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Halloween Tutorial: Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

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Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Halloween is almost upon us, but if you are like me you may still be unsure of your costume.  I was wandering the Halloween aisles at Target, and saw this adorable giraffe headband.  It was only $3, and I knew that I had to get it for a Sweet and Sassy Giraffe Halloween tutorial.  This makeup is not as hard as it looks, but it is really time consuming.  Make sure that you have at least an hour (if not more, depending on your skill level) to dedicate to the makeup look.  Once you have the makeup done, the rest of the costume can be as simple or as complicated as you desire, but we will discuss that later.  Also be sure to check out my previous Halloween tutorials to learn how to transform in to a Glamour Cat and a Totally Outrageous 80’s Jem-style Rocker.  Let’s get into the makeup.

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Tools

Before we start, I want to stress that you do not have to use the exact products that I used.  There aren’t any unusual products here, so you should be able to use what you already have in your collection. Here is what you will need:

  • A good eye primer. I used a sample of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer.  If you have NYX Jumbo Eye pencil in Milk or a similar white base, then you may want to use that all over the lid and around your eye area to save yourself a step later.  Unfortunately I misplaced my Milk, so I had to do without it.
  • Eyeshadow in matte dark brown, matte white, and matte black.  I used the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette for almost the entire look, but any shadows will do.
  • Brown Eyeliner.  I chose the Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liner because I wanted that subtle sparkle.
  • Black Eyeliner.  I chose the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my lid and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line, but any black liner will work.
  • Gold Eyeliner.  This may be the only item that you don’t already have.  You can find gold liner pretty easily this time of year.  I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in El Dorado.
  • Optional False lashes.  I tried.  I really did.  I think this look would be great with false lashes because giraffes have long lashes, but I couldn’t make them work for me.  Falsies, you are my nemesis and I conceded my defeat.  Those ever elusive long fluttery lashes were not in the cards for me this time.  Perhaps you will have better luck.

Start with your normal primer and foundation routine.  If you want to, you can use a light bronzer to warm up the edges of your face.  Do not contour, but a little around the temples and jaw line is good.  Prime your entire eye area (and use your white base if you have it).  I also recommend filling in your brows at this point so that you have a good frame for the eye makeup.  I filled my brows in with the same mix of brown shades from the 88 Warm Palette that I used for the giraffe spots.

Giraffe Step 1

Giraffe Step 1

Step 1:  Lightly dust some dark brown shadow on the lid and low on the crease.  I used the same shade that I will be using for the giraffe spots.  Blend the edges with a tan or peach shade but be sure not to go too high.  This step is just to get some color on the lid, but it will be overshadowed by the rest of the look, so don’t worry too much about getting it perfect.

Giraffe Step 2

Giraffe Step 2

Step 2:  Using a small detailed brush and dark brown shadow, create small square-ish shapes.  Leave a small space between the brown spots, and vary the size and shape.  Giraffes have asymmetrical spots, so you are not looking for perfection.

Giraffe Step 3

Giraffe Step 3

Step 3: Continue the pattern all around your eye area including above the brow, under the eye, and toward the nose.  You want the spots on the inside of your face and on the eye to start small, gradually getting larger as you approach the outside of the face and the cheek.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 4

Step 4: If you do not have NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or another white base, take a matte white eyeshadow and fill in the area between the spots.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it adds a lot to the overall look.  If you are pressed for time, you can skip it, but I think it is worth the effort.  I used the white in the Wet n Wild I (Heart) Matte palette.

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Giraffe Step 5

Step 5: With the gold eyeliner, place a dot/dash in the center of each brown square.  Again, this step adds a ton of dimension to the look and makes a huge difference.  I warned you in the beginning that this look was time consuming, but you will love how the gold liner transforms everything and takes it to the next level.

Giraffe Step 6

Giraffe Step 6

Step 6: Line your eyes and add mascara.  I used the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my upper lash line and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line and waterline.  I also smudged some black eyeshadow on my lower lash line.  I flicked my liner out for a baby wing.  I don’t recommend a dramatic wing for this look, but if you are comfortable with false lashes, more power to you.

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Giraffe Eyes

Congratulations, the eyes are done!  Make yourself some coffee or tea.  Have a cookie.

Giraffe Step 7

Giraffe Step 7

Step 7: On the forehead we are going for a subtle triangular shape.  Make the spots that are closest to the nose smaller, getting larger as you go up the forehead.  These spots should be less square shaped than the spots on the eye, but it is essentially the same thing.  Instead of adding gold to these spots, you want to take the brown liner and outline the shape of the spots.  I chose to do a partial outline on the inside spots and fully outlined the ones on the edge to make the transition more subtle.

Giraffe Step 8

Giraffe Step 8

Step 8: Starting on outer edge of the cheek, make medium sized spots with a flat shader brush, gradually getting larger as you move toward the jaw and neck.  You don’t want to bring them in too much because you want the center of the face and neck to be empty.  You can move toward the center over the collarbone and chest, but you never want the sides to meet.  The spots/squares on the neck and chest should be quite large.  Your spot pattern will depend on your outfit.  Make sure to carry the pattern over your shoulders and down your arms if they are exposed.  Just remember, larger spots on the chest and shoulders getting gradually smaller and more sparse down the arm toward the wrist.  Leave the inner arm bare, and you don’t have to do your hands.  If you are in a colder climate and will have your skin covered, you can stop at the neck and chest area.

Giraffe Step 9

Giraffe Step 9

Step 9: Outline your spot pattern with the brown liner.  By this point I was really pressed for time so I was not as careful as I should have been.  I’ll admit that I got a little sloppy with this step, but I was running so late.  It also may be hard to see the edges of all of your spots, so if you have a buddy willing to help you out with reaching all of the spots on your neck, it may help.  When you are done, lightly spray yourself with setting spray.

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

Step 10: Choose a lip color.  I opted for a medium nude gloss, though you can do any color that sings to you.  This is NYX Butter Gloss in Praline.

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Makeup is done.  Yay!!!  Put on your super cute Giraffe ears and snap a selfie.  You earned it.

For the rest of the costume, if you have anything with a giraffe print on it then you are ahead of the class.  But really, a tan or brown shirt or tank top paired with a brown or black skirt or pants is all you need.  The makeup is elaborate and is the real star of the show, so the costume is less important. Personally, I had everything I needed to put this costume together already.  I only bought the ears, so my total giraffe look cost me $3.  Hopefully most of you will also already have most of these items and can replicate the look pretty easily.  I love the way it came out.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.  I am very happy with it, and it really is easier than it looks.  It’s just time consuming.  I hope I explained myself thoroughly and that you find this tutorial easy to follow.  People will be pretty impressed with your mad skills if you show up with this makeup look.  I would love to know if you try this Sweet and Sassy Giraffe look for yourself, so be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Glamor Cat Halloween Tutorial

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Cat Halloween Tutorial

I’m back with another Halloween tutorial, and this time, it’s a cute Cat look.  I wanted to give you some ideas for relatively easy costumes that you could do last minute if you didn’t manage to come up with a plan yet.  A Cat costume is one of the easiest last minute costumes to come by because all you need is a pair of ears and maybe a tail.  Throw on some black clothes and you are good to go.  Cat makeup can be as simple or as complicated as you choose for it to be.  At the most basic, you need winged eyeliner and some painted on whiskers.  The most complicated looks require full face paint and a level of artistry that is beyond my skills.  I went for something in the middle.  This look seems more complicated than it is, but go ahead and adjust it as your skill level demands.  I apologize ahead of time for the weird lighting.  The daylight was going in and out so I couldn’t get the same consistency a I would have liked.  Oh well.  Also, all of my pics can be enlarged by clicking on them.  Enjoy!

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Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette

I used the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette for the entire look, but you can use any eyeshadow in your collection.  It only took four shades.  You’ll need a basic matte white, a brown crease color (I chose a shimmery golden brown), a basic matte black (no close up), and a medium matte(ish) brown for the stripes and contour.  Go ahead and apply your foundation as you normally would.  Prime your eyes with your favorite eye primer.  The eyeshadow for this look is very simple because it’s the eyeliner and brows that really stand out.

