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#EMPHASISING THE EYES – It’s All About The Eyes

 So the makeup application rule goes as follows:

Either make your eyes or your lips the focus point of your face.  Not both at the same time.  However, Samer Khouzami or Scott Barnes are makeup artists who know how to bring those two features together in the most cohesive and beautifully blended way.

This post is about the eyes.  Now be warned, for most people who don’t use a lot of liner, don’t try this look if you’re not a heavy makeup user, or as your first day time experiment.  I do this look often, but if you’re a minimalist, wait for an evening event, or practice on a weekend.

Right. Let’s start….

  • Start with foundation.
  • I contour the top of my forehead and my chin to ‘shorten’ my face as I have a long face.
  •  Define the cheekbones and I didn’t contour my nose on the side, but rather on the top.  This is where the sun would naturally ‘tan’ your face.  Gives it a less harsh contoured look.
  • Blend out.
  • Blend Blend Blend.
  • Blend out.
  • I applied my Kryolan foundation.  To make a look ‘flawless’, brush your moisturised skin with some makeup powder, and then apply your foundation.  This will make it stick and give it a more velvety look.
  • After you’re done with the foundation, contouring and blending process. Set with the Derma Color Fixing Powder from Kryolan.  
  • Time to highlight the brow bone.  Use a light shimmer or matt light color to do this.
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
  • With a round edge brush, simply add a warm brown shade in the crease of your eye.  It must not look extremely contrasting, but rather make the color as ‘natural’ as possible.
  • Move the brush from the inner crease corner out past your eye.
  • Carry on with the crease color down under your bottom lash line.  
  • Time to line the eyes,  I love to use the Kryolan paint pot with a tapered eye liner brush.  Make sure its clean, so that it’ll make gliding a lot easier.
  • Slightly pull your eyelid towards your hairline and start with the lining from the inner corner of your eye and with a steady hand, draw the line, going well past your eye.  This takes practice, to make it look right.  The trick is to have a light hand, more so than a steady one.  Let your lashes guide you.
  • At the end, don’t stop, pull the brush up and out.  This will give it that ‘feathered’ look.
  • Top lash line done. 
  • Now line your inner water line
  • And apply liner under the lash line too,  Starting from the inner corner out over connecting to the outer corner.
  • Fill in between your lashes if need be to avoid empty spaces.
  • Start with mascara, first on the top before applying it the conventional way from the inside.  I first do this as it adds volume. I also move the brush around from all angles, ensuring that each lash is coated.
  • Time for brow shaping, I like to brush my eyebrows before I shape them, which is what any makeup artist should do.
  • Using a matt dark brown eye shadow, begin from the outer half of the brow and extend the brow line by using a tapered brush.  I may have black hair, but I use a dark brown, as this doesn’t make the brows look too harsh or tattooed on.
  • Now draw a line underneath the inner brow line.
  • Blend that line upwards and make a neat brow shape. 
  • My next step is the lips, choose a subtle color, you can either use a lipstick, gloss or balm.  As long as it has a slight shine to it.  I believe a slight shine on the lips finishes the makeup look.  You can have a full face of makeup, but if your lips are dry or untouched by some product, it throws the whole face off and comes off across as unfinished.
  • Kryolan lipgloss.
  • Topped with a bit of MAC lipstick.
  • Start with the blush.  
  • You don’t have to make a funny fish face to apply your blush, because that it not how you look naturally.  Throughout most of the day, you may have a slight smile, or serious face.  That’s all you need.  Sometimes if you ‘fish face’, you can distort the look once you relax your facial muscles.
  • Start from the apple of the cheek up towards your ear.
  • Blend
  • Bend
  • Lashes applied   

There you have it.

This whole process probably takes me about half an hour, but I have done it in 20.  BUT! If this is your first time and you’re not used to making long cat eye lining looks, I recommend you to practice!

