Carnival is just around the bend and I know you’re scrambling to tie all the loose ends together. The funds are low...still plenty fetes to hit...pounds ain’t shedding fast enough to fit that costume...the list goes on! So much to do, so little time. Don’t let your make-up be a part of this headache. Turn ordinary makeup into carnival ready makeup in a few simple steps:
Just a few swirly lines will do the trick. Your essentially using the eye liner as you would a pencil or marker. You can draw anything on your face that you feel so artistically inclined to do. I strongly suggest that you use a liquid liner or better yet, a gel liner. Liquid eye liners come with a fine tipped applicator brush that’s great for detailing (the marker version is even better), but gel liner is your best bet. When that thing dries, there’s no budging it (except with make-up remover or soap/water of course), but the only thing is your going to need a brush. You can use regular pencil liner if you’re in a pinch, but there’s a high chance of smudge-age, so I don’t advise it. But if you do opt for this option, just make sure you set it with a powder. It’s double wuk, but that just means you’re going to go over it with a corresponding eye shadow (i.e. if you used a black eyeliner, retrace your lines with a black powder eye shadow), which will help it last longer. And remember, eyeliners come in an abundance of colours, so don’t feel restricted to only use black.
Anything from gems to stickers to temporary tattoos can be used on your face to “carnivalize” your make-up. You just need to be aware of how sensitive your skin is and how safe each product is for the skin, especially when applied on your face or around the delicate eye area. A temporary tattoo might work for your body, but might be hell to scrub off your face when it starts to look grubby. Gems are your safest bet. And they come in a wide assortment of colours, shapes, and sizes. Since the skin around your eyes is the most sensitive, why not use something that’s already formulated for around the eye area. Please don’t use Elmer’s glue or crazy glue. I’ve even heard of people using clear nail polish to stick things on to their face (I’m guilty of that one!), which is not the safest thing to do either. So, I’m going to let you in on a lil’ MUA secret: use eye lash adhesive! It’s made to keep lashes on all day and is completely safe for your skin and eyes. Stick those gems on in whatever pattern your heart desires and you can instantly bejewel any make-up look.
Glitter is always fun and very versatile. You can use it on your body, in your hair, and even on your nails. When using it on and around your eyes you want to make sure you use cosmetic grade glitter, which is a finer glitter that’s safe for your eyes. With glitter you get a lot of fall out, so imagine chunky glitter flakes falling into your eyes. Ouch! You can use the same eye lash adhesive trick as you would with the gems. Apply a thin amount to the area intended and pack that glitter on. You can even use a little smidge of tacky lip gloss. Some people like to use Vaseline, but I find that it makes your face and/or eyes greasy. When applying glitter onto your eyes, pat it on. Don’t rub it on or else you may cut your skin. When removing glitter, same thing goes. You don’t want to wipe or rub it off. Take a piece of tape, but nothing too sticky. That means no duct tape and no masking tape. Instead, try scotch tape or surgical tape. And even still, get rid of some of the tackiness by sticking it onto your hand and pulling it off until it’s not as adhesive. Then use that tape to remove the glitter; press and pull, gently! You don’t want it to be too harsh when doing this and assist in wrinkle formation, so be easy!
Those are 3 easy, simple, and pocket friendly ways of carnivalizing your make-up this season. And mix it up! Do a look with gems and glitter...heck, do all three! Don’t spend major bucks on a make-up artist (that statement might be bad for business, but say what), when you can do it yourself! Find your muse, look for inspiration online, and if you still can’t come up with anything, replicate! Find a look that you like and perform make-up plagiarism. No one’s going to know and I’m not going to tell and even if they do, so what? Just tell them “ah wotless and I doh really care less”!
Until next time, remember: imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring!
P.S. ALL pigments for the eye looks used are from Haléner Rustique from Facebook.