Book cover inspired makeup is honestly something I’ve wanted to try doing for ages, but I never felt like I was good enough at makeup for it to be worth it.
I’ve been feeling that what about a lot of things. I have a nasty habit of putting things off until “I can do it right.” Funny thing is, that day never really ends up coming. And I think it’s part of the reason I’ve had such a hard time blogging lately–Ive been taking it and myself too seriously. If I couldn’t get the perfect photos or figure out *exactly* what I wanted to say, why bother at all. But that sucks. And it took all the fun out of it.
Anyway, now I’m trying to remember what it was like to blog for fun. Starting with this makeup look inspired by the gorgeous cover of Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza!
I didn’t have a color *quite* bright enough to match the cover, but I’m still happy with it!
I used the Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette for this look. I just bought it and was super excited to realize it had a shimmer shadow just begging to be used on a look based on this book cover.
The shimmer I used on the lid is Minx–the second shimmer from the bottom. I used Mod as the crease and bottom lash line base and blended it out with No Filter and a dab of Drama.
The eyeliner is a drug store cream liner because I couldn’t convince myself to splurge on the Tarte pot liner quite yet since I’d already dropped like $125 on that trip, haha.
*Edit: The lovely Rhoda Belleza herself asked about an eyeliner tutorial. Which I find extraordinarily flattering because to be honest I mostly just pray for the best, and the wings in these photos are not my best work lmao. But there is some method to it that I try to follow, so here ya go. Sorry I don’t have any in progress pictures. Let me know if you’d like a full tutorial though, I can make it happen.
I do the bottom line first and draw up to form the wings–I personally find this much easier than starting at the tip and drawing down. I just sort of follow the natural upward angle starting from the corner of the bottom lash line. Then I start at the tip of the wing and draw down to the top line at an angle, so it meets the top line about a quarter of the way across the lid. Then you just fill in the wings and finish the top line.
I also highly recommend using cream liner and a very thin tipped brush. Cream liner is easy to control and easy to fix if the first try doesn’t go well, and a thinner brush gives you more precision.
Again sorry if that isn’t super helpful lol. I’m still working on perfecting the winged look, but I hope that helps!*
Sorry, I’m not much for tutorials because I mostly just experiment until I get something I like. But here are a few more fun shots I got while admiring my handiwork.
Look at that green, damn. My hair is really getting it’s fade on, but I think it still looks pretty cool to be honest.
And of course a selfie with our adorable Xmas edition Tiny Box Tim 😂
And finally Joe, who can never resist photobombing my selfies.
I didn’t really realize how bad the picture quality on those last one’s were until I uploaded them, lmao. They looked better on my phone.
This was a lot of fun and I would really love to do more book cover inspired makeup looks! If you have any recommendations of covers I should do leave them in the comments!