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Steps 1 and 2

Step 1: After primer, apply the white shadow all over the lid.  You may notice that I have a light tan shade as a transition color, but it ended up not being necessary, so go ahead and skip it.

Step 2: Apply a medium brown shade to the crease.  I opted for a shimmer shade because I love shimmer shadows, but any shade in the medium brown family would work.  An antiqued gold shadow would look lovely here too.  Do what makes you happy, just don’t go too dark.

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Step 3

Step 3: Apply a matte black shadow thinly in the crease.  I have hooded eyes, so I placed the black so that it is just barely seen when my eyes were open.  Don’t go too crazy with the black.  You just want to create depth, you don’t want to smoke it out (or at least I didn’t).  Make sure that you can still see the white on the lid.  Re-apply if necessary.

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Steps 4 and 5

Step 4: With white face paint, or NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk, draw a V down from your forehead and continue it down your nose.  Fill it in, blend it out, and top with the white shadow.  I didn’t make mine too stark because I have large pores and the white really accentuated them.  If you have better skin than I do, the white is adorable, but you can skip this step if it’s not your speed.  Sorry that this isn’t the best picture, but the full face shots should give you the right idea.

Step 5: With a pointed brush, apply a matte brown shadow to the sides of your nose and connect up into the inside of your lid above your crease color.  This isn’t really about contouring as much as re-shaping.  Cats have squared off, boxy noses and that’s the shape that we are going for.

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Step 6

Step 6: Time for the eyebrows.  I used the matte black shadow to fill in my eyebrows like I normally would.  Then with the same angled liner brush, I flicked out the black shadow to look like hair or whiskers.  Cats don’t really have eyebrows, per se, but they have tufts of fur and some whiskers in the eyebrow area, so that’s what we’re going for.  Try to get your brows even, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.  No one is perfectly symmetrical.  Remember, your eyes and brows are sisters, not twins.

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Step 7

Step 7: Line your eyes.  I used a black gel liner and an angled brush.  I wanted a thick, dramatic line.  Wing it out, and bring it all the way to a point in the inner corner.  That makes it look extra feline.

Step 8: Lashes.  Here is where I completely fell down on the job.  I had planned to apply false lashes so that they’d stand out against the black liner.  I recommend doing just that.  However, not only did I forget to apply the falsies, but I forgot my lashes entirely!  I didn’t even use mascara.  How did that happen?  I don’t really know what to say about that.  Definitely use mascara if you try the look.  *headdesk*

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Step 9

Step 9: With the same shadow you used for the nose contour, draw some “stripes” on your forehead.  Two of my stripes are on the white, two are not.  Make the inner stripes longer than the outside stripes.  You can also use this shadow to contour your cheeks.  I used NYC Sunny, but it was a little too warm.  On the cheeks, keep the stripe theme going and make your contour more angular than you normally would.

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Step 10 and 11

Step 10: With face paint or NYX Jumbo pencil, color in your upper lip area all the way up to your nose.  Basically give yourself a white mustache.  Hot, lol!

Step 11: With a black eyeliner pencil (I used UD Zero), color in the tip of your nose.  I felt like a flat top was more cat-like, as opposed to a rounded top.  Bring the liner down to your lip in a straight line in the center.  Instead of drawing in whiskers, I added dots because I thought it would look better.  With everything else so feline, I felt the illusion of whiskers would suffice.  You can draw full whiskers in if you are so inclined.

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Step 12

Step 12: With the same black liner, line your lips and blend the liner down so that you get an ombre effect.  I actually really like the look of my naked lip like this, so you may want to start with a nude lipstick and blend the liner into that.  I ended up using a red lipstick for a glamor cat lip.  The liner turned the red dark and vampy.  Very cool.  One note for safety, if you use eyeliner on your lips, be sure to sanitize it before you use it again on your eye.  You don’t want to cross-contaminate mouth to eyes.  That would be bad.

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All Done!

And that’s the look.  You can find cat ears all over the place from Halloween stores, to Target or Wal-Mart, even some drugstores.  Black clothes complete the outfit and that can vary from a slinky black dress for a sexy cat, to a more conservative black pants and shirt.  Or, maybe you hopped on the tuxedo top trend and can be a black and white tuxedo cat (trade out the brown stripes for black or dark gray).  There are a lot of options without having to buy anything, which is great if you are running out of time.

