TAD: Lace Face Masks

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

I didn’t take photos from the first mask I did so I’ll just be showing how I made the second mask. If you wanted to make you own mask it’s really, REALLY easy and the following steps will show how to do it.

“The sketching stage will take about 2 hours”

First thing I did is sketch out the left side of the mask. This mask I wanted to be based on Mehindi designs, where as the last one was based on one of my favorite butterfly patterns from a Chinese patten book.

To get the right side exactly the same I took tracing paper and flipped the design over. Once I’d done that I made a few changed to the center of the design, added a few more flowers and more twirls.

What I used:

Once I’d finished drawing the mask and was sure I’d gotten all the details I wanted I started to cut it out. Just a small warning, if you’re doing this part it will take a while, (AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR FINGERS!)

I think in total for me it took about 3 hours to cut it out, so if you’re doing this you might want to consider having a few films lined up. Oh and one tip, take your time! It’s so easy for your hand to slip and to cut through a pattern you’ve just spent the last hour painstakingly cutting out.

Don’t try and cut this out in one stroke. It’s better to cut it in little strokes since that way the knife is less likely to slip.

To make this easier for anyone who wanted to make these I’ve put some downloadable templates bellow. They’re so simple to use, just download, print on the paper you want, cut it out and decorate it. Also I’ve made a DIY video bellow showing you a few ways to decorate your maks and wear them.

Hope you like the video :)  

You can download the template for both masks Here

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Tutorial Props Haul: Rattan Brushes

I think it was last summer I did a Geisha tutorial. The idea behind the tutorial is I wanted to do something authentic. Not ‘inspired’ by but an accurate tutorial showing how to do Geisha makeup. Unfortunantly at the time I didn’t have my own place and the only lighting was natural daylight which anyone who lives in England knows can be extremely erratic.

Now I have better lighting and a bit more knowledge on Geisha makeup I’m planning on re-doing the tutorial

It will be a while till I have all the tutorial props I’ll need for this tutorial but yesterday the first tutorial props arrived! :D I’d heard makeup artist like Rae Morris rave about these kinds of makeup brushes and she really wasn’t kidding about how soft they are! It really is like a cotton ball on your face.

I’m almost tempted to purchase the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki brush and do a comparison since this brush cost me £3.69 while the NARS version is just under £40 and both of these brushes are really good quality so I doubt there would be much of a difference in quality, just a huge difference in price! The white brush is shaped better for blush and the black brush has the perfect shape for contouring.

Not entirely sure when the re-make of this tutorial will be up but probably some time in the summer by which time I’ll have hopefully finished/started painting the background and gotten together all the props to do this look justice.

You can get these brushes HERE

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TAD: Queen of Hearts

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

Quite pleased that lately I’ve managed to really make a dent into looks I’ve had listed down to do for ages, I’ve been planning on doing a queen of heart makeup look for well over a year now, and I’ve had this prop sketch in my work book for about 5 months.

The sad thing is I must have spent about 20 minutes searching for my original sketch, I have about 4 different sketchbook (each one on a different topic, for example You Tube looks/prop design then the others are each for seperate personal projects) but like a genius I haven’t marked any of them and they’re all the same sized black notebook.

“It’s just so much more relaxing to photograph it through the various stages and blog about it instead”

I was thinking of filming the whole process but to be honest I really hate filming anything that isn’t going to be a tutorial, when I work I don’t like having the stress of thinking about camera angles, lighting and wether or not my work is in focus.

First thing I did is traced the features of the original sketch that I liked onto water colour card before cutting out the card shape and changing the fatures I didn’t like. I left out drawing what the hands were going to look like till they were the last things I had to paint just because I really didn’t like the original way I had drawn them and didn’t have a clear image in my head till that point.

What I used:

I started off with the water colour pencils, coloured in the corners of the card in the colours I wanted before blending it out with a wet paint brush.

I ended up hardly using the colouring pencils (except for that egg blue you can see on the right side of the card) I absolutely love working with watercolours and it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to use them so I went a bit mental with them.

Annoyingly though I only noticed that I drew the Red Queen’s hand the wrong way around once I’d finished painting her hand.

One of my favorite ways to work is to clip my water colour paints at the end of my clip board and just curl up in a chair with a film on in the corner. I can’t work in silence, it’s one of those things that drive me mad! I have to had either music playing in the background (if some of you remember my old makeup videos that’s why I always wore headphones) or a film I’ve already watched on.

Overall I was really pleased with the red queen (the dagger one) but really unhappy with the white queen. I think I re-painted her face about 3 times before I finally got it looking roughly how I wanted it to look.

 The funny thing though is that in the original sketch it was the other way around. No problem drawing the white queen but the red queen gave me no end of hassle.

Should be using this either in the pictures of my Queen of Hearts look or the intro, or both :)

DIY Lashes: Black Tears

Think I’m going to have to think of more ways to make weird lashes, it was so fun making these and I’d really like to push myself further and see what other crazy designs I could come up with. I have a few idea bouncing around in my head but going to let them marinate a little bit before using them in a tutorial.

“Allergic to Latex? Maybe use sculpt gell instead?”

If you’re allergic to latex you could use sculpt gell, unfortunantly this isn’t the cheapest material to use but it would be re-usable (provided you remove and handle it carefully). You could also use lash glue too, except if you’re allergic to latex you probably have an allergy to most lash glues as latex is one of the prime ingredients :/

Hope you like the tutorial :)