Monday, April 19, 2010

makeup training #5 - sophie ellis bexter (sky blue e/s)

this look is pretty extreme with the purple lip colour but I think with a nude lip you could rock this look if you were feeling like sporting a crazy crash of colour.

samantha's product list:
- bobbi brown foundation stick
- MAC paintstick in bright sky blue (N/A? couldn't find on MAC website)
- MAC pro in sky blue (maybe freshwater?)
- MAC technakohl eye liner in smooth blue
- MAC eye kohl in fascinating (matte white)
- mascara
- concealer
- MAC e/s as blush in bisque (matte soft muted pink-beige)
- MUFE flash palette mixed lip colour in a pastel purple

my product list:
- rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory
- kryolan supra colour (greasepaint) mixed in sky blue
- laura mercier loose pigment in bright blue
- rimmel extreme definition two-tone eye definer in party girl
silver blue on lower lash line
royal blue on upper lash line
- chi chi eye liner in virgin (white)
- l'oreal paris telescopic clean definition mascara
- graftobian cream foundation as concealer
- kryolan e/s as blush mix of taupey browns
- kryolan lip colour mix of deep purple and iridescent pinky peach

here's what sam's looks like:

and here's how mine turned out:

dodgy self portraits by me!

Friday, April 16, 2010

makeup training #4 - 1950s marilyn monroe

this look is more of a period piece but could be wearable if you knock it down a few notches.
inspired by 50s screen sirens marilyn monroe and jane russell.
check out the tutorials at:
(this time in three parts)

samantha's product list:
- MAC studio tech foundation
- estee lauder signature palette in spiced peach
irridescent mushroom on the lid
medium taupe brown in the socket
- shu uemura eyebrow pencil hard formula 9 in seal brown
- MAC liquid last eyeliner in point black
- mascara
- fake lashes
- MAC full coverage as concealer
- benefit dandelion blush (pinky peach)
- MAC lip pencil in brick
- chanel rouge allure lip colour in passion
- MAC lip colour in lady danger (orangey red)

my product list:
- rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory
- kryolan e/s in mushroom and khaki
- professional kohl eyebrow pencil in taupe
- benefit babecake eyeliner in black
- benefit get bent lash mascara
- graftobian foundation as concealer
- kryolan blush in pink and golden pink
- rimmel exaggerate full colour lip liner definer in ravish
- kryolan lip colours in red and red hot

here's how sam's turned out:

and here's how mine turned out:

photography by danny cisco

Friday, April 2, 2010

makeup training #3 - healthy glow

i was asked to pose for a photo shoot my friend was doing for her photography course.
i took advantage of this to complete another pixiwoo tutorial, hooray!
this look is supposed to be healthy, summery and sunkissed...
check it out here:

samantha's product list:
- laura mercier tinted moisturiser in sand
- MAC e/s mix of mysyery and carbon to fill in eyebrows
- MAC e/s in arena all over lid and up to browbone
- concealer under eyes
- MAC reflects in gold on lid
(i think it's unavailable now? - i couldn't find it on the MAC website)
- two faced bronzer palette in 'the bronzed and the beautiful'
the tropical bronzer colour
- estee lauder double wear stay-in-place eye pencil in bronze
- rimmel sexy curves mascara
- estee lauder shimmering loose powder on cheeks
(michael kors collection)
- pixie lip booster in #1 maxi lip clear

my product list:
- rimmel new & renew in soft beige and rimmel stay matte in ivory mix
- (my eyebrows are dark enough so I didn't fill them in with anything)
- kryolan e/s in mushroom
- graftobian foundation as concealer
- stila #14 gold pigment
- chi chi mosaic bronzer in dark
- l'oreal paris contour kohl eye pencil in iced chestnut
- mascara rimmel sexy curves
(at last i have a product that is the same as what pixiwoo uses!)
- benefit lust duster in nugget
- kryolan clear gloss and gold shimmer cream mix
- masquerade translucent loose powder

this is samantha's look:

this is how mine turned out:

photography by danny cisco

we shot the shoot below in an empty field near the airport. a lady poked her head over the back fence and asked us what we were doing and watched us for a little bit. i think she thought we were up to no good :)

photography by emma shephard

Sunday, March 28, 2010

makeup training #2 - smokey eye

this look is a bit more intense than the first one.
a bit more 'rock chick' if you like.
check out the tutorial here:
(in two parts again)

Samantha's product list:
chanel mat lumiere foundation
MAC creme colour base in dark soul
MAC e/s in club, a duo chromatic browny green
MAC eyeliner pencil in smolder
chanel bronze universel
peach blush
MAC lipliner in stone
pinky peach lip colour
lip gloss

My product list:
mix of rimmel new & renew in soft beige and rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory
I don't have any creme eye colours so I used a bit of kryolan creme blush - it's only to add texture anyway.
MAC e/s in bronze, a goldy brown frost
Kryolan shimmery black e/s
DB designer brands eyeliner pencil in black
graftobian foundation as concealer
benefit get bent lash mascara
chi chi mosaic bronzer in dark
mix of kryolan blush in golden pink and timber
chi chi lipliner in mischief
mix of pink sizzle and blush sparkle lip colour - don't know the brand
kryolan lip gloss in clear
i also used a little boujois paris translucent loose powder cos my skin tends to get a little shiny

this is what samantha's looks like:
(not a great photo grab, sorry)

this is how mine turned out:

i had to shoot this mini photo shoot myself as my resident photographer was out for the day.
so please excuse the dodginess...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

makeup training #1 - defined eye

my first go at recreating a pixiwoo tutorial...check it out at:
(the tutorial is in two parts)

i use my own brush roll which is a mixture of brushes bought at the vic uni student shop, IMATS in sydney, and priceline pharmacy.

the products that i use are whatever i have in my kit that is similar to what the pixiwoo girls use. hopefully down the track when i have some more cash i'll be able to afford to buy the products that they use.

samantha's product list:
chanel mat lumiere foundation
MAC shroom and graphology e/s
MAC kohl eyeliner pencil in blooz
bobbi brown longwear gel eyeliner in black
l'oreal voluminous mascara
MAC mystery and omega e/s for brows
bobbi brown university palette concealers
cornflour blue pigment

my product list:
mix of rimmel renew & lift in soft beige and rimmel stay matte in ivory
kryolan e/s colours in mushroom and black
DB designer brands black eyeliner pencil
kryolan wet/dry cake eyeliner
l'oreal telescopic mascara
i didn't use anything on brows 'cos as you can see i don't really need it!
graftobian cream foundations for concealer
limecrime pigment in shoe addict

here's what samantha's looks like...

and here's how mine turned out...

i found this look to be relatively easy to do and simple enough that i could wear it out to a makeup job i had that evening and also to drinks with friend after that. by the time i got home though, the e/s had creased a little and the kohl eyeliner on the lower waterline had worn off. a result of the warm weather perhaps?

here's a mini photo shoot of the makeup in our backyard. i put on a little masquerade translucent powder and she lip gloss in raspberry for the shoot.
all photography by danny cisco.

welcome to pixiwoo makeup training

pixiwoo is the online name describing the awesome english makeup artist sister duo that is samantha and nicola. they have a popular youtube channel where they upload amazingly helpful how-to video tutorials on makeup, hair, skin care and tips on becoming a makeup artist. i absolutely love their work and since i can't afford to fly to london to do their makeup course i thought i'd undertake my own pixiwoo training here in melbourne...

check 'em out at: