THE ONLY THING PREDICTABLE ABOUT LIFE IS ITS UNPREDICTABILITY.
Finally, week five! For this final week, I had originally planned to learn (or attempt to learn) how to contour from a friend who is totally "fab" at make-up. Schedules, however, did not work out and alas, I was forced to finish out my week attempting to do my own make-up again. But that is okay, because it will serve as a good progress check for how far I've come.
In order to best see my progress, I decided to use the same color palette, brushes, etc. I also used my handy-dandy iPad and had a little fun with documenting the progress. So lets begin!
How I felt at the beginning of this process.. & my messy make-up bag.
Of course I started with my foundation, a process which I did not document this time. It went well, however. You can trust me.
I then moved on to applying my eye-lid primer. This process is relatively easy and difficult to mess up, so again, it went well. In case I haven't mentioned, the eye-lid helps make the eye-shadow lay and appear better on the eyelid. (I made a cool gif to insert at this point, but it apparently is not embeddable. boo weebly.)
Post primer, I was able to start applying an all-over white, and begin adding on the brown. I used my blending brush to then blend the brown into the white. (Again, I have a cool time-lapse gif thing to insert and it's not working.) Once this was blended, I used a smaller, looser blending brush to add in the light pink.
Now that the eye-shadow is all set, I was able to add in the eye-liner. I had a bit of confidence and tried to wing with my stick eye-liner, but it didn't work as well as the liquid eye-liner does. And it's also easier to do it on someone else. A quick whip of the mascara and I was done!
Overall, I felt pretty good and the moves and brushes are seeming to get easier the more I do it. I can't wait to continue to develop these skills and do more in the future!
So please excuse the few weeks I was gone. But I am back, and guess what! I got to use fancy-pants make-up the other day. Now, wether or not that expensive make-up made my skills any better, that's up to you to decide.
For Week Four I went back to the original make-up design I tried during Week One to see if I have improved at all during my weeks of learning. Again, I enlisted the help of my younger sister to be my model, and enlisted the help of my older sister (mostly so I could use her fancy make-up).
This past week I practiced with my new brushes. It went pretty well and I definitely see the benefits of good brushes. I went with a light "day" look, using my own personal eyeshadow palette that hosts white, light pink, and darker brown colors. I also used my eyeliner soft pencil and brown mascara.
I started with applying a thin layer of foundation. I used a bottle I purchased almost 4 years that I loved because it's a lighter weight foundation that did not make my face feel heavy. I think it may be past its prime though. Mental note to pick up a new bottle on my next target trip. This followed with a think layer of eyelid primer.
I then began using my new brushes and my new handy dandy guide and applied a light layer all over of the white eyeshadow, then used the brown to darken the outside corner. Using the pink, I applied it to the inside corner and used a blending brush to blend it into the brown. Follow this with some eyeline and mascara, and I was done! I think it turned out well for a basic look. The eyeline was a bit heavier than intended, but yet again, I need a new one because it's old and the end is flat.
I thought I posted my Week Two blog, but apparently I was wrong. I spent my second week acquiring stuff (brushes, etc.) from my older sister. She has recently converted to an Mac exclusive makeuperer (not quite sure that is a word, but I'm rolling with it), so she had a bunch of old brushes, eye-lash curler, and some make-up products she could give me. She also walked me through some basic make-up techniques (that she learned from Mac), using this handy dandy drawing she has.
Going into this, I had no clue that there was such a thing as "Day" make up, or "Night" make up. So that was a highlight of my learning week. Next week I plan on putting my newly acquired knowledge to practice and doing my own make up. This will allow me to practice once (or twice) before Week 4, where I will re-attempt the show make up for my Colorguard team.
Make Up: 1 Tresa: 1
This past week was week one of my new make-up adventure.. and let me tell you, it did not go that well. There was a mixture of issues that I will go into later, but let's begin!
So first off, this is a (rough) idea of what I wanted to achieve for the make-up for my Colorguard girls show.. The other coach chose a brighter gold sparkle to use, however, so there are some differences.
My younger sister is a member of the team, so it worked out perfectly that I had a face to use for my first attempt. My parents gave permission for her photos to be posted her, by the way. Now, my first issue begins here. My younger sister is like me in the way she is not super into make-up, so unbeknownst to me, she sits down in front of me to begin and does not have any foundation. This is a problem, as I have learned that foundation is necessary to "even out the skin" and "create a uniform color to the complexion" to apply the make-up to.
Now I know to be better prepared next time, and I will use it as a learning opportunity and go buy foundation that works with my sisters skin tone. Nonetheless, I jumped to applying eyelid primer to her eyes to begin.
Overall, it was not quite as successful as I had hoped. Next week, I will make sure I am properly prepared with foundation, brushes, powder, blush, etc. Next week I want to try this make-up style again to see progress.
Make-up: 1 Tresa: 0
For my 20time project, I have decided to pursue learning about make-up. I will spend 5 weeks attempting various make-up designs on either myself, or a willing face. Every week I will choose one design to attempt that will hopefully cover a spectrum of various make-up styles: natural, formal, etc. I will post photos of the materials I use, the steps I took to complete the look, and the final product.
Here are some ideas I am currently brainstorming for my 20time project:
1) For my 20time project, I am interested in exploring and delving into the wild world of make-up. For those who may not know, I currently coach Colorguard at a local high school. A large part of the activity involves whats known as "show make-up", and while I can easily make a selection of what I want my girls to do for their show, I am lost when it comes to executing it. I myself do not wear make-up, and have never really developed any desire to learn for myself. Until coaching, that is. I now am interested in learning some basic makeup techniques to assist my members, as well as myself. Here are some questions I am currently pondering for this project:
1: What supplies should I acquire? What are the basic essentials?
2: How does contouring work? What is it's purpose? Why do you look like a clown before blending it? (You blend it, right?)
3: What is better: liquid eyeliner or a pencil or those soft pencils? (What are those even called??)
4: What is a reasonably priced brand?
5: What are good colors for different skin tones?
6: What are the different types of brushes? How do you determine what brush to use?
7: How do you fill in eyebrows? Should you fill in eyebrows?
8: How do you determine what is the best type of make-up for different skin types? powders or creams?
9: When applying "show make-up", how much more is necessary to apply for it to be seen?
10: What is a good product to use to remove makeup?
Another idea I am currently playing around with is knitting or crocheting? (I don't know the difference??) A bunch of the women in my family have created afghans, beanies, and scarves, and I am always super jealous. However, I am less interested in this idea however, as to me it seems like it could get boring.
1: What needles (errr, I think they're called hooks?) would I need?
2: What is the proper yarn to use?
3: Would this get expensive?
4: What resources are there to learn about the different yarn, different nots or loops, or whatever they're called?
5: Do you use patterns or what are the equivalents?
6: How long does it take to create a basic beanie?
7: How do you determine what yarn is acceptable for a piece?
8: If you mess up, how easy is it to go back and fix?
9: Is it hard to pick up, or relatively easy?
10: Honestly, does it getting boring?