Why I chose green.

Posted: October 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

I don’t usually justify my hair dye choices. I’ve made a few bad ones, I’ve made a lot of good ones. One thing I’ve never done is make excuses or justify them to anyone else. When asked why, I always say “because I want to.”

This is not an excuse, and this is not a justification. You wanted to know why, so here it is.

Green is a color I’ve pretty much always told myself I’d never do, for a number of reasons. It fades funny, it doesn’t last particularly long, and I never thought it would look good on me. But then one day, I decided to do a he-to-she/genderbend Beetlejuice makeup. And the green wig did look good on me. So I started thinking, why had I always told myself it wouldn’t?

The reason, honestly, is that I’ve never liked myself much. I’ve struggled to feel pretty, confident, proud, and even (yes, a word I’ve often felt ashamed to sling around out loud), sexy. Let’s be real, when I think sexy, I am not the person I picture.

The person I do picture is Hayley Williams. You all probably know that she’s my idol. She’s been through some shit, she dyes her hair wild colors, she’s a freaking rockstar, and she’s never stopped doing what she wanted to do and being herself once. She’s always been exactly who she wanted to be, regardless of what others told her, or what she told herself. And damn, that’s sexy. She puts it best: “Sexy doesn’t have to be a tan blonde girl showing off her goodies.”

Not that there aren’t plenty of tan blonde girls that are also sexy. You’re all sexy.

But in an interview with Cosmo, Hayley also talked about her experience in public school, “I was new, and it was like that movie Mean Girls. This clique would tease me and make up rumors about me being gay. I don’t even know why they did it. I came home crying one day and told my mom I couldn’t be around them anymore. So we decided I would be homeschooled. I think it’s important to check in with yourself and make sure you are being exactly who you want to be. When I am true to who I am… I’m just more happy being me.”

Sometimes I am that clique of girls to myself. I tell myself that things don’t look good, that I’m not doing something right, that I have to be someone else to be okay. Of course, this is my sinister depression telling me these things, and it’s lying. But I forget to check in with myself, the real self, to make sure what I’m doing is what I want. That’s how I ended up working at Howard Center, and living in Essex, and taking shit from a coworker for so long, and then not even rage quitting. It’s how I ended up giving five weeks notice instead of two. I don’t often do things for me. I do them for other people, because my brain tells me I have to, or it tells me what could happen if I don’t.

A very good former coworker, and even better friend, reminded me recently that you can’t live in what could be. And even though she was talking about a client, and didn’t know that what she was saying would truly resonate with me, it was the catalyst for what would become my green hair. You can’t live in maybe. Maybe it’ll look terrible, maybe it’ll fade funny, maybe it won’t last long.

But maybe it will look fabulous.

Maybe green hair will make you feel sexy. Like a sassy She-tlejuice (that’s a word I just made up. Beetlejuice, but she). Maybe it’ll fade fast, and maybe it’ll even look weird while it does. But you know what? Weird doesn’t have to be bad. Sometimes hair dye fades and you find new colors to fall in love with.

Since dyeing my hair green, I feel… cooler. I feel like a badass who dyes her hair green, and rides motorcycles, and laughs in the face of danger. I feel like myself, like I am exactly who I want to be. And even though I probably won’t keep the green hair forever, I know now that I’m never going to dye my hair a ‘normal’ color just so I can land a job. I know that being a makeup artist is who I am supposed to be, who I want to be. That being a creator, and artist, a free spirit, even a rockstar.. those are the things I have always, and will always describe myself as. Green hair has made me feel more confident, more attractive, and more powerful than I have in the past, just like all bright hair color has for me. Dyeing my hair bright colors has always been the ultimate expression of who I am.

Hair dye is who I am, whether it’s green, or red, or orange, or purple, or blue, or pink. Maybe it’ll fade down the road. But maybe isn’t sexy. You can’t live in what could be. Living for right now is sexy. Be your own kind of freak.

WHOA. IT’S TIME FOR A REVIEW!

Hey friends,

I know it’s been a while. Let’s dive right into it, shall we?

Today’s victim: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. I recently started using this concealer as a replacement for my MAC Pro-Longwear, since MAC recently started selling in China, which means animal testing, but we won’t get into that here. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling the love for MAC, despite Pro-Longwear being my favorite concealer of all time, so I had to look for something else.

