Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Artemis, the moon goddess .........Look 1

In the silvery moonlight and after reading Percy Jackson, I always felt of doing a look that was Artemis, the moon goddess inspired. The innocence, the cool radiance, the iridescence..............and the power.....it all feels so enthralling. There were many of such posts and looks done online by many bloggers and common in those looks very silvers, blacks and steely greys. So mine is an Artemis in a modern twisted way. Hope the Goddess herself likes this look of she's reading my blog.

Silver is a color the represents cool tones. Its got an icy, shivery element to it, so donning silver becomes a part and parcel of cooler undertones according to conventional makeup theories. Now like other colors silver comes in many forms and textures making it a glamorous color for the evenings. I would not suggest using silver in the mornings and afternoons as its just not the color of the day, it represents dusk. And so does purple which will take the place of black and steely grey in this look. I love the stone Amethyst and a cooler stony amethyst eyeshadow is what perks up th look.

I dream of a healthy Artemis whose rosy cheeks are enlightened with a silvery halo of iridescence and whose rosy lips bathe in the early morning dew rather than a snowy frost. We are not doing character makeup, something for a party or an evening occasion, so please do not expect extremes. Its just about adding softer nuances and highlighting strategically. I follow the crescents of the face, the one starting from a high point of the brow bone to the temples and coming all the way towards the heights of the cheeks in a "C" shape and the one that starting from the cheek to jaw line. I would be ignoring the latter though. So lets see what we need.....


·         Estee Lauder Illuminating Makeup Base Rs.1280
·         Givenchy Photoperfexion Foundation Rs.2200
·         Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (Not in India) and has no dupe
·         YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Concealer Rs.2150
·         Clinique Blended Loose Powder Rs.1600
·         Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Rose Flush
·         Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose (not in India) , the Body Shop makes a dupe sheerer though
·         MAC Limited Edition Blush Duo in Hang Loose (Lavender/Baby Pink)
·         Brushes: - Estee Lauder Foundation Brush, Clinique Powder Foundation brush, Estee Lauder Concealer Brush, Shiseido Blush Brush, Benefit Fan Brush.
Since this look is interplay of matte and shimmery textures, I would powder some areas and keep some areas dewy. Start with illuminating base for that lit-from-within glow. Mix illuminating oil free tinted moisturizer in a full coverage foundation and apply all over face including under eye area. Since this is an evening look you would not need much of concealer unless you have raccoon eyes under eye circles. Use a radiant concealer in the inner corners to highlight. Blend on some Rosy flush cream blush on the apples of cheeks and blend into nothing but a simple natural flush. This keeps the powder blush last longer. Dust pink rose from the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick on the cheek apples and towards the temples. Dust the highlighters from the brick over the cheek heights. Then with a fluffy powder brush dust loose powder all over the face, a minuscule amount though concentrating on the T zone areas and some on the cheeks to diffuse the impact of the shimmer. Then with a fan brush dust gently some Lavender shimmer. Lavender is not a stark shimmer the way silver color. Remember we need to have a halo of all colors rather than something solid. So use sparingly.


  • Benefit Lemonaid Correcting eye lid primer (not in India….www.benefitcosmetics.com)
  • MAC eyeshadows in Clue (Taupe with silver pearl), Blue Sorcery LE (Silver/Turquoise), Thunder (Violet with nuances of charcoal)
  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible eye liner in White Rs.500
  • Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in Black Rs.1075
  • Brushes: - Shiseido Large eyeshadow brush, MAC 217,219 and 222

Start with an eyeshadow base just over the lids and blended into the crease upto brow bone. Add subtle washes of Clue on the entire lid and blend till the creases on the upper lid. Same on the lower lid. Use 219 pencil brush to blend Thunder on the outer lash line and little bit in the outer crease. The purple is just to add dimension and should not be major part of the look. Use the silver flecked eyeshadow from the Blue Sorcery mineralize duo and apply on the brow bone with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Then use a clean 219 MAC brush to apply some in the inner corners. You can also use Pink Opal pigment from MAC for higher impact. Then with the same fluffy brush dust this loose silver glitter on the entire eyelid as a wash. These particle catch light and look amazing in the evenings. Apply 3 coats of mascara dragging the wand in the outer direction as you go from root to tip of the lashes. Comb brows with a transperent brow gel.


Drench lips with Shiseido Gloss in G5 Chianti Rose for wet looking glossy lips.

This is a look that needs lot of blending. So do try and I’d love to see if you send photographs.

Till then,



  1. That looks quite amazing and tempting too!! I don't have all those products, but would definitely love to try this look!! :)

  2. Hi ... just found your blog and I am in love with it already :). Just wanted to ask where you got all your brushes from ...


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