Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Makeup Tutorial: The Forest Pixi Look


STEP 1
CONTOUR SPOTS

Cream foundation base:
Use foundation of an olive tone cream base to even your skin color out, get rid of any redness, and allow for easier, effective contouring to happen

Highlight and Shadow:
Start off by contouring the nose. Highlight on the tip, and then draw two lines down the sides to create a more intense bridge of nose.

*Note: don’t forget to highlight as well as shadow!

I connected and deepened the crevice where my eyebrow and nose connects because I have bulgier eyelids and the dark brown compensates for any apparent puffiness.

Brown eyeliner:
I lined my eyes with pencil brown liner, elongating the ends with a baby cat-eye.
Add some shadow to your eyelid crease but only follow the normal angle of your eye so it doesn’t become too extreme. Make sure to blend downwards and highlight your brow bone with concealer or whatever you used as highlight!

Line eyebrow with brown pencil (can use the same eyeliner if needed). Extend it a little further down the outsides since we are going for the ethereal, creature-like look and we want it to look a bit weird.
 


STEP 2
GREEN SHADOW

Nude lipstick:
Pale your lips by applying some nude lipstick

Green eye shadow:
Dab some green eye shadow onto your forehead (the general area above the eyebrows) and also where the shadow hits on the cheekbones. I used three shades of green to create a blurred ‘forest feel’: turquoise, apple green and a lighter hue.
 

 
STEP 3
GOLD HIGHLIGHT

Gold and white eyeshadow:
Add gold and white eyeshadow onto where the highlights are, specifically on your nose and cheekbones to get the shining effect when it catches the light. Here’s a side view.


Shiny cheek, shiny cheek~
 
STEP 4
APPLY LEAVES AND FLOWERS

Cut out your props:
Cut out small pieces of leaves in diagonals so that they don’t become green squares, stick on some flowers; add a pearl in the center if there’s a gaping hole. I just got the flower petal by dismantling a plastic floral bouquet and using the scraps.

Eyelash Glue:
I used the classic eyelash glue trick to stick everything on. Mind you, if the objects like the leaves are thicker or heavier, you will need to hold it on your face longer for it to stay. Try not to scratch the area if it gets itchy or wiggle your forehead. The less movement, the better.

If you’re working with smaller objects that you can’t really hold with your fingers or tweezers, simply dab some glue onto the place you want the object to stick to and then gently press it on the spot until you feel it’s going to stay put once you let go.

Lopsided leaves! (who needs symmetry anyway...)


STEP 5
DRAW WHITE LINES AND COLOR THOSE LEAVES


White eyeliner:
Excuse my subtle duck face. I was trying to show off the white veins I drew where the leaves and flowers protrude from my face with a white wax eyeliner pencil.

I also slightly lined my lips with the white and blended it in. I touched a little white eye shadow on the center of my lower lip to get that nice pout going.

Adding depth to the leaves:
The leaves looked a little fake a while ago, so let’s brush on some gold and green eye shadow that you used a while ago as a base color on top of the leaves. The glue on them will help enhance the color as well and give it more dimension.



STEP 6
FALSIES, NECK PATTERNS AND LET YOUR HAIR FLY

Finishings!
Add some false eyelashes, mascara, fix up any colors you want more contrast on, draw some flower patterns (just use white cream makeup and press the tip of a dry, square brush gently on skin to make cascading petal marks down the sides of the neck).

Now you’re done!



To see the final photos from the set, just click here:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Patterns Series: The Bleeding Needle


 Edge and Elegance
modeled by pia weber
makeup & photography by cindy chen


~ The irony of sinister beauty meets the ink of a bleeding needle ~