The Making of a Title Background no.1

Seeing as I will probably be doing quite a few of these step-by-step blog posts about how I make my title backgrounds I figured this title would be more appropriate than “Random Doodles”.

I was an absolute plonker and took the first pictures in really bad lighting so it only looked like scribbles on a page, for the next blog post I do I want to show you how I get the base lines for any portrait.

The difference between a good portrait and a bad one is nearly always down to whether you draw a good base sketch or a bad one.

Whenever I do a drawing the first thing I do is make a rough sketch. I never let myself use a rubber for the first stages of a drawing, a rubber makes you scared to just go for it and teaches you to be lazy in drawing.

The best way to get better at drawing is to learn to not rely on a rubber.

At this point I start to focus on chiseling out the features. Making the eyes the proper shape, the iris large, the ears and most importantly the shape of the face.

I always tend to work on the lips last, I don’t know why but until I’ve done the rest of the face I always find it quite hard to draw the lips accurately.

Once I’m absolutely sure that the proportions are correct I rub out only the pencil masks which get in the way, for example the rough sketch of the eye shape, lips and nose.

This is my favorite part! The shading :D

Normally I use a 2B or a 5B and lightly fill in the areas that need shading, I then blend this all out either with my fingers or a paper blending pencil.

For smaller shading I like to use a clay shaper.

These little tools are ideal for blending around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

At this point its just finishing off all the little details like the crown and the hair.

Now that I’ve drawn it I’m also going to put it through photoshop to get the exact look I want but for the moment this is what I’ve got :)

Review: Illamasqua Masquara

Disclaimer: Item provided for review. All opinions are my own.

A few days ago I received a package from Illamasqua.

Hehe I was hoping it was going to be a bit of a sneak peak into the up coming Theatre if the Nameless. It ended up being the mascara from the upcomming collection but no more information about the collection *sigh*.

The bottle kind of suprised me.

Maybe I half expected to see some amazing intricate mascara bottle that was was a piece of art in it’s own right, but it’s was just a simple black tube.

It has quite a large brush (similar it size to the Maybelline Colossal mascara), nothing unusual.

Basics:

  • £18.00
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Shade Black (Raven)
  • Part of the upcoming Theatre of the Nameless collection

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, our new Masquara in Raven (midnight black) reveals a heart of darkness with a new formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises to extremes. The happy union of our unique brush design and new smudge-proof formula ensures lashes can last the whole night through

To demonstrate how well/or not the the mascara worked I decided to take shots of my eye lashes before and after applying the mascara.

It applies quite well, it can be slightly sticky so you have to be careful to not let your lashes stick together. Overall though I didn’t notice a tone of difference, it slightly darkened my lashes and gave a bit more length, but nothing that blew my mind.

Conclusion:

This is an ok mascara. It didn’t wow me, I do think though that it’s a bit of a steep of a price to charge for a mascara that only really gives a natural look to the lashes.

That being said I am still looking forward to the Theatre of the Nameless collection even if it’s just for the pictures.

Review: Blend Perfection Sponge

I spotted this one in Super drug around 2-3 months ago instantly thought about the raved Beauty Blender and the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, I figured these were the UK dupes so I bought one.

Now personally I have never tried either of the US versions so regrettably I cannot compare this one to them, but I normally use disposable sponges for applying my BB Cream and personally I am not a fan of disposable stuff.

I like products which are hard wearing and last, so I decided to give this product a go.

Basics:

  • £4.95
  • Latex Free

I ended up buying two of these around 4 months apart. I had read on some blogs that the Beauty Blender (or the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, I can’t remember which) had dissolved in the inside, so I wanted to test this out thoroughly to make sure that it wasn’t the case with these sponges.

I’m happy to say that did not happen with these. They apply foundation beautifully!

The method I prefer the most is to dampen the sponge and then stipple foundation onto the skin with it.

They expand quite a lot when soaked so just dampen it, don’t soak it. It’s not too hard to wash the foundation off them, my favorite method is to use an old makeup remover I don’t like and use that to squeeze the foundation off.

Conclusion:

If you’re a fan of applying foundation (or BB Creams) with a sponge these are fantastic and save you a lot of money in the long run.

You can buy this in Superdrug or online at www.superdrug.com or at www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Review: BB Skin 79

On a day-to-day basis I cannot be bothered with makeup, I’d rather spend that time in bed.

But for those days where I have to go into Uni I like to wear a BB cream to protect my skin from all the rubbish in the air.

I know this is slightly off topic but one day I did little test to see how much dirt built up on my skin when I go to Uni compared to a normal day…it was disgusting!

After that I’ve started to wear a BB cream to protect my skin and I noticed a massive improvement to my skin.

I bought this one after my sister bought herself one and started raving about it. I had just finished my Misha BB cream and although I liked it, after pinching a bit of Nicky’s I was sold and bought my self one.

A funny thing I noticed is that my skin just seems to absorb it. Every night when I clean my face it’s like my skin has eaten most of the BB cream.

I bought this one on e-bay (no shocker there) and it arrived within 2 weeks, which was surprising considering it came from South Korea.

Basics:

  • Good for your skin
  • £11.10 (postage included)
  • Sleek packaging
  • Bought on e-bay
  • Comes with two sachets and a small tube

Despite being stupidly pale this BB works for my skin tone, it’s not a perfect match, but with a bit of blending it’s fine.

The only con I can think of is I can’t find any information regarding whether they are cruelty-free or not.

I haven’t found anything to imply that they are not cruelty free which is a good sign, but I have sent an email to the company to be able to know for sure if they are cruelty free.

I will update this post when I receive their reply :)