For this post I'm doing something different: recreating a make up look that I like. This is more of a 'get ready with me' style post than a tutorial. I'm a bit shy when it comes to posting my photo (or any creation to be honest) as I'm not a natural in front of a camera. But I love make up looks done by bloggers and seeing the reviewed products in action, so I try my best to share you mine. Hopefully you enjoy this post!
I took inspiration from Rouge Bunny Rouge's Rebel Princess Rhapsody look, which is a stunning shimmery smokey eyes with a red lip. It reminds me of Natalie Portman's Odile make up in the movie Black Swan. I dug out my RBR make up and tried my best to use similar products I had at hand. I've linked all my product reviews available for more swatches and information. Thank you for RBR for providing me the new Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow in Birdwing Beauteous and Brightening Eye Duo in Glacier Flower to recreate this beautiful make up look. Let's start!
Base make up
Here's my almost bare face. I mixed the Serene Light Skin Perfector with my usual RBR Milk Aquarelle foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait for a light-medium coverage. Serene Light is an odd one - I'm about to review this product, but haven't quite gasped if it's a primer, a foundation topper or what. It just makes your skin appear extra good, healthy and luminous. I dust a light layer of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light to set the make up and pinpoint conceal any blemishes with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2.
I pencil my brows with RBR Alchemy Brow Liner in Trona, topping with some RBR brow mascara in Earthshine. Under eye concealer is a must for me, I've used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla for years. It's pink undertone cancels out the purples of my under eye and inner corner area. I'm setting the concealer with Diaphanous loose powder and the Wayne Goss Air brush. I applied some RBR Tinted Luxe Balm in Pinch of Nude as my lip balm, letting it sink in while I work on the eyeshadow. Please ignore the color of my lips, I just had some coffee. Having a cup has become a part of my make up routine, I feel weird without having some.
Color make up
Time for the eyeshadow! In the original look a black kohl was used as a base, but I applied the cream shadow directly with the doe foot applicator, working one eye at the time. RBR Silk Aether cream shadows blend nicely with fingers, but achieve the wing shape I reached for my flat Hakuhodo BJ004S brush. I use the Kihitsu small eyeshadow brush to blend the edges - I want them to be smokey, messy and a bit grunge. Go for the kohl base if you want cleaner, less sparkly eyes. The Kihitsu brush diffuses the color without being too precise. Birdwing Beauteous cream shadow leaves a beautiful, almost oil slick finish while the sheerest layers are more powdery. I apply a couple of coats to get an opaque finish and pay attention to get the color as close to my lash line as possible. The pointy tip of Hakuhodo BJ004S is wonderful for this purpose.
I started adding the champagne shade directly with the applicator but quickly switched to Koyudo C001 to not get the doe foot dirty. I applied the shadow to my inner corners and blended to the black about 1/3 of my lid. I could have reached for a larger blender brush for this purpose, but in the end I let Koyudo C001 do the job. Seriously, if you're getting one pencil brush - get this! It's so good, firm but soft and precise. The contrast between the black and champagne shadows is strong but beautiful.
Finally I use the Brightening Eye Duo in Glacier Flower for my waterline. I didn't expect much from a pencil, but after trying it I fell hard in love. It applies perfectly creamy and smooth. I'm always looking for the perfect inner corner highlight and Glacier Flower is maybe my top 3! In the original look the pinky highlight shade is used for the inner corner, but I wanted mine to be more sparkly. I smudge the RBR brown eye kohl in 'Lola' for the lower lash line and apply two coats of the RBR Magnitude Mascara. It nicely defines and lengthens, but sometimes smudges on me at the end of the day.
Lastly I use the Original Skin Blush in Delicata to give some definition to my cheeks. It's one of my favorite blushes, a perfect 'contouring' blush for paler skin tones. I didn't have the lip products used in the original look so I went with a juicy cherry red named Relish of Heaven. The formula is moisturising and sheer, an easy to wear alternative to a strong red lipstick I no longer tend to wear.
- Relish of Heaven lipstick: wet effect scarlet with sheer/medium opacity
- Delicata blush: a nude beige with a hint of rosy peach.
- Lola eye khol: chocolate brown with copper overtones
- Birdwing Beauteous duo cream eyeshadow: Gorgeous icy champagne shimmer and a black with blue shift and multi-colored micro glitter
- Glacier Flower brightening liner duo: pinky vanilla with subtle shimmer and white beige
And here we are! I am very happy I decided to try the 'Rebel Princess Rhapsody' look, it was both fun and pretty easy to do. My make up isn't as dramatic as the original, but to me it's a lot as I rarely stray away from my usual neutral eyeshadows. I love the feline eye effect and how the 'wings' peek when I have my eyes open. Please leave me a comment if you enjoyed the style of this post as I'd love to do more! xx
The Skin Perfector, Brightening Liner Duo, Long-lasting Brow Liner, Tinted Luxe Balm, Brow Expert Gel and Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow provided courtesy of Rouge Bunny Rouge. As always, my opinions are my own honest and unbiased views.