Kevyn and Me: Dramatic

JEWELLLLLL!

JEWELLLLLL!

Hot damn, its drama time! When doing the tutorial the colors seem off from what’s pictured and what’s asked for. Jewel’s eyemakeup seems more gunmetal and black, whereas the description says it should be dark brown. So we did dark brown. What you’ll see here is a dark brown smokey eye. Let’s accept that and continue.

Just a bare canvas with a sweet turban.

Step 1: Conceal or maybe a tiny bit of foundation. Turban optional.

I figured everyone is sick of seeing my total bare faces. So this is concealed and a little bit of foundation. I’m trying to stay true to the instruction and not go full blown face makeup. But we all can’t have Jewel’s perfect skin. I have freckles and redness.

Step 2: Fill those brows!

Step 2: Fill those brows!

For my brows I used my trusty NYX brow kit. I like having a selection of shades to chose from and I used the darkest one here. FOR THE DRAMA!!

Step 3: Metallic dark brown eye shadow to the eyelid and under.

Step 3: Metallic dark brown eye shadow to the eyelid and under.

I pack that stuff on. I do use eye primer almost always, but I assume most people do so I don’t mention it. Use whichever one works the best for you to get that eye shadow to pop. Kevyn asks that you use dark brown metallic liquid eyeshadow. I don’t own that since I’m not a world class makeup artist in reality – just in my head.

Step 4: Apply black kohl eye pencil to the upper and lower waterline.

Step 4: Apply black kohl eye pencil to the upper and lower waterline. Smudge into the lashline.

Here I’m using a sephora kohl eye liner I picked up for maybe $3 on clearance. I bargain shop. But use whatever you like.

Close up of the drama

Close up of the drama

If I were doing this for a night out, I’d probably use something more waterproof. Everyone’s eyes are different, so use what works best for you! I pretty much will buy anything, but when it counts, waterproof all the way.

This is how I do my upper waterline. It's cute.

This is how I do my upper waterline. It’s cute.

After you are done yanking on your lids, make sure you smudge that stuff in.

Step 5:  Smudge more black eyeliner around you eye. I tried to tightline around my eye and smudge with a brush.

Step 5: Smudge more black eyeliner around your eye. I tried to tightline and smudge with a brush.

Step 6: Black mascara those lashes. Do falsies for xtra dramaz.

Step 6: Black mascara those lashes. Do falsies for xtra dramaz.

I always curl my lashes and use mascara. YOU CAN NEVER TELL. We aren’t going to argue about this. I could wear falsies but ain’t nobody got time for that. Do what makes you feel awesome.

Step 7: Line with neutral lip liner and fill with caramel lip gloss.

Step 7: Line with neutral lip liner and fill with caramel lip gloss.

You are done and drama filled. This look DID NOT call for blush. You know why? Because you are supposed to only be using concealer on your boo-boos. If you decided to break the rules and went ahead and used foundation, you’ll need to add a little blush or you’ll look like a dead person. If you want to look like a dead person, rock on. 

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Kevyn and Me: Shimmer

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Shimmer me timbers!

Let me start out by saying I have a shit camera. I apologize for the cruddy quality of these pictures. I’m trying to learn how to work with it, but I can see I’m going to have to create some sort of lighting situation to get better pictures of these looks for you.

For this shimmer tutorial, I can’t really see all the shimmer on my face. That’s actually ok though because I wore this outside in daylight and didn’t look like a disco ball. I also used products I had on hand because who has fancy shimmer lotion anymore? The 1997 version of me did. But I threw that out with my baby doll tees.

No makeup, bad lighting. Perfect!

Bad hair day and a clean face.

I tried to wrap my head around when you would use this look. Summertime? Maybe – but I usually get this shiny out in the humidity that I really don’t need help in that department. It would be great for a woodland fairy type deal for a party or Halloween. As I mentioned, it wasn’t THAT noticeable that I was all shimmered out, but it all depends on the shimmer content of the lotion you use, I guess.

Step 1: Shimmer lotion errywhere. I concealed before I applied it.

Step 1 & 2: Shimmer lotion errywhere. I concealed before I applied it.

I had some oooold ass Revlon shimmer stick of some kind. Its kind of creamy gold colored. I mixed it with a little foundation and lotion and kinda just made my own shimmer lotion. CRAFTY!

Step 2: Apply liquid pink blush to the cheeks/temples.

Step 2: Apply liquid pink blush to the cheeks/temples.

My favorite liquid blush (Its the only I have tried) is e.l.f. HD blush. I love it.

Step 4: Dark brown eye pencil applied to the upper lashes, smudged in.