Another tip to remember is not to use those normal liquid eye liners for this look.  The liquid causes mistakes to happen quickly, opt for the paint pots and a brush.  Its paste consistency works far better.  There is more control with it.  I only use liquid eye liner to cover the eyelash glue once its dry.

If you’re applying makeup on a client, make sure to smooth out the foundation to the ears and down the jaw to the neck line and set with powder.  Take a photo, with a flash and without to see if some ‘blush’ is needed on those areas.  You don’t want it to look like a mask.

Remember that you are working with your or someones face, so you are seeing the gradual change, but a photo shows you the instant end product.  So take photos! Take selfies and judge it from there.

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandylashxx

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MY WEDDING DAY – THE SERVICE PROVIDERS – part 1, THE DRESS

Good afternoon Dahlings.

So on the 5th of October 2013, I got married to my babsie. Ever since, I’ve been terribly busy, but I’ve always wanted to write up a post about the amazing service providers that made the day unforgettable. Post 1 will be about the dress.

To plan a wedding is easy if you know what you want and you’re not influenced by too many different opinions. Trust what you feel is right. I started with a mental list of exactly what I DIDN’T want.
For example: no poofy dress, no veil covering my face as I walked in, no updo hairstyle, no bridesmaids, no flower girls, no main table, no buffet, no garter throwing, no dj, no blingaling, no sparkly invites and so the list goes on. Now you look at that and you’re probably thinking that I had a terribly boring wedding. Haha. Boy are you mistaken.

Let’s start off with my dress. I knew I wanted a lace dress, mermaid shape. I knew I wanted a mantilla and that I wanted to look elegant. In my mind I had a vision. We then booked an appointment at PRONOVIAS in Sandton. Honestly, the most exquisite and beautiful wedding dress store ever. If you haven’t heard of PRONOVIAS, I suggest you have a look at their site. Dresses from designers like Elie Saab, Manuel Mota and Atelier. We were welcomed by the amazing staff and our consultant sat us down and showed us all the dresses on the computer. I then had to choose my favorites. And from those favorites, I had to choose 6 dresses which she would then get ready for me to try on.
I tried on the 6 dresses, but by the 2nd dress I knew I found the one. It’s name was SILABA, by Manuel Mota.

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I also got my headpiece, shoes and mantilla from PRONOVIAS. I’m terribly thankful for their amazing service, because I was losing weight before the wedding and they altered it perfectly with no complaints. (I didn’t lose weight for the wedding, it was a health issue I was facing.)

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They had to take down so much of the dress. Bear in mind that this dress arrived 7 months after the appointment I made in January. It gets made in Spain and then sent over. If you’re planning on going to PRONOVIAS, make sure you make your appointment 6 months before your wedding. Minimum!

Our dear consultant was Lindiwe. What a lovely lady. So cute, tiny, friendly but the biggest sweetheart ever.

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This was on the actual wedding day. 🙂

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Prepping the mantilla.

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My mother and best friend.
My mother, aunt and sister also got their dresses from PRONOVIAS. Of course my mom spoiled me with lots of cocktail dresses for my honeymoon. I’m so blessed.

What I also love about their store is that they have sales where you can get selected cocktail dresses for R1000,00. These were dresses that normally costed over R5000,00 and more. So make sure to just pop in for a cocktail dress, they may have a sale on the go.

For more info:

YouTube link to pronovias runway

PRONOVIAS CONTACT DETAILS:
Building: Michelagelo Towers Mall
Street: 145 Maude Street
Suburb: Sandton
City/Town: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Country: South Africa
Contact
Landline: +2711 784 2000
Website: http://www.pronovias.com

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So my next post will be on the amazing photographer!

MuchLuv, BeBlessed
SandyN

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Roadkill Couture

The fashion industry is historically pretty fond of wearing dead animals because of its legacy as a luxury material, however, designers tend to obscure the origin of the fur – few people like being reminded of all the suffering and sinew that goes into a pricey fur coat.

eatton1Conceptional artist Jess Eaton wants to address the gap between dead animals that are socially acceptable to wear and those that are not – so she made a bunch of dresses out of straight-up roadkill.

eatton2Roadkill Couture comprises of garments created out of the pelts, feathers and bones of animals that have been killed and eaten as food, have accidentally killed on our roads, that have died of natural causes or been culled as pests.

Roadkill Couture is a celebration of the exquisite design of nature and is giving a second life to things of wonder and beauty when they would normally perish or simply be thrown away or discarded.

The animals used have been found by ourselves, donated by friends, family or pest control or bought at the butcher and we have processed each and every one ourselves.

Roadkill Couture has a very strong ethical code and aboslutely no animal was, or ever will be harmed or killed for the making of the collection.

Jess Eaton’s designs will be on display at London’s White Gallery this May.

While I appreciate that Jess Eaton is asking questions that need to be asked from within the fashion industry (Kate Moss wore one of her designs in Love), but I really cannot help but feel that these look a little too much like golden era Alexander McQueen.

eatton3Unfortunately, rather than a post about the origin of our so-called luxury materials, I’ve been tempted to having a conversation about intellectual property. So back to my point…I am not pro fur, faux, real or otherwise, HOWEVER I do believe that Jess Eaton may be onto something IF one would be possessed to wear another creature but my inital reaction to this was that, it is disturbing and tragic all at the same time.

what are your thoughts?

x missfitz

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#BRIDAL #MAKEUP #TIPS

Hello to you Bride-to-be!

In October I will be a bride myself, and I cannot wait to be one. I’ll be marrying the most wonderful man, and I want to look really stunning, for him and myself.

Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about what you as a bride looks like on your day. However, for the rest, parents of the bride and groom have a say about the wedding, ESP if they’re paying.

This post is my take on bridal makeup tips for your big day, and of course for my own big day.

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1) BE YOU
* If you are a woman who loves wearing loads of makeup everyday, why would you go minimal for your big day. Nothing is worse than not looking like yourself on your wedding day. This is the day you’re photographed the most. Of course, the same applies if you hardly wear makeup on a day-to-day basis. Don’t go off the path lady! Be you! The one thing you can do is, neaten up your look!

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2) USE PRIMER
* Invest in a proper silicon primer. This will only give your foundation a flawless finish. Primers from SMASHBOX, WOOLWORTHS, INGLOT will ensure you have that smooth look. It also acts as a moisturizer in a way. Since many moisturizers tend to give an oily look and feel. Rather moisturize the night before, and only use the primer on the day.

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3) DON’T HAVE A FACIAL TOO SOON
* Having a facial a week before your wedding can be a mistake. Many people don’t believe that, but our skin needs to go back to its “natural” state. With a facial, it’s still very oily, and sometimes sensitive. Foundation doesn’t stick too well onto “freshly facial’d” skin. (As I say it).

4) SHAPE THOSE BROWS
* Need I say more? Ok, there are some guild lines, like don’t over pluck! Biggest mistake ever. The fuller look will make you look younger and fresher. And what ever you do, please don’t make crazy high arches.

5) WEAR FALSE LASHES
* It is pretty simple. Two things you need to know here:
A) wear false lashes if you’re a fan of wearing a lot of makeup.
B) wear extensions if your a minimal makeup person.
The false lashes make a line, which you won’t see with a strong eyeliner, but extensions look natural. Have it professionally applied a few months before, so that you can get used to caring for the extensions. Remember to avoid the “real mink hair” lashes. We like to be cruelty free here.

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6) AVOID SHOCKING COLORS
* This is not the time to paste splashy pinks, blues, etc on your eyes. If you feel this contradicts what I said in tip 1, don’t be fooled. Of course you can apply all your makeup, but if you’re seriously keen on color, only apply a fine line on the bottom lash line. No neon! No glitter liner! Sorry. You are only going to get so far.

