International Cat Day

Here it is, everyone. The internet’s favourite day! (“Isn’t that every day?”, cat lovers cry). Luminaries such as the Guardian have been joining in the celebrations, with this call for underwhelming photos of “average cats” (as if such a thing exists), The Pool have chosen some “feline-themed” tracks, whereas the Metro has gone for the evergreen “What your favourite cat says about you?“.

So of course, I must join in, with the only skill I possess – propensity to wield an eyeliner brush for some, at times, frankly bizarre designs.

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Today’s is no different. Due to feeling a little lazy about sketching an entire cat on my eyelid, I thought, why not just use my pupil as the albeit slightly more rotund body of a cat? Decision made, I whacked on a bit of pink over and above the lid, from the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Bright Eyeshadow, then carefully drew a head and some ears above my pupil with black liquid eyeliner (Bourjois, naturally), then under the bottom lashes, drew a little tail to the outer corner of the eye. I finished up by lining the lash line with some kohl, and finished up with some mascara!

– hazy shade of glitter

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she blinded me with science

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This Saturday will be the March for Science London, which I have been helping out with. Not in a makeup sense, but more of a moderation, bits of admin here and there kind of sense. A very interesting experience!

There are plenty of reasons to support science these days, but in terms of possible readers of this blog, cosmetic science has given us the wonderful, delightful makeup which we do so adore. If you fancy joining us at the march, there is lots of information on the site, lovingly designed by my very own Mr HSoG! Knock up a sign, and come along.

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So onto today’s look, I thought, with incredible imagination as ever, why not something science-themed? I searched for some space vector graphics on google images, and carefully drew them on my eyelid with some black Bourjois liquid eyeliner. White eyeshadow is from Makeup Revolution, and I also used L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara.

So there we are. Hopefully back soon with something more exciting, and maybe see you at the march!

– hazy shade of glitter

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Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

It’s International Women’s Day, and this year they are asking for people to #BeBoldForChange. Before we get onto today’s makeup design, I’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women.

When I’m not drawing on my eyes, I do a bit of work for Ada Lovelace Day, founded and run by my amazingly talented friend Suw Charman-Anderson. Ada Lovelace Day is an organisation that champions women in Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM), highlights their work and achievements, and encourages girls to consider STEM interests and careers. While Ada Lovelace Day itself, and the success of the women highlighted are obviously at the forefront, none of this would happen without Suw’s dedication and passion. She has even put together a woman in STEM crochet project! In 2015, Womanthology wrote a detailed piece about her work here, as well as the importance of Ada, and it’s well worth a read. So Happy International Women’s Day, Suw, Ada and all the other inspiring women, who do slightly more important things than fannying about with eyeliner*…

And now back to our regularly scheduled makeup. As it’s IWD, I thought I’d try drawing a cameo silhouette of a woman on my eyelid.

cameoSo firstly, I put on some pink eyeshadow from GOSH 9 Shades: To Play With in Vegas palette. Looking back at my posts, I realise I’ve used pink quite a lot, so I might need to go for some other colours soon. What can I say, it contrasts really well with the black. Anyway, I put that all over the top lid, a bit under the bottom eyelashes, and then used some purple from GOSH 9 Shades: To Have Fun With In LA palette** under the bottom lashes too.

I then looked up some clipart of cameos and found one of a woman looking rather proud with a hat at a jaunty angle. I discovered that, actually, drawing profiles is really, really tricky. So by the time I got to the border I’d run out of steam a bit, and just started doodling anything, and then it all got a bit wonky. But there we are. Of course, it goes without saying that it was Bourjois eyeliner for the design. I am, however, considering trying out some pens rather than a brush. This might help my drawing a little.

– hazy shade of glitter

*not that I’m knocking it, you can pry my eyeliner out of my cold, dead hands
**yes, I do have a lot of GOSH palettes and yes, I love them all. Who wouldn’t?

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cleopatra, comin’ atcha

It’s Friday, folks, so that means it’s time for some big ol’ makeup.

And you can’t get bigger* than pharaoh-chic. Now, I guess I probably should have done this properly, and researched types of makeup, but instead I just looked at some pictures of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, because… well, it’s Elizabeth motherflipping Taylor. And that eyeliner is just amaze.

So, I picked three colours from the ELF Little Black Beauty Book Cool – a light blue that goes everywhere, a gold for the lid, and a white for just a little dab at the inner corner.

