Category Archives: Tutorials

Stencil Tutorial Part 1 – Making the Stencil

 I apologize for taking so long, but here is the first part of my stencil tutorial.

What you’ll need:
Adhesive Sticker Paper (Available at most office supply store or online)
A razor knife or any other good sharp knife you might have
A piece of cardboard to avoid marring any table tops, etc. when cutting

First off, you’ll want to find a design you want to use for your stencil. I’ve found the easiest way to do this is to look for silhouettes. The simpler the design, the easier it is to make a stencil. I picked this set:

Image Credit: Istockphoto
I used paint to isolate the shooting stars on the left middle of the image by coloring over the other designs with white.
Next you’ll want to print the design on adhesive paper. Make sure that you print your design in a small size such as one inch, two inch, etc. so that it’s not to big to use. The one I use here is about two inches by two inches. I’ve also printed a few designs so I’m not wasting paper.
Now you’ll want to put your design over a piece of cardboard and cut it out carefully with a sharp knife. It’s easier to cut from the outside lines towards the center to keep from tearing the paper. 
Now that you have all of the designs cut out, trim the sticker paper to fit the area that you’re going to be using it on (ie. your eyes, cheek, etc.)

Your completed stencil should look similar to this. Now you’re ready to use it! Here’s some more advice:
*If you want to use the same design on both sides of your face, be sure that you flip/mirror the image so that you have opposites. 
*Larger designs are easier to cut out. If you have trouble try using those kind first to get some practice.
*It’s best to use a razor knife or Xacto knife to cut the design & be sure that you protect the surfaces that you’re cutting on.
Still having a hard time? I’ve been thinking about adding stencils to my shop. Comment on the blog and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear it.
I’ll be adding a tutorial on how to use the stencil you’ve made soon. I thought it would be best to do this in two parts. Thanks for reading!

Faery Inspired Look

I am far from being one of the youtube or blogger make up queens. I’m a normal, average working girl with minimal make up skills. But I can still pull a few rabbits out of the hat. Thanks to my friend’s demands I’m going to give a tutorial a shot.

I was browsing books and decided that I wanted to do an eye shadow blend based on Into The Wildewood. Here’s a picture of the cover so you can see where I got the idea from:

First off, everyone pretty much knows how to apply foundation, blush, etc. I’m just going to cover a simple shadow blend. First off, I seriously suggest having a good set of tools. These are the brushes that I use all the time:

The first brush on the left, the pink one, came from my ingredient supplier. I absolutely love this brush. It’s right up there with my MAC brushes for quality. The middle brush is MAC 224SE, which I use for blending and highlighting. The last brush on the right is a MAC 275SE, which I use to put most of my shadow on.
The colors I used for this blend are Carnival Queen, Nymph, Absinthe, and Frost. I’ve swatched the colors on my arm. The swatches on the left are on Urban Decay’s Potion Primer, while the swatches on the right are on bare skin with no foundation, primer, etc. I’ve found that I can’t get them to stick well without foundation. I also noted the wear of the swatches on my arm. Those that were under the primer have held up better to being rubbed from my sleeve. They also hold up better in conditions where your face will be damp or sweaty, such as concerts. Here are the swatches (minus Frost since I forgot to swatch it):

And now here’s the look I went for: 
In order to achieve this look, start with Carnival Queen. Use a thin brush and pat, rather than brush, the yellow shade from the corner of your eye to the inside of your iris. Next, add Nymph to the area just over your iris. From the outside of your iris to the outside corner of your eye, apply Absinthe, blending the colors into each other as you go. Next, use a thicker brush to blend the shade onto your brow. Finally, use use the angled brush to blend Frost from your brow down to the top of your shadow blend. If you like, you can apply a thin line of Carnival Queen under your bottom lash line as I have done. Finish the look with black eyeliner and mascara. Here are some photos of the finished look:

Foundation: Mary Kay