Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gothic Princess Makeup Tutorial

Firstly, thakyou to everyone who submitted their vote in the poll. Your input was greatly appreciated. Now, I present the first makeup tutorial. Please give me your feedback.

This makeup look is designed to be soft, romantic and light with a Gothic undertone. It is ideal as day wear and places where it is inappropriate to have really heavy dark makeup, but it still allows you to express yourself and your darker aesthetics.

Begin by applying a foundation that matches your skin tone only in the areas that you feel you need to; If you don’t think that you need any, so much the better. Remember that this look is light and soft, so a mousse foundation is the best. Avoid a liquid foundation if you can help it, because they look too creamy and are more difficult to blend. Apply a light dusting of matte powder all over your face, focusing on any areas that are prone to shine, again in a shade that matches your skin tone or a shade or two lighter. No more, because while you would be enhancing your delightful pallor, you want to look windswept, romantic, youthful, alluring or whimsical, not dead.  Leave your eye sockets are eye area free of makeup at this stage.

Optional- apply an illuminator over your cheek bone and temple, ensuring that you blend out to the hairline.

Apply a soft lilac or lavender powder eye shadow over the eyelid, stopping before the crease. Add a small amount of the lilac under the eye. Apply a black glitter eye shadow under the eye in the outer corner. Blend the black out, down and towards your temple, creating a winged look. All the makeup needs to be blended so it looks airbrushed. Apply white shimmer eye shadow along your brow bone, blending towards the lilac, creating a flawless gradient at the crease.

Apply a thick line of eyeliner using a black kohl pencil under the lower lashes, building up in the outer corner. Don’t apply eyeliner to the waterline because this will make your eyes look smaller. Using an eye shadow smudger or cotton tip, smudge the eyeliner out, down and towards the temple in the same direction as the shadow. Don’t go overboard though. It is meant to look naturally blended, not exaggerated, as if you have just slept in your eye makeup (which, by the way, is not good for your eyes…)

Apply black sooty mascara to your upper and lower lashes. Sooty mascara can be achieved easily by coating both sides of the lashes, i.e. the upper side and the lower side. This is best done with an older mascara that is a little dry so it will not transfer onto your eyelid. If there are flecks of mascara of eyeliner simply wait until they’re dry and gentle wipe away with a cotton tip.

For the lips apply a dark red lipstick intensely and blot with a tissue.I darkened mine with a smidge of black.  This creates a naturally stained look, as if you have been drinking wine or eating cherries. Finish with a cherry lip gloss or balm.
Don't mind the awkward last photo. It was taken a little while afterwards.

xxxx Lilly

Friday, March 18, 2011

Makeup Tutorials

Ugh, for the last few days I've been really sick with a virus. Ew. Anyway I had to go to the doctor's this morning to get a medical certificate to verify that I was too sick to sick to sit by SAC, and that really sucks. It could end up to be a major hassle, but I hope not. I was meaning to do another post yesterday or today, but yesterday I was doing school work the whole time (School work when you're sick? Never fun) and today I was just too ill, but now I'm a bit better. =)

Anyway, I am thinking about doing one or more makeup tutorials in the near future and I am soon going to post a poll about the different styles, so if you all could do me a favour and vote for what you want, then that would be brilliant.
Also, if there is a particual look that you want, comment and I'll organise that.
Enjoy my dears.

xxx Lilly

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How I became a Goth...

Here's a story of my own personal transformation into the dark person that I am now.

