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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
When i was 12 In year 7, they brought a make up artist at school to show us how to apply make up properly with out looking stupid and made us looking fabulous.
Everyone gave me compliments on how i looked so i felt great.
Anyway a few years down the track not really wearing make up i want to give my self a fresh new look.
I have loads of these eyeshadows they are in a little box thing with 4 shades.
At that day in school i learned how to use all 4 of them on my eye lids but now i have no clue! i keep on trying but its a disaster!

Does anybody know how to do it? I'm sure there are a few women here that can!

And what kind of make up do you wear?

I know im always asking hopeless questions but im afraid that my head is just made out of air
post #2 of 28
I would have to have you sitting beside me to show you myself, but i tell you what you should do?.

Do you have women on the cosmetic counters who give makeovers?, because they would be able to show you and tell you what colours suit your skin tone etc...
post #3 of 28
I can give you some in detail advice if you want to pm me - I run a business as a makeup artist...
post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 
Not here where i live.
I know in Frankfurt you do, but you have to pay a fee.

Might have that done next time im there, but i have one eyeshadow thing that suits my skin tone now, but i just dont get it.
post #5 of 28
I am right there with you. I have the toughest time with eyeshadow. I decided I wanted to start wearing it and spent $40 at Mac, only to come home and not be able to get it on properly.
I did ask the lady to show me how but she just gave me a verbal description.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Yeah mac has good make up, they apply it on for you in frankfurt but you have to pay. They are really expensive here so i just dont bother looking into that section lol
post #7 of 28
Well if I get the eye shadow palettes with a mixture of colours, I normally apply the lightest colour all over the eyelid and some of the socket and then apply the darker colours from the outer corners of my eyes blending inwards....

But that's when I am concentrating. Sometimes I look like I applied my make up with a garden fork!

As said above, best thing to do would be to go to a make up counter and ask them for a free demo - they normally do that if they think you are going to buy something. Of course, you don't have to buy anything....
post #8 of 28
Check out "The Beauty Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Smart Beauty" by Paula Begoun. There's a good chapter on makeup application in there. It's a bit conservative (no glitter, freaky colors, etc.), but it will get you out the door looking nice.
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
hm, well i dont like glitter im not that young anymore lol and i dont like freaky colours either! nfrtunately on amazon i can only find the one for acne? and i dont have acne
remember im in germany not the US
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by fwan
hm, well i dont like glitter im not that young anymore lol and i dont like freaky colours either! nfrtunately on amazon i can only find the one for acne? and i dont have acne
remember im in germany not the US
That's true. Hmm ... this link might be helpful. http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/ar...AGETYPE=MAKEUP
post #11 of 28
This is so my department!
I use cover girl eyeshadows, the four shades in one pallete, and then I use the bare minerals eye shadows and liners....----> www.bareescentuals.com they are good for your skin, and they are virtually screw-up free. I am going to give some examples of what you can do...these eye shadows are great for any skin tone....You can find eye shadows on this website---->http://www.essentialdayspa.com/bare_...ls_mineral.htm (copy and paste into your browser.)

These colors-----> snow(you might can find it.) mermaid, 2000 glimmer, and green tea eye liner.

Step 1: use a moisturizer type face lotion...I use Dove, sensitive essentials day lotion to start out with. You also need a wet/dry brush, or one shaped like that. It needs o be able to give you maximum ability for coverage. Take the snow color eyeshadow and apply it all over the eye lid. And you may have to apply 2 or 3 strokes of it depending on your skin tone. But you want it to be noticeable.

Step 2: You need a tapered shadow brush for this part....take the mermaid, and swirl it in the lid of the pot. Once you have it on the brush, close your right eye, and brush a thin line of the mermaid in the crease of your eye, starting to the inside corner of your eye, by your nose to the outside of your eye. You want the shadow to arch in the middle of the crease and then thin back out towards the outside of your eye. Take that line, and gradually build on it until you have reached your desired thickness. You will probably want to add some more of the mermaid to your brush as you do this...I like to blend a little above the lashline part of the way starting from the outside of your eye. It actually gives a more polished look then just stopping at the outside edge of your eye. Blend it repeatedly until you have reached the color tone and shape that you want. Repeat this with your left eye, until you have reached the same tone and shape as the right eye. Once that is complete, take the wet/dry brush and add some more of the snow on the lid and the brow area, do not apply it over the color in the crease.

Step 3: You will need an eyeliner brush for this one. Take the eyeliner brush, and wet it with water. Dip the wet brush into the green tea eyeliner and place a small amount in the cap. Add more water to your brush and swirl the eye liner until it is a liquid consistency, but not too watery. Take the eye liner and apply it right above the lash line. I apply a thin line, some people prefer a thicker line. Whatever your preference. Repeat on the next eye until you have reached your desired effect.

Step 4: Do your mascara. I use loreal illegal lengths mascara, but your regular mascara is fine. Apply your mascara.

Step 5: Take your wet/dry eye shadow brush, and dip it into the 2000 glimmer eye shadow. Apply this to the whole eye, over everything. It will blend the snow and the mermaid, and give your eyes a light and glowing appearance. I finish up with bare escentuals foundation followed by the mineral veil. Its a look that is good during the day and at night.

Here are some other colors that I have used the same technique with:
Daytime shades----> bikini, angel, ecstasy, eclipse liner (bikini all over, angel in the crease, ecstasy to blend it.)
----> bikini, angel, halo, amethyst liner (same order)
Nightime shades---> opal, spright, 2000, oz liner
---> butterfly, sex kitten, ecstasy, coffee bean liner

Other shades that are good alone with eye liner are ecstasy, bikini, halo, butterfly, tropics, opal, skinny dip, au naturale, antique rose, etc.

I think if you are going to use a compact type eye shadow, its easier to apply with a brush. The applicators are big and awkward. Maybe thats the problem? Let me know how this works for you...maybe tell me what colors look good on you, and I will recommend eye shadows for you as well.
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
hm, My skin is really pale because i havent been in the sun, alot of people tell me i look like a ghost but the sun here in germany doesnt make me tan. nor is it out that much in the year anyway.
I am planning to go to a solarium, but i dont like the fake look. So im kind of puzzled what to do.
Anyway i look weird because my face is so pale, and i have black eyelashes and black eyebrows i will find a pic and may post it a bit later
post #13 of 28
Fwan I tend to think that pale skin looks romantic with dark features, though I do tend towards that whole gothy look.

My suggestion.. to make yourself look more healthy, I would start with a light sort of peachy blush for your skin tone (they tend to have a little gold in them and make you look a little bronzey) I use Nars in "deepthroat" but I have a lot of red in my skin so it may not serve you well.
It will make you look healthy where as being pale might make you look ill otherwise.

I know you asked for eyeshadow, but I think blush actually goes a long way. apply it full over your cheeks and a little in your nose to make yourself have a helthy glow.

I hoppe that helps! (my dearest friend is a beautician and that's what she always tells me to do- she did my wedding makeup!)
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by fwan
Anyway i look weird because my face is so pale, and i have black eyelashes and black eyebrows i will find a pic and may post it a bit later
No no no, dear fwan. It's "striking," not weird.
post #15 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by fwan
hm, My skin is really pale because i havent been in the sun, alot of people tell me i look like a ghost but the sun here in germany doesnt make me tan. nor is it out that much in the year anyway.
I am planning to go to a solarium, but i dont like the fake look. So im kind of puzzled what to do.
Anyway i look weird because my face is so pale, and i have black eyelashes and black eyebrows i will find a pic and may post it a bit later
I am pale also. I do tan, and can turn a little peaches and cream tan color, but I think having smooth pale skin is just as beautiful as having a tan. Try using a powder based foundation, like bare escentuals, and then get like their color warmth and add over it. It gives your skin a healthy glow.
Personally, I would rather be pale, than trying to keep up with a tan, and in this day and age, the sun can be dangerous.
Did the technique help?
post #16 of 28
I totally agree, what you've described as yourself sounds very striking. (Of course, I am an old goth myself. ) It alwasys reminds me of the very glamorous Hollywood era of the 1930s-1940s. Think Vivian Leigh. Absolutely stunningly beautiful with her pale skin and dark hair.

