Beauty Face of the Day

fotd: colour me inspired

March 11, 2015

Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration for many things, but when it comes to beauty I find it can be kind of hit-or-miss unless I’m searching for something specific. There’s a lot of pretty makeup pictures there, but not all of them are necessarily inspiring, know what I mean?

Then I was given the idea of mining inspiration from non-beauty photos, and I was intrigued. Very often, I’ll see or take a photo that has colours or shapes or and overall feel that just speaks to me creatively. What a neat concept to take that and turn it into a makeup look!


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Sites like Design Seeds are an excellent source for photos with colour breakdowns, but I used photos from Adam’s stash and made my own colour profile from them instead. He was pretty amused by what I was doing with his photos!

Anyway, here are some more photos of the look. I did a matte brown eye to echo the dry desert browns of the picture, with a hint of burgundy for the reddish tinge in the leaves. I finished off with a dab of golden sparkle in the inner corner of my eye to recall the sunlight and bokeh, and wore red lips to match the flowers.


It was such a fun exercise and a nice personal challenge too – I love that it actually got me thinking and planning my makeup colours rather than just slapping things on in autopilot mode! I’ll be revisiting this idea for sure.


How I created this look:

With my hands, I applied a thin layer of Cle de Peau Brightening Enhancer Base all over as a tinted sunscreen (note: this seems to only be sold in Asia) and then spot-concealed by dabbing Cle de Peau Concealer directly on my face and blending with my fingers.

Using a small stippling brush, I blended a tiny bit of Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Blush in Cherry over my cheeks, and using my fingers dabbed Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (liquid) along my cheekbones and over my temples. Then I set everything with a dusting of Too Faced Primed and Poreless loose powder.

For my eyes, I used the matte browns and burgundy eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette and dabbed Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow in Kitten on the lower inner corner of both eyes. I finished up with Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes mascara, and deepening my brows with MAC eyeshadow in Mystery.

I got lucky with my lipstick colour – Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Certainly Red is one of the only two reds I have with me on this tip, but it matched perfectly!