The rest of my order from Amazon finally arrived a bit ago. I couldn't wait to just plunge in and do a full makeup. Kind of haphazardly, though. I did take some selfies so brace yourselves. It has been a long time since I did any kind of makeup at all, much less full on war paint.
The products first.
The Liquid Illuminators are Gleam and Sunbeam - Gleam is a bit too dark for my use over the entire face but I think it will be an excellent bronzer when I get more color. Sunbeam is the lighter one and the one I used to mix with the tinted moisturizer. I don't like full foundation in the summer, but a tinted moisturizer is perfect. The one I got is Soft Beige. I was afraid it would be too dark but once mixed with Sunbeam and buffed in, it ended up being just perfect.
The Super Skinny Marker is in Carbon Black. This is my first attempt at using a liquid eyeliner so I'm not at all sure of what I'm doing with it, but I did use it for the look you'll see here in a bit.
The HD Finishing Powder is a translucent 100% pure mineral powder. It is white but doesn't make the skin look chalky at all. And it doesn't take much, either.
The kit right next to the powder is the brow kit in Blonde. There are two brow colors in the kit, one light and one a shade darker. I used the lighter one and it was a perfect match. I think the round bit is a wax, but I didn't use it because I'm not real sure how to. I'll learn, though.
Now the brushes.
These are the Emax Design brushes. There are 11 in total and they came in the lovely orange bag you see beneath them. Thankfully, they came with a little brochure that tells me what each brush is. I can figure out what to use them for by the description but really, I think I'll just the brush that works best for whatever I'm doing at the moment. These brushes are regularly $59.99, but Amazon had them for $13.99. You can find them here if you're interested.
There is no powder brush here, which is why the title says the kit is almost complete. I still need to find a large, fluffy powder brush and then I'll be all set. Well, maybe not. I'll be washing these things as often as I do makeup if I just stay with this one set so I'm sure I will gradually be adding to the collection as I go. I'm still using the cheaper brushes I already had, but some of them shed pretty bad.
As I said, I just could not wait to jump right in when these got here. I went for the smoky purple eyes right away (no surprise there, purple girl). And here is the result.
holy crap! just lookit those pores
Didn't realize the pores on my forehead were so ginormous! I was a very oily teenager so I shouldn't be so surprised. Pores do not shrink, I don't care what some skin care companies would have us believe.
Since the brushes didn't have a small enough brush that I felt comfortable using for lining my eyes, I opted for the E.L.F concealer brush that I used for a polish clean up brush before I got my french one from Jolie Polish. No, not the exact same one but one of the backups I got. I had two left that had never been out of the package. The other one I used for the concealer cream I put beneath my eyes. Worked perfectly.
And here's the full look.
Not so bad for the first time in a long time. Does that woman look like she's turning 55 tomorrow? Yeppers. At 4:32 am precisely. I might even get up early so I can watch. Yeah, probably not.
Getting back to the makeup....I would tell you color names if there were any. Sorry about that. I really like how subtle this look turned out. I'm not one for the kind of heavier makeup that looks so gorgeous on other girls. I just look too made up when I try the same thing, although I do like that wing with the eyeliner. I don't know. Maybe I'll give it a shot sometime.
I also don't do false eyelashes. I tried once, a long time ago and to say the experienced ended in disaster is putting it mildly. I don't think you're supposed to have eyelashes on your forehead. Just sayin'. Mascara is as adventurous as I get. The L'Oreal worked pretty well for me. My eyes aren't complaining yet so it may be a keeper. It was kind of strange to see the white stuff on my lashes before I put the black on. It's a look, anyway.
The tinted moisturizer I used is pretty sheer, but I think I can do a better job of camouflage the next time and try to reduce some of that redness. And the peachy blush next time versus the pink one would probably be better. I did use the contour/highlight colors, not that it's noticeable.
There you have it. My first makeup post. You'll still get nails as I do them. In fact, I'm about to do my birthday nails - I'll be using Sinful Colors Silk in Papaya topped with the holographic top coat from Smokey Mountain Lacquers. You know I'll share when those are done.
Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned.