Why so serious?
This year, I decided to be the Joker. It’s always difficult for me to figure out what to be for Halloween because I definitely feel like I have to “connect” with the character I am being in order to pull it off well. In the past, I’ve done Regan from The Exorcist and Edward Scissorhands, and both were characters that I consider defining moments in my childhood and adolescent years. My favorite comic of all time is Batman, and I grew up on a steady diet of Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson’s Batman movie. That VHS tape was on repeat in my house and it was mostly because I adored Jack Nicholson (in general, and as Joker). When deciding which Joker I wanted to be, it was definitely tough. You’ve got Cesar Romero who was the classic Joker and had much more of a clown-like look to him. You’ve got Jack Nicholson who paid homage to Cesar Romero by looking overly happy and clown-like, but put his own spin on it by being colorful and funky. You’ve got Heath Ledger from The Dark Knight who was a very, very dark Joker. It has the clown-like elements in makeup, but the smile is unlike any other Joker we’ve seen before and his character was much, much more evil. In the end, I decided to go with Heath Ledger’s Joker because it was out of my “comfort zone” for being so evil and wicked looking. I’m happy I went with this version and in the end, it was mostly a homemade costume. I’ve got the full tutorial inside on how I achieved the makeup and costume on the cheap! (more…)
I definitely freaked some people out on Facebook and Instagram with this picture yesterday! Some friends actually thought I had shaved my eyebrows off! I get asked for a tutorial on this almost every single year around this time because I pretty much always block out and erase my eyebrows for my Halloween costume. Erasing your eyebrows gives you a completely blank, clean slate with which to work with. You can leave yourself with no eyebrows, draw your own eyebrows in, add face makeup/paint, prosthetics, etc. Many fashion designers also do this for an avant garde look around New York Fashion Week. In the movies, especially in fantasy and adventure films, you will notice that the eyebrows have been erased. Wondering how to do it yourself? It’s incredibly simple, inexpensive, and quick to do at home. (more…)
Halloween is almost here, and it has to be my second favorite holiday of the entire year. I love dressing up, doing theatrical makeup looks, and going to a Halloween party every year. My cousin requested an Angel Makeup Look for her Halloween party. There are literally endless combinations and types of makeup looks you can do for an angel…everything from a pure white angel to a full on painted angel face with wing detailing. I decided to go more along the lines of ethereal, glamorous, and versatile. You can wear this if you’re going as a fairy, a Barbie, a doll, or really anything where you need to look super feminine and other worldly, but still pretty. I’ve got full details and more pictures inside! (more…)
By now, you should know that I have a love affair with Dermalogica going on. I use so many of their products to keep my skin looking fresh, healthy, and forever young. One of my favorite products, however, is this Daily Microfoliant. It’s a best-seller of Dermalogica’s and it’s not hard to see why. It’s an extremely gentle exfoliant for your face that comes in powder form. If you’ve never used a powder exfoliant before, prepare to be amazed. You can control exactly how much product you need each time and create your own “paste” by mixing the powder with some water. It’s the ultimate form of customization for your skin.
This product has a rice-based powder formula that activates upon contact with water. It has Papain, Salicylic Acid, and Rice Enzymes in it to gently scrub away dead skin cells. It also contains ingredients in it to help soothe the skin, so if you’ve got sensitive skin, you can still use this product. It’s meant to be gentle enough to be used on a daily basis. It’s formulated without any artificial fragrances or colors.
The top of the product really dispenses the perfect amount of product. One of the things I love most is how little product you need each time you use it. A half teaspoon of powder in your hand is more than enough each time you use it.
Once you add a bit of water and create a paste, you can scrub your face with it. I’ve never felt such a soothing, gentle exfoliant before. You can tell it’s scrubbing away dead skin cells, but it’s not scratching your skin. Exfoliating can be a tricky business, as many on the market are far too abrasive or irritate sensitive skin. I feel really comfortable knowing that this one is gentle enough not to cause any damage to my skin. When I rinse my face, it feels like baby skin! Soft, smooth, and renewed. It only took one use for me to fall in love with this product. I use it on a daily basis and I know it’s only a matter of time before I need to purchase a new bottle of it!
Good skin is really important to me. Makeup is my art, but it’s always best to start with a fresh, clean canvas. Taking good care of your skin will make your makeup look that much better. I love how clear and smooth my skin has been since using Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. You can find Dermalogica online as well as at Ulta stores nationwide, and each 2.6oz container retails for $52.00 USD.
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