Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mizz Worthy's Illamasqua contest: Venetian masks inspired

Remember my post about Venetian masks? I think I said then that I might do a look inspired by the photos of the masks that I posted. This is exactly it, and being so dramatic that it almost looks theatrical, it makes a perfect entry for Mizz Worthy's Illamasqua contest.

Here's the photo that inspired the look along with the 'face chart' I drew to make the application easier.

Nowadays, Venetian masks are worn almost solely during the Carnevale, but in the past they would be used on many occasions to hide the wearer's identity. They would allow their wearer to act more freely and to flout social boundaries, as in romantic encounters. Many designs are taken from Commedia dell'arte, like the one that I was inspired by. I decided to twist the mask represented in the photo and make sort of a Columbine mask out of it, which is an intricately decorated half mask. This type of mask is said to have been designed especially for one Commedia dell'arte actress who was beautiful and didn't want to have her face covered completely. I also wanted to somehow imitate this kind of aureole that decorates the mask itself and put my hair into one-sided locks.

Well, moving on to the look I created... My favorite photo of 260 taken and two sets of photos, artistic and realistic.

If you're interested in how I achieved the look step by step, I could do a short picture tutorial.

For now, a list of products used (a really loooong one):

Sephora Zero Shine base
Inglot Cream Concealer in 34
Coastal Scents Honey Fair 1.2 Flawless Finish Foundation
Coastal Scents Light Veil Flawless Finish
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW20
Coastal Scents G Bronzer/ Blush to contour

Coastal Scents Eye Poxy Primer all over the lid
Revlon Illuminating Creme Eyeshadows as a base for the blue eyeshadow
Avon lipstick in Caffe Latte as a base for the golden eyeshadow
Celia (Polish brand of make-up) lipstick in 61 (red) as a base for the red eyeshadow
Coastal Scents 78 palette
Margaret Astor black eyeliner pencil
Max Factor Mechanical Eyeliner in Ice Blue 60 for sketching the line
Beautique lip liner in Dusty Rose for sketching (I don't have any golden pencil)
GOSH Extreme Art Waterproof Eyeliner in 13 (gold)
Covergirl Lash Blast mascara in Very Black
some scrapbook gems

Inglot Cream Concealer in 34
NYX Long Lip Pencil in Natural (I don't have any red)
Celia (Polish brand of make-up) lipstick in 61 (red)
Avon Colortend Chocolate Drop lip gloss in Champagne


  1. Thats really nice - well done :)

  2. this is fantastic! Thank you so much for the entry! And you are more than welcome lol - I'm loving running this contest! xxx

  3. @mizzworthy - this was a really good idea for the theme, it's so versatile and original; lots of fun, all in all! xxx

  4. That´s gorgeous :-o Especially the matching hair do. Good luck with the contest :-)

  5. oh wow this in incredible! i hope you win!! x

  6. @ Hele: thanks a lot, and I really enjoy reading your blog! I feel I have a similar sense of style, I just lack some new pieces to my wardrobe :)