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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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