Get Ready With Me: Halloween 2017

Hello, lovelies!  Halloween fell on a Tuesday, so it was a quiet affair this year.  I went out with friends for drinks and Chinese food, so I decided to dress up instead of wearing a costume.  Money’s tight and I didn’t want to shell out money for a costume this year.  But it was all good!  A big party is not necessary to celebrate my favorite holiday.

This is my first Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video.  It’s very quick, so it’s not a tutorial.  You’ll see me apply my makeup in under 2 minutes (ha!) and then you’ll see what I wore for Halloween.

 

 

Here is the list of makeup that I used.  As usual for Halloween, my makeup was dark and heavy.  I also wore green contact lenses which are subtle, but they give me just a slight change in eye color.  I tend to favor subtlety instead of the spooky, bright contacts – not that there’s anything wrong with that. (*wink*)

 

FACE

 

FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER: Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH: Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

EYES

 

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin

SILVER EYESHADOW: Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver

BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard

BLACK EYELINER: M.A.C. Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack

WHITE EYELINER: Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White

EYELINER SEALER: Cinema Secrets® (used with white eyeliner)

EYEBROW PENCIL: Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

EYEBROWS FILLED IN:  with Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA: Maybellene® The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Blackest Black

 

LIPS

 

LIP PENCIL: Covergirl® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Black Rose

 

 

 

 

 

The last pic above is me with a couple of my fellow SoulFlowers.  Food + drink + friendship makes for a perfect evening.  So, how was your Halloween?  Did you do anything special?  Please share in the comments.

Peace, love & darkness

Dasia Denise

Skulls, Beads & Freeform Dreads: Month 22

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog.  I guess time will tell.

Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!

 

 

Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), Tall boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:

 

Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Crystal dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Seed bead necklaces: The Gypsy Rose Boutique (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

A Sack Dress & Freeform Dreads: Month 21

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Hello, lovelies!  This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years.  Woot!  It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.

Here’s what I wore.  I bought this sack dress from Amazon.  While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.

OOF! These boots are in desperate need of polishing.

 

 

 

Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went with simple makeup.  It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup.  Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.

Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Bat necklace: Horribell (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s how my locs are progressing.  They’re getting longer and more “springier”.  My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.

 

 

 

So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes?  I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago.  If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Lookbook: The Year In Costume & Dance 2016

With gorgeous dancer, Rin Ajna, from the Sahara Dance Vintage Belly Dance Brunch, December 2016

Hello, lovelies!  Here’s another year-end post on the performances and costumes I wore in 2016.  It’s a little late since I was waiting on the Vintage Belly Dance Brunch performance video.  Like the previous year-end posts, this one is image-heavy and light on text.  The costumes where I posted a full post will have a link – just click on the title to view the full post and video.

 

DC TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW – February 20

 

 

 

 

DREAMING UNDER A DESERT MOON  – April 30

 

 

 

 

 

SHIMMY MOB – May 14 

 

 

 

 

FIESTA ASIA – June 5 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN – October 31

 

 

 

With Chell of the video game, Portal

 

 

VINTAGE BELLY DANCE BRUNCH – December 11

 

 

Photo courtesy of Joseph Ortiz©

 

Photo courtesy of Joseph Ortiz©

 

I hope you all enjoyed seeing our costumes and pictures.  I’ve included a video below my signature.  I must admit, I had a lot of fun editing these year-end videos.  There are other belly dance performances in the works for 2017, so stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Vintage Belly Dance Brunch Performance

Belly Dance Brunch poster courtesy of Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

Hello, lovelies.  Last month, the ladies and I performed for the Sahara Dance Vintage Belly Dance Brunch at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.  This dance was inspired by flamenco dance, and our costumes and music reflect this influence.  

First, here’s my makeup and costume for this performance.  I missed wearing my usual bindis, big hair, and over-the-top accessories, but since the theme was flamenco dance, I had to do without them.  I wore a big ass flower to make up for my lack of accessories.

 

 

 

Here are the ladies of Raquettes Amira

 

Our lovely, flamenco-inspired costumes:

 

The performance went pretty well.  It was a faster piece than we’re used to, but I think we pulled it off nicely.  I still need to work on my arms and posture. Sigh.

