Beauty and the Geek Go To Wonderland…with Alice and the Cheshire Cat

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Adventuring can take you to some very strange places sometimes. Down the rabbit hole, as it were (usually to the Underdark to battle with Mindflayers, but perhaps that’s a story for another day). This time, we found ourselves in Wonderland – what were we to do, really, but create some makeup looks for it? Perhaps even ones that might be handy for people for …Hallowe’en…?

Alice in Wonderland

One of the original illustrations for the book (by John Teniel) of Alice trying to play croquet with a flamingo, as you do (source) and a poster for the 1951 Disney film (source).

Most people in the West (at least) probably got their introduction to Alice’s Adventures in wonderland with the 1951 (!) Disney animated film, but the original story was written by Lewis Carrol (real name: Charles Lewis Dodgson) in 1862, with the final version published in 1865. It recounts the adventures of Alice, an easily distracted seven-ish year old who follows a rabbit down a rabbit hole, gets lost, takes some drugs, gets arrested for theft, nearly gets her head cut off by a despotic ruler, etc. You can read all sorts of things into Alice in Wonderland, but at the end of the day it’s a delightfully nonsensical, irreverent fantasy story with the kind of spectacularly weird and wonderful characters that only the Victorian era could produce.

With that in mind, this rogue decided to tackle a couple of characters: Alice herself, and the Cheshire Cat.

Alice

Charactersied by Carroll himself as: “loving and gentle,” “courteous to all,” “trustful,” and “wildly curious’, and with the eager enjoyment of Life that comes only in the happy hours of childhood, when all is new and fair, and when Sin and Sorrow are but names — empty words signifying nothing!’…but by others as kind of a bit bratty, Alice has a lot of sides to her. This is fairly difficult to pull off in an eyeshadow look, to be honest, so I decided to just go with some colours that meant something to me, and an overall look that’s a little bit fantastical, but not too out there (or too hard to toss together!). Imagine that the image says ‘Click Me’. If you do, it’ll get bigger!

Alice in Wonderland Eye Makeup Simple Pretty

Yes, I found a way to work blue into there somewhere. I’m a rogue. It’s what we do.

FYI, the pasty, even glow in that first image is what happens when you combine my skin, a light dusting of my HG YSL powder foundation, and morning sunlight with a camera. I feel the need to explain this, because the images look photoshopped even to me… 😛 ANYWAY:

Eyeshadow: Sephora Pool Party in the inner corner, the ‘Champagne’ highlighter from the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette in the centre (but any pale gold will do), and Laura Mercier African Violet in the outer corner. Same pattern on the lower lash line.

Eyeliner: Urban Decay Roach on the upper lashline, and a little on the outer corner of the lower lash line. UD Cuff dotted along the upper lash line, and in the inner corner/of the lower lashline.

Eyebrows: Did nothing to them. I figure Alice probably isn’t big into her brows. I know seven year olds who would love to cover their entire faces in blue and gold and purple sparkly eyeshadow, but not too many who stress over their eyebrows as a beauty feature…

Mascara: I am in such a terrible mascara situation right now – this is the best I could scrape out of an old tube of black mascara from Dior. Ideally, I would use the false lashes I got recently. However…well, that’s a story for yet another day 😉

 For lips with Alice, I think we need to keep it simple and natural. As many of you may know, I have a whole Guide dedicated to stealthy, MLBB pink lipsticks. Here are a few more options:

Revlon Legacy Icy Violet, Revlon Gucci Westman Carnival Spirit, Revlon SuperLustrous Pink Sizzle lipsticks review and swatches

Some delicate pink, blushing lips, courtesy of Revlon…

The Cheshire Cat

Since the Cheshire Cat is famous for disappearing, potentially in a puff of smoke, and leaving only its grinning teeth behind, I was set back slightly by the fact that a) every person and their dog has done a creepy, fang-toothed full face makeup look based on the Tim Burton Cheshire Cat (2010 – and many of these looks are awesome, mind you), and b) I don’t really own a product that I can put on my face to make opaque white pigment. With that in mind, I decided to go with a simple, easy look that isn’t too overt, but gives you the flavour of a magical, purple cat appearing in a puff of smoke. Since teeth weren’t an option, I’ve gone with tail and ears instead…

Cheshire Cat Eye Makeup Simple

There’s a cat in my eye.

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Fishnet, Freakshow and Grifter for the lid, the tail and the smoke swirls.  UD Sellout in the inner corner. (Yes, I used the Fun Palette). Basically my philosophy was PURPLE ALL THE THINGS, so you can use whichever shadows suit you!

Eyeliner: Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister in the lower waterline, on the upper lash line, and for sketching out the tail, ears, etc. KIKO purple shimmer liquid liner for the dark outlines, and on the upper lash line, close to the lashes.

Eyebrows: Fluffed up with a rough brush/spoolie and dusted through with UD Grifter.

Lashes: a truly terrible brown fibre mascara from Majolica Majorca. I’m not sure if it’s just my tube that’s terrible, so I’m going to hold off on reviewing it for the moment, but man… I just wanted brown mascara!!