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7) GET THAT FOUNDATION TO MATCH
* Ensure your foundation matches your chest and not necessarily your neck. Depending on your dress, apply a tiny amount on your chest for photo flash purposes. Not too close to the dress though. You don’t want to have disgusting foundation sweat marks on your dress.

8) GET A GOOD MUA
* A qualified and talented makeup artist is key. Doesn’t mean it’s that one with the most Facebook or twitter fans. It’s the one that takes your personality, feelings and look into consideration. Have makeup trials. Not just bridal makeup trials, but for any occasion. If you are going out for a party, bridal shower, dinner date, etc have the makeup artist do your makeup. This gives you both an opportunity to get to know each other way before the wedding. Build a relationship with a makeup artist you like. (And to my fellow makeup artists, do your own makeup for your wedding day! You know what you’re doing, you know your face and in a way, it’s some “me-time”).

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9) YOUR MAKEUP SHOULD MATCH YOUR LOOK
* Is your dress soft and romantic, big and poofy, classy and understated, classic and lacy, sexy and voluptuous?…. Etc
Well, your makeup should follow suit. A big poofy princess-like dress doesn’t go well with a minimal makeup look. Neither will a sexy dress. So take your look into consideration when thinking of your makeup.

10) CONSTANTLY TOUCH UP
* Have a small round clutch bag for your wedding. You don’t need to hold it for the ceremony or photos, but have a bridesmaid or guest look after it for you until you get into reception. In it have lipgloss, lipstick, lip liner, eye liner, mascara, foundation/powder compact, blush. It may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. You can even go to your favorite makeup store and ask for sample products. Makeup application never looks complete if your lips look naked! Always apply and touch up!

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I hope these tips will help you on your big day, as I really believe in them.

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MuchLuv
Sandylashxx

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Caroline Woziacki Imitates Serena Williams

Hiya Poutlings!

Today, in things that one should not do when playing a live televised tennis match: stuff your front and back to appear that you have big boobs and a big backside.

After doing this, the Danish tennis player Caroline Woziacki has been accused of racism after she did this on the court the day before yesterday, apparently mimicking her fellow women’s player tennis Serena Williams. Caroline Wozniacki was playing a game in Sao Paolo, Brazil against Anna Kournikova. She played for a minute or two dressed like that and the audience went ballistic cheering before she pulled the towels out. You can watch the video of this

Some people see this as just a goofy joke, especially since Caroline and Serena are supposedly friends – how good of friends, who knows, who cares, whatever.

Jay Busbee from Yahoo Sports put it perfectly :

“This is an era where no jokes goes unscrutinized, and no humour apparently exists without sinister subtext … An apology may be forthcoming, but it shouldn’t be.”

Others are saying it was a racist imitation because it was highlighting the extreme sexualization of women of colour’s bodies.

Now, unfortunately, we live in a world where something can be racist regardless of the person’s intent – this chick may be friends with Selena Williams and may not have intended to do something racist. But that doesn’t mean what she did was not racist. On the other hand, my inital reaction to Caroline Wozniacki’s behaviour was that it was first and foremost unprofessional. She’s in the middle of playing a tennis match, for !#@% sakes. Then, when I read she was imitating Serena Williams, my next thought that mocking the size of her boobs and backside was a bit cruel on live television…

I am all for good natured rivalry among friends, making fun of someone’s sexualized body parts during a televised match is a bit much.

Once I read upon the controversy, I never thought the act was “racist”, however, the “sinister subtext” that Jay Busbee referred to – was not obvious to me at first glance. I would also imagine that people defending Caroline’s actions are saying its not a big deal.

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Ultimately, however, I feel it’s not my final call as a white women to decide whether or not this is racist. Stupid – yes. Racist – up for debate. It’s a time to listen what people who are directly affected are saying : if people of colour are saying this mimicry was racist and problematic then we should listen.

…do you have any thoughts on this?

*missfitz

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