The name is a freaking mouthful.

But since the name isn’t important, let’s start with the packaging:

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I. Hate. This. Packaging.

As a makeup artist, I hate doe-foot applicators. They’re not sanitary, they make contamination an almost guarantee, and honestly, they’re not that easy to work with anyway. I’d much prefer a push-down squeeze-top type thing (I know they have a name, but I don’t know what it is, and I know that you know what I mean). My MAC Pro-longwear had one, and though that particular packaging made it hard to dispense a small amount, I’m confident that either a squeeze-tube or pushy-top would more than suffice for this particular product. All that aside though, the packaging isn’t a total deal-breaker, its still possible to use it on clients if I’m careful, and it’s absolutely fine for someone to use on themselves.

The product boasts complete coverage, and I’d tend to agree– to an extent. For minimal redness, a small bump, or not-so-dark-circles, I’d say yeah, you’ve probably got a decent concealer here for you. However, if you’re like me, and your breakouts are occasionally hard to manage, you’re going to need more than one layer of this, which can make it look cakey as the day goes on. If your skin doesn’t have any sort of texture, and you’re just popping it on over dark circles, it’s probably fine, but if you’ve got some texture, you don’t really want to be putting multiple layers of this product on over it. It also boasts a ‘weightless’ feeling, and I’d have to agree. Even with multiple layers over my incredibly dark circles, it doesn’t feel like makeup, which is something I really loved about my Pro-Longwear.

The finish is considerably matte, which will work well for normal-oily skin. However, if you’re covering acne, you’ve probably got some dryness, and over time the product will start to flake on those dry spots, which is not something you want to happen mid-day. It’s not impossible to use, but I’d recommend using a good moisturizer prior to application, or even exfoliating regularly and getting rid of those dead skin particles.

As for longevity, I was surprised by this product. It has a decent amount of staying power. I’d say it lasts anywhere between 6-8 hours if you don’t touch your face or aren’t sweating too much. Less if you are. So, it’s got a good work day in it. Not too bad.

The price is $28, which to me seems like a lot to spend on concealer, but honestly, it’s around the same price as the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and is $4 less than the Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer, so you’re probably at a good mid-range price, and it lasts longer than anything you’ll find at the drugstore.

The Verdict:

This concealer isn’t bad. It is by far not my favorite, and if the packaging were different, I’d probably forgive all the other stuff, and go ahead and make it my go-to. The side effects for dryer skin types can honestly be combated to the best of your ability and you can make it work. It’s a decent mid-range price, and makeup artists or makeup students can get a discount from UD pro. All in all, this is a suitable substitute for my MAC Pro-Longwear for the time being.

Wedding fun.

Posted: June 29, 2015 in Wedding Makeup

It’s wedding season, so I spent my weekend doing makeup. Here are a few quick shots. The lighting is pretty terrible in all of them, sorry folks. I used a whole mesh of products, and I can’t for the life of me remember what I used on who. Mostly Makeup Forever, Urban Decay, MAC, Milani, and Tarte, some others mixed in. It was a long and busy morning, so I didn’t take time to note everything I used on each person. So anyway, here are a few photos of the bride (again, sorry for the terrible lighting):


And here are a couple shots of a few of the bridesmaids I worked on:

That’s all for now, makeup freaks.

Hey all,

I’m really bad at this blog thing. I started a new job last fall, and it’s been really time consuming and stressful, and I’m making excuses, but long story short, I now have a lot more time on my hands for the time being, so, here’s a post. I’m just going to throw some pictures of the Halloween shoot I did last fall with my sister and Wayne Tarr. He’s an awesome photographer based out of St. Albans, VT. And my sister is now Miss VT, so she’s crazy busy, but I’m sure she’ll want pictures of her in creepy unflattering makeup all over the place. So here are some of my favorites.

                      
Happy haunting!

-kaylacrepuscular

Hello all!

It’s been a while. I’ve been busy. I just started a new job (unrelated to my makeup work), and I work 3rd shift (overnight), so most of the time I’m pretty tired during the day. I wish I had more time to update here, but I don’t so I focus most of my energy on my facebook page, because it’s easier.

You can check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/kaylacrepuscular

So, because I’m low on time, and haven’t had a chance to prepare a real review for you, I thought I’d share some of my favorite items with you.

First up on the list, is Buxom’s Mascara Bar line of mascaras. This shit is real, guys. I’m in love with it. I have searched high and low for the perfect mascara for a long time.

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I’ve only tried two of the applicators, Curl & Contour and Thick & Defined, but the formula for this mascara is TO DIE FOR. It’s great. It’s blacker than the blackest black, it’s lightweight, and it feels like NOTHING on your lashes, but has awesome staying power, is pretty water resistant without being drying, and is just all around freaking awesome. My favorite brush is the Thick & Defined one, by far.

You can pick it up at Sephora here:

http://www.sephora.com/buxom-mascara-bar-P387673?skuId=1664994

My next favorite item on the list is Too Faced’s Everything Nice palette. It’s their new holiday palette.

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I love the mix of neutrals and jewel tones in this palette. For the most part, the shadows are really pigmented (with a few exceptions, but still totally worth the money), and they blend really nicely. The face products are nice, a little on the shimmery side, if you’re not into that, but over all, it’s a great set, and I’m glad I picked it up. It’s become my staple for everyday and for going out. You can also pick it up at sephora here:

http://www.sephora.com/everything-nice-set-P389230?skuId=1640390

Next on my list is probably CeraVe’s moisturizer. I have the AM and PM moisturizers, and I’ve been taking medications to clear up some really terrible acne, which is really drying out my skin. CeraVe’s moisturizers are really helping out. One of my medications makes me very sensitive to the sun, so using the AM moisturizer that has SPF in it is really helping. The nighttime one helps combat my dry skin hardcore. I love these.

The last items on my list aren’t really beauty or skincare related at all, but I’m loving them anyway. They’re video games. I recently picked up Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Dragon Age Inquisition. I loved Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, so obviously I was going to pick up DAI. It’s a little hard to get used to compared to the other games in the series, but the story line is pretty cool and the graphics are kinda neat. I’ve barely started the game, so we’ll see how it goes from there. I picked up KoA because I read that lovers of the Dragon Age series would love it, and guess what? I do. Character creation is great, gameplay is really intuitive, and the graphics aren’t half bad either. The characters you meet in game are awesome, and the storyline is pretty neat too. It’s a little cheesy at times, but it’s got humor, and I love that. I’m really digging it.

So that concludes my favorites so far, what have you been liking? Leave me a comment below!

Remember to walk on the wild side,

-Kayla

Hello freaks and makeup geeks,

As promised, we are back to the makeup today. This product I’m reviewing today is by no means a ‘new’ product. I’ve been working on this review… practically all summer. I wanted this to be a true review, so I’ve been working with this product pretty regularly all summer long. I purchased it probably around April or May, and I’ve been using it relatively consistently all summer long. Today, I’m going to review Benefit’s Bigger than BB Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector. THAT is a long name. In truth, I’m not really sure which information on the packaging constitutes the actual name of the product. There’s a lot of information on there, and it’s hard to decipher. Here’s what we’re dealing with:

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The packaging is nice, but like I said, it’s hard to tell what the actual name of the product is. I assume that “Big Easy” is the primary name, because it’s in big letters. But there’s a lot of information on this product. It’s got an SPF of 35, it’s a liquid-to-powder formula, and it’s oil free. On the back of the packaging it says, “This multi-balancing complexion perfector melts into skin like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & smooth like a powder. One & done… BIG EASY saves the day!”

The formula is nice, it’s thick, and it’s creamy. I use the lightest shade, 01 Fair. As far as the color goes, I’ll say that it’s among my favorite BB creams. I tend to have the problem that a lot of BB creams look too yellow on me. This one seems to have a nice neutral tone. It isn’t yellow, but it also isn’t pink either. It doesn’t oxidize yellow either. It just seems to match my natural skin tone, which is really refreshing. It seems to have decent coverage, and the product claims to be buildable, which I’d say is accurate, to an extent. When I did the wear test, which I’ll get to in a moment, I didn’t use concealer, I just built up the coverage over problem areas. I’d say it’s about light to medium coverage with one layer, and can be built up to about medium coverage. You’re never going to get full coverage with this product, it is, after all, a BB cream. The product melts into the skin nicely, and even after building it up, it doesn’t feel heavy. However, I would say that if you have oily skin or if you have combination skill like me, you are going to need to powder it. It simply doesn’t last all day without a powder. I’d also say that as a general rule, since it is a BB cream and not a foundation, it tends to have less wear time that your normal foundation does. It melts into your skin relatively quickly, and if you’re not using concealer, you might get maybe 3 or 4 hours of wear time before problem spots start to become more visible again.

