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perfect eye make-up designing


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Africa's Lost ChildWow....

Who knew that this goal would be so big? I went from purchasing my first blush last year to having a pretty popular beauty blog. I say I did good! 6 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildWooow!

I am doing so much better at this. I can’t believe how my skills have improved so much in just a month. I literally became addicted to eye make-up only a month ago. Since then, I’ve spent countless hours in the mirror, reading articles, viewing pics and practicing on friends. My collection has grown (although my wallet is empty) and I have an online photo album and make-up blog and am in the process of creating a portfolio for myself. Just because. This hobby has proven to be therapeutic and I get sooo many compliments on my subtle looks to my bold looks. I am proud of myself and my dedication. Glad that I’ve found something that is completely out of my realm.

I don’t think I’ve yet “perfected” it in my eyes, so I’ve got some more time to go before this goal is complete.

Check out my make-up blog: 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildI'm getting it!!

I’ve created Parrot Eyes and did a GREAT job…..

I’m so proud of myself…my dedication and pretty good skill at this trying to master “eye make-up” thing.

Yaaaay!!! 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildI'm gettin' there....

My blending is getting so much better! I wish I could take a picture of my design today. It’s a little “over the top” people in the library starin’ at me like I’m crazy, but you know I don’t care!

I’m wearin’ a hott pink shirt so I matched today’s look with the color. It’s called Punk Rockher. So I used Loreal HIP’s hot pink colors on my eyes and some of their pigment on the top. Blended it together perfectly and topped it off with MAC’s Blitz and Glitz fluidline makin’ cat eyes. I took the color allll the way out to my hair line too. On purpose. Just to make it look even more dramatic. I love it. When I get some batteries, I’ll take a picture. 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildYesss.....

I purchased 2 things from my wish list. And applied them…how’s it look? I called this look Genie.

I’ve discovered that to get long lasting color on your eyes and to make the color look and STAY vibrant, it is important to use a primer….Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is the BEST.

And MAC’s Fluidline is better than regular liquid eyeliner. It’s a gel.

I think I’m done purchasing for awhile…I’m continuing to do research but I will stay AWAY from MAC and Sephora for as long as I can help it. I’ve got all of the essentials for eyes….good primer, colors, mascara, liquid liners and pigment. What else do I need?

.....okay, dumb question. I NEED A LOT….nooo, not true. I WANT a lot. But I’ll continue doing my research and creating designs. No more impulsive make-up shopping. 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildOkay, soooo......

WOW, I spent over 2 hours today doing some research….and it almost depressed me. LOL! I have a loooong way to go and a lot to learn before I perfect eye make-up designing. But I’m up to the challenge. I made a wish list. And I really can’t do much until I get these essential items…..Well, that’s not entirely true. But I REALLY have to get the primer. That’s the #1 list on the list.

From MAC:
Brushes: 239 eye shading brush $24
249 large shader brush $26.50
272 small angled shading brush $24
217 blending brush $21.50
Fluidline: Blitz & Glitz $14.50
Shadows: Steamy (bright bluish-green with golden shimmer-Frost)
Embark (intense reddish brown-Matte)
Woodwinked (warm antique gold-Veluxe Pearl)

Not from MAC:
Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics for paint set brushes
Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban is such a great source! I’m lovin’ it and they have a section of Women of Color. Thank the Lord!! I don’t know how to act, I’m so excited!

I tried a combo yesterday called Jay’s Array which was gorgeous, but the colors were not as rich as I would have liked them to be. Hence the reason why I need that primer. I also tried another called Iraqian Blues which was HOT!!

I need to write down the colors of these combos. I’m makin’ them up myself. I can not believe how much I am into this make-up thing. Goodness…. 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildSo let's see....

I’m going to be writing a lot on this goal. It’s taking over my life! LOL—-in a good way.

All eye shadows, I’ve come to discover should not be treated the same. There are many kinds. Not ONLY brands, but types….these types are for MAC products only since that’s my primary source. As I’m mentioned, I use and purchase other products but I get most of my advise from MAC products and users. Here are the different types:

Lustre, Matte, Frost, Veluxe, Veluxe Pearl, Satin and Velvet.

Each type (obviously) goes on your eyes differently. Matte, in my experience seems to GRAB hold to the skin and doesn’t need many swipes of a brush. Frost….usually contains glitter.

After I check my finances, I’m going to go pick up 2 new colors.
Tilt and Amberlights.

Love it! 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildHmmm....

So I’ve learned 3 very important things in my attempt to perfect eye make-up designing.

(1) Know what you want when you go in a store. Don’t just go in there, look around and buy something out of impulse. I tend to do that a lot when I shop at MAC. Not a good idea.

(2) Don’t be afraid to be bold. Today when I put on MAC’s electric eel, I was a bit worried that it would stand out too much…But you can’t be worried about what people think. What I like about eye make-up designing is that you can be extremely bold with the eyes without going overboard. I don’t even think there’s a such thing as “going over board” on your eyes. Of course it’s not professional EVERYWHERE….but 9 times out of 10, good eye make-up is appropriate no matter where you are.

(3) Dont’ be exclusive to just ONE brand of shadows, liquids and pencils. My Mom is like this. She’ll only where Iman. You have to open up to the great world of companies and brands. And thinking that the expensive stuff is the BEST stuff is a fallacy too. I’ve come to that realization myself. While I do think that MAC is the BEST for eyes, I’m aware that there are other great brands out there—-for better prices too. 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildWow...

I’ve joined a website called And I’ve learned a lot already!! I’m so excited that I am devoting more time to this. I’m going to go to MAC today and grab 2 new colors and get to work.

Today’s eye design is (and I wish I could upload a picture, but my camera phone is terrible) called…..

Iraqian Blues

....simple but different technique I used on this one.


I used a Loreal HIP’s gold and dark bronze for the outside and put in circle of MAC’s blue (I’ll learn the EXACT colors one day) in the center. Topped off the upper lid and lower brow with HIP pigment. And then Revlon’s eyeliner and Milani’s liquid eye liner.

Very nice look. I’m proud. More to come…. 7 years ago

Africa's Lost ChildI am..

...pretty obsessed with eye make-up. And I don’t exactly know how this came about. I used to be anti make-up. My younger sisters taught me how to put on eye liner and mascara. And I JUST recently bought my first foundation.

At the age of 22. And I never felt like I NEEDED to wear make make-up. I always felt pretty and have good skin….but I have become so engaged in eye make-up designing. MAC, the company is the vanguard, in the make-up world. I go in the stores and loose my mind over the colors, brushes and designs.

I, too….want to create beautiful combinations and have eyes that pop out. From everyday combos to crazy and eccentric sets, I want to master the art of eye make-up.

The end. 7 years ago

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