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RECAP – ‘Face Off’ Ep 10: Beyond The Expanse

This week the artists are joined by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the creators of The Expanse, an upcoming SyFy series. Each of the six remaining artists will be making their own human race that has adapted to their environment in space several hundreds of years in the future. Each artist will choose one of seven catastrophic scenarios to adapt their human to.

Scott chooses first and right away picks nuclear fallout. Nora grabs toxic pollution, Evan takes severe drought, Ben nabs volcanic disaster, Stevie likes polar melting, and lastly, Jordan chooses ice age.

Since this is another focus challenge their blending and edges must be perfect. Fabrication means nothing if their face is not on point.

Nora is really feeling the stress and pressure and is literally in tears as she sculpts. She has no choice but to rip off everything she has done thus far and start over.

When Michael Westmore does his walk through, he and Mckenzie are concerned that Scott has lost all the human aspect in the challenge and his sculpt is entirely insectoid. They are so concerned, in fact, that they come back after leaving to talk to him again about it.

Nora is finally happy with her sculpt and mold, and scott redesigns his sculpt to add more human elements in hopes it is more fitting for the challenge.

Nora and Scott are safe this week, leaving Stevie, Jordan, Ben, and Evan in the top and bottoms looks.

Ve feels like Jordan’s makeup has a very complete look and tells a great story of how this character stays warm in an ice age. Ben’s makeup lacks an evolutionary look, with Neville pointing out it does not look as though he considered how a person would evolve in volcanic conditions. Evan has a beautiful design and has made sound design choices. Glenn specifically finds his anatomical forms to be spot on and the appliance to collect condensation is very thoughtful. Stevie’s makeup appears crooked and lacks a strong color pallet.

The winner this week is Evan for his huge risks that paid off tremendously. We must say goodbye to Stevie whose details this week just did not come together. She packs up her kit and heads home.

With only five contestants remaining, who do you think will make it into the final three? Let us know in the comments! 

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Face Off: EP 9: Judgement Day

This week’s challenge is presented to the artists by Mackenzie and Glenn and will feature the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Glenn, who did similar work on Legion, tells the artists to be true to the essence of Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. The eight remaining artists are broken up into two teams of four and even though this is an individual challenge, their ideas must have some cohesive element.

Kevon, Ben, Evan and Nora get to work creating a concept for their horsemen and Nora, who has famine, immediately knows she wants to use barbed wire to create hers. Meg, Scott, Stevie, and Jordan have to make their ideas cohesive and Meg comes up with the idea that they should each have some kind of time piece to unite them.

At the lab Nora begins to question her concept and feels like it may not be turning out how she sees it in her head. Evan gives her his opinion on it and so far he thinks it’s a solid idea; this is enough to put her head back in the game and she is able to finish up her sculpt. When Michael Westmore does his walk through he warns Kevon to be careful with his pestilence sculpt and the tendrils he wants to add to it, cautioning that it may read more alien than horseman. Kevon decides to move them from the head area of his sculpt to the mouth area to fill  out the hole that he has created there.

When last looks comes around Ben has literally accepted that he is going home this week. He does not like his sculpt of kevlar armor built into his War character’s chest and now the paint on it is just getting muddy and is all red. Their team all make sure to remember attach the collars that their Death will be leading them with and just like that, time is up.

The judges take their closer looks and decide to put the entire team of Kevon, Evan, Nora, and Ben into the top and bottom and the other team is safe this week. Ve loves how Nora was able to create an amazing skin tone on her Famine model that matches so well from the head to the chest and he barbed wire works well. Glenn particularly likes Evan’s Death and the way he achieved a real metal look on it’s mask and continued the shapes from his face into the mask. Ben knows his looks horrible and it is definitely confirmed when the judges let him know what all is wrong with it. Even Neville says he doesn’t want to “kick him when he is down” so-to-speak but knows he is aware of the areas he failed. The judges all agree that Kevon’s Pestilence doesn’t meet this week’s challenge and looks too bug-like. It may have been a good makeup for another challenge, but not for the horseman it is supposed to be.

In the end it is Evan’s Death that takes the win this week and unfortunately Kevon will be going home.

Tell us what you thought of the judges decision in the comments below!

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Face Off: EP 3: Surprise of the Century

This week is Face Off’s 100th episode! For this monumental occasion, Mckenzie has the artists meet her in a rather odd location. In the Pasadena Mausoleum we find Mckenzie with seven couple’s pictures on tablets on the table next to her. For this week’s challenge, the artists will need to pair up, choose a couple, and create a whimsical macabre theme, i.e. Beetlejuice, unique to each couple’s personalities.

Once the couples are transformed, Mckenzie, being an ordained minister, will then marry them on the reveal stage in a fantastic celebration unlike any other. The artists choose their partners, much like the engaged couples, and then also choose a couple to work with.

Ricky and Jordan’s couple loves video games, and can’t be more enthusiastic to work with elements they are familiar with as well and decide on a shock theme. Ben and Jasmine’s couple are total cat people, and would like a Beauty and the Beast element. Scott and Stevie have a couple that got engaged while Christmas Caroling, and want to use that as their main inspiration. Jason and Missy decide to go with a suicidal, together forever theme, while Meg and Nora are excited to have a couple with two grooms that they can have one be in drag. Libby and Brittany get a couple that love nature, and while they can easily see the whimsy in it, pulling out the macabre will be difficult. Kevon and Evan go with a classical angelic and demonic concept including wings for both characters.

At the reveal stage each couple presents themselves before the judges as well as their closest family and friends. After the judges take a closer look, Mckenzie then performs the group wedding ceremony, unable to hold back tears when each couple has their first married kiss. After the ceremony the couples and their families leave so that the judges are able to give their critiques. Libby and Brittany, Scott and Stevie, and Kevon and Evan are safe this week. Jason and Missy are on the bottom this week despite their thinking they were a top look. Glenn points out their anatomy is all wrong, and their paint is too muddy to be whimsical. With them is Meg and Nora who cause Ve to ask if they even know what whimsy is (I honestly have no idea either). The top looks go to Ricky and Jordan whose dayglow paint and beating heart gag won the judges over, and Neville especially liked the forms of each character. Also in the top was Ben and Jasmine whose characters not only had amazing profiles before the lights went up, but were exactly what whimsy is with yarn horns and stunning paint. Because the judges felt the paint on their female character was so spectacular the win this week goes to Jasmine.

After the winners were announced, it was time to cut the cake and pop the champagne! The couples celebrated along with their family, friends, artists, and judges. The episode ended with a “to be continued” as no one was announced to leave the show yet.

What did you think of these couples putting so much faith into each artist for such a special day an who do you think will be headed home?

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Face Off Ep 2: Siren Song

This week the artists meet up with Mckenzie aboard the USCSC George Cobb to find out what their makeup inspiration will be. Once fully out to sea, Mckenzie lets them know they are to create a beautiful but deadly creature from myth, the Siren. I am just as excited as the artists for this, and cannot wait to see what they come up with! Since there are still 16 contestants, they are randomly paired off,, and each team must choose a sea creature to model their Siren after.

Sidney and Omar choose the Portuguese Man O’ War, Brittany and Nora choose the Flabellina Nudibrach, Evan and Jason pick the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, while Ricky and Ben get the Blue Sea Slug. Scott is paired with Stevie and they select the Blue ringed Octopus, Kevon and Meg are teamed up and choose the Cone Snail, Missy is with Libby and they grab the Striped Surgeonfish, and Jasmine and Jordan take the final creature, the Yellow Boxfish.

After some initial sketching and concept development they all head back to the lab to start day one of three. Models are chosen, and face sculpts and cowls are quick to be fleshed out. When Mckenzie does her walkthrough with her father, he notices some flaws with Meg’s face sculpt, and she ends up having to trash it and start over.

Evan and Jason are hard at work on their cowl when it locks into the mold, and has to be chiseled out. They are certain it’s going to be in pieces come tomorrow. Meg is finally happy with her face sculpt and takes it to mold as well.

Turns out it is Brittany and Nora that should have been worried about their cowl, as they come in the next day to discover all the tips broke off their beautiful piece. These two are on it though, and are quick to fix it using makeup sponges as filler for the missing pieces. There is a ton of pre-painting happening as everyone prepares for last looks, but it is Missy and Libby that can’t seem to agree on the paint pattern for their siren.

