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Fake tears, really?

I first read about fake tears as a runway trend, then it blew up as a different version on instagram sometime last year (I’m late, I know!). Instead of just using color to create tears, people were using clear gloss to mimic tears rolling down your face. I did not have a clear lip gloss so I opted for just trying out the colored version. It also didn’t sound too tempting to put some sticky liquid so close to my eyeballs. I’m very paranoid when it comes to what I put near my eyes.

What I used to do this was the Steve Laurant liquid liner in Black, and a couple of shades from the I ❤ MakeUp Death By Chocolate Palette (Love you to death & Tease Me). I used a dark purple paired with silver acting as a highlight. The highlight part didn’t pick up too well on camera, it just looked like solid silver but it was a lot prettier in real life! It shifted really nicely between purple and silver.

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I think it looks good both as just an outline, and filled in. It’s not an every day kind of look though, but I would definitely use something like this for costume make up. I know a lot of people like adding things like this when doing a Goth kind of costume make up. I also remember seeing make up like this when finding ‘alternative’ looks for my Sims 2 & 3 characters.

If I did this again, I think I might have opted for black and silver, or black and gold.. or maybe something blue? I’m not sure. I think I also would have gone over the outlines with liquid eyeliner again to keep it looking kinda cartoon-ish. It could also have been cool to pair this with a cel-shade or pop art look.

Have you ever tried anything like this? Or what do you think of a ‘trend’ like this in general? Something for you? It’s not really for me but I can respect people’s creativity.

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Rose tinted? What is that?

At Bora Aksu, Altuzarra and Simone Rocha, a wash of prettiest pink gave a rose-like flush to cheeks, eyes and lips on the catwalk. Sheer coverage, soft shades and delicate application made for an ethereal beauty which felt utterly modern yet completely wearable at once. Elsewhere pink made its comeback in the form of magenta colour-pop lips at H&M, fuchsia liner at Oscar de la Renta and softly petal-stained mouths at Temperley London. To think pink has never felt more apt.

Rose tinted, to me at least, sounds very good in theory, but it really isn’t in practice. It works well for those who are not too fair and who have a light hair color because it just adds onto the ‘innocence’ of it. For me, however, it doesn’t really work. My hair is as black as it could be, my brows are really dark although they’re kinda sparse but they are not anywhere close to being blonde. My lips are also naturally very purple, so for them to look rose tinted too I would have had to block out all color with a concealer and then added something pink on top. I used the most pink lipstick I had in the picture below and it still looks purple-ish.

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I used a dusty rose shade from a blush palette and used a fluffy brush to add it around my eyes and on my cheeks and it honestly made me look bruised or sunburned. Pink is not my shade at all so it won’t really work out no matter what I do. It was a fun look to do though, it looked a bit more intense in real life, my camera didn’t really want to pick up on the pink shade so it just looks darker than it really is. Same goes for the lip color, but I guess that’s kinda a given.

Would you want to try a look like this? Or rather, could you pull it off? I feel like it really takes a special kind of person to pull off things like this, all of the trends I have tried so far have been kinda drastic or extreme and not really for every day use, only for special occasions. If you want to check out my previous beauty trends posts you can click these links below:

Mermaid eyes | Colored brows | Graphic liner | Ombre lips | fake freckles | lipstick blush

Is there any beauty trends you have been curious about and never really tried? Let me know! I’m always looking for inspiration or new weird things to try out. I always have so much fun when doing posts like this.

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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:

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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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The Ultimate Favorites palette was part of the 2016 Storage Chest and is not for sale on it’s own ( I couldn’t find it anywhere, at least), but it is a mixture of their most popular shades. The palette has 16 matte shades, 15 shimmer/metallic shades and one beautifully iridescent shade. I swatched them all in the pictures below, the first one is the two top rows, the second is the two bottom rows. When I swatched them I realized that the shimmer/metallics actually looked better when using a brush than when using your fingers, which is not very common.

