Monday Inspiration

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Sisterhood

A sister is a promise you’ll have a friend forever.

 

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The Joy of Painting IV

Today we’re getting to the – at least for me – most exciting part of that whole make-up session: the eyes. To me, eye-make-up is the biggest variable and you can get nice effects by just changing the color of, let’s say your eyeliner, but also can completely mess it up, if it is not done properly. Badly applied eyeliner gives me shivers. For my day-to-day make-up, I stick to a more neutral color palette. I am talking light beige, brown, grey, rose – you get the idea.

 

The first surprise to me was: we are just going to use two colors. No fancy-shmancy eye-shadow quartet needed, just find a nice beige or eggshell color and some brown or grey. Depending on how dark you want your eye-make-up to be use a lighter nougat brown or silver grey or a darker golden brown or graphite. My personal favorites are Isadora or Artdeco, as they are reasonably priced and won’t set into the crease of your eye like most cheap brands. Pick colors with a light shimmer – no glitter just shimmer – and stay away from the dull colors unless you’re a pro (it is really hard to apply them properly, as they don’t blend that well). This is what I used:

Use the little sponge-thingy that comes with most eye shadows and apply the light color on the inner half of your upper lid. First dab the color on and then distribute it evenly by brushing lightly. Don’t go further than half way or two thirds out. Then use an eye shadow brush with longer bristles and apply the same color under your eye brow starting at the highest point (where you pulled up when shaping them) moving outwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then use the brush with the short hair and apply the darker color in the crease of your eyelid, starting right above the outer corner of your eye. If you’d draw an imaginary line between the end of your eye brow and the outer corner of your eye, that’d be the line you do not want your eye shadow to go beyond. Also start dabbing it on and then brush inwards to distribute it. Use the biggest eye shadow brush to blend the darker color brushing upwards towards your eyebrows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For eyeliner I used a kohl eyeliner in dark greyish-brown. Draw a fine line from the outer corner of your eye to only the middle of your eye, which becomes slightly wider in the corners.And now comes the trick: use the small brush you used for the dark eye shadow to blend and smudge it towards the inner corner of your eye. Use the exact same brush and lightly dab some dark eye shadow on that line, brushing outwards beyond the corner of your eye tendency moving upwards towards the end of your eye brow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do the same on the upper lid – I used black eyeliner instead of brown for the upper lid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to you can use beige eyeliner for the inner lower eye lid. This opens the eye and makes them sparkle (the next time you watch an interview with Heidi Klum look closely: she does it, too!).

Last, apply mascara and do not only brush up, but more outwards in the corner of your eyes – this will make them look more cat-like. And you’re done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joy of Painting III

In this post we’re going to tackle eyebrows and blush – and be warned: this is going to be more like a photo story with badly lighted pictures I’ve taken myself. Have you ever tried juggling a camera, a brush and an eyebrow pencil and taking decent pictures of yourself at the same time? So apologize the weird, ever changing lighting.

 

What I forgot to mention in the last post, but what most of you probably already figured: you’ll need to apply powder over the foundation. Use whatever works for you: compact, loose, translucent, tinted. Put some of it on the SIDE of your powder brush (i.e. the biggest brush you own/can get) and dab it on – no brushing, just dabbing! Once again, you’ll need more on your forehead, nose and chin than on the sides of your face.

 

Then we’ll start on the eyebrows. As I mentioned in my first make-up post, I supposedly have a serious eyebrow issue going on. That’s probably because other than plucking them I never really paid attention to them, which usually leaves them as straight, slightly fussy lines. And trust me, combed, shaped eyebrows really make all the difference and make you look a lot more awake – especially if you do not have naturally beautifully curved eyebrows like Eva Mendez.

First, comb them downwards using a small brush. I use the brush from an old mascara, which I’ve cleaned. It’s cheap and works perfectly fine and you can replace it whenever you replace your mascara.

Then pull them up with one finger on the highest point (at about two thirds):

Use an eyebrow pencil (I use the lightest color brown you can get) and draw or rather stipple a fine line right ABOVE your eyebrow starting in the middle all the way to your finger leaving your eyebrow pulled up like shown above. Do the same for the last third of your eyebrow stippling a fine line ABOVE. If you want to you can also fill them in lightly. Then release your finger and comb the first two thirds of your eyebrow back up covering the line you drew using the brush.