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Cat Halloween Tutorial

I hope that you liked this tutorial.  I enjoyed making it and I love how it came out.  If you missed my Jem (80’s glam rock) tutorial click here to see it.  If you try this look, let me know.  I’d love to see how it works out for you.  🙂

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Cat Halloween Tutorial

Truly Outrageous Halloween Tutorial

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Jem Halloween Tutorial

Halloween is fast approaching and today I have a tutorial for you.  I wanted to show you some relatively easy looks for last minute costumes and this is the first.  If you aren’t a fan of Jem and the Holograms, you can easily alter this tutorial for a non-specific 80’s glam rocker look that pulls together rather quickly and I’ll talk about that at the end.  First, though, a little refresher course.

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Jem and the Holograms

Jem is the title character (also known as Jem and the Holograms), from an American animated television series that ran in the mid to late 80’s.  The show is about the adventures of music company owner Jerrica Benton and her alter-ego Jem (plus her friends/band the Holograms).  If you were a little girl in the 80’s or early 90’s, you probably loved Jem as much as I did.  I can still sing the theme-song. 🙂

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Bright Pink Shadows

Onto the tutorial.  You can click on all of my photos to enlarge them if you need to.  Before you start with the eyeshadow, you want to prime your eyes really well.  Bring it all the way up to your brow and around under your eye.  Though I already have foundation on for the sake of the tutorial, you probably want to apply that after you get the pink down because of fall-out.  The first step is to grab some hot pink eyeshadow.  You do not have to use the same products that I used.  Check your collection and see if you have anything that will work.  If not, there are some good drugstore choices from Maybelline and Milani.  The pink in Wet n Wild’s Spoiled Brat trio is a really good cheap option.  I combined some LE shadows in my collection from NYC and WnW, but really, any bright pink shade will work.

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Pink shadow

Lightly apply your shadow to get the basic shape of the color-blocking.  Jem’s look cuts down from the middle of the eye and goes down to about half-way down the nose.  It also follows the eyebrow line out toward the temple.  I gave the cheek line a slightly rounded shape because I felt that it would be more flattering, or you can cut it across sharply like the cartoon.  I free-handed the shape, but feel free to use tape or a business card if you feel like you need it.  Also, a good option for guide lines is to lightly use a white or nude eye pencil that ca be easily wiped away or blended in.  That way you can trace out the shape or give yourself guide marks to follow.  Pack on the shadow so that you have bold color and a defined shape.  You want to be sure that both side are as even as possible, but it doesn’t have to be completely perfect.  Do your best, but we can clean up any issues after.  That’s all there is for the shadow.  When you are done with the pink blocking, use a makeup remover wipe to clean up any fall-out and any placed where you may have messed up.  Apply your foundation.  Use a small flat foundation brush to follow the pink blocking to get a clean well-defined edge and the blend down.

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Liner and Lashes

Next, you want to line your eyes in black liner.  I used NYX Slide-on liner in Jet Black for the lower lashes and waterline.  I used a liquid liner marker from Be a Bomshell on the top with a small wing.  You really want to define the whole eye because it gets lost in all of that pink.  Also, most of the way through lining, realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of the inside corner of my eye.  You want to continue the pink shadow on the inside in a little spike.  It’s hard to explain, so just reference the picture below.

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Black liner

I used a sample of Benefit They’re Real mascara and some false lashes from Revlon (which I forgot to take a pic of, sorry).  This is the first time I’ve used falsies and they take practice.  I need to work on it, but this is a great step in my goal to get over my fear of false lashes. 😉

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Eyes, Brows, and Cheeks

I topped my lower lash liner with the dark purple crease shade on the right hand side of WnW Petal Pusher palette.  After doing my brows in my normal taupe shade, I decided that I wanted something else, so I used the same purple shade on my brows over the taupe.  For cheeks, I did an extreme contour by first using WnW LE I’m seeing Triples (still in stores).  I used a large eyeshadow brush mostly with the purple-ish shade and dipped just the corner in the blue.  Then I blended the contour out by using more pink shadow and a small-ish blush brush.  When that was all done, I dusted some glitter (not pictured) all over my face.

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Pink Lips

For lips, I used Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten.  You want your lip color to last all night, and Smitten leaves a really nice stain behind.  To define my lips and brighten them up a bit, I used e.l.f. Lip Liner & Blending Brush in Fuchsia over Smitten.  I topped it all off with NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Pink Rose to added sparkle and shine.

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All Done!

And that is my Jem tutorial.  It’s pretty cheap and easy to do.  To finish the look, you can spray your hair pink and punk it up.  Since my hair is so dark, I threw on a pink punk wig that I picked up from Wal-Mart for around $7.50.  Enhance the look further by adding a toy microphone or even an inflatable guitar.  You can wear this look with almost anything, you don’t have to have Jem’s signature pink dress.  Thrift stores are fantastic at Halloween if you need some additions, but you could probably throw something together just by rifling through your closet.  Pink fish net gloves ($3 at Wal-Mart) help to 80’s your outfit up.

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Glamor and glitter, fashion and fame

Feeling totally rad instead of truly outrageous?  Is pink just not your color.  That’s fine!  The same steps can be followed using any colors.  Acid green or bright turquoise would look awesome!  You would be surprised with what you already have in your collection.  Be creative and have fun!

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Truly Outrageous

I hope that you enjoyed my Jem tutorial.  I am hoping to get two more tutorials up for Halloween.  It largely depends on how much I can get done before I leave for vacation and if the weather behaves.  Cloudy days make shooting tough!  I’ve got my fingers crossed.  🙂

3 Looks, 1 Palette: WnW Comfort Zone Look 3

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Look 3

This is my final look in my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone 3 Looks, 1 Palette series.  To see my previous looks, refer back to Look 1 and Look 2.  Today’s look is a small tweak on the regular neutral look that the palette suggests.  It’s not too dark, but it’s not too light either.  When I go through the step-by-step tutorial, I will explain how you can augment this look to lighten it up if it is too dark for you.  Again, I should note that all of these pictures were taken with a flash because of our stormy weather, so the shimmer is more apparent than it normally would be.  I hope that you enjoy.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Look 3

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

Look three of this series shows how you can easily do a neutral look that is good for any occasion.  To recreate this look:

  • Prime lids, I used Too faced Shadow Insurance
  • With a flat shader brush, apply brown crease shade on both the inner and outer corners of the lid.  Leave a space in the middle of the lid.  don’t worry if this looks crazy, we’ll fill it in later.  We are trying to create dimension.  Bring the shade up and blend it into the crease.  If going for a lighter look, leave the inner corner blank too.
  • With a small pencil brush, use the dark brown Definer shade to deepen the crease and on the outer most corner of the lid.  We’re not exactly going for a cut crease, but you don’t want this shade too wide.  Blend it out as dark or as light as you prefer.  For a light look, skip this step entirely.
  • Ok, time to fill in the lid.  With a flat shader brush, pack the icy pink eyelid shade on the lid overlapping the brown.  It’s okay to completely cover the inside corner if you want to, but try to leave the outside corner alone.  The brown shades underneath really add something to this lid color and center of the lid pops because leaving it blank makes this the lightest part of the look.  Lightly blend out the edges so there isn’t a harsh line between the lid and the crease.
  • Highlight the brow and inner corners with the yellow browbone shade.

I lined my eyes with CoverGirl Ink It Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Cocoa Ink.  I finished off with Maybelline the Rocket mascara in brown black.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Look 3

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Look 3

I hope that the three looks in this series have shown you how versatile the Comfort Zone palette can be.  Of course you can also do the two standard looks that Wet n Wild suggests by following the instructions on the palette itself.  I think that the 8-pan palettes from Wet n Wild are a fantastic deal.  The shadows are of very good quality, and with a little creativity, there are a ton of looks that you can do with each palette.  I didn’t want to stray from the palette for the purposes of this series, but there are a lot of fun looks to create by using a color cream base.  I Maybelline Color Tattoo, or a NYX Jumbo Eye pencil can go a long way to giving you even more options.  I hope that you enjoyed the series.  Let me know what other palettes you would like to see me do like this.

