Happy Hump Day! : K-Beauty Sticker Lashes?!

Hello, Friends! 


I tested out the Etude House Sticker lashes. What's the craziest makeup item you've ever tried? 

Where I bought my lashes: http://beautynetkorea.com/product/etude-house-my-beauty-tool-sticker-eyelashes-4-type-weight-32g/4919/?cate_no=130&display_group=1 

Music: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jay_Kirk/

Watercolor Makeup: Inspired Makeup Monday

Good Morning, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

Using my AOA Wonder Cover Corrector in White, I blanked out my lids and eyebrows. Once I was satisfied with my base, I took several fluffy eye brushes in varying densities and dabbed each color without blending. Using this technique, I attempted to imitate the transparent washes of color seen in many watercolor styles. Once I was happy with my color choice and placement I put some of the Wonder Cover Corrector on the back of my hand. I used a duo fiber face brush to pick up the white corrector and carefully stipple the product over the colors originally placed. These small, randomly placed dots were meant to imitate a technique where an artist throws salt on her watercolor piece in order to create a similar effect.

The brows were achieved using the same colors found on the eye and in the 35B palette. I used an angled brush to both fills in the shape I wanted and cover the white on my natural brow hairs.              

The Inspiration:

I have a deep appreciation for the aesthetic of watercolors. The above was created with lush gardens, delicate flowers, and sumptuous meadows in mind. When doing research for this article I stumbled upon the works of Barbara Nechis, Maude Durland, and Sue Dickinson. Just like in my line art post, finding historical examples of female watercolorists was like fighting to find your size during a 90% off flash sale on Black Friday – unnecessarily difficult and aggravating. Like the female line artists of the early 20th century, I am fairly certain they exist, but to my un-trained and self-educated skill set, I was not able to uncover any who properly represented the style I wished to emulate. Thankfully, both these women, other female artists, and makeup artists all over the internet are taking watercolors and making it their own. I challenge you to take a search on Instagram for Watercolor Makeup and let me know what you find. 

 

The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Wonder Cover Corrector: White Highlighter

                        Morphe Brushes: 35B Palette

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

                        False Lashes: Unknown

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Long Wear Crème Lip Liner: Nude

                        Shop Miss A: Diamond Lipgloss: Cosmic

                         

            Face: 

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        LA Girl: PRO. Contour Cream Highlight and Contour Duo: Natural

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Porcelain

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        NYX Cosmetics: Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

                        ELF Cosmetics: Shimmer Highlighting Powder: Starlight Glow

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Swatch Party Friday!: Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac Collection

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac Collection

Yes, the newest collaboration between Colourpop and Kathleen is here and on my face!

I'm digging it, but do you think it's worth it? Let me know in the comments below! 

The Zodiac Palette - $18

 

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Happy Hump Day! : Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Soft Pink Glam Tutorial

Hello Friends!

I wanted to brighten up your Wednesday with this pink look featuring the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. What do you all think? Would you wear this out? Is it too safe? Do you like this palette? I'd love to hear from you!  

Nicole Franz: Inspired Makeup Monday

Nicole Franz: Inspired Makeup Monday

Makeup is Art

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

The Creation:         

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The Process:

After applying my base products, I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to map out the placement of the larger details. To create the scalloped edge along the circle I took the AOA Liquid Eyeshadow in Kilo and the white AOA concealer on the back of a makeup brush and used it as a dotting tool. I used this technique on the forehead for the crown detail as well. The swirls inside the circle and the black outlines were created using liquid eyeliner.

The gold details were created by mixing my Smolder pigment with their Smolder Potion Mixing Medium to create a liquid liner-like consistency. The opposite lid to the circle detail was created using the AOA Liquid Shadows in Kilo and Litmus interchangeably used and smudged out with a brush. The forehead glitter was dabbed on with the back of a makeup brush tacked with glitter glue.

The lips were created by combining two red liquid lipsticks. The glitter was a mix of Smolder’s Stiletto and Hidden Cosmetic’s Honey Jar and pressed on with my finger to the still damp lipstick base.

The Inspiration:

I was taking an art lesson with Michelle Palatnik, a fabulous artist, and mentor when I noticed some pieces outside her studio door. These grandiose, larger than life images of women collaged with delicate and whimsical photos caught my attention immediately. Each time I went back for a lesson I found myself staring at the work and daydreaming about a future makeup studio with some of the larger pieces’ center stage. I mentioned this to Michelle who encouraged me to take a brochure of, what I discovered to be, Nicole Franz work.

 All Images reproduced with permission from the artist. 

All Images reproduced with permission from the artist. 

