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Me and My War Paint

I've been sort of interested in make-up of late. I went from totally Plain Jane Geek to Just Bringing Out the Eyes A Little to I Really Should Figure Out My Colours In Case I Have An Important Party To Go To Like My Wedding, in the last year.

I mostly concentrate on my eyes because that's about all I have going for me. I now have co-dependency issues with dark eyeliner. =)

Eyeshadows are a more recent experiment. I've figured out that I can only wear dark coloured eyeshadows because of my Asian skin tones. Light colours make me look like a freak...or maybe it's just the way the lady used the silver eyeshadow on my wedding day, I thought I looked like a freak. I didn't argue, though, because when we were doing our engagement photos in Taiwan, the makeup artist used a very light and bright pink. She told me that I shouldn't go too heavy on dark liners because my eyes were so big, it would make me look mean. Mind you, the pink was a matte and the silver I had on my wedding day was a frost... that might have made all the difference...

@set me no-clue

I made an appointment at The Body Shop once for those free trial makeovers. They used "oatmeal beige" on the inner half of my lid (closest to the bridge of my nose), then a dark brown in a 'C' shape on the outer half of the lid. Well, more accurately, it's a "subset" symbol because it's more like a sideways 'U' and it's facing different directions on either side.

There must be something wrong with how I remembered it because it looked okay when the lady did it, but I thought it made me look a Serious Vampire Girl when I did it myself. Or maybe it's because the 'V' shape creates the "almond eyes" look in people whose eyes are rounder. But I have almond eyes already, so it just intensified it too much and created an evil look instead.

I went back to just a thin line of coffee-ish brown along the length of my upper lid, following the edge. Not straying much further than that and not ever straying on the colour either.

I guess I've been in an experimental mood lately because I've been thinking about trying other dark colours - dark plum, sage, deep indigos. I want to head over to London Drugs one evening after work and pick up an Olay duo shadow thing.


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Oct. 10th, 2001 11:52 am (UTC)
Good luck and have fun finding you color. As a guy, about all I can do is find an interesting tie.

I've seen some pictures of Asian women wearing really light eye shadow. Apparently, it’s very popular in Tokyo right now. I think you’re right, that it doesn’t look good on Asian women. It can look really stunning on the right woman. However, most of the time it’s pretty nightmarish. Well… have fun with it.

Thanks again for the oranges! :)
Oct. 10th, 2001 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've been into make up too, especially after the wedding and especially trying to make good impression on new kids every day. I'm fair with blue eyes and brown hair and I've been wearing dark purple eyeliner, black/brown mascara, and light purple (shimmery) eye shadow. And pink but not TOO pink lipstick.. I have dark purple frames on my glasses so eye makeup can be a little brighter/darker. Anyway good luck. I hardly ever wore make up before this. And now I've been wearing it most every day (taking showers at night is pretty good for getting make up off too :-) If you want to be more natural try some browns, you can't really go wrong with those.
Oct. 10th, 2001 02:12 pm (UTC)
I tend to like frost (shimmery) more than matte (plain/non-shimmery). I think I tried a matte brown and I just looked too goth. Same with dark lipstick - too dark and I look goth. I have to use dull orange-based or brown-based reds - too much blue-base in the red and I also look weird.

I'd heard one Hollywood makeup artist say that you should go with the opposite colour of your eyes. She was working on a blue-eyed lady and said that brown would bring out her blue eyes REALLY well. And it did look good.

But it doesn't seem to work the same the other way. Blue shadow on brown eyes doesn't work =P
Oct. 10th, 2001 05:49 pm (UTC)
okay, quickie eye make-up lesson.

personally, i do my eyes this way (yes, i have almond eyes with a slight fold). i will put a base color on (this usually is a lightest color), a medium color on the lower lid (in a wedge shape, starting small at the inner corners and gradually moving it higher towards the end-- but this doesn't look like a wedge! i blend like crazy). and then i finally will stroke on a line of the darkest shade along the lashline. i rarely wear eyeliner anymore since i believe in good make-up brushes. sometimes i put on some mascara, sometimes i don't. i'm blessed with good eyelashes.

brown eyes can wear any color except for the exact shade of brown of your eyes. however, i have found pinks/reds/oranges look horrid b/c they make me look wild rabbit-eyed.

i do wear blue, green, purple and neutral colors. it just depends on how i want to go.
if i do the silver thing, i will wear black eye liner and mascara. the thing about light colors is you do need mascara.

i do dabble in blush, lipstick/lip gloss but have given up on foundation since i prefer just a little powder these days.
Oct. 10th, 2001 06:01 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd bite =) =)
Thanks for the advice =D
Oct. 10th, 2001 06:10 pm (UTC)
The Makeup Diva says:
> Don't get too close to the crease or to your brow bone

She's caucasian, isn't she?
Oct. 10th, 2001 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Eeehhhhh....
Yep, she is. But generally she's pretty good about stuff. The makeup lessons I've found for Asians tend to be for those without folds. Which, I don't fall into.

You can't really tell from my user pics but I think for me, lipstick stands out more than my eyes. Although, most of my asian friends want me to do their eye makeup when we go out. problem is, most don't have my eye shape. Still, I have found the fastest thing to enhance my eyes is to use a somewhat shimmery fat eye pencil in as a liner- that's it. i use the latte one from garden botanika. but it looks like they're only selling one called pebble in that shade. prolly works just the same. I might then also throw some light shimmery eyeshadow all over it too but hey, whatever you want to do is great. i love playing with makeup.
Oct. 10th, 2001 07:19 pm (UTC)
This is a scary look into the lives of women. Who knew...
Oct. 10th, 2001 07:27 pm (UTC)
Women are scary...
... I _know_, women scare me too. But since I'm one of them, I thought I should at least learn a few game rules even if I don't play that well. =)

Kinda like Quake or UT.
Oct. 10th, 2001 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Women are scary...
I fail to see how not spamming or camping the respawn has anything to do with cosmedics. :)
Oct. 10th, 2001 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Women are scary...
That was just an example... =) it's more to do with "learn a few rules", "build up basic skills" even if my frag count is in the lower half of the player stats all the time. =)
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