Anyway, I went looking for some links that will give you a visual guide to doing eye shadow, and here's what I found:

http://styles101.homestead.com/eyes_shadow.html

http://www.wildaboutmakeup.com/apply-eye-shadow.html

http://www.maybelline.com/getthelook/howto.aspx (contains how-to videos)
post #17 of 28
About time! A guide to apply eyeshadow for no-crease chinese eyes like mine! (maybelline link) Thanks Heidi!
post #18 of 28
I have light hair, blue eyes and pale skin so I usually stick to these basics...

I always moisturize before I put anything on...makes it go on more even for me.

1. Concealer...only under the eyes and on blemishes
2. Foundation...only on the uneven areas (I use maybelline everfresh)

blend it all with clean hands

3. blush..I use kind of a pinky/peach
4. Mascara....I use any kind that is on sale but I like blue colour and black


usually that's it but if I'm feeling like going nuts...

5. Eyeliner crayon....so easy to use..no brush!...just go over the top and bottom lashes...I use a grey/silver kinda colour

sometimes I'll wear lipstick..most of the time I just wear chapstick or clear gloss

That's my routine, it takes less than 3 mins to do...so not too much fuss!
post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 
okay guys i just looked through my drawers and i only have pink and browns for eyeshadow, i have to go to frankfurt in two weeks i think i will go to the Huge Douglas and get all the new make up and brushes.

i also plan to dye my hair a few shades lighter.
What do you think.

Bf told me to post this one as its the only one that matches my skin colour now.
I was wearing eyeliner in that pic and my eyelashes are naturally like that so i rarely wear mascara i dont have the nose ring anymore.
But it was taken two years ago so i look a little bit older hehe.

post #20 of 28
The best thing I've found is in checking out maybelline.com (or other make-up companies' sites). They usually have lots of helpful hints for it. I could sit and try to write down how I suggest to do this or that, but it's easier to check out the site and see it directly. Know what I mean? Hope this helps!
post #21 of 28
if I were you I would be VERY careful about coloring your hair.. not done properly, or with the wrong tints picked your hair can go orange, and also a light color might make you look PALER, believe it or not, especially with the darker eyebrows.-you could look washed out!
post #22 of 28
With a stencil and a spray can
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by turtlecat
if I were you I would be VERY careful about coloring your hair.. not done properly, or with the wrong tints picked your hair can go orange, and also a light color might make you look PALER, believe it or not, especially with the darker eyebrows.-you could look washed out!
Do you want to see my hair orange? i tried to peroxide it once
post #24 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by fwan
okay guys i just looked through my drawers and i only have pink and browns for eyeshadow, i have to go to frankfurt in two weeks i think i will go to the Huge Douglas and get all the new make up and brushes.

i also plan to dye my hair a few shades lighter.
What do you think.

Bf told me to post this one as its the only one that matches my skin colour now.
I was wearing eyeliner in that pic and my eyelashes are naturally like that so i rarely wear mascara i dont have the nose ring anymore.
But it was taken two years ago so i look a little bit older hehe.
I think you have a lovely face. Nice structure, good hairline, pretty skin. It would be so fun to do your makeup.

Re the hair: only go a few shades lighter, if any. Maybe a bit of red ... ?
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
well, my hair isnt dyable.. i have to get it blonde or orange to achieve a certain colour, even a shade lighter i would need to dye it blonde
post #26 of 28
Professionals can do it in a 1 step process- there's a cerain percentage of volume peroxide bleach that is meant for tough to lighten hair, but I suggest against it if our air is naturlly so dark that it will severely damage it to lighten.
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
yeah.. hmm i might just go to a hairdresser and ask what she can do
post #28 of 28
Make up.

I can't say I'm an expert but I know a thing or two. I always look acceptable with my make up and I don't seem to get to many weird stares so I can't be too bad.
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