Inspired Makeup Monday: Grateful for Coffee

GRATITUDE IS ALWAYS IN STYLE

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Gratitude is Always in Style is just what it sounds like - a bunch of my favorite things interpreted into makeup looks. Thanksgiving is rolling around in North America and winter holidays after that. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get inside my own head so what better way to break out of the funk than to be thankful for the little things (and big things).

Coffee

I don’t think I need to tell any caffeine addict what it feels like to have that first cup on a cold morning. Now, you might be saying, “Hey isn’t caffeine bad for anxiety and stuff?”

The answer is yes and you’re not my real dad so THERE!

All jokes aside, coffee has taken hold of my morning routine and is the most enjoyable part of my morning. If it’s an addiction, I’m ok with that. I’m thankful to have a ritual to center me and propel me into my day. Yes, the adrenaline rush to my nervous system is nice, but that morning mug has an even greater impact on my psychological well being. It’s taking the time to care for myself, to partake in something I enjoy, and to push me into my day.

No one notices the eye twitch anyway.

The Creation:

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Products:

ELF Cosmetics: Gel Liner: Black

Jouer Cosmetics: Skinny Dip Palette

Nomad Cosmetics: Berlin Underground Palette

Gourmande Girls Cosmetics: Pour Notre Reina Palette

Shop Miss A: AOA Studio: Fat Lash Mascara

Kleancolor: Sculpt and Glow Palette

Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

Ofra Cosmetics: Rodeo Drive Highlighter

Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

ELF Cosmetics: Liquid Lipstick: Praline


What is your favorite part of your morning routine?

Inspired Makeup Monday: Grateful for Film Noir, Horror, & Sci-Fi

Gratitude is Always in Style

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Gratitude is Always in Style is just what it sounds like - a bunch of my favorite things interpreted into makeup looks. Thanksgiving is rolling around in North America and winter holidays after that. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get inside my own head (hence the lack of posts last week) so what better way to break out of the funk than to be thankful for the little things (and big things).


Film Noir, Horror, & Sci-Fi

I’m not sure when I started watching Vincent Price movies - I think it was referenced in a Scooby Doo cartoon (you can judge me, but I love me some Scooby). I was no stranger to a good Turner Classic Film (thanks to parents who shared their own love for Old Hollywood movies). My father bought me a huge box set of The Twilight Zone episodes and my mother has her own growing collection of Charlton Heston DVDs. This foundation has spread and though I’m no film buff, I love nothing more than a cup of tea on a cold night and a good murder mystery. I’m grateful they shared this love with me and that’s where we’re starting this november.

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I usually break down my creative process and products - however- this fever dream of generic Halloween makeup and some matte shadows did not turn out exactly to plan. Or, they wouldn’t if a plan were involved. There was no plan. This was a hodge podge of products flung onto my face. I would like to revisit Black & White makeup at a later date (with not generic Halloween makeup) so I’ll leave it at that… :)

I’m happy (generally) with the final outcome but would suggest this process to no one I didn’t want to frustrate immensely.

What are you grateful for? What are some of your favorite things? Let me know! I’d love to hear them!

Inspired Makeup Monday: The Fortune Teller

Hello Friends and welcome to Inspired Makeup Monday!

Usually we show a look series inspired by a different topic every month but since it is so close to Halloween, this monday we’re looking at some good old fashioned Halloween Makeup. Because this look is basically just a cut crease with a red lip, I’m not going into detail on how I created the look. If I get enough requests I’ll do a video going step by step.

What are you going as this year? Something spooky I hope!

The Creation:


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The Products:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow - Medium Brown

Colored Raine - The Berry Palette

Juvias Place - The Magic Palette

Shop Miss A - AOA Studio Lashes - Chloe

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

Tarte Cosmetics - Maneater Liquid Liner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil Zero

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation & Concealer

LA Girl Concealer - Toast

Kleancolor Sculpt and Highlight Palette

Jouer Cosmetics - Powder Highlighter - Ice

BH Cosmetics Lip Liner & Liquid Lipstick - Glory

Inspired Makeup Monday: Scarlett O'Hara

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

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

The first step was to block out my eyebrows. This was my first attempt at doing so, but I felt it necessary to achieve the iconic side-eye arch to my brow. After layering numerous coats of Elmer’s Glue and loose powder, I color corrected the remaining brow hairs with a peach color corrector to brighten.

I applied my foundation to the rest of my face, being careful to dab over the covered brows rather than my usual buffing motion. Once the base was complete I took to mapping out my new brow shape – first creating the outline that I wanted and then filling them in.  

The rest of the look is quite simple, using my NYX Taupe blush to contour, adding bronzer to my crease, and fluffing a red-toned blush over the apples of my cheeks. Throw on some mascara, lashes, and an orange-red lip and the look is complete. (I wasn’t able to find a red-orange I was happy with so I settled for mixing two liquid lips to create the color I wanted.)

 

The Inspiration

Gone with the Wind is a cinematic power house. It was the most expensive movie ever made, for its time, and won 8 of the 13 Oscars it was nominated. What is most interesting about this, is that many considered it (including Clark Gable) to be a “woman’s picture” as if it were beneath any real serious participation. Well…a “woman’s picture” has since made around 400 million dollars in theater sales (which could be equated to around 5 Billion in today’s dollars). 

