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Thursday, February 10, 2011

V-Day Tutorial: Hero + Mini Review: Flower by Kenzo

Less than a week to Valentine's Day! I hope this year's V-Day Tutorial line-up will inspire you as much as it has inspired me.

Let's start with a look that I'm not familiar with: A classic old Hollywood pin-up look.

This one's full of inspirations and one of them is the Flower by Kenzo fragrance. I'll tell you more after the jump.

Read on for pictures (heavy) and the tutorial!

It started with Flower by Kenzo inspiring me to try a look with red lips to match its poppy flower icon. I figured the pin-up style eye makeup would best match a first-time red lip, which reminded me of 50s Hollywood. That made me think of the Chippendales in full marine uniform, stripping down to the bare minimum as I was serenaded by Enrique Iglesias's "Hero", sung by Bryan Chan.

Yeah... my brain's not properly compartmentalized.

Speaking of Flower by Kenzo, it's a very feminine scent that's very powdery, in my opinion. I find it rather unique compared to the usual sweet fruity or floral scents. I'm personally not too keen on the initial scent but it fades into something more pleasant after a few hours and lingers up until the end of the day.

If this perfume works for you, you may find yourself loving it. I know of some people who have it as their staple and after 10 years, it is still a favorite of many.

Available in both EDT (RM175/30ml, RM250/50ml, RM335/100ml) and EDP (RM275/50ml) with refill pack for the EDT (RM188/50ml).

The Tutorial

Items Used:

MAC Paint in Stilife
Lotree Eyeshadow in 02 (peachy pink)
Lotree Eyeshadow in 07 (light beige)
Lotree Eyeshadow in 10 (white)
MAC Pigment in Gold Mode
MAC Eyeshadow in Dark Edge
NYX Eyeshadow in Brown
I Nuovi Fluidliner Eye Pencil in Light
I Nuovi Fluidliner Eye Pencil in Noir
Lotree Brush Pen Eye Liner
Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara
Maybelline theMagnum Super Film Mascara
ES False Lashes in A254 (from KKCentreHK)
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow Pencil in Seal Brown
Lotree Natural Styling Eyebrow Powder Kit

Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse
Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick in 754
Anna Sui Spot Concealer in 03
RMK Loose Powder in P00

Ettusais Cheek Color in PK6

RMK Lip Pencil in 09 Silver Brown
Stage Wonderlust Lipstick in Gwen

Beauty Mark:
For once in never, I'm actually pleased with my mole. But if you don't have one, no harm in drawing one on with a dark brown gel liner or liquid liner :)

The eyes are neutral but still dramatic because of the strong eyebrows and full lashes. Blue contact lenses would go well with this look because they make the eyes appear brighter, thus bigger and more doll-like.

The dark brows complement the red lips, framing the entire look. The cheeks are kept soft for balance.

Very surprisingly, I liked this look a lot. I've always stayed away from such a look as much as I love seeing it on others because I've always been uncomfortable wearing bright lip colors. I'm very glad that it turned out the way it's supposed to be.


rinnah said...

You look great with this look, Connie! <3 it!

And oh, you just reminded me of the Chippendales... can't believe it's almost a year since our SG trip...

Connie De Alwis said...

Rinnah: Thanks, babe :) Means we need to make another trip this year!

xin said...

which also reminds me, i am married for more than a year already! gosh! and somehow i think u look diff with this makeup..hmm.. could it be becoz of the neutral shades on eyes, black brows and darker lips?

Connie De Alwis said...

Xin: Yes! Time for babies :D Well, I usually do dark eyes, light brows and nude lips so I'm definitely looking different! Lol

Pepper said...

Now, this is something easier to recreate compared to the Gucci Guilty look. LOL. I tried to recreate it and I learned how limited my skill is. Need to practice more.

AnnaYJia said...

Aww you look like a Spain Paso Doble lady in this look ! and I like how you draw your eyebrow ^^

Connie De Alwis said...

Pepper: Haha I can't recreate the Gucci Guilty look either so don't beat yourself up! Did it once and probably won't be able to again. This one's pretty simple. Not much skills involved except for the winged liner and probably the eyebrows. Hope you'll try it with success this time! :)

Connie De Alwis said...

AnnaYJia: Lol I suppose I could pass for that! At the risk of sounding completely self-centered, I like my eyebrows too. I don't usually do them that thick and dark but they're fitting for the look

Paris B said...

Like ya best in the last pic :D Now, wear this out the next time I see you k? ;)

Connie De Alwis said...

PB: Thanks :D Haha, if I dare!

Amanda Christine Wong said...

you are god!i've been waiting for u to do a 60's pin up look tutorial coz i basically have the same features as you, you know, tanned with almost-but-not-quite chinese eyes. so finally! keep up your fabulous work!

Anonymous said...

think you look real nice here! :)

Connie De Alwis said...

Amanda: Hahaha thanks. I've been looking for one that worked for me too and this one did. Yay! Glad to be of help :)

Anonymous: Thank you :D

gio said...

You look great! Love the lip color!

Connie De Alwis said...

Gio: Thank you! I bought the color on a whim. Figured it's about time I buy myself a red lipstick! Still it's not a very daring red

gweneth said...

connie, did u put on weight?!

Mab said...

WOW! You look fabulous! I wish I could carry that look T_T

Connie De Alwis said...

Gweneth: Lol. Is that shocking?

Mab: Thanks. Well, give it a try! You'll never know if you don't. I didn't think I would've been able to carry the look either

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