Use eyebrow gel – or just spray some hairspray on your brush – for fixing them in place.

 

Now, the blush: use a light apricot tone for a fresh look. In addition, it looks good on all skin tones. Take some blush on your brush and make sure to shake it over the sink so the excess blush falls out. Start just below your cheekbones and brush along all the way to the apples of your cheeks (the highest point of your cheeks when you smile), where you brush in small circles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then move back all the way up to your temples and with whatever is left on the brush brush over the corners of your hairline. You want to leave a “light bridge” of 2-3cm between your nostrils and the blush and the outer corners of your eyes and the blush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s it!

 

My Weekend in Shoes

This weekend involved: buying new running shoes, breaking in my wedding shoes and baby shoes, which I just finished on Sunday (I’ll let you guess which ones are which).

 

Et voilà (to put it with Marge’s words:”That’s French for ‘tadaah!'”, for those of you who didn’t know) – as promised before these are my wedding shoes:

Aren’t they awesome?! I did not want white shoes and it took me forever (and about 20 online orders) to find the perfect shoes with just the right size heel to wear all day. I am currently breaking them in so I wear them around the house combined with sweat pants or running shorts – this will become the new trend, trust me!

Who knew it can be that easy

“Begin at the beginning,(…) and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

…but it truly really is.

The Joy of Painting II

In the first part about my “What I learned from the stylist”-story, I told you that it is all about the brushes. So now let’s get into what you actually do with these brushes. First things first, we’ll start with the foundation.

For applying foundation we’ll use – surprise, surprise – the foundation brush. Until two weeks ago I did not even own such a brush, as the last time I spoke to a make-up person using your fingers for applying foundation was “in-style”, which at that time had just replaced using a sponge. Ok, so nowaddays it’s the brush. First, here are some nuggets of wisdom I took with me:

1.) Never put foundation directly on your face. Put a small amount of make-up (size of a pea) on the back of your left  hand (or on your right if you’re a lefty ;-)) – this will prevent you from slathering too much foundation on your face in the beginning.

2.) Start from the middle of your face working towards the outside, as you’ll need to apply more make-up to your T-zone than to your cheeks, since it will rub off a lot faster from there.

3.) For a natural look it is not about using as little as possible, but about working it into your skin as good as possible (how you do that I’ll explain later in this post).

The right color of foundation should be a half tone darker than your actual skin tone, which I find very hard to distinguish. So I always ask a shop assistant (or my Mom) help me pick the right color. As you do not put foundation on your neck (no NEVER!), the area around your jawbones on your lower cheeks are the best spot to test the color. If you buy your foundation in a drug store, where you can’t always try the color on your face, use the inner side of your wrists. The skin color there matches your skin tone in the face the best.

 

As mentioned above start applying small amounts of make-up around your nostrils and on your nose. For that take up a little foundation from the back of your hand with the brush and distribute it evenly on your skin with short streaks. Once the color on the brush is gone use your fingers to lightly pad(!) the foundation into your skin. Do not wipe – it will remove whatever you have applied, just pad! Move up to your forehead, your chin, and out to your cheeks and do not forget to pad the make-up into your skin in between. The further out you move, the less make-up should be on your brush, so when you come to your ears and hairline you only use the remains of foundation that are left in the brush. Otherwise you’ll end up with a brown line along you hairline. But: you actually go into the hairline and over your ears with the brush – to avoid said lines – but not below the jawbone. Blend the color into your neck by padding with your fingers.

 

The next step is concealer. The difference between concealer and foundation is that concealer is used for red spots and blemishes only, but never for the complete face – unless you want to look like one of Madame Tussaud’s latest creations. It should have a heavier, more paste-like consistency than the foundation. Chose a color a half tone lighter than your make-up with some yellow pigments – they will make the redness disappear. Use the same brush for applying concealer and also pad it into the skin with your fingers. Always apply it around your nostrils down to the corners of your mouth and in the crease of your chin. If you need to cover up redness on your cheeks or blemishes make sure to not cover them spot-wise. Always cover the complete area around and blend it in with the foundation using your fingers. Once again: no wiping, just padding!

