Microglia : Inspired Makeup Monday

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

 Your Brain on Makeup

Your Brain on Makeup is going to take inspiration from the cells in our bodies. These looks will take both literal and figurative cues from the tiny powerhouses that help fuel all our makeup addictions. Today is the final installment to this makeup series.

The Creation

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The Process:

            I started out filling my brows with my Dip Brow before mapping out the center of my face with concealer. Once I was divided in half I took my Urban Decay foundation and used it as a base on one side of my face. I worked one side at a time so I would fill in the second half once the first half was complete.

            For the clouds, I began with the dark blues from both palettes to create a gradient between the night sky and the setting sun. I then began blending down the peach, red, orange, and yellow colors to create the sunset effect. Using my concealer and a flat stiff brush I stamped the cloud shapes in as much of an organic shape as I could. To eliminate harsh lines, I would blend down the bottoms of the cloud shapes using the same brush and no additional products. I also used what was left on my brush to create loose, striated cloud shapes in the dark blue area. I filled in the clouds using a combination of yellow, pink, white, and brown from both palettes. I highlighted the high points using the Blacklight Palette and the yellow shift color. I contoured using a deep red color achieved by mixing colors from both palettes.

            For the neuron side I used a combination of bright blue, navy blue, black, and purple from both palettes, using the navy shade to contour my face and nose and a matte white to highlight. I first mapped out the Microglia with black eyeliner but then filled them in with the Kleancolor liquid eyeliner. I went back into the gel liner to add details to the cells and to line both eyes. I used the same BH cosmetics highlight palette to highlight my brow bones and cupids bow. Throw on some mascara and lashes and the look is complete.

The Inspiration:

            In opposition to what one might think, the green blobs on my face are not a flesh eating alien or a sneeze gone wrong – but are meant to represent Microglia (our nervous system’s first line of defense). Whenever there is any trauma to the central nervous system, they clear out the dead neurons to promote the creation and healing of new cells. However, there is a darker side to these cells. They have been linked to “harmful roles in neurodegenerative diseases and brain injuries, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ischemic injury, and traumatic brain injuries.”

            I didn’t set out to touch on this topic when beginning Your Brian on Makeup, however, it seems to have found me in the midst of my makeup mayhem. I have had family members experience traumatic injuries where they are unable to walk. I lost a grandparent to dementia.

            This look is multifaceted to me. The clouds and the atmosphere provide the first layer of defense between the earth and harmful rays emitting from the sun. They are also a representation of soft daydreaming in physical form. They can create life-giving rain or they can cause a tsunami. They mean well but sometimes they hurt us. That’s what I like to think our Microglia are doing. Maybe I’m putting too much significance on a cell. But who knows, maybe we’ll live in a world that’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and maybe we’ll live in a world where we can correct when Microglia go wrong and encourage them to continue to benefit us and our makeup-crazy minds.

The Products:  

            Due to the nature of the look – the products will not be separated into the usual eyes, lips, and face categories since most products were used most places.

 

            Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

            Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

            Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown  

            ELF Cosmetics: Gel Eyeliner: Black

            Morphe Brushes: 35B Palette

            BH Cosmetics: Modern Mattes Palette

            BH Cosmetics: Blacklight Highlight Palette

            Kleancolor: ALONG THE LINES-LIQUID EYELINER: Green Apple

            L’oreal: Lash Paradise Mascara

            House of Lashes: Noir Fairy

Astrocytes: Inspired Makeup Monday

Your Brain on Makeup  

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

Your Brain on Makeup is going to take inspiration from the cells in our bodies. These looks will take both literal and figurative cues from the tiny powerhouses that help fuel all our makeup addictions.

The Creation:

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The Process:

I first mapped out the center piece with concealer to make sure I achieved the shape I wanted. When I was satisfied I filled in that S-Curve shape with the ELF Gel Liner. With the black Liner acting as a base I dabbed a combination of loose pigments from Smolder and shades from The Magic Palette by Juvia’s Place.

To mimic the drama of the S-Curve over my one eye I created a cut crease on the opposite eye using the Juvia’s Place palette. I began by packing the crease with the blue shadow to create the shape and buffed out the edges with a clean brush. I then worked my way down – cleaning up with concealer when necessary – with the yellow, red, and pink colors until I had the gradation I was happy with. To balance the look, I added a winged liner with my AOA Studio brown liquid liner and some basic mascara.

For the face I carefully used a paddle foundation brush to apply my Essential High Coverage foundation around the S-Curve. I highlighted and contoured wherever natural skin was showing, being careful not to disturb the center piece.