For lips with this look, I obviously wanted to go purple. I have many purple lipsticks, but I decided to try a new one (Maybelline Color Elixir in Vision in Violet), plus a striped look with old favourite MUFE 49. I applied the striped look straight from the bullet and doe foot respectively. If you use a lip brush, lipliner and common sense, you will probably get a more precise, long-lasting result. I’m going to invoke the rogue’s right to live in the moment on this one… 😉

Cheshire Cat Lips

Stripy! I am allergic to remembering to use lipliner. If you do, your lip look may stay more distinct…

Right! I hope you’ve enjoyed that little jaunt into Wonderland with me – if you’re keen to keep adventuring, then you need to follow that rabbit over to…

Melissa’s Journey into Wonderland

Where did Melissa’s magical journey down the rabbit hole take her? Why, to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, of course ;-). To see the look, and bask in the magnificence of Melissa’s epic makeup skills, click here.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Beauty and the Geek Go Retro…and Minsc Says Go for the Eyes, Boo!

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

We all know it’s not a true gaming related collaboration  until you go retro, right? Well, this time, Melissa and I decided to delve into the history of videogaming for inspiration! I considered going WAY retro, but wasn’t really in the mood for a Pong-inspired look, so I jumped forward a couple decades and decided to dive into one of my favourite corners of the fantasy RPG world: Baldur’s Gate (1998). Now, this series (and Bioware games in general) have some of the most entertaining and memorable charaters out there, but there’s one that stands out from the rest, and always will: Minsc!

 

Minsc, circa Baldur's Gate 2

Minsc as he appears in Baldur’s Gate 2 – the picture I based my look on. Hey, Boo! (source)

Minsc is a ranger-beserker with a bald head, purple tattoo, and unshakeable attachment to his Miniature Giant Space Hamster, Boo. The combination of Minsc’s earnest consultation with Boo, and his foaming beserker rage (even if it is in pursuit of justice and good), make him an apparently (if lovably) insane member of the party. He is famous for several classic lines, which include (but are in no way limited to):

I won’t cry for the dead! I won’t! Well, maybe a little… but I will staunch the tears with righteous fury!

What? Boo is outraged! See his fury! It’s small, so look close. Trust me, it’s there.

Minsc will be free! These bonds will not hold my wrath! Butts will be liberally kicked in good measure!

Magic is impressive but now Minsc leads. Swords for everyone!

[before going berserk] Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging BLINDLY ON.

You should have given a sword, give a man a fish and he feeds himself for a day, give a man a sword and he can chow down on the meaty marrow of evil!

Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes!

On that last instruction, I decided to go for an eye-centred look (especially since Minsc isn’t much of a lipstick wearer), taking into account Minsc’s tatto and his love for his hamster confidant. To that end…

 

Minsc Eye Makeup Look 1

Minsc, adjusted for the fact that I am not bald…and wanted a golden hamster coloured eye 😉

 

So! What we have here is an adjustment of Minsc’s purple tattoo (to account for the fact that I don’t have a nice bald dome to paint like Minsc does), and a golden/brown themed hamster-inspired eye! As usual with my looks (given the makeup – hah! – of my eyeshadow stash), the thing is pretty Urban Decay heavy:

Face: YSL powder compact foundation (my HG! Review here)

Eyes: Urban Decay Half Baked (opaque, rich gold) all over the lid, but especially in the centre and on the lower water- and lash line; UD Smog (slightly coppery brown) in the outer corner, crease and outer lower lash line; UD Sin (pale shimmery peach/pink) in the inner corner and for blending along the browbone). UD Demolition 24/7 liner (matte brown) in the upper waterline and very slightly on the upper lash line. Lashes curled with Chanel curlers (although any favourite curler will do!), with no mascara (not really a Minsc thing to have, I feel, although obviously you can add some if you’re just doing the eyeshadow look!).

 

Baldur's Gate Minsc Inspired Eyeshadow Look

Golden brown hamster coloured eyeshadow. Go for the eyes, right? I beg mercy for the finger-applied shadow (both the eye and the tattoo, to make matters worse ;-))

 

Brows: Lancome Tres Chocolat matte eyeshadow (review and brow tips here) – Minsc’s brows are not too thick, and quite straight/ horizontal. Although I tend to emphasize the rather mobile arch of my brow by default, I have darkened things more here than I usually would to match Minsc.

‘Tattoo’: UD Last Call eyeshadow (shimmery magenta with a slight brown undertone), in one thick layer, applied with fingers (can’t you tell?). Then a thick layer of UD Grifter eyeshadow (sparkly, almost iridescent pinkish lilac) applied (also with fingers), over the top. I wanted something in Grifter’s colour but matte and a little darker, but didn’t have it. I then wanted to use Grifter alone, but the depth of colour isn’t quite there, and it is pretty sheer and tends toward fallout. That sounds rather harsh, but it’s still a nice shadow – it’s just not really made for creating opaque tattoos ;-). You can vary the colour of the tattoo – there are many interpretations of ‘purple’ out there!