3 Looks, 1 Palette: WnW Comfort Zone Look 2

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

This is my second look in my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone 3 Looks, 1 Palette series.  For more information on why I chose Comfort Zone and to see my first look, refer back to this post.  Today’s look is definitely a night out look.  It’s bold and sultry, using the awesome duochrome definer shade.  Again, I should note that all of these pictures were taken with a flash because of our stormy weather, so the shimmer is more apparent than it normally would be.  I hope that you enjoy

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

Look two of this series spotlights the duochrome Definer shade on the bottom right side of the palette.  To recreate this look:

  • Prime lids, I used Too faced Shadow Insurance
  • With a flat shader brush, pack on the duochrome definer shade all over the lid and blend out a little into the crease.  This is partly to defuse the shade, but also to help the crease color blend.
  • Use the brown crease shade from the left side of the palette liberally in the crease.
  • With the blackened olive crease shade from the right side of the palette, deepen the crease and the outer corner of the lid.  Try not to bring it too high because you still want to see that brown shade that we laid down.  Be careful because a little goes a long way with this shade.  It’s better to use too little and need to add more than to use too much and end up with a black eye.  I went really light with this shade, but if you want a smokier look use a bit more.
  • Highlight the brow and inner corners with the yellow browbone shade.  (normally I would use a matte highlight like Brulee with all of these shimmer shadows, but I didn’t want to stray from the palette.)
  • Finally, use the duochrome definer shade on the lower lash line to give your liner added dimension and really pull the look together.

I lined my eyes with NYX Slide-on liner in Jet Black, and yes that is a wing you see.  Crazy, I know.  I never wing my liner, but I felt this look needed it.  You don’t have to go so thick with your liner if you don’t want to, but I like thick liner.  I used Physicians Formula Organicwear Fake Out mascara because I am trying to use it up.  This look would also work really well with fake lashes, which I am still working up to.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

I love this look.  I think it’s sexy and unexpected from a $5 palette.  Though I don’t have it myself, the duochrome definer shade is supposed to be a dup for MAC’s Club eyeshadow.  If you don’t have Club and want it, you can save a lot of money by picking up Comfort Zone instead.  I hope that you liked this look.  Stay tuned for Look 3.  Also, let me know in the comments below what other palettes you might like to see featured in a series like this.  I already have a request for the WnW Petal Pusher palette.  Any other suggestions?

3 Looks, 1 Palette: WnW Comfort Zone

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

This is the first of three posts that I am calling 3 Looks, 1 Palette using Wet n Wild Comfort Zone.  If you like this series, then maybe I can do it again with some other palettes.  Maybe I can alternate higher end with drugstore.  I figured that I would start with Comfort Zone because it is so easy to come by and so inexpensive.  Many of you probably already have it in your makeup collection.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

I love how user friendly WnW palettes are for beginners because they impress into the shadow which shades are used for brow, crease, lid, etc.  That’s awesome if you aren’t sure where to start, but it may also deter inexperienced users from getting creative.  You can cross the center line and use any of the shades in unexpected ways.  I’m trying to show how versatile the palette is by doing these looks.  I should note that all of these pictures were taken with a flash because of our stormy weather, so the shimmer is more apparent than it normally would be.  I hope that you enjoy.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

Look one of this series spotlights the green lid shade.  To recreate this look:

  • Prime lids, I used Too faced Shadow Insurance
  • With a flat shader brush, apply the green lid color all over the lid
  • Use the taupey gray browbone shade high in the crease as a transition color
  • With the brown crease shade from the left side of the palette, deepen the crease and the outer corner of the lid.
  • You will probably need to go back into the green lid color so that it pops again.  Don’t be afraid to layer if the colors lose their vibrancy.  Layering just adds dimension.
  • Highlight with the yellow browbone shade.  (normally I would use a matte highlight like Brulee with all of these shimmer shadows, but I didn’t want to stray from the palette.)  Don’t forget the inner corners to brighten your eyes.

