“Last Minute” Vampiress tutorial

 

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with my first ever tutorial! If you want to find out how to do this last minute vampire look I did, using things I mostly already had just laying around then keep on reading!

*My eye colour is edited from my natural green in this image using an app, because unfortunately my eyes can’t take coloured lenses*

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So, first of all, of course, I started off priming my face like I normally would. This is the primer I’m using at the moment. I bought this at first because I’m quite oily in my T-zone and I’m really self conscious of my large pores. I’ve been trying to gradually make the shift to cruelty free makeup, and I’d heard good things about this one. However, I’m not totally sold on this one, as I find that sometimes it can apply a little cakey and overly drying- so if any of my CF babes out there reading this have any recommendations for a blurring primer, please do leave suggestions in the comments below!


The second step I took was to apply my base as normal, but I mixed my foundation in with this Makeup Revolution “SFX Ghost Whitener”. I purchased this and the fake blood I mention later in a Halloween Drugstore Haul I did last week (post coming next week). As I was applying this I was considering how naff this product would probably be for my POC babes, so if thats you, perhaps skip this step or use some grey eyeshadow to make your skin a dull, ashy tone.

Of course, this look could also be achieved by using a face paint, or a very pale foundation if you are really feeling those last minute Halloween vibes! In fact, as I will mention later on, I didn’t get on superbly with this product, so I possibly would recommend a face paint anyway.

 

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As you can see, this product made my foundation very strange- It was paler than this in person- but for the most part I found this very odd. I wouldn’t recommend this product at all if you don’t have any setting powder- as beforehand it was creasing (as you can see in my lids), moving around, and kind of sitting on top of my skin as a pose to working with it. If your primer isn’t fantastic it also makes you very oily and clings to your pores in quite an unflattering fashion. As I was trying to put my lashes on later, the slightest touch to my face made it patchy and move around, I ended up having to “bake” my entire face to prevent this.

 

Now, you might think me a little crazy at first for these steps but bare with me! I didn’t have a particularly pigmented red tone, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you how I will sometimes use an eye safe matte lipstick in its place. For this tutorial I went with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade “Checkmate”- (You can read more about this product here if you should so wish)!

So here as you can see, I went ahead and applied this product all over my lid. Don’t be afraid, you don’t have to be too neat with it- as most of the blending and shadow work we do later will correct any mess left behind. But, I just thought this added a really nice, rich shade to start us off.

For the next part I picked up my Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette and lightly dipped into the pinkish shade “gossip” using a fluffy brush. I popped this into the crease for a base and to begin blending out the red on my eyelids.

Following this, I then dipped into the shade “Seize” which is the orangey tone to the right of it, and proceeded to blend this one up and really concentrate it in my crease and eradicate the cooler pink tones I’d just put down. (This may seem counterproductive- but it really helped the colours to blend more seamlessly)


After blending those two shadows you will probably end up with something a little bit like this. Yes, it’s still a little messy, but you now have a great outline for you to start adding depth and dimension to your lids.

Before the next step I took a clean fluffy brush and really worked on blending those shadows up towards my brows to diffuse the harsh lines at the top. If this isn’t working, feel free to go in with your go to transition shade, preferably a light neutral or warm brown, and work this gently into the crease.

The next step is where your look will really start coming together. I could have used a warm deep brown from any palette I had, but for this look I chose my (very loved as you see) trio palette from Mally. This palette has been a staple of mine for about two years now, the shades are just really complimentary to my skin tone and they are all super richly pigmented.

So, with this Mally palette I took the middle brown with a fluffy brush and popped that into my crease. Gently blending it in circles I managed to make the transition smooth, so I could no longer see any traces of the lines created by the lipstick product.

I then went back into this colour, and began to bring it down to smoke out the lower lash line. A mistake people often make with vampiric looks is thinking that it has to involve a whole lot of black, but actually I added most of my dimension here by building up this brown shade.

Don’t worry too much about fall out here, as of course with a vampiric look you don’t have to look flawless and it helps to look a little dead. However, if it bothers you, you can always gently sweep it off or touch it up with more white/face product.

 

Next, I always actually like to do my liner before the final steps of my eyeshadow as I find that for me it helps me to see where I want to place the most depth in my shadow, and also if there’s any mess or errant liner it makes it easier to correct or smoke out with shadow.

Here I am, winged and ready!

Next I dipped into shade “Warning” which is a very unique, shimmery burnt orange. I used this to even further blend out my shadow at the top and the inner corners where I felt like there was too much pink going. It provides depth by adding a nice orange tone in between your brow and the red.

After I added the brown, I built up even more depth in my outer corner using the darker shadow in the Mally palette- and a very light touch of a black shade from my new sleek palette (I will review these in a haul soon).

Be sure to go in very lightly with your brush when playing with dark shades if you are a beginner, because it’s much easier to build up darker shades than it is to blend them out. More often than not if you add too much you will end up changing the entire look, or having to start again. Which is ok, of course, its make-up! Experimentation is great fun, but sometimes we just don’t have all day, no?

Next I wanted to try some new lashes I got, so I went with these Wispies from Eyelure. I’d been disappointed previously with set that were too small for my eyes, and so I treated myself to something a little extra drama for this tutorial.

I loved the way these looked on, they are so long and dramatic and I felt they really completed such an intense eye look.

After that I used a dark brown liner in my waterline, and added a tiny bit of dark eyeshadow into my brows. My brows are naturally dark and thick so I don’t really like to do too much with them, else I’ll end up with big ole slugs, but I do fill in any gaps and square off the inner corners.

