I Gave My Dude's Dumb Tattoo A Makeover With Fashion Week's Awesomest Beauty Looks

Did I mention it's a SELF-PORTRAIT? I know I didn't, but it is.
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Did I mention it's a SELF-PORTRAIT? I know I didn't, but it is.

Brayden has this really stupid tattoo... of himself. Below it has his birth year, a hyphen, and a blank space. I'm like, what's the blank space for? Is he planning on having the inscription completed post-mortem?

Before. 

Before. 

Also: the portrait. I think that's the first and only instance of Brayden ever wearing a tie, and he doesn't have a teardrop tattooed on his IRL face. He does have a tat below and to the side of one eye, but it's freckle-sized and barely noticeable. He gets it touched up whenever he gets a new one. Kind of like when you go into Neiman's for some products and have the makeup artist fluff some powder on your face and slap on some lip gloss while you're there. Except, you know, permanent.

I'm allowed to say that the tattoo is stupid, because even he hates it. He says he's getting it covered soon, so why not make good use of it while I still can?

I decided, completely sober, to try out three of my favorite makeup looks from Fashion Week on Little Brayden, a la the makeup maps backstage at every show and also all over anything MAC.

Estée Lauder's makeup map backstage at Opening Ceremony.

Estée Lauder's makeup map backstage at Opening Ceremony.

MM6

Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey used MAC's Chromacakes to create simple, graphic and bright eyes for Margiela's diffusion line (read: slightly-more-affordable-but-not-really line), MM6. The cheeks were subtly bronzed with a sheer orangey-brown, and the lips were a matte, delicate pink.

I used Living Luminzer for a dewy glow on the cheeks and at the cupid's bow, NYX's Powder Blush in "pinky" on the lips for a matte look, along with a turquoise cream paste for the eyes. (I suggest going for the Chromacakes for this though, a heavy cream won't give the right look or wear in 3 dimensions.)

I used Living Luminzer for a dewy glow on the cheeks and at the cupid's bow, NYX's Powder Blush in "pinky