I finished the look with NYX Slide-on liner in Golden Olive and Physicians Formula Organicwear Fake Out mascara.  This look would also work really well with brown liner.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

I hope that you liked this first look using the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette.  Check back soon to see the other two looks in this three part series.  Also, let me know what other palettes you may be interested in seeing used in a multiple look series like this.

Revlon Bohemian Eyeshadow Tutorial

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Bohemian Eye Look

I have a tutorial for you today.  I picked up the Revlon Photoready Primer, Shadow, plus Sparkle Eyeshadow Palette in Bohemian the second week of February when Revlon was 40% off at Rite Aid.  I just fell in love with the color combination.   It reminded me a little of the Too Faced Summer Eye palette that came out last spring.

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian

These Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palettes are interesting because in addition to the three eyeshadows, they claim to have a “primer” shadow as well as a sparkle top-coat.  In reality, the “primer” functions simply as just another eyeshadow, and works well as a brow highlight.  I’ve been wearing this palette quite a bit lately, and wanted to do a tutorial to show you how the shadows work.  This color combo has been popular lately, and I keep seeing similar shades appearing.  If you don’t have the Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian, just use whatever similar shades you have in your collection.  You can enlarge all of these photos for a closer look if you feel you need it.

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian

Here is a look at the shadows that I will be using.  The shadows in the Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palette in Bohemian are not all that pigmented, so be sure to prime your lids to help them out.  A good option to really make the colors pop would be NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk, which I have used many times with this look.  Today, though, I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance as my primer for a more subtle effect.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1: I started by applying the center teal/blue shade to my lid with a flat shader brush.  Stay on the lid and don’t pull it up into the crease.  We want the blue to just peek out from under the other shades.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 2: Next we want to use the peachy pink shade that’s on the top of the palette.  This is our transition color, and it will help blend the brown out when we apply it later.  I used my e.l.f. Studio Angled Contour brush to sweep the peachy shade on and above the crease.

Steps 3-4

Steps 3-4

Steps 3-4: You couldn’t really see much of a difference in the pictures of these two steps, so I am just going to combine them.  Step 3: With a somewhat fluffy crease brush, apply the brown shade to the crease and the outer portion of the lid.  I find it best to stamp the color onto the lid and then blend it up.  Blend until the brown transitions smoothly into the peach.  Step 4: Take that champagne “primer” shadow and, with a fluffy brush, swipe it under the brow for a browbone highlight.  I completely forgot to do it today, but you could also dab a little of that same shade to highlight the inner corner.

Step 5

Step 5

Step 5: As a totally optional step, you can now add a little of the sparkle top coat to the lid.  (This was nearly impossible to photograph.)  The shadows in the Bohemian palette are all pretty shimmery, so you don’t really need to add any more sparkle, but it can be fun.  There is major fall-out with the sparkles, so apply your face makeup after your eyes, or use a mixing medium (or water) on your brush.  Today I used a dry brush because I didn’t want super intense sparkle.

Bohemian Eye Look

Bohemian Eye Look

When you have everything blended the way you want it, add liner and mascara, and you are done.  If you want the blue to pop a little more than it does here, feel free to go back in with your paddle brush and add a little more shadow to the lid.  For today, I preferred to keep it as it was.  I lined my eyes with NYX Slide-On Pencil in Brown Perfection, which is one of my favorite eyeliners.  I smudged both the top and bottom liner with a sponge-tip smudger.  I’m testing a new mascara, so today I used Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara.

Bohemian Eye Look

Bohemian Eye Look

I really like the look, and the way the colors work together.  If Bohemian in any indication, these Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palettes are fun, but finicky.  As I mentioned earlier, they are not the most pigmented shadows ever, so a primer is a must.  Also, they do cause a lot of fall-out, so you have to be careful when applying.  However, I really like the combination of shades that they have.  The palettes are really pretty and, I think, worth a try if they are on sale.  I do not recommend paying $9-$10 for them, which I  believe is regular price.  I also don’t think that you need to rush out and get every palette in the line.  However, I do think that if you pick up one or two when they are discounted you may be pretty happy with them.  I’m glad that I got Bohemian and have been getting a lot of use out of it.  I hope that you like the look.