brows.  I used Lime Crime’s Siren for this.  I then lined my upper lashline with Makeup Geek’s amazing red gel eyeliner, Poison.

I really find it hard to stop using that red!

I really find it hard to stop using that red!

Next I applied white lines (in NYX’s Milk jumbo liner) to either side of the red panel, and applied a line of silver glitter (Chi Chi) on the lower side of the white line.

I then applied more of the NYX white liner to my lower water line, loaded up my lashes with black mascara, and we’re done!

I love the silver too :)

I love the silver too :)

More Christmas makeup!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wore this look!  I really need to post more regularly 😛

This is the makeup I wore to my family Christmas functions last year. I really love how this turned out :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

I used the matte dark green Chi Chi that I’ve used before, applied with a wet brush to get the most pigment on my eyelid.  Then I used Lime Crime’s loose eyeshadow dust in Siren to carefully line my crease and up to the below the brow bone (note, no smudging for once!)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look.  I think this is more dramatic :)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look. I think this is more dramatic :)

I applied white eyeshadow above this, right into the browline, and used a smudger brush to blend and soften the red shadow line.

Next I applied a dark green glitter liner to the outer corner of upper lashline, flicking it a ways.   I applied a second line of silver glitter eyeliner above the green.

I love how good green and red look together!

I love how good green and red look together!

I then applied a light dab of green shadow to my lower lashline, and blended this with white.

Finally I applied white eyeliner (NYX in Milk) to my lower water line, and loaded up my lashes with black mascara.

A bit of red lip gloss finishes of the look :)  Happy Christmas 😛

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one's makeup regimen!

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one’s makeup regimen!

Makeup Geek Red

Friday, August 9th, 2013

This look uses Makeup Geek’s red eye shadow and gel eyeliner.  I talked about this in a previous post, and now I want to show you the look and how I put it together.

The red shadow is called Bitten, and it’s a very dark, brownish red, and much more of a matte finish than the Lime Crime red I often wear.  So it definitely gives a different kind of look if you want the drama of red, but without too much shimmer.

The red liner is called Poison and, as I mentioned before, it will not budge once it’s on – which is both good and bad!

Very addicted to red eye makeup!

Very addicted to red eye makeup!

So to do this look, I applied the red shadow to my entire lid, then blended in a dark silver grey and swept this into a wide wing up to the outer corner of my brow.  I then applied white shadow to the brow bone, and around to the inner eye corner for a highlight.

I then applied the red eye liner to my upper lash line, sweeping it out to match the shadow.  I also used the red liner below my lower lashes for some extra drama.

The look is finished off with a white liner on the lower waterline, and lots and lots of mascara on both sets of lashes.

PS looks better if I remember to fill in my brows!

Christmassy nails and eyes

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Yes, I know it’s not Christmas, but this is actually a look from last year.  I am very behind in my posts 😛

So first I have some Christmassy nails – rather than make a set of nails, I just painted my natural nails, which is why they are so short and stubby!!

Short nails, noooo!

Short nails, noooo!

I used a bright red base for four of the nails, and then used a red glitter top coat.  The feature nail has a Christmassy snowflake nail sticker :)  The feature nail is a very intensely glittery green nail colour.  This was very thick and subsequently peeled off a few days later, which was good in some ways I guess, as it made it easy to remove!

Next, my eye makeup.  I’m pretty pleased with the red and green combination.  Still loving that Lime Crime red Siren eyeshadow, you’ll see! 😛

Christmassy!

Christmassy!

First I used the red eyeshadow (applied with wet brush) over the entire lid  up to the crease (with a big sweeping wing), then I used a dark green up to just below my brow bone.  The dark green is not very pigmented so it actually goes on with not much intensity.  In this case, that was to its advantage.

I blended the green into white up to my eyebrow, then applied a spattering of green glitter (from the infamous glitter palette) to the outer corner area.

