Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How to Make Your Own Smoky Eye

It has come to my attention that some of my friends are unable to create their own smoky eye looks (or just eyeshadow looks in general).
Here's how I do it.
There's a basic template for all eyeshadow looks that you can apply to any color combination. Here's the formula (photo edited by yours truly).
Note: Obviously, the white (color a) is exaggerated so you can see it.
Here's how to read it: the numbers are the order in which to apply it, and the letters are the different colors (ordered from lightest to darkest).
Here's a key to all the weird words I'll be using (you'll also find it helpful on YouTube videos):
Steps:
  1. Start with an eye primer. You can find these at the drugstore. They neutralize the color of the veins in your eyes, make your eyeshadow last longer, and make the colors pop.
  2. Apply color b to your whole lids. This should be neutral color or something close to your skin color. If you're not doing a look with browns, this will be a medium-light shade.
  3. Apply color c to the outer third of your lids and blend into color b.
  4. Apply color d to your crease to add dimension and blend it in to make it look more natural and diffused.
  5. Blend color e into the outer part of the crease to darken up and intensify the look.
  6. Smudge color e down to your lower lashline.
  7. Apply color b to the middle of your lower lashline to add dimension to your eyes and make them look bigger and three-dimensional.
  8. Use eyeliner or a dark brown/black eyeshadow on an angled eyeliner brush to line your upper lashline with color f and get the color as close to your lashline as possible.
  9. Add a highlight on your browbone (don't go all the way under your eyebrow like in the second picture, just add the highlight under the arch of your brow like in my [top] picture.) with color a and inner corner/tear duct area. This should always be white. Don't make it a huge white block, though. Make sure this color is understated and not very noticeable.
  10. Do your mascara and the rest of your makeup. Make sure to brush away any glittery eyeshadow fallout with a fan brush first!
And that's it! You'll get into the routine once you start doing it. I wouldn't recommend lining your waterline because it can be dangerous and the color always disappears within the hour. But if you do, do NOT use liquid liner. Use gel eyeliner preferably, or pencil if you don't have gel.

Monday, April 20, 2015

First Impression: Waxing

These are the waxing strips we used
My friends and I tried waxing strips for the first time.
It did not go as planned.
"The armpit was grossified." -anonymous

Here's the full story:
We went to CVS and bough these wax strips. It was hard to decide which brand to buy, but we eventually decided on these because they have the least chemicals and the most natural/organic ingredients. We then went home (in the rain) and proceeded to open the wax strips.
The first attempt was a huge FAIL. I wanted to try waxing because my armpits are starting to get a permanent razor burn from shaving and I wanted to try a longer lasting method instead. So I tried it on my armpits, followed the directions, and ripped it off. (which surprisingly, didn't hurt that much.) But instead of removing the hair, it left a sticky disgusting coating on my armpit. I guess the hair wasn't long enough. So, there was a coating of sticky wax on my armpit and I washed it in the bathtub but it wouldn't come off. So we looked it up, and thank Jesus for the Internet because they said to rub it with olive oil on a paper towel and HALLELUJAH THANK THE LORD it worked.
I was worried I'd have sticky wax on my right armpit for the rest of my life. It was painful every time my armpit skin folded over. So, it's safe to say I won't be doing it again.
Afterwards, we tried it on my friend's leg, and it actually worked (mostly). I have included a video below for your personal enjoyment (muted for my safety) and a picture of the first attempt with half a strip.
Overall judgment:
Would I recommend it? No
I give it two out of five happy faces.
☻☻☺☺☺
Overall, I think it works but only under three conditions:

  1. If your hair is 1/4 inch or longer (which is pretty long, I don't want to let my hair grow out for that long! I like to keep it short and clean!)
  2. If you're okay with having a few stray hairs left over.
  3. If you're okay with having to wipe afterward with olive oil (which is actually kind of expensive.)
Pain: Not too bad at all. Easily bearable.