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Holidays

A spooky ghostie ghoul makeup look

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Oct.2012

BOO!!

This Halloween I’m dressing as a spooky, Victorian-era ghost… complete with bustle dress, boots, and curled (but messy) hair. And today I figured was a fantastic day for a makeup dress rehearsal!

Spooky ghost makeup

Where's my coffee?!? Even ghosts are unhappy without caffeine!

And now… the quick n’ spooky tutorial~
For the Face and Eyes…

  • Apply a primer! Always use a primer when applying costume makeup – it’ll help seal your skin; make the look last longer; and assist in preventing breakouts.
  • Apply pale concealer or heavy makeup across your entire face and neck. Make sure everything is one color.
  • Cover your face and neck with white eyeshadow. I used a white by L’Oreal HiP. I applied only one coat for this (but I’ll use two or three coats for Halloween night), applied with my Beauty Blender sponge.
  • Line eyes with black eyeliner – I used a black gel eyeliner from Purely Cosmetics. Be sure to also line your waterline and your upper and lower lash line!
  • Next, grab some highly pigmented black eyeshadow. I used one by Milani. Sweep it heavily across your entire upper lid, and really smoosh it into your upper lid crease. Blend outward to your temple.
  • Using that same black shadow, sweep it under your lower lashline – don’t be too neat here. Messy is excellent!
  • Add some more of that black shadow to the inner corners of your eyes, next to the bridge of your nose to create depth and shadows. Also bring the shadow under your eye, but above your cheek, to create the looks of under-eye “bags”.
  • Now comes the fun part!
  • Using your black gel eyeliner, draw driplines down from your lower lashline. Sweep some black eyeshadow between the lines and along the edges to soften and create some shadows.
  • Dab a red lipstick or red lipstain at the inner corners of your eyes (right by your tear ducts).
  • Optional ~ After the gel liner dries, use a clear lipgloss to lightly trace over the drips. This makes an awesome gooey texture!!

For the Cheeks ~

  • Shade the hallows of your cheeks with the black eyeshadow.

For the Lips ~

  • Apply a red lipstain (I used one of the CoverGirl marker-style lip stains) to the inner portion of your lips (i.e. the parts of your lips closest to your teeth). Let it dry.
  • Pucker your lips and apply concealer or super-pale lipstick to the outer portions. Un-pucker your lips.
  • Use the black gel liner or black eyeshadow to trace and fill in those lines left by the puckering.
  • Add the drips below your lips as described in the Eyes section above. Try to carry some down and underneath your chin for the full effect!
  • Dab the red lipstain in the outer corners of your lips for depth.

For Halloween night, I’ll be adding some more white underneath everything – gotta have uber-pale skin, right? And I also plan to carry the white makeup and shading down my neck, chest, and all the exposed areas on my arms and hands.

What are you dressing as for Halloween?  And feel free to share any costume makeup tips in the comments below!

Happy Halloween ghouls,

Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Vampire-inspired Halloween Mani

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Oct.2012

Yet another Halloween themed nail polish creation by yours truly…

I created this manicure using all Gelish SOG (Soak Off Gel) polishes, but you could create the same look with regular polishes from your own stash.

I used Electric Metal Lover – a magnetic red – for the main color. Two coats and the final coat I “activated” the magnetic properties using one of my China Glaze nail magnets. The drips were freehand painted using Black Shadow – a black creme.

Vampire-inspired Halloween gel polish manicure

I think this style polish would also look awesome with a clear base over the entire nail, then apply the “drips” in a deep, blood red.

Happy Halloween y’all!
~Jami

Regardless of how you’ll be celebrating (or not-celebrating) Valentine’s Day, women everywhere seem to go on the quest for the ultimate red lipstick.

To help you wade through the masses, I’ve come up with a Bionic Red Lipcolor Roundup that has a little something for everyone…

elf cosmetics cherry bomb candy shop lip gloss

elf's Cherry Bomb lip gloss

For the budget-conscious, and just a twinge of redness- e.l.f. cosmetic’s $1 Candy Shop lip gloss in Cherry Bomb.

L'Oreal Cherry Freeze lipstick

L'Oreal Colour Juice lip stick in Cherry Freeze

Love haunting the drugstore beauty aisles? L’Oreal Colour Juice Stick in Cherry Freeze is a cool-toned red that can go on super sheer, or be layered for a much deeper red.

Read on…

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Dancing snowmen? Flying reindeer? Talk about a season full of myths! As it turns out however, there is at least one thing we can trust to come this winter- welcome to my face, dry skin.

Time to thaw out those chilly weather blues by winterizing your skin with this new recipe that I’ve come to love. Peppermint when used as an infusion is much gentler than peppermint essential oil, while cucumber soothes and feeds the skin with silica.

Ingredients ~

  • 1/2 of a fresh medium cucumber
  • 5 ounces (150 ml) filtered tap/mineral water
  • 1 packet peppermint tea
  • 2 oz (60 ml) aloe vera juice
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil
  • 1 oz (30 ml) carrot juice (optional)
DIY homemade all-natural Cucumber, Peppermint and Aloe Vera face mask

Sooth your skin this winter with a homemade Cucumber, Peppermint and Aloe face mask!

Directions ~
Read on…

Bionic Asks: Beauty gifts or gift cards?

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Dec.2010 · 5 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

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he holiday shopping season is here. Television, radio and internet commercials are laden with the things we “must-have”, people are battling for parking spots, and everyone is trying to save money (myself included).

So this week’s Bionic Asks Will you be buying any beauty-related for loved ones this holiday season? Or do you think its better to give them gift cards to buy the cosmetic goodies they prefer?

Happy Holidays from Bionic Beauty

I’m planning on buying close family some small items like my favorite Herbaria soaps and sampler makeup packs. To round it out, I am doing a “homemade holiday” this year. My family and friends are getting loaves of my famous banana bread, personalized journals, and woven collars for their pets. In summary, I guess I’m doing a mix – a bit of beauty goodies and a bit of personal hand made stuff.

However, if I wanted to buy a beauty-related present for someone who I didn’t know very well, I would definitely go the gift card route. Better to let them pick exactly what they want than not use something or have to return it.