I love all types of music, but cheesy top 40 hits are my guilty pleasure. Scratch that--I don’t feel guilty (#sorrynotsorry).
I’m not a big fan of Nicki Minaj or Ariana Grande, but I am a huge Jessie J. fan. When the video for the trio's new song, "Bang Bang," dropped late last month, I became totally enthralled by Ariana Grande's makeup look. It's really different from my normal makeup look, but I had to try it.
Ariana spends most of the video in pink neon lighting, but I like the purple cast it gave her look. I started with eyes because I was working with some darker shadows and didn’t want any fall-out to mess up my foundation. I primed my lids with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk so that the shadows would really pop. I took the Silver shade from my Lorac Pro 2 Palette and packed it onto my mobile lid.
With a fluffy blending brush, I swept a lilac shade from my Sephora Collection Palette from just below the brow bone to crease using windshield wiper motions.
With an E.L.F. Studio Contour Brush (for eyes) I placed a deep, vibrant purple shadow from the same Sephora palette in my crease, making sure to blend by sweeping the brush back and forth over the area.
To highlight my brow bone and inner corner, I used the Beige shade from my Lorac Pro 2 Palette.
I also went back in with Silver and patted it on the center of my lid to make the color pop. Then I used a baby wipe to clean up any fall-out.
Ariana was sporting a pretty winged liner look in the video. I used Maybelline Gel Liner and a thin liner brush from the E.L.F. Studio line to mimic the effect. Her lashes were also super lush, so I added Ardell Lashes in Glamour number 106. If you're like me and don't regularly apply fake eyelashes, I highly recommend this Pixiwoo video.
Lastly for the eyes, I lined the outer third of my lower lash line with the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner and smudged it out with the dark purple eye shadow I used in my crease. Then I topped my lower lashes with mascara.
I filled in my eyebrows and applied my foundation, Revlon Colorstay, and lightly contoured my cheek bones (with Alle’s help) using NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny.
A touch of MAC Gingerly Blush went on the apples of my cheeks and a coating of MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous and NYX Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tart gave my lips that pinky-purple hue.
This look is a lot more dramatic than what I usually go for, but I'm really loving it. Who are your favorite cheesy pop stars? How often do you turn up the drama on your makeup?