During last looks, it is the beauty makeup that appears to have the majority of teams stumped as some must attempt it for the first time in their careers.  The hour is up too soon though, and the models take to the stage for judging. Before their creations are displayed however, Mckenzie informs them that two artists will be packing up their makeup brushes and heading home tonight.

Evan and Jason, Ricky and Ben, Scott and Stevie, and Jordan and Jasmine are all safe. Although, I personally feel as though Ricky and Ben’s Blue Sea Slug was absolutely gorgeous, it’s Kevon and Meg as well as Brittany and Nora that find themselves in the top looks for the night. When Glenn asks Meg and Kevon what they think of their creation, Meg feels it is “ok” and Kevon takes it a step farther declaring he’d date her. Glenn is a little disturbed by this, but more disturbed that Meg doesn’t understand how lovely their creation really is.

On the bottom tonight are Sidney and Omar who the judges feel did not put enough into their work this week with only a cowl that Ve considers “cabbage-like” and a staff. Along with them is Missy and Libby, whose Siren Neville said he wouldn’t go near, but conjectures Kevon might. Glenn enjoyed the profile of their Siren, but could not find their inspiration sea creature anywhere in their finished makeup.

In the end it is Kevon and Meg’s haunting Siren who takes the win, with Meg getting the overall recognition for her contributions. The first artists to be asked to leave Face Off are Sidney and Omar. The judges just could not understand what the majority of their time was spent on.

Tell us which looks you liked the most and which artists are beginning to stand out among the pack.

Also don’t forget that next week is the 100th episode!!!!  

 

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Face Off Recap, Ep.1 : Intergalactic Zoo

Face Off Season 9 is finally here! Let’s all take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief that we can all get our fix of awe-inspiring makeup once again. This season promises to be one of the most challenging yet, and they are kicking it off right by giving the artists an incredibly difficult spotlight challenge. They must work together in teams of two to create a fantastical intergalactic beast using two models in perfect symbiosis within a single makeup. The teams are determined by who arrived with who, and they are given inspiration from the various animals and minerals found in the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.

There are the all-too-familiar freak-outs with concept moulding, and of course last looks, but there are also a few stand out artists who have incredible confidence which shows through in their concepts and makeups. With so many contestants early on, it is difficult to focus on anyone in particular, and with 8 finished makeups to showcase we find ourselves on the reveal stage in no time.

With Jasmine and Ricky, Brittany and Jason, Missy and Meg, and Nora and Scott safe, we are left with the top and bottom looks. I must admit I was very surprised by these choices, and I thought for sure Missy and Meg would be amongst the bottom looks and Jasmine and Ricky would be amongst the top.

Sidney and Evan along with Ben and Jordan are the two top looks leaving Omar and Kevon and Libby and Stevie to fear being sent home for being in the bottom. The judges choose Ben and Jordan’s creature as the best, awarding Ben the first overall top look. Glenn then has to deliver the bad news of who is to be the first to be sent home this season, and in a quick turn of events informs them that no one will be going home tonight! They wanted everyone to understand just how tough this season will be, and what they can expect in the upcoming challenges.

I cannot wait to see just how far the artists will be pushed this season, and what new twists and turns will be in store. Let us know what you’re looking forward to the most and if there are any artists you think are the early front-runners.

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Face Off: EP 12: Deadly Dolls

face1This week the artists meet Mckenzie at the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater to learn what their inspiration will be this week. Once there, they learn this week is all about dolls. At first Julian is less than excited, he does not care for the whimsical challenges and I can’t blame him. Watching Face Off has made me realize I have no idea what whimsy really is. Suddenly the lights go down and spotlights go up on the seven dolls they have to choose from and Mckenzie informs them they must make a doll that is more along the lines of those in Poltergeist, The Conjuring, and Child’s Play. Now Julian can get behind the challenge and Emily is also super excited.

The artists take turns choosing their inspiration doll, with Logan choosing the Voodoo doll, Julian choosing the Marionette, Adam the Baby doll, Darla the Porcelain doll, and Emily, lastly picking the Ragdoll. They each take their dolls with them and return to the studio to get started.

