Technique: Fake Tears

I know this took forever to post.  Following my Jingizu experiment, I had a request for the technique.  Now, this look is NOT Jingizu, but this gives you the basics of getting that just-been-crying look.  If you wish you can use an actual product like Mehrons Fake Sweat and Tears, or you can just use Glycerin, found in any pharmacy’s first aid section.  I use it to make my own mixing medium, and don’t mind using it on myself.

Either way, DON’T apply it to the lower waterline, or too close to the eye.  Try a spot test on the inside of your elbow to make sure that straight Glycerin won’t be too strong, and cause a bad reaction. It never has with me, but better safe than sorry.  Most setting sprays and such(MAC Fix +,  etc.) are primarily Glycerin and Water anyways.



Tutorial: Familiar Taste of Poison

The basic look breakdown is here.


Technique: Working with loose eyeshadow

Especially in the day and age of the Indie Mineral Makeup company, loose pigments are pretty readily available, and can have a lot of benefits in the final result.  At the same time, they can be more difficult to apply and blend.  There’s a few techniques and products that can help you get the best results, and a variety of effects from your pigments, whether it’s a MAC color, or a Fyrinnae duochrome-with-extra-glitter.


basic skincare/makeup techniques even men should know

I know most men, and many woman, would rather go to the dentists for a root canal than fuss with their appearances.  Not all of us have the patience, desire, or time to enter the realm of cosmetic products and routines.  There’s a minimum, though, that everyone would benefit from. It’s not just about confidence or vanity, but overall comfort and health. I can’t think of anyone who actually ENJOYS having zits, itchiness, or dry spots.


Makeup Safety-Eye/lip safe pruduct usage

For some reason, this topic has come up a few times recently.  I suppose because I’ve been putting makeup on others, and thinking through my product usages.  But it’s a good topic.  In my MAC Neo Orange pigment review, one of my biggest irritations was the fact that MAC isn’t particularly transparent about their pigment safety.  Many shades are not safe for eyes, or not safe for lips, and not only is it not marked on the package(Unless you really know batch numbers), but the Sales Associate didn’t even know she was encouraging me to use the pigment in a non-approved usage!  Not all manufacturers DO mark it on the container, though the information is usually online.  Even searching “eye safe pigment” popped up a ton of searches from people who discovered months after the fact that they had been using a pigment wrong, and that their favorite bloggers/goru’s had been doing the same!

It lead me to think about the question—-What does it mean if a manufacturer mean a product is not safe for a particular usage?  I don’t improperly use products on other people, since I have NO baseline as to their sensitivities and put their health above any aesthetic reasoning, but I have never experienced an adverse reaction from using a red or pink not approved for eyes as a cream eyeshadow base on myself, or any other improvisations.  I want the information to be available so people CAN make that choice, rather than finding out later they didn’t know what they were doing.

The best answer I’ve found is that it means some of the ingredients MAY cause irritation or not be graded as safe for the area, but the manufacturer hasn’t tested it to claim one way or the other.  It probably won’t kill you, but the manufacturer also doesn’t claim responsibility for any adverse reactions.

Obviously, the end choice of how seriously you would like to take the usage warning is yours.  But there’s always things you can do to stay somewhat safe if you DO decide to break that rule.

Bear in mind—all the common sense measures in the world may not prevent you from having a bad reaction.  Be EXTRA aware when using products outside manufacturer specified uses.

How many times have we heard  DIY beauty tips, like “Use Monistat Chafing Gel for facial primer” or “Hemorrhoid cream to shrink under-eye bags” or “Black eyeliner on the lips, instead of black lipstick-it wears longer”.  Even the most careful of us will probably be tempted at some point to use a workaround that isn’t strictly sanctioned by the product in question.


Tutorial: My Funny Valentine

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to put on makeup today.  A quick errand to pick up our car and get cat food became an all day event that culminated in us getting locked out of our house, due to a faulty garage door opener.  Since I can’t provide anything new, and I’m due for a tutorial, I hope this isn’t a disappointment.

The original look is here.


Tecbnique: Basic eyebrow shaping and finishing

Now, eyebrows are always a chore in and of themselves. I don’t consider mine to be a particularly great example of impeccably groomed brows, but I can give a few pointers in making yours look the best.   It’s time for me to do a quick overhaul of my brows anyways, so we’ll photograph the process.  Start out in the BEST lighting you can find.  If a light on one side of your vanity is out, that side will look considerably different and you’ll find yourself shaping that side differently, especially over time.  If you don’t feel especially confident in your handiwork, I recommend seeing a professional for your shaping method of choice(Waxing, threading, etc.) every few months, just to get a fresh set of eyes on the shape. It’s much easier to keep to an existing shape than it is to design a new one.


Tutorial: Rite of Spring(Basic floral facepainting)

This is sort of a sloppy demonstration of the technique, it should show the basics, especially if you haven’t had prior art or facepainting experience. The MUFE Flash Creams I used are fairly expensive, but in a pinch you can use a lot of other things or face paintings. I started out using Watercolor Pencils to do facepainting for fundraisers, as a little girl. Not cosmetic safe products, but they work if nothing else is available. Failing that, you can use most kinds of liquid or pencil liner, eyeshadow applied, cream eyeshadow bases, or even in some cases lipstick. Some companies, like Cryolan or Ben Nye, produce palettes and creams exclusively for facepainting. Use a small eyeliner brush for detailed work.

The most important thing, especially if you aren’t a trained artist with good sketching abilities, is to PRACTICE. Sketch the design on paper. Plan how many leafs you want at the temples, if one should sit in the hollow of your cheekbones, how you will work around eye makeup, etc. Once you have the overall shape in your head, sketch it until you are comfortable drawing the shapes involved. Sketching is ALWAYS more difficult once you switch to a brush(especially on your own face).

This is the technique I use for most floral facepainting, though the details may vary.  In-progress pictures are from The Rite of Spring


tutorial: Sugarpill Cadenza

Yes, this look is LOUD. I kind of love it, though.  And it’s surprisingly easy with sugarpill eyeshadows. T hey blend easily, and are BRIGHT as all heck!


Technique: Working around existing makeup

Not all of us have time to completely remove our makeup and start from scratch. Especially if you’re going from work to an event, you may wish to take shortcuts to deepen the existing makeup to suit dimmer night time lighting.

Photos are taken from the filthy/gorgeous looks and  Filthy/gorgeous tutorials.  I wanted to discuss the more general technique, though, so that you can easily redo your makeup without ending up with raccoon eyes, muddy blending, cakey  skin, etc.


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