I was so inspired by doing the Book of Shadows Vol. IV look that I decided to do one with Vol. III! It is kind of fun to work with restrictions, it forces me to use colors and combinations I wouldn't normally reach for when I have my entire makeup collection sitting in front of me. I also decided to try something new; I took step-by-step pictures. So, this is going to be an incredibly long post; that being said, I'm hoping to refine this process and find a happy medium between "too much information" and "not enough information". This might tend towards the "too much information" end of the spectrum. Although I've probably left out some incredibly relevant parts.
Anyway, this is how it's going to work; I'm going to show you the product(s) I'm about to apply, and then I'll show you what it looks like on my face. That way, you can see the gradual build of product, and you should be able to see a little more clearly where I've applied each product and shade than a written description would give you. I am SO not used to doing my makeup this way, so I can't say I'm 100% thrilled with the way it all turned out, but I promise I'll get better at doing things this way! Some guidelines so all these pictures don't get more confusing than they need to be: I'll label which products are pictured just below the picture, then I will type up how I used the product, and then you'll get a photograph demonstrating what it looks like once applied.
|Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation and Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer|
I applied the foundation over the entire face with my fingers, focusing on areas where I had redness to get a bit of heavier coverate. I then added concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on a problem spot near my chin. I made sure I blended it all out thoroughly.
|After foundation and concealer!|
|MUFE HD Blush #1 and Benefit High Beam|
|With cream blush and highlighter|
|Benefit Hoola and Georgia, Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Powder in Translucent, Ecotools Finishing Kabuki|
|With powder, Georgia, and Hoola|
|Bordello on the eye|
|With Last Call added|
|Midnight Cowboy Rides Again|
|With Psychedelic Sister|
Rockstar went on the outer 2/3 of the crease, a little bit deeper in the crease than Psychedelic Sister
I loaded up my liner brush with Psychedelic Sister added that on the lower lashline on top of Loaded, making it a bit of a thicker line. I smudged that with the smudgey tool as well.
|More Psychedelic Sister!|
Suspect went on the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline with the eyeliner brush/ smudger method.
|UD 24/7 Liner in Zero|
|Revlon Vintage Lace (matte ivory) eyeshadow with the foam applicator and fluffy blending brush|
|After softening the edges and adding a highlight under the eyebrow with Vintage Lace|
|Prestige My Biggest Lashes mascara in Very Black, Anastasia brow gel in Caramel, Prestige Brow Perfection in Light/Medium|
I filled in my brows with the Prestige pencil, and then applied the brow gel onto the spoolie on the back of the pencil, and used that to brush my eyebrows into shape. Then I added a couple of coats of mascara to the top lashes, and a little bit to the bottom lashes. I didn't curl my eyelashes! I know! Bad bad bad!
|After fixing up my brows and adding mascara|
|MAC blushes in Sakura (top) and Vintage Grape (bottom), Hard Candy blush in Pin Up, and two Sonia Kashuk brushes; a small blush brush, and a fluffier blush brush.|
I used the fluffy brush loaded up with Pin Up over the entire cheek area (apple, top of cheekbone, blending down into the hollow of the cheek), focusing on the top of my cheekbone. I then used the fluffy brush with Sakura over the apple of my cheek and up towards the hairline, blending well. Finally, I used one side of the smaller blush brush with the darkest shade in Vintage Grape on the lower 1/3 of my cheek, into the hollow.
|Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney|
|Lips with Sydney|
|MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richly Revered|
|MAC Richly Revered over Buxom Sydney|
|Revlon Colorburst in Decadent and Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash|
|With Decadent and Flash|
And the finished product in different light:
Phew! Are you as tired from reading this as I am from typing this all up!? So, this is what a more detailed breakdown of a look of the day ends up looking like... Long! But hopefully helpful for some of you who are curious about how I apply color, or those of you who are looking for new ways to use your Book of Shadows Vol. III. Anyone tempted to haul yours out and dust it off?