I didn’t want to do a Valentine’s day makeup because, to tell you the truth, I couldn’t care less about the holiday ?. It’s just I think it should be a celebration of love every day. And since I do love Love I decided to paint about something very personal.
Most of you don’t know that but I have been battling with chronic anxiety, stress, panic attacks, heart burns, acid reflux, irregular heart beats (and other pretty annoying things) for the past three years, almost every day. All this, I finally understood, is the result of my constant judging myself, not being kind, feeling ugly and never good enough. (Social media played a big part in this escalating self-loathing)
Anyhow, not loving yourself sucks and I’ve been working on regaining self-confidence and self-love for the past 2 weeks. I’m already seeing some improvement, especially on the stress level. Oh and that head of mine is more quiet ?
So if you too, have anxiety issues, know that you’re not alone and that you can change. You can.
This fight against myself is what inspired me today’s makeup and now let’s take a look at tutorial !
Step By Step
Here’s my usual pictorial for the look ; I will quickly break down the 9 steps but if you want to actually see how I did this makeup keep scrolling down until you find my youtube video ! =)
Be your natural, beautiful self =)
Prep your skin with moisturizer
For this step I put on foundation (more detail about the products at the bottom of the page), contouring (on my cheekbones), highlighter (on the cupid’s bow, chin, nose and cheeks) and a little bit of blush. I also did my eyebrows a little with a dark brown brow crayon because, unfortunately, due to excessive tweezing during adolescence lol, my eyebrows decided to stop growing … -_-
For the eye makeup I wanted something simple and “natural” looking, say a bit nude but also glamorous with my favorite false eyelashes. I never wear eyelashes outside my youtube studio and “instagram life” but I do think they’re super gorgeous and make you look extremely feminine. Kinda like a girafe, super gracious right? =D Anyway, I used a nude palette for the eyes, black eyeliner, a brown pencil on the water line and my girafe lashes !
To wrap up the beauty part I put on a nude lip crayon and added a glossy finish with the delipscious NYX #thisiseverything lip oil !
For the bodypaint part I started by sketching the shape of the heart/cave with a white crayon.
For the colors I used my Makeup Revolution SFX Cream palette, set the paint with loose powder and then to reinforce the colors I applied matching eyeshadows starting with light yellow, pale orange, orange, red, fuschia and purple. I put a liiiiiittle bit of black in the outer corners.
I did exactly the same on the lower part of the heart and added a white line to separate the sky from the ocean surface.
Then with black eyeshadow I added a few mountains in the background, on both sides of the heart.
I added a shadow in the water with black eyeshadow. Then with a black eyeliner I painted a person (me?) sitting in the center of the cave, staring peacefully at the sunset. I also painted a few plants on the side, still with black eyeliner and to give the plants and the silhouette more dimension I highlighted them with a white liquid eyeliner.
Oh I almost forgot about the light reflection on the water. To create this effect I used an old sponge, dipped it in white paint (don’t put too much water) and tapped it over the surface of the ocean. It will create little wave-looking shapes.
With black water-activated paint I filled in the area all around the cave entrance. This paint, by the way, is the best paint I’ve ever used so far. It has really good coverage, stays on without cracking and looks super matte !!! Amazing product by Superstar
I finished the makeup by giving more dimension to the cave. To do so I added a thin yellow / white line over the upper part of the cave and for the inside I first put on white eyeshadow and then added random touches of white paint. All this makes it look like the sun is hitting the entrance of the cave and revealing the rock.
Sometimes pictures speak better than words… (especially in my case as I have a damn hard time explaining how I do things lol. I’m French so I don’t always have the right vocabulary ^^)
I’m often asked what products I use for my makeups, so here’s the complete list!
– NYX Professional Makeup, HD Studio Photogenic Primer ; #thisiseverything Lip Oil ; Vivid Brights Colored Liner ‘Vivid Halo‘ ; Highlight & Contour Pro Palette ; Ultimate Palette ‘Brights‘ ; Eyeshadow Base White ; White Liquid Liner
– Makeup Revolution, ‘Isn’t it Peach’ Blush Palette ; ‘Slime’ Palette ; ‘Blood’ Palette ; Matte Fix ; ‘Flawless Matte‘ Ultra Eyeshadows ; SFX Ultimate Face Paint Palette ; Terrif Eye Highlighter ; Liquid Highlighter ‘Ghosted’, ‘Creature of the Night’
– Mehron Makeup, Clown White Lite
– BYS Cosmetics, Festival Palette ; 1 Day Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner, black
– Arison, TD01 False Eyelashes
– Snazaroo, Classic Face Paints, Yellow
– NARS/Erdem, Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette
– Yves Rocher, Botanical Color Eyeshadow, Brun Café Mat
– Me Now, White Pencil ; Nude Lip Crayon
– Shany Cosmetics, cream Concealer Palette
And that’s it for this ‘Not A Valentine’ makeup =) I hope you liked it, let me know in the comments and see you soon with another tutorial ! =)