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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i’ll take another ‘drink me’, baby

So hey, gang, since it’s World Book Day, thought I’d try some sort of book-themed eye makeup.

drinkmeMy initial thoughts were for something Harry Potter-esque, but after an ambitious attempt at drawing Hogwarts*, I decided to go with Alice In Wonderland** instead.

I quite enjoy writing on my eyes, so decided to go with the “Drink Me” label that Alice finds on the bottle. I used white and the dark pink from Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Brights and then my trusted Bourjois eyeliner for the everything else. I covered the entire lid in white, and very carefully*** drew Drink Me on it, then went round the outside so it looked like a label. Finally, I tapped some pink round the edges just to make it stand out.

And there we are. I’ve also tested out a few, ahem, swear words, and will blog about those in future…

– hazy shade of glitter

*you try drawing an entire castle on your eyelid
**Disney version, ‘cos clearer label
***because I’m stupid, I didn’t flip the image I was using, which meant drawing it backwards on my own eyelid, while fearing this scene from Mean Girls

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?

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

because you are gold

goldpinkI’m a bit of a fan of a gold shimmery eye shadow. Yesterday, I posted about how I used it for a surprisingly non-trashy leopard print look. Today’s post is much simpler – a combination of gold and a contrasting eyeliner.

So, apply the gold as before, and throw a bit of copper in there too. Then a line of Barry M Kohl Pencil in Hot Pink under the lower lashes and winged out to the side, with some black along the waterline. Finish up with some mascara, and it’s good to go, or to look somewhat thoughtfully, somewhat smugly off into the distance, in your bedroom…

– hazy shade of glitter