On September 29 & 30, Beauty Bloggers Utopia is happening, and the invite list is incredibly selective. Since my blog was just a wee baby when applications happened, I didn't expect to be able to go, but Makeup Utopia announced a FOTD challenge to apply for the last two wildcard tickets. The theme is "Recreate Yourself".
For my entry, I decided to stray away from the tried-and-true fresh-faced minimalistic thing I've been rocking for, like, the past 8 years, and go for a glammer look - something I'm not comfortable with at all! Especially considering how I only just started learning how to use eyeshadow last week, this was a proper challenge! This was the result - apologies for the stray hairs and stuff, we're not allowed post-processing for this challenge so all I've done is crop out bookshelves on the sides:
I have my hair out, for once! Since I've been labbing for the past 4 years, this has been a massive no-no (long hair + spinning machinery = ouch). I even trimmed my fringe for this, and got out the straightener ;) I've found that too flat hair makes me look funny, so I tried to leave a bit of volume.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 + MAC Studio Tech in NC25 + MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
Clinique blush in Extra Clover
Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold and Painted Purple
then gold shadow from Rimmel Colour Rush Urban Beach Quad and purple shadows from BYS Smoke and Mirrors and an Amuse 36 colour palette, brown shadow from NYX Champagne and Caviar palette for crease and white shadow from C&C for highlights
Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris (slightly winged)
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof in Very Black
Ardell DuraLash Flare in Short Black and Medium Black, stuck on with Duolash Dark-tone
Bourjois Rose Exclusif Lip Gloss - this changes with the pH of your lips - had to keep a bit of science in here!
Total: 16 products
Usual: 3. I'm not kidding. Blush, lip tint and eyeliner is usually all I can be bothered to do.
As a reminder, this is how I usually look:
And in nerd mode:
And here is my new look:
Obligatory duckface shot:
I realise that most of the other ladies entering have been doing this makeup thing for way longer than I have (ummm.... 2 weeks? ha) but I'm glad I gave it a shot! What do you think? Did I manage to "Recreate Myself"?