Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Halloween Make Up: LAV IT!!

For the uninitiated, 'Lav it' = 'Love it' in a thick Laaahndan (London) accent.

Now that we have got that out of the way, let's discuss Halloween make up.

Something surely is not right when you put your fancy dress halloween make up on and the responses you get are: 'Wow, you should do your make up like that more often' and 'wow that really suits you'. Erm. Not sure what to do with those comments to be honest.

I went to a fancy dress halloween party on Saturday and my character of choice was a 'nurse of death'. I chose it becuase it was cheap; I did have my eye on the Freddy Krueger outfit but at £45, I don't think so. I think i did a pretty good job on the make up - and it was made all the more fun due to the fact that it broke a few norms for me. I am into my cool browns, corals, hot pinks etc... this was a total departure as I was using black, dark lips and contouring - which I hardly ever do.

Here's a pic - not a close up because I dont do close ups darling:

You get the gist though.

I really liked the overall look. A toned down version would actually look quite wintry and definitely would be on the money in terms of the dark lips trend that seems to be hot at the moment.

Here's a break down of what I used:

Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona
MUFE HD powder


NO blusher to be inkeeping with the pale theme (no blusher... can't tell you how hard that was. I am a blusher fiend. My hand kept reaching for the blusher but I physically had to restrain it).

Benefit Sugarbomb as a highlight

Physicians Formula Matt Bronzerin Blushing Mocha as a contour (got this in the US)


Revlon Superlustrous in Va Va Violet


Sleek palette in Storm. Used the matt black all over the lid with the intensity focused on the lid and blended out beyond the crease using my 217, then the pale gold as a highlight under the brow.

Eyelure 'Double Lash' false lashes - LAV IT!!

Sounds like a lot of make up. And that's cos it was.

Really love the Revlon lipstick. It's great for this season's trends as it has a good amount of purple in it so adds colour and integrates with your face rather than just looking scary and like it has just been plonked there. In fact, the lipstick is so nice that it warrants a post all of its own. Haven't tried it yet but I reckon it will look really good glossed up for a patent effect.
Stay tuned.

Hope you all had a good halloween.

Mwaha.Mwhahah.Mwhahahahahaahha!!!!! (cue spooky laugh)

You Are Feeling Schleepy...Very Verrry Schleepy

I LOVE this make up tutorial. It is HYPNOTIC.

I love Alex Box's creativity and the whole Illamasqua brand that she helped create - I really do think it is one of the more interesting, daring and inspiring brands out there. Their whole tag line 'make up for you alter ego' says it all really (incidentally, whilst on the subject of Illamasqua, I appear to have lost my Pure Pigment in Furore. Pissed off much? Er YEAH).

In this make up tutorial she creates a smoky eye, contoured cheeks and cupid bow lips using cool purple tones which lend themselves to a very 1920s look.

This may sound weird but watching her blend so artfully makes me feel like I've popped a tranquiliser. The music in the background is so soothing that I often just play this on loop when I am trying to get to sleep, whilst listening to Alex's instructions in the hope I might pick up some of her skills by way of osmosis.

And as for the model - she has an ethereal look and bone structure to die for.

Enough rhapsodising - here it is: Illamasqua - Art of Application - Ingenue