Thursday, January 12, 2012

FOTD Challenge - Mermaid Inspired Step-by-Step Tutorial

Finally, a FOTD post after my last FOTD post, which was over a month ago. #FailBeautyBlogger right here. And to be honest, these FOTD shots have been sitting in my Picasa Export folder for quite a while, probably growing fungus. And when I saw Sara-May's FOTD Challenge 1 - Mermaid Inspired on her spanking new site - Make Up Utopia (Go check it out ladies if you haven't already! It's fantabulous! :D), I knew straightaway that I no longer have any excuse to procrastinate further, even though I am still on vacation. #Dedication

So, before proceeding to a series of pik-chas, what first comes to your mind when you think about mermaid? For me, its something within the pink and purple family (the mermaid's top) with a hint of aqua blue (which represents the ocean).

Here is my take on the Mermaid-Inspired look I had on Melbourne Cup last year - with a combination of coral-red, violety-purple and aqua using my trusty INGLOT palettes. 

My beloved INGLOT palettes purchased during IMATS/ABBW2011
#1 - Matte coral-red 
#2 - Matte taupe-ish shade with purple undertone
#3 - Matte violet-y purple
#4 - Shimmery Champagne Pearl
#5 - Matte Aqua 

My apologies for the # identification as I do not have these palettes with me at the moment. Just leave me a comment or tweet me (@ThruBeautyEyes) if you would like the exact code for any colours above (This is WHY I absolutely hate number coded beauty products!)

Of course, natural-looking falsies to give a more dramatic effect. I know its an obvious contradiction there - I want the luscious lash effect without looking like a drag queen ( I had to work before lunch and hence over-dramatic make up is a big no no!) You wouldn't want an extremely dramatic, doll lashes which will probably steal the thunder of your eye make up by covering majority of them, would you?


STEP 1: First and the most important step - PRIME YOUR EYE LIDS & LOWER LASHLINE. It ensures your eyeshadows stay on all day without creasing and increases the intensity of your colours, appearing more vibrant. [Urban Decay Primer Potion]

STEP 2: Apply a creme shadow base (of the similar colour you intend to apply all over your lid). This step is optional. However, I like to apply a layer of creme shadow of my lid colour to further increase the intensity of the colours. [MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe]

STEP 3: Apply Colour #1 over the 2/3 of your lid. (I gently pack on this colour rather than brushing it all over to avoid excessive fall outs as matte eyeshadows are generally chalkier than shimmery colours.)

STEP 4: Apply Colour #2 on the outer corner of your lid, creating a "V" shape and bringing it into the centre of my crease. 

STEP 5: Gently pack on Colour #3 at the "cross section" of Colour #1 and #2 to create a gradient, transitioning effect. 

STEP 6: Using a fluffy, blending brush, blend the three colours together to blend away all the harsh line. Feel free to go back and pack on the colours if the colours faded from the blending. Keep repeating until you reach the intensity you want. [Rae Morris #7" Deluxe Precision Shader]*

STEP 7: Once you're happy with Step 6, using a smaller blending brush, apply colour #4 on the inner corner of your crease and blend away. Don't forget to apply the same colour on the inner third of your lower lash line to brighten up the look. 

STEP 8: Line your lower lash line with a creamy aqua pencil liner and apply colour #5 to set the liner. [Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner]

STEP 9: Don't worry, you're almost there! Line your upper lash line with your favourite gel liner, apply your favourite mascara before applying a natural-looking falsies. [Maybelline Studio Drama Lasting Gel Liner in Black]

It should look something like that now =P


Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe
INGLOT Freedom Palette (Colours used as mentioned above)
Maybelline Studio Drama Lasting Gel Liner in Black
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil in Hard

Maybelline FIT ME concealer in Light
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
Nude by Nature Mineral Powder in Medium*
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover*
Nude By Nature Mineral Bronzer*
MAC MSF in Candlelight
Nude By Nature Finishing Veil*

Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Hokey Pokey*


Feather-y fascinator I wore that day along with my "cheating-put-your-hair-up-in-a-bun" curls.

A close-up of my fascinator. :)

Hope you enjoy and like this look! Let me know if you decide to try something similar! :)

What's YOUR interpretation on mermaid?
Have you created any mermaid-inspired look lately?

PS: Don't forget to enter my Kiwiberry Giveaway for a chance to win circle lenses, falsies and a 50% voucher HERE

PPS: My vacation is coming to an end soon. :( Missing Sydney but definitely not missing work! 

Disclaimer: Products marked with asterisk(*) were sent to me for consideration purposes and/or received as a gift from an event or in goodie bags. 



Sara-May at Makeup Utopia said...

Thanks for the shout-out gorgeous! Its a beautiful look you created, very pretty and understated x

socialitedreams said...

i really love what you've done for this look! soooo cute with your eyes/shape and everything, super flattering

나니 said...

LOVE the pop of aqua blue in there : D You look gorgeous and the blending is flaaaawless girl!

Sara said...

This is a gorgeous look. I absolutely love the colour combo! It's so fun and flirty! I might have to give this a try :) Thank you for sharing :)

Pretty in colors! said...

awww..i like this eye makeup. n u look so cute n sweet :)

Cendana K said...

gorgeous colors chosen!!! and gotta love the volume in your hair, girl!! pretty mermaid :)

LeeAnne, Style N Season said...

Verry pretty! I saw a similar look for Urban Decay stand at Sephora in December. YOu look fab.

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Hilary Nicole said...

Very pretty shadow! I like the colors you used.

XX Hilary

Adeline Er said...

@Sara-May, @Socialitedreams, @ 나니, @Pretty In Colours, @Lee Anne, @Hilary Nicole : Thanks hun!

@Sara: Thanks doll! Let me know how it goes if you did try it out :)

@Cendana: Thanks love! The volume gets too poofy at times but problem solved for the next half a year after rebonding :)