Pretty as a picture is a saying that we always hear. Meaning that you look beautiful and completely picturesque. It’s one of them old fashioned sayings that seem to have been around forever. But I always thought that there should be something more to it. Watercolour pictures always seemed so perfect to me, and it amazed me what you could do with a splash of paint. How you could completely transform a sketch into a vibrant, colourful piece of art. Watercolour has always been one of my favourite types of paint and I love the effect that it creates.
But because I love a bit of experimenting, (but then again, who doesn’t?), I wondered if it was possible to recreate the watercolour look with makeup. The things that can be achieved with makeup never cease to amaze me. All you have to do is look at special effects make up to be blown away. So, I thought that it would be fairly easy to create a watercolour style image.
I love how watercolour all blends together, and this is something that I really wanted to recreate. To me, it has a sense of magic and a true sense of beauty. But after a few attempts, and trial and error, I think that I finally sussed it out. And because I love how all the colours combine, I decided to use a few different ones to create the look. I can’t believe how simple it is, and how something as small as adding water to the eye shadow can help to give it the same quality as the paint.
My everyday look is quite natural, although I normally opt for a little bit more of creativity in the eyes. It seems to be the one place where I decide to put in a little bit more effort. So, taking on this inspiration, I decided to focus on the eyes. For this reason I went for a barely there face, with a little pink shimmer blusher, and went all out on the eyes.
So, I decided to use a few of my favourite colours and went for pink, lilac, mint and blue; all blended into one in order to recreate an authentic, watercolour feel. Honestly, after I completed this look I felt a bit like a mermaid! I know what I’m going as next time I’m invited to a dress up party, although I really think that you could wear this look any time of the day!
The perfect, whimsical look with a touch of beauty, which can be worn every day, or for special occasions.
Time to be as pretty as a picture,
Pastel Watercolour Make Up Tutorial:
Time to embrace your inner artist…
What You Need:
- Primer – I love Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix!
- Various Makeup Brushes – Including 4 flat eyeshadow brushes
- Sheer Foundation / BB Cream
- Concealer / Highlighting Pen – Such as YSL Touche Eclat
- Eyebrow Mascara
- Light Pink Gel / Cream Blusher
- Translucent Face Powder
- Four Different Eyeshadow’s – I used shimmery pastel shades in Pink, Lilac, Mint Green and Blue
- Concealer Pencil
- Mascara – Black
- Pale Purple / Lilac Lip Colour – such as Barry M Lip Paint in Palest Lavender
- Pale Pink Lip Colour – such as Barry M Lip Paint in Baby Pink
- Pot of Water
Getting The Look:
- Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face as normal, then add your usual primer and lipbalm.
- Using a foundation brush, apply a sheer Foundation / BB Cream all over the face.
- Use your Highlighter / Concealer Pen and apply under eyes, to the cupids bow of your lip and centre of your bottom lip. Use a concealer brush to blend this in completely.
- Apply a light shimmery Gel / Cream Blusher to your cheekbones. All you want is a slight natural glow, so go lightly and don’t apply too much product.
- Apply a light layer of Translucent Powder to your entire face with your powder brush
- If desired, use Brow Mascara and shape your eyebrows.
- Now it’s time for the eyes! Take a flat eyeshadow brush and dip into your pot of water so the brush is damp but not dripping. Next, using your damp brush build up the colour from your pale pink shadow until the colour on the brush resembles your desired shade, remember the colour will change once it’s wet and will become much more intense. You might want to test this on the back of your hand before applying to your eyes. Once your happy with the colour, gently brush this onto your eyelid, gradually building up the colour as you go. The pale pink should extend over your entire eyelid and finish just above the crease line.
- Use a clean flat eyeshadow brush and again dip into your pot of water so the brush is damp but not dripping. Take your light purple eyeshadow and build up the colour on your damp brush until your desired shade is achieved. Look straight ahead and apply the purple colour starting at the beginning of your iris and continue to the outer edge of your eyelid, building the colour over the previous pink shade. The final result should cover around 3/4 of your eyelid.
- Blend away any harsh lines by lightly patting the pale pink shadow on top of the purple where the two colours meet, keeping your brushes wet the whole time. The aim is to look like a painting, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect.
- Use another clean, damp flat eye shadow brush to apply the mint green colour on top of the purple shade, this should cover the outer 1/2 of your eyelid. Blend into the purple, keeping the green colour quite intense towards the outside of your eye.
- Take another clean, damp angled eyeshadow brush and, looking upwards, apply the blue colour just under your lower lash line. This needs to be very close to your eyelashes! Once you’re at the outer corner, follow the natural shape of your eye and apply the colour upwards to the crease of your eyelid, follow this line until you meet the purple shade. Now blend away any harsh lines, remember this is meant to resemble a painting so doesn’t need to be perfect but the colours should blend into one.
- Use your Concealer Pencil and line the water line.
- Apply one light coat of mascara, brushing away any clumps using a clean mascara wand.
- Next up, the lips. Use a lip brush to fill in your lips with a light purple / lilac lipstick, leave the inner centre of both lips blank.
- Dab a light pink colour to the blank space at the centre both lips, lightly blending together with the lip brush.
- And voila, you’re pretty as a picture!
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