Radiant Orchid

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Orchis

I created and posted this look on my instagram page on Febuary 17, 2014.

I was taping at the studio that week and there were talks about the color of the year. According to Pantone, it is called Radiant Orchid. So I decided to make that the  inspiration for this simple makeup look.

Click here to read the full press release from Pantone about the Color of the Year for 2014.

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I was a bit apprehensive in creating this look, because I knew from the get go, that this look embodies an air of “coldness”.

I suggest breaking down this look if you want to use purple hues in your makeup look for day or night.

You can choose to emphasize either you eye or your lips and counter balance the look with neutral colors. BUT if you have a big personality and tons of confidence, then by all means, play with this color scheme for a make-up look.

To achieve this look, these are the products I used.

Click on the brand names or product names to be brought to their webpage to see a photo of the product that I used.

I used the same process in camouflaging and in applying the foundation as I stated in my previous post for #paukaymondays.

Concealer / Camouflage:

I applied an orange toned concealer/camouflage called Secret Camouflage S4 from Laura Mercier all over the freshly shaved area of my face to counter act the blueness of my beard.

I didn’t apply concealer in my under eye because the foundation that I was planning to use will conceal any under eye darkness present.

Foundation:

I decided to apply foundation a number of tones lighter than my skin tone to make my skin appear fair. I also did this so that the purple hues of this look will stand out.

In a patting motion using a latex sponge, I applied MAC Fullcoverage in NC 25 in layers all over my face. More product was layered on the bearded part of my face to “color correct” the initial application of the camouflage earlier.

Powder:

I decided to use Integrate’s Mineral Powder in 00 and 20 to set the foundation. With the accompanying powder puff on the compact, with a patting motion, I applied 00 to the T-Zone area of my face and under my eyes.

In a patting motion, I applied 20 to the rest of my face and neck.

IMG_7112Blush:

With a fan brush, I applied a light layer of NARS blush in Orgasam on top of my cheekbones.

Contour:

To make my nose appear smaller, Using a Laura Mercier Angled Eye Color Brush, I applied Laura Mercier’s Matte Eye Color in Truffle starting from the base of my inner brows, down the lateral side wall to the tips of my nose.

Eyes:

I first applied an eye base from Nars. Click here to be brought to a previous blog entry about eye bases.

From my Sephora + Pantone Universe Shades of Nature Eyeshadow Palette (click here to see a complete review from beautezine.com), I used the eyeshadow labeled as 12-2903 as an all over wash on my lids using a Laura Mercier All Over Eye Color Brush.

With a Laura Mercier’s Pony Tail Brush, I applied Laura Mercier’s Luster Eye Color in African Violet on the crease of my eye, blending towards my brow bone.

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Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in 727

To emphasize my eyes more, I used Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour  in Plum as my eyeliner, concentrating the color on the outer corners of my eyes, specifically on my upper and lower lids. I blended it out towards my crease using a Laura Mercier Creme Eye Detail Brush.

To open my eyes, at the inner corner of my eyes, I used Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst (currently not in production). To add some drama, I also added Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in 727 on the area between my tear duct and nose.

I then applied Givenchey’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara on my lashes for emphasis.

Brows:

I applied MAC’s  Brow Set in Boy Girl to lighten my brows and to keep it in shape.

Lips:

To create a matte ombre look, I applied a small amount of  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie With the accompanying lip brush. In the middle of my lips, I applied a cream highlight in Light from MUD cosmetics. To blend, I just pressed my lips together.

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When everything was to my liking, I put on my blond wig and wrapped myself with my Mexican blanket. I settled in front of my lightbox, set my Iphone on timer and shot away.

When I posted this photo, I got a lot of comments saying that I looked liked a blond Sofia Vergara. Some even said there’s a hint of some Claudia Schiffer in the drag persona that I created for this look. Some of my pageant fanatic friends said I looked liked a Venezuelan Beauty Queen. After a while, I indeed looked liked a blond Ly Jonaitis, Miss Venezuela 2006 (2nd runner up at Miss Universe 2007).

The joys of make-up.

 

 

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Sayuri

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Sayuri

 

I created this look one fine day in February 2014.

I was having a free day and was contemplating on what to do. A good friend of mine was leaving for Tokyo that week. Being a Nipponphile, I was nurisng a bottle of jealousy and started watching various videos on Youtube about Tokyo and the Geisha culture to make me feel better.

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Origami Flowers

I was watching a BBC documentary entitled “Geisha Girl” (see link), when I spotted some origami flowers I made as an  accessory for a costume I wore a year prior.  I started to get ideas. I got my Yukata out from the closet, brought the wigs out from the boxes, opened my make-up kit and disappeared into the land of creativity.

