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28 Feb

A re-blog! Mostly because I am a naughty lazy devil who didn’t have a blog prepared for yesterday when I was meant to post, and partly because … who doesn’t love a bargain. This isn’t a brand I am familiar with but one that the kids in the know rave about, so I’LL be shopping up a storm ūüôā

Life Through the Eyes of a "Cat"

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If you’ve never tried e.l.f. this is the perfect time! If you are familiar with e.l.f. then this is a great time to stock up!!!!!

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Happy shopping, Kat

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8 photos of my eyebrows.

25 Feb

Take 2 x eyebrows…

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and one of these guys…

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… and if it’s nice n’ sharp, you can start at the outside of the brow, using the pointy pencil tip to pick the hairs up and colour them against the grain, which keeps it off the skin.

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This creates a fetching wild-n-bushy look:

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… which I like to smooth out with one of these:

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The Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Master pencils come with one on the end; most brow pencils do, and if not, just use an old clean mascara wand.

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Brush from underneath up and out, then from on top brush any long stragglers back down to join their friends in your perfectly arched neat line-up.

So THAT’S how she does it…

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Re-sharpen the pencil then add more where/if required…

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et voila.

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More eyebrow tips:

Adding a light-coloured powder or pencil (well blended) underneath the arch of the brow can really lift the whole face and highlight the eyebrows nicely.

Put down the tweezers. ¬†Step away from the tweezers. ¬†If you’ve been plucking your brows for years and have gotten into a bit of a pickle and found yourself with misshapen, skinny, stubbly worms on your face, I challenge you to let them grow wild and free for… 6 months. ¬†You’ll thank me. ¬†It’ll be hard at first, and if you need to deal with a monobrow or hair on your actual eyelids, be my guest. ¬†But for a much more flattering, youthful brow, more is more.

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Cara Delavigne knows it.

In these photos I am also wearing:
Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector – 02-Light
Rimmel Match Perfection Silky loose face powder – 001 Transparent
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadow – Permanent Taupe
H&M Eyeliner – Chocolate
Boots No.7 Intense Volume mascara – Brown/Black

contemplation…

23 Feb

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(Photo by Grant)

This is me, on the beach with Chloe, and as you can see, we’re both wondering how the hell I’m going to come up with today’s post. ¬†My phone-camera is broken, and the digital camera has been missing for days. ¬†I haven’t been able to capture any of this week’s ground-breaking makeup artistry! ¬†DISASTER!

You probably also noticed how amazing our eyebrows are. ¬†I get mine threaded at Superdrug every time I’m down in Glasgow, and as regular readers will also know, I’m a huge fan of Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Shape brow pencil, either in Blonde or Soft Brown, depending on how much drama I plan to bring with my brows. ¬†My hair, eyes and skin are pale and there’s something I like about having high-contrast dark-dark lashes and brows against that light background.

I’ll show you how it’s done when my technology situation improves, but for now, here’s something for you to contemplate – courtesy of http://www.mandatory.com

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Lichtenstein cartoon pop-art makeup

21 Feb

For Halloween 2012, Chloe wanted a Lichtenstein-style pop-art cartoon face to match her favourite comic-strip skirt.  And I was like, bring it on.

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We decided against the small-pox dots all over the face, mostly because by the time we got to that stage, we were running sooooo late for the party that there simply wasn’t time.

Pretty much, I just went to town on her with a black liquid liner. ¬†Starting the eyebrows higher in the inside corner, and ending them lower on the outside creates a miserable, about-to-cry expression, as if by magic. ¬†Try it, and you’ll have everyone coming up to you all night, saying “are you OK?”

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The tear was a work of art, if I do say so myself.  Shiny and long-lasting thanks to MAC Liquid Last eyeliner and with extra sparkle, care of MAC Pigment.

So off we went to our party.  Me, Chloe and Zoe Winehouse.

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May I remind you all that this boo-hoo expression on Chloe’s face is drawn on, she’s actually not pulling a face at all. ¬†Or she wasn’t, until we arrived at the party…

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and Faron was also a Lichtenstein-inspired cartoony face!  OMFG!

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And Chloe ripped off her wig in a rage, and was all like, waaaaah.

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The end.

Or was it?….

In the thrilling sequel to today’s post, CHLOE WEARS A DIFFERENT BLONDE WIG! ¬†Stay tuned!

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men with makeup: Colin

19 Feb

Today we explore another type of non-permanent body decoration: indelible-pen nipple-art.

Allow me to introduce you to my favourite male housemate, Colin.

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That’s us on the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, in March 2012. ¬†And here we are in Vegas, with my doing a shocking job of the Amplifier octopus on his arm.

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Sometimes we like to swap clothes, which works for me because he’s Scottish and in a kilt 100% of the time. ¬†It also works for him because I dress like a man from the 80s.

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And of course, like any friend of mine who’s ever been in the same room as me, a bottle of vodka and a Sharpie, Colin is an esteemed member of the Pen Fifteen club.

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Colin is such a good sport, in fact, that he didn’t press charges when I did this to him:

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As I always say, that’s what friends are for.

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PS Here’s a photo of me, Chloe and Colin playing hooker-card snap on the Strip, because I know she’ll be pissed at me for making it look like she wasn’t even there for Road Trip 2012.

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let me run something up your flagpole

17 Feb

Going to the football?  Here, let me sort you out.

Here’s me on Australia Day in 2009 – we had an excellent party in the hostel that year, all down to other resident redhead Aussie at the time – Ken – who paid outstanding attention to detail and got in everyone’s favourite Australian delicacies (Toffee Apples, Milo, Chicos, Cherry Ripes, Burger Rings – you name it).

Anyway – these flags are all done with cream makeup/facepaint that’s available on eBay for a couple of bucks per tube. ¬†Not sure if you can see on my blue face but it’s flaking to buggery – maybe I had it on too thick? ¬†Or maybe it was a dud batch of paint. ¬†The blue corner of the South African flag on Alewyn’s face suffered the same fate, while the rest of the facepaint lasted pretty well (not only on his face, but everyone else’s who came within smearing distance!)

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And Dos Tonis, getting ready to celebrate LOUDLY for the World Cup in 2010 (?? – is it every four years like the Olympics??)

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I’m not sure what was going on with Chloe’s makeup here; from memory we were at a dress up party (Morgan’s birthday?) and at the last minute hastily threw together her costume; I think she was a flag. ¬†The dress she’s in was a floor length stripey beach-ball number and her face was just painted with the colours I had to hand that kind-of matched. ¬†Heehee. ¬†That was the day I first had my hair cut into a mullet (April or May 2012) by Oban’s one and only Karlos; it has since gone from strength to strength (in length).

Anyway.  Not an official flag according to the UN, but still.

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illamasqua sealing gel

15 Feb

Just a wee experiment with this product, which I bought a couple of weeks ago and only today got around to trying out. ¬†It’s been raved about by all and sundry, the new miracle product to mix into your powder eyeshadow to instantly turn it into a high-density liquid liner.

I have been using a similar miracle product for years – called “water” – but I’m always up for trying these things out.

These shots were all taken after about 14 hours of wear and tear, including me intermittently rolling my eyes then squeezing them shut in frustration for 8 hours straight at college.

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oop, let’s see if we can crop that down a bit, less nose, more eyelid.

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and even closer…

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What we have here is MAC eyeshadow powder in Coppering (a daring reddish shade that if applied right, makes blue eyes insanely blue, and if applied even a little too heavy-handedly, makes one look as if one has a scorching case of pink-eye), mixed with a little – and I mean a tiny drop – of Illamasqua Sealing Gel, applied with a flat brush in a thin line, slightly winged out in a flick on the outer corner of the eye.

There’s a bit of Maybelline gel-cream eyeshadow (24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze) on my eyelids, although it’s mostly worn off, and Boots No. 7 brown mascara.

If you can only set aside 10 seconds for eye makeup yet want to look incredibly incredible, get your ring-fingertip into a pot of Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo and smear it on. ¬†You cannot f_ck it up, I swear. ¬†Shimmery, flattering colours for everyone! ¬†The 24-Hour claim is a bald-faced lie, obviously, but the good news is that you can just pat it back into place if it does travel or crease during the course of the day. ¬†Maybe she’s born with it, or maybe that’s just me and my greasy eyelids.

The MAC Coppering/Illamasqua Sealing Gel is all the way along the top lashline, right down into the inner corner of my eyes, and there it stayed all day, not a smudge or a wrinkle or a fade or a blur in sight. ¬†I’m well impressed, Illamasqua.

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Sealing Gel, welcome to my makeup kit.

is that… Alice Cooper?

13 Feb

No. ¬†It’s Grant¬†in makeup and a wig!

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Why so sad, Alice-Grant? ¬†Is it because my plan to see your performance in Edinburgh on Halloween last year fell through, and you’re all bummed out because one of your fans never got to see you live on stage? ¬†I was disappointed, too – Chloe and I were going to go as Wayne and Garth. ¬†But it was not to be.

I didn’t think tickets would sell out as fast as they did, then BOOM all of a sudden they were ¬£140. ¬†Damn the scalpers, damn them all to hell (but not the good part of hell where I will be roasting marshmallows with all my friends in due course – the bad part, for bad people who rip music fans off. ¬†Hisss)

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Well. ¬†As I always say, if you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. ¬†Didn’t get to meet Alice Cooper? ¬†Just paint someone else up to look like him and voila. ¬†We are the masters of our own destinies, the architects of our own fortunes, the creators of our own fan-girl photo opportunities, are we not?

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What we have here, for those curious about the technicalities, is MAC Paintpot in Blackground (that bad-boy’s been getting quite the workout lately, but it really is good stuff), just painted on with a concealer brush.

Add a black wig – I found this one under the reception desk – and fingerless stud faux leather gloves. ¬†Borrow a leather jacket from a Spanish guy called Sergio (if you can find one), and Bob’s your uncle. ¬†Or Grant’s your Alice. ¬†Or whatever.

Have fun, dear children.

