(Improvised) Makeup & OOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pics and gif via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Wixon Jewelers and American Gem Society®.

Today’s look is inspired by July’s birthstone, the Ruby.  Also known as “the king of gems”, the ruby represents “love, passion, courage and emotion”.  Second only to the diamond in hardness, rubies are considered the most rare and hence, the most valuable gemstone.  Rubies can range in color from purplish- and bluish-red (cool reds) to an orange-red (warm reds).  The most prized rubies come in a “medium or medium-dark vivid red” and have the most value.  The “Burmese Ruby” comes in a vivid, bluish-red that is “only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar”.

Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies
Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies

 

Before we get to my improvised makeup look, here’s what I wore.  Just a simple dress and skirt for hot and humid weather:

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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All of these accessories were purchased on Etsy – Large red bindi: SewFae, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Choker with red gems: Ego Driven, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery

 

Now for my improvised makeup look.  Here’s what happened: I had a dance performance this weekend and placed my makeup bag and brushes in my dance bag.  Fortunately, I remembered to put my makeup bag in my everyday bag.  Unfortunately, I forgot my makeup brushes, which I keep in a small, slim box.  I already had the jewelry and the outfit for July’s birthstone, so I had to do something.  I didn’t want to go without makeup, so I decided to apply my makeup sans brushes.

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Here’s what I had to work with: Younique mascara set, M.A.C. lip liner in “Nightmoth”, L.A. Colors® jumbo eye pencil in “Sunglasses”, Manic Panic lipstick in “Black Rose, Lipcote lip sealer, red sticker jewels, and an eyelash curler.

 

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I didn’t do too bad, but of course it would have looked 10x better using makeup brushes.  One good thing from this experiment was using the burgundy lip pencil on my eyebrows.  I thought it looked too reddish at first, but it has grown on me – the color matches my hair.  I’ll try this look again, using the proper tools.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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2 thoughts on “(Improvised) Makeup & OOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby”

    1. Thanks, Vulcan. I would never had thought to use a burgundy lip pencil for my eyebrows. Sometimes you find out new things just by experimenting. I’ll have to see how they look when I’m better prepared. 😉

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