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The 16 matte shades.

 

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The 15 shimmer/metallics and the one purple iridescent shade. It’s really beautiful in natural light.

After swatching them, I decided I wanted to try to kind of make my make up match my hair color situation. I recently dyed my hair partially black, partially blonde and partially red so with the colors I had available in the palette, I was able to replicate the color combination. I used a pale matte shade all over the lid at first, then I used all shimmers from the bottom row, the gold shade to the very left of the row, the red which is third from the right and the gray-ish shade which is fourth from the left I used along my bottom lash line, mixed with a bit of the red.

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I then used a black eyeliner to create a small wing, I also used it on my waterline to make the look a bit darker and to make my eyes look a bit more narrow. I really enjoy using black liners because it usually gives my eyes a bit of an almond shape instead of just golf balls (my eyes are usually very rounded).

I didn’t use a primer for the eye shadow because I wanted to see how it did on it’s own and it help up very well! It was surprisingly easy to remove and it didn’t leave behind any stain at all, I’ve had that happen with reds before and it made me stop using them because I always looked sick or tired afterwards.

So all in all, I was very happy with the palette! The color variety is good and I’m happy that you get an equal amount of matte and shimmery shades! I’m looking forward to putting the rest of it to the test too. I also got to use the brushes that came with the storage chest too and they worked great! Definitely the softest brushes I have ever owned. Looking forward to throwing out my old ones and putting these to use.

♥ What I used

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  • A flat eye shadow brush, a rounded eye shadow brush and a fluffy blending brush.
  • The Ultimate Favorites palette from Makeup Revolution

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  • IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”
  • L’Oreal Le Khol Eyeliner in “Black”
  • L’Oreal Brow Artist Xpert Brow Pencil in “Cool Brunette”

 

Have you tried Makeup Revolution eye shadows before?
What do you think about them?

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.. That’s not quite how it goes! But as I have been a fan of bold colors on the eyes lately, I wanted to make an alternative version of my blue look, and I ended up with a green one! I figured that instead of just layering the green H&M shadow I have over the darker one I have used from the Maybelline 24k NUDES palette, I could use them both for one complete look.

( Please ignore the weird brown/black shift in my hair, I’m growing out my natural brown color after having it dyed jet black for a long time. )

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♥ The application and result

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I used a sponge applicator that was dampened with some setting spray to get the most pigmentation out of the H&M shade as I could, since you could see it being very sheer in my post here. I found that the trick worked rather well, but it made the pan feel a bit chalky afterwards so I had to scrape off a small layer of

it to make it feel like normal. With the darker shade I could just use a regular make up brush to apply it because it is very pigmented and it was very easy to blend into the lighter shade without creating a harsh edge. I smoked it out up towards the top of the lid, and applied a Wet ‘n Wild eyeliner in “Dont leaf me” and then the NYX crystal liner on top of it along the lash line. I used it in the blue look too, but the glitters in it are actually green so it fits this look way better than the previous one.

I was very happy with how it turned out after applying mascara and blending out any remaining harsh outer edges. I think that without the glitter liner, this would definitely be okay for an every day casual look, but with how it looks now, I would probably just wear it for special occasions! There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing glittery eye make up every day though, it just isn’t for me. I admire those that can just go full glam whenever they feel like it.

♥ What I used

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One: Wet ‘n Wild KOHL Eye Liner in “Don’t leaf me”. A beautiful glittery green eye liner.
Two: NYX Crystal Liner in “Jade”.
Three: H&M Eye Shadow in “Aventurine”.
Four: Maybelline 24k NUDES Palette, a dark green shade.

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Five: Maybelline Super Stay 24h Powder in 10 Ivory, used as a base to conceal spider veins.
Six: An eco tools brush to blend it out.
Seven: A dual ended make up sponge / brush applicator.
Eight: Mesauda Milano 4Ever Brows Micro Pencil in “Cinnamon”.
Nine: IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”.

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