Twiggy and Bowie, Chloe and me

11 Feb

From the 1973 album Pin Ups, here is David Bowie posing with Twiggy.

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The face-outline thing reminds me of this:

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which was my bum-chinspiration for this:

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…which was Chloe in costume as this:

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I have always admired Boy George in his twilight years; he just paints over that wattle and expects us all to turn a blind eye. ¬†What double chin? ¬†Oh this ol’ bronzed acre of skin? ¬†That’s a jawline you could shave parmesan on, friends, not a massive turkey gobbler. ¬†Nothing to see here.

Anyway.  Back to Bowie.

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I’ve had my mullet trimmed (although it is not such a dark red as his), I’ve bought a brown contact lens and Chloe and I are both going bra-less today so there are no strap marks on our shoulders. ¬†I’m so ready for this.

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It’s the morning after and I’m editing the photos from the Pin Ups session, and laughing my ass off. ¬†Most of these aren’t fit for publication. ¬†The kind of stuff you don’t want ending up on 9gag. ¬†I’ve got a whole album of oh-god-why, right here. ¬†Let’s see if I can tastefully crop them into something more family friendly.

Basically, the makeup took several hours and 4 litres of Lambrini.  We were both topless, drinking pints of mimosa all afternoon.  My housemates were quite surprised when they came in from their day skiing, but Zoe quickly regained her composure and took the final photos for us.

So here we go. ¬†I don’t have a huge number of progress shots because the camera battery was running low, and I’m also not going to be able to name all the products I used; mostly because there is no point naming the ancient eye-shadows I’ve had for 10+ years that I bought in Australia.

This was my first proper attempt at covering eyebrows; there are a couple of ways you can do it, so I picked the cheaper one – glue stick! ¬†Yes really. ¬†I think I put too many layers on; on Chloe’s eyebrows at least I think one layer might have been enough. ¬†In the YouTube videos I watched they were all going to town with several layers, built up with powder in between.

Anyway, here she is a with a monobrow created with Pritt-stick and Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation.

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The Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation was applied around the outside of her face, then all down Chloe’s neck, arms and chest to make her a nice golden-Twiggy colour (and I upped my own palour with Illamasqua Skin Base foundation, in the lightest shade). ¬†The Rich Liquid is the densest coverage formula they’ve got, and it’s DENSE. ¬†It-covers-tattoos-dense.

The face-outline was drawn on with a nude lip-liner, and the white Skin Base foundation went inside the outline.  At this stage, Chloe looked quite like a playing card somehow, so I popped my Red Queen wig on her just quickly, for fun:

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Then came the eyeshadow, which didn’t work out as well as I wanted it to – it was difficult blending the powder over such thick, sticky layers of foundation and dry glue stick. ¬†It was frustrating.

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Finished with a LOT of black mascara, top and bottom, cos that was the way Twiggy rolled.  Light pink sparkly blush low down under the cheekbones and on the temples.  Nude lipliner and gold lipstick.  Blue headscarf.

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Then I did my own makeup. ¬†My makeup is similar to Chloe’s – covered eyebrows, face outlined. ¬†But I am snow white instead of white and tan. ¬†I was wearing a matte taupe eyeshadow and brown mascara, and contact lenses. ¬†I used a matte peach blush on my temples and under my cheekbones.

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And this is what we ended up with:

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What do you think?

I think Chloe pulls a very convincingly beatific Twiggy face there.

What I learned from this session:

– Always put whole afternoons aside for this kind of ambitious undertaking; when you’re flying blind, you need time on your side. ¬†You don’t want to be rushed.

– Really thick, tan makeup looks amazing in photos and ridiculous in real life.

– Covering eyebrows is hard, although the dried glue stick wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. ¬†It retained a bit of flexibility so it didn’t flake off or peel up like I assumed it might.

– Teaching yourself can be satisfying and fun, however recently I’m feeling limited by not having the right tools or products, and I’m very aware of the huge gaps in my technical knowledge… and it’s frustrating. ¬†I have the vision but it’s not always enough.

I try to stay positive and channel Kevyn¬†when it’s not going the way I want; even when you’re making a complete dog’s breakfast of it, you’re still learning.

superheroes and villains

9 Feb

Let’s pretend we can save the world. ¬†Save the world with makeup!

My friend Ian, who is big into all things cartoon-ish, had a Marvel Comics/cartoons/villains/heroes themed party for his 30th birthday in 2011. ¬†Everyone made a huge effort and looked amazing – I bloody love a dress up party when everyone gets hard into it. ¬†Ian himself was Superman. ¬†Here’s me as The Red Queen, inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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And at the same party, Alex as Sideshow Bob, Neil as a banana, and Morgan as Cheetara from Thundercats!

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I do love a good painted-on eye mask. ¬†Speaking of which, last but not least, here I am as Australian supervillain ANZAC. ¬†That’s my gimpy manservant Barbara in the background, humping Hostage 1.

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¬†Maybe I can’t save the world with makeup, but I can rule the world with cookies. ¬†Watch the full video here:¬†ANZAC!!!!!

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