On their website, Benefit lists the following claims:

“BIG results!
97% said it balanced moisture & oil*
90% said it visibly smoothed & evened out skin texture*
93% said it visibly improved skin’s appearance*
100% said it had a lightweight finish*”

I think I’ll start by addressing these claims as far as my own experience goes. First, is that it balances moisture & oil. I have no idea how to address this. I don’t know what guidelines they’re using to measure this claim, but what I can tell you is that personally, my skin doesn’t feel any different after having used this product consistently for about 3 or 4 months. I still have oily skin and I still have dry skin too. I’ve had combination skin my whole life, and I honestly don’t think there’s a makeup out there that can truthfully claim to change that. However, after wearing this product, and I can tell you that it didn’t feel heavy or oily on my skin, and it didn’t make my skin feel anymore dry that it normally does. I won’t say that it left me feeling moisturized, but it didn’t leave me feeling dry, so I guess we’ll cal that a good thing. The second claim is that it visibly smoothed and evened out skin texture. I want to know how long these people were using the product. Because, as usual, I’m left feeling like my skin is the problem, and not the product. I mean, 90% is a big number. My skin still feels the same. I have bad acne, and I have dry skin. Visibly, my skin doesn’t look any different. So, for me, at least, I’m going to nip that one. The third claim is that it visibly improved skin’s appearance. I’m going to nip that one too. My skin is still the same. The last claim, I can go ahead and confirm for you. It does feel lightweight. It feels nice. It doesn’t feel like makeup.

So.. shall we get onto the wear test?

Here’s how the product looks when first applied. Like I said, I didn’t use any concealer for this. I applied it with my fingers all over the skin. I then added more over blemishes and spots, until I achieved what I call ‘maximum’ coverage for this product. I then went over it with a loose powder, because like I said before, on oily or combination skin, this simply isn’t going to last without a powder. It doesn’t completely camouflage major blemishes, but it calms them down, which in the summer time, is all I can really ask for when I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup. I also mixed it with an orange lipstick to cover up my dark circles. Another thing I love about the coverage is that in areas where you don’t want a lot of coverage, you can still see your skin through it. I have freckles on the bridge of my nose, and if you apply a light layer over the skin, you can still see them. Coverage wise, I’d give this one a thumbs up as far as BB creams go.

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I’ll apologize for the camera quality, all I have to work with right now is my iPhone and crappy lighting. As you can see, I have bad skin. I have a lot of blemishes, and they’re not completely covered up, but they’re camouflaged enough that I have no problem leaving the house like this. I then added blush and bronzer and whatnot, and proceeded to go about my day. About 2-3 hours later, I snapped another photo:

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As you can see, the coverage over my problem areas has started to wear down. It’s also almost completely worn off my undereye area at this point. So, I’d say that this product really isn’t great for around the eyes. It doesn’t seem to have any staying power in that particular area of my face. I’d recommend pairing it with a concealer for at least the undereye area. But in general, as far as the blemishes are concerned, I’m still not mad at it. It’s not looking flawless, but I’m not worried about it just yet. The last photo I took was at night, right before washing my face. I’d say I’d worn it pretty much all day at this point, at least 8-10 hours.

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As you can see, it now looks like I’m not wearing makeup anymore. So, I’d say this product is probably meant for those of you with nearly flawless skin. If you’re self-conscious about your skin, and your’re the type of person who can’t go out with a visible blemish, this product probably isn’t for you. Me, personally, I try to not wear a lot of makeup unless I’m working a job, so this is fine for me. But, as I said before, this product doesn’t seem to have great staying power, at least on my skin. If I didn’t have an oil problem, I think maybe it might have a little more staying power, but I can’t be sure.

