Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Essentials: Contouring & Highlighting

After my first two posts, a few people requested some tutorials on the basics, like contouring, brows and eyeliner. This is the first post in my series addressing these questions, The Essentials. Comment to request any other "essentials" you'd like to see me demonstrate!

A contour is just a fake shadow that gives the illusion of high cheekbones, a more defined jawline or a narrower nose. A highlight is, you guessed it, a fake highlight that pulls the highest points of your face, such as the center of your nose, forehead, your upper cheekbones, browbone, cupid's bow and chin, forward. Combined, these two techniques create a more 3-dimensional face with more highly emphasized (or faked!) bone structure. Depending on how dramatic of a contour/highlight situation you want going on, you can choose to enhance all of these features with the technique or just one or two, like your cheekbones and browbone.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Experiment of the Week: Tribute to Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall photo source

Lauren Bacall's adventurous spirit and regal beauty has inspired me for as long as I've been aware of her. As you can see for yourself in this deeply personal interview in which she was about 70, she's honest to a fault and has a powerful sense of self. She was an original when she burst onto the pages of Harper's Bazaar as a model in 1943 and she's remained one throughout her life.

Makeup-wise, I love that her signature look still feels so modern. I think it's largely because of how natural her makeup really was, except for that pop of a red lip. Of course, this look was the quintessential 40's face, before the heavier liner and lashes of the 50's came into fashion.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Expermient of the Week: Monet's Water Lilies

Cropped photo of Monet's Water Lilies, 1919, from WikiPaintings
Those greens! Those blues! That lavender! Claude Monet’s stunning use of color served as my inspiration this week. I chose the particular painting shown above as an example because it’s an example of some of Monet’s most vivid use of color. I find multiple colors difficult to manage in a single look, so this was a real challenge for me!

This look is all about color and luminosity, so I was bold with my color choices and liberal with Benefit’s High Beam. I also avoided harsh edges and when for a hazy effect around the eyes with no liner or brow pencil. I’ll be honest: I’m not completely happy with this look. I think I should have eliminated one of the bright colors because it looks a bit too rainbow-y, in retrospect. But I’m still working on my blending abilities so this was fun practice.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Led By The Moonlight: An introduction to a makeup blog that has a story (or several) to tell

A recent look featuring Makeup Forever's Powder Blush in Irish Green No. 93

Hello Beauty Blogger world. Welcome to my blog Led By The Moonlight, a place where risks will be taken and imaginations stretched! I want this to a be a place where I can share my pursuit of adventurous makeup. Once a week, I'll post a look inspired by anything from literature and film to nature and art. You can also expect posts on recent trends in makeup and my sources of inspiration.

I have a background in visual arts and history. My fine arts projects have mostly involved photography, miniature sculpture and some stop-motion animation with those sculptures. My love of history grew out of my love of storytelling as a child. 

My love affair with cosmetics started early. I can remember being in elementary school and being fascinated by the products in my mother's makeup drawer and the cosmetics aisle in CVS. I first wore makeup at the age of 4 for a dance recital, but my first product that I can remember was a silver/lavender eyeshadow duo. It made my eyelids look fairy-like. I was smitten.