Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Monster High Monday: Toralei Stripe

Did you miss Monster High Monday? Well, it's back! I've missed it, although it was all a bit alien to me when I started yesterday. Day to day my makeup has become much the same and I think part of that has been down to the more complex looks I do on MHM's. It takes so much effort, that I just want something simple and quick for the rest of the week. It was nice to wear some different colours though and to try and find something that works with my new hair colour too (a full post with details of that coming soon). It's probably surprising then, that I chose this doll as her colouring and clothes are much different to mine. However her makeup is something I hoped would work on me, without orange skin and stripes!
She is Toralei Stripe, the very catty kitty who as my nephews would say "is the baddie" of Monster High! I can't help but find her adorably cute despite her conflicts with my other girls. She has shaded skin; more orange on one side of her face than the other which I didn't replicate, but you have no idea how badly I wanted to add the browns stripes to my cheeks. It would've finished the look off perfectly, but I decided against it.  Maybe a bit much for daytime, no?    
She has plummy lips and several colours on her eyes (you can probably best see that on the photo above), which I managed to find dupes of in my stash relatively quickly. She's got very thick liner (which I had just the tool for) and I 'greened' up my eyes a bit more, albeit without the cat eye-ness. None of that was proper English, I know.
Ok, so for the eyes I started with Urban Decay Primer Potion and applied ArtDeco pearl eyeshadow in 04 under the eyes and on the lids, up beyond the crease, winging it out slightly. On top of this grey shade, I applied a bright pink just on the lid concentrating in the inner corner of the eye and letting it fade out towards the opposite end. I took the pink from MAC's Eyes On Manish palette that I sooo want to rename the 'Monster High Monday Palette' because I use this almost this every week! It's got lots of brights in it that come in handy for this challenge.
You can then see a bright, bold green on Toralei's eyes, so I used a wet brush and dipped into an old limited edition palette by No7 called Jewelled Eyes. It gave the colour more intensity and also this lovely metallic finish. I used a narrow brush to apply that in a very thin line from the inner corner, gradually widening towards the outer corner, following the shape of the crease. I mentioned the liner was super thick on Toralei, so I used L'Oreal SuperLiner GelMatic* along the lower lashline and their bold SuperLiner Blackbuster* pen along the top lashline. It looks like a jumbo felt tip pen.  I even managed a little thick flick with this, tidying up with another SuperLiner (Perfect Slim*). On my lashes is Guerlain Maxi Lash mascara and I finished my brows with a little L'Oreal SuperLiner Brow Artist* pencil in Brunette 03.
On my face I applied Lancome Teint Miracle foundation in 005, contouring with The Balm 'Bahama Mama' bronzer and highlighting with Dainty Doll Concealer in 001. I used the same concealer in 002 on blemishes, YSL Touche Eclat in 2 under the eyes and finished with Paul & Joe UV Pressed Powder in 003. Seeing as Toralei has an orangey complexion I used a soft, peachy blush, MAC Legendary, on the cheeks.
For the lips, I lined with Dior Lipliner Pencil in 883 Magenta Brown with Rouge Dior lipstick in 976 Plum Plot. The finish was probably a bit too sparkly and metallic, but the colour was close enough.
I thought the green and deep purple looked pretty against my hair (I'm wearing bold green eyes today as I liked it so much) and all in all, it wasn't a bad "first week back"!  You can see my full outfit here on The Shoe Girl Diaries.  What do you think?


  1. Ooh I love this look, especially the lip colour! X

  2. I have the ballerina dress. :-) In fact, I think it was from reading your blog that I found out about it. I love it soooo much. :-)


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