Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Very First Photo-Tutorial

So, like the title says, this is my very firstest photo tutorial. I've never done one of these before, or any makeup tutorial for that matter, so I hope I do a decent job and things make sense.

First off, gather your supplies. Today the look I'm doing features all Madd Style Cosmetix. I used five colors; Unicorns & Glitter (a super glitzy rose gold with a ton of gold sparkle), Hidden Track (A mustard-type yellow with a greenish gold shimmer), Final Fantasy(A fantastic Trichrome that is sometimes green, sometimes gold, or sometimes silver), Cruisin for a Bruisin (A pressure sensitive brown-purple with purple sparkle), and Birfday Suit (a matte nude color).

I used four brushes for this look as well; A small C-Brush (Or a domed eyeshadow brush), a concealer brush (I really like the way this brush handles loose pigments. It's exceptionally easy to pat on the color and there is minimal fall out), a fluffy crease brush, and a contour brush. I primed my eyes with Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, and used a de-sticked NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk as a base.

And before we get much farther, I want to apologize for the state of my eyebrows and skin. I had no idea I had that nasty blemish on my right cheek, and my eyebrows pose a no-win challenge to me. I have cowlicks in my eyebrows, for crying out loud. Anyway, just ignore those.

Start with clean eyes, then prime and base your peepers.

 First, take the domed brush and go into Unicorns and Glitter. Apply to the inner 1/3-1/2 of your eye lid, starting from the inner corner. Also bring it down under the lashline about 1/4 of the way.

 Next, take the concealer brush and go into Hidden Track. I kind of spazzed out here and forgot to take a picture of the application, but hopefully the following description serves okay. Using the concealer brush, pat Hidden Track onto the center of your lid, up to the crease, blending it partially into Unicorns & Glitter, just to make a smooth transition.

Then, take the same concealer brush (I do recommend wiping the extra pigment out of it first), and go into Final Fantasy. Pat FF from the edge of Hidden Track out to the corner of your eye, or a little further if you prefer, again, up as high as your crease. I then brought Final Fantasy about 1/3 of the way in on my lower lash line. Pull from Hidden Track into Final Fantasy to create another smooth gradation. If you feel like you've lost some of Hidden Track in the blending process, never fear! Get some more and pat it onto your eyelid in the same place.

Now it's time for Cruisin for a Bruisin. I used the same concealer brush again (I told you I LOVE it!) and filled in Cruisin for a Bruisin in the outer V of my eye, and brought it into the crease, almost back around to Unicorns and Glitter. Then brush off the extra pigment and, using the same brush (or an angled crease brush, it's up to you), pull Unicorns and Glitter into Cruisin for a Bruisin, creating a faint, but defined line. I know mine isn't perfect (one is not as defined as the other).

Now take that contour brush and get some Birfday Suit on it. This is going to be the brow highlight. Birfday Suit is almost IDENTICAL to my skin tone, so I know it really doesn't show up all that well in photos. Feel free to use any neutral/matte highlight you like. Then take the fluffy crease brush and blend the line between Cruisin for a Bruisin and Birfday Suit, just to soften it up again.

Add some eyeliner and mascara and the look is done! I used just a black retractable eyeliner pen to tightline the top lid and do the waterline on the bottom. I finished off with Almay's Intense I-Color. I use the blue-enhancing, which is a dark brown color, rather than black. 

As this is the first tutorial I've tried to do, please, please, PLEASE leave me feedback. Comments, constructive criticism, ideas, and requests will always be welcomed! I hope you have enjoyed this.


  1. Super job, Sarahjane! I especially like your product shots!!

  2. this is great! your lighting is perfect, and the eyeshadow colors are true. if you were a madd model, i would definitely buy MSC based on this tutorial! you can't even tell it's your first photo tutorial. make more! i love this look, it's simple and gorgeous. :)

  3. needs liquid eyeliner as a finishing touch