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soo... I just discovered two sites that may be very damaging to my wallet.

Geek Chic Cosmetics

Shiro Cosmetics

They name their makeup colors after nerdy stuff/fandom references...

 

Dude. Shiro has a collection named after Fullmetal Alchemist. They're about to get my money just off the principle of that.

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So what's our mission this challenge? :)

 

So we are skipping November.

 

But. BUT BUT. I want to do a Christmas challenge- have to develop a look for you for your Christmas dinner- you may start preparing/practicing now (hellow thanksgiving practice)

 

So definitely a LOOK/DO thing- not just I slapped eye shadow on my face.

 

For those of you who are minimalist or new- that's okay- don't freak out- it can be as simple as eye liner and a base coat- it doesn't need to be crazy- but there should be some thought and practice in it. 

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So we are skipping November.

 

But. BUT BUT. I want to do a Christmas challenge- have to develop a look for you for your Christmas dinner- you may start preparing/practicing now (hellow thanksgiving practice)

 

So definitely a LOOK/DO thing- not just I slapped eye shadow on my face.

 

For those of you who are minimalist or new- that's okay- don't freak out- it can be as simple as eye liner and a base coat- it doesn't need to be crazy- but there should be some thought and practice in it. 

 

That would be fun.  I need to do some super glittery and obnoxious for the ugly sweater party that I'm going to.

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Can we do a cosplay character makeup challenge in January?

Also thanks for the geeky makeup site, I AM SO INTO TIMEY WIMEY http://www.geekchiccosmetics.com/timey-wimey.html

sure.

 

I'm trying to keep it simple for our less than practiced make up friends- at least to start with- but I see no reason why we cant' do inspired looks- there are ways to incorporate that as more simple looks.   I'm kind of winging the challenge things- at some point I want to be able to do a challenges and send little gifts for people who win.... but I think maybe we might set up a more official challenge thread with that if the powers that be allow it. Something simple like maybe an ulta gift card or a little baby beauty kit- I'm low on funds so nothing crazy ut I'd like to support challenge efforts!!! :)

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It will run till the end of December- we'll say New Years. 

 

Starting now- you can start working on it. 

 

We haven't been serious about judging- it's mostly been- step outside of your box and try something new. But if we are giving gifts- we can go buy either popular vote- or more likely who actually does it.  I usually throw in rules about having to practice it and actually waer it somewhere- most people only did it once or twice.- I think I only did mine like 2 time sand it was supposed to be like 5-6. LOL

 

there is no set anything really.  I feel like right now- let's owrk on getting a plan- and an idea- and then in December it'll be practice a new technique and take your new look for a trial run... and then actually WEAR it and get pictures.  

Or something- I'm open to ideas- definitely not a dictatorship LOL

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Oooh, Christmas party makeup. Maybe the chance I'm looking for to crack out the sparkly gold shadow I bought last weekend and am too afraid to wear anywhere.

Do we need to post our practice pics as well as the final?

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Oooh, Christmas party makeup. Maybe the chance I'm looking for to crack out the sparkly gold shadow I bought last weekend and am too afraid to wear anywhere.

Do we need to post our practice pics as well as the final?

I would guess that's a matter of do you want to get feedback, I imagine at the end of the challenge we post the final pics of how we did the makeup for Christmas. I myself am open to the idea of posting practices for feedback.

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I remember I did my makeup for Thanksgiving last year and since I'm going to a friend's this year, I will probably do my makeup again. And I will likely be the only person "done up". I think I will do like my parents used to make me do and get all dressed up...just because.

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Did you scan the beginning of the thread? there is some great ideas there.

 

If I was starting ALL over and I knew what I knew now?

 

I'm an eye and lip person- I could care less about base products- so keep that in mind as you read this.  i'm trying to think BIGGER picture- but I do lean heavily toward eye and lip.

 

 

I would buy a good SET of brushes- this is true for **almost** any application- (work, parties, going out- day to day minimal low maintance looks)

(good does not necessarily mean excessively expnesive- but a matching set)- I REALLY love my new Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman (On line- or in Ulta- Sephora might carry them- you can order them on line at Target/Walmart- but I don't think you can purchase them in store.

Sigma- great collection LOADS of people use them- and they make great dupes for reasonable prices. I heard they are great brushes- order on line - never seen them in the store

Costal scents are okay- I have 3 and they are a little bit stiff- they are synthetic and the ones are VERY densly packed and VERY stuff- good for crease work and blending- but not good if you have ultra sensitive eyes or a rough hand- but you can get a LOT for a little

Eco-Tools- great product- can get at any drug store- I have 3 of them and really like them.

My favorite generic brush is Maybelline's angle brush 100% synthetic- I have 2 of them and they hold their shape- stiff enough to really work the product but enough give to not poke your eye out- LOVE it. 

 

YMMV obviously. But I am exceptionally happy with the brushes I have now- especially that i have a SET- everything is very consistent and predictable.

 

Brushes EVERYONE should at least own of

detailer brush- small or angle (either/or)

flat eye shadow brush

crease brush

fluffly blending brush

blush brush

kabuki brush

 

 

I would invest a good neutral pallete.  Most neutrals come in a serious of browns- some champagne colors and typically a nude/white ish (highlighting or for low key eye days) and typically a smokey color- blackish or DARK brown.  It should have the range from light to dark but be VERY flexible.

 

Urban Decay just released Naked Basics- it's 27$ instead of the 50 for the full Naked- but Naked I, Naked II or Naked Basics are all going to be FABULOUS investments.

Two Faced has a good one

Sephora has their own

MAC you can build your own pallete

UD you can build your own pallete

 

Eye Liners- I'm a big fan of gel ones- i have Mac black track- lasting beauty (i think) by Maybelline gets good reviews- UD 24 hr lasting pencils are also awesome- I'm SUPER not picky about eyeliner- I love my gel- and I use it a lot- but I swipe on cheap ass drug store pencils all the time- I have no shame.   they are fine for day to day.  Rimmels' are super soft- was suprised by how much I liket them.

 

Mascara- buy on sale- try- figure out what you like. I like a big fluffy brush- volume volume- you aren't going to get volume with those cute little rubbery wand ones- so big floofy =- volume

then I go over it with a rubber synthetic spikey one to separate.  I'm a big fan of Maybelline- love that they have 1 consistent (although I hate their new forumla for "The Great Lash") and then come out with a bunch of others- their marketing totally works on me.

Loveing Rimmel's one too- huge black and green tube- HUGE floofy brush

Then I use covergirls rubberized ones for seperateing- I hate their mascara- but I love the wands.  

 

Good primers- Invest in a good eye primer- Urban Decays Potion Primer people SWEAR by it. Smashbox, Two Faced Shadow Insurance- Bobby Brown- all get rave reviews.

Substitutes that work great- Maybelline's cream/gel eye tattoo- barely branded and totally taupe- very neutral colors- make a great base.

NXY jumbo eye pencils- not AS good because they don't set like the Maybellin'es but I get a lot of milage out of black bean and milk in my collection.

 

I would spend less money on drug store eye colors- some are good- most are not. I wasted a lot of time trying to squeeze pigment out of a pigment-less product. 

Wet and Wild palletes are great color pay off- cheap to play with and a lot of bang for your buck.

Milian has good color pay off

Maybelline Eye tattoo- the powders I haven't used but I did check them out- and heard that got sloppy piss poor reviews- unless there is a color you are DYING to try- I'd avoid them.

Loreal HIP colors- GREAT- I used many of them for a long time- they just take up a TON of room.

NYX- hit or miss- Love some of mine- hate others

LOVE My MAC colors- but 13$ a pop- they are steep- but worth the investment if you know what you are looking for.

 

 

After that I would invest in a huge color generic pallete so I could play with different colors.  I got a great one from Coastal Scents- it was 25$ and has like 130 colors in it- it's not a LOT of product per color but the color pay off is GREAT and there are a million colors to toy with so you can practice. Sephora has one- and a few others have one- ULTA has one- little pricey but worth it.

 

Go to sephora or mac- and have your make up done- be wililng to spend a little money on a product- primer or face products are typically worth the investment. 

 

Do research on your skin tone and what products work well with your skin tone.

 

lipsticks- you have to kind of play with this to find a product that resonates with you.

My Personal favorites- and go to's

Maybelline's 14 hr super stay line- I have about 10 of them (okay might be a stretch- but probably not by much) I like the forumla- I like the pigment pay off- I like the long lasting affect. Consistent from lip stick to lipstick

NYX is my next favorite- I like their matte's I own probably 10 of them too. (okay might be a stretch but not by much) Not as long lasting- but I LOVE the colors. Forumla for me is smooth- not draggy- reasonable wear out of a none long wearing lipstick

Lipstick Queen- I like the products- I like the forumla of the two I have- and they are totally different- LOVE the packaging on Rouge Sinner. It's metal- and very "friendly" even guys like holding the tube- there is something about it that makes you want to hold it.  It's just fun to hold.

 

I have Russian Red by Mac and RED by Sephora- I love the color and the way the product applies of both of them- but I hate the wear on the forumla.  neither last well- and for 20+ dollar lipsticks I expect them to last at least a few hours through a regular day.

 

Face- primer- buy a product WITH a primer- or invest in a primer (I use anti chafe stuff- it's from the makers of Monistat- it's the EXACT same silicone based product as the high end primers- for 8$

I use either MAC studio Scuplt, Revlon Whipped Color Stay or a BB cream (I have the RImmel one- but I don't like it)

I have all three because I use one for day to day- one for going out- and one for when I dance or need 100% coverage.

so sheer/light, medium/heavy and a medium/heavy/heavy (studio sculpt and the whipped stuff are interchangable for medium to heavy coverage)

 

A setting powder- very useful- can be used as a highlighter as well.

 

Bronzers, highlighers, blushes- you just gotta go forth and try and find ones that work for you. they are tricky and take practice- they are the bottom of my list. I'm cool toned- and gave up on using bronzers to contour- I needed CONTOUR powder- I was just looking dirty and ridiculous all the time trying to use bronzers marketed toward warm toned women on my cool and very pale skin. 

 

Thankfully there are a LOT of pale nerds here- so they can give you some really great advice on the cool/pale skin thing going on... it's harder for us!!!  But damn do we age well!!! 

 

Okay- sorry brain dump- I'm doing cooking and what not- so I had a moment and just banged out as much as possible.

 

So TL;DR

Brushes

Nueutral Eye shadow pallete

Big colorful cheap pallete for playing

Lips- buy pretty colors you like- play with them

Face- go have it done- DO YOUR RESEARCH

 

And above all- really this is MOST IMPORTANT

 

PRACTICE

PRACTICE

PRACTICE

THEN PRACTICE SOME MORE

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