Confetti Nails: OPI Rainbow Connection

So a couple of weeks ago I stopped by a local hair salon here and saw OPI’s Muppets holiday collection and was floored when I saw the colour Rainbow Connection.

This colour is basically an exact dupe for Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects strips in Frock Star (which I rocked in Vegas) or Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday (which I have been wanting ever since I saw it, but for the $20 plus price tag I’m a bit hesitant).

This colour is very sheer but buildable.  It is made up of small and large rainbow glitter. You can rock it over other colours or layer it to create full coverage.

One coat

Two coats

Three coats

Four coats

As you can see you can wear it sheer or build it up for hands full of confetti.

Kudos to OPI for releasing such an awesome colour!  Now I won’t have to splurge for the Deborah Lippmann one.

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Think Pink: Barbie Halloween Makeup Look

Apparently Chase doesn't like Barbie...

So like a lot of girls, when I was young one of my favourite toys was Barbie.  Heck, I still love Barbie.  She’s literally been everything and is a good role model for young girls.

I was actually Barbie last year for Halloween, but I really like this look way better than what I came up with last year.

Here’s how I created it. Like always, I started with a face primer. I use Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer ($8.99 at Wal-Mart).  From then I used Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (in Bamboo Beige) mixed with MAC’s Strobe Cream.  Barbie’s skin, of course, looks flawless so use a full coverage foundation.  I mixed in the Strobe Cream for that extra glow (hey, she’s plastic!). After I applied the foundation I set it with Bare Minerals Original Foundation to provide that extra coverage.   To finish up my face I applied concealer below my eyes and then used Make Up For Ever’s Microfinish powder. For the cheeks I used NARS Angelika blush.  Barbie obviously has very pink cheeks so make sure to pack this on.

Once you are done your face, don’t forget to fill in your eyebrows.  I always use the colour Buck from the Urban Decay Naked palette.

Now onto the eyes.  Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer, the primer makes the eyeshadow last longer plus the colour always looks way better in my opinion.  As for eyeshadows, for a base colour I used a light pink (Yogurt) from the MAC Hello Kitty collection Too Dolly eyeshadow palette.   For the crease I applied the darker pink colour (Romping) from the same palette. Finally, for the lower lash line I applied the turquoise colour (Too Dolly).

For this look I tried using pastels; Barbie’s makeup is usually very soft and light (probably because it’s airbrushed on her).  I highly recommend using pink on the lid and the crease and then using another soft colour for the lower lash line to make the look stand out. Grab your white eyeliner and apply this to your waterline.  Using a white eyeliner in that area will make your eyes look bigger and we definitely want big doll eyes for this look. Grab a silver or white eyeshadow and apply this to the inner corners of your eye.  The colour I used was Lancome Color Design Style Section Metallic.  I’m not sure if they still sell this eyeshadow, it’s a few years old.  Any silver or white will do really, we just want to open up the eye area and to make them stand out. For this look I did not use an eyeliner on my upper lash line.  i did this for two reasons; one being that Barbie’s makeup is very soft, I didn’t want a harsh eyeliner on there, and two, she is very youthful.  The big focus on the eyes should be the big lashes so don’t forget to use an eyelash curler and a good mascara. Grab your biggest and fullest lashes you have a pop those babies on.  I also took these lash accents and applied them to the outer corners of my bottom lashes for that extra “doll” effect. Make sure you seal the lashes with mascara.  Also, take your mascara wand and use it to make your lower lashes pop more.  You want some extreme doll lashes. Moving onto the lips!  Because we are recreating Barbie here I chose to do my lips fully, if we were doing a rag doll kind of look I would have completely concealed them and drawn a heart shape on them for that marionette kind of effect.

So the first thing I did here was grab my white eyeliner once again and highlight my cupid’s bow (the triangle in the centre of your upper lip).  By doing this you are pulling more attention to your lips and making them stand out more.  You can either do this before or after you apply the lipstick.   So obviously we are going to do a Barbie pink here.  I lined my lips first using a NYX lip liner in Too Dolly and then went over with MAC’s Saint Germain lipstick (which is a perfect match for the lip liner).

Now pop on a blonde wig and we are done!

I look like I'm yawning here..

Ziggy Barbie

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Factory Girl: Edie Sedgwick Makeup Look

Four more days until Halloween!  Halloween is my favourite holiday because not only do I love all things horror and candy but you get to dress up as someone else!  And I mean who doesn’t want to be someone else for a day?

I was requested to recreate Andy Warhol muse, Edie Sedgwick, the original factory girl. She was also an “it girl” and heiress.  Her signature look is very ’60s – the eyeliner in the crease, nude lips, big lashes.

This is an easy costume to recreate, all you need is a black or striped shirt, dark denim, and pull your hair back.  If you want to really channel Edie, grab a cigarette or fake one (I’m not supporting smoking here but a lot of her photos show her with a cigarette).  The real magic of her look of course is her makeup.  You can also use this eye makeup with voluminous Brigitte Bardot hair for a sex-kitten look.

So let’s get started! Start with a clean canvas.  The products I used were Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer then YSL Touche Eclat, MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC15, and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer.  I chose a pale foundation because Edie was quite pale, plus this foundation contains an SPF so therefore in photos I will look whiter than I actually am. Grab your bronzer and do some slight contouring of the cheekbones and your forehead. Be very light here, you don’t want to go overboard.

Using a light pink blush lightly apply some colour to your cheeks. I used MAC’s Coygirl. Make sure to fill in your eyebrows because she had some thicker ones.  Don’t go overboard with the thickness but just enough to make them more pronounced. Remember, it’s all about the eyes for this look.

Using a white or silver eyeshadow, lightly pat the colour on your eyelids.  I used Lancome Color Design Style Section Metallic. Grab your favourite black liquid liner and line your upper lash line winging it out.  I used my handy tried and tested MAC Liquid Eye Liner. Now for the fun part.  Grab a black eyeshadow (I used MAC Carbon) and lightly line where your crease is all the way from your tear duct to the outer edge then connect it to the winged part you created on your upper lash line.  I had to draw it on a few times until the colour got dark enough.  When I got it down pat I actually grabbed a brush and smudged it a bit then took my liquid eyeliner and went over it for a more defined look. Next grab your white eyeliner and line your waterline.  I used a NYX eyeliner in white ($3.99 at Zellers). Now grab your black eyeliner and line your lowerlash with it.

After that I actually grabbed a white eyeshadow and went over the white on my lower lash line to really make that white pop.   Grab your liquid eye liner once again and go over the black on your lower lash to define the look.

Grab a highlighter and highlight under your brows.  I used It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift.

Now the final steps are to curl your lashes and apply mascara.  I actually used a primer before my mascara to get maximum volume but it’s not necessary.  I didn’t use fake lashes for my eyes but I would definitely recommend them (I didn’t have my glue handy).  Luckily with my YSL Faux Cils mascara my lashes looked fake enough, but for extra effect I would for sure add wispy lashes to the outer corners to make the eyes pop even more.  Heck, I would even add some falsies to the bottom lashes as well.

Lastly, apply a nude coloured lipstick, or if you don’t have one use concealer to blank out your lips.  MAC’s Myth would be perfect for this look, I used my It Cosmetics concealer to wipe out my lips because I lent that lipstick to a friend.  Either one works.

And voila!  We are done!

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