 

Minsc Eye Makeup Look 2

More Minsc! These photos were all originally taken in direct natural light, which washed things out a bit, so I’ve tried to correct that here – not in the others – by darkening them (in the interest of full disclosure – although I should specify that I don’t own Adobe products, so all my photo cropping and editing is done in MS Powerpoint. Yep. That’s why I don’t do much!)

 

I decided to have the ‘hole’ in the tattoo as my eye, as in the picture the tattoo covers Minsc’s whole eyelid. I wanted to do a different colour there, so I pulled the whole tattoo down the face onto the cheek. Also, I have hair where Minsc’s tattoo usually is, and I have neither access to bald caps nor the inclination to shave my head for one blog post, so you’ll have to go with me here!

And there we are! One Retro Gaming, Bladur’s Gate and Minsc/Boo inspired eye makeup look :-). Would you try an eyeshadow tattoo? What’s your favourite retro game or character? (By the way, if you’re on the lookout for retro games, give www.gog.com (Good Old Games) a look – it’s a veritable treasure hoard, and there are some good deals to be had!)

 

Melissa’s Retro Gaming Look

How retro did Melissa go? Well, my fellow adventuress chose a true icon of gaming history, Sonic the Hedgehog! To see her brilliant, blue hedgehog themed look (which even includes a nod to Tails!) click here. But you’d better do it fast! Also you should probably check your gold rings are still there. 😉

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Minsc, Boo, Bladur’s Gate (1 &2), and related characters and associated trademarks etc and so forth are the property of Bioware. If you’d like more info, you’ll probably have to check the assorted wikis, since the Biware website doesn’t really have an active section for a 16 year old game (sadly)!. The Enhanced edition, however, can be found here.


Beauty and the Geek – Gandyl and Melissauron Take On The Lord of the Rings!

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Right! You have four seconds to think of an epic (if rather long-winded) tale of fantasy and adventure in three parts, complete with elves, dwarves etc. Done? Good! Now: who thought of The Lord of The Rings? Go on, be honest. Well, for our next collaboration, Melissa and I certainly did!

There are about a million and one looks you could squeeze out of Tolkien’s works, but Melissa chose the classic Eye of Sauron, and I decided to try my hand at a dual tone Gandalf look (hint: Gandalf is my favourite character). First up, here are some (amusing) concept images:

I only *wish* I had come up with this. Source.

 

I decided what I wanted to focus on was the contrast between Gandalf the Grey’s rather lived-in, greasy, rumpled sort of style, and Gandalf the White’s warm, almost blinding luminescence. Because of this, I’ll mention now that my Gandalf the White look could probably stand in for Saruman the White or Galadriel if necessary (although I’d probably add more gold for Galadriel).

Without further ado, this is what I ended up with (after discovering that I have about two white eye makeup products to my name – whoops!)

 

Makeup Collaboration Gandalf inspired eye makeup look

Gandalf the Grey on the left, Gandalf the White on the right! I’m such a…half poet.

 

How the Transformation was Made:

Gandalf The Grey:

I took a long look at the colour of Gandalf’s robes here, and decided that in certain lights they were a bit purply/heathery. This was all the excuse I needed to bust out some purple in the look, which involved layering Lancome Gris Clair over the lid, Lancome Brun lightly in the crease, Urban Decay Grifter in the inner corner, and the same pattern on the lower lash line. I filled in both my waterlines with Urban Decay Uzi (gunmetal) 24/7 liner, then lined the upper lash line with a mixture of UD Demolition (matte brown) and UD Psychedelic Sister (iridescent warm purple), and added some Psychedelic Sister to the lower waterline. I left my lashes totally untouched, since fussing with mascara and big lashes seemed somehow un-Gandalfey. I also left my brows untouched, and brushed them downward to approximate an ‘old man wizard’ brow. 😀

 

Makeup Collaboration Gandalf inspired eye makeup look

Gandalf the Grey…

 

Gandalf the White

As I mentioned above, I discovered after setting out upon this journey that I only had about three white makeup products in my entire (admittedly modest) hoard. Never one to be deterred by a challenge, I chose to emulate the radiance of Gandalf the White, rather than specific details. I wanted a graphic, clean edged eye look that was blindingly, aggressively pale, bordering on the ehtereal/magical. To achieve this (or at least what I got) I used Sand Out From the Crowd from the Tarte MATTEnificent palette (matte white yellow, review here) all over the lid all the way up to the eyebrow, followed by Urban Decay Polyester Bride on the lid and lower lash line. I then gave myself some nice graphic liner/cat eye liner with UD Cuff eyeliner (silver) and squashed Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Fantasme (amazing fine silver white iridescence) all over the wet liner. I coated my lashes in lipgloss (Revlon Snow Pink) and then patted on Pink Outside the Box from that same Tarte palette to make what I think of as ‘snow lashes’. Yes, I said lipgloss. What? I don’t own clear mascara, lipgloss or eyebrow gel. 😛 This time, I left my eyebrow groomed, and paled it a little with the white eyeshadow.

 

Makeup Collaboration Gandalf inspired eye makeup look

…and Gandalf the White!