 

Stage photos courtesy of Joseph Ortiz© (unless otherwise noted)

Photo courtesy of Jeanette

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve included a video of our performance, courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions.  I hope you all enjoy it.  This Spring, we’ll be dancing with swords!  It’s been 4 years since I last danced with a sword, so I’m very excited about the Spring show.  Stay tuned for more belly dance posts.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTW: Gothic Hats & Vintage Pins

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m back with another Outfits of the Week post.  In this post I’m sharing what I wore during the week of Halloween, which was on a Monday this year.  I’m just now posting this video since I’ve been a bit depressed, lately.  But I promise you I will, slowly but surely, get back to my normal posting schedule.

 

DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Halloween.  It’s not exactly a costume, but the nice thing about being a goth is that I can wear my normal clothes and still look spooky.  After all, every day is Halloween for us goths!  All I did was add a large, witch’s hat and I was all set for the holiday.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Asian-style tunic jacket (J2), Long-sleeved shirt (S2), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Fingerless gloves (GLV2), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

Here’s my makeup for Halloween.  I wore all-black makeup, including black lipstick.  While the green contacts I wore are subtle, they really do show up nicely when surrounded by black eye makeup:

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Magic wand: Masterwork Magics (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

This is the first time I’ve worn my new top hat.  I used to wear top hats about 20 years ago, and I’m happy to be able to wear hats again.  It took a little adjusting to (I kept crashing into low-hanging branches), but it was fun to wear.  I felt like Stevie Nicks in this outfit!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Top hat (H3), Long t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Floral velvet shawl (J4), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

Day Two’s makeup was pretty subtle: just lipstick, eyeliner, and false eyelashes.  I wore a small bindi under the corner of each eye for a little dazzle:

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Black beaded necklace: Lord & Taylor, Vintage star pin: Aura Rose’s Treasures (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

Day Three had the simplest outfit: a long dress, arm warmers, and ankle boots.  I wore a pin in my scarf and further accessorized this outfit with an onyx ring and cabochon necklace:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), Scrunchy arm warmers (GLV1), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Vintage star & moon brooch: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Scrunchy arm warmers: Lama Luz (Etsy), Onyx necklace: made by me

 

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Here’s Day Three’s makeup.  It’s pretty much my usual with glitter added to my eyelids.  The glitter doesn’t show up well in these pictures, but it does accentuate my eyes:

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This month has been depressing, to say the least.  I am working on more content, but I’m also taking things one day at a time.  We’re already in mid-November, so I will try to have November’s birthstone and birth flower posts out soon.   Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTW: Goth Jackets for Fall

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Hello, lovelies!  Fall is definitely here and the weather has cooled down significantly.  I decided to show off a few of my long jackets, perfect for layering and looking very goth.

 

DAY ONE

I wore many layers on Day One, complete with felt hat and long cardigan.  The pentacle pikes complete this look.  All of my clothing was purchased on Ebay and Amazon, with the exception of the winklepickers, which were purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Felt hat (H1), Long cardigan (J1), Tish & Snooky t-shirt (S9), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Low-top winklepickers (Shoe2)

 

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Here’s my makeup for Day One.  I decided to stick with heavy eyeliner and lipstick for the week.  I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup, but I will definitely wear more makeup for the cooler weather. I think the heavy eyebrows make up for the minimal eye makeup.

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Felt hat: Scala (brand), Silver monogrammed necklace: J and A Ware Jewelry (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

DAY TWO

Out of these three days, Day Two had the coolest weather so I decided to wear my new fall jacket.  I have a winter coat, but I needed a light jacket for Fall and Spring.  I also wanted a shorter jacket (my winter coat is long) to wear for when it’s raining outside.  This jacket was purchased on Amazon.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Burnout lace top (S4), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Burnout lace top: Ebay, Black leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes (UK)

 

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Again on Day Two, my makeup was very minimal.  I wore green contacts, which are very subtle.  I decided to wear a head scarf instead of a hat.

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Inverted cross earrings: Etsy, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

DAY THREE

More layers for Day Three.  I wore my favorite jacket, which is long, black, and velvet – very goth and very pretty.  This jacket is more on the dressy side, so I don’t wear it often.  But I think it works for what I’m wearing.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Occult leggings (P3), Cold-shoulder blouse (S17), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Cold-shoulder blouse: Nasty Gal, Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand), Victorian-style velvet coat: dash A clothing (Etsy)

 

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Not much eye makeup on this day, but I’ve added false eyelashes and small bindis to give my face some “oomph”.  The dreadlock beads and purple lipstick keep my face from looking boring.

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Dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Ebony wooden stud earrings: House of Shiba (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Onyx cabochon pendant: made by me

 

That’s it for this week, lovelies.  I was going to add an update on my dreadlocks, but I’m saving that for an upcoming post (coming soon). Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD: Gothic Boho In Black & White

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Hello, fellow darklings.  This is another weekly outfit post providing proof that goths do wear white (sometimes).  It’s interesting how I can dress the same way in white and the compliments that I receive are many.  So, this week’s theme was black and white.

 

DAY ONE

Day One was a hot and humid day, so the majority of my clothes were white, accented with black.  I wore a black sun hat, a perfect way to keep cool in the heat.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Sun hat (H2), RuPaul t-shirt (S18), White 25-yd. skirt (Skt8), Tall moccasin boots (Snd1)

 

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Sun hat: Scala (brand), RuPaul t-shirt & 25-yd. skirt: Amazon, Tall moccasin boots: Medieval Moccasins

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Triple cross ear cuff set: Gilded In Gypsy, Studded choker: Aeon Leather, Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers

 

Here’s my makeup.  Day One is the day I wore the heaviest makeup, even though it was humid.  I went with an ’80s vibe to go with the cross earrings and ’80s icon, RuPaul.

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DAY TWO

On Day Two my sweetie and I were invited to a cookout.  I wanted to keep things light and breezy, so I went with white lace and a black, frilly skirt.  I kept jewelry to a minimum.

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Project 666 Staples: White lace shirt (S19), Black knee-length skirt (Skt7), Mary Jane shoes (Shoe1)

 

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White lace top & black skirt: Ebay, Mary Jane shoes: Dansko (brand)

 

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Here’s my face on Day Two.  Just a little metallic eye primer, eyeliner, and lipstick.  I kept my face minimal and dressed up my dreadlocks with beads.

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Silver monogrammed necklace: J & A Wares Jewelry (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

The weather was gorgeous on Day Three!  I think Fall is slowly trying to set in. Okay maybe not yet, but the weather felt more like autumn weather than summer.  No complaints from me!  My outfit is almost the opposite of Day One: mostly black clothes accented with white.

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Project 666 Staples: Plain black t-shirt (S12), 15-yd. skirt (Skt5), Black & white striped pants (P7), Button ankle boots (B2)

 

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Black t-shirt: The Gap, 15-yd. skirt: Ebay, B&W striped flare pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Button ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy), Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay

 

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Here’s my makeup – or lack of makeup.  Just eyeliner since I wore my glasses.  I was also being lazy.  Luckily, my eyeglasses have a touch of bling so not too boring (I hope).  You can say my lack of makeup is the opposite of Day One’s heavier makeup.

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Well, that’s it for now.  I’m thinking of doing outfits of the week posts instead of just one outfit per post.  I like showing multiple outfits at once, at least for video.  What do you think?  Do you prefer viewing one outfit at a time or many?  Share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Purple (Reader Request)

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m so happy with this makeup tutorial.  Why?  Because it’s my first requested video from one of my readers!  Woot!  This reader thought that I should try a gothic look using purple makeup and I am happy to oblige.

 

 

Here is the list of makeup that I used.  The purple eyeshadows are from, once again, Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colour collection.  These eye cremes are a dream to wear.  The colors are vivid and they glide on your face beautifully.  Although I’ve been using their eyeshadows, this is the first time I’ve tried Ben Nye’s® Shimmer Crayon.  The application is very smooth, which can be tricky since makeup crayons can often feel waxy – like a literal crayon.

 

EYES

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LIGHT PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cosmic Violet

DARK PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Royal Purple

SILVER EYELINER:  Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

SILVER EYESHADOW & MOON STAMP: EYE-Cons Makeup Kit

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Deadly Nightshade

 

I hope you lovelies enjoyed this tutorial.  Any ideas, requests, thoughts, or questions?  Share in the comments below.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Red Eyeshadow

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Hello, lovelies!  Here’s another makeup tutorial, where I demonstrate how I created this look.  This is the makeup that I wore for July’s birthstone, Ruby.  The focus here is the red and black creme eyeshadows. 

 

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used.  Since I applied my eye makeup before my foundation, the eye makeup is listed first.  I used Scotch® tape to create the cut-crease eyeshadow.

 

EYES

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RED EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cherry Red

BLACK EYESHADOW:  M.A.C. Paint Pot in Blackground

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I plan on trying other colors for more bold looks.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise