Friday, March 14, 2014

Frozen Series - Princess Anna of Arendelle

Welcome to part deux of my mini Frozen series! If you missed my Elsa inspired look, click here to check it out. This look was inspired by the main protagonist of the film, Anna. She's spunky, clumsy, fearless and a little awkward, but it takes her character to a new level compared to older Disney princesses. Her character in the film is loosely based on Greda from "The Snow Queen" , a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.

I took most of my inspiration from Anna's outfit that she got from Oaken's Trading Post (and Sauna!) which is a traditional Norwegian clothing called "Bunad". Her outfit is also adorned with the crocus flower, a symbol of rebirth and spring. In colder regions, it bursts forth while snow is still on the ground. The flower is the official crest of Arendelle and it appears in Frozen on everything from banners to capes, uniforms, wallpaper, and jewelry. 

I wanted this look to be bold, bright, colorful and fun, much like Anna herself. I added warmth to my crease to represent her red hair, and I added freckles to my face as well.

Here are some stills and gifs from the film to admire and compare!

Anna's Official Disney Bio:

"Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she's also the most optimistic and caring person you'll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family."

She is free-spirited, fearless, warm, kind, playful, optimistic, awkward, clumsy, talkative, quirky, feisty, adventurous, loving, intelligent and selfless.

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Fair Sand
  • L'Oreal True Match Powder in Soft Ivory - N1
  • ELF Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee for the freckles

  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Dollipop on inner top lids
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in 2AM on center of lids blended with Dollipop
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum on outer top lids blended with 2AM
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Bulletproof on outer corner and crease
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Flamepoint and Buttercupcake applied very lightly above crease
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Tako on brow bone
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Mochi applied on inner lower lids
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Velocity applied on outer and inner lower lids blended with Mochi
  • Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows in Goldilux, Darling and Tipsy (with a little bit Midori to darken Tipsy) mixed with GDE Foil Me to create eyeliner
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White on waterline with Tipsy patted on top
  • Sugarpill False Lashes in Adore

  • Milani Baked Blush in Rose D'oro

  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose applied lightly

I hope you guys enjoyed this mini-series as much as I enjoyed creating them! I love doing inspired looks and taking inspiration from things that I love. I should do it more often!

Anyway, here is one of my favorite Anna songs from the film. Anna is voiced by the gorgeous and talented Kristen Bell, and yes, that is really her singing! 

Take care!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Frozen Series - Queen Elsa of Arendelle

If you haven't seen (or at least heard of) Frozen, then you've been living under a rock! Frozen is Disney's 53rd animated feature and it is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. It won two Academy Awards at this year's Oscars (Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song). The film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

It might sound like a typical Disney princess movie, but Frozen is very different from it's predecessors and teaches people young and old some pretty valuable lessons. I do not want to spoil the movie for those of you who haven't seen it yet, so I'll spare you the details! 

I wanted to do a mini-series inspired by Elsa and Anna because I adore this film and these characters, especially Elsa. Not only is she one of the prettiest characters in a Disney movie in like, ever (I've never been so jealous of an animated person), but I relate and connect with her character on many levels. Instead of trying to look like the characters, I decided to create makeup looks inspired by the characters as a whole and also taking inspiration from their surroundings.

I gathered inspiration from Elsa's breathtakingly beautiful sparkling gown, her ice castle and the actual makeup she wears herself. I wanted the look to be structured, yet free, much like Elsa after her transformation. I did this by combining sharp lines and soft edges. I feel like the juxtaposition of the two work harmoniously together and help create a magical, icy look. I also added holographic glitter to represent the sparkles of her dress and the shimmering ice and snow that surround her.

Here are some gifs and stills from the film to compare and admire!

Elsa's Official Disney Bio: 

"From the outside, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret—she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her." 

She is elegant, powerful, caring, fierce, reserved, regal, warm, protective, kind-hearted, mysterious, and intelligent.

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation in Fair Sand
  • L'Oreal True Match Powder in Soft Ivory - N1

  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Darling on inner and outer corners of top lid and outer third of bottom lid
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Mochi blended with Darling 
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Vega on inner and outer corners
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Diamond Eyes on center of lids and tear ducts
  • Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers Holographic Glitter in Glitz applied on center of lids and tear ducts with GDE Foil Me
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Soot and Stars to further deepen inner and outer corners as well as outer lower lids
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt in crease
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum blended above crease and below lower lids
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Dollipop blended with Poison Plum
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Take on brow bone
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Vega mixed with GDE Foil and applied as an eyeliner
  • FAUX Lashes in Alexia

  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Diamond Eyes applied as a highlight

  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Famous applied lightly

I really hope you guys liked this look! I sure had a lot of fun putting it together, especially since I haven't played with makeup like this in a while. I absolutely LOVE this movie and I cannot wait for it to be released on DVD!

 Of course, I cannot finish this blog post without posting the iconic song, "Let it Go". If you didn't already know, Broadway singer Idina Menzel is the voice of Elsa. She has such a strong and beautiful voice that fits Elsa perfectly. Ugh, it gives me goosies.

 Enjoy, and let it go!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bows and Curtseys now has a mobile app! YAY!

I have some very exciting news to share with you all. I am pleased to announce that Bows and Curtseys now has a mobile app courtesy of Modiface!

Modiface were kind enough to offer me my own mobile app, and I am SO excited about it! I have put in a lot of time and work into my blog for almost 3 years now and to have it expand with an app is such an amazing opportunity. I couldn't have done it without the continued love and support from you guys and I am extremely grateful for your awesomeness. Thank you! If you are interested, head on over to Google Play on your device, search for "Bows and Curtseys", install and enjoy! Or you can go ahead click on the app icon down below (many thanks to Vibrant Imagery by Jenny Espino for designing the app icon)! The app is free to download and is currently only available for Android devices but should be available for iOS soon, so be on the lookout for updates from me!

  • The latest blog posts from Bows and Curtseys right in your pocket! You get beauty product reviews, makeup looks, tips and video tutorials all in one convenient app.
  • A handy mirror for quick beauty checks while on the go.
  • Quick links for a virtual hair salon and a virtual makeup studio, for quick celebrity look try ons.
  • Download it for free today!

 If you're an avid mobile phone user and are a makeup/beauty junkie, you might have heard of Modiface before. They are the #1 mobile beauty company and they are the top creator of beauty and photo editing apps with over 30 million downloads and over 500 million virtual product try ons. They offer a makeup app where you can virtually try on makeup and celebrity looks. Their app "MakeUp" is the most popular makeover app for iOS and Android devices, features photo-realistic makeup and hair simulations, over 50 rendering styles such as winged eyeliners and facial sculpting, and weekly updated celebrity hairstyles. They also have a photo editor that lets you virtually remove blemishes, try on colored contacts, etc, and "FaceLift", which is the world's most advanced anti-aging simulation app. Visit their website for more information.

Once again, thank you for making Bows and Curtseys what it is today. If you download the app, please let me know what you think!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Glistening Gaze

Hello, beautiful people! It's a new year and a new beginning. A new chance to shine and sparkle. As for me personally, I am aiming to make 2014 a million times better than 2013 both in my personal life and for Bows and Curtseys! I have a lot of exciting things coming up for my blog that I think you all are really going to enjoy. I have a few video tutorials planned as well that will be filmed with my new DSLR camera. As a matter of fact, this look was taken using my new camera and I love the turnout. I'm still learning how to use it properly and I'm still playing around with some settings, so if you have any DSLR photographing tips, please let me know!

Anyway, I created this look on a whim without any real idea of what I was going for. It started with just the glitter liner, and then I added everything else later. I'm quite pleased with the end result! It's warm, sparkly, and versatile. I think most people can pull this look off. This would look gorgeous with a purple or blue waterline as well! I didn't want to wear falsies with this because I felt that that they would distract from the glitter and it would be harder to photograph as well (my fellow beauty bloggers know the pain of photographing glitter, am I right?!).

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation in Fair Sand
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy applied on lids, tear duct and brow bone
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Faint, Buck, and Blackout in crease, lower lids and outer-v
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Chickadee blended above crease and lower lids
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White on waterline with Chickadee mixed with a tiny bit of Buck patted on top to get a deeper, more muted yellow shade
  • Sephora Collection Glitter Liners in Aqua and Royal Blue over a brown base
  • Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Mascara in Blackest Black 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Powder in Medium Brown

 I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and that you enjoyed this look! Like I mentioned previously, I am planning on filming some tutorials soon. Are there any specific looks you'd like to see? I know my Captivating Cranberry look is really popular and I get loads of requests on it, so that one is a given. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Take care!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Black Opal

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by mother nature. One thing I have always enjoyed was going to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum to check out the gemstones and minerals exhibit. I was always in such awe of the magnificent beauty that this earth can create. I was always so excited and I would get lost in the wonders of that corner of the museum. A favorite gemstone of mine is the opal, especially the black opal. I adore the variety of bright colors and how they look like a mini galaxy encrusted into a rock. Simply beautiful. Here is a rather daring look where I tried to capture the essence of this beautiful stone.

The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. Black opals are among the rarest and is said to be some of the best examples found in Australia.


Many of you have asked for me to explain how I created this effect. I will try to go into a little more detail for you guys. I basically got a teeny bit of each eyeshadow pigments and added it to their cap. I mixed each shade individually with an equal amount of Glamour Dolls Eyes Foil Me, which turns any eyeshadow into a liquid eyeliner. You can also use a mixing medium or even water. You just need to get the pigments to get to a paste-like consistency. After that, I used a small detailing brush to apply each color to my lids. I randomly placed the colors in different sized shapes in a dabbing motion. No need to be be perfect since you're trying to recreate an organic matter. Keep adding different colors until your lids are completely covered and you get the look you desire. I hope that helps! 

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation in Fair Sand
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean all over lids as a base
  • Sugarpill ElektroCute Neon Pigments in Love Buzz, Hi-Viz, Sparkage, and Hellatronic mixed with GDE Foil me to create a paste-like consistency and then applied randomly on eyelids with a small detail brush to create an opal effect
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Bulletproof in crease and lower lids
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum above crease
  • Sugrapill Eyeshadow in Hi-Viz on tearduct
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Midori, Afterparty and Poison Plum on lower lids
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal
  • FAUX Lashes in Chloe

  • NYX Blush in Natural
  • Face Stockholm Bronzer in Capri #3

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp

I hope you enjoyed this artsy-fartsy look and that you are enjoying the holiday season so far! I cannot believe this year is coming to an end already. So crazy! I'm hoping I have some to create a Christmas and New Years look for you guys. Fingers crossed!

Take care!