 

Do not use concealer for dark circles under your eyes. As the skin around your eyes is very thin and tender, the heavy consistency of the concealer will make it look cakey or even dry it out. Use a special eye base for under your eyes, which you apply the same way as foundation and concealer and blend it well towards your temples. You can also use it on your eyelids as a base for the eyeshadow.

 

That’s it – now you’re ready for the big guns – a.k.a. the colored stuffs (up next)!

 

P.S.: M. said I need to mention that I spend at least the same amount of time cleaning my foundation brush as actually using it for putting make-up on. And let me tell ya: cleaning this brush is NO fun. Shampoo works best I discovered. So I usually just rinse it under water with some liquid hand soap after every use and clean it thoroughly once a week.

 

Running

Although my soon-to-be-husband says I don’t – but then again: that’s his job. 😉

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The Joy of Painting

With our wedding coming up in June (crazy, I know!), I decided to splurge a little and had an appointment with a stylist from Munich the other day. At first I was contemplating getting my make-up done by a professional on the big day, but after realizing, that this will be a) harder than expected in rural Karlsruhe b) more expensive than my shoes (oh – I need to show them to you – they’re awesome!), I decided to at least looking into the option of doing it myself. As I want to look different – better, if you will – than my usual day make-up, but not like whoa-who-are-you-have-I-seen-you-before-like, I spent my lunch break last Wednesday with Ricardo, a make-up artist from Munich.

 

Besides some really neat and simple tricks that make your make-up last and look way more sophisticated, I also learned that Kate Middleton obviously also did her make-up herself on her wedding day last year (more about that later – let’s first focus on the make-up stuff). I am not saying, if she can do it… BUT whilst I thought this whole session would boil down to:”You need to buy this and this and this and look fabulous”, I learned that it not as much the products you use, but certain techniques that do the trick. Although, I knew the basics before from in depth studies of various magazines, it helps if someone actually shows it to you on your own face. And because I am nice like that, I decided to share these techniques with you here on my blog. Yes, I know, you can thank me later.

 

I’ll do it in a series of posts divided into short sections, each focusing on a different part of the face. So, let’s get started, shall we?!

 

The first thing I learned (besides that – according to Ricardo – I have a serious eyebrow issue going on ) is: you need brushes, lots of them. Basically you need pretty much as many brushes as products you’ll use. So this is my brush-collection:

 

From top to bottom:

Powder brush ( DM)

Blush brush (DM)

Foundation brush (Douglas)

Eyeshadow brush big (DM)

Eyeshadow brush angled (DM)

Eyeshadow brush small, oval shaped (DM – I have it twice for darker and lighter colors)

Eyeshadow brush round, short hair (Da Vinci – Douglas)

Most of my brushes are from DM and just cost a couple of bucks. You can spent as much as 50 Euros on a brush made from marten hair, but in my opinion the low-cost solutions work just as fine. Most of them I already had, I just got a couple new ones. We’ll get to how and when to use them in the next post.

Oh, and as promised above: Ricardo works for Horst Kirchberger who was the personal make-up artist of Princess Diana. So that’s how he knew that Kate did her make-up herself on her wedding day – and because of the fact, that it supposedly wasn’t exactly perfect, but just ok (not that I noticed – I thought she looked rad).

A Pound for a Centimeter

 

Enough is enough, it has to be said: did you know that one centimeter of heel makes you instantly look one pound skinnier? This translates to 4.5 kg with the shoes I wore on Saturday. This, my friends, was the last bit of information I was missing in order to never ever justify again why I am wearing heels (and yes, I have to do that about three times a day on a regular office day – some people just don’t get it). So here is to heels and chocolate! Cheers and happy Monday!

 

Shirt: H&M

Cardigan: Esprit

Scarf: H&M

Skirt: J. Crew

Belt: Mexx (gifted)

Tights: Nur Die

Shoes: Unisa

Bag: Assima