Monday, August 1, 2011

Pixie Dust

If you have read my previous posts you would know that I have always talked about "illuminating" or "iridescence" like words. I like the effect of shimmers and the way they play with light. Pixie dust is actually an inspiration from a pigment (dunno the brand though) which is white with lavender and pink undertones. Though in this look pixie dust is going to be something else.

As a child I always loved the dust that fell from Tinkerbell in Peter Pan and wanted to create a Tinkerbell Look which I would eventually do. This Pixie Dust look is concentrating on just one feature and something that is wearable for an occassion or for clubbing. More of a pub pixie. I did a couple of looks and really apologize as this post is going to be nastily big. But I would request all of my dear friends out there to try something different, something eye catching as its makeup and its all about "fun".

The common products used in both the looks (I would be putting the product pictures if possible soon but it also depends as I dont have a very very good camera to capture the real photo color).


  • Prep and prime the skin with Smashbox Photofinish Light makeup primer working it in dabbing motions on the face for a bit of stippling effect.
  • Use a sheer coverage foundation like Clinique Superbalanced Makeup as you want a flawless finish but the skin to be real looking as well.
  • Cover the concerns with a liquid concealer like Clinique All About Eyes concealer.
  • Dust with a fluffy brush, Clinique blended loose powder all over the face except the cheek apples. This makes the cheek apples look dewy and glowing.
  • For cheeks, before powdering smooth gently, little by little a rosy pink blusher. I love my Shiseido Accentuating Stick in S5 Rosy flush. Highlight the apples with Clinique Fresh Bloom All over color in Peony (light skins) and Plum poppy (darker skins). I prefer a fan brush (I have Benefit Cosmetics' Fan Brush, also recommended by Lisa Eldridge) to dust the highlighter to make it look soft like pixie dust.
  • I prefer to keep rest of the face matte or little bit dewy as per the look demands


  • The most flattering lipstick I found for these types of looks is Clinique Long Last lipstick in G1 Violet Berry or FR Spanish Rose. The latter is a bright fuchsia stain for the lips.
  • Top it with Shiseido Lipgloss in Rose Chianti for beautiful shine


Look 1

  • Simple look to do. I have this lovely MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow ( a limited edition from Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection) called Blue Sorcery with the most exuberant turquoise, it as a partial moon of Opalescent Silvery Glitter. 
  • I have used the Silver Glitter as a highlighter over MAC's Paint Pot in Vintage Selection and hazed out the turquoise side on the lid and into the crease and applied the silver glitter with a damp brush on eyes for high impact
  • In the inner corners I have applied MAC pigment in Violet (it does not show well due to flash) with a small dome shaped brush.
  • Brush the brows with a transparent brow gel. Apply Max Factor False Lash Mascara for fluttery lashes on the top lashes, keeping the bottom ones mascara-free.
  • If you see there are no contours and all. Its just using bursts of colors together to create a wonderful fairy like effect.

Note: - If you get too many glitter fall outs, its ok as it looks playful. But if you dont want glitter fall outs, apply glitters with damp brushes and use the foundation brush as an eraser to remove it from your face. (You can also use Micropore cellotapes.)

Look 2

 Note: - at the brow bone you would see an unblended highlighter which is actually a lesson to learn if you try blending cream over already powdered eyeshadow. I do not put retouched or air brushed photos so please pardon such mistakes of mine.

Its a bit complicated look and if you want to try this please practice it well in advance.

  • Apply Barestudy Paint pot as a base. 
  • In the inner corners and as a highlight use Clinique Quick Cream for Eyes in Sparkling Nude on the brow bone. Its a perfect bone colored shimmer and really striking.
  • Line the lids and inner rims of the lower lid with Stila Smudge pot in Purple. Over it layer MAC Pigment in Grape and blend it into the crease (outer half). This is all done on the outer corners. Then layer MAC pigment in Cornflower on the outer third of the lid and also on the outer third and middle third of lower lid.
  • On the middle and inner thirds of the upper lid I have used a lustrous sky blue eyeshadow from a limited MAC mineralize eyeshadow trio called Persuasive. Silver sparkles over the blue is optional. Inner corners was highlighted even more by Stila Kitten.
  • In the inner part of the crease I applied MAC Sushi flower with fluffy blending brush and over the purple I used Loreal Eyeshadow in Obsession which is similar to MAC Stars N Rockets, both being duochromed.
  • Skip any dark liners as it might ruin the look. For mascara and really curled fluttery lashes I have used Clinique High Lengths mascara which not only lengthens but also gently curls for a wide eyed look.

These 2 looks are attempt to re-create the fairy tale like pixie dust effect. Use subtle shimmers from higher brands for a sophisticated effect and chunky ones for parties and fancy dress competitions. Avoid overtly glittering in case you have wrinkles as it may be accentuated. Use subtle frosts instead.

Please read my post on PRETTY APHRODITE to get more inspirations!!

Try these looks and see how you found them!!

Till then,



  1. This is awesome Neeraj :D I sware i will never be able to do justice .. the colors are looking awesome and wow blending :D

  2. Loved the blue and pink look! Its so gorgeous!!!

  3. oh i so loved it.... superb awesome and what not! :)

  4. the turquoise pink look is sooo fresh..and pretty
    and the purple one is soo sultry and remind me of arabian nights :)

  5. Thanks Ladies!

    Please let me know or send me pics if you have tried the look!



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