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Monday, 1 September 2014

Sophistique Noir's monthly theme: make up



Hello all! As is evident by the title of this post, I'm taking part in Victorian Kitty's monthly themed blog challenge, which this month is on the topic of make up. Make up is something I'm utterly fascinated by; it has a kind of power in how it can so utterly transform one's face, which feeds so heavily into our concepts of beauty and self-perception. Though I enjoy make up and wear it most week days, I'm happy enough in my relationship with it that I don't 'need' it whenever I leave my flat, but I also don't think that those who do are worthy of disdain, or indeed that any all or nothing opinion is the best. My only advice would be to understand what you're using, I guess.

 I'd considered featuring my key make up products, but due to a) losing my favourite lipstick and b) needing to change my current foundation badly, that went out the window. I also considered a tutorial, but time constraints due to life events made this difficult.

Why hello there, natural hair texture.

Though I've expanded my make up repertoire significantly over the past year or so, I do have a bad habit of falling into the same comfortable styles; whilst I like my make up and know those styles suit me, recently I've been feeling like experimentation .


Adora Batbrat's make up is usually far beyond not only my skill level and lifestyle, but also what suits my face; this eye look was heavily inspired by one of her facebook posts, however, which attracted me because of the black, grey and dark red colour scheme (my favourite for make up). I've always been a fan of dots along the line of the eye (and have been incorporating them heavily into my make up recently), though the shape and block colour of the eyeshadow was very different for me.

Ben likes this one, though I'm not so sure.

The line of dots is very 'tribal' (god, I hate the use of that word), but the dark cat's eye called for some femme fatale glam to match; my earrings were a christmas present from my parents, and I will never get tired of a sleeveless polo neck. Illamasqua's liquid liner Scribe is fast becoming a favourite in my make up bag, and using it in the corners of the eyes is incredibly effective at opening the eye and stopping them looking too small, even with a very closed dark eye such as this. The lipgloss seen here is a temporary and disappointing replacement for my treasured Lord and Berry black-red, which I managed to lose in or around Edinburgh at the fringe. Rest in peace, baby.


Although I like this, I'm not 100% sure that it suits me; the eyeshadow should have been extended out from the corners further, and some white perhaps could have been used to highlight my brow. Nonetheless, it was fun trying something radically different from my usual, and I might reuse it. Obviously, it's more of an evening look; being me, I wore it during the day time anyway.

 

Has anyone else wondered about trying something radically different to what they're used to? Any foundation suggestions for a greasy blob like me? 



Fee



28 comments:

  1. You're really beautiful with this outfit/earrings and THIS MAKEUP ! Gorgeous ! :)

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    1. Thank you! I should feature this outfit some time on the blog, actually.

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  2. This looks great! The dots are really an eyecatcher. And with the red lipstick and the earrings totally an evening look - or head-turning day look ^^

    ~Tea

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    1. Evening is probably more appropriate, but I didn't have the heart to take it off!

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  3. Love the look! The lipgloss might have been a disappointment, but it looks nice!

    I should try something radically different. My makeup routine is so... well, routine. :P

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    1. It is a shame; the colour of the gloss is so nice, but I have to put on so many coats to get it that it just becomes a sticky, bleeding mess. It might be better over a lipstick.

      I was feeling the same - it's good fun to experiment, even if it doesn't always yield results.

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  4. I really like this look, it's very pretty! I'm a sucker for a good cat eye look. I think this really suits you, and the dots work well to balance out such a heavy upper lid. I never considered using dots on the entire lower lash line before, I will have to try it :)

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    1. Thank you! I love a cat eye too; it suits my face well, though I've never done it this way before. Dots are great fun, so give them a go!

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  5. Fancy! I love this. I've been trying to put some dots myself, but for some reason it always looks stupid on me.

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    1. Cheers! Hmm, maybe try them in the corners of the eye? Dots don't always work for me on the lash line either (this does because I went big).

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  6. I think this look suits you beautifully! It's fun to step outside of our "everyday" makeup looks, but I know what you mean - it can feel strange when you are used to seeing yourself looking a certain way.

    Have you tried a mineral powder foundation, instead of a liquid? I have a very oily T-zone, so I only use liquid foundation in the evening (when I'll only be wearing it a few hours). I use Bare Minerals for daytime. It seems to absorb oil better, plus it's easier to touch up than liquid. I also blot the oily spots with those oil absorbing papers (a clean paper toilet seat cover works just as well, in a pinch) and dab my nose with pressed powder throughout the day to keep the oil under control.

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    1. Wow, thank you! Seeing such a uniform colour on my eyelid is strange, as I'm so used to blending and lining them.

      I've always used liquid foundation (no real preference, just what matched my skin tone), but I have heard that powder foundations are better for oily skin, and ordered some samplers the other day correspondingly.

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  7. I love this :3 I've also been experimenting a little with make-up (especially eyeshadows) lately and I'm still on the hunt for the perfect foundation for oily skin that doesn't give me spots. I can usually only wear foundation for a couple of hours (6 at best), because the oiliness (is that a word?) of my skin takes over and it becomes a cakey mess.

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    1. Thank you! I think trying to find the perfect foundation for both oily and pale skin is too much to ask for, but I've order a few mineral samplers and am feeling hopeful. I certainly feel that my current foundation ends up looking cakey if I'm not too careful.

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  8. I love the dots!
    You look gorgeous! And that lippy, woah! ♥

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    1. Aww, thank you. <3 I love this lipgloss, but it's a nightmare in person.

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  9. It looks really nice! You could also soften the eyeshadow a bit over your crease for some hot smokey eyes!

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    1. Yeah, I'm more used to blending in the shadow, but I wanted to try the very defined block of colour look that Adora uses a lot. Thanks!

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  10. Very classy looking makeup, I like it. The little dots remind me of Twiggy's painted on eyelashes, I used to do that in high school!

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    1. Oh god, I love twiggy's eyelashes; I want to do that for real some time. Bring on the mod!

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  11. After my own post on red lipstick, your color is to die for!

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    1. Thank you! my favourite lipstick is a much darker red than this, with a tint of purple, but I'm hoping to find a way to wear this without as much bleeding/stickiness.

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  12. It looks great on you! I'll probably try that on myself as well :D

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    1. Wow, I'm glad that I inspired you! Hope it turns out well.

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