On team Laura, Emily immediately gets to work on her chest piece for her ragdoll, creating a very thick fabric texture. Her chest is going to be a huge piece and she needs to knock it out the first day. Darla starts in on molding her dolls face, exaggerating the size to giveface2 it a better doll silhouette. Julian’s concept is to go with an older marionette doll that still has a lot of wood texture in it and so begins sculpting the wood texture into his face. Laura offers some helpful advice and overall seems pleased with her team’s concepts.

Over at team Rayce, Logan is sculpting his face out for his voodoo doll and decides to sculpt the sections of the face that will have the burlap attached to them out in clay. This doesn’t sit well with Rayce who thinks it would come across more organic if he changes his sculpt and uses the burlap texture t build off of. Meanwhile Adam has decided to think way outside the box and is making a baby doll that houses a demonic creature that sucks the youth out of it’s victims. For this he starts sculpting the crazy creature with tentacles coming out of it. Rayce is very adamant face3that he is going too far away from the challenge, but Adam decides to stick with his own style and see it through. At the end of the day, Logan decides that Rayce’s idea would work better, scraps his whole sculpt, and essentially has to start over on day two.

Day two and each artist is deep into their concepts and sculpts, even Adam whose concept still feels a little lost. There are some minor setbacks, like Emily shattering her shoulder mold and having to use pillow fluff instead, but other than that things seem to progress pretty smoothly. Even Logan gets his major pieces completed in the single day of sculpting. Application day comes and and even the models are excited for this challenge. Julian is struggling slightly with his paint job and fears the wood texture is getting very muddy, but Darla uses a thinned out alcohol paint to really make her cracks in her porcelain doll pop and look fantastic. Emily is doing what she is great at, making a wig for her character that is really over the top, and looks amazing for doll hair, and Logan uses the pulled thread of the voodoo doll to create something kinda hair-like.

At the reveal stage Glenn, Ve, and Neville are joined this week be a very special guest judge. It is Don Mancini, the creator of Chucky from Child’s Play. This is an awesome judge to have for this challenge and he looks so excited to be there. During the judging even he is really expressive over each one. They then speak to each artist individually to allow them a chance to explain their concepts. They have overall positive notes for Logan’s voodoo doll, are incredibly impressed by how expressive Emily’s doll is despite having a very blank face, and simultaneously adore and are disturbed by Darla’s porcelain doll. For Julian the shapes are all wrong for Glenn, and the other judges feel the paint and texture looks muddy and not easily readable. For Adam the consensus is that he just went too far from the challenge this week. Even the parts of his creation that are supposed to be parts of the baby doll on the face, don’t look like the rubber baby doll face that it is supposed to look like.

Emily       Logan    

  Julian

After Judging, the top looks are Darla and Emily, Logan being safe, with Darla taking the win this week. In the bottom are Julian and Adam of course.  Adam must pack up his kit this week. I am disappointed to see him go as he often has a lot of really cool designs and concepts, but at this point, just one mistake can send you home and this week his concept was his mistake.

Adam         Darla

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Face Off: EP 11: Imaginary Friends

LoganThe contestants meet up with Mckenzie at Brookside Park in Pasadena where they learn their next makeup
will be based off the creative imaginations of a child. I remember when they did a similar challenge in Season 3 and we all learned that children can be very set in their ideas, and hard to please. Logan wants to do an awesome monster, but is paired with Alexandria who wants a pink tailed mermaid with hearts in her hair. He is a little less than excited, but knows that “when a little girl asks you for a pink mermaid, you give her a pink mermaid.” Emily is with Maya who is doing her imaginary friend Lulu which is a stuffed rabbit-come to life and Adam gets Lance who has a very long list of musts for his creature Lazor which is lizard like and has lasers coming from his eyes. Adam does a really good job narrowing down Lance’s demands into something he can work with.

JulianDarla is paired with Jordan who starts listing all the things on her friend who wants which includes a diamond head, a purse, gemstones, and sparkly skin. Ben gets Blaine and he wants a 3-headed creature with wings, one head to have horns, another to have one-eye, and for it to have no legs and a tail. He draws u this crazy design while still trying to remind Blaine that a person has to fit in there. Julian is paired with Andrew who wants his friend to be B-Boy Z who is a bloody half-zombie-like guy that is a break dancer.

EmilyAt the lab, Laura is worried about Julian’s creature because the challenge is for a kid friendly whimsical character and a realistic Zombie doesn’t fit the bill. Julian changes his concept to try and fit what the judges will be looking for, making it less realistic and giving it a bone mohawk instead of one out of hair. Ben has to do a 3 headed creature and is Anthony’s last team member. He has to sculpt 3 heads, 2 that will sit on the models hands, and fabricate a way for the model to be on his knees so it appears he has no legs, as well as making wings and a tail.

Adam decided that his chest piece is the biggest part of his creature and puts off sculpting to day two so he can make sure the chest lines up properly, that way when the model moves his head it looks like the mouth is opening and closing.

Michael Westmore helps a few with their concepts and making certain they read as whimsy instead of creepy. He likes the idea of the button eyes on Darla’s concept but reminds her that even though they’re not attached to the creature, they still must be very large to stay whimsical.

DarlaDay two and  Ben gets busy molding since he has so many pieces to make and fabricate still. Rayce feels Logan’s mermaid tail is just awful and helps him create a more flowy tail using foam to make heart-shaped scales. This way it is less bumpy and boxy and more feminine. Emily is feeling homesick more and more and can’t help but cry while sculpting. She takes a moment outside to cry it out and comes back ready to really get to work. Meanwhile Ben has to get some help from Anthony getting his 3 huge heads moulded so they don’t dry up before he is finished since they are so big.

AdamDay 3 and Emily’s rabbit ear prosthetic is torn and needs to be repaired badly. Ben looks like he has bitten off more that he can chew and gets his model to help him fabricate his wings while Anthony sits in the suit so Ben can keep working on putting it together. Going into last looks several contestants have more work than to do in an hour than I have ever seen needing to get done by this point. Adam’s big mouth monster doesn’t seem to be working as the lower part of the jaw looks more like a chest piece than the mouth.

BenJudgment time and the kids get to join them in the reveal stage and see what their imaginations have bred. They all genuinely seem to love seeing their ideas realized and are laughing the entire time. I’m sure the judges are getting a kick out of the kids reactions. The kids are sent out when it’s time for the judges to take a closer look. Ve, Neville, and Glenn check out each creature before making their decisions on tops and bottoms. Logan’s mermaid and Emily’s Rabbit are both safe, although I really felt like the mermaid should have been in the top looks. Darla’s diamond lady and Adam’s big-mouthed monster are in the top and I absolutely love Adam’s creation Lazor. The big mouth works perfectly and it really looks like a toy that has come to life.  Ben’s 3-headed monster and Julian’s zombie B-boy are in the bottom as the judges just didn’t feel the finished products worked for the challenge this week.. I think Ben definitely took on way too much this week. Before the judges make their final decisions, Anthony defends Ben’s choices in taking on so much while Laura fights for Julian. In the end it is Adam that walks away with the win for the first time, while Ben, and consequently Anthony, is left to pack up his kit.

 

 

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Face Off: Ep 8: Miss Intergalactic

With eight contestants remaining, the smallest of errors can and will send one of them home, kits in hand. The foundation challenge this week gives Face Off - Season 8them a chance to let loose, play, laugh, and have a hell of a time playing on the beach. The inspiration is from the Holi Festival in India which celebrates the transition from winter into spring and uses bright colorful powder to do it. They each choose a model and use 7 pastel colored bowls of powder to decorate them using only their hands, no brushes allowed!

They all have an amazingly good time hurling colored powder at their models and at each other. Although immunity is up for grabs, it appears they are having too much fun to really care. They are getting to be incredibly creative and such an unconventional way and it’s absolutely beautiful. When they’re finished, it it their coaches who do a blind judging and Stephanie Walks away with immunity.

For the foundation challenge they are brought to the reveal stage where they meet this year’s Miss Universe and learn they they will each be creating their own beauty pageant contestant/alien to compete for the title of Miss Intergalactic. Emily is so literally bouncing with excitement to do a beauty makeup for a pageant. They must each choose a galaxy to be their inspiration when designing their unique alien beauty queen. The added bonus: a feature of their alien in Entertainment Weekly.

