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DIY – Hollow Eyes Makeup

Earlier this year, as Ive posted, some friends and I from the Treasure Coast Cosplayers hosted a Creep Walk at a local Horror Con. My original character is a Gypsy Fortune-Teller named Simza Vadoma Luminista and she gauged her own damn eyes out, ya’ll. I wanted to share a step-by-step on how I do my makeup for this character, so here goes:

You will need:

  • Window Screen
  • Liquid Latex
  • Tissue
  • Fake Blood
  • Foundation/Concealer
  • Powder
  • Black eyeliner jumbo pencil
  • Black eyeshadow


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1.) Using liquid latex and strips of tissue/paper towel/TP/whatever really, I attach the strips around my eye. This is the most time-consuming of the process but after a few rounds, you can slap it on pretty quickly. I make sure to go above my eyebrow so I avoid ripping out my eyebrows when I remove the makeup. I extend down along/just below my cheek bones.

2.) Once the tissue strips are attached and the latex is dry, I use cream foundation everywhere including the tissue so it’ll look like ripped skin. I used stage makeup whenever I’m doing special effects stuff because I trust it and it lasts the entire time. This foundation/concealer is by Ben Nye. You can order it online. It’s a very recognizable stage makeup name. (Masquerade and Kryolan are two of my other favorite brands and can also be purchased online)

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3.) All inside the tissue circle, COVER your eyes using a black jumbo eyeliner crayon/pencil. I’m using one by NYC. it was super cheap at the drug store and works just fine. You’ll want to also seal the black using a highly pigmented black eyeshadow. (I forget what brand this is here but its of higher quality and provides great coverage.) I also used a regular size black eyeliner pencil for the details and getting every bit of my eye area.

4.) Use a brush to apply stage blood all around the edges of the tissue. Smudge it in the crack where the tissue attaches to your skin. This doesn’t need any precision; it’s supposed to look like your eyes were ripped out so you can just squish that stuff all around.

5.) You can purchase window screen by the roll at any home improvement store for relatively cheap. I used a circular cotton pad to measure out a good sized circle and cut a few pairs out. Apply more liquid latex around the edges of your screen circles. Let the latex dry just a bit and then apply INSIDE the tissue. The ripped, bloody looking “skin” should still be hanging ragged around the edge of the screen. Allow to dry completely.

*One of the annoying bits of this makeup is that your eyelashes, depending on how long they are, may rub against the screen and it just feels weird but you deal with it for the sake of having awesome gorey makeup.

6.) Finish up by adding more stage blood. And some more stage blood all around the “ripped skin”, inside the lip where “skin” meets screen, and allow some to drip from the “wound”.

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Bam! There you have it. In well-lit areas, your friends can see the whites of your eyes behind the screen but in photos, close your eyes, and in dark areas you can get the effect perfectly fine.

I hope this inspires some of you to explore horror and special effects makeup. Its something I’ve always loved and totally need to dive back in. Thanks so much for reading!

Love, GK

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick

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It’s been a little while since I posted a beauty post! When getting my Riddler costume together for Halloween this year, I knew I wanted to pickup a bright purple lipstick. I found a shade I was happy with at my local walgreens in the Milani Color Statement Lipstick #34 Violet Volt. Although VV wasn’t on sale, a few of the other shades were so I scooped up two other fabulous shades as well: #22 Chilled Brandy and #16 Flirty Fuchsia. I’m very happy with all three!

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I had never purchased any products by Milani before this but I’ve heard some fabulous things about their stuff from my friend over at Fancieland.

 

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

 

August 2014 :: Ipsy Gam Bag :: Beauty Schooled

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This month will be my last Ipsy Glam Bag. I’ve decided to cancel after over a year of monthly bags. Truth is, I haven’t been “wowed” by my bags over the last several months and I think it’s simply because my makeup knowledge has vastly expanded and I’m no longer in need of being introduced to products monthly. I know what I like and I know what to look for. I enjoyed my experience with Ipsy but it’s just time to move on. It’s not you, Ipsy, it’s me. Anyway, here’s what my bag contained this month:

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  • Absolute – Lip Balm in Green Apple
  • Glam Glow – Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
  • Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
  • Lord and Berry – Silk Kajal Kohl eye pencil
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Sheer Glow

I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my monthly glam bags with you guys!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Tarte Haul from Sephora


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Recently, Sephora featured several amazing Tarte products in their sale section and I took full advantage! I’m certainly glad I did because they sold out pretty quickly. Having been a fan of Tarte products for a while, especially their Amazonian Clay foundation, I was excited to score these little bundles for such great prices! PLUS, its summer, the season for tans and traveling, and some of the products I purchased are perfect for both! Here’s what I picked up:

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The set I’m most happy about is the Tarte Discover The Amazon 3-Piece Kit in Fair. First off, the bag is adorable! I love it! It’s a lovely addition to my beach bag and could even be used as a fun casual clutch to a pool party or something. I don’t normally get this jazzed about free makeup bags but I’m weirdly obsessed with this one. Inside the bag : a full size Pure Marcuja Oil rollerball – love this stuff! perfect skin pick-me-up full of vit C! A deluxe size Amazonian Clay Full Coverage 12-hr Foundation and SPF 15 Sunscreen – my current favorite liquid foundation! And a full size Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara – This is my first time trying this mascara by Tarte but I’ve loved mascaras of theirs in the past so I’m sure I’ll love this one too.

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Being on the summer bronzing kick that I’m currently on, I couldn’t pass up the Amazonian Clay and Annatto Body Bronzer. Applied with a delicate puff, this bronzer is waterproof! Perfect for when you get a little vain before the beach and/or pool. Can’t wait to put it to the test!

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And then, there are the two fabulous To-Go sets I nabbed!

1.) Tarte Prime, Shine & Define To-Go which included: Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting PrimerAmazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer and a mini version of the Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.

2.) Tarte Golden Opportunity To-GoBrazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner (which I’ve never tried but am excited to do so) and Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess which is one of my favorite bronzers EVER! It was one of the first two Tarte products I became a devotee for.

All these little to-gos are perfect for my summertime purse and beach bag!

I’m looking forward to a beautiful summer! Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

My New Makeup Organizer Drawers!

After many different configurations, however carefully plotted, I was still unhappy with how I was organizing all my cosmetics. Having grown out of my makeup-novice-caboodle stage a long time ago, I had come up with several creative and, other times, not so creative ways of storing all my “paints” and brushes. Most times than not, I relied upon the office supply aisle to provide me with what I thought would be the best new way to house my makeup.

After much buzz on youtube and other blogs about clear acrylic makeup drawers, I looked into buying some. When I first looked into these, about a year ago, I only found incredibly overpriced ones. I put off my reorganization until recently and began my quest again. This time, I found Muji. I did my research and found that other makeup mavens were very happy with their orders. Muji provides several options of drawer sizes and counts.

I decided upon (1) 5 Drawer Case for $27.95 :: W26 x D17.5 x H16cm (W10.4 x D7 x H6.4″), appox H1″ each drawer. And (2) 2 Drawer Cases each $25.25 :: W25.5 x D17 x H9.5cm (W10.2 x D6.8 x H3.8″), each drawer is approx. 1.5″ deep.

Knowing better now, I wouldn’t have purchased the 5 Drawer Case. That half an inch depth makes a lot of difference and I would’ve prefered to go with more 2 Drawer cases instead. I’m not unhappy with my purchase though and will utilize the 5 shallower drawers just fine. The 2 Drawer cases stack perfect on each other and are made to do so. The 5 Drawers do not… I mean, they’re plastic boxes so they will definitely sit one on top of the other but they aren’t built to “lock” into each other perfectly like the 2 drawers are.

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While shopping at Marshall’s, I came across a few smaller pieces for really great prices and just couldn’t pass them up. Each of these organizers range from $4.99-$7.99

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When I finally began organizing my makeup, I found that my collection couldn’t be contained, at least not as neatly as I would like them to be, with only these drawers. (I even threw out A LOT!) I read a great review on a friend’s blog, Fancieland about similar sets of drawers she picked up from Bed Bath & Beyond and took a trip over there to buy a few myself. 

Each of these 3 Drawer cases is :: W9.45″ x H4.25″ x D5.325″. I believe each drawer is about 1.25″ deep (they are a bit deeper than my 5 drawers but not as deep as the 2 drawers.) Each was $14.99 and Bed Bath & Beyond seems to carry them regularly. (Use those 20% coupons!)

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I’m smack dab in the middle of a late-spring cleaning overhaul and part of that includes getting my makeup/vanity better situated. I will definitely share the outcome of my cosmetic organization soon!

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK