Sunday, February 27, 2011

HOW TO: Carnivalize Your Make-Up

Hey Glories!

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 HalĂ©ner Rustique from Facebook.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stiletto Nails.. Well, Kinda!

Hey Glory Gals,

Long time no entry!  School busting my chops all yuh and I'm trying to stay on top of everything, but unfortunately I've been neglecting Aesthetic Glory.  I have to find a way to incorporate it into my daily repertoire, because it's just as important to me as school.  I'm just really not the type to burn the midnight oil.  I like my sleep and without it I'm one cranky cat in the morning.  I'm talking about miserable!  I won't want to do anything and I'll just complain all day about how tired I am.  The other day Dale left wicked early in the morning, so I say okay, let me get up early too and start my work.  I was sleepy by lunchtime and couldn't find d energy to do anything!

I recently visited one of my lecturers Art Studio's in El Socorro and she and her team are building a Carnival King Costume.  Lord Fadda,  I thought I had it hard!  I went for a 2nd visit last night around 11pm and they were still working.  Her Hubby told me they finished at 6am the day before!!! And she comes in to school normel, normel to teach.  Hopefully, I can learn to juggle all the aspects of my life sooner than later, but until then.. let's get to the blog entry:

I've been contemplating for a while to convert my square tips to stiletto for awhile.  Ideally, I think it's best to buy the press ons (if not get acrylics, but I can't stand how it thins your nails out), because you'll get a more symmetrically shape and sturdy nail, rather than filing it yourself.  But, I can't for the life of me find pointy tipped falsies in Trinidad.  So, one day I just catch a vaps and decide to file away.

I started out with my square tips.. I've been filing this way for YEARS!  I'm talking about since I was in Jr. High

Filing was taking too long, so I took the nail clipper and cut diagonally in on both sides.  If your going to try this, cut on a steeper diagonal as to get a pointier tip.  You'll see why in a second.

After filing, I achieved an oval shape, rather than a stiletto tip.  I kept founding out the tip by habit and my nails weren't long enough to accommodate the shape I wanted to achieve.

These are my nails with polish on.  It's only after I put on polish that I realized how oval they looked.

Since the dark polish allowed me to better see the shape, I used it as a guide to shape them a little pointier.  The key it to keep your nail file as a severe diagonal angle, as tempted or as accustomed you might be to keeping your file straight.  They still aren't long enough or pointy enough, but I'm getting there.

The idea is to achieve something like this, rather than.....

This!  I doh want to poke out mine or anybody else's eyes!

What y'all think about this new nail trend?


P.S.  Sorry for the shitty pics, as I said, I just catch a vaps, so I ended up using my BB to take the pics..

And please remember: imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring!