Hello! It's been a long time since I've posted and I have no one to blame but myself.
Anyway, this month's sign was Leo and I am more than excited to share with you all the finished product, along with the inspiration behind it.
This time around, just like all the other times, I had the biggest struggle with finding a POC HMUA. I really went out of my comfort zone to try to bring on new faces for these monthly blogs, but maybe I'm not trying hard enough? Just like all the other times, I failed to find someone outside of STYLUS to do makeup, so I took it upon myself to put Leo together.
First off, I always feel so pressured when it comes to doing creative makeup on anyone but myself. I guess it's because I know its my face and I could do whatever I want to it. So, yes, I did feel a little pressured (even though I voluntarily nominated myself for the role).
I think what I struggled with the most is definitely the inspiration part. For Leo, I didn't want to create a typical lion/feline look, nor did I want it to be too glam. Anyone who knows me, or has seen my work knows that I'm kind of sporadic with my art and that was exactly what I wanted for Leo. To say that I succeeded in that would be and understatement.
Instead, I created something completely different from what I intended. When I think of Leo I see someone fierce, independent, yet a total sweetheart. (Are those even considered Leo characteristics?) As a result, I opted for a soft look with strong eyes and lips. For colors I kept to two main colors: black and orange (different shades, but still orange).
My inspiration behind this look? Nothing really. I chose colors that I wanted and built a base from there. I did still want a feline part to the look so I gave the model a dramatic wing liner and exaggerated the lips a little by extending the ends to come out more. This screamed out feline-ish to me.
Lastly, I added very light freckles as I thought they would complete the look; to add in that sweetheart aspect to the look. I'm not saying that freckles makes one a sweetheart, I just thought it would be cute.
Well, that's pretty much it from me. Here's another look at Leo!
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- Written by Xee Khang