The first full word I ever spoke was "moon." My second tattoo was of one. The moon, the stars, and the patterns they create have fascinated me for as long as I can remember.
When I learned about Ancient Greek mythology in school, I became obsessed with the tales of the goddess Artemis and the constellations associated with her. I'd stare up at the ceiling within the walls of my school's planetarium and feel comforted by the star-studded the sky. As I grew, I grew more curious. I bought books on astrology and mapped out my chart. Maybe it's the Scorpio in me, but I never tired of the unknown.
When @qinniart's timelapse painting of a girl with "Starry Freckles" went viral a while back, I was speechless.
I watched it over and over and over again on a loop, mesmerized by the beautiful swirls of color and paint. It resurfaced in my life last month, when a fellow xoVainer mentioned that a few makeup artists were sporting "galaxy freckles" based on the original work.
I couldn't help but recreate the look myself, and give you a step-by-step tutorial should you want to try it, too.
I started by creating glitter roots, because every queen of the stars should have them. I did this on dirty hair (three days unwashed, to be exact). The grittiness of the product and oil in my hair kept the follicles in place and gave the glitter something to grip to.
First, I used a rat-tail comb to part my hair down the center, so my glitter roots would be more visible. I sprayed Sephora Iridescent Holographic Glitter Spray (which usually comes out around the holidays) down the center of my part, holding the bottle approximately six inches away from my hair. This spray is a super-fine, extremely reflective glitter that shines in shades of rainbow in the light.
I followed up with two layers of star glitter (one gold and one silver). Mine are vintage (from when I was in middle school, because I hoard art supplies), but you can buy yours at virtually any craft store. To apply the glitter, I used my thumb, pointer, and middle fingers to sprinkle the glitter to my roots — more at the part, less and less as you get further and further away.
For added dimension, I used the same method to apply a couple pinches of NYX Face & Body Glitter Brilliants to my roots as well. To seal all the glitter in, I sprayed L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray on top.
For the makeup, I started with a clean base of foundation, concealer and brows. I primed with Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, color corrected with YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizers, and applied a super-light layer of Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation in 100 (which is the base I use 90% of the time when I'm taking photographs) with the super-fluffy #41 Pro Large Domed Stippling Brush from Sephora.
I softly concealed my under-eye with my new Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème in Light 5. I used the applicator to apply the product and my fingers to blend it out. I lightly set my forehead and chin (basically anywhere I wouldn't be applying galaxy freckles) with my Sephora Featherweight Powder Brush #91 (which feels like a million tiny angels dancing on my face) and my Givenchy Le Prisme Visage Silky Face Powder Quartet in Mousseline Pastel.
I quickly filled in my brows with Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in #6.
For the galaxy portion, I used my Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in Artistic (what a great name). It's $99, which is a little steep if you're just going to do this look once (like for Halloween), but I mix foundations, blushes, contours, liners, color correctors, lipsticks, and pretty much anything else you could ever think of out of this palette. If you're going to use another form of face paint, just make sure it's super-creamy, as we want these colors to blend into each other.
To apply the colors, I used my Sephora Pro Contour Highlight Brush #80. Basically, something pointed will work better.
I used the original painting as a guide, and applied the colors where I saw them.
I started with the pink. The pink in the MUFE palette matched the pink in the painting perfectly, so I just applied it to the key places — around my eyes, cheek bone, etc. — using my #80 brush and pressing motions, tapping out with my finger where any blending was necessary.
I added the light blue using the same application method. Just make sure to clean your brush between colors. Again, the blue in the palette was perfect, so there was no need to mix. In addition to the bridge of my nose and cheeks, I also added a bit of light blue under the innermost points of my brows, under my cheekbones, under my bottom lip, and the bottommost part of my chin.
The best part about this look is that it's based off a watercolor painting, so if it's a little imperfect in terms of stroke or saturation, that's even better.
Next, I mixed a tiny bit of the blue and pink together on the back of my wrist to create a lavender, which I then applied to my nose and contour of my cheek.
Don't forget to really dot that color on rather than swiping. Swiping will pick up whatever you placed down previously.
In this step, I also added in the dark blue color. Again, the dark blue in the palette was a match, so I just applied as is. Less is more. It's always easy to add — harder to take it away once it's there.
I used a tiny pointed concealer brush — you could really even use a lip brush — to add in minor color details. I cleaned up the top ridge of the light blue to make it look more fluffy like clouds.
I heightened the saturation of the pink on my cheeks, and I added lines of pink and blue to create definition around the tip of my nose and the crease of my eyes.
Next, I used my same mini-pointed brush and the white paint from the Flash Palette to mark out where my biggest stars were going to go.
I then used my NYX White Liquid Liner (which is one of my all time favorite products) to create the points of the stars, the additional dots and constellation, and add white highlight wherever needed. Basically, I added stars by playing connect the dots. From one star to another, I'd add small dots of the white liquid liner, using the painting as a guide.
The finished starring should look something like this:
By this point, my features (like eyes and mouth) were getting a little lost, so I brought back emphasis.
I lined my eyes with Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer (and shed as single tear as I noticed it was running out).
Use a generous amount. If it's a little messy and inconsistent, that's even better. We do want it to mimic, paint after all!
I also applied a few coats (like four) of Benefit They're Real Mascara before gluing on false lashes (which are totally optional).
I tried a few different options on my lips before deciding upon Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Miss Or Madam, which is a bubblegum pink color. I used my Flash Palette to add some minor dark blue details at the corners of my mouth and the NYX White Liquid Liner to create some highlights at the center. I also dabbed on some sparkly pink gloss at the center for added drama.
Lastly, I used a fluffy, blunt blending brush to apply Violet Voss Wendy Glitter all across my galaxy freckles. The palette colors act as an adhesive and hold the glitter on.
Because the glitter is translucent, you can put it over the entire look without ruining your work. I used patting/pressing motions with the tip of the brush to apply the glitter without disturbing anything underneath.
My outsides finally express my insides.
- Would you try this look? Now or for Halloween?
- What painting do you think would make a good makeup look?