Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Challenge: Felines — Emily, Aracely, Elli, El, Jessica, Etaoin

It was such a pleasure to see all of the different looks and takes on the feline theme of this month’s challenge!  We have subtle and natural to bolder and more dramatic in these first looks.  As always, I post in the order that entries are received.  I will be posting one or two sets per day ’til we’ve showcased all challenge-takers (which is around 30 lovelies!).

Check out the first six looks!


EMILY is sixteen, and she first started to fall in love with makeup after watching YouTube videos for a few years. She hopes to take cosmetology classes and maybe open a YouTube account in the future.

INSPIRATION: “My inspiration was my favorite wild cat, the Tiger. I thought the colors would make a very nice, wearable but fun look.” — Emily

EYES: She primed her eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion, and then layered Revlon Skinlights #908 Illuminance Cream Shadow all over the lid. She applied a light orange shade from Coastal Scents’ 88 Matte Palette on the inner third of the eye with a medium orange over the rest of the eye. She mixed bright orange and light brown for the outer corner and crease. She used Pur Minerals Spiced Mocha Eyeshadow to line the upper lash line with Urban Decay Whiskey 24/7 Liner on the upper waterline. She used Bare Minerals Flawless Lash Mascara on lashes.

LIPS: She applied Avon Nude Gold Glazewear Lipstick on lips.

FACE: She wore BareMinerals Fair Foundation with Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer applied to hollow of cheeks and Bare Minerals A Little Sun All Over Face Color on cheeks. She used Urban Decay Virgin Eyeshadow to highlight cheekbones.


ARACELY is twenty-four years old and absolutely in love with makeup. For her, makeup is not only an expression of beauty but an expression of artistic quality.

INSPIRATION: “My feline inspired makeup was inspired by my cat Pushie. Pushie is a very cat, he was a stray I adopted. But also being loving, he has sass so to I wanted to create a look that conveyed those two strong qualities that he has.” — Aracely

EYES: She applied Urban Decay Sin Primer Potion all over the lid and a thin line underneath the lower lash line. Then, she tightlined using Elizabeth Arden’s Smoky Black Eye Pencil and drew outward. She used Lancome’s Lezard Eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid and into crease. On the lower lid, she drew a thin line using Lancome’s Positive Eyeshadow and on the inner corner of the eye. She used Clinique’s High Length Mascara on lashes.

FACE: She wore Lancome Shimmer Mocha Havana Blush Subtil on cheeks.


ELLI loves makeup and the art of it. She has a makeup and fashion blog where she shares tips and knowledge about makeup.

INSPIRATION: “My inspiration was just taking what I saw in the collection (Bermese) and converting that into something I would wear. The colors and feel for my look were obviously, felines. But I also saw mysteriousness and sultry in the MAC line.” — Elli

EYES: She used MAC Retrospeck Eyeshadow on the inner lid, MAC Humid Eyeshadow on the middle lid, MAC Club Eyeshadow on the middle lid, MAC Mystery Eyeshadow on the outer corner, mAC Kid Eyeshadow in the crease, and MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow on the brow bone. She lined with Make Up For Ever #0L Aqua Liner, Heroine Liquid Liner, and coated lashes with L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

FACE: She wore Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as a base, with HERA Foundation on top. She set with MAC Medium Dark Mineralize Skinfinish and blushed cheeks with MAC Sunbasque Blush.


EL is a mom of four who lives in Hawaii. She says her kids are her life, but she works as a freelance makeup. She also volunteers for a few non-profit organizations. You can find her over on YouTube!

INSPIRATION: “The inspiration was Beyonce’s Kitty Kat music video. I basically tried to recreaet the look that she had for this entire video.” — El

EYES: She started with Urban Decay Sin Primer Potion as an eyeshadow base, and then applied Urban Decay Oraculum Eyeshadow all over the lid. She made the spots using MAC Rich Ground Fluidline and Arbonne Black Liquid Liner. She dotted the center of each spot with a touch of Oraculum. She lined the upper and lower waterlines with MAC Smolder Eye Kohl, upper lash line with Blacktrack, and lower lash line smudged with MAC Carbon Eyeshadow.


JESSICA is nineteen years old and a sophomore in college, who’s studying psychology. She has a passion for makeup and often does her friends’ makeup! She also has a video on how-to create this look here.

INSPIRATION: “The inspiration for the look I came up with was a taken from the coat of a Leopard. I choose to do a mostly neutral eye with a pop of gold in the crease. I used eyeliner to create the best cat eye I could do. I wanted my look to be almost wearable. The special touch I added was a leopard print above the crease.” — Jessica

EYES: She used MAC Brown Down Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Hustle Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Dark Horse Eyeshadow, MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow, MAC Nylon Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow, Coastal Scents Crystal Ice Mica, Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Liner, MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, MAC Marked for Glamour Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, CoverGirl LashBlast Length, and Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash.


ETAOIN is twenty-four years and just completed her Masters in Accounting. She’ll be starting work in the big, bad world come October, so she’s enjoying her free time until then by hanging out with friends and family and watching Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

INSPIRATION: “I wanted a look that would be wearable with a theatrical edge. The colours in the eye makeup are safari inspired – gold and green – which were extended outwards to give a feline shaped eye. The leopard print spots on the cheeks and earthy tones in the lips and blush complete the look.” — Etaoin

EYES: She used Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Protest Eyeshadow, Gosh Black Liquid Liner, Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Liner, and Lancome Hypnose Mascara.

LIPS: She wore MAC Crosswires Lipstick.

FACE: She used DiorSkin #010 Nude with Chanel Reflex Joue Contraste on cheeks.

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41 thoughts on “Challenge: Felines — Emily, Aracely, Elli, El, Jessica, Etaoi

  1. Aww they look lovely! Looks like Roxanne didn’t send in anything after all 😀 too bad! I tried something, but it didn’t really work out like I had it in my head (often happens 😀 lol).

  2. inaya

    well done ladies!

  3. They are all gorgeous, but I love El’s eyes the most, they look so fantastic! :) Looking forward to seeing all the other entries.

  4. Martyna

    Wow! LOVE Ellis look! :)

  5. Melissa (divinem)

    Meow! Beautiful work, ladies!

  6. Svetlana

    Awesome , all the looks are great .Good job girls!!! I am sad I missed this challenge but hopefully I will take part in the next one .:)

  7. Hilana

    Ohhhhhhh! I have been looking forward to this for a while now.. checking each day to see the girls! And I am not disappointed. Awesome, beautiful readers you have Christine, and all the looks are fabulous!!! Love the challenges! xoxo

  8. KC

    I love them all! El’s is so creative, I would’ve made a mess of that design. Is there a MAC equivalent to Urban Decay’s Oraculum Eyeshadow, as UD doesnt sell in my country. Aracely’s look like the one I could actually wear out on a daily basis.

  9. Awesome looks :) Elli your link to your blog does not work.

  10. all of them are fab…all of the gals have done a very great job…
    i liked the Elli’s makeup the most…

  11. These girls did an amazing job! I love the shadows that Elli used. Good job, ladies! Christine, I really hope you make this a regular feature on Temptalia! This is the second time I missed out, but I hope there will be more of these in the future :)

  12. jessica’s look is stunning!

  13. cafii

    elli, your contacts look amazing, what colour/brand are they?

  14. Lulee

    Elli, what lashes are you wearing??? They look amazing!

  15. OMG Emily your SO cute! Aracely I wish I had your eye structure, the winged cat eye looks gorgeous on you. Elli your waterline color matches so well with the blue in your eyes it really brings it together. EL SOOO creative! Great job. Jessica, super pretty colors. they bring out the light yellow brown in your eyes, and the Superslick eyeliner to make the print on just the outer brow bone, me likey. Etaoin, I only wish I could get my wings the perfect, and the spots are uber cute matching your headband. Such a great job by the first six, I can’t wait to see all of the entries.

  16. I’m excited to see all of these!! I had meant to do this but ran out of time :( Oh well… I’m still excited to see what everyone else did! Do you think you’ll do another readers’ Halloween looks posting this year? I really liked seeing everyone’s Halloween looks!

  17. Melanie

    Wow, Ellis look is my favorite out of these! She has so beautiful eyes :)

  18. baby in a corner

    Hey! Thanks Christine! Bit scary seeing the massive pic of my face on temptalia! I love all the looks!

  19. Kate

    El’s is AMAZING!

  20. Everyone did an awesome job on these! I love Elli’s look, because the colors are so different and clean. I adore EL’s metallic eyes though. Normally, the leopard print doesn’t really catch me, but that, combined with the finish of the shadows, is just luscious!

  21. i love the 1st and last ones they are the most wearable but they are all really gorgeous!

  22. Great job everyone! I really love El’s eyes.

  23. Emily

    everyone did a great job! thank you so much for having these contests! i loved participating!

  24. Sara

    Jessica’s look reminds me of xsparkage’s semi-recent tutorial more than I’d like to admit, but it’s definitely a feline-icious tutorial! (Is feline-icious a word? It should be, haha.)

  25. Holy crap, I want to know what camera Jessica uses. DAYUM.

  26. hey christine, the link to elli’s blog (from this post) doesn’t work, would you be able to re-link it? or is there another way to get there?

  27. El

    omg, so excited to see this up! Thanks everyone for your kind words and awesome job to all the ladies!

  28. Sharron

    Emily is adorably ferocious, and Elli’s makeup really accentuates her gorgeous eyecolor. Beautiful work, ladies! :)

  29. LU

    I love the one El did!