Upcoming Events: February

A bit of a late notice, since this fricking madness is still going on.

A Performance to Remember will take place at Goff’s Park Social Club in Crawley, on February 12th between 2 and 6pm.

Gothla UK will be hosting their Bloody Valentine online festival on February 19th. Five workshops and an online show in the evening, perfect if you’re having festival withdrawals. You can find more details and get a day ticket here (opens in new tab). Teachers include Fulya, Nikki, Raïsa Leï, Lianna and Kamrah Raqs. You might find a few familiar faces in the show, including yours truly.

Inspiration: Patricia Zarnovican with Light in Babylon

I met Patricia at Gothla in 2018, I think. I was impressed with her dancing and musicality, and this clip certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front. She’s also a lovely person as well as being a lovely dancer. And if you are not familiar with Light in Babylon, is definitely worth dropping by their Bandcamp to give them a listen

Now go watch Patricia bursting with happiness, and subscribe to her YouTube channel!

Makeup, start to finish: Eyes

Second part of the makeup tutorial videos. These were filmed in real time, including mistakes. I talk a bit about them and how to fix them in the video.

I’ve done the preparation process I talked in my previous post. Next I do the eyes. I’m using the Blowing Smoke palette from ColourPop to do a smokey eye look.

One thing I should have done, and will do next time I use this palette, is to put a thick layer of powder under my eyes. This will catch the fallout for the darker colours and will make it easier to remove; once the eye makeup is done, it will be as easy as dusting off the excess powder. Or at least that’s the theory, sometimes it takes a bit more effort.

I am trying to draw an elongated shape upwards, aiming to have a straight line (parallel to the floor) between the outermost point and the top centre of my eyelid done with the transition colour (the reddish grey). With age, my outer upper eyelid has started creeping down, and this is a good technique for hooded or semi-hooded eyes to open them up. If you need a more detailed explanations on how to do this and why, head over to Wayne Goss’ video (opens in new tab). This is of course *far* more intense than what he’s aiming for, but the general principles apply.

A favourite technique of late that I haven’t really used this time is to make most of the eyelid very light, and only pile on the darkness on the outer corners. This works really well on more mature eyes as it brightens up the area and makes the eyes look much bigger. You can totally try doing this instead of using a midtone colour on the centre, while keeping everything else the same. Just make sure that the brushes you use for the lighter colour and the blending are clean. I will try to make a video just doing this.

Blowing Smoke Look

And if you want to make this work for a daily look, just use lighter colours, and a lighter hand. I purposefully went for dramatic, and I also used the finished look photo in the review for the Blowing Smoke palette, so if you want a reminder of what the finished look is like up close, click on the photo to the left to view it at full size.

Otherwise, check the video below. There are captions if you prefer that.

Inspiration: Dhafer Youssef

It’s the final day of the year, and I decided to finish this year’s blogging with a recent YouTube discovery. Every now and then the algorithm gets it right with the recommendations.

I hadn’t heard of this performer before. He’s an Oud Master and singer, his band plays what I can only describe as World Jazz. It’s uplifting, it’s entrancing, it’s complex, and it’s gorgeous.

Let’s start 2022 in beauty.

Inspiration: Yogetsu Akasaka’s Heart Sutra

it’s the beginning of the end of 2021, so let’s start on an uplifting note. I first heard this on Facebook as an autoplay from a different video, and was surprised. Yogetsu is a legit Japanese Buddhist Monk, who also happens to beatbox and create music, often centred around Sutras. During the height of the pandemic he did live sessions every day on YouTube to uplift spirits, and he’s kept them going, although not as often.

He sounds delightful, and I find his music peaceful and relaxing, even though I am not into beatboxing. His work also reminds me a bit of Sabio Janiak’s. So if you like this, go check him out too.

Normal schedule will resume after we’re all hopefully recovered from the New Year’s celebrations.

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