 

What about lips, you ask? Well, let’s be honest, I don’t really see Gandalf the Grey bothering with something like lipstick, do you? I mean, the man has magic and he doesn’t even wash his hair!  For Gandalf the White, while I still theink he probably doesn’t much go for lipstick, I feel the theme of ‘luminosity’ here wil allow us to add a touch of sparkly, neutral lipgloss, in the form of Revlon Snow Pink (review here). What do you think? Since the lips below obviously aren’t Gandalf’s, I’ve taken the liberty of altering my name slightly to Gandyl for the purposes of this post.. 😉

 

Makeup Collaboration Gandalf inspired eye makeup look

Gandalf lips! I could have gone some very strange places with this, but I thought I’d keep it logical… no lipstick on the left, and Revlon Snow Pink on the right.

 

 

Melissauron’s Look

Curious about what Melissauron’s Eye is up to? If we know Melissa’s epic skills, I’m sure that before your soul is rent from your body, you’ll be super impressed! Click here to check out Melissa’s burning gaze…

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Battles of the Rogue Grad Student – An Everyday Makeup Look

Greetings from the academic front lines fellow rogues!

Recently, I discovered another, wonderful beauty adventurer at Auxiliary Beauty. We got to chatting, and discovered that we are, in many respects, Antipodean Twins. Part of this naturally evolved into a discussion/rant about the battles that we face every day at university when academia and makeup clash (just try and get two grad students not to talk/complain about grad school, I dare you). Despite being in different faculties, despite being in different countries, the problem remains the same: how do you enjoy your love for makeup, while retaining the respect of your colleagues?

So! We decided to join forces in this battle, have a bit of a chat about it, and share a couple of things: the ‘look’ we feel we can get away with, and then what we’d like to wear if people wouldn’t dismiss us for it. 😀 You can head over to Auxiliary beauty for her perspective here – hope you find this interesting!

Right: straight up, here’s my dilemma:

 

Graduate Student Makeup Look

The many faces (well, eyes) of the academic rogue…some more wishful than others.

 

As you can see from this picture, my ambitions somewhat exceed what I feel is ‘allowed’ in my workplace. Now, this is the cruel joke of the university – although it’s technically completely open and free when it comes to expressing yourself, and although in many instances you may actually be *paying* to be there (which you would think would free you to wear whatever you damn well wanted) ..it’s a bit of an illusion. The core problem here isn’t really so different to the issue experienced by women everywhere, as we confront the frustrating juxtaposition of ‘you should look perfect at all times’…’oh, but we shouldn’t be able to *see* you looking perfect’. However, being a female academic places an additional stress on the situation. Didn’t you know? You can’t like/wear makeup and be intelligent at the same time! And, don’t forget, the primary thing in academia is to make sure everyone knows how smart you are AT ALL TIMES.

 

Graduate Student Makeup Look

More angles of pretty blueness 🙂 The everyday eyeshadow look of my dreams…complete with extremely changeable natural lighting…

 

Sarcasm aside, and as galling as it is to have to ‘prove’ your intellect to people with the emotional age of a primary school child, I don’t really want to turn this into too much of an angry rant. That’s pointless. We rogues have better, sneakier ways of getting around the issue, don’t we? While I will occasionally just go all out and wear some bold makeup (usually lipstick, because it’s easier to touch up and take off if you have to), most days I actually don’t have time in the morning for a full-on, scintillating eye makeup look. We don’t want to scare all the delicate professors either, now, do we?

There are many other, better discussions of sexism, misogyny, double standards and feminism, and I don’t pretend to be the voice of my gender. But is it too much to ask to be able to put on a bit of lipstick without worrying that you’re going to be passed over as a brainless waste of space whose only function is to distract the real academics from their work? If you’re all so smart, fellow (older, male – and female!) academics, please explain to me the research that indicates that my blue eyeshadow decreases both my brain capacity and function?

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch

This should be safe, right?

 

Alright, let me climb off my soapbox for a second, and we’ll take a look at some practical solutions for the besieged grad student beauty lover:

In the first picture above, for the ‘everyday look’ I am wearing precisely two products: Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in ‘Sin’ over the lid, and their 24/7 liner in ‘Demolition’ in the upper waterline. I’ve curled my lashes and am ready to go in under 2 minutes. It gives me a little bit of sparkle, and the curlers wake up my eyes, but isn’t overt or time-intensive. In the lip picture above, I’ve selected a recent ‘nude’ favourite, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure (review). Once again, it has a little colour and a bit of happy sparkle, but it’s not going to give any deans a heart attack. Alternatively, there is any of my arsenal of favourite sheer corals.

In the blue eyeshadow look, I’m wearing UD Haight over the lid, Sephora Pool Party in the crease and inner third, UD Money in the very inner corner and Bare Minerals Chameleon over the whole thing for a bit more sparkle. The same pattern (except for the Bare Minerals) is repeated on my lower lash line. It’s all topped off with some UD Chaos 24/7 liner and Clinique mascara (review here) on curled lashes. Did I mention I have a thing for blue eyeshadow?

