Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014
ROSE BEAUTY TIPS
Inspired by the beautiful new blushes from our Rose collection, we've compiled all of our rose beauty tips from around the office. Turns out, roses aren't just pretty to look at, there are tons of skincare benefits as well!
Shop the new blushes here
Clockwise from top: Primrose, Field of Roses, Tea Rose and Fresh Rose Blossom Blushes.
1. Roses are a great natural anti-aging tool.
FIlled with anti-oxidants and vitamins, roses are a great way to protect against harmful environmental factors, keeping your skin supple and healthy.
2. And the ultimate skin balancer.
Used as an emollient for dry skin, an astringent for acne-prone skin and an anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, it covers all the bases to keep your complexion smooth.
3. Let's not forget about aromatherapy.
Stress has a direct effect on the look and feel of your skin. Using the relaxation benefits of breathing in Rose oils and fragrances can help keep your skin and psyche balanced.
Try these tips to incorporate roses into your beauty routine.
A steam facial: Great for leaving skin looking hydrated and feeling clean, putting some rose oil and/or petals in a steam facial is the perfect way to relax and refresh after a long day.
Add a drop of rose oil to your daily moisturizer: It is intensely concentrated, so you will get major benefits from a small amount, plus the smell is divine.
Use rose water as a face tonic: It's safe and gentle and provides calming, soothing and moisturizing benefits, perfect for using on top of the rose blushes to keep skin looking supple and glowy.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Most people with tattoos are proud to showcase their body art whenever they get the chance. On the other hand, there are times when some might feel more comfortable hiding their ink from view.
Whether it’s a wedding, a job interview or a family reunion with a judgmental grandma, there are some rare occasions when it might not be ideal to flaunt a tattoo.
I’ve covered many a tattoo in my career, with brides-to-be being my most common clientele with this request. And while I highly recommend making an appointment with a professional the first time around (they can start you off with the right color palette, brushes and sponges,), anyone can temporarily cover their own ink with the right know-how and practice.
- The first step, is to prep the tattooed area with an alcohol wipe. This cleans the skin and removes any excess oil from the pores.
- Next, cover the area with a small amount of primer. Oil-free primer helps the color ‘grab’ better.
- Once the foundation primer is dry, it’s time to start concealing the tattoo. Neutralizing a black outline is the trickiest part, because the black ink often turns blue. We advise sponging on a full-coverage concealer in a stippling (or dabbing) motion. Tattoo Camo makes a very good one.
- The next step is concealing the first layer of concealer, so purchase one that matches your skin color. Sometimes having one lighter and one darker works even better, as they can blend for a more natural look.
- Using a flat synthetic brush about 1/2-inch wide, pat a layer of skin-tone concealer on top of the full-coverage concealer. You’ll have to play with the colors to get the best shade and coverage.
- To set the makeup, apply an invisible loose powder with a Makeup brush, and remember to dab when applying. Do not brush back and forth.
It takes skill, but with the right products, tools and practice, it can be mastered. This method also works well for bruises and skin discolorations,” And, depending on how long your cover-up needs to last, you can also use a setting spray to keep color from rubbing off on your clothes.
Once you've applied the complete cover-up, you must remember that you might not get the results you were hoping for on the first try; however, if you can’t afford a trip to a professional, don’t get discouraged. It does take time, so just experiment at home until you find the right colour match and blending method that work best for you. Then, attend that wedding, job interview or family reunion with confidence.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
WHAT TO WEAR WITH THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
We all know the LBD is never, ever going out of style, and we are very thankful for that. The great thing about neutral colors in your outfit, is that it's not only encouraged but even important to have a little bit of fun with color on your face. Here are a few products to make you stand out before a night on the town.
We love this simple tank dress from local fashion hub Beehive Boutique. Shop the dress and more online.
Clockwise from top right
Calm and Collected Skin Tint: Black tends to make everyone look a bit sallow. Warm up your skin and get a nice glow by applying Calm and Collected Skin Tint all over, even onto the neck and chest. Prefer a matte finish? Try Poised to Perfection Skin Tint instead.
Girl Friday Blush: We love a nice pinky blush with a black outfit. And Girl Friday has just enough color to give you the pop you need to stand out. Plus, the name just makes you feel like going out on the town. Apply more liberally than usual, the black is going to mute it out.
Illuminator X Eyeshadow: A nice, light pinky lid is perfect for this look. Try keeping a clean eye and adding drama with exaggerated liner.
Mrs. Coffee Eye Liner: Mixing neutrals is always a go, and this is a really subtle way to do it. Depending on your preferred level of drama, apply as thick or thin as you want. Our fave? Really thick with a bit of a wing.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
THE PERFECT FLUSH: CHOOSING AND APPLYING CHEEK COLOR
The ideal cheek shade gives just the right amount of color, leaving you perfectly flushed in a naturally beautiful way. Use these tips for a flawless application.
Warm vs Cool: The best way to choose the appropriate cheek color for yourself is to simply match one to two shades darker than the color that you naturally flush. If you tend to flush more pinky, rosy tones you want a Rosy, cool toned blush. If you tend to flush more peachy, tawny tones, you want a more Golden, warm toned blush. More neutral tones can wear either or both. Shades listed below are from lightest to darkest.
Cool Tones: Wildflower Heaven, Girl Friday, Wild Vines
Warm Tones: Daydream, Snuggle, All Smiles
Step 1: Always begin your cheek color application two-fingers width (or a wide brush handle) away from your nose. Get enough color on your brush, but press the powder down into the brush head and pat or tap off excess to get a smooth and even application.
Step 2: Starting just below the highest part of the cheekbone brush up and back toward hairline, staying below the peak of the cheekbone and temple area. This will give you the perfect natural-looking flush.
Step 3 (Optional): If you want to add a pop of color on the cheekbone, choose a brighter shade and brush just on the apples of the cheek before blending back to the hairline.
*Avoid adding too much color and not blending enough below and above the cheekbone (see photo below.) While you don't want to specifically apply color here, blend the application out over the entire cheek, so it looks like a natural flush.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Our new Everyday Minerals vegan lip tints made with nourishing plant oils and butters leave a sheer wash of color that we can't get enough of. We love layering them together to create an entirely new shade. Not only does it give an opportunity to personalize, it creates three lip colours out of two and adds a pop. Here are some of our favorite berry-staining combos.
In order from left to right:
Grapefruit Lip Butter: Sweet Secret + Rose Petal
Strawberry Lip Butter: Can't Stop Grinning + Honey Rose Elixer
Raspberry Lip Butter: Blooming Mauve + Pearly Plush
Blackberry Lip Butter: Sugared Mauve + Caring Honey
If you come across your favorite, let us know! We are always looking for new ways to mix and match!
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
We've all been there... lack of sleep plus everyday stress equal dreaded dark under eye circles! When luxuriating on a lounge with freshly cut cucumber slices on your lids just isn't an option, don't fret. We've got you covered!
Our MULTI-TASKING CONCEALER is one of my favorite products in terms of instantly eliminating dark circles. This concealer is ultra-versatile, and can camouflage a number of skin sins, from sunspots and broken capillaries to blemishes and - of course - tired looking eyes. This concealer is designed with extra pigment to instantly refresh under eyes. When my eyes look like they could use a little TLC, I start by wetting a washcloth with cool water and pressing the cloth against my eyes for 1-2 minutes. The cool water depuffs tired eyes and awakens the skin, which creates a nice foundation for you to apply the concealer. Just a few dabs is all you need for light-medium dark circles, add a bit more if your under eyes are seriously fatigued. I like to use my fingers to pat a bit of concealer on the skin under my eyes, and then blend with the OVAL CONCEALER BRUSH.
Voila! It suddenly looks like I awoke from a happy dream.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
This tutorial will demonstrate the techniques to achieve that healthy radiant glow using our Everyday Minerals Bronzer and Natural Lucent Face Powder.
Everyday Bronzer &
Natural Lucent Face Powder
- Blender Face Brush & Tapered Sculpting
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
You'll find the basic application instructions for our variety of base shades, including Matte, Semi-Matte, It and Jojoba, in the "Usage Tips" section of each product, but today I wanted to share with you a handful of new tips and tricks I've picked up so far this summer that can really help make the application of your base a breeze.
One of the best tips I've picked up recently has to do with the order in which you apply the minerals to the different parts of your face. For some reason, when applying base I've always started with my cheeks, and then moved on to my chin, and finished up with my forehead. It's not logical, it just always made sense to me! However, I noticed that sometimes the layers of base would be noticeable and not blended to perfection. So, a friend suggested I start at the hairline, move on to the forehead, then nose, cheeks, chin and neck. It's this gradual progression which insures an equal application of the base minerals, leaving them perfectly blended and super natural looking. Since then, this is the application order I swear by!
I've always though that my next tip was a given, but I've recently been surprised by how many women don't abide by it! I have two words for you: natural light. When you apply your base in the bathroom, the lighting is never totally accurate - variables such as lightbulb wattage, color (pure white lightbulbs versus lightbulbs that give a slightly yellow glow) and other items in the bathroom (colored towels, etc.) can throw off your base application. That's why I have a trusty corner near a window that I've set up a mirror, allowing me to make sure my base application looks wonderful in natural light.
Finally, my last tip has to do with the summer months being in full swing. This means trips to the beach, lake and generally just enjoying the sun (with a full SPF, of course)! When the days get longer and skin gets naturally darker, it's important to remember to adjust your base shade accordingly. I like to go one shade darker than my usual shade in the summertime, to make sure that I don't have the dreaded "ghost face" - when your face is much lighter than your body's skin tone due to a too-light base.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
As the summer months begin to heat up, it's a given that our skin will go crazy and shine will be out of control. An oily complexion is no fun! Oily eyelids can definitely be a bummer when all you are lusting for are dreamy, matte eyes. Don't fret, we've got you (and your lids!) covered. A quick fix that we've discovered works wonders is using just a dab of the Finishing Dust to prep fiercely fight against shine. Simply apply a touch of the dust with our Everyday Eye Shadow Brush prior to applying your eye shadow of choice, as it will work as a primer and combat oil in a flash. Once you've applied your shadow, add one final, light layer of the Finishing Dust to complete your look. Secret: this also tones down the sparkle of some of our super-shimmery shadows.
Friday, 12 July 2013
Everyday Minerals are proud to offer you not only a delicious assortment of cheek colors, but also a nice variety in terms of finish - ranging from matte to sheen and shimmer. Lately, I've been lusting after our matte blush shades... they can just give your cheeks the most subtle little hint of color that is so flattering and natural!
Our matte blush shades come in shades of pink, berry, tan, coral and plum, and are ideal to really make your look pop. Lately, my favorite way to wear our matte cheek colors lately is to keep all other colors neutral (on your eyes or lips) to let your cheeks shine. This keeps them the central focus of your makeup look - all eyes on you! I love a pale pink, almost nude, lip with a rich bronze eye shadow (like FREE AS THE WIND) and NATURE'S SWEET SIDE blush, or the pale earthy goodness of DAYDREAM blush with KNIGHT OF RIBBONS eye color and just a hint of clear lip gloss.
What would be your dream makeup pairing incorporating one of our matte cheek shades?
Saturday, 15 June 2013
We all have those days when our skin leaves a lot to be desired. However, spot concealing can go a long way in completely covering up a variety of flaws, from dark spots to broken capillaries and acne. Our concealers refine your complexion naturally, and can also be used to contour and color correct problem areas. Imperfections are eliminated and your skin will look better than ever. We've gathered a few of our favorite tips to master the art of spot concealing, a few of which are quite sneaky - but we promise we won't tell if you won't!
Two of the most important things to remember when it comes to spot concealing are to start with less concealer than you think you need - a little goes a long way, and you can always layer on more later - and to dab, dab, dab! Dabbing the minerals onto your skin is the best way to apply concealer - don't rub it in! A few tips: we like to start by adding a little bit of concealer to our hand, and then swirl our brush into the minerals to grab them for the application. Gently dab the concealer onto problem spots by using a stippling motion, and then using a clean fingertip, dab the area that you applied the pigments to gradually blur the concealer into your skin. Once you've lightly covered all areas needed, apply your foundation as usual for an effortlessly even skin tone.
Monday, 15 April 2013
Choose your skin colour
TC # 8 - the lightest color - ivory
TC # 5 - slightly more color - cream
TC # 2 - follows closely - warm beige
TC # 12 - somewhat tanned - sunkissed
TC # 15 - slightly more tanned - walnut shell
TC # 19 - the most tanned - almost cocoa
Monday, 15 April 2013
On clean dry skin, apply Tattoo Camo Concealer paste to your tattoo (multiple layers may be needed).
Gently cover with Tattoo Camo Setting Powder and shake off any excess.
Spray Tattoo Camo Magic Shield evenly on area about 25 cm to 30 cm from skin, creating a breathable, water and smudge resistant barrier
Simply use the oil free Tattoo Camo Remover Tonic on a cotton pad to wipe off
• Depending on the colours of your tattoo artwork, building up several layers of the concealer could be necessary to cover up the tattoo
• Smooth concealer paste over tattoo and blend edges with a sponge
• If necessary add an additional layer by using your fingertips, dabbing the concealer over the tattoo
• When completely dry, apply setting powder with a makeup brush. Shake or blow off any excess.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you are happy with the coverage of the concealer before applying the setting powder.
Once you put the setting powder on you CANNOT put more concealer over the top of the powder as it sets the concealer and will ball up and come off the skin.
Why not watch our video; 'How to Cover Up Birthmarks, Scars, Bruises, Veins and Tattoo's' HERE
Monday, 15 April 2013
I go wild for a natural, minimal makeup look. To me, women are the most beautiful when they allow their inner beauty to shine :)
The “no makeup” look is a favorite of mine, and one that has taken me many years to perfectly accomplish. Eyes, in particular, are brightened when they simply have a subtle flash of natural looking shine and shimmer. It’s all about that transparent glow, radiant texture - very even and natural.
For eyes that are naturally illuminated, look no further than my magical array of barely-there eye shadows!
These earthy, light tones and sparkling nudes add just the perfect amount of polish to your eyes, without being too heavy or dramatic. Ideal for daytime :)
On the matte/pearl side, the following shades are my top picks:
FREEDOM - an earthy nude shade has a beautiful pearl luster to naturally illuminate your eyes.
CARDAMOM - like the sands of the beach with pearl like effects.
MY PLACE - this sophisticated shade is a lovely deep taupe with beautiful brown undertones.
If you’re looking for an exciting dash of sparkly shimmer, the following shades are my top picks:
ALL SPICE - a soft neutral pink champagne laced with delicate white shimmer.
SPIRITUAL SHIMMER - a soft subtle white shimmers abound in this ever so wearable nude eye shadow.
JANE EYRE - a soft, demure pink beige with a hint of sparkle.
Just like with any eyeshadow, follow these simple application instructions for a look that is striking and glamorous.
1. Apply a sheer wash of eyeshadow to your crease, layering color should you prefer a bolder look.
2. Continue application to the outer corner and lower lashline.
Thursday, 11 April 2013
I thought that it would be a fun project to customize a makeup look for each fabulous age group that uses Everyday Minerals, and hopefully - depending on what age group you currently find yourself in - you can make good use of my suggestions!
For the fantastic ladies in their 40’s, this is for you.
