Thursday, August 2, 2012


So I've many times mentioned my dear friend Cass on this blog.  We've decided to help each other stay active in our blogging lives by playing a sort of blog ping pong match.  Her amazing images and gorgeous settings will inspire the makeup looks posted here.  Maybe we can both get our shit together and throw together a few more posts before the summer ends!  To check out the inspiration for this look check out her fantastic tumblr page:

The vignette Cass created included silver grey industrial pieces along with the summer influenced elements of watermelon rinds and badminton birdies.  Small green berries (flowers?  I don't know... something naturey... it's not my thaaaang) scattered along with wooden dowels inspired a look with warm earth tones accented by bright pops of colour.

You'd be shocked by how difficult it is to find colours the same as watermelon flesh.  It's one of those colours that nature creates that we're not quite able to replicate without a slight sense of fakeness.

This look when broken down is quite simple; glowy skin with warm contouring and bronzing set off by bright coral cheeks accent the heavy white highlighting on the top of the cheek bone moving into the temples and the corners of the eye.  Where a normal white highlight may be seen I've used a pastel shimmery green on the inner eye to brighten what could be a "typical" winged eye look.  Keeping the lid shine free as well as a matte grey toned crease colour grounds the look and keeps it from being a shimmer fest.  Whenever I plan on wearing a bright lip I can't stop myself from adding a heavy winged liner, without the black accent of the lash line I feel washed out and drained.  OH the joys of having naturally blonde lashes.  Guh.
 The obvious kicker in this look is the neon lip.  This is where the replication of the watermelon flesh becomes an issue.  It's not quite pink, not quite coral, not quite red... but it is friggin delicious.  I've made myself sick on watermelon within the past couple weeks and have decided that half of a watermelon is too much for one sitting.

Here's what I used to create this look

MAC Prep and Prime Skin base
MAC Face and Body Foundation - C1
L'oreal Magiclumi Concealer - fair
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC15
MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Cargo Key Largo Blush
MAC Lightscapade Mineralized Skin Finish

Brows - Too Faced Teddy Eyeshadow
MAC Paintpot - Soft Ochre
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Foxy
MAC eyeshadows - Copperplate, Juxt and Vanilla
(foxy all over lid, copperplate in crease, juxt on inner corner and vanilla on outer corner)
Essence Gel eyeliner in Black (pretty good stuff for like under $3 at Shoppers in Canada!)
MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash mascara
 Cherry Blossom Lashes - 217 

MAC Prep and Prime Lip
MAC Impassioned Lipstick


Remember to check out for the inspiration picture and a ton of other amazing photos to get inspired by!  She's one talented beauty!

Thanks for reading
See ya!

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