Then it’s time for the eyeliner. I used a Superdrug kohl pencil first just to lightly mark out the line, and then went over it in Bourjois liquid liner. I also used the kohl to do the water line, and whacked a bit round my eyebrow too. I might have to investigate some of these brow powders and stuff (brow like cara? boy, I’m so out of the loop).

Then lots of mascara. Like seriously, pile it on. You could get false ones, but no word of a lie, eyelash glue terrifies me, to a very real degree. I’m not a convert yet.

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– hazy shade of glitter

*or can you…?

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pink it’s not even a question

It’s been awhile, sang Staind*, and like that, frankly, poor song, I’ve been a bit of a poor blogger. I am currently working on a new design (and there are still plenty of designs to catch up on), but for now, have some pink with a dash of black and green.

makeuprevolutionredemptionThe eyeshadows this time were from Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Brights, because, omg, look at all them colours.

I wore both pinks and the purple because I’m greedy**. The darker pink was all over the lid and up to the eyebrow. Next on went the purple, wiggled in the crease and at the outer edge, and then a teeny, weeny, bit of neon pink was tapped over the lid near the inner corner of the eye. Then there was blending. Lots and lots of blending. And sometimes it’s fun to apply a bit more of everything and blend again, just to get it right.

pinkandgreenNext of course, came the classic black line with a slick of the old Bourjois and a green line, so it semi resembles the racing stripe Homer added to his power plant, because he felt it was “pretty sharp”. The green liquid eyeliner was Miss Sport Studio Lash Colour Eyeliner in turquoise, apparently, but we have spoken about my rubbish colour identification before…

Whack a bit of black pencil eyeliner under the bottom lashes. And whoomp… there it is***. Plenty of mascara to finish, and yeah, a totally bold look, or whatever I should say to talk up this eye makeup.

 

 

– hazy shade of glitter

*it’s okay if you haven’t heard of them. It’s a state I recommend maintaining.
**more akin to a kid in a sweet shop****
***this song, on the other hand, is ace
****or something more modern. Are there even sweet shops anymore?

let’s hear it for new york

gosh9shadesny2Today is a slightly more sensible look trying out some of the colours in the Gosh 9 Shades To Enjoy in New York palette.

I’m utterly rubbish at describing colours, so I’ve numbered the ones I used. I applied the white one (no. 1), all over the lid and along the eyebrow, the orangey peach one (no. 2) over the lid, and finally the brown one (that’s clearly no. 3) in the crease, and at the outer corner.

Blend, blend, blend!

gosh9shadesny3A little no. 2 and 3 underneath the lower lashes, and no. 1 around the inner corner of the eye. Time for some Winehouse style flicks, so out came the Bourjois, for a nice line across the top lid. A smudge of Superdrug kohl pencil underneath the lashes. And finally, L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara to finish.

As ever, having a real mare of a time trying to get cameras to pick it up, so you’ll have to trust me that it looks super nice and blended and stuff, until such a time as I can photo stuff like a pro.

 

– hazy shade of glitter

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outside my window is a tree

A while ago, I’d been messing around with different combinations of eyeshadows and eyeliner to make sunsets and scenery. I look at photos and vector graphics of sunsets and fields and trees and things, and then try to combine them in my mind, and then on my eye. Sometimes more successfully than others.

This was one such experiment. Unfortunately, I can’t remember exactly what brand of eyeshadows I used, but at a guess it would have been various colours from the bright eye makeup palettes made by ELF, Makeup Revolution and Max Factor… Anyway, a pale yellow all over the lid, followed by two greens near the lashes, basically any two that looked like fields and grass. Then a bright orange above the yellow, and along the underneath of the eyebrow. I then used a Superdrug brand white eye pencil, to make the rays of the sun in the centre of the lid.

Next, out came the Bourjois Liner Pinceau (is it possible to love an inanimate object? I feel deep affection for this eyeliner), and firstly, I lined the top lid to give a base for sunsettreegrass/bushes/rushes. I created these by doing little flicks and blobs up from and along the line. Then I started on the tree. I usually draw an outline very lightly with the eyeliner, then start filling it in. For the leaves, I just carefully dabbed the tip over the various branches. To finish, I added a few birds. Again, that was just using the tip of the brush very carefully to create different ‘bird in flight’ shapes.

– hazy shade of glitter