 

Everything about the subject matter, materials, and style spoke to me. Little did I know she would be showing more of her work in a restaurant very close to where I lived. I knew I had to try and recreate her work in makeup – it was just natural. Messaging Nicole Franz on her social media, I was ecstatic to hear she would allow me to post her original next to my attempted copy. It is not as precise a recreation as I hoped it to be but I am still fairly happy with how it turned out. My hope is that I did the original some sort of justice.

 

You can see more of Nicole Franz work on her Instagram and her website.

The Products:

 

            Eyes:

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Wonder Cover Corrector: White Highlighter

                        Shop Miss A: A2o Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: Kilo

                        Shop Miss A: A2o Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: Litmus

                        NYX Cosmetics: Epic Ink Liquid Liner

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: Gold Digger

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

                        False Lashes: Unknown

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Vixen

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Poison Apple

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Radiant Glitter: Stiletto

                        Hidden Cosmetics: Unicorn Dust Glitter: Honey Jar

                         

            Face: 

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        LA Girl: PRO. Contour Cream Highlight and Contour Duo: Natural

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Porcelain

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        XO Beauty: Highlighting Powder: Lucent

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

 

 

 

Swatch Party Friday! Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick

I Have to admit...I'm a bit of a Jouer Fangirl... I have a growing collection of their products that doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon, for good reason! I love their liquid lipsticks and they have one of my favorite formulas. Not every shade is created equal but I can say these matten neutrals are definitely Cozy Approved. 

 

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Happy Hump Day! : Urban Decay All Nighter Wear Test

Hello Friends, 

I hope your week is going well and that this video brings a bit of joy to your Wednesday. Have you tried these products? What do you think? How long does your fave foundation tend to last on you? Do you need your base to be 24 hour wear? 

Brushes Used: 

BH Cosmetics #2 Flat Top Foundation Brush : Metal Rose Collection

XO Beauty Powder Brush : Tortoise Collection 

UPDATE: After wearing the All Nighter Concealer several times in other videos and since filming this video, I think it might be...*ghasp* breaking me out! I got a pimple right above the inner corner of my eye after priming with it...who gets a pimple above their inner corner?! The Jury is still out on the rest of the tested items but let me know, did you get any pimples popping up after using this range?

Link to tutorial of look in this video here.

Continuous Line Makeup: Inspired Makeup Monday

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup Is Art

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

 

The Creation:

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The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Pro Glow Palette

                        Beauty Bakerie: Flour Setting Powder

                        Elf Cosmetics: Blush Bronzer Duo: St. Lucia

                        NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

                        Super Glitters: Ultimate Nude Glitter

                        Lit Cosmetics: Glitter Adhesive

                        MAC Cosmetics: Blacktrack Gel Liner

                        L’Oreal: Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

                        House of Lashes: Siren Lashes

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Too Faced: Melted Liquid Lipstick: Melted Peony

                        Too Faced: Melted Liquid Lipstick: Melted Berry

            Face:

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Pro Glow Palette

                        Beauty Bakerie: Flour Setting Powder

                        Elf Cosmetics: Blush Bronzer Duo: St. Lucia

                        Super Glitters: Ultimate Nude Glitter

                        Lit Cosmetics: Glitter Adhesive

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

                       

The Process:

After the foundation base and minimal eye makeup was placed, I mapped the design with my NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil. Once I was happy with the shape, I slowly added the glitter by dipping my brush into the Lit Cosmetics Glitter adhesive and then into my Super Glitters Glitter and then placed along the contours of the pattern.

The lip was achieved by blotting the color in the center of the mouth with my finger in patting motions.

 

The History:

According to My Modern Met, the definition of a line drawing, “consists of distinct lines against a primarily solid background. In art, a line can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, abstract, descriptive, or implied.”

When researching this article, I stumbled upon art world heavy hitters such as Matisse and Picasso whose line art most closely resembles the look I chose to create. However, when trying to find female artists creating similar pieces during the early days of modern art, the search turned up pitiable at best.

This leaves me to ask, where the ladies at?! I have a hard time believing that there were none or none with talent. Instead, there are just none that have gotten the attention needed to come up in a google search or a top 10 list.

An article on Artsy highlighting female modern artists references a 1989 Guerrilla Girls poster entitled, Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?

The poster highlights the propensity for women to gain attention as the object of art rather than the creators of art. I wish the lack of historical female line artists were the inspiration, but the connection was made later. I’m happy that I was able to take this style and subvert it with a medium so drenched with feminine energy. I wish I were smarter to have made the connection on my own and much sooner.

To combat this sausage party, I’ve linked the work of several current Modern Line artists, who in my opinion, are killing it.