In all honesty, I cannot remember the first time I actually laid eyes on a Goth. It was probably sometime between the ages of four and seven. Considering that I am only recently eighteen, it's obvious that Goth has been around and thriving well before I was born, let alone at an age to appreciate and be a part of it.
I have always had three strong passions in life. The first one, although it is not the biggest one at the moment, was art. My mother is an artist (along with a botanist) and this meant that I was always exposed to art materials and was encouraged to experiment and express myself through art. Subsequently I developed a skill that probably wouldn't be as fine tuned without my mother's help.
The second thing is my love for monsters and magic. In particular, darker sides of magic such as witches (not as in any Pagan or Neo- Pagan religion. I'm talking about the curse casting witch with a familiar and all the assorted trimmings), wraiths and vampires, along with fey, celestial, mythological and historical elements of magic, mystery and the supernatural. I have drawings that I did when I was five or six of evil witches with black blood pouring out of their eyes... It was probably a very extreme thing for a young child, but if I am going to be completely honest with myself and all of you, I would have to say that my mental health has never been fantastic... being bullied as a young child, as well as a teenager, (pretty much my whole life) with no obvious reason, does not help a young developing mind...
The third thing, which really began to blossom when I was eight, was my intense passion for music. Of course, music has been around me my whole life. I especially loved classical music in minor keys (C# minor is my favourite) and this has not changed. When I was eight I began playing the violin, playing celtic music mainly, and although this instrument did not naturally sit with me, it lead me to play other instruments, most particularly the piano and the flute.
I have also loved dressing up with fantastic costumes and elaborate hairstyles. This lead to me having an inkling to wearing my hair, as I wear it now, long and down my face where it naturally parts. The only difference now is that more often than not my hair is dyed black instead of it's natural brown. Anyway, this lead my god mother to say, off hand and rather jokingly, you look like a Goth like that. I was only awear that the Goths were a tribe that had sacked Rome, so I was a tiny bit confused. Soon after, my mother explained, rather vaguely, that Goths were people who wore a lot of black and dark makeup. It was soon afterwards that I discovered that my father hated Goths and black lipstick, but let's not go into that.
Now, there was, and still is, a large part of me that was attracted to the bohemian gypsy style and lifestyle of the 1900's, and for about a year or so I wore brown, black, bronze and other lucious colours. However, I found myself wearing more black, and by the time I was 14, I was wearing all black, almost all of the time.
Then came the fateful day while I was wandering aimlessly around the Albury City Library. Now, in the hallowed  halls I came across a particularly interesting book. (For those of you who have been to Victoria, Australia, you will know that Albury and it's surroundings is probably the most Anti Goth place I have been too. It does have a thriving Emo and Metal scene, which is a bit odd)
Anyway, the book was enitiled Paint It Black, and was by none other than Voltaire. Naturally, I devoured the book, and was left with an odd feeling that I had uncovered a very strong part of myself.
Anyway, things had happened, and a few years later I moved down to Melbourne, where I actually had reasonable internet access and was able to listen to all sorts of music that was unavailable to me before. This, and YouTube in particular, revolutionised the music I listened to.
And one late night I sat by my old laptop with ear phones in, listening to some music when I came accross Voltaire's song Land of the Dead. I was transfixed. Here, in my ears was an exact representation of what I had been trying to acheive and find within myself and my creative endevours. Something that not only possessed a healthy amount of the spooky, but had a sense of humour and light heartedness. Naturally, the song, and many others that I discovered became some of my all time favourite songs. I spent some time Googling (that's a really hard word to spell...) Voltaire, like I do with all the musicians I like, and I discovered that Voltaire had indeed written the book I had read many years ago. This I think is the reason why Voltaire remains to be my favourite Goth musician to this day.
Throughout the years I discovered more music that resonated with me, and began to dress more creatively with the positive impact from my peers. I feel comfortable to wear creative eye makeup and Gothic jewellery to school, and, quite frankly, I've never been happier or more comfortable with myself. This, ladies and gentlemen, is here to stay... XD

xxx Lilly

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tweet little bird!

Here is my new Twitter account, for anyone who is interested. A word of interest, the more followers I get, the more I will write (here and on Twitter. That's not a good thing, I know, but that's just how it is for me. That's the way things work.

xxxx Lilly

P.S I've been reliving my childhood by watching episodes of Weirdsister College on Youtube. Brings back so many memories!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dread Falls

Here's a really cool YouTube video!!! I HAVE to try this!

xxxx Lilly

Red Riding Hood

So today I bought my first Living Dead Doll...
It is a variation on the Little Red Riding Hood...

Here is a picture...

She's so pretty.

xxx Lilly

P.S Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Year 12 really is sucking the life out of my computer time.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mainstream fashion as Goth fashion...

For some, thing may seem like the end of the world, but for others such as myself, mainstream fashion can easilly be incorperated into a Goth's wardrobe. When talking about 'mainstream fashion', unless I am specific, I am reffering to places like Target and K Mart. Cheap stores that seem to sell everything. This is because most often this type of clothing is more generic and less fashionable. I.e things like plain black T shirts, tights, stockings, scarves, walllets socks, trench coats and even shoes can be found in black in these places and frankly they cost far less than buying them elsewear. (Execpt an op shop/ thrift store, of course. I generally do most of my shopping at op shops and second hand stores, but if you are looking for something in particular then things can get a bit tricky.)

However, one must be careful how they incorperate these sorts of items into their wardrobe because, as we all know, one is not in Goth fashion if they are simply wearing black. There is more to it than that. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Goth simply wearing plain colours. (Not just black, but if you thing about it, everything else as a block colour would look a bit strange).
For example, black lace tights and a black trench coat can be worn with a long floating skirt, some lace up boots and interesting jewellery for a cheaper alternative to buying expensive clothing. These items, if you decide that there is not enough pizazz, can be embellished to your liking. However I would suggest that you wait at least a month or two before cutting anything up, you know, just to make sure.

xxxx Lilly