My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Day 22 – Inspired by Country

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Another makeup I have been long looking forward to and actually planned a good while ago. I knew it would have to be something Middle Eastern, more precisely, an Arabic makeup. Why Arabic? Well, primarily because I would look quite natural with it, even though I am not Arabic. And the second reason is that years ago, when I was a teenager, I was quite a fan of the Brazilian soap opera O Clone (‘The Clone’) (yes, I know, shame on me, but I did watch soap back then!) and I loved the Arabic makeup of the principal character, but could never manage to do a decent one for myself. So bring it on!

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First I do the usual face makeup – the skin has to be smooth and matte but otherwise I don’t think there are any more specific requirements.

The first interesting bit is the eyebrows. I don’t necessarily have to reshape them, but suddenly I feel the urge to try doing so, making them thicker and with a steeper arch. This is done using brown eyeshadow and a black eyepencil. Looks a bit unusual, but not too bad.

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Then I use a light brown eyeshadow to cover both eyelids.

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I apply some light violet colour on the outer half of the upper eyelid.

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Then some darker violet eyeshadow is applied on top of the outer part of it.

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And then I use some black eyeshadow on the outermost part of the eyelid. I blend it very thoroughly, so that there are no sharp lines.

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Next I take some shimmering white eyeshadow and apply it on the inner half of the top eyelid. I use a fluffy brush to blend the transition line, so that it is really blurred.

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The same black eyeshadow is then used for the lower eyelid.

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I use the eyepencil for the waterline.

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Now comes the most important and challenging part – the eyeliner. I’d say, the eyeliner is the key element of this makeup, so it’s essential to get it right. I draw a very thick line above the eyelashes, with a long pointed flick.

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Finally I apply several coats of mascara, and also use the eyepencil again to make sure the whole eye is contoured.

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And finally I colour my lips with my usual natural-looking Shu Uemura lipstick so as not to divert attention from the eyes.

Done! It turned out pretty good, I have to say. Maybe the eyes could look even more defined if I used more black eyeshadow. But what I’m really proud of are my eyeliner skills – they are definitely getting better!

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