Make-up look: Cave Paintings.

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This look was inspired by the cave paintings of Lascaux for their use of colour and gradation/fading.

Eye:

  • Urban Decay: Trick 24/7 glide-on eye pencil, Naked Ultimate Basics (Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout & Lethal)
  • Eyeko: Skinny brush mascara

Lips:

  • NYX: Transylvania matte lip cream
  • Urban Decay: Supply 24/7 glide-on eye pencil
  • Bobbi Brown: Latte creamy matte lip color & Crystal lip gloss

Make-up look: Nocturnal Animal.

I saw Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals last night and it gave me the idea for this look. I really recommend it.

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Eyes:

  • Urban Decay: Supply 24/7 glide-on eye pencil, Naked Ultimate Basics (Extra Bitter, Blow & Lethal)
  • NYX: Super Skinny eye marker & Shanghai Sun pigment
  • Eylure: Skinny brush mascara

Lips:

  • Estée Lauder: Emotional pure color envy lipstick

Make-up look: In Memoriam.

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I envy not in any moods
         The captive void of noble rage,
         The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:
I envy not the beast that takes
         His license in the field of time,
         Unfetter’d by the sense of crime,
To whom a conscience never wakes;
Nor, what may count itself as blest,
         The heart that never plighted troth
         But stagnates in the weeds of sloth;
Nor any want-begotten rest.
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
         I feel it, when I sorrow most;
         ‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Products used:
  • Urban Decay: Naked Ultimate Basics (Magnet, Lethal and Extra Bitter), UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded (Gash, Goldmine and Shallow), Naked 2 (Verve) & Moondust (Element and Specter)
  • Eyeko: Rock Out & Lash Out + Skinny Brush mascaras
  • Bobbi Brown: Crystal lip gloss

Make-up look: Bright Star.

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Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
         Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
         Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
         Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
         Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
         Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
         Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.”
John Keats
Overall glow realized by applying Urban Decay’s Tonic eyeshadow on my face.
Eyes: 
  • Urban Decay: Naked 2 (Half Baked) & 3 (Starnge, Limit & Nooner)
  • & Other Stories: golden cream formula from the Tattersall Fusion palette
  • Eyeko: Rock Out & Lash Out ascara
  • Eylure: Concrete Jungle lashes
  • Tears done with Bobbi Brown’s Crystal Gloss and Make Up Forever’s Diamond Powder

Lips:

  • Benefit: Bikini-tini cream eyeshadow
  • M.A.C.: Rose pigment

Inspired by: Hawkeye (2012).

I know this run on Hawkeye is done. I know a lot of you have heard already of this series. But I really need to make a post about my love for Matt Fraction and David Aja‘s work with my favourite superhero.

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For those of you whom are not familiar with them, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are both Hawkeye (archers extraordinaire). Usually part of a team (respectively Avengers and Young Avengers), this run focus on their duo and missions.

I’m pretty sure a lot of people expressed in a definitely more articulated manner why Hawkeye was such a great comic. Be it for the plot or the art itself. Other artists than Aja were involved in this series (I must admit I’m a big fan of Annie Wu‘s work).

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The fact that both Kate and Clint are completely human without any supernatural power whatsoever, and that they remain living breathing walking disasters is a big part of what sold them to me. It makes them lovable and easy to relate to (except for, you know, the whole fighting supervillains thing). Despite being utterly fragile (you know, being human and all that) and messing up their lives with each day passing, they keep going and remain strong.

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One of the important tropes of this series, which illustrates perfectly the whole “I’m human yet I have to deal with life” thingy, is Clint’s deafness. (I suppose at this point it’s not considered a spoiler…) I found this great critic of issue #19, which is key in demonstrating our protagonist’s struggle and daily life with his loss of hearing.

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I was so impacted both by the art and the way these characters handled their problems (poorly, let’s be real, but also, like most of us would) that I got a tattoo of one the panels from issue #19, back in January when I was in Madrid.

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It is CLINT spelled in American Sign Language.

I thought it’d be both a good tribute to my favourite hero/comic book series and a way to remind me to keep on going, even though I am human and fragile and I mess up like all of us do.

Inspired by: 3 of my favourite blogs.

If I had to summarize Timai’s blog, I’d say it’s about the beauty of life. (Warning: the whole blog is in French!) Here are 3 of my favourite posts:

  1. Los Baruckellos
  2. Etienne: brunch BaBy!
  3. of Fish and Nest

For professional tutorials that still remain easy to reproduce and appropriate. Here are 3 of them that I particularly enjoy:

  1. Alexa Chung Makeup Tutorial – Starring Alexa Chung!
  2. Makeup for Glasses
  3. Ultimate Guide To Red Lips

For tips and tricks, this is the blog to read! Find below 3 posts I found particularly useful:

  1. Luminizer Is The Primer Of Summer
  2. What To Do With Felt Tip Eyeliner
  3. Nude Lipstick Is For Everyone

Inspired by: Zak Smith.

I think I was sixteen, maybe seventeen, the first time I ever saw one of Zak Smith’s painting. Actually, it was just a picture of one of his paintings in a book. At the time, I was going to a weekly evening class at my local Art School (ESADHaR).

I don’t remember what I drew that day or even what was the subject of that particular session. What I do remember however, was that our professor, at the beginning of the class, showed us a bunch of books about contemporary art.

As she quickly flipped through one of them, giving us a brief lesson on Art History related to what we were supposed to focus on, a glimpse of blue caught my eye and I decided to check it out later…. Which I did, once she gave us the pile of books so we could take a look at them to find inspiration/try to grasp what she was expecting from us that day.

I struggled to find it because it was a relatively small photograph in a relatively big book, but after ten minutes of going back and forth I finally found it.

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I was immediately impressed. There were so many details in such a small picture, I didn’t know what to focus on. And it looked SO realistic. And at the same so NOT. Like an alternative kind of reality. My first thought was: it looks like a picture transposed as a painting. My second thought was: this girl looks badass. My third thought was: WHO did this? And what else did they do? The rest of that class is all blurry… Pretty much like the rest of these two years I did of evening classes. But that painting stuck with me. (Picture taken from Zak Smith’s tumblr)

Over the years, I checked Zak Smith’s work on various websites, read interviews he did and watched some of his debates online.

Zak Smith, also known as Zak Sabbath, is an American artist and adult film performer.” That is the first thing that will pop up if you Google his name. But he’s actually so much more than that. I encourage you to follow his Twitter, his tumblr and/or his D&D blog, just so you would realize that 1. He writes a lot about many things. 2. He is really approachable and will not hesitate to answer you if he is interested in what you have to say.

He published several books, among them is Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow that I still have to read and is one of his most famous works. He also published Dungeons & Dragons guides titled Vorhneim: The Complete City Kit (which he received the IndieCade 2012 Technology Award for) and A Red & Pleasant Land. 

I believe that if I am so infatuated with his work, it is because it reminds me of comic books while being something entirely different and unmistakably his. With a subject as “common” as girls, he shows us his perspective, from what he experiences on a daily basis. Everything seems messy and overloaded with details but, to me, it seems just right, just the way things are supposed to be. It makes me want to try different things, to find my own way, my own perspective and how to express it.

I really hope I will, someday, have the opportunity to see some of his paintings in real life, and not just glossy pictures of them in art books.