Step 4: Dark brown eye pencil applied to the upper lashes, smudged in.

I used a dark brown eyeliner – waterproof because I have terribly oily lids. I already applied it in the above picture and was smudging it using a detail brush.

Step 5: Burgundy eyeshadow applied in a circle on around the eye and on the lid. Blend out into nothingness.  Step 6: Shimmery beige to the browbone blended in.

Step 5: Burgundy eye shadow applied around the eye and on the lid. Blend out into nothingness.
Step 6: Shimmery beige to the brow bone blended in.

The instruction called for a burgundy creme eye shadow. Ain’t nobody got time for dat! So I used a burgundy shade from one of my many nude palettes. They almost all have one that will work. I blended the poop out of it with my blending brush.

Step 7: Black Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Commence Crazy Face.

Step 7: Black Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Commence Crazy Face.

Once again, I’m fudging products here. It called for black mascara on the top and burgundy mascara on the bottom. I have never, in  my life, found burgundy mascara. If this exists, please let me know. I’m assuming its yet another 1997 relic. Or for super fancy people.

Step 8 & 9: Line and fill in the lips with a neutral liner.  Use a shimmery pink lip gloss over.

Step 8 & 9: Line and fill in the lips with a neutral liner. Use a shimmery pink lip gloss over.

I feel like I’ve been doing soooooo many neutral lips lately. That’s fine. I’m learning that I might want to upgrade my lip liner and find one that is a little closer to my lip color. But use whatever shade of neutral you like. After you have filled in your lips go over it with a shimmery pink gloss.

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Done and Done.

Done and Done.

The top picture looks like brown lips to me. The bottom doesn’t. I don’t know why. I think you run the risk of looking too brown if the lip liner is too dark. That’s my problem. I won’t sleep well tonight.

Kevyn and Me: Neutrals

Neutral looks are nice. Sometimes I don’t want to look like a total skank, so I go for a neutral look. Its good for meeting grandma or when you want to fool guys into thinking you don’t wear makeup. Seriously though, after going all out its nice to do something that looks more basic, even if you are using JUST as many products as a dramatic look.

Naomi Campbell, my muse.

Naomi Campbell, my muse.

Guess what!? Not wearing the hair turban today!

Naomi Campbell, I am not.

Naomi Campbell, I am not.

Time to break out the foundation, now the instruction actually calls for a warm-toned foundation. I’m not sure why you would want to do that if you were cool toned, but I say use your normal foundation and bronze yourself up if you want. We don’t want any foundation masks-o-orange here.

I'm wearing ALL THE FOUNDATION

Step 1: Foundation under eyes, around the mouth, center of the forehead and down the bridge of your nose. This is pre-blending. Step 2: apply translucent powder.

I did blend in my foundation and make sure all my boo-boos were covered, then I added the face powder. We don’t need a picture of that, right? Ok, straight to the brows.

Step 3: Groom and fill in those brows. Try to not make them look like caterpillars.

Step 3: Groom and fill in those brows. Try to not make them look like caterpillars.

That scary dude-ish picture above is something that I probably shouldn’t plaster all over the internet. But I will, because I care about the process and showing the ugly, ugly steps toward looking awesome.

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Step 4: Apply a neutral brown eye shadow to the inner eye, outer corner, bottom lash line and a little on the inner corner. Step 5: Pale flesh toned eye shadow down the center.

Then we blend, and we apply more as needed, blend again, so it doesn’t look patchy and is smooth like buttah.

Step 6: Curl those lashes and apply some brown-black mascara.

Step 6: Curl those lashes and apply some brown-black mascara.

The next step is to use a blush brush and use apricot blush onto the cheekbones, chin, sides of neck and temples as well as the hairline. I used a blush that barely showed up on me. So not sure if it was too light or the product itself. So yes, I do have blush on, but its not the intended result. We’ve accepted this, and have moved on.

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Step 8: Apply a neutral lip liner and fill in.

Step 8-9: Apply a neutral lip liner and fill in. Then apply a neutral pinky-beige lip color. Blot/reapply... rinse, repeat.

Step 9: Then apply a neutral pinky-beige lip color. Blot/reapply… rinse, repeat. Step 10: use a lighter shade of neutral lip color and apply to the center with your finger tip.

By using a darker lip pencil, followed by a lighter lipstick, followed by an even lighter lipstick (or gloss, whatever you want, its your world) you get a 3D lip effect and is my favorite way to wear a neutral lip. If I don’t do something simliar to this with the “nude” colored lipsticks, I usually look fresh out the morgue.

Finished look. Smile not included.

Finished look. Smile not included.

Different lighting + forced happiness.

Different lighting + forced happiness.

Products:

L’oreal Visible Lift Smooth Makeup, Absolute Nude Beige

Urban Decay Naked Palette (I used Buck and Virgin)

Beautique Lip Pencil Natural

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Creme D’ Nude (main lip color)

BH Cosmetics 32 Color Lip Palette (the lighter colored neutral in the center of my lip)

NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit With Stencil Set, Blondes (I used the auburn color)

Kevyn and Me: Simplicity

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simplicity… we’ll see about that.

The best place to start is at the beginning. On page 48 of Making Faces is the first full face instruction. Kevyn notes that any of these looks can be modifired to suit your taste or skin tone. This book was written in 1997, so its reasonable to think that some of the looks might be a little dated, but the basic principles apply.

Fresh faced and ready to go.

Fresh faced and ready to go.

Yeah… so about once a month I get these fun breakouts. Some of you can relate, I’m sure. But this is the face I started with today. We are going to sparingly (ha! ha-ha, ha… ha.) apply concealer to even out the skin tone and remove redness.

Even though my expression says "not amused" I'm having a good time here.

Step 1: Apply concealer sparingly

So the next step is to apply a soft brown creme eye shadow. I don’t have creme eye shadow. I have a knock off UD Naked palette made by Makeup Academy called Undressed (which I love), that’ll do. I selected the matte medium brown shade. Top row of the palette, 3rd from the left.

Apply to the crease

Step 2. Soft brown eye shadow to crease from inner to outer corner.

I chose a Stila mascara I had from some gift with purchase. It was nice and light, gave a soft eyelash look that I think works for a look called “simplicity.”

Very subtle. My camera can't pick it up.

Step 3: Curl lashes and apply light coat of mascara

For the blush I have one by E.L.F. that is a very pretty pink. The book calls for liquid blusher, so I think it fits the bill.

Step 4: Pink liquid blush to cheeks, temples, chin and lips.

Step 4: Pink liquid blush to cheeks, temples, chin and lips.

Looking less dead! PROGRESS! The last step is to use a flesh toned lip pencil to refine the lip shape, you can fill it in if you want.

Step 5: Flesh toned lip pencil. I also added a little lip balm.

Step 5: Flesh toned lip pencil. I also added a little lip balm.

Done-zo. Remember this very much a no-makeup, makeup look. Its your bare face but slightly improved. I can see using this look on the weekends or running to the grocery store. Let me know if you try this!

Finished look

Finished look

My weapons.

My weapons.

Products/Tools:

TARTE Amazonian Clay Concealer Brush Bamboo Handle

SOHO eyeshadow brush

Sigma Blending – E25

Stila Mascara (discontinued)

Beautique eye brow pencil in Dark Blonde

MaxFactor nude lip pencil (Dollar tree!!)

MUA Undressed palette

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-1

Yes To Carrots Lip Butter, Berry

e.l.f. HD Blush, Headliner, 0.34 Ounce

Series: Kevyn and Me – Making my way through Making Faces

I’ve always loved makeup.  In Jr. High, my friend and I were probably the first ones in our class who began to experiment with makeup (although the caked on blue eye shadow was NOT the look we should have been going for.)  Then as I grew out of the brown lip liner/frost lipstick phase, into the purple lip liner phase, and now to nude lip liner – who knew it goes with everything?! My own makeup style was basic, a few chances here and there, but I didn’t possess any real skills.

It’s not that I was terrible with makeup. I just knew enough to get by, not look like a clown, and not really draw too much attention to myself. I got lost somewhere between “good enough” and “I don’t give a fuck” when it came to my makeup choices. As I entered my 30’s, I started caring less about what people thought, and now with Pinterest and sites like reddit.com I was being exposed to a whole world of makeup that I didn’t see in my little bubble at home.

I started reading online tutorials, Wayne Goss of GossMakeupArtist on Youtube taught me so much about technique and opened my eyes to different ways of doing things. In one of his videos he mentioned Kevyn Aucoin. I have never heard of Kevyn or his products. Doing a little research all kinds of makeup artists were talking about his book, Making Faces and how it was a must for anyone who wanted to know more about makeup or become an artist.

Legendary

Legendary

I’ve read the book, I’ve marveled at the photos. And now I’m ready to tackle changing my own mind and maybe YOUR mind about ways to use makeup. I’m starting at the beginning and will be documenting my take on each of his gorgeous makeups he does on famous faces. I might not get it 100% right but that’s not the point. The point is learning and challenging myself when it comes to makeup. Stay tuned!

XOXO

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