Don't forget the Lime Crime Retrofuturist red lipstick with Chi Chi red gloss!

Don’t forget the Lime Crime Retrofuturist red lipstick with Chi Chi red gloss!

I then used BYS gold liquid eyeliner to the upper lash area, sweeping that out along the outer corner as well.  The final touches were dark green eyeliner pencil to the lower water line, and lots of black mascara on the top lashes.

And because it was Christmas, I also wanted appropriate footwear, so I figured green sparkly shoes would work well 😀

These are by Funtasma!

These are by Funtasma!

Red, white and black poker face

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

This post shows off the eye makeup combination I made to go with my awesome Poker shoes:

Poker Shoes by Pleaser!

Poker Shoes by Pleaser!

First I applied white Chi Chi eyeshadow all over my eyelid, then used Lime Crime’s Siren red loose eyeshadow for the crease and upper lid.  Sadly, working with white eyeshadow below a bright colour is problematic, as you can see from the left side below (smudging).  The red transferred onto the lower section very quickly through blinking and fallout.  I think the only way around this is to be very careful with applying the bolder colour, and to make sure the brush is not too loaded with eyeshadow.

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White and red eye shadow and black eyeliner

Anyway, it still looked cool 😛  So next I used a black gel eyeliner to make a line above my lashline.  This is a new product for me, and it went on nice and creamy, so I got good definition.  Would probably be better to use if my eyelids weren’t SO OLD AND WRINKLY!

I also added a parallel white line above the black at the outer corner.  I quite like using a double lined eyeliner look on occasion.  You don’t see it very often, at least where I live, so it’s nice to feel a bit unique!

Mascara, mascara, mascara!

Mascara, mascara, mascara!

I finished the look off with loads of black mascara, and white eyeliner on my lower waterline and in to the inner corner of my eye as a highlight.  I’d normally put mascara on my lower lashes if I’m using a bold colour combination like black and red, but because of all the white, I didn’t need to (it kept my eyes looking normal sized, instead of tiny like black eyeshadow does!)

So there you have it.  I think it’s a good look!

Red smokey eyes

Monday, February 11th, 2013

This is the eye makeup look I wore to my high school reunion.  It didn’t end up being like last post’s because I sort out mucked it up as I was trying something else!

What I started doing was a black eyeshadow over the upper lid, with the red above towards the brow bone.  But it didn’t look very good, and I started smudging it so, I made some modifications.

So, to achieve this look:  first apply black eyeshadow to the entire upper lid into the crease.  Then take red eyeshadow and apply that over the top of the black, and all the way up to the middle-upper part of your eyelid.

Red over black is a different shading technique but it worked well

Red over black is a different shading technique but it worked well

I then applied a white eyeshadow to my brow bone and blended down to soften the hard line of red.  I smudged this a bit to soften it further.

I used a black cream eye liner to create a bold eye line along my upper lash line, and layered on lots of coats of mascara.  Finished off with defining my brows, and we’re all done.

Red eyeshadow is always dramatic.  Here in Tassie, I've never seen anyone else wear it!

Red eyeshadow is always dramatic. Here in Tassie, I’ve never seen anyone else wear it!

I am quite happy with how this turned out even though I nearly ruined it at the start!!

And here I am rocking my awesome flame boots at the reunion.  I don’t have a better photo, so you will have to put up with me pulling a stupid face!

Double chins akimbo!

Double chins akimbo!

Red and silver eyes

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Another look using my awesome Siren red eyeshadow by Lime Crime.  This time I was experimenting with red eyeshadow looks for my high school reunion (to go with my nails from the previous post).

Red and silver eyes with lots of black mascara.

Red and silver eyes with lots of black mascara.

I decided to try out a look with red and silver.  First I applied shimmery silver eyeshadow to my entire eyelid, right up to my brow bone.  I used a wet brush for more intense pigment.  Then I applied the red halfway between my eyelid and brow bone, around in the crease area, and flick out the ends carefully to make a wing.

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I just can’t stop using this red eyeshadow!

Next I used a sparkly grey-black gel eyeliner to make a thin line at the base of my upper lashes, again flicking out the end to the wing.  I also applied some of this eyeliner to my lower lash line, and smudged some of the silver eye shadow and the inner and outer corners of my eye as a highlight.

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I accidentally smudged the red a bit in the corner of one eye, so I did my best to make it look on purpose on both sides!

I applied three coats of black mascara to my upper lashes, and one to my lower lashes.  Tidy up my brows, and voila!, we’re done!

Red lipstick and a red hair band to finish the look :)

Red lipstick and a red hair band to finish the look :)

Red and white dot nails

Friday, January 25th, 2013

It’s been a while since I featured some nail art, so today is the day!  This is the latest set of nails I made – for something snazzy to wear to my high school reunion last year.  I’d been admiring the dot nail art technique for a while over on Pinterest, and decided I’d have a go at making my own.

I decided that I wanted to have white nails, with red french tips, and a line of glitter, plus red dots.  I thought I could swap the colours around for a feature nail, and maybe do stripes instead of dots for another feature.

Here are the three nail polishes I used

Here are the three nail polishes I used

After cutting and shaping the nails to my preferred size, I painted them in their base colour – white for all except the ring finger, which I did in red.

I then used some stick on nail forms, to do the tips.  As you can see this is a bit of a messy process – which is why I opted to put some glitter between the tips and the base colour (to hide the mess!)

The red was a lot thinner consistency than the white

The red was a lot thinner consistency than the white

To create the glitter line, I poured out some silver glitter polish and used a very small dotting tool to gather it up and slowly dot it along the tip line.

You need to work quickly with glitter polish, as it tends to clump and dry very fast

You need to work quickly with glitter polish, as it tends to clump and dry very fast

Once I had completed each nail with the silver line, I made sure to leave them to dry before working on the next stage.  The glitter line really did a good job of hiding those imperfections in the tip process.

Here you can see both a standard nail, and the ring finger accent one

Here you can see both a standard nail, and the ring finger accent one

The next step was to use a larger dotting tool to create the dot pattern on the nails (using red on the white nails, and white on the red).  I also wanted to have a different effect on my thumbnails, so instead of dots, I painted stripes.  Next time I’d use a thinner brush to do the stripes.

Here is the complete set of nails

Here is the complete set of nails

However, on one of the middle fingers, I mucked up the dot pattern.  If you look at the above pic you will see what I mean.  In order to hide this, I figured I’d make a sort of flower accent out of rhinestones.  It turned out quite nice, so I replicated it for the other side.

There's always something you can do to hide the imperfections!

There’s always something you can do to hide the imperfections!

So there you have it, some new techniques to try, and some tips on how to cover any mistakes you make!  These nails were very fun to make and even more fun to wear :)

Spots and stripes!

Spots and stripes!

Flame eyes

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

After seeing this cool flame look on Facebook I thought I’d attempt my own version.  Mine is by no way a match, but I was pretty proud of it for a first go.

First I created the flame outline with Lime Crime’s Sixth Element orange liquid liner, then applied a red base (I used Lime Crime Siren) over my eye lid, with flicks of red up over the crease towards my brow bone.

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Make the outline first, so you can have a space to work within

Over the red I applied a bright orange colour, which dulled the red to a more rich orange colour.  I filled in some of the gaps with orange, and the tips of the flames with yellow.

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Blend the colours to give the effect of fire

I then applied the orange liner to my upper lash line, and right dow to the inner corner of my eye.  I applied soft brown shadow under my lower lashes blended with orange, and applied a few generous coats of black mascara to both my upper and lower lashes.

For my lips, I used Lime Crime’s Retrofuturist with a red Chi Chi lipgloss.

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Red lipstick complements the fiery orange eyes