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Monday, 04 April 2011
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If you have ever seen 'Cats' the stage show you will love this cute cat costume make up. For the costume side of things we purchased some artificial fur material, which we used to make a tail & the main as you see in the photo. You can do this in whatever colours you chose. Try wearing all slim fitting white top and long tights/pants. Leg warmers in similar colours also add to the look.

We also had a cute cats collar that we used for around Sarah's neck. You could make one of these with ribbon and some diamond style jewels glued to it...so cute!

For hair

We started by crimping and teasing the hair within an inch of it's life! For the ears we made two very loose piggy tails and rolled them over at the ends back into the band and used mass quantities of hair spray to hold them in place. Sarah's hair is blonde here, but we used a white hair spray all over her hair. We then put some grey and pink streaks in the hair to match the colours on the fake fur. For the streaks we used a pink blush and dark grey eyeshadow applied heavily with an eye make up brush. We also put the pink blush on the ears and we then applied MORE hairspray over the hair. The blush & eyeshadow go over the white hairspray quiet well. You could get other coloured hair products to use, but this is a lot cheaper to do this way.

For makeup

For the base makeup we used a white zinc based foundation, you can also mix cold cream with cornstarch to create the white foundation. You may need to add water for the perfect consistency. Cover even your brows. You can also use white face paint which is available from most dress up shops. Powder your face with flour or talc powder. Shade along the hair line to try and blend the face colour with the hair.

For eyes

Apply a tan, pink eyeshadow to the whole eyelid area up to the eyebrows and also to the top of the lip area, underneath the cheek bones and also under the mouth to give more contour to the face and make the cheeks stand out.

Next apply a black liquid or pencil liner mainly to top lids along eyelash line, flicking the liner out in 'cat eye' style at the outside corners of the eyes. you may have a problem with using liquid eye liner as it does require a bit of practice in applying before you can get it to look right. If you are having trouble applying it, try using a sharp black or brown pencil eye liner as a guide, then paint the liquid eye liner over the top.

Draw some contour lines as shown in the picture around the eyes with a brown eyeliner or brow pencil.

We also put a couple eye lash extensions on as well ( just can't help ourselves :)

For Eyebrows

Draw an exaggerated eyebrow over your own brow, but extend a little further using a brown eyebrow pencil. Shade in the brow area with more of the base colour tan, pink coloured eyeshadow if you find any gaps after drawing in the eyebrow.

For Lips

Cover lips with concealer and the white cornstarch mixture. Draw around the lips with a black eyeliner extending past the edges of the mouth as shown, to look more cat like. Then draw on the whiskers & fill in under the nose tip and down the middle of the top lip, in a T shape.

 
 
 
Posted by: Debbie Chorlton AT 09:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Cat eye makeup was made famous by such stars as Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn in the old classic Hollywood movies, and more recently by beauties such as Angelina Jolie & Kate Perry.

Applying eyeliner takes some concentration and a well-balanced hand. For beginners the easiest way is to start with an eyeliner pencil. Cat eye makeup is all about your eyeliner application and there are many variations to cat makeup. In order to avoid blotches when applying your cat eyes makeup, you will need to practice.

Our guide to cat eye makeup will help show you the correct way to apply your cat eye makeup.

Your cat eyes makeup look can range from sharp, thin and pointed, to fat, and smudgy. Taking this into account, there are a number of cat eye make up techniques also.

Traditional Cat Eye Makeup Look

For a traditional cat eye look;

You will need to use a sharp eyeliner pencil

begin by dotting along the root of the eyelashes starting at the inner eye and working your way out

you should follow the natural curve of the eye. Stop where your pupil ends and begin to subtly slant your eyeliner line upwards. You can carry this line as far as your like. Quarter of an inch is the most common

This method to cat eye makeup will give you a thin eyeliner line. If you would prefer a fatter line all you have to do is retrace your steps.

Once you have acquired confidence you can try using a liquid eyeliner and brush to create this cat eye look.

If you are looking to create a more translucent finish to your cat eye makeup you should use a shadow liner and brush.

You will need to press the shadow as you move it along your eyelash line. You will move your eyeliner brush in the same slanting upwards motion as you did with the eyeliner pencil

Smoky Cat Eye Makeup

Smoky cat eye makeup is another very popular cat eye make up technique. This look is easier than you think and listed below are the steps to guide you.

First of all to create this look you will need;

a black eyeliner pencil
a black eyeliner brush
an eye shadow brush
dark eye make up
an eyebrow pencil
and black mascara

Steps

Start by using your black eyeliner pencil

Draw a soft line from the corner of your eyelid to the end of your eyelash line

next, you will use your eye shadow brush to apply the dark eye shadow over the top of the smudged eyeliner line to create a smoky look

with your brush eyeliner, make a thick line on your top lid only. Make sure the line is thickest at the outer corner of the eye.

to finish this smoky cat eye makeup, you will use your eyebrow pencil to make your eyebrow curve more pronounced.

finally, apply thin coats of mascara, allowing the coats to dry in between applications.

By following these tips and guidelines, you are sure to create perfect cat eyes makeup.

Tip – When applying your foundation make sure to also apply it to your eyelids and lips as this will help your eye make up and lipstick to go on much smoother and will stay in place for longer.

 


 

 

Posted by: Debbie Chorlton AT 02:03 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
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To get this geisha look you'll want a gorgeous silk robe (try the Second Hand & Vintage Shops in your area). Cinch your waist with a contrasting silk sash and wear some dainty slippers. It's quiet a cheap dress up idea to achieve.

We have done a more modern version of Geisha Makeup, more "Memoirs of a Geisha" style than the traditional style.

For hair
If you have long hair you can do what we have done with Em in the picture above. Start by brushing your hair back off your face & tie in a pony tail on top of your head, then wrap your hair around to form a bun. We also used a soft foam form under the bun to lift it up a bit higher (you can get these from hair supply shops). If you have short hair you may be able to hire a Geisha wig from a Fancy Dress Shop or try looking on EBay as you may be able to pick up a cheap one online. If you look up pictures of Geisha Girls, a lot of them wore wigs anyway.

Next Secure some silk orchids in hair. We put some silk ribbon around the bun & then put the orchids in the hair to one side of the bun in your hair.

For makeup
For the base makeup we used a white zinc based foundation, you can also mix cold cream with cornstarch to create the white foundation. You may need to add water for the perfect consistency. Cover even your brows. Powder your face with flour or talc powder.

For eyes
Apply a black liquid or pencil liner mainly to top lids. Tradition Geishas do not wear mascara. But it will look very plain if you don't use mascara and if you have light coloured hair, black mascara would help with darkening your eyelashes so that the make-up looks correct. The only problem with using liquid eye liner is that it does require a bit of practice in applying before you can get it to look right. If you are having trouble applying it, try using a sharp black pencil eye liner as a guide, then paint the liquid eye liner over the top.
We also put a couple eye lash extensions on as well ( just can't help ourselves :)

For Eyebrows
Draw a brow over your own brow, but extend a little further we used a greg/black (charcoal) eyebrow pencil. Shade in the brow area with a base of pink or brown/copper coloured eyeshadow.

For Lips
Cover lips with concealer and the white cornstarch mixture. Draw in a bow-lip with cherry red lip liner, making sure to go outside the lip as shown here. Colour in with red lipstick

For Blush
Geishas themselves have almost plain white faces with just the hint of cherry blossom pink for contouring, but again we were looking for a more modern, stand out look, so we used a pink blush on the cheeks.

Posted by: Debbie Chorlton AT 02:14 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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