Anyway, I guess my final opinion of this product is that it’s overall a good product. It gets the job done, and it’s pretty middle of the line as far as the BB creams I’ve tried in the past. I won’t say that some of the claims they make about the product are true, because after several months of working with it, I’d say my skin is no different now than it was before I purchased the product. What I will say is that it’s got nice coloring, and the formula feels great. It’s lightweight, and it’s got that ‘no makeup’ feel to it. So if that’s what you’re looking for, go out and grab it.

As always, kids, remember to take a walk on the dark side once in a while.

Hello freaks and makeup geeks!

I recently came into ownership of a large amount of makeup from Votre Vu. As a brief disclaimer, I’ll just say that I got all of the products mentioned in this post for free, as a result of doing an event where this was the only makeup we were permitted to use. If you want to know more about the event in question (46 Mommas Shave for the Brave), check out my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kaylacrepuscular. I have a few posts about it there.

Anyway, shameless disclaimers aside, let’s get on with it.

The product in question is Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint & Concealer. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Anyway, from what I can tell about this product, it’s not so much a foundation as it is a tinted moisturizer? I could be wrong, but it feeeeels like a tinted moisturizer to me. Here’s a quick glimpse at the culprit:

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This product comes in seven shades, I believe, ranging from fair to deep skin tones. The packaging is cool, there’s a double cap, and the concealer is in the top portion of the cap. However, it can be a little inconvenient, as you have to maneuver the foundation out of the bottom cap a little strategically, it doesn’t open as far as I would like. However, that has very little bearing on the quality of the product, so let’s move on.

I use the lightest shade of this product, which is 00 Limoges Light Cream. First impressions of the pigmentation: it’s actually not bad coverage considering it’s not really a true foundation. It evens out skin tone nicely, and even does a small amount of blemish coverage. It’s not great at covering blemishes, if you’re someone like me, and cursed with horrible skin, but it would get the job done for minor spot coverage. The concealer is a cream concealer, and does an excellent job of covering blemishes. It has a slightly yellow tint, which is fantastic for canceling redness. It’s full coverage and works wonders on my acne-prone skin.

Here’s what the two products combined look like on my face: photo (56)

So, for those who don’t know, the acne situation on my skin is horrific. You can still vaguely see a few of the more heinous zits under my nose, but my jawline and chin is also covered in monster spots, so I’m really really pleased with how this looks after initial application. One thing I will say, since this is a moisturizer and not a true foundation, it does feel slightly tacky to the touch, even after powdering. But, that’s the nature of the product, and you live with it.

So, I decided to do a wear test, and took a photo around 2-3 hours later:

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As you can see, the concealer is breaking down a little in some spots, and some redness is starting to show through. However, it’s not bad yet, and I don’t feel the need to reapply. Also, for the nature of this wear test, I didn’t want to reapply anyway.

Here’s the last photo taken, I believe about 4 hours after the second photo, for a wear test time of around 7 hours (around the average work day):

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As you can see, the concealer still hasn’t broken down too much. Around my eyes has started to melt away, and my dark circles of vampireness are showing through in all their insomniac glory, but other than that, blemishes aren’t looking TOO bad. I’m not mad at it.

Sooooo, let’s wrap this up, because I’ve been typing for way too long and this whole blog thing is starting to feel really taxing. All in all, I’m not mad at this product. The coverage is decent, and it last’s a good chunk of time. I would add that it does oxidize rather quickly, and the lightest shade became too dark for me in a matter of minutes. This was easily fixed by blending the product onto my neck and adding some bronzer, but it is a bit disappointing.

Anywho, hope this was enlightening and not terribly boring, and as always, remember to take a walk on the dark side 🙂

Hey kids,

I was sent a sample of Urban Decay’s new Perversion mascara a while ago. I’ve only used it a handful of times, so I can’t really call this a true ‘review.’ Instead, we’ll call it a first impressions post.

In a nutshell, my first impression is that it’s a really nice mascara, and that it does all of the things that it claims to do. Their tagline for this new mascara is #biggerblackerbadder lashes. And from what I’ve seen, it accomplishes these three things.

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So, first of all, you have to know that I have naturally long eyelashes. They’re so long in fact, that they often get tangled together. It’s a blessing and a curse. So, that being said, it’s difficult for me to judge what this mascara would do for those of you who have shorter, or even almost non-existent eyelashes. However, it does seem to enhance the length of my natural lashes. It is also a very pigmented mascara, and it is indeed blacker than most of the mascaras I have ever owned. In fact, it almost reminds me of the Perversion eyeliner. The formula feels almost creamy, just like the eyeliner, and it goes on smooth, and without need of a second application, it’s super ultra black.

As far as badder goes, I don’t know. I guess having a super black lash is pretty badass. I like the formula, it kicks up my lashes, and it feels great, almost like I’m not wearing anything on my lashes at all. So yeah, I guess i’d call it bad. In the good way.

Now, with all that being said, I’m not 100% sold on this product. We’ll see if this changes with continued use. The formula is definitely NOT waterproof. In fact, it’s not even a little bit water resistant. This would be hard to use on my lower lashes, since my eyes are kind of oily. After a few hours, I noticed that I had the classic raccoon eyes going on, even without having touched my eye area.

So, all in all, I’d say this is a nice product. It’s super black, super comfy, and looks great. However, I hope they’ll revamp this formula in the near future and include a water resistant version.

That’s all for now, kids. Remember to take a walk on the dark side 😉

Who’s your Mummy?

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Halloween/SFX

Hello minions.

I thought I’d share a Halloween look I did with you guys. There won’t be any step-by-step pictures, but I’ll give you a quick run down of how I achieved it. It’s actually not as hard as it looks. But it is gross. And creepy. So I’m all about it.

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So to acheive this sweet mummy look, you’ll need a few things:

Washable glue stick

Liquid latex (if you’re allergic to latex PLEASE PLEASE don’t use this. Use something that you’re not allergic to that will achieve the same effect)

A cheap paint brush (something you don’t like, you will ruin the brush)

Tissue paper (single ply. I just separated the ply, and only ended up using one sheet)

Brown cream makeup (I used a concealer in a couple different shades, from light brown to dark brown)

Cream makeup to roughly match skin tone (I used a light concealer that was slightly darker than my skin tone)

Black eyeshadow

Black pencil liner

Self adhesive wrap

Gauze

Once you’ve gathered your materials, just start by moisturizing your face. Sometimes liquid latex dries my skin a bit, and since we’re using a lot, it’s good to have that barrier between your skin and the latex. After moisturizing, I covered my eyebrows in glue stick. If it’s washable, it will come off easy, and it’ll stop the latex from basically ripping out your eyebrows when you take it off. This is a really crucial step if you don’t want to be in for some pain later. So just cover them with the glue stick, I go a couple passes one way, and then a couple passes against my eyebrows the opposite way, and then flatten them so they lay down straight. Then I pat on some translucent powder. Don’t worry about covering them with concealer or anything, it really won’t matter if you have dark eyebrows after we get the tissue paper on.

After my eyebrows were covered, I started by applying small sections of liquid latex with a paint brush and then tissue paper on top. Make sure the tissue paper is a little crinkled. You want it to look bumpy and gross. You’re giving yourself new skin that’s been decaying for thousands of years, after all. After you put a section of tissue paper down, go over it again with the liquid latex to seal it in place. Continue to do this around your whole face. Be careful around the eyes. It might make your eyes water too, don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Again, if you’re allergic to latex, please use something else. Don’t give yourself a trip to the hospital.

Once you have all the latex down, wait for it to dry. You can use a hair dryer on low to make this go a little quicker. It should only take 5 minutes or so with a hair dryer.

Once it’s dry, we can get to the fun part. Right now, you probably look pretty mental. So now we’re going to start by taking a darker brown cream makeup and going over any areas you might contour. Around the edges of the forehead, under the chin, under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose. You want to look a little sunken in and gaunt. After using the darker brown, go over with the light colored cream makeup. Use this all over the area, blending out the darker brown too. Then you can go in with some other varying shades of brown to make it look dirty and old.

Go over the eye areas with a dark brown cream makeup. This doesn’t have to be neat, at all. Line your upper eyelids messily with the black eyeliner, then go over the top of it with a matte black eyeshadow. This should be messy as well. You’ve been dead for hundreds of years. Your makeup probably isn’t in top shape anymore.

With the darkest brown cream makeup you have, go into the dark areas of your eyes with this. You want to look tired. So in the inner bottom corner where you would normally get dark circles, maybe in the outer corner as well. Go a little overboard with it. You can enhance this with a little of the black eyeshadow, but you don’t want it to look too black.

You can go over any crevices that you want to exaggerate with the black eyeshadow. This will give you some nice shadows, and enhance the rotted look of the tissue paper. Go over the outlines of the eye area with the black as well to make them look darker and sunken in. Add some into the middle of your mouth to bring out any lines.

Now we’re pretty much done with the makeup. Next step is to take the adhesive wrap and wrap it around the entire head and even your neck. Don’t go too tight, you don’t want to strangle yourself. Make it comfortable. You can hide your hair in it if you want. If you have light colored hair, sometimes it looks cool if you leave a few strands sticking out. Since this is probably a pretty stark white wrap, you might want to cover it with your cream makeup. Use your skin tone shade over most of it, you might need to ask someone to help you with the parts you can’t see. Then go in and dirty it up with the darker shades.

Now we can move on to the last step, which is gauze. I ripped it up to make it look jagged, and painted mine with the cream makeup just like I did to the adhesive wrap. Then I used lash glue to glue the ends in random places around my face. To finish off the look I just went a little overboard with a skin toned powder (one that sort of looked like sand) to give me a dusty look.

After that you’re done!

Enjoy your walk on the dark side >;]

Hello World.

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Miscellaneous

Hey everyone. I guess I’m doing this now.

As I’m pretty awkward at introducing myself, I thought I’d just make this first post short, sweet, and to the point. Here’s a bunch of stuff I’ve done recently. I guess it’s a pretty good glimpse into the kinds of things I like to do, and will be doing in the future.

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This first one is I guess a pretty casual look I’d do if I feel like wearing makeup, but don’t feel like spending time on it. I used the Balm Nude ‘Tude palette for the eyes.

This next look is something I wear a lot more often. It’s dark, grungy, and messy, and everything I love in makeup. I only used two products for the eyes: 1) a Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow. I think it was called Tough as Taupe; and 2) a black pencil liner. It’s that easy when you’re doing grunge 🙂

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(You’ll have to excuse the fact that my skin is so pale here. I have suuuuuper light skin, and I took the photo in my car with my phone, so the lighting wasn’t great.)

This next look is something I wore a lot over the summer, because I was obsessed with the color teal. I got Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Liner in Siren and went a little nuts. I used a neutral shadow the same color as my skin tone on the lid and a warm brown in the crease, and paired it with an orange lipstick. I think I used Sounds Like Noise from Hayley Williams collection with MAC, and put a reddy-orange lipgloss over it.

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Sometimes I go crazy, or get bored, and do something insane, like throw on ridiculous false lashes for no reason, and give myself an outrageous hairdo. That’s what I did for this next one. I can’t for the life of me remember what the lashes were, it was so long ago, but they were big, and heavy, and chunky, and I loved them, but they were really hard to wear. I had to get used to them for a really long time before I could open my eyes without them tearing up. I didn’t have a nude lipstick that I liked at the time, so I just threw concealer over my lips to pale them out.

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And now we’re going to get into the good stuff. Halloween is coming up soon, and it’s my FAVORITE time of year. So, I’ve been playing around with some FX makeup. I don’t have a lot to work with at the moment, but I do have the staples: a Wolfe face paint kit, some liquid latex, gelatin, and about a gallon or so of fake blood. My brother was nice enough to let me destroy his face, so I bloodied him up and gave him a few gashes here and there.

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And lastly, it’s not Halloween without me doing something grotesque to my face, so here you are.

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I did this one quickly, so I didn’t go into a ton of detail on most of my face, I was mostly just practicing making my wounds look as infected and painful and nasty as possible.

 

Anywho, that’s me, world. I’m working on setting up an area where I can at least take some decent quality photos, mayyybe even start filming some tutorials, so we’ll see where this takes us in the future!

Take a walk on the dark side once in a while 😉