Festive Fall Fever

Hello Dudes and Dolls!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Mine was… interesting? Let’s just say that there was a drama-llama who caused a lot of unnecessary stress and gloom during one of my favorite days of the year. But I tried to just go with the flow, and as Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 5 winner Jinx Monsoon likes to say, it’s just

Water off a Duck's Back

If you want to see what I did for Halloween, I’ll leave a few pictures at the bottom of this post since this is about what you can do for those fancy family Thanksgiving dinners. This time of year is always my favorite because I get to play with lots of golds, oranges, and browns. Below are some examples of easy smokey eyes. All you need to do is lay down your gold or orange all over your mobile lid, and then blend your browns through the crease and pack it on the outer corners of your eyes. Just be sure to blendblendblend! The eyeliner and mascara is all up to you!

I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving. xx

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Gold and Brown Smokey Eye
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Gold and Brown Smokey WILD Eyes
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Orange and Brown Smokey Eye

Some of my favorite fall eyeshadow colors are listed below with their prices. They are grouped by cosmetic brand.

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Below contains images that could be considered graphic due to the appearance of scars and blood. Viewer discretion is advised. Continue reading

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Glam Snake-Inspired Makeup

Hey spooks and kooks!

Since Halloween is a little more than a week away, I figured I would make a couple in-depth posts that are fairly simple to recreate if you don’t have an idea for Halloween yet. This first one I created for my sister (the beautiful model in the pictures; thanks babe for letting me post them) for her theatre banquet, which was jungle-themed. She figured that most girls would go as some sort of jungle cat, so she wanted to do something different. She came up with the idea to do something snake-related from a huge plush snake she had won years ago. I then drew inspiration from the different shades of green incorporated into the plush.

If you want to do something relatively simple for Halloween without having to wear overly used cat ears, here’s how you can become a glamorous snake princess! All of the products used will be listed at the end.

Stunning snake-inspired makeup

First thing you must do is prime your eyes!!! After all, we are using heavy makeup, and if you’re going to a Halloween party, you don’t want those greens slipping and sliding all over your face otherwise people will think you were trying for the Wicked Witch of the West!

After priming, you want to blend the tiniest bit of eyeshadow that is either close to your skin color, or a neutral/cool-toned brown, into your crease. This will make attaining that diffused smokey look much easier. Next, you want to run a stark white base all over your mobile eyelid. Not only will this help those shadows stick even better than if you were just using primer, but it will make the colors you use more vibrant. I personally recommend using a white eyeliner, but any safe, creamy product will work.

Next comes the fun part! Choose 2-3 shades of green to lay down on the mobile lid, but save a super dark green for the crease. The colors you choose are up to you, but based on the plush my sister had, we used a yellow-green and a bright green. Place the lighter shade of green on the first half of your mobile lid, and then place the darker shade of green on the second half. I recommend using a short, flat brush to pack on the colors. It’s best not to initially sweep on the colors, but rather save the sweeping for blending the two colors into each other to create a nice gradient on the lid.

Now you want to create a cut-crease. It’s a lot easier than it seems I promise! Using a brush that is pointed in order to get that precision, trace a thin line in dark green just above your crease so that way it is visible when your eyes are open. The easiest way to do this is by looking down into a mirror. Be sure to flick it up and out at the end to add that extra DRAMA. Now all you need to do is blend the mother-fluffin’ life out of that line, making sure to use a clean fluffy brush. This is going to take a while. Be sure to take your time building up the color and blending it out, repeating this step over and over until you are happy with the intensity. Just be sure to blend up, and avoid getting any dark green eyeshadow on your mobile lid. Once you finish blending, I would suggest going back in with the original green colors used on the mobile lid to add back any color that was lost from blending.

Next comes the eyeliner. Create a big dramatic wing, following the curve of the cut crease up and out. I would suggest using a gel or liquid eyeliner as not to disturb the lid color too much. Be sure to set this eyeliner with a black eyeshadow in order to prevent transfer of liner into the crease. After all, you worked really hard on all that blending! Also take the eyeliner down into the inner corners of your eye, ending it in a point. This is really going to transform your eyes into that snake-like shape. Set this with black eyeshadow too. While your at it, run some eyeliner onto your waterline.

If you want to you can blend some of that light green eyeshadow underneath the inner half of your lower lash-line, and that slightly darker green eyeshadow underneath the outer half of your lower lash-line. Now just add some mascara to your top and bottom lashes. If you want that extra glam you can add one or two pairs of fake eyelashes. Also ff you want to you can highlight the inner corner of your eye as well as your brow bone.

Now that you’re done with the eyes, it’s now time for the scale-like pattern. I’d recommend using fishnet stockings of anything that has a pattern similar to that. We ended up using an old sports bra that had that fishnet-like cutout pattern. Just be creative! The trick here is to make sure that once you start applying the makeup over the fishnet, you must not move it, otherwise your  pattern will get messed up. Place your fishnet wherever you want the patter, and dab the slightly darker green eyeshadow over the fishnet. You must not sweep the color! Be sure to dab up and down. This may take a while, but sweeping will only create a thick band of green on your face. Then dab the lightest green eyeshadow overtop of that slightly darker green, but make sure that it is only applied down the middle of the fishnet. This gives the pattern a much cooler effect. Just repeat this anywhere you want the pattern!