Back in the lab Kelly begins work on her alien inspired by the Sombrero galaxy, and incredibly bright galaxy which leads her to create more of a cave dwelling alien with multiple sets of eyes. Anthony worries this may come off as very arachnid-like and so she reluctantly and tearfully decides to change her design to have just one set of eyes, but adds tentacles to the back of the head. Anthony’s other contestant is Ben and he got the Andromeda galaxy, however is having a hard time coming up with inspiration. He decides to go with an alien with three spikes off it’s head and three eyes to match. His shaky concept is very worrisome for Anthony as he doesn’t feel either of his people are doing well this week.ben     kelly

Meanwhile Emily takes off on her inspiration of the Pinwheel galaxy and quickly blocks out her sculpt and starts work on her very nice costume made from foam tubing to create spirals. Overall she is having a blast making it look like a literal galaxy, complete with glitter. Adam also finds inspiration in his galaxy which inspires an alien that is both beautiful and appears to be charred. His sculpt is massive and has an incredible shape to the profile.stephanie      adam

 Logan and Stephanie have no difficulty figuring out their design and get right to work sculpting for their Comet and Tadpole galaxies, respectively. Stephanie’s model will have a nice round flat face and head with the tail of the tadpole shape coming off the back as the hair. Laura helps get some definition in the tail to separate it visually from the head. Logan creates some very interesting shapes along the cheekbones to the nose and has a  well put together concept with little help needed from Rayce.

logan      stephanie

Julian’s Whirlpool galaxy inspired design has a great concept with swirling the head up, twisting it into the shape of an inverted whirlpool with beautiful teals and seafoam coloring. is only hiccup is that he does not know how to do a beauty makeup. This is a problem seeing as the main focus of this is the beauty aspect of it. With a little guidance from Laura she teaches him how to accentuate cheekbones and get by with a passing beauty makeup. Darla has a similar problem with the beauty aspect of her design, only it is in the sculpt. She very much wants to take from the Sculptor galaxy and it’s swirl shapes coming off the main portion of it, however is quickly reminded that what makes something beautiful is often it’s symmetry. With a small tweak of the sculpt she moves the shapes to fit into the head sculpt better and feels much more confident in this.

julian       darla
During the reveal, Glenn, Ve, and Neville are joined by the senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich. Mackenzie announces each makeup in the style of the classic pageant contestant style and I must say that the back stories of their interests and what they enjoy in their free time is absolutely hilarious. I can only assume the artists came up with them for their creations which means they all seem to have a pretty good sense of imagination and humor. In the end, it is Darla, Adam, and Julian who land in the top, with Darla’s alien winning Miss Intergalactic; complete with crown, sash, and flowers. In the bottom this week are both of Anthony’s teammates, Ben and Kelly. The judges decide that Kelly’s lack of direction in her concept created a makeup that just didn’t work.

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Behind TARDIS Blue Eyes

I am officially in love with nearly all the eye shadows I’ve tried from Shiro Cosmetics. However, I am not entirely sure how to feel about the fact that the “Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk Autumn Morning” is a fantastic everyday eye shadow and my go-to choice when I am unsure what to use. Full disclosure: I am no make-up guru; I think I am generally pretty terrible at stuff like this. I figure, if something works for me, it can work for most people.

Shiro Cosmetics, with its motto of “makeup and geekery,” is a line of mostly vegan, small-batch-crafted cosmetics focusing primarily on eye shadows, lip glosses, and bronzers. Popular culture (mostly films and television programs) inspires all the custom color batches. Obviously, I am kind of a geek (I am a writer for Geek Girl World, after all,) and I enjoy fandom-inspired everything (pretty much) so when I first heard about Shiro I immediately thought, I have to look into that. If I’m buying make-up anyway, why not? And that tends to be my reasoning for a lot of things. I realized the other day that on average, I have no less than two different fandoms on my person at any given time (today features a Supernatural necklace and Sherlock earrings.) I bought a bunch of samples, loved them, and told Ari about them. When Ari asked if I could write some reviews for the makeup, I immediately worried that I would have to post pictures, which, yes I know, make articles more visually interesting. Here’s the thing – I am reluctant to post identifying pictures of myself online (that is a discussion for possibly never). Shoes, nail polish, stuff I like – not a big deal, but a picture of something that clearly shows me? l do not generally post those. There is exactly one picture in my more than 1,000 pictures on Instagram (hush) that shows me completely, and that is because I am standing next to the Mark VII and throwing up ‘gang signs’ (I dearly hope you get this reference). Clearly, I kind of really enjoy my online anonymity. Still, I suppose it cannot last forever, and I rationalized that it would be a good thing to show how this makeup looks on a POC (because I have experienced firsthand the disappointment of seeing a color that I love only to have it not work with my skin tone at all).

