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Sounds rather sticky, right?

I have both heard about and seen people use their lipstick or lip tint as a blush but I have never really wanted to try it.. Mostly because it sounds awfully sticky and I’m honestly not great at blending at all. Most of my lipsticks are purple too so I end up looking super flushed, as you can see in the picture below. I used to have a lip tint that doubled as a blush but I think I had an allergic reaction to it so I threw it out sometime earlier this year.

From what I found when researching this, you could either apply the lipstick directly onto your cheeks, or use your fingers to blot your lips after application and then dab whatever you blot off onto your cheeks afterwards. I tried just applying it directly onto my cheeks, and boy, did I not know how much or little I needed. My first attempt made me end up looking like a clown, but with a little bit of practice I ended up with what you can see below. It’s not the worst, but certainly not the best either as I could blend it out more to make it look natural. The downside with doing that though is that it wouldn’t show up as well in pictures, and how could I illustrate what I did without that?

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(The lipstick I used is Mauve Mania by Maybelline)

I’m not sure if it is a trend I would continue to follow, especially not since my cheeks are naturally flushed anyways. It doesn’t really matter how much foundation I put on top because somehow the redness shines through anyways. Luckily it’s not the brightest red in the world but it is enough to be noticed.

I think I honestly would rather invest in a proper blusher instead. I do prefer powders to the feeling of sticky lipstick on my cheeks so it’s not really any big decision I need to make. Would you use your lipstick as a blush if you’re in a pinch? Or is this something you do already? Let me know! I’m curious to read your answers.

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What came first? Ombre lips or Ombre hair?

I have no idea, but both are trends that I really like! There are also tons of color varieties and ways to do it, so there’s not really just one way you’re restricted to doing it. I think the most popular variety would be a dark outline and a lighter center of the lip, or the exact opposite. The dark inside and lighter on the outside look is especially popular in k-beauty.

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My favorite variety is a dark lipstick on the upper lip and on the inside of the bottom lip that fades down into a brighter lipstick. I have tried two varieties here, one with a warm purple and one with a cold toned purple.

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A swift google search showed me articles about ombre lips all the way back to 2011, and for ombre hair it showed back to 2013.. So they weren’t far apart, and I’m sure that if you combined the two you would be like the coolest person ever, right? I’m sure there is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Anyways, the general idea of the ombre lip is to first use the darkest shade to “contour” your lips, then use the lighter one to “highlight” them. You can blend the colors together to make it a faded look, or keep the harsh edges to make the ombre more pronounced. The results will also depend on what kind of lipsticks you’re using, if they’re a liquid matte, a creamy lipstick, a glossy lip, anything like that. I find normal, creamy lipsticks to be the easiest to work with, but I didn’t have any with a high enough contrast so I ended up using a dark purple liquid lip cream and a lighter purple lip gloss together. You can see below how it went when I tried to use my creamy lipsticks, can’t really see much of an ombre.

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I thought it would have worked since one of them was a normal lipstick and the other had a lighter shimmer, but alas, they were too similar in tone for any ombre effect to take place. I guess I have to invest in some darker lipsticks sometime!

Is ombre lips a trend you have tried? Or could it be one that you would want to try? Share your stories (successes and fails) below, I’m eager to hear about it all.

Graphic liners have been part of runway make up for a long time, and it has been written about in different style magazines. I found a slideshow over at Instyle titled “trends you should try” and graphic liners was the only topic, so I thought I should give it a go then. It was a bit difficult to pull off, because I don’t have any liquid liners, my eyes can’t handle most of them, so I just had a soft, black liner that I had to try to make sharp lines with. It wasn’t easy, it looks a bit wonky but at least it was fun to try out! I usually just do a classic winged liner when I put on eye liner, so I had to go a bit out of my comfort zone with these.


Double winged liner

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This is basically winged liner, with one extending from the upper lash line and one from the lower lash line. It can be closed off like how I drew it on, or you could leace a blank space in the outer corner. I don’t think this is a look I could pull off, my eyes are wide enough already so it would look weird. It would also look a lot better if you use a liquid liner since it allows for more precision.


Colorblock

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The colorblock liner is basically a wingless, chunky liner done with one or more bright colors. Blue was the brightest I had, and it didn’t match any of the others (dark green and bronze) so I had to use it on its own. You can draw the line on in a square shape, pull it out into a wing, do like a rainbow with liquid liners.. Anything is possible, and it’s only limited by what you have on hand to use to draw on a liner like this.


Negative space

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This liner follows the eye socket, framing the lid. It can be pulled all the way to the inner corner of the eye, or leaving it open, like I chose to do. If I had done it all the way I think it would have smudged a lot more. The idea of negative space is to leave the majority of the lid clean, but you could fill it in with anything you want. I think black and gold would look very pretty.


Lined crease

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This is basically the same as negative space, but a bit higher up. The idea is to really accentuate the crease, making your lids look bigger than they are. I drew mine a bit highter becase the difference wasn’t really noticeable from the other one at first. This also reminds me of the 1960’s cut crease look.


Extended cat eye

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And lastly we have an exaggerated version of a cat eye. I think this one is my favorite out of the bunch, mostly because it made me look so sinister. I’m surprised by how sharp I was able to make the lines look with my pencil, but I don’t think I would be able to recreate this again without using a liquid liner.. The struggle!


