Monday, May 17, 2010

Tropical Bird inspired look using BFTE Cosmetics

This is a look I came up with using BFTE (Beauty from the Earth) Cosmetics.  I really wanted to use the Blue, Orange, and Yellow combination...and thought of doing a look like this that was inspired by tropical/paradise birds.  I've never used tape in the corner or done a "cut the crease" look before either, so this was fun and exciting to do.

Products used:
♥BFTE Multi-Use Minerals:
-Hangover (matte)
-Very Vanilla (matte)
♥The white inner corner was from Sephora...I think it's called Alpine Snow or something.
♥ L'Oreal HIP Cream Liner (Black)

Here goes, my first ever "picture tutorial",  expect a lot of photos!
Foundation applied, nothing else. 

I will be applying this as an eyeshadow base (I love this stuff!). But first...

Apply tape from the outer corner of the eye to the end of your eyebrow (or where you would want for your eyebrows to end :) Sorry for the blurry picture!).  After putting on the tape, I then applied the eyeshadow base so that the base itself has a sharp edge as well. 

Apply Lemon to the inner third.

Apply Hangover to the middle of the lid.  I intended for this to be the "main" lid color. 

Apply Tangerine over Hangover, blending into Lemon.

Apply Blueberry to the outer V, almost up to the edge of the tape.

Blend Blueberry, bringing it over the crease and drawing it inwards toward the inner eye corner, but not all the way. Don't overblend the lines between the blue and the orange, as it will turn an ugly color!

Here's the tricky part.  I used an angled eyeliner brush to apply L'Oreal HIP cream liner (black) from the outer corner of the eye, draw up against the tape line, and then in towards the inner corner over the blue. Try to keep the bottom edge clean, but don't worry about the top of the line. 

Now, I apply BFTE's Black shadow and blend it over the black line I just drew.  Draw the shadow upwards, close to the line, but don't blend down into the other colors.  I also blended some Black into the outer corner into the Blueberry.

Now, notice that I had an empty spot at the inner corner next to the yellow under the black line.  Here, I applied the white shadow from Sephora (forget the name :P), and bring it back around the corner to the bottom lashline on the inner corner.  Here, I also reapplied some Blueberry to clean up the line and intensify the color.  I went back with the same brush and blended the black up more, which is why it has a bluish tint.

Now I apply the highlight.  Since I wanted to keep this to using as much BFTE products as possible, I worked with what I had.  Since the LA Splash base is like glue, I didn't want to immediately apply Lace because it would be too shimmery.  So, first I applied Very Vanilla (a matte color), blending it over the black and into the brow.  Then, I applied Lace over Very Vanilla right under the brow bone.  Blend blend blend!

Apply gel liner (the same that I used for the black cut crease line) along the entire upper lash line, winging out into the hard edge line of the black shadow.  I also applied Lemon, Tangerine, and Blueberry along the bottom lashline to mirror the top lid.

Ok, do the brows, waterline/tightline (I used NYC waterproof eyeliner in black), and mascara (I layered L'Oreal Voluminous, Maybelline Lash Stiletto, and L'Oreal Voluminous again). 

More Pics!

That's it! This was kind of rushed, sorry.  I've never done a makeup tutorial before, and this type of look is new to me.  But I wanted to get this done ASAP! 

As for the products, I LOVE BFTE's multi-use mineral eyeshadows.  They are sooo easy to work with and the colors are pigmented and beautiful.  My only quibble is with Black...which has been problematic for me in application (if you see my review in the last post you'll understand what I mean). 

As always, thank you for reading!  I welcome any of your feedback, criticism, or suggestions (especially since this was a new type of look and post for me).



Stephine said...

Gorgeous. I love how precise you are when adding in the blue and the black. It's cool to see it in picture form on the tutorial. Amazing look!

Sweet Glow Beauty said...

This looks really cool! I may have to try that! Good choice of colors, too.

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The Makeup Queen said...

Looks great! Great tutorial!

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Jenni said...

Thanks Jenn! That's kinda the technique I've been I guess I just need to practice more & more! =-)

Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー said...

This is awesome, I love it! I've been curious about about that base stuff, maybe I'll give it a try! :)

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