Monday, July 16, 2012

Makeupbee Contest Look: Scarlet Macaw

Hey guys! I've been pretty busy lately so I guess Summer is in full-swing now ;)
I have a look to share which I'm excited about! It's for the Makeupbee/Inglot Tropical themed contest.
My inspiration was the Scarlet Macaw in this lovely photo taken by RainaDayze:
Stock image credit to
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I love the colors in the feathers so I tried to capture them in my look. I used mainly red, green, and blue, with a little yellow thrown in; I also added black and white accents and finished it off with bold blue/black feathery lashes to mimic the darker feathers at the tips of the bird's wings.
Overcast daylight, no flash.

With flash.

Lips with flash.

-Lime Crime Cosmetics Candy Eyed Shadow Base
-Sugarpill Love+ pressed shadow (crease and outer corner, blended out)
-Sugarpill Afterparty pressed shadow (inner corner of lid, blended out)
-BH 120 palette, 1st edition (yellow and green shades blended out on lid)
BFTE Cosmetics loose shadows, from outer corner:
-Isis (metallic rust, crease/outer corner)
-Addicted (bright metallic red, outer lid)
-Okul (bright low-shimmer yellow)
-Orionis (shimmery yellow-green)
-Sour (cool green)
-Peacock (bright blue-teal)
-Cornflower (baby blue, tearducts)
-Glitz (icy blue shimmer over Cornflower)
-Way Up High (matte white with subtle gold shimmer, browbone)
-Butt Naked (highlight)
-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Cherry, Yellow, Lime, Baby Blue used on lower lashline with Addicted, Orionis, Peacock and Cornflower over top
-Loreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black felt-tip liquid liner pen and Wet N' Wild Mega Liner in Black (upper lashline)
-Lime Crime Makeup Uniliner in Lunar Sea (white along outer wing)
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil in Perversion (outer corner of lower lashline)
-Sephora white pencil on waterline
-Cover Girl Lash Perfection mascara (lower lashes only)
-NYX "Blue Jay" false lashes
Coastal Scents 88 palette (taupe on brows)

-mark. primer
-Revlon Colorstay foundation in Ivory
-mark. Powder Buff in Nude
-CS 88 palette (taupe shade to contour)
-Pretty Addictions blush in Watermelon Prowl
-Darling Girl Cosmetics blushes in Boy Crazy (contour/bronzer) and Cherry Bomb (cheeks)
-BFTE's Butt Naked (highlighter)

NYX Slim Lip Pencils in:
-Hot Red (upper lip)
-Nude Pink (lower lip)
-Tangerine (middle of lower lip)

My favorite part of this look is actually the lips; I wasn't trying to do Ombre lips but it sort of ended up having a slight Ombre effect which I think looks really cool. I just did a two-toned lip, leaving the bottom one nearly nude but the shape is still visible. (I call it the Kim Possible lip, lol.)

 I went through a lot to secure this look; I'd been planning to do something for the contest since before it started but life kept me from it until last Monday. Unfortunately my efforts were not blessed with fruit.. I ended up trying and failing multiple times, lol. Needless to say I was bummed. :(
Later in the week I rallied myself to try again and this is what happened. Thankfully this time I had the inspiration and motivation to achieve it. (The parrot idea really paid off! ;D)
I also somehow managed to take good photos; it was a very overcast day so there was hardly any sunlight but I think that actually made my pictures better. I just used my tripod, a reflector, and natural light from my window. Oh, and a fan to keep me cool and blow my hair around a little for effect ;)

I hope you enjoyed it and again, please vote for my entry on Makeupbee! There's only a few days left in the contest.
Thanks for reading!<33

*Some or all images were lightly edited using Aperture and/or Photoshop; for details, please read the photo editing disclosure widget at the bottom of my right-side bar.


  1. Wow, absolutely gorgeous! You're really talented. :D

    Btw, I'm now following your blow, will you follow me back? ^^ x

    1. Yes I meant to follow you sooner but I don't think it worked >.<
      Thanks so much! I love your blog too :)

  2. Emily, you are so talented! This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  3. Haha so funny to call the lips kim possible lips, especially when they really are shaped like hers!
    This look was fantasticly made! So vivid colours!!! And yiiiihaaa whata lashes!! So fluttering!/Azure

    1. Haha yup, after I did the look that's really what they looked like to me! Thanks so much<33 :D

  4. I want to say, you're super talented and this look is so vivid. I love it so so much!

    Following u now via Goggle +. Follow me back if you like! ♥
    Say meow to me on:
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  5. wow, that's amazing! I wish I could do something like this :)


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