Finish off the look with a black or dark purple lipstick and you are good to go! I hope this was easy to follow! Comment below if you tried this, and tag me on twitter or instagram if you recreate this look and post it! Happy Halloween my loves! xx

Twitter and Instagram: @msnicolepaige

Products Used:

  • MAC Paint Pot- Painterly
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer- Translucent
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette- Naked
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- Milk
  • Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette- Thrash and Freak
  • Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette- Loaded
  • E.l.f. Essential Expert Liquid Eyeliner
  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Lacquer Intense Gel Eyeliner
  • NYX Smokey Fume Shadow Palette- Black
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette- Virgin
  • NYX Butter Lipstick- Licorice

Brushes:

  • MAC 263
  • MAC 217
  • Sigma E40
  • Sigma E35
  • Sigma E30
  • Sigma E25

Spoopy Spoopy Hallowoon.

Oh HEY. Sorry I’ve been MIA recently. Honestly, the whole blogging thing became super overwhelming. I had an idea for what I wanted to do with this blog, but then after consulting with some family members, I didn’t know what to do. They seem to think that this should be more of a portfolio for my looks, and that I should just post pictures. But what fun is that? I don’t know where this is going, but I’ve decided to give it another go.

Since Halloween is just a few weeks away, I figured I would post some looks I’ve created over the years for Halloween.

First attempt at skeleton makeup. I'd like to think I'm much better now.
First attempt at skeleton makeup. I’d like to think I’m much better now. 2012
First time experimenting with the gore and SFX side of makeup. I used some tissue and liquid latex on my neck, cut it open, added some blood and bruising, and then sewed it back up with a needle and thread. Not too bad for my first time, eh? 2014
First time experimenting with the gore and SFX side of makeup. I used some tissue and liquid latex on my neck, cut it open, added some blood and bruising, and then sewed it back up with a needle and thread. Not too bad for my first time, eh? 2014
First time making open wounds and scars. 2014
First time making open wounds and scars. 2014
I don't know what this is but I thought it was both creepy and kawaii
I don’t know what this is but I thought it was both creepy and kawaii. 2013
Snake-inspired makeup for a jungle-themed party. Not done for Halloween, but I felt it fit in with the category. 2015
Snake-inspired makeup for a jungle-themed party. Not done for Halloween, but I felt it fit in with the category. 2015 

I have a lot of ideas for this year, but unfortunately I won’t be able to play with my ideas to the fullest extent. I have 24 hour  commitment, and I don’t think it would be wise to show up all bloodied and scarred.

Oh well. Maybe someone will let me do their makeup?

Happy Halloween my loves. xx

Black and White Smokey Eye

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Hello everyone!

So there is a bit of a story behind this look. Recently I’ve wanted to get into cosplay, specifically as some of my favorite anime characters. So last week I attempted to do my makeup to look like Gasai Yuno, an adorable and murderous teenage girl (but without the pink eyes).

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Isn’t she precious? (Source)

Clearly my makeup didn’t turn out like this. I started by applying a white eyeshadow in a V-shape around the inner corners of my eyes in order to make them appear larger, like a cartoon. I then applied a black eyeshadow in a V-shape around the outer corners of my eyes. This is where things started to look a little different. Instead of blending into the crease and dragging the dark shadow in a downwards motion, I blended up and out. It didn’t look bad at all, it just wasn’t the look I had in mind. I then continued as though I never made a mistake, adding a winged eyeliner that attached to both my upper and lower lash line, giving my eyes a more rounded appearance. Had I blended correctly, my eyes would have had a round and slightly droopy effect like Yuno’s. I then added some mascara and these AMAZING false lashes. Let me tell you, if you can get your hands on these lashes, please do so! They are super light-weight and comfortable. I normally go for the Ardell Glamour 106 Black lashes, but compared to these new ones, they are super heavy and less voluminous. Finally I dragged a bit of black eyeshadow under my lower lash line, added some face makeup, and I was done.

Even though the makeup didn’t turn out the way I had initially intended, I am absolutely in love with it! I think it’s a very classy smokey eye. It doesn’t leave one looking like a total raccoon because it has so much brightness to it. I think it would be perfect for any nighttime party or event.

I will leave a list of all products and brushes I used below. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment!

-Nikki xx

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot- Painterly
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- 604 Milk
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan- Ice Queen
  • NYX Smokey Fume Shadow Palette
  • e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner- Black
  • L’Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner (12HR Infallible)- Black
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • False Eyelashes- Thick Crossing- 05 Smart Up Eyelashes- 2 Set***
  • DUO Eyelash Adhesive
  • MAC Matchmaster Foundation- 1.0
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder- 001 Transparent

***Okay so I got these lashes when I went to Japantown in San Francisco, California. There is this shop called Daiso Japan where everything is $1.50 unless otherwise stated (you won’t pay more than $5 for an item). Unfortunately I didn’t realize that pretty much the entire packaging is in Japanese, so I listed every English word there was to help you find them. Also I checked to see if I could order them online because they are now my favorite lashes of LIFE, but when I went to the website they were priced at $41!! WHAT THE FRICK!? If anyone can find them for a cheaper price, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Otherwise I will have to ask my aunt to pick up a few pairs.

BRUSHES USED:

  • ArtNet Professional Paris 110
  • Target Studio Basics- Eye Shading***
  • e.l.f. Blending Eye Brush
  • MAC 217
  • Sigma Tapered Blending E40
  • Sigma Pencil E30
  • Sigma Flat Kabuki F80
  • e.l.f. Blush Brush

***This is a Target brand brush and let me tell you it is my FAVORITE brush for packing on eyeshadow. It’s also super cheap which is a bonus if you’re on a budget!

Hello there! (=^.^=)

Hello!

My name is Nicole and I am a self-taught makeup artist. I specialize in makeup suitable for special occasions such as Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and New Year’s Eve parties. I also dabble in SFX makeup for Halloween. Here you will find my work, along with details of the products I use, and maybe even a review. The purpose of this is for others to see my work, and hopefully hire me. I would like to make some money I could save up for graduate school. I hope you enjoy this blog! Any feedback would be nice!

Thanks! xx

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