You’ve enjoyed the self-discovery and exploration of your 20’s, the confidence and sassyness of your 30’s, and are now in your 40’s. I’m all for makeup looks that embrace warm metallics such as bronze and copper in this stage of life - they can warm up your skin tone and are as glamorous as they are elegant. These shades can be paired with everything from a chic cocktail dress for a night out to a casual ensemble of jeans and flats on the weekend... their versatility is truly remarkable. I leave it to you to rock these shades, my wonderful 40’s gals!
FINISHING DUST - This magical dust is a shine-fighter that can be extremely useful for those who develop oily skin in their 40’s. This translucent powder serves to set your makeup and get rid of excess shine.
EVERYDAY BRONZER - I don’t need to tell you that the prolonged sun exposure that you most likely experienced in your teens and 20’s was very damaging to your skin - in your 40’s, you know better. Fake it with this fab bronzer... it provides you with the appearance of a bronze goddess without the sun’s harmful rays!
ALL SMILES BLUSH - I love this rosy matte peach shade paired with any of the following metallic bronze/copper eye shadows!
I DO DECLARE EYE SHADOW - Like a steaming cup of cocoa on a cold day, this sparkling copper shade has rich dark brown hues that will warm up your eyes.
MIDNIGHT MYSTERY EYE SHADOW - Coppery deep undertones with splashes of gold.
FLOURISH EYE SHADOW - A blossoming bronze latticework of glistening shimmer.
Monday, 11 April 2011
Avril Lavigne and Pink frequently sport the punk makeup look. It's more about attitude!
While the punk style can often be about sporting grungy looks in a sophisticated way, punk makeup is anything but grungy. This makeup style isn't all about over-the-top eyeliner and glitter. As a matter of fact, it's about creating bold looks that are sure to grab anyone's attention. While it may seem easy to cake on the makeup and therefore create a punk look, it's quite the contrary. Punk makeup requires an excellent eye for colour and superb blending skills.
Things You'll Need:
Eye shadow base
Light eye shadow, Dark eye shadow
Medium-tone eye shadow
Bold coloured eye shadow
Black pencil eyeliner
Create a perfect palette. In order to have great-looking eye makeup, it's important to apply foundation and powder to even out your skin tone. Apply foundation and then touch up any imperfections with concealer. Apply a layer of powder to set the makeup.
Prep eye area. Apply an eye shadow base to your eyelid. You can use either a cream shadow, a cream concealer or a specialised product such as a MAC Paint Pots. Use your finger or a makeup brush to apply the base to your eyelids.
Highlight brow bone. Use an eye shadow brush to highlight your brow bone. You can use either a shimmery or matte colour. Popular colours include shimmery baby pinks, shimmery light golds and vanilla coloured mattes.
Apply the medium-tone eye shadow. Using an eye shadow brush, apply the medium tone eye shadow to your entire lid. You can use a medium-toned taupe, brown or Grey for this step.
Contour the eye. Using the darker coloured eye shadow, contour your eye. Apply the shadow to the crease, and if you have small eyes, take the eye shadow a little bit above the crease. Another option is to extend the crease colour past the socket of your eye. This will give you a much more dramatic look.
Add a pop of colour. If you prefer a smokey eye, you can skip this step and proceed on to Step 7. Choose a bright fuchsia, red, blue, purple or green. Lightly apply this colour just below your crease. Blend it thoroughly and repeat this step if you feel the colour isn't bold enough for you.
Apply eyeliner. Use your black eyeliner pencil to line both your upper and lower lash line. Make sure you smudge the eyeliner if you notice any harsh lines. Follow up with a coat of black mascara.
Apply lipstick or lip gloss. Depending on how bold of a look you want, you can either apply lipstick (as shown in the picture above) or lip gloss. A light pink or neutral coloured lip gloss also looks great with bold eye makeup.
Enjoy your new look!
Monday, 04 April 2011
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!
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 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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
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.
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 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.
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 :)
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.
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
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.