What I Used For Stempunk Costume Makeup
So if you caught my recent post Plus Size Steampunk Fashion – Or How I Became A Unicorn Queen you know the pictures unfortunately didn’t turn out the best. (I most likely will at some point be getting a better camera). However I did take a few face close ups, and I did crop one picture for a better view, so that hopefully you guys can see at least some of the makeup I will be describing. I will be doing some more makeup looks using some of these products during this month so this won’t be your only chance to see them. And as a bit of a teaser/something to look forward to, some of the items I talk about in this post will be in the upcoming giveaway at the end of this month.
I think the biggest challenges of capturing this look with my camera was the bright lighting against the very light colors. So I am also going to show you color swatches from the makeup companies as well. I will only be covering the actual makeup and application in this post and not the skin prep, as that will be covered in a different post.
If you remember this is how I looked at the con. Lets just start with the general face makeup and I will put up a more close up pictures when we are ready to cover the eye makeup.
I already normally stay pretty pale, but since this was for a steampunk look I wanted to go slightly paler. I took my normal foundation Physician’s Formula Super CC Cream in Light
I mixed with it Manic Panic’s Dreamtone® Liquid Flawless Foundation™/Skin Toner.
The link I included above takes you directly to Manic Panic’s website, but if you wish to purchase their items and find it easier, they also sell their items on Amazon.
Once I thoroughly mixed the two, I then applied it with my hands. I do sometimes use brushes to apply my foundation, I do that to get a different effect, but I will cover that in a different post.
I then took Doll Cheeks Blush from Geek Chic Cosmetics
I really love the color of this blush, but in this particular case I did not use it as I typically would blush. Instead I used it more like you would a contour powder on the cheek area, simply by placing it a little lower than where you would normally for a blush. Now I know you are probably thinking this isn’t really the right color for a contour powder. And that’s where things get a little more complicated. First of all, the color in person is a little darker than it reads in the picture. Second, the undertones in my skin makes it really hard for me to use 90% of most contouring products or even bronzers. Instead of having the desired effects with those products I usually end up looking dirty instead. Where the majority of people seem to have red or blue undertones in their skin, I have yellow to olive. And perhaps if I lived in a larger city where they carried more options for me to experiment with I would find the right thing, but until then I find that blushes like these can work for me. (Though there are some new things you may see some posts about soon.) And third, I blended something over the blush.
Once the contour line was applied pretty heavily, I then took another Manic Panic product called Goth White™ Cream/Powder Foundation.
I just gently dabbed it on all over the face with the sponge applicator that came with it. It is semi sheer, but can be layered on for a thicker full white look if that is what you want. That was not the effect I was going for though, so I just did one light layer.
Then I applied Slice Of The Moon’s Shimmer Pearl Mica Powder High Shimmer Effect
Just like with Manic Panic, this company also sells through Amazon if its more convenient for you. I applied this with a small blush brush to the center of my forehead, right above my cheek bones, the tip of my nose, and the center of my chin.
I then began working on my eyes. Now if you happen to be a beginner or have an unsteady hand or just in general worry about fallout, you may want to do this in reverse order. Here is a more close up look at my eyes
Again, unfortunately not the best picture, but you can at least see the color in this one.
First thing I did was use Geek Chic’s Power Up Primer all over my lids.
If you haven’t had a chance to use their primer its a little different than most eye primers. It is very thick and verges on being solid till your body heat warms it up a bit. It kind of reminds me of a solid perfume in the way that its made, but its not scented. I will be honest here and say the this is not my favorite type of primer. That being said, it is a good primer and is perfect for using with loose pigments, anything with heavy glitter or sparkles.
Next I used Ulta’s Eye Crayon in Gold Coast.
I used this almost like a second primer. It is very close to my skin tone, and I wanted to make sure I had something under the loose pigment shadow I was going to use to help with smoothing and blending.
Next I used Geek Chic’s Bigger On The Inside, from the Timey Wimey Collection.
This is a loose pigment that comes in a sifter cup. Using a domed eye shadow brush I applied this color to the crease and corner of my eyes.
Then I used Geek Chic’s Don’t Blink, also from the Timey Wimey Collection.
Using a small angled eye shadow brush I applied this to my lid and a small thin line just above the crease of my eye. I then took a soft blending brush and gently swept it across my eye.
And then I used Manic Panic’s Glam Dust in Nymph.
This product was applied to the brow bone using a small eye shadow brush and Manic Panic’s Glam Glue. Now if you go to their website, you will see a product that looks a little different. That’s because the one I have is an older version of this product and used the picture of the one I have because I think it shows the product better. If for some reason you want the older version, you can still find them on eBay, but probably not for long.
On my lips I used MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Heroine.
One of the things I love about MAC’s Matte Lipsticks is their staying power. I did not use any sort of lip primer or foundation under it. And I only had to reapply my lipstick one time the whole day, and that was right after lunch.
Since my skin is not especially oily, I did not use a finishing spray. My makeup stayed all day.
Let me know what you think either here or on Facebook. Since I will be doing at a least a few more makeup looks this month for the blog, let me know what you want to see. And I promise better pictures next time. But seriously, do you guys want to see everyday looks, more costume looks, etc…? I am up for anything.
What to look for soon on the blog…
My daily skincare routine.
An outfit post with ModCloth
Lets talk embarrassing health care questions for plus size ladies, I know you got them.
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