So, what are the lips I’d like to be able to bust out whenever I wanted? Well, of course there are MUFE 15, MUFE 49 (for a purple kick), and EL Rich Red or Revlon Fire and Ice (for a punch of blood red), or how about EL Fuchsia Fever for a slash of pink? Don’t mind the violent themes here, I’m fine, really *twitch* 😛 It’s no secret that I have a well stocked bandolier when it comes to bright lipsticks, but the one I’m currently busy looking for the right opportunity to wear is a new favourite (review coming soon!):

 

Graduate Student Makeup Look

Revlon, you and your balms…the balms for a bright lipstick lover’s soul, complete with incredibly appropriate names…

 

Obviously, I could circumvent the issue by just wearing no makeup at all. It’s not essential, my life doesn’t depend on it (although my career might, sadly). But that’s not the point – as liberal and intellectually sophisticated as many (if not most) academics like to think they are, they still fall short on this: I should be able to wear makeup *if I want to*, without anyone thinking less of me for it. Besides, I’d like to see all these highly skilled individuals blend four eyeshadows together with a pinky finger as your only tool… 😉

Right, well, I feel I should draw things to a close here, lest I succumb to the temptation to go off on an all-daggers-drawn rogue-feminist rant! Obviously, the negatives I’m discussing aren’t universal – there are plenty of lovely, friendly, non-discriminating people at universities and everywhere, but of course they aren’t part of the problem! I hope you’ve found something interesting here – do you find it hard to wear the makeup you really want to at work/university? Is is just the way things are (uniform/rules), or is there just plain old discrimination going on? Don’t forget to hop on over to Auxiliary Beauty for her (frankly much more eloquent!) take on this issue! 😀

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries, suggestions or requests, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All material on the Painted Rogue, unless otherwise credited, is the property of said Painted Rogue, Sylirael, and may not be used without permission. If you do, I’ll send putrescent orcish teenagers after you. And they don’t spray with spraypaint, either.

Beauty and the Geek – The Rogue Look in a Makeup Collaboration

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Right! The theme we chose for this collaboration was one very dear to my heart indeed – rogues! Yes, we’ll both be bringing you our sneakiest, stealthiest, stabbiest rogue-inspired looks, so sharpen your daggers and eyeliners, friends, here we go!

Mine is derived from the curious obsession with outrageous black eyeliner exhibited by pretty much every character (male or female) in the recently released videogame Thief (also known as Thief 4, Thief 2014, and The Thief Game That Everyone Was Hoping Would Be A Bit More Awesome, But Was ‘Okay’ Instead).

Here are some not insignificant characters from the game:

Characters from Thief 4

Madam Xiao Xiao, Orion, Erin (the inspiration for this look, and the gaily homicidal sometime protegee of…) Garrett! (the titular Thief). These images were taken from their respective pages on this Thief Wiki.

Something that you may notice about all of these individuals is their apparent shared love for the panda eye. So, while I could think of any number of ‘rogue’ themed looks, I chose to unleash my desire to go nuts with black eye makeup and replicate Erin’s look. The images below also illustrate an appreciable number of common rogue emotions, and the usual causes of these.

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A Rogue’s Tale…

 

This look is incredibly easy to achieve, and will have you ready for plundering vaults within minutes! :

Face: The ghostly whiteness of my skin in the photos above is actually what you get if you take a normal, pale rogue, coat her in a couple of good layers of Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel (a white highlighting base product that I borrowed), dust over some powder and stand her in direct sunlight. The camera was wigging out! Skip concealer under the eyes – you don’t care if there are shadows there to start with!

Eye: I started with a layer of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion followed by a slick of lip balm over the lid and in the inner corners to help create that slightly lived in, oily look. You could also use clear lipgloss, but I don’t own any. That was followed by copious quantities of the matte black shadow Blackout from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Everywhere. Lid, crease, under the eye. Everywhere. Lastly, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero to draw around and around my eye with a small wing, and Perversion to tightline. Lashes were curled and coated in Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review here), not that you can really see them!

Brows: Erin’s brows are kind of short and relatively thick, without a pronounced arch. I used Blackout to fill and thicken mine, getting rid of some of the arch and attempting to give the illusion that they’re shorter.

This look is fabulous! You literally cannot screw it up, no matter how much you’re getting jolted by the missiles from attacking guards as you make your escape across the rooftops. It’s disasterproof – if you spill or smudge or smear, it just makes it look all the more authentic, which is a delightfully rogueish deception. It’s your choice how much of the giant wing shadow is liner and how much is shadow. If I owned a black gel eyeliner, I probably would have gone a bit further, and darkened the whole thing more!

For additional (slightly more colourful) inspiration:

 

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

The Queen of Beggars, rocking some fabulous purple accents to her smudgy black eye look. (Source)

 

The above is concept art released for a character called the Queen of Beggars. To transform the look I did above into hers, simply blend a decent whack of your favourite shimmery purple shadow (UD Psychedelic Sister, perhaps?) onto the browbone, and cry heavily into your mascara (alternatively put on some non-waterproof liner and mascara and drop water over your eye). Her brows are quite thinly plucked and pale, and of course she’s rocking some wicked purple lipstick too.

