Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fish Scale Eyes (last minute mermaid)

I decided to create a pretty mermaid/fish-scale inspired look as an idea for simple Halloween makeup. I wore this out on a regular day of doing people up, but I think it would look beautiful for a Halloween party as well, especially if you don't have enough time to come up with a full costume (it is Halloween night right now after all). I used very few colors in this look so it's easy to re-create while still looking like you put in a lot of time and effort. Then just throw on some seashells with a pretty dress and you will be ready to go!

1. Prime the eyelids to prevent creasing and ensure that the shadows go on vibrantly and stay put. I used the anti-aging primer potion by Urban Decay.
2. Use a matte neutral eyeshadow on a fluffy blending brush similar to you skin tone to draft out where you will place the blue in your crease. Using a neutral color first will help you blend everything better for a seamless color application.
3. Take a tiny, tiny bit of a matte royal blue eyeshadow on a fluffy blending brush (I used 'chaos' from the original Urban Decay Vice Palette) and lightly blend over where you placed the neutral shadow. This acts like a barrier so that you know where to stop once you begin packing the color onto your lid.
4. Use the same blue shade on a flat shader brush to pack the color onto the outer and inner corners of the eye while avoiding the center.
5. Take a lighter, bright shade of blue, I used the blue from the Maybelline palette once again (one of my favorite blue's ever) and pat that onto the center of the lid. Lightly blend it into the darker blue, but don't over-blend because we want the colors to stay defined.
6. Run the lighter blue along the bottom lashline and into the inner corner of the eye to brighten it. You can add a tiny bit of the darker blue to the outermost corner of the bottom lashline for more definition and shape if you would like.
7. Line the waterline and tightline with a bright blue pencil.
8. Add black mascara to finish the look. If you wanted to make it really mermaid-y, glitter false lashes could also be added at this time.
9. Fill in any sparse brow areas to complete the look. I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.

Foundation: Illamasqua Skinbase applied with Beauty Blender
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear 
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Ethereal Light'.
Blush: Smashbox blush in 'Carnation'.
Bronzer: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Highlight: Laura Mercier baked matte highlight powder in 'Highlight 01'

Lipstick: Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in 'Nudist'.
Lipliner: Palladio in 'Nearly Nude'.

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