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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Guest Blogger: Cydonian

Hey, guys. Missing me yet? Today's guest post is by the fabulous Cydonian of Turtle Beauty, who has an awesome tutorial for y'all that I can't wait to try when I get back. It sounds right up my street so I hate that you get to see it before me!

I had to do something pin-up like for Robyn's blog, right? I mean, she's got the sexy red hair and has done numerous posts on pinup clothing... I also wanted to include orange lips in honor of her focus on them a couple weeks back. What I came up with turned out to be a super simple vintage look. Of course I made it a photo tutorial :)

My blog, in case you're interested (even though most of our followers are the same, haha):

What you'll need:
- Slightly shimmery skin tone eyeshadow
- Matte mid-toned brown eyeshadow
- Semi sheer dark brown, just as a guideline for the liner
- Purple liquid liner (you can use any color, but I wanted the purple to contrast w/ the orange)
- Volumizing mascara (or false lashes)
- Peachy brown blush
- Coral or orange lipstick and matching gloss

What I used: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, eyeshadows from Urban Decay in Virgin and Naked, Mac's Superslick Liquid Liner in Smoky Heir and Maybelline The Colossal Waterproof mascara. For face I used Clinique's Anti Redness base, Mac Studio Fix Powder, Maybelline SuperStay and Dream Mousse concealers, and Mac Prim & Proper blush. On the lips was a no name light pink liner, Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Coral and Boots High Shine gloss in Whisper.

1) Apply your eye primer of choice; also, apply any undereye concealer or skin prepping serums as you won't be using anything that would have fallout.

2) Apply a cream concealer to the lids to cover any veins, and then apply the shimmering skin tone shade all over the lid.

3) Apply the mid-toned brown eyeshadow to the crease with a fluffy brush. Use a light hand as you are only wanting to create a bit of shadow and dimension.

4) This is optional, but you can apply a sheer dark brown with an angled liner brush to help create a guideline for your liquid liner. I am shite at doing cat eyes so I do this quite often, especially when the liner will be the focus.

5) Apply your liquid liner. For this I did quite a thick line at the edges of my lashes and thinned it out. The easiest way to acheive this is drawing a line that continues your lower lash line upward at a 45 degree angle, and then sweep the tip of the liner inward, making it gradually thicker as you near the lashes. Then complete the part from the inner tear duct out to meet the edge.

6) Should look something like this, but this is just what I prefer for my eyeshape.

7) Apply a couple of coats of a good volumizing mascara. Focus the mascara towards the outer lashes so that it adds to the "cat eye" effect.

8) Fix any mascara smudges, apply your foundation and your blush. You want a heavy application, but well blended so use powder over top to get that effect. This will give the blush a bit of a glow.

9) Apply your coral or orange lipstick with a lip brush (you'll want this as it's such a vibrant shade) over a lip liner. I used what I had on hand, which was a light pink, as I also wanted to lighten up the shade I used.

10) This is where you have sexy, glossy pin up lips :)

Finished look:

I hope you enjoyed! Just for fun, I took a pic of my outfit. I'm not particularly stylish but it's amazing what a striped shirt can do to make a casual vintage look. If I wanted to really go for it, I'd have cuff jeans and red patent flats to go with it, but I'm lame.


  1. This is a very simple and elegant look - I love the pin-up girl style!

  2. Beautiful look, your skin is glowing!

  3. Beautiful! I love the orange lips!

  4. SO pretty! I love these vintage looks :)

  5. So hot! Will definately be trying this out come summer! Revlon Colourburst in Coral, you say?? I may have to track this down..

  6. Very simple and pretty! Great tutorial!!!! :)

  7. Btw, I love red flats :)

    & the simple pin up look is gorgeous! i feel like when i do this look on my face it makes me look so plain =/

  8. Beautiful, great tutorial! The guideline for the liner is such a good idea! I can line with a shadow easy, but if I use a liquid liner I'm all shaky and making a mess! :P


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