Speaking of lips:

Erin’s vary in pictures from totally pale nude to a sort of brownish pink colour. Taking that, and the Queen of Beggars there as ispiration, might I suggest the following to complement whichever rogueishly smoky look you choose:

 

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A choice of lipsticks for your Thief: my current favourite ‘nude for pale people’, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure; Bloom Charleston for a more tawny pink, and an old favourite MUFE #49 for the purple Queen of Beggars!

 

Before you ask, no, I did not alter that picture of MUFE 49. It really just does go on that creamy and opaque. It is glorious, and if you’re a fan of purple/dark lipsticks who doesn’t own it yet, you need to remedy that as soon as you can, and raid a nearby MUFE hoard! With your new eye look, your stealth should be unparallelled….eheheh…

(Please don’t steal from a MUFE counter….)

So that’s it, folks! A foolproof, heistproof, questproof makeup look for all the rogues and thieves out there, and anyone wanting to re-create some of the looks from Thief 4. Next time you want to try your hand at thieving, though, just make sure you leave my tea and biscuits alone…

😉

Melissa’s Rogueish Look

Curious about what Melissa’s rogue is up to? If we know Melissa’s epic skills, I’m sure the first thing that she makes off with will be your breath! Click here to check out Melissa’s sultry rogue in red and black, complete with a fabulous description of what a rogue is for those who might be curious…

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

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Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals!

Greetings from the depths of an as-yet uncleared catacomb, fellow rogues!

There are times when you suddenly realise that you’re going to need a little extra help on your adventures, whether it be escaping a mad sorceror’s tower, raiding a particularly large dragon’s hoard, or, like today, clearing a particularly epic catacomb full of the shambling undead.

Fortunately, in this wonderful adventuring world, there are plenty of stalwart fellow adventurers that you can call on to help! Today’s post is a full-party collaborative effort with Christina of The Makeup Train, as noble a treasure-seeker as you’ll ever find! Did you know that one of the best ways to clear a catacomb is with coral-toned makeup? Well, now you do, and to show you how we’re gonna clear things up here, we’re each bringing you our Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals. Please hop on over to Christina’s blog to see the coral tools she’ll be using too! I hope you enjoy this collaboration – if you’re as excited as I am about coral things (and blasting away the shambling undead), I know you’ll love it 🙂

 

Syl’s Top 5 Catacomb-Clearing Corals

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Adventurers assemble! The party members are arguing over who gets to take which awesome Coral Weapon of Destory Undead. Don’t worry, they’ll get themselves together shortly.

 

Alright, so I combed through my stash, and it turns out that 90% of all the coral things I own are lip products 😀 So I hope you came into this catacomb with a properly prepped pout, people! These are in no particular order of preference, but we’ll get an old favourite out of the way first, shall we? (Arm and lip swatches are at the bottom of the post!)

 

Blessed Bloom Sheer Lipstick of Tangerine Smiting +3

I’m guessing you’re all probably kind of sick of hearing about this little gem by now – you can find a review here and more swatches here if you’d like some more detail, but suffice it to say that I wouldn’t go dungeoneering without this, catacomb or no. As you can see from the photo, it also makes for an excellent stealth tool/hiding place.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine, providing cover for Sneak Attacks since HA HA! YOU  CAN’T SEE ME!

 

Holy Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lipgloss of Blissful Destruction +2

Eleimos can’t deny his druidic attraction to the floral packaging on this coral-tinted weapon. He’s a bit of a sucker for packaging, actually (don’t tell him I said that). In any case, this is a sheer, coral tinted, minty lipgloss that comes in one of those mysterious clicky pen things. It’s probably supposed to be plumping, but it doesn’t do much on me – this is a *good* thing, by the way.  Fortunately, whatever it does to the undead is making it a clicky-pen pump action weapon of doom, so we’ll let Eleimos stand at the back and continue flinging glossballs from the brush-shaped tip of this Tarte lipgloss in Blissful.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

So here’s the thing – in combination with my minimal photography skills, the camera would either focus on Eleimos, or the tube. This was the picture that had the most middle ground… **special thanks and hugs to Karen for this lovely gloss, as Tarte doesn’t normally exist in this country :-)**

 

Radiant Dior Addict Lipgloss of the Diablotine +643

I know what you’re going to say – ‘+643?!?! That is totally OP! How do you even need anyone else in the room? Why is the catacomb not just a smoking crater!?’ Calm down – it’s just the shade number ;-). This is a gloriously corally, gloriously glossy gloss with a generous (though still classy) helping of golden shimmer. Susie the Bard wields this like a pro (which she is, really, but still), blasting the hordes of the undead with arcs of hydrating, radiantly shimmery goodness. Just quietly, this is one of the wetter glosses I’ve ever tried, so I do sometimes feel like it travels outside my lipline, but then I look in the mirror and it hasn’t! Magic. Susie! Stop rolling your eyes and blast that skeleton that’s sneaking up on you already!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

This was the best angle I found to capture all the beautiful golden sparkle that this coral Dior Addict Gloss in Diablotine has. Gorgeous! As usual, Susie can’t help but stare into the glitter. It’s a bard thing.

 

Sanctifying Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait of Annihilation +3

Sigryn and the Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait are old friends (or maybe foes?), and no-one argues with the axe-wielding dwarf warrior maiden when she chooses something as the coral augment to her arsenal. This peachy pink lipstick, with its glimmering golden sparkle, is one I wear almost every day (at least once), and I can highly recommend it if you’ve got the grit to wield it (review here). Fortunately, grit is not something that Sigryn lacks, so she’s clearing up her corner of the catacomb like a champ with this lipstick.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, and its old frenemy, Sigryn. Today, they’re working together to clear out as many of the risen dead as they can

 

Luminous Nyx Round Lipstick in Margarita of Purging +597

OK, before you all freak out, the modifier is the shade number again. Also, as for Margarita of Purging, it’s not what you think. No bards were harmed in any drinking games. No indeed, the purging going on here is of the undead, who are struck back to the realm from whence they came by the luminous majesty of this shimmering, pinky coral lipstick. The only adventurer curious enough to choose this weapon after hearing the name was the venerable Khael the wizard, who (after some examination and lots of dark muttering about frostiness), realised that gentle application of this gloriously creamy lipstick yields a luminous shield over the lips, protecting them and transforming anything under it into another shade. Seriously, I am now addicted to stroking a light layer of this over other lipsticks (in stain form) to see what happens! The wear time is also surprisingly good for a lipstick this creamy, so Khael’s shield should hold for a good 3-4 hours!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Khael ponders the apparently frosty madness of Nyx Round Lipstick in Margarita, before aiming it at the hordes of undead, and releasing a luminous coral shield that purges those skeletal suckers right out of the catacomb. **special thanks to Karen again, without whom I would be a much less corally, and therefore much less happy, rogue**

 

Right! I expect, after all the action going on in this catacomb as these adventurers launch their coral-tinted attacks, that you’d like to take a break and see what they actually look like on a rogue (clearly the best model for, like, everything). Et voilà!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

From left: Dior Diablotine, Nyx Margarita, Bloom Tangerine, Revlon Peach Parfait and Tarte Blissful.

 

And now for the lip swatches…

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks lip swatches and review

Coral lips! My favourite shade for every day, and (as it turns out) the very best shade for clearing catacombs. Who knew? Beautiful and functional. The sun was kind of going in and out of the clouds, so sometimes the light colour is a little different. I haven’t altered these at all, and I’m not wearing any makeup around my mouth either – I believe sheer coral lipsticks should look good no matter what your skin’s doing!

 

So – that’s all from our end of the catacomb – do head on over to Christina’s post and see how she and her bandolier of coral weaponry are doing in the other corner!

Are you a coral lipstick fan? What are your must-have catacomb-clearing weapons?

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send beholders after you. conjunctivally-irritated ones.

Beauty and the Geek – A Makeup Collaboration Inspired by Fantasy Water Creatures

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

First off, I want to apologise to Melissa and her readers for the delay in my post going up! We had an internet blackout over here at Rogue Adventuring HQ, the scheduling of my post didn’t quite register, and all in all it was the kind of dungeon you end up scrambling out of in unseemly haste, pursued by minotaur shamans. However, we’ve lost the minotaurs, straightened out clothes, and here it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m sure you enjoyed Melissa’s!

Right! The theme we chose for this collaboration was a fantasy water creature look! But not just any old mermaid, oh no: my water creature of choice is the merfolk wizard Prime Speaker Zegana, leader of the Simic Combine Guild in the plane-city of Ravnica (from Magic: the Gathering).

Prime Speaker Zegana, of the Simic Guild (Return to Ravnica, Magic: the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast)

Prime Speaker Zegana of the Simic Combine, owning you in debate since the moment she emerged from the water.

Zegana is the kind of woman who doesn’t take nonsense from anyone. She stands up to unite and speak for her people, communicates with the other guilds and surface dwellers to make a better future for both, and looks bad ass while doing it. This is an aquatic lady who gets things DONE. Just look at that expression! That purple lip colour! A woman after my own heart.

I thought long and hard about the best way to try and translate Zegana’s look into our world, and decided on a two-pronged approach. First, I thought I’d do a wearable, silvery smoky eye look that is inspired by Zegana but doesn’t require you to bust out the liquid latex and facepaint. Indeed, you too can wear this Zegana-Lite look to any of your favourite evening occasions, dungeon raids and daytime events!

Prime Speaker Zegana Inspired Wearable Eye look

A wearable Zegana-inspired eye look for every day!

 

For this eye look I used a variety of sneaky cheats and substitutions, the details of which are below!

 

Prime Speaker Zegana Inspired Wearable Eye look

Liner and ‘lash’ detail for the Zegana-Lite look

 

Lid: Lancôme Erika iridescent eyeshadow all over, Urban Decay (UD) Gunmetal in the crease, and UD Money pressed into the centre of the lid. I wanted to get the silvery grey of Zegana’s skintone, with a little iridescent green /blue in there to push the water edge.
Upper Lid Liner: Maybelline Charcoal gel liner, winged out into a variety of little ‘lashes’ to simulate Zegana’s impressive winged eyeliner/lash combo. If you have falsies with a more dramatic outer edge, use those – I don’t have any, so this was my cheat!
Lower Lid Liner: UD Gunmetal and UD money smoked out along lower lid, with UD Uzi liner in the outer corner (I’m a bit new to gel liner, so I went back to my faithful UD pencil for a sofer lower-lid line.

Waterlines: Upper waterline is UD Uzi, lower waterline is a gold eyeshadow I had (#2 in the Lancôme Golden Frenzy Palette). If you have a gold liner (like UD Honey or El Dorado), feel free to use that. I don’t have one yet, although I wish I did! The yellow gold here is inspired by Zegana’s yellow eyes.

Lashes: Curled (I love my Chanel curlers, but any will do!), with YSL waterproof mascara on upper and lower lashes (plenty). Obviously, Zegana needs a good waterproof mascara, since she normally lives at the bottom of the sea. I had this one left  over from my wedding, but if you have falsies, once again, this may be the time to bust them out if you want more drama.

Brows: Darkened a little with a light stroke-through of Lancôme Très Chocolat eyeshadow (matte).

Lips: I would suggest your favourite nude (I don’t own one) or MLBB lipstick (I own too many to list) to offset the somewhat smoky nature of the eyes. If you want to suggest the blue-purple of Zegana’s lips without going the whole hog, you might have trouble, as most ‘purple’ lipsticks tend to be red-based. However, that shouldn’t stop you from busting out your Voluptuous Violet Clinique Chubby Stick or your Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Petal for a ‘hint’ of purple without the drama. Alternatively, try a gloss:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Sugar Violet Snow Pink Swatch

A nude or a purple gloss, fellow Zegana-wannabes?

 

OK, so now that we’ve covered a ‘Zegana-lite’ version that you can take anywhere, how about a full-on attempt at Zegana with only basic makeup products? I should note here that the shimmer in both of these looks is inspired by the fact that the first and only time I ever opened a Prime Speaker Zegana card (it’s a mythic rare), it was a foil! So I always think of Zegana in shiny terms, even though you could probably do something more convincing with more matte components 😉

You want to see my effort at this? Prepare to laugh your fashionably attired butts off, fellow rogues, here it goes!

 

Prime Speaker Zegana full makeup look

Full on Zegana! This was way too much fun to do, actually…man, does shimmery eyeshadow ever show off ALL of your skin texture… :-S

 

Face: UD Money all over – I think I almost hit pan doing this, hehe! Shimmery eyeshadow doesn’t give the best coverage all over the face, to be honest, but I don’t own *any* theatrical or prosthetic makeup, so I’m going rogue and just using what I have to hand!
Gel liner: re-done with Lancôme Liner Plume in 01 Noir (liquid eyeliner), into more of a curly shape that mimics the Simic Combine’s logo (you can see it at the bottom of the Zegana picture above – looks like a curly tree).
Eyelid lines: drawn in with Maybelline charcoal gel liner then UD Cuff (silver eyeliner) and Lancôme Golden Frenzy Shade 1 (a pale white gold eyeshadow).
Brows: darkened with Lancome Golden Frenzy Shade 5 (black matte eyeshadow)
Squiggles: drawn in UD Cuff eyeliner, ‘turquoised’ a bit with UD Haight and Shattered eyeshadows, then highlighted with Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Fantasme for extra sparkle and white iridescence.

Prime Speaker Zegana full makeup look

A little detail on the liner and the squiggles – raking light to try and show the shimmer!

 

If I owned yellow sclera lenses or something, I would have put them in too. Unfortunately, I don’t, but they would certainly have completed the look!

Now, for lips, I couldn’t really stop here without mentioning my trusty MUFE #15. I wanted to put everything together on the face, but my lips are a bit of a disaster zone at the moment (most un-Zegana like), so I will have to resort to a previous photo:

Make Up Forever #15 Pearl Violet

Makeup Forever #15, Pearl Violet. The ultimate shimmery blue purple lipstick, in this rogue’s humble opinion. This look has a little MUFE #49 in the corners for contrast.

 

Alright, I hope that Full On Costume Zegana look gave you a good chuckle, and maybe some inspiration for your next Halloween or cosplay event! I hope I’ve shown that you can get a long way with just a bunch of eyeshadows and a couple of eyeliners, whether it’s a wearable every Zegana or an OMGZEGANA.

Melissa’s Fantasy Water Creature Look

Melissa based her look on a similarly kick-ass water creature, the Naga. These half human, half sea serpents have a spare pair of arms, temper to spare and awesome magical powers. Her look takes some fabulous, vibrant colours inspired by the sea and the Naga, and turns them into a vision of aquatic beauty. To feast your eyes on the awesomeness, click here to check out Melissa’s look!

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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