While I've got my share of selfies on my phone camera, only a few made it to my Instagram profile. (I might lose followers, haha) Kidding aside, I've always been critical of people posting one selfie too many, and we can't have hypocrisy, can't we? However, I've tried to see what would happen if I posted my #fotd (aka Face of the Day). So far, I've got a few likes. We're going somewhere, yay! Haha. But my look everyday is pretty much the same. Yes, pretty much. I don't wear makeup that often, since it makes my face itch. But lately, it has become accustomed to being made up so I can last the day without having the urge to wipe it off using wet wipes. Anyway, this is my office/church look, and it's pretty easy to pull off! If I can do it, so can you!
If you remember this post, then you can also safely say that I did more research! It wasn't only because of my love for the show that made me look up their beauty secrets, but because I also admire how natural the make-up looked. One of their make up artists said that she looked at the works of painters John Singer Sargeant and Philip de Laszlo. Since this little cat got curious, she took a look. And she didn't get killed, but rather learned something. The subjects, the women in particular--have this rosy glow that I wanted to imitate.
Then I looked at this blog's Pinterest board and I've got a treasure trove of looks! They nearly look all alike, but if you look closely, there are some differences. The popular look of the Edwardian times was the Gibson Girl look--she was their epitome of a modern woman. Suffice to say, this became my beauty inspiration. And why not? Not only does it look natural, a few basic items in my make-up bag (and dressing table) could make it possible.
I'm only sorry that I wasn't able to post pictures of me doing the actual process of putting on make-up. But if you would like me to, please let me know! I can only warn you that it might not be as good, but I'll try!
You'll need: a cosmetic sponge, lip brush, eyelash curler.
Cosmetics I used: Maybelline Dream Mousse foundation in Classic Ivory (Light 02); Revlon Photoready Skinlights (Peach); Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer; Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in 03 (or Geisha Doll through its new packaging)*, Body Shop clear gel mascara and Skin White Whitening Face Cream Powder in Light Beige (local product). (A quick hello to Human Nature for their lovely moisturiser--not so heavy and not so greasy!)
*I alternate this with Bench's Pretty When Pinched lip and cheek stain.
How I did it:
1. Don't forget to prep--in case you've forgotten, it's to wash, tone and moisturise. Then I applied a pea-sized dollop of primer to make it easy to apply the foundation.
2. Using the back of your palm as a mixing plate, I mixed the foundation (Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation) and the illuminator (Revlon Photoready Skinlights). A coin-sized drop roughly the size of a 25 centavo coin for both illuminator and foundation will do quite nicely.
3. Using the sponge, evenly distribute the foundation-illuminator combination all over your face, including your neck. Repeat the same with the cream powder (Skin White Whitening Face Cream Powder). Dot (three will do) the sides of your temple with lip and cheek tint; with your fingers, spread them downward to the apples of your cheeks. Repeat if you want a more rosy glow.
Eyes: Curl your eyelashes, and apply three coats of clear mascara with a zigzag motion*.
4. Apply three coats of lip balm and a thin layer of the face cream powder (I read in a magazine that in order to make your lip colour last longer, place tissue over your lips, and brush a thin layer of translucent powder over the tissue. I have no translucent powder, and besides I have go to work on time, so I would have to make do with the cream powder). Brush lip stain evenly on your lips until you get your desired shade. (Note: since The Body Shop's Lip and Cheek stain comes with a rabbit's foot (sponge) applicator, I have to brush the stain from the tip and the sides).
Now we're good to go!
Here's (my) finished product!
Try it and please let me know if it worked out fine and if you like the way it looks!
* I attended a beauty fair months ago and they demonstrated new tricks on applying make-up. A few of these tricks were for applying blusher (see No.3) and mascara. Instead of the usual flick, you apply the mascara in a zigzag motion--say hello to fuller lashes!