When I began designing this look, inspired by the Toxic Nature collection by Illamasqua, my idea was to draw upon the graphic beauty of a butterfly. After making several face charts I decided to film the tutorial last week and it felt creatively refreshing because I hadn’t filmed an editorial look in quite some time. At first I thought it was going rather smoothly, but after a few hours I started wiping things off and the attempt left me frustrated and unsatisfied.
I was really disappointed afterwards, but I was determined to see the vision through. Any artist knows how frustrating it can be to see a design so vividly in their mind and how torturous it becomes when you try and mould that vision into reality. I decided to call it quits that night and eventually had much more luck the second time around.
I used a lot of graphic lines for the look and I found the cream bases to really help when laying down the initial shape. A tip that I’ve mentioned before and that many other makeup artists use is to take a white eyeliner and lightly draw in the shape before applying any color. Utilizing the right brushes also really helps to produce crisp lines, along with the combined fluidity of the cream base.
I mainly used the Makeup Designory 300s brush and the 210s angled liner to create all of my line work and I can honestly say they have easily become my two favourite brushes. I have yet to find an angled brush or compact shader brush that are manufactured that thin. These brushes were the real stars of this tutorial, especially when it came to creating neat, detailed work.
As far as the rest of my face is concerned, I wanted to keep it rather minimal because the design on the eyes was already so bold. In my tutorial, you’ll see that I started out with a purple contour on my cheeks to further compliment the purple on my eyes, but I quickly changed my mind and wiped it off. I thought the end result with just the highlight looked complete on its own and gave it a sort of ethereal feel. For the lips, I liked the idea of portraying a very two-toned look. I wanted the purple to seem as if it was spilling out of the black, like an unknown toxic substance.
Overall, the act of experimenting with this look really helped me see the evolution of my original idea and I was happy to produce something a bit more fluid and polished in the end. This experience was helpful despite its frustrations. We need to remember that practice always makes perfect and, even if you’ve been doing make up for a long time, it’s always about experimentation, creativity, and persistence.
- Neostrata Hydra Infusion Moisture Cream
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
- Cover FX Cream Foundation in E0
- Smashbox HD Concealer in fair
- Stila Perfecting Concealer – Shade a
- Cover FX Setting FX – Translucent
- Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Powder (for redness)
- MAC Vanilla pigment (highlight)
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye pencil in Perversion
- Makeup Forever Flash Palette – Black cream color
- Urban Decay eye shadow – Blackout
- Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk
- MAC Vanilla Pigment (Inner corner)
- Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Mould
- Makeup Forever eye shadow in #92
- Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Bedaub
- Beauty from the Earth eye shadow in Lavish (middle green)
- Makeup Forever Flash Palette – Yellow
- MAC Eye Kohl pencil in Fascinating
- MAC eye shadow in Chrome Yellow
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
- Lancome Virtuose Mascara – Black Carat
- Quo Lashes in #803
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion
- Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #15