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[personal profile] afuna
Errrrr so I've fallen into the abyss which is makeup stuff online. Anyone have any recs for sites to watch / blogs to follow?

A great example of what I'm hoping to find more of is Brightest Bulb in the Box: funny, geeky (her beauty bullshit posts often contain images of the chemical structure of the molecules :D also statistics :DD), some meta, and some product reviews. I'd love to find something more like that out there, I just don't know where to start.

What I'm craving: anything that talks about makeup as... something to geek out over, without necessarily going for the buy/not-buy (individual products) angle. Less videos more photos/text; videos take too much time and my attention wanders (which unfortunately means I tend to skip most look tutorials).

I also appreciate pointers to blogs that focus on product reviews, but I tend to be very careful and picky. I adore posts which include like whether something might work okay in hot weather or with oily skin or the like -- context so I know if the results might apply to me or not! Brightest Bulb in the Box does a fantastic job of that :D (I ummm really wish I could find a blog exactly like that, written by someone with my skin coloring though, then when there are swatches I can just go :DDDD)

I've been trying to look, but googling makeup just brings you to people who are trying to sell you stuff. So here I am hoping/asking for recs :D


ETA: AHEM also also in sort of related... thing. Eye makeup that tells a story. There's a whole bunch of things there: some are inspired by fairy tales (I adore the Cinderella one -- wee shoe right at the edge of the eye!). Some are cute (black cat with a ball of yarn \o/). Some are just... weird (Heisenberg from Breaking Bad :x). They're all pretty cool though.

Note: makeup on the eyelids features a lot of open eyes, in case eye contact is an issue for you -- I'm not sure if the fact that the eye is surrounded by a picture is enough to make a difference to context.

Date: 2013-12-13 06:20 pm (UTC)
nou: The word "kake" in a white monospaced font on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] nou
That eye makeup link is amazing!

Date: 2013-12-13 11:42 pm (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori
Oooh, that blog looks interesting! I don't have any recs, unfortunately, but I'll keep an eye out - I've been trying to learn how to do this make-up thing (you know, ten years after most of my other white middle-class American peers did), mostly as it pertains to costuming - the sorts of visual tricks you can do with different eye make-up, etc.

Date: 2013-12-14 05:24 pm (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Well, stage make-up ends up being different than cosplay make-up, even - stage stuff has to be really exagerated to be noticeable from off-stage, and it's usually not worn all day so some of the products don't last as long/tend to cause acne and stuff.

Date: 2013-12-15 03:18 am (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Yeah - some of them can be fine for everyday wear, but some are more oily and stuff. Cosplay make-up is like... trying to pull of stage make-up tricks in an everyday make-up look, basically. I should look around for places with good tutorials....

(particularly for eye make-up because EYELINER HOW DOES IT WORK)

Date: 2013-12-16 03:39 am (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Right now I'm happy if I can get a mostly straight line and don't poke myself in the face - I'm seen lots of cosplay tutorials for using eyeliner to simulate different eye shapes but most of them are by Asian girls and I have basically the polar opposite type of eyelid - instead of no fold, mine are 'hooded' aka if my eyes are open almost no eyelid is visible.

Date: 2013-12-16 03:47 am (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori

Yeah there's sort of a continuum of eye-socket/eyelid shapes and I think the majority of tutorials are written for 'average western eyes', ie, slight crease but not really deeply set. On either end you have the typical 'Asian' eyes (which I realize not all people of Asian decent have) where the eyes aren't deeply set at all and don't have a crease, to me where they're very deeply set.

I'm not sure I've seen many tutorials on 'regular' make-up looks for Asian eyes but there are a loooot of cosplay-related tutorials, and some of them are for natural-looking make-up for cosplay, which might help? I found a great one on changing eye shape and then realize NOPE NOT GOING TO WORK FOR ME because I cannot do liner like that on my eyes.

Date: 2013-12-14 07:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skud
A while ago [personal profile] commodorified put me onto a beauty writer called Sali Hughes who's pretty good. Not geeky in quite the way you're looking for, but pretty common-sense and doesn't push my "ugh" buttons for whatever that's worth. She writes for the Guardian and maybe other places, and also has her own site.

Date: 2013-12-14 09:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skud
Oh good! It sent me on a backread, too. Which is funny because I'm in a soap-and-water phase right now, but maybe tomorrow I'll crack out the eyeliner or something.

Date: 2013-12-14 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ephemera
That story-telling eye make up is *incredible*

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