This was a great opportunity for me to try out a few products that I purchased in Sephora when I was in Singapore a few days prior. Yes, my international readers, we don’t have a Sephora store in the Philippines as of this writing.

 

IMG_6891To achieve this look these are the products I used.

Click on the brand names or product names to be brought to their webpage to see a photo of the product that I used.

 

Concealer / Camouflage:

I applied an orange toned concealer/camouflage called Secret Camouflage S4 from Laura Mercier all over the freshly shaved area of my face to counter act the blueness of my beard.

I didn’t apply concealer in my under eye because the foundation that I was planning to use will conceal any under eye darkness present.

Foundation:

For this look, I wanted to have light skin (not white) taking inspiration from Japan’s Geisha.

In a patting motion using a latex sponge, I applied MAC Fullcoverage in NC 25 in layers all over my face. More product was layered on the bearded part of my face to “color correct” the initial application of the camouflage earlier.

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MAC 183 Brush

In the center of my face, under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose and on my chin; I applied a liquid mineral foundation that I bought from Tokyo called Integrate. This acted as my highlight.

Powder:

With a patting motion, I set the foundation on the center of my face with MAC Studio FX in NC 15 with a MAC 183 brush (currently discontinued). Once I was satisfied, with the same brush and patting motion, I applied MAC Studio FX in NC 30 to set the rest of my face.

I applied Integrate’s Mineral Powder in 00 under my eyes, on the bridge of the nose, on my brow bone and on the chin using the sponge applicator that came with the compact. Mineral powders give out a “glow”, giving you a soft defocused look.

Blush:

With a Kabuki blush brush, I applied a generous amount of Pink Blush from Mitsuyoshi Cosmetics all over my cheek bones to as far back as my hair line. I purchased these from a Kabuki store in Asakusa in Tokyo during a trip there in 2010.

Contour:

With a flat Kabuki brush, I applied Laura Mercier Matte Bronzer under my cheek bones. Initial application started at my side burns all the way to my outer lip corner. I used very little of this product, just enough to give definition to my cheeks so as not to over power the color of the blush.

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Kabuki Lip Brush from Nars

I applied more of Laura Mercier’s Matte Bronze  to my jaw line, blending towards  my cheek to make my face appear smaller.

Using a Laura Mercier Angled Eye Color Brush, I applied FS Two Way Cake Foundation Powder in Rajah to add definition to my nose.

Lips:

I lined my lips with L.A. Colors Cosmetics Lipliner in Natural. With a kabuki lip brush from Nars Cosmetics, I applied a generous amount of  lip color number 2 from Laura Mercier’s FAIR Lip Watercolor palette (limited edition: not in production).

Eyes:

 

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I first applied an eye base from Nars. Click here to be brought to a previous blog entry about eye bases.

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Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Matte in Starlet

One the eye base has dried, with a Laura Mercier All Over Eye Color Brush, I applied a Laura Mercier’s Matte Eye color  in Buttercream all over my lids.

On the crease of my eye, using Laura Mercier’s Pony Tail Brush, I added Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow Matte in Starlet N˙38 (my recent purchase in Singapore). I carefully blended the color beyond the outer corner of my crease and towards my brow bone as well.

Using Spehora’s White Khol Pencil, I lined my water line and extended the application beyond the out corners of my eyes for a dramatic effect. I also applied the eyeliner at the inner corner of my eyes.

I then applied a thin layer of Laura Mercier’s Ebony Cake Eye Liner along my lash line, concentrating the product between the gaps of my upper lashes. I carefully extended the eyeliner outward making sure the line is applied as thinly as possible above the white line created by the white eye pencil I applied prior. I also did this on my lower lash line.

Once the cake eyeliner was dry, I applied K-Palette’s Liquid Eye Liner on top of the lines I created with the cake eye liner.

Once that was dry, using Laura Mercier’s Corner Color Brush, I added more of Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow Matte in Starlet N˙38 along the lower lash line to create depth and color unity with the upper lash line. I also layered more color on the outer corners of my upper lid to add a more pop of color.

With a 3/0 Sakura Brush 555, I added a very faint line black line using Laura Mercier’s Matte Eye Color in Noir to create depth and dimension.

I then added some corner lashes that I bought in Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

Brows:

I used a brown pencil from Daiso Japan to define the arch of my brow. I didn’t fill my brows in , I left them as they were so that the eyes were the main focal point of the face. Click here for full description of the brow pencil.

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When everything was to my liking, I put on my Yukata, put on my wig and secured the origami flowers with hair pins. I settled in front of my lightbox, set my iphone on timer and shot away.