When I was ready, I began detailing the night sky portion with my Tarte silver metallic/glitter liner creating star-like shapes that blended into the Astrocyte portion of the makeup. For the Star-Cells I mapped out the shape with my black liner and filled it in using my Gold Digger Glam Dust. I went back in with my black liner to detail the cells.

For lips I carefully applied my black lipstick and used a combination of glosses to tie them in with the warm vs. cool tones of the makeup.

 

The Inspiration:

Astrocytes are nicknamed “star cells” due to their shape. Like stars, they are some of the most abundant cells in our brains. They’re the go-between when it comes to your head telling your body what to do. They catch the spark and pass it along. Normally I would make some sort of joke about how it helps to bring us to the makeup (which, I mean, it TOTALLY does) but I have a particular soft spot for these cells. Well…as much as you can have a soft spot for a neuron.

Today I’m taking the time to remind you that we are all made of stars and the things of stars. We all have a tiny universe inside of us that is able to do incredible things. We are capable of more than we could ever fully comprehend – and I think that’s pretty cool.

 

The Products:

 

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        ELF: Gel Eyeliner: Black

                        Juvia’s Place: The Magic Palette

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: Asteria

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: Moon Stone

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: Gold Digger

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: White Gold

                        Wet N’ Wild: Color Icon Loose Pigment: Unicorn WIshes

                        Wet N’ Wild: Color Icon Loose Pigment: Mythical Dreams

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Tartist Pro Eye Jewels Liner: Silver

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Liquid Liner: Brown

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara

                

            Lips:

                        CoverGirl: Katy Kat Matte Lipstick: Perry Panther

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Lip Topper: Funfetti

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Lip Topper: Tan Lines  

                                                 

            Face:  

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation

Makeup Revolution: Conceal and Define Concealer: C1

Makeup Revolution: Conceal and Define Concealer: C12

RCMA: No Color Powder

ELF Cosmetics: Shimmering Highlight Powder: Starlight Glow

             

Pyramidal Neurons: Inspired Makeup Monday

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

Your Brain On Makeup

Your Brain on Makeup is going to take inspiration from the cells in our bodies. These looks will take both literal and figurative cues from the tiny powerhouses that help fuel all our makeup addictions.

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

            I began with my base makeup to create seamless cuts/blends between the more colorful parts of the makeup and the more skin-like parts of the makeup. When I was finished with my foundation, concealer, and contour I used the same concealer to split my face into the upper and lower quadrant.

            Going back and forth between my Morphe and BH cosmetics palettes I began stamping color into the crease and outer corner of my eyes. I placed the color from lightest to darkest and blended them together with a clean fluffy brush that had no product deposit. When I was finally happy with the general color scheme I used my ELF cosmetics Gel Liner to begin drawing my pyramids and then filling them in with the White Gold Tarte liner. I first filled both sides of the pyramid with the metallic liner side then on one side I topped it with the glitter part of the liner to be sure it came out opaque. I filled in some of the extra space with the shimmery yellow shade from the Morphe palette and also went over some of the bolder colors to create a highlight-like sheen. I deepened the outer corner with the black shadow from the Morphe palette and used the leftover product on my packing brush to create a soft wash on the lid. Add mascara and lashes and the top half is complete!

            I defined the concealer line with my ELF Liner and began to randomly pack color with a small angled cheek brush. Going between the blues and the purples in the Morphe Palette I would stamp the color then blend it out. To create a colored contour, I used the navy eyeshadow to carve out my cheekbones and a small shader brush to contour the tip of my nose. I brightened my nose highlight with the matte white shadow and drew in my Pyramidal Neurons with the black gel liner. To further highlight the neurons I used the silver metallic Tarte liner to highlight the branches of the neurons. I used the same black eyeliner to line my lips and then highlight the cupids bow and the bottom lip with the silver liner.

 

The Inspiration:

            Just as the name implies, Pyramidal Cells get their name from their vague pyramid shape. According to Scholarpedia they are best known for being, “the most numerous excitatory cell type in mammalian cortical structures[,]” and that “[suggests] they play important roles in advanced cognitive functions.

            Cara, I’m here for the makeup why should I care and what does that mean?

            Well, loosely translated, it means that many scientists believe that mammals (like puppies and kitties and people) are able to think more complexly because of these cells. It’s the reason why humans have the ability to spot a super sick 15% off eyeshadow sale and your Cockatiel may only be interested in singing and pooping on things. Obviously, there are more things that go into it than just Pyramidal Neurons (hence why our hamsters aren’t looking in the mirror trying to curl their lashes) but I like to think that these neurons play a huge role in our past, our present, and our future – including the inception of one of the great wonders of the world.