I did my eye makeup first knowing that there may be complications with fallout or with the face product I was testing for the first time. I was lucky to not have to correct any fallout- but as I mentioned before I had to basically reapply my whole face after applying my lashes and touching my face. After doing so I set it all using my go to translucent powder, which made the product a little bit more acceptable.

When all this was done, I was ready for my favourite part! Contour and highlight. For this look I didn’t contour using very much, and went in using the coolest shade there is, because after all, vampires are supposed to look “dead”. Therefore I used the cool shade on the underside of my cheekbones and along my jawline and double chin to help exterminate Cornelius! (my second chin).

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For highlight I used Jeffree Star Skin Frost in shade “Lavender Snow”. I love Lavender Snow but barely get a change to wear it as it doesn’t really suit my face as a highlight, it’s a little too cool for my skin and actually gives me a bit of a grey hue when its used anywhere except the eyes. So, for this tutorial, since I am supposed to look dead, I used this on top of my whitened face and it was blinding. The pictures really don’t do it justice.

The final touch was this fake blood I bought, again from Makeup Revolution. To be honest, I wasn’t that enthralled with this product, It wasn’t the most realistic one I’d ever used, and MY GOD did it stain my skin. But it’s all worth it for the IG aesthetics… Right?

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For my lips I went in with my old vampy faithful, “Designer Blood”. (Reusing my image from my favourite matte lips for fall post as I forgot to take another)

And so, Voilà! My completed look. I wish I could have finished it with a Morticia-esque wig, but alas, I unfortunately don’t really have the funds!

Obviously most of these steps you can recreate with products you have in your own makeup bag. Even if you don’t have any warm tones, this look would also look great and super gothic with purples!

 


 

I hope you guys really enjoyed my first ever tutorial. I never thought I’d be brave enough to start doing this, so every little view counts. Thank you so much for reading, please let me know in the comments below if you tried this, or if you have any other spooky suggestions for me this month! 

Love always,
Frankii

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It’s Pride Month!

It’s Pride Month, and so for my first ever blog post I thought that to show how much I love and support all of the community, I thought I’d share some of my favourite rainbow/LGBTQ+ items to help you get your pride on! 


#1. Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this beauty (I think) back in March, hoping that having such a diverse range of colours at my disposal would encourage me out of my comfort zone and force me to experiment with tones that aren’t necessarily a shade of brown or nude. Since then I have actually come leaps and bounds with my confidence and colour experimentation. Two of my favourite looks so far consist of a dark smokey eye with neon green in my inside corners, and a deep red smokey eye inspired by one of Manny MUA’s signature warm looks. So far i’ve found the palette diverse and fairly well pigmented, with minimal fall out. My personal favourite shades so far are “warning”, which is a deep metallic copper, and “hatter”, a beautiful vibrant green with a tiny bit of shimmer. While not remarkably cheap as it will set you back £43, I think for the quality and versatility it is a great little investment to have.

#2. LASplash Crystalized Glitter

Anyone who knows me well will know that when it comes to shiny or sparkly objects I am practically a magpie. I adore glitter, and love to dress up any look with a bit of this in my inner corner. I’ve owned my trusty glittery orb for about a year now, after I saw a friend wearing it, I had to have one. I was familiar with the brand already, having owned and loved the famously beautiful (yet slightly drying) “ghoulish” back when that first became popular on Instagram. The shade I have is called “gold rush”, but more recently I have my heart set on a cooler shade “piña colada”- as I am delighted to discover that they now make sales through http://www.beautybay.com/lasplash/ so I no longer have to contend with extortionate postage!

#3 Jeffree Star Skin Frost – “Lavender Snow”

Initially when I saw Jeffree debut this on Youtube I was sceptical, but fast became enamoured. I dared myself to purchase this along with shades “Peach Goddess” and “King Tut” which have become staples in my every day looks- but I was concerned about the cool tones as I am fairly dark skinned for a British girl, and I was concerned it would be unflattering with my skin tone. Admittedly, when I first played with it I was a bit disenchanted with the way it looked on my cheeks, though I loved the glam it could add to an eyeshadow look. Though not a total waste to use it in this form, I decided to try layering it on top of a warmer shade, particularly just to accentuate the very tip of my cheekbones. I found this to be a much more pleasing aesthetic to just piling it on as I was before. I also love to apply a bit of this to my cupid’s bow with a fan brush when I am wearing cold/purple toned lipsticks.

#4 Dragon Age

On a slightly different note, as far as LGBTQ+ positive things I have to mention my favourite game series of all time: Bioware’s Dragon Age. I’d forgotten how much I genuinely enjoyed the game, until I picked the controller back up again recently and immersed myself. In 2016 I actually completed my media bachelors dissertation on “Developments in the portrayal of sexuality and gender in video games, particularly relating to Anglophone media culture, as shown by Bioware’s DA series.” During this I touched on how oftentimes ‘romancable’ characters were often bisexual, and gay relationships were very rarely treated as different to ordinary heterosexual relationships. In my opinion, that is the attitude society should hold, it should never be an issue who you fall in love with. Not only was this a groundbreaking game experience for me in that respect, but Dragon Age: Inquisition featured a character called “Krem”, the first Trans character I have ever seen in any video game experience. Because video gaming is one of the most interactive and therefore immersive forms of media there is, I thought I had to mention it here as I felt that it was such an effective way to alter societal expectations of love and gender. 


I’d love to hear about any of the things you are loving this Pride month, so feel free to comment below or talk to me about any of the things I’ve mentioned here! x