On my Makeup by Bree Facebook page I was asked to do a Zombie tutorial. Since I had never done anything like that before I thought why not? I love a good challenge and I also want to make Halloween looks (and tutorial videos) that people will find useful.
So. I sat down, got out all of my makeup and decided to try my best. This is what I came up with. It is my take on a Zombie Fairy (unfortunately I didn't have wings - so you will have to use your imagination). Note: I have never watched a Zombie movie or tutorial ( I am rated G! I am not kidding) but promise to do my homework for next year!
If you want to re-create this look watch the video below to find out how. The products are listed here as well as in the description beneath the video on YouTube.
Here is the look that I created in the video below. I have watched MANY YouTube tutorials in my day. YouTube has helped me teach myself so many tips and tricks. I wanted to try filming a tutorial so I could share my morning routine with all of you. I did speed up the video - if only I could do it that quickly. The video was closer to 15 minutes - which isn't bad considering I had some heavy concealer work to do!
Get ready for one serious transformation...
I took these photos with my cell phone as I transformed myself into Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. I am a bit of a Johhny Depp fan. So much so, I thought I would take the challenge of turning myself into one of his most famous characters. To achieve this look you will need:
Here are the steps to recreate this look:
Every year there are trends with Halloween looks. This year when researching different looks to try I saw a lot of Sugar Skulls and a lot of Pop Art. I have already tried a Sugar Skull look - so I thought that it was time I try some Pop Art.
Before you start this look you want to make sure that you have an even canvas.
Last night I was watching the best of TEDx talks on Netflix. If you have never seen or heard of TEDx talks I suggest you look them up. There is a lot to be learned. Of the various talks I watched, one really resonated with me. Ironically enough it was a talk by professor Larry Smith, from the University of Waterloo. Professor Smith is well known on campus, however I had never heard him speak. His talk was on why we fail to have a great career. He compared interest to passion and I couldn't help but relate what he was saying to my own life. If you're curious and want to watch it you can do so here:
If you don't have time to watch it, what he says is this. It is up to us to follow our passion and not settle for merely following interest. So many times people will make excuses as to why they won't follow their dreams. I know this because I have experienced it first hand. I had been thinking about launching my website for quite some time. I had created my website and slowly picked away at it for months, but I was nervous about putting myself out there. I kept thinking, but I'm a teacher...not a makeup artist. To be an artist you have to take risks, and that can be overwhelming. The truth is, I've loved art for as long as I can remember. My mom recently sent me a few pictures which only reaffirmed what I've known all along. I really do love art. Not in a traditional sense, but in a transformative sense. I recently helped a woman re shape and fill in her eyebrows for an upcoming wedding. This may seem like a trivial thing to most. But, seeing how she felt after the transformation filled me with happiness. I see makeup, eyebrows, costume makeup, correctional makeup, as art. I always have and I always will.
The response I've had to posting my pictures has been overwhelming. Today my Maleficent makeup transformation has been pinned on Pinterest ( from the website Beautylish) over 600 times. I never would have known that unless I took a risk, of putting myself out there. When you post your work you open yourself up to criticism, but I don't mind. Criticism can help you grow as an artist. I plan to continue to follow my passion. I am not afraid. In fact, I am excited. I have no idea what the future holds. Although that is terrifying in some respects, it is incredibly exciting in others.
Thank you for sharing in this amazing experience with me. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Chances are someone else is wondering the same thing.
Thanks for reading!
So as mentioned in my post on primer, I LOVE my Smashbox 15 hour wear cream eyeshadow. I found out about this little gem through a friend and decided to try it. I've been hooked ever since! I currently own two shades, riches and topaz (see picture below).
I love these eye shadows. They work great on their own, and as a base. You can blend them with other colours (both cream eye shadows and non) and they will easily last all day. The only set back is they are $23.00 a piece. It adds up fast, so I am always looking for drugstore comparisons.
I know that high end makeup products are not in everyone's budget. I understand this. So, I try to keep my eye out for new products that are comparable to the high end ones. While working at Shoppers the other night I stumbled upon a product that I feel is comparable to these cream eye shadows and lasts all day too! What are they you ask? They are Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow.
Maleficent is the Villain from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. It is a look I've been wanting to try for years. To create this look I had to get a little creative. I do not own the elaborate head piece and didn't want to paint the widows peak on my face. So, instead I cut a garbage bag and bobby pinned it to my head, and my cape was a vampire cape from Dollarama!
Don't worry, this makeup look isn't that hard to re create. To be honest it kind of felt like doing elaborate purple and green eyeshadow and then applying green foundation. Afterthought: Since I created this look when I was first beginning my blog I didn't think to take pictures 'during' the transformation. So, I thought I would use PicMonkey and try my best to re-create the steps so you have a better idea of what I did to transform myself into Maleficent. It was such a fun look to complete. If you want to re create it yourself follow the steps below:
When I am doing makeup I don't see an eyelid as simply an eyelid. To me, it's a canvas. Each set of eyes have their own qualities, and with makeup I can do all sorts of things to enhance them. One of the things I love about makeup is there is so much you can do in terms of shading and contouring to highlight or enhance areas on our face. We can make small eyes look bigger, and for those who have a monolid we can create the look of an eyelid( if that is what you prefer).
To start, you willl need to figure out what eye shape you have. Some of you might be able to determine this simply by looking at the pictures below. Here is a trick to help you figure out if you have wide set, close set or average eyes. First, measure the width of your eye. Then, measure the distance between the inner corner of each eye. If it is about one eye width apart your eyes are average, if it is less your eyes are close set, and if it is more your eyes are wide set.
Individuals with hooded eyes have an extra layer of skin that hides their eyelid area. Deep set eyes look like they sound. They are set deeper into the skull. Because of this, the brow bone looks more prominent. Similarly, prominent lids are found on those who have an eye that is typically large in size, and may look as though it is protruding outwards. When I was doing research to make sure I covered each eye shape, I read a lot of posts where women were unhappy with their large lids, hooded lids, etc. Ladies! It always seems like we want what we don't have. Bigger eyed women want smaller, and smaller eyed women want bigger. I say work with what you've got. Make it work for you. Hopefully some of the tips I give below will help you embrace whatever type of eyes you were born with!
I found an eye shape chart online and liked how it demonstrated the eye both open and shut. Let's go through the various eye shapes and I will discuss the eyeshadow placement of each.
Believe it or not this is my roommate Sam. She was also my model for the Edward Scissorhands transformation I did (click here to check it out). I had a few requests to do a Sugar Skull look, so I thought I would give it a try. It is a pretty popular look and can really vary in appearance when you google Sugar Skull Makeup. That is what I liked most about this look - creative freedom. To create this look, I took features of a few different Sugar Skulls to create a look of my own.
This is how I did it:
I used to think that I couldn't show off my makeup unless I wasn't wearing my glasses. That lead to MANY headaches due to eye strain, and I suppose my stubborn nature. Lesson learned. I have decided that it is time to ROCK the glasses look. Let me tell you why.
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!