The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Brow Pencil: Medium Brown

                        Morphe: 35B Palette

                        BH Cosmetics: Modern Mattes Palette

                        Tarte Cosmetics: SmolderEyes Skinny Eyeliner: Onyx

   Essence: Volume Stylist 18 Hour Lash Extension Mascara 

                        Duo Lash Glue

                        House of Lashes: Noir Fairy

                       

            Lips:

                        Morphe: 35B Palette

                        BH Cosmetics: Modern Mattes Palette              

            Face:  

   Makeup Revolution: Fast Base Stick Foundation: F2

   Benefit Cosmetics: Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

   Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer: Fair/Warm

   Wet N’ Wild: MegaGlow Contouring Palette: Dulce De Leche 

   Tarte Cosmetics: Tartist Pro Eye Jewels Glitter Liner: Silver

   Tarte Cosmetics: Tartist Pro Eye Jewels Glitter Liner: White Gold

   ELF Cosmetics: Gel Eyeliner: Black

   Morphe: 35B Palette

   BH Cosmetics: Modern Mattes Palette

Sensory Neurons : Inspired Makeup Monday

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

Your Brain on Makeup 

Your Brain on Makeup is going to take inspiration from the cells in our bodies. These looks will take both literal and figurative cues from the tiny powerhouses that help fuel all our makeup addictions.

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

 I started the look by completing my base foundation and contour. In order to keep the impact on the teardrops, I opted for a simple eye. I used the contour color in my Wet N’ Wild palette to define the eyes and the Catrice Aquafresh eyeshadow to create a pretty, subtle shimmer on the lid. I used the Colourpop Supernova Shadow to brighten the inner corners.

To start the process of creating the teardrops I gently mapped out the shape with the contour powder and a pencil brush. When I was happy with the size and placement of my teardrops I began to define the outer corners with my black gel liner and begin to create the sensory neuron within the droplet. Once I completed this portion I began gently patting on the Super Shock Shadow and various colors from the Jacklyn Hill Palette. I went back and forth with my colors and my black gel liner until I got an effect I was happy with. I highlighted the teardrops and the tear stains with the Supernova Shadow. Once I was done I used my Lottie London Blush to add some color to my cheekbones, the outer corners of my eyes, and the tip of my nose to give a theatrical rosy “I’ve been sobbing” effect. I highlighted in my face in my usual manner with the Ofra Highlighter.

For lips, I wanted to keep the color soft so I decided on a blotted effect, using the majority of the lipstick in the center of my mouth and blending out the color to the edges. If I felt I had gone too overboard I used my foundation brush to blend out the edges of my lips. Everything was set with the Morphe Continuous Setting Spray.

 

The Inspiration:

To be honest, the inspiration was taken metaphorically rather than scientifically. According to ScienceDaily, Sensory Neurons “are nerve cells within the nervous system responsible for converting external stimuli from the organism's environment into internal electrical impulses.” In general terms, they’re the ones that take the message from our brains to do stuff like move and jump and RUN TO THAT SEPHORA VIB SALE, LIKE, C’MON THIS RARELY HAPPENS HAVE YOU SEEN THAT NATASHA DENONA PALETTE?!

Sensory Neurons are also categorized by their unipolar shape, meaning they have only one axon or “pole”. Sensory neurons are vital in helping us interact with the world around us, and yes, how we interact with the world has a psychiatric element in how we feel about the world. Thus, here I am, crying Sensory Neuron Tears!

Have you thanked your cells today for being complex little butt kickers? Cuz I think you should. I’m sure happy those little electric buggers are firing off and allowing me to touch every sampler in the makeup store because DANG IT YOU CAN’T STOP ME!

Comment below if you think sensory neurons look like legendary Pokèmon. Cuz, they kinda look like legendary Pokèmon...

The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Wet N’ Wild: MegaGlow Contouring Palette: Dulce De Leche  

                        Colourpop: Supernova Shadow: Lucky Penny

                        Catrice Cosmetics Aquafresh Highlighting Eyeshadow: Luminous Sensation

                        Duo Lash Glue

                        House of Lashes: Noir Fairy        

            Lips:

                        Avon Lipstick: Hot Plum

    Face:  

Makeup Revolution: Fast Base Stick Foundation: F2

Makeup Revolution: Fast Base Stick Foundation: F14

Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer: Fair/Warm

Wet N’ Wild: MegaGlow Contouring Palette: Dulce De Leche  

PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Porcelain

Lottie London: Blush Crush: Justin

Ofra Cosmetics: Highlighter: Blissful

ELF Cosmetics: Gel Liner: Black

Morphe Brushes: Jacklyn Hill Palette

Colourpop: Super Shock Shadow: Sugar

Colourpop: Supernova Shadow: Lucky Penny

Morphe Brushes: Continuous Setting Mist

 

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