Gone with the Wind is also attributed to the first African American to be nominated for, and win, an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to attend the Academy Awards as a guest, in spite of the fact that none of the black actors were allowed to attend the premier of the film. I want to note that the first Oscar won by an African American actor was also a woman in a “woman’s film”. The irony of this compared to much of the resistance in modern Hollywood is not lost on me and I could die of eye-rolling as of typing.

Thus, here at BackPorchPoet, we have decided to end this series with Vivian Leigh and the brows the rocked a nation. She, and the numerous other women involved in production of one of America’s most well-known films, prove that nothing is more powerful than a woman determined to rise.


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The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

                        LA Girl: Pro Concealer: Peach Corrector

                        Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara

                        Kiss: Looks So Natural Lashes: Shy

            Lips:

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Hibiscus Mango Tea

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Mon Cheri

                       

            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        Coty Airspun Translucent Powder

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

Inspired Makeup Monday: Glinda the Good Witch

Silver Screen Queens

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

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

The Creation:

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The Process:

To begin, I totally changed up my brow routine. As opposed to the angular style that is popular today, I noticed Glinda (from the 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie) had a softer brow shape. I began by curving the front of my brow and continued the soft rounded shape through to the tail. I also made my brows as thin as possible without having to block them out. Additionally, Glinda has a reddish/auburn tone to her hair which is why I went with this particular brow color.

The eye makeup is fairly simple, taking Sugarpill’s Frostine all over the lid and buffing the edges out with the Shop Miss A baked eyeshadow in Gravel. I took a liquid liner to line the upper lash line, popped my face highlighter in the inner corner and threw on mascara to finish the eye look.

For the face, I knew that the style of the 30s and 40s was matte, matte, and more matte…but I couldn’t stay away from a little highlight! (We’ll just say it’s bringing Glinda into 2018…) After applying my base and setting it with powder, I used a red-toned blush from the BH Cosmetics Glamourous palette to rose up the apples of my cheeks, a touch across the nose, chin, and a bit on my temples. This was meant to mimic Glinda’s rosy/flushed appearance in the movie. I went over the high points of my face with BH Cosmetic’s Blacklight Highlighter palette because…I had to!

The lips were a tad tricky but I finally decided on mixing my Grande Cosmetics Liquid Lip in Smoked Sherry and Live Glam’s liquid lip in Butterfly.

 

The Inspiration

I assume most people are aware of the world’s first color film. It was a marvel of innovation at the time and was led by a female star, Judy Garland. Additionally, two of the most powerful characters in the film were also women. Billie Burk played Glinda the good witch and Margaret Hamilton the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s amazing to me, as I continue this series, how many bomb ladies have graced the silver screen with powerful roles and yet there is still a stigma that female led movies are not profitable. (As written about here and here) Granted, the movie was considered a flop at premiere but only because it lost out to Gone with the Wind, another female driven movie about a woman’s growth and survival during America’s Civil War south.

Burke was 54 when she took on the iconic role of Glinda (rocking her fabulous glitter ensemble) busting another myth that women have to be a certain age to be in a major role (that’s not someone’s mother, grandmother, wizened old woman, etc.)

Therefore, here at BackPorchPoet, we’ve decided to give a nod to Glinda our Good Witch and feeling fabulous doing so.   

Inspired Makeup Monday: Florence Lawrence - Our First Movie Star

 

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

 Silver Screen Queens

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

The Creation:

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The Process:

I started out filling in my brows, however, instead of the angular shape I typically go for I rounded out the front and kept the arch quite soft. I primed my lids with my concealer and dusted the NYX single shadow to set it. For liner I went with a simple, thick line. Popping on mascara and some NYX Jumbo Pencil in the water line the eyes were complete.

For the face I did my typical foundation and concealer routine. I wanted a glow to the face but knew that it would have to be more of a subtle lit from within glow. For this I used the AOA Studio liquid highlighters and dabbed it in with my fingers on the high points of my face. I set my cream products with the matte highlight from the Wet N’ Wild Palette and with a fluffy brush went ham on the blush. Based off the photo inspiration, the effect was meant for an overall flush as opposed to a precise application. Once the lips were on the look was complete!

I would go into how I styled my hair but trust me, it only looks good in the photos…I would not recommend going out with your hair the way I did it for the photos!

                       

The Inspiration:

Florence Lawrence has been heralded as the world’s very first movie star. This is not to say she is the first woman to be portrayed on film, rather, she is the first woman who was named for her participating role. Born in Canada, Lawrence began her career as a stage actress before starting her career in film with The Boy, The Bust And The Bath in 1907.

 

Today’s look was inspired by a cover photo for PhotoPlay Magazine published in November 1914. It appears to be a colorized photo of the actress sporting rosy, round cheeks, a berry lip, and long lower lashes. If you wanted to take inspiration from our friend Flow, grab a bucket hat or turban, curl your hair into a bob (or faux bob) add a flowy A-line dress and you’re good to go!

The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        NYX Cosmetics:  Single Shadow: I Have a Headache

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Liquid Liner: Black

                        L’oreal: Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Skinny Lash Primer

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Skinny Lash Mascara

                        NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

                        Benefit: Precisely My Brow Pencil: No. 3

            Lips:

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Pour Decisions

            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Concealer

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Liquid Highlighter: Morning Glow

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

                        Wet N’ Wild: Contour Palette: Dulce De Leche