Make-up Road Test: Eyeliner Stencils

Whenever I’ve tried a cat-eye eyeliner, it always ends in disaster or hilarity, one or the other.  So, when I saw that Beth Bender Beauty had eyeliner stencils, I had to give them a try.

Basically, you stick on the stencil on your eye like this:

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Then color in the eyeliner like this:

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Let the eyeliner dry and gently lift off the stencil:

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And….it looks great!

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Here are the products that I used:

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The Beth Bender Beauty stencils are available here.

The NYX eyeliner is available here.

And the LORAC glitter eyeliner is available here.

These are a great goof-proof way to apply a nice cat eye!  Have fun with them and send us some pictures!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

Raising a Geek: Introduction to Make-Up

I know that make-up is hardly a geeks only thing, but I am raising a geek and this is our experience.

One of the responsibilites and quite frankly, fun, parts of raising a kid, is hearing the question, “Mommy, can I start wearing make-up?”  I know if you have a little geeky boy, this might not apply to you, but it just might.  Make-up is not a girls-only thing anymore.  So, when I speak of raising a girl, I am speaking of my own personal experience of raising a daughter.  I don’t mean to make any assumptions of gender in any way.

My answer to that question was an enthusiasic, “YASSSS!”  I love make-up.  I have way too much make-up, and I absolutely do not care.  Dark lipstick, sure, more glitter, yes please.  I use make-up for fun.

However, there are times and places for all types of make-up.  Gothy for the club, more conservative for the workplace, that kind of thing.  So, when teaching my kiddo how to use make-up, I needed to teach her about all the aspects of make-up use.

Just like with putting on a face of make-up, teaching about make-up requires a foundation.  Where to begin?  Well, I started with proper skincare, which we will go into on a later post, and how to apply a “basic face”, which I learned many years ago from a fantastic book called, “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”.  I still have my copy to this day, and I was happy to pass it down to my kid.  I was pleased to learn that this book is still available on Amazon.  Get it here.  I recommend the spiral bound version for ease of use.

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Photo: Amazon.com

Ms. Crawford found herself sick in bed after a photo shoot, and to not go nuts with boredom, her friends encouraged her to write a book.  Being who she is, she did just that.  She didn’t just write any book; what she did was create a manual to make-up with all the basics.  Things like picking a good foundation, using concealer, brushes and how to keep them clean, and how to put on your “basic face”.  Your basic face should take you about five minutes to apply and be appropriate for work, school, whatever.  Her philosophy is that make-up is an option, not a requirement, and if you want to wear it, then make sure you do it in such a way that is occasion and location appropriate.

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Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you apply your basic face, then if you are headed to a party or a club, then you can build on this basic face by adding a smoky eye, glitter, anything goes.

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Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you perfect your basic face, then go nuts!  I know we do.  We recently bought a ton of glitter, cause…glitter!

Next time, we’ll talk more about skincare and fun make-up to try.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Cosplay How-To: Rocket’s Jetpack

Before we get into the rest of our trip to WonderCon, we wanted to give you a step-by-step tutorial for making a super easy cosplay jetpack.  We made ours for Scout’s Rocket cosplay, but the instructions would work for any jetpack.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Posture Corrector Brace- Available at Amazon here
  • Metallic spraypaint for the tanks of the pack.  We used this one and this one
  • Hot glue gun
  • Water or soda bottles for the tanks
  • Two colors of net fabric for the “flames”.  We used these in yellow and orange

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  • Order your posture brace
  • Get the appropriate bottle or bottles for your tanks.  We used two square medium sized bottles for Rocket’s tanks.  Pick bottles that are simply shaped.  For example, if you use the classic Coke bottle, it won’t look like a jet pack tank at all.  Also, choose the appropriate size for the cosplayer.  Discard the tops
  •  Spraypaint the bottles

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  • Take your brace and put it on.  Have someone hold the tanks up to the back and mark for placement
  • Hot glue the tanks together (if you have two tanks) and then hot glue them onto the brace

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  • Take your two fabrics and cut them in half.  Roll the two different colors together in two bundles.  Put the two rolls into your tanks and adjust for length (For example, we didn’t want to burn Rocket’s tail off, so we made the flames a little shorter)

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  • Hot glue the fabric to the inside of the bottles

Then you have a super-easy, super-awesome cosplay jetpack!

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Make sure you send us pictures of your creations.

Next up, more on our trip to WonderCon.

Love, Kim and Scout

*Professional Photos by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

 

Fashion How-To: T-shirt Surgery

I’ve been talking about t-shirt surgery for a while now on this blog.  So, I figured it was high time I showed you how to alter a shirt for yourself.

To express my dismay for the worst son EVER, I got this shirt:

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T-shirt is from Jordandene.  Get it here.

I got the unisex shirt in an XL.  I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  As you can see, the neckline is way too high for a girl.  It is unflattering and uncomfortable.  The rest of the shirt fits great and is super-soft, but that neckline tho.

So, time to surgically remove that collar.  I like to cut the neck out asymetrically, so one side is more open than the other.  Then I wear a bra with straps that are color coordinated.  Kind of Flashdancy, but I’m an 80s child after all.  If you want the sides to be even, just mark the shirt that way.

Step One: Wash and dry the shirt.  Even if it is super soft already, go ahead, so the cuts will be where you want them.

Step Two: Get a pair of fabric scissors.  You can get these anywhere, but keep in mind that once you have them, keep them as fabric only scissors.  Don’t use them for anything else.  Fabric scissors need to be super-sharp and cutting anything, especially paper, dulls them quickly.  You need to be able to make precise and clean cuts.

Step Three: Put the shirt on and in a mirror, look at where you want the new opening to end.  Now move your finger in about a half inch toward your neck.  Make a mark here with a marker.  Mark the other side.  Reason you move in a bit is the neckline will stretch a little.  Be cautious here.  If you find the opening is too small once your done, then just cut a little more.  If you cut too much from the start, your stuck with it.  Better to be cautious.

Step Four: Lay the shirt out flat on a table.  Use the scissors to make a tiny snip on the mark on one shoulder.  Then put one scissor blade into the shirt and start to cut towards the other mark.

 

Step Five: Flip open the section of shirt you just cut.  Like this:

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Step Six: Now you have a guide to cut the back-side of the shirt.

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Step Seven: Give the neckline a GENTLE tug.  Try it on and see if you like it or need to do a little more trimming.

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Here’s my finished project:

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Post any questions you have in the comments.  Also, send us some pics of your creations!  Scout and I would love to see them!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout