Putting Girls To Werk! 

Hey there. 

So yesterday was International women’s day and I spent it with one of my most beautiful female friends. We spent the entire day watching reruns of RuPaul’s drag race. Why, you may ask? Because nothing makes one feel so feminine than watching several beautiful, fancy drag queens work their way down a runway and that is work with an E. 

We did this so I could conserve my energy because later on in Portsmouth I took part in talks to support the Reclaim The Night movement; started in response to sexual assault and attacks on women in the street who are then blamed for being too drunk, too scantily clad or generally too female for a man to resist raping or abusing her.

RuPaul’s drag race is a celebration of femininity, the female form and challenging gender norms. In response to that my friend allowed me to make her the most draggiest of drag I have ever done with make up. There was nothing much in the thought process. I simply told her to close her eyes and let me work my magic. And her mother absolutely hated it. But she absolutely loved it and that’s what mattered. She felt glamorous, she felt gorgeous, she felt beautiful, she felt powerful.

  

That’s the thing about appearance; when we think of women dressing up we think of us looking at them and we think of how we appreciate how they look rather than thinking about how they feel about how they look. This is the crux of the society that has created a theatre out of a woman’s appearance. Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Look, Now, Americas next top model, The Voice. These shows and magazines pride themselves on playing on people’s appearance in contrast to who they are. 

The first thing I asked the woman because I’ve never done the guys make up yet is what they want me to create and most of the time they will say just do what ever. And I have a problem with that because how I want them to look is not how they feel it’s not who they are it’s not what they want. That would be me creating what I want. And that can change from day to day. That is an accurate representation of how they feel about themselves. 
Obviously I’m a beauty blogger so I’m not exactly a massive advocate of conventional “natural beauty”; but I am an advocate for personal beauty. There is no point in making up a face if the brain behind it can’t carry the look. 

My friend is a drag queen. She is gorgeous, she is sassy, she is charismatic, and she is strong in the face of adversity in a world that would otherwise shun her; so I gave her a delicious pink and yellow look like strawberry lemonade so she could make the world eat it and … we didn’t even leave the house because it ain’t about them out there.

So the next time I’m doing your make up think about the face that you wanna put out to the world, think about who you are, think about what you wanna be on that day. Don’t be confined by the constraints pushed upon you by other people’s interpretations- glitter roots, gradient brows, tape contouring, mink lashes. If you wanna wear bright blue eyeshadow and a neon pink lip because you wholeheartedly believe that the 80s ain’t dead; tell me and I’ll do it. In a dark ass world painted grey, be a girl on fire! 
See you anon! 

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Think-le It With Sugar!

Thought I would pop up a chipper make up post. Especially since yesterday was a teensy bit on the morbid side!

I do enjoy a bit of cathartic blogging but, let’s move onto something a bit more Christmas-y and a bit less life-time movie!

So today’s look is based on the Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker ballet. I decided to get going on some decent glitter looks now that Christmas is only 2 days away!

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Sugar Plum Fairy!

I started with my usual Lime Crime shadow primer and then popped on a generic white chunky eye pencil on the lid, blending it up to the brow.

I got a bit creative with my pinks after that mixing Barry M #95 and Makeup Revolutions Angelic together and pressing it on top the eye lid and blending it into a gentle wing.

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I blended Rimmel Monoshadow in Audacious Amethyst into the crease, up into the brow and toward the inner and outer corner. Topped that with Accessorise shadow in Ultra Violet! This has a gorgeous cobalt duo-chrome that makes me die … Though not literally because, you know, it’s make-up…not anthrax!

Before too much shimmer took over, I blended Barry M #DD99, a dark matte purple, into the outer corner and 1/4 of the way into the crease.

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Back to the main lid, and I patted a light dusting of Topshop’s Holographic shadow on top of the pink then dusted it with a mix of Barry M Pink Glitter and MAC’s 3D glitter in Lavender!
I used Natural Collection Soft Pink as a matte highlight on the brow.
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I went commando with my brows!

I did my usual base of Bare Minerals primer, Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation in Ecru and Smashbox Photoset finishing powder. Then went back to the eyes blending my make-shift pink mix on the lower lid towards the corner, Accessorize Ultra Violet at the middle and Barry M #DD99 (matte purple) at the outer lower corner.

I used Max Factors Metallic Lilac liquid liner on the upper lash line with the finest and smallest wing and a small bit of Rimmel black kohl liner at the outer lower lash line for definition. I topped it off with black Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!

Lips are Galactic Mauve by Maybelline!

On the apples of my cheeks is Lancôme BLush Subtil in Rose Paradis with Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Rose on the cheek bones!

I feel like I’m sounding very clinical; do I sound very House MD to you? It’s because I’m fricken EXHAUSTED and long to be A coma guy! *yawn*!

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Got another make up look coming right at you tomorrow! MORE GLITTER!!! MORE GLITTTTEEERRRR!!!

Thinking In The Purple Rain. 

Here’s a make up post for you! I keep my promises….unless it involves money. Don’t tell Portugal where I am…
This is one of my fave eye makeup looks at the moment! It’s a mixture of warm and cool toned greys with a blended open wing and soft cut-crease. 

  
I always start with my limecrime primer. Now…I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding Lime Crime as a brand…but I’m a drama queen so I’m wearing a dramatic primer. Plus! It works! I used shadows from the “I Heart Passion” pallet from make up revolution for this look. First I used the lightest matte purple on the lid and then blend in a darker, cooler grey into the crease ensuring that it doesn’t meet at either lash corner at the lash line. 

It might look a bit ridiculous at the moment…but bare with me. I took an the even darker grey and blended that into the outer corner. I had to keep reminding myself to NOT RUIN THE CUT CREASE! Considering my hand was twerking more than Nikki Minage’s asset, this was a mean feat! I added a light, warm brown to transition to the lid then blended the buggery out of it with my fluffy brush. Then a wee dot of shimmery white in the corner; a matte ivory on the brow for highlight and tight line the upper lash line with a black liquid liner with a discreet flick at the outer corner. I blended a small amount of the darkest grey under the lower-lash line 3/4 of the way along; no more than that because I’m not a raccoon and I’m not a fan of Black Veil Brides. I used waterproof mascara today as it was chucking it down AND my eyes were super dry so I was expecting some environmental tears. 
  

Face-base began with my primer by Bare Minerals. After popping on my foundation and concealer … Or Wall filler (I had some serious sleep baggage this morning), I gave my self a brush all over with my Stay Matte powder in Pink Blossom. Then I contoured my cheeks, jaw, under lip and nose with my sleek contour pallet in light. On the lips is Make Up Revolutions Atomic Lipstick and Lucious Lilac Grape shimmer lipgloss by BYS (who ever that is?!).

  
The only thing I’m not keen on is the blusher that is too warm and rouge-y so I’m not gonna tell you what it is right now. I need to get something more purple and cool. Highlighted with my Sleek pallet from before and BOOM! Done! 

  
If you want me to some more of these makeup-y type things then let me know! 
To be continued,
P.