Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Scary Geisha Halloween Hair, Makeup & Costume Tutorial

So, the day of tricking and treating is almost here! What are we all going as for Halloween? In Australia we don't really celebrate Halloween, buuuuuut for someone who loves dressing up and eating huge amounts of sweets, I thought I'd get into it this year!

This year I have a Halloween party to go to, and normally I'd dress up as something cutesy, so I thought I'd do something different and get creepy with it! And what's more creepy than dead things? I'll admit, normally I get scared pretty easily, so I figured that if I was something scary, I wouldn't get frightened! So this year I'm going as a dead geisha, and putting my own spin on traditional geisha makeup.



Since it's pretty simple to do, I thought I'd give you guys a makeup/hair/costume tutorial, perfect if you're looking for a last minute Halloween look!

Taken By Surprise Tutorial: Scary Geisha Makeup 


Here are my inspirations for this look.
Image credit clockwise: makeup-playground, labellemel, tumblr, videojug.

1. Apply a liquid foundation all over the face using a stippling brush, which will create a porcelain look. Conceal any redness or blemishes with a liquid concealer and concealer brush, which will help your skin get that flawless look. Then finish off your base with a translucent matte powder applied with a kabuki brush. 

Taken by Surprise Tip: I don't like to use face paint, hence no white geisha face. BUT by using a foundation with SPF in it, the sun-protecting ingredients reflect light, so when someone takes your picture using a flash, your face will go ghostly white! 

Foundation: Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in "Soft Beige"
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "Light 10"
Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in "Silky Beige"
This was taken using a flash - how deathly white do I look!
Since Halloween parties are generally at night,
you'll look like a ghost in all of the photos, perfect for this look!
2. Using a dark eyebrow pencil, create thick and angular eyebrows. The bigger, the better! Let them fall into a point along the sides of your nose - it creates a scary cartoon kind of look. As a guideline, line your brows about 1-2mm from the natural shape to thicken them up. 

Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in "Black Brown"
3. To create that bruise/dark circles kind of look as if we're dead, apply a deep burgundy eyeshadow under your eyes where your dark circles would be if you had them (Hopefully you don't! Sleep is important!). At the outer area of the shadow, bring it up to a point at the end of your eyebrows, like a wing.

Eyeshadow: Beauty Essentials Palette in "Essential Eyes"

4. Apply a shimmery pink over the burgundy, staying within the shape you've created. Also apply on your lids.

Eyeshadow: Lancome Michelle Phan Glam Eyes in "Lid"


5. Using a purpley blue shade, apply in the outer area of the burgundy/pink, to give your eyes some dimension. While we're trying to create a bruise effect, we also want the eye makeup to reflect the silk of a kimono.

Eyeshadow: Lancome Michelle Phan Glam Eyes in "Crease"

6. Then using a blue-toned silver, apply to the inner corners and slightly blend into the burgundy/pink. Also apply in the outer third of your lids. 

Eyeshadow: Lancome Michelle Phan Glam Eyes in "Highlighter"


7. Taking a matte white eyeshadow, highlight your brow bone to make your brows look higher. 

Eyeshadow: Beauty Essentials Palette in "Essential Eyes"

8. Because we have a defined line where the eyeshadow bruise ends, use a blending brush to soften the edges and create that black-eye look. Don't worry if they aren't even, bruises are never the same! 


9. Open up your eyes by lining your waterline with a white kohl pencil, and follow that with a black kohl pencil along your lower lash line. Apply liquid eyeliner in a thin line along your top lash line and create two wings - these represent the long lashes that geishas often had. 

White pencil liner: Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in " Pure White"
Black pencil liner: Coral Colours in "Magnetic Midnight"
Liquid liner: Lancome Artliner

10. Using a gel eyeliner, gently press the product along your lower lash line in three square shapes. These make your eyes look doll-like, but kind of creepy at the same time! 


11. Curl your lashes and apply a thickening and lengthening mascara. You can also apply fake lashes at this point, but I'm a bit useless at falsies, so I'm happy with just mascara haha

Mascara: Model Co Extension Mascara & Lash Fibres Duo
12. Cover your lips with a liquid concealer and blend into the skin around your mouth using your fingers, then set with translucent powder. Using a red lip liner, create a square heart shape in the centre of your lips, then fill it in with a matte red lipstick using a lip brush.

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "Light 10"
Translucent powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in "Silky Beige"
Lip liner: Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in "Wine"
Lipstick: Sportsgirl Pout About It in "Bombshell"


Taken By Surprise Tutorial: Scary Geisha Hair


1. It's best to have a few-day-old hair, because the more matted it looks, the better! If you have freshly washed hair, grunge it up using dry shampoo. Using a curling iron, curl your hair so it sits in loose waves. 


2. Create a middle part and secure the left and right front sections with floral pins. If you have a fringe/bangs like me, split that in half and use the pins to pull it back.


3. Using a teasing comb, back comb/tease your hair in random sections so it's messy and doll-like.



 Taken By Surprise Tutorial - Scary Geisha Costume


1. Short Japanese style kimono - I got mine from Cotton On Body, it's actually for wearing over your pjs! Tie it at the back rather than the front so yo can see your dress underneath. 



2. Draped dress - Mine's from Dotti and the draped front reminds me a bit of a kimono. Plus the bodice looks like the bandage style tops geishas would wear under their kimonos.


3. Ripped tights or mid-length white socks - For that dead/crazy look, ripped tights are great and you can create the ladders yourself. For a more traditional look, you can wear white socks (mine were a pair of my old school ones!)

4. Any neutral heels - Mine are from Wittner and are just black heels with thick straps across the front. Plain shoes are best for this look, because we want the focus to be on the makeup and kimono! 


5. Fan - for a real geisha look, carry a small fan around with you. You can get them from two dollar shops or just make one yourself by folding a piece of patterned paper.

The final look!



Do I scare you?
With white socks.
Trying to be scary hahaha
What are you dressing up for for Halloween? Tweet me a picture at @hi_JLY or leave a comment below!
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Friday, 26 October 2012

Winged Eyeliner Three Ways (P.3 Gel Liner) - Makeup Tutorial "Vintage Inspired"

Hello lovelies!

Looks like it's time for the final instalment of my Winged Eyeliner series! Gel eyeliner is my favourite to use when I'm already wearing eyeshadow, because once it's on, it's on - in other words, it will stay put once you apply it, which is great for when you need your eyes to look glam a bit longer than usual!



Plus, I find that the matte look of gel eyeliner is perfect for creating that vintage type look, so that's the theme I've gone for with this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to create a vintage-inspired winged eye, using the applicator that comes with your gel liners, as well as a flat angled brush.



Want to learn how to do a winged eye using pencil liner? See Part One here!
Maybe you want to know how to get a cat eye using liquid liner? See Part Two here!


Taken By Surprise Tutorial - Winged Eyeliner Three Ways Part #3


Gel or Pot Eyeliner




**Because I normally wear gel eye liner with eyeshadow, I've already applied Rimmel London's Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow palette in English Oak.**




1. First we'll apply the liner using the applicator. Using the thin side of the brush, begin applying the gel liner from the centre of the eyelid, using very short small dashes to build it up. Go slowly, gel liner has a tendency to go everywhere if you're heavy handed!

Rimmel London Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in "001 Black"

That random hair up there is my fringe falling down, not a super long eyebrow hahaha
2. Then from the inner corner of the eye, join up to the line you've already created.


3. To find the right angle for the wing, line up the applicator with the end of your eyebrow and the inner corner of your eye. Then using the thin edge of the applicator brush, draw a line following that angle, from the outer corner. 


Leaning your head back as you look in the mirror will help you find the angle.
4. Then connect the end of that line to the liner on your upper lash line, creating a triangular shape. Fill in that triangle, and your wing is done!

Sorry about the weird lighting change!
4. Now we'll do the other eye using a flat angled liner brush. Draw a tester line on the back of your hand to help remove excess product to stop smudging. You'll need to repeat this step every time you put more product on the brush (or expect panda eyes super quick!)



5. With the pointed end of the brush pointing towards the inner corner of the eye, begin creating soft strokes along the top lash line, following the natural curve of the eyelid and keeping as close as you can to the lashes.



6. Once you get to the outer corner, turn the brush so the point is facing the outer corner of the eye and paint a 5mm-1cm line up at a 45 degree angle towards the end of your eyebrow. Again, create a triangle shape, and fill it in for the wing!


Whoops, I smudged it a bit - be careful to let your liner dry before opening your eyes
 or you might get a bit on your lids like I did!
If this happens, a little bit of concealer on a Q-tip will fix it.
7. Then just finish off by curling your lashes and applying lashings of your favourite mascara!


Then just add some matte red lipstick, and the vintage-inspired winged eye look is complete!





Cheeky mirror selfies
...and again :)

If you'd like to see me talking a bit more about the winged eye, or would like a few extra tips and tricks of mine, here's the video from when I was interviewed as part of the Rimmel Beauty Insider competition earlier this year. Scroll down to Jessica-Anne to watch it :)

And for those wondering when the results will be out, I've heard they'll be announced later this year. Don't worry, I'll keep you guys updated :)

Do you use gel liner? What are your tips? Let me know in the comments below!
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