As with any online site, there is always the risk of buying something that does not work out since you are unable to try it first in person. Fortunately, Shiro offers sample sizes of their products, so you can purchase a bunch (like I did) and not feel as if you wasted money on something you end up barely using (I will address this in another review with some of the lip colors I bought). What I really appreciate about Shiro’s offerings is that, while you can tell how the colors were inspired, they can be surprisingly subtle, and are wonderfully blendable. Most can easily be worn on a daily basis, casually out and about or to work. Beyond staple shades of brown and grey, there are reds, greens, golds, blues – but we’re not talking heavy like The Hunger Games. The versatility is lovely.

Shiro_samples
So many samples
 

First example: TARDIS. I got a pot of this eye shadow (not lip-safe, unfortunately,) because TARDIS. Do I really need to explain? This is a blue, shimmery eye shadow that can be done very subtly, offering an understated pop of color for casual daily use, but can be easily made vibrant for a night on the town (or a Doctor Who party. Whatever.) Every time I wear something blue, I happily whip this pot out to use, but color-matching is not a requirement (I just like to do it sometimes). And if you like, you can totally do a solid shock à la Jem and the Holograms (confession: Stormer was one of my favorites, and Aja was badass (did I have a thing for blue hair when I was little? Maybe yes. And Lady Gaga should probably just go ahead and completely cop their style because she’s at least 75% of the way there.)

I have a basic make-up routine: moisturizer (at some point before the application of cosmetics,) primer, maybe foundation (sometimes, if I feel like it, or need to hide something in which case it might become concealer + foundation,) a light blush or bronzer, eye make-up. My entire make-up routine, mascara included, takes less than 10 minutes in the morning, which is great, because some days I end up running late. Someone in a hurry can really turn this into an exact science, no joke. Here is what I currently use: Oil of Olay moisturizer, Too-face primer, Too-face eye primer, Shiro brand bronzer, Shiro eye shadow, Sephora black eye shadow as liner, and Revlon lash blast mascara. That’s it, that’s the lineup. There are some really great tutorials on YouTube from fantastically knowledgeable people about makeup and application – just do a quick search and tons of actually helpful videos pop up. I am not that helpful. Or patient. There are many ways to apply eye shadow, so pick what works for you. I have a selection of brushes procured over the years and maintained well through cleaning. If you would like to get new brushes, try e.l.f. brand brushes available at Target; most of them cost $1.00 each (I plan to try out their fake lashes at some point because for a dollar, why not?) This is a good way to experiment with tools without breaking the bank. I am all for cost efficiency.

So. The TARDIS eye shadow is a loose powder. Now, I tend to avoid sparkly…anything…but for Shiro I seem to be making an exception. This is what the powder looks like in the pot.

Oooh, sparkles
Oooh, sparkles

I usually opt for the outer “V” application of shadow, but for this I went for all over coverage, like so:

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To temper the blue a bit, I actually layered it with Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk Autumn Morning and ended up with something darker and lovely and suitable for work.

This tumbler is no longer in existence

Terrible lighting for the photo, I know, but you can sort of see that the TARDIS tumbler and the eye shadow are close, even though I darkened it with Nic Cage. Please note: tumbler is a misnomer. These things cannot tumble – they will simply break. I speak from experience. You may also note that my nail polish matches the tumbler. It is actually from SuperBlack Lacquers, and a review on that brand will be forthcoming.

Another favorite shade:

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This might have been a limited time only thing. Sorry!

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Again, Shiro is great in that you can sample their numerous shades at very little cost. You have to keep an eye on the site’s FB page, though, since new colors are constantly coming in, being voted on, and phased out.

I recently discovered King Under the Mountain and it might be my new favorite (move over, Nic Cage!) 

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