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Monday, June 16th, 2008

I really, really like this look. It is pretty similar to the look I did for my sister’s high school graduation a few days ago. I don’t normally repeat looks so close together, but since yesterday was Father’s Day, and I know my dad isn’t big on makeup… neutral it was!

What are some of your favorite neutral looks?

P.S. – I am so happy with my eyebrows — they are just about the thickness that I have been working on for the past two months.

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Nylon eyeshadow on lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow on middle of lid, Warming Trend eyeshadow (LE) on outer lid, Satin Taupe eyeshadow above crease, Bronze eyeshadow in outer crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Nylon eyeshadow on lower lash line, Blacktrack fluidline on upper and lower lash lines, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Margin blush with Dior Amber Diamond SkinShimmer on cheeks. I wore High 90s slimshine (LE) with Nymphette lipglass on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Warming Trend = Patina; High 90s = Skew

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Monday, June 16th, 2008

Choose or Lose

Do you like pre-made quads/palettes?

  • Yes, I think they're fab! (60%, 270 Votes)
  • No way, I prefer making my own! (40%, 178 Votes)

Total Voters: 448

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your most embarrassing makeup moment? What made it so bad?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Pink Grapefruit lipstick?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Pink Grapefruit! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Last night, I experimented with four of the Neon2 pigments–please keep that in mind, I experimented! I emphasize that, because none of these looks are 100% finished/polished. You’ll also have to note that I only changed the eye makeup, so the foundation/blush/eyebrows may get wonkier as you progress (LOL). I don’t purport these to be my best work (or even decent work, ha!), but I think you’ll get an idea of what you can do with the Neon2 pigments (and see that they’re more wearable than you think).

So here are my conclusions based on playing with four of the Neon2 pigments:

  • I don’t really like them! I’ve never been a huge fan of matte pigments, though True Chartreuse is my exception to that rule (goes on like a buttery dream!). These pigments go on more like the typical matte pigment, which is a bit chunky, loose, and there is fall out. Some of the colors go on better than others, but when used with mixing medium, none of them go on as you see them in the jar. They all go on darker, which may be a good thing, since it does make them more wearable.
  • They will stain. Some of the colors have dyes that are potent enough to leave some staining behind. Keep in mind that I only wore each look for maybe 10 minutes tops–I applied the look, took photos, and immediately took it off.
  • Magenta Madness did irritate my eyelids. I did notice a bit of a mild burning sensation on my lids immediately after I applied Magenta Madness. It wasn’t extreme nor particularly painful, but I felt something, and it’s probably not a good thing.
  • These pigments may be better over a regular base, like a paint pot or UDPP rather than used with mixing medium as a base, especially since the color changes so drastically.
  • Blending really, really, REALLY sucks with these. It isn’t hard to blend so much when colors are deeper, or you’re applying them on the lid–it’s when you’re attempting to blend from wherever you finished laying the pigment down to your regular skin. I only applied the Neon2 pigment base just above my crease, and you’ll notice in most of the looks, that there appears to be a harsh line of color–that’s the blendability issue I was talking about. Yes, I think if I was intending these looks for more than experimentation, with more work and elbow grease, I probably could have gotten it blended right. The good news, however, is that in full-face shots, most of the harsh lines aren’t noticeable.

I used Full Force Violet pigment (with mixing medium) on lid, Warm Chill eyeshadow (LE) on inner lid, Gulf Stream eyeshadow (LE) on middle of lid, Climate Blue eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Shroom eyeshadow on brow, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush on cheeks. I had Strawberry Blonde lipstick (LE) with Backlit 3D glass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Warming Chill = Juxt; Gulf Stream = Teal; Climate Blue = Electric Eel + Parfait Amour; Strawberry Blonde = Sweetie; Backlit = Instant Gold

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