Tuesday, 24 August 2010

And Now for Something Completely Different

I did something yesterday which was almost unheard of for me. I got a little creative!


I've been continuing on my quest to shop my stash and use something different everyday. Yesterday, I picked out the Circus Palette I was very lucky to win in Beauty Begins blog giveaway. I have used this a couple of times now, only really using the safer colours like the navy, lilac and purples. I decided to apply one of the pink colours on my lid, just to see how it looked. Before I knew it, I was really going for it, adding different colours and playing with shapes. I used loads of different brushes and it was very enjoyable.


On the lid I applied the lightest pink colour and pulled it out on towards my temples. I shaped the crease a tiny bit using the pinky-coral. The dark purple is applied under the eye and winged out. The navy/indigo as you can see is above the crease and winged out also to follow the pink and purple. I added a small amount of the yellow around my tear duct and there's a little of the white eyeshadow on my brow bone. I lined all around the eye using a black kohl liner. I wish I'd picked a better pencil or used gel liner as it's not as sharp as I wanted.

I wasn't sure whether to go for a nude lip or a bold colour. In the end, I plumped for a dark purple lipstick. It's one that I was given by my Mum and I'm not even sure what brand it is! As it looked a little flat on it's own, I added some of the pink eyeshadows from the palette and patted it on to the centre of my lips. On the face I did a small amount of contour using MAC Strada. I should also say, the foundation I used here was Lancome Teint Miracle in 02 and I used RMK Super Basic liquid concealer under the eye.


So, what do you think? A worthwhile experiment? I feel very shy sharing this on here but I really enjoyed having a play with colours. I hope to try my hand again at something more creative and I've even started looking at the Illamasqua courses which sound very interesting. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed looking even though it is a break from the norm for me.


  1. As I said on twitter this suits you so well!! I love the fact that it's a circus palette, it really looks like inspired by a circus artist. The bold colors spice up your look even more - you should try to make them work for your everyday life!! Sam xx

  2. You look Awesome, Girlie!

    Really suits you and the lipstick was a great choise balances the look perfectly.

    Now you've started let the playtime begin ;-)


  3. loving loving loving this look of yours. i am so glad you posted it on your blog today, instead than just on twitter xx
    big kisses

  4. Very daring, I am impressed! Make the point nicely that make up isn't life or death, it's supposed to be fun. I never have any idea what to do with colour and always end up wearing shades that are in my skin already just to add emphasis which seems really sad considering that back in the day I never wore less than 3 different colours of eye shadow!

  5. @Sam: Thank you so much, I really appreciate your support. I felt nervous about sharing on here as it’s not something I normally do. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to be inspired by the palette to be a bit more creative. I was surprised to learn that my face could take some colour and I hope I can use more of the shades in a wearable way too.

    @Sparklz and Shine: Thank you so, so much! You deserve a lot of credit for me taking a more radical step with make up. I love looking at your bold use of colour and the looks you create. I’m pleased I went for this lipstick as I think it works well. I discovered it was a Yardley lipstick, I have no idea when they even produced cosmetics! I keep looking at the Night-Time Diva course and wondering….

    @liloo: Thank you ma puce! I really appreciate the lovely comments as I was nervous. I definitely enjoyed having a creative moment! X

    @Debbie: Thank you! This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. I’m like you and normally were colours to enhance, taupe eyeshadow and a rosy lip colour. It felt very daring but I enjoyed doing and was pleased with the result. It sounds like you were pretty bold back in the day, so you should have a go at something radical. You certainly have the camera skills to make the most of capturing it!

    @LeanneOCD: Thanks treasure. It was a lot of fun!

    Thank you all so much for being kind, I was really nervous about posting so it means a lot that you commented and didn’t point and laugh! Whether or not I post on here, I will definitely be exploring different ways with make up.
    Jane x

  6. ohh wow! what you did is so pretty and bold :)

  7. You look great! OK - so it's not everyday makeup, but who cares?! It's a bit of fun and the colours are FAB!

    Thanks for sharing the pix

    Ali x

  8. Thanks Ali. It was great fun and I really wish I'd left it on for the cold callers visit later. That would have been hilarious!

  9. So sorry - I tol you you should blog and then missed the post - still better late than never!

    I think its fab and the picture of you facing forward is stunning. xxx

  10. Ohh lala, very daring and gorgeous at the same time. You did good :)

  11. Thank you Sweetcheeks. It was very different for me but it was good fun! x

  12. I love how you have played with colour, I tend to stick to the "safe colours" but you have given me confidence for trying new ones this weekend :)



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