Okay. Today’s makeup tutorial is something different than what I normally would do for Fall, but as everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a subject that isn’t the easiest for me to talk about. As much as I love Fall and Halloween, I hate October because pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness campaigns are everywhere. It’s a trigger for me if ever there was one. I want to preface this tutorial with why. Also, grab a cup of coffee cause, girl, I got a lot to say. LOL!
Some of you already know from reading my Mother’s Day Post I did a couple years ago with a makeup tutorial inspired by my Mom. My Mom died of breast cancer when I was 19. It’ll be 11 years this coming February. It feels like a lifetime ago, and it feels like yesterday all at the same time. It’s not a subject I can talk about often in an emotional way. I can talk about it very matter of fact and cold, about the medical aspect of it but I have to keep it compartmentalized because I will for a lack of a better way of saying it, lose my shit. October isn’t just rough because of being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but she was also diagnosed in October, and when I was 20/21 I had my own scare with Breast Cancer. It was my time getting a gyno exam and next thing I know I am getting a mammogram and ultrasound on my left breast. I was lucky, it was just the way I was made but I have to be diligent about it even more so because of it being odd, and because of my family history. I get checked yearly, I check myself as well.
Thing is, medicine and cancer treatments have come so far since my mom was diagnosed. She also had a rare and aggressive form. There are SO many advances and truly, early detection can mean everything. No matter what, even if you feel silly and like you are overreacting, get checked! You think anything feels off, go to the doctor.
Before we get on the makeup, I want to talk about something that is makeup related. The Look Good Feel Better Program from the American Cancer Society. I went to these workshops with mom, and they were wonderful for her moral. While medical care is the priority, but something like this can make one’s quality of life so much better. Please check it out here: Look Good Feel Better.
When my mom was sick, we didn’t have a lot of money at all. The American Cancer Society and Look Good Feel Better was such a huge help, from providing my mom with a wig, mastectomy bra and a prosthetic to skin care tips and makeup. The American Cancer Society helped us with gas money to get to treatments, even provided money to eat lunch on while we were there. We didn’t have much money, Mom’s treatments were 2 and half hours away, they made it possible for her to get every treatment weekly. She asked in her obituary that in lieu of flowers, donate to the Amercian Cancer Society. So here is a link to do just that and maybe you can help a family just like mine. American Cancer Society.
Okay, let’s move onto the makeup. I wanted to do a look using pink of course, but I wanted to go with hues of pink my mom loved. I started out doing this look in a way of something I thought she would wear. I had no real plan and I ended up winging it, literally with a mauve pink wing because I wanted to have some fun with the look and paired it with a duo-chromatic ombre lip as well.
Let’s get started
The first palette I reached for was the Tarte Tarteist Amazonian Clay Pro Eyeshadow Palette. I really hope they make another one of these! It’s so good. I’ll be focusing on the pinky shades from this palette as well as one from the Naked 3 from Urban Decay and a shade from ABH Modern Renaissance, and Moonchild Glow Kit.
The first shade I went in with was Vintage from the Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette. It’s an almost pure white. This is going to be my base shade for all the other eyeshadows to blended on top of and it also gives me a clean blank canvas to work on.
After doing my brows and priming my eye, I went into Vintage all over the lid, all the way to the brow bone.
Next, up for the transition, I took Chic, which looks really pale in the photo but it’s a pale dusty pink on my skin tone.
I applied Chic all throughout the space above my crease with a fluffy brush, really blowing this shade out.
Next up, I went in with the Mod, a deep cherry shade.
I took Mod on that same blending brush and applied it lightly just below the transition into the crease. I kept most the pigmentation toward the outer portion of the crease.
I took the shade called Drama, a maroon shade, to add some depth.
I applied Drama in the outer corner of the lid with a small fluffy brush and blended it into the crease.
For some shine, I jumped over to the Naked 3 from Urban Decay for the shade Buzz which is a metallic rose shimmer with silver micro glitter.
On a flat brush, I packed Buzz all over the lid, blending into the maroon shade, and then took the shade Dust ( pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter) on the inner corner of the lid and blended it into Buzz for a soft gradient effect.
Next came the eyeliner. I used Nyx Liquid Suede in Disorder which is a mauve pink shade.
I added a little more of the maroon shade, Drama for a little more depth in the outer portion. I tend to always go back after I do a wing and deepen the outer corner.
I felt like the look was a little too mauve and not enough pink, so I grabbed the ABH Modern Renaissance.
Going back to the fluffy brush I took the shade Love Letter, which is a raspberry matte eyeshadow.
I lightly applied Love Letter in the transition and crease area then moved on to lower lash line.
With a pencil brush I applied Mod, the cherry shade all along the lower lash line, then took Drama, the maroon on the outer portion blending it into the Mod.
Then on the inner corner, I applied Pink Heart ( (pearl white with pink opal) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit and pulled it inward on the lower lash line into Mod.
I finished off the lower lash line with Nyx Faux White in Linen in the water line.
To complete the eye I went in with a couple coats of L’Oreal Lash Paradise.
And here is the finished eye.
For the lips I decided to have some fun, I first went in with Nyx Liquid Suede in Disorder all over the lips and my base shade.
Then in the center to create an ombre effect, I took the Nyx Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies and blended it into the center of the lips into the Disorder shade.
Lastly, on the lips, I patted a little bit of Pink Heart from the Moonchild Glow Kit into the very center to give a duo-chromatic, metallic sheen. I love the way this came out.
For foundation I used, Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Monte Blanc. and for concealer, I used Kat Von D Lock-It Creme Concealer in Light 1. Then set everything with the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder.
For contour and blush, I used the Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette.
And again I used Pink Heart from the Moonchild Glow Kit as my highlight.
The Finished Look
That’s the look! I meant to have this up sooner but I ended up pretty under the weather this week after a crazy weekend, now I have a sinus thing and have been feeling pretty sicky, good thing I already have a doctor’s appt this week. I have spent most this week in bed sick. Really threw off my blogging routine but I am starting to feel better I think and am trying to get back into it cause I have sooo much to post about.