stronger than a powered up pac-man

Hey gang, let’s get retro.

Twas Sunday afternoon, I was whiling away the time, listening to themes from games I liked and chiptunes, you know, like you do. At some point, Anamanaguchi’s Endless Fantasy* combined in my mind with the area that is constantly thinking about makeup designs, and I was like, crap**! How have I not yet drawn something game-related on my eyes.

And so it came to pass that I started the laborious task of trying to draw pixellated game characters on my eyes. Plus some tetris blocks, and the word “Push Start”, of which I have already received all the rude intepretations, ta.

retrogamingAnyway. The blue background is from GOSH 9 Shades: To Play With in Vegas, the yellow for Pac-Man and blue and white for Inky is from Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Brights, and the eyeliner, as always, my one true love*** Bourjois. There was a lot of dabbing. I mean, a lot of resting the edge of my hand on my cheek and then on my nose, and carefully dabbing a bit more.

This was much harder than any of my other designs, I think because usually I’ve got a bit more freedom in how I represent a heart or a tree or whatever. But game characters, with their blocks and straight lines, are a bit more definite. And thus dabbing is a bit a more careful.

– hazy shade of glitter

*I’m totally not ashamed that I started off by listening to Mortal Kombat: The Album
**you better believe that it was a far, far stronger word than this
***sorry mr hazy shade, you had to find out sooner or later

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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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.

 

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shot through the heart

anatomicalheartHappy Valentine’s Day! Quick eye sketch today, of an anatomical heart.

I used a pink from the GOSH 9 Shades: To Play With in Vegas palette and applied all over the lid and up towards the eyebrow. With a single colour, I sometimes apply more heavily to the lid, and lessen as I get further up and out. Then, my trusted Bourjois Liner Pinceau to line the top lid (also used for the heart).

Next, I searched google for anatomical heart drawings, and er, gave it a go!

– hazy shade of glitter