I’ve been posting nothing but book reviews lately, so I thought I’d break up the monotony a bit with some glossy magazine bits. In fact, I might post about magazines more often since I actually read a few different publications.
The February issue of Japanese beauty magazine Maquia is my first victim. It was first introduced on this blog in my January haul. I mentioned wanting to try the tutorial below.
I had my doubts at first. I loved the model’s eyes in the photo – but I suspected the makeup owed its success to the model’s own gorgeous almond eyes rather than the other way around.
At this point, I’ve assembled the look twice. I have big round eyes and I was a little stunned to look in the mirror and find that my eyes looked more shapely and more deep-set than usual. Subtle gradations and shading in boring brown tones really do work. Consider me converted. I’m usually more of a “but what about the crazy colors” girl, but this is excellent for work and polite company.
Below is a close-up of the step-by-step instructions.
Along with my own tools of the trade.
Two caveats. One, I read, speak, and write not a lick of Japanese, so what I’ve done with my own eye makeup is a general approximation from the pictures. I find the pictures detailed enough for me to make educated guesses. Two, I am not yet at the point where I am comfortable putting photos of myself on this blog. I’ve written out some instructions to follow if you want to replicate the look.
- Use a twist-up/pencil eyeliner to line your upper lashlines (I think the Maquia model used a burgundy pencil but I used brown because that’s what I had and it works just fine). You can line your eyes a bit haphazardly – it matters little, everything going to get blended later.
- Apply a dark brown eyeshadow on the inner third of and the outer third of your upper lid. I tend to use a brush for this as fingers can easily cover the whole lid if you’re not careful.
- Apply a light brown shade in the middle of your eyelid and blend together with the dark brown color. No need to blend too vigorously. I use a combination of brush and fingers for this step.
- Apply a highlighter shade (aka the lightest eyeshadow you have) near the tear duct.
- Use the same twist-up/pencil eyeliner to line the outer half of your lower lashlines.
- Use a brush to soften and smudge the line you just made.
- Use the same brush to gently connect the highlighter shade and the liner color together on the lower lashline.
- Add mascara if you like.
Because this brown-toned look turned out so well, I now want to try other looks in this edition’s Maquia. I like this royal blue-themed look although it’s more for fun than casual company. But hey, I love bold colors so this is actually more my aesthetic.
I loved writing this post — a bit of fun between serious things. I’d love to know how you incorporate a bit of lightheartedness in your blog. Reading all dense books all the time can be exhausting, after all.