 

Would you be comfortable with trying eye liner looks that are a bit out of the ordinary? They all look fun but I’m not sure if they would be suitable for every day wear. Maybe a handful of them could, but it depends on the person, and the occasion!

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Have you ever tried to dye your eyebrows?

I sure haven’t, I’m terrified of ever putting anything harmful near my eyes. However, i saw this trend in many articles (mostly about catwalk trends), done with both liquid lipsticks, colored mascaras and eye shadows and I decided I wanted to try it. I’ve read in many places that you can use a shade that matches your hair to dye your brows to make it look softer and more ‘natural’, but I don’t really think that pink or red brows would ever really look natural.. Well, ginger red brows would look natural!

If I was to follow the same logic, I should have just used a black or dark brown pencil, something I do already so it wouldn’t really be too exciting. However, if you’re going to wear a bright wig, or a wig that differs from your natural color, you should probably try to match it. This is often done with cosplay, where the characters have either blue, pink, red or any other colored hair and it would be “natural” for them to have brows in the same shade.

I looked through a whole bunch of pictures and decided on trying three different colors, with three different application methods.

Red

For this one I used two of the liquid lipsticks I have from Makeup Revolution. One was a bright red, and the other was slightly darker. I wanted it to look like the color had a bit of depth. I used an angled brush to apply the color, following the natural shape of my brows. It was a bit messy and I had to clean up the edges a lot with a smaller brush soaked with oil infused micellar water. The red was the first color I tried, I honestly should have saved it for last because it was so difficult to remove. I think it would look nicer if my hair was still as bright red as it was, now it’s orange-y brown.

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Blue

For the blue I used a eye shadow pencil. The one I had was from L’Oreal and it was in the shade Ocean Blue. One thing I hadn’t noticed was that it contains a bit of shimmer. It didn’t look bad but I wasn’t expecting it. The pencil is very soft so it felt and looked kind of like a pomade. It wasn’t the worst, but it didn’t feel too good after a while. The blue was also difficult to remove because this eye pencil is very pigmented.

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Gold

You wouldn’t have guessed that it was gold, right? My gold obsession lives on and I decided trying to have gold eyebrows would be like the best idea ever. It could maybe have been that if I had a liquid gold product. What I used here was a wet eye shadow brush and golden eyeshadow, the one from the 24k NUDES palette from Maybelline. The color didn’t show up too well on camera but it looked slightly metallic in real life at least. I think this turned out the worst out of the three and I would never try it again..

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All in all, I think colored brows would work if they had a purpose, like completing a cosplay costume or for festivals and whatnot!

Have you tried out colored brows before? Is it a trend you could have worn?

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If there is one thing that both confuses and intrigues me, it is the trends that beauty gurus pick up on, or create..

I always see articles about new things like “diamond nails”, mermaid this and mermaid that, “holographic” make up and god knows what, and I can’t ever seem to be able to jump on the same hype train as others do.

— But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to recreate whatever it is, like a year after it was popular. I always let a few months pass by, commenting about how stupid something is, then I just end up thinking like “Screw it, I gotta do it now.” So that is how this series was born, I haven’t said it will be a series yet but there is a lot of things I want to try out. The only requirement for me though is that I would have to just use whatever I own, because I don’t want to have to go out of my way to purchase new make up items, I have so much that I need to use up. It is probably not a lot by others standards, but for me it’s more than I would ever need. ( I guess the Makeup Revolution Storage Chest I purchased is to blame).

Onto this post’s trend

I was just mindlessly googling when I stumbled upon this, seeing very washed out eye looks with dull or pastel colors — or on the other side of the scale, bright teal and glitters, and I thought it looked rather cute. Most of the looks were purely greens or blues, or with a tiny bit of purple or yellow, but the “tutorial” I found made use of pretty much every one of the single pan eye shadows I have (which are like the purple, the blue and the green shades, all from H&M). Here’s what it says:

Mermaid Eyes
The mesmerizingly pretty looks on the fashion runway at Marc Jacobs, Rachel Comey, and Jill Stuart are a brighter, dreamier take on the dark and smoky standard. Here’s how we’re pulling it off: Apply shimmery purple on the inner halves of lids, blue on the outer halves, green just below the eyes, and gold at the inner corners. (Eye primer helps.) Blend with a fluffy shadow brush; liner and mascara optional.

They probably intended for this to be a soft, pastel-ish look, but I can’t help but to go for bold colors whenever I can. I also probably could have blended the colors better but the sort of color block look is something I really enjoy, so it is what it is!

What I did was to first apply the purple shadow, then I took a blue eye shadow stick on the outer corner, trying to make it slightly like a wing, I applied a slightly darker blue eye shadow on top and blended it towards the purple. I then took the green shadow under the eyes, blending it up into the blue to try to further make it look like a wing. And last, but not least I applied the gold shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, trying to follow the “tutorial” as closely as possible.

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I think it came out pretty good! Maybe not the same way that the tutorial intended but at least I used the right colors. It could have been softer, could have been more sparkly, could have been better. I guess what matters is that I am happy with it.

I don’t know if I would ever wear this look, maybe to a concert or something similar but definitely not every day! I can understand the appeal of the mermaid look, it’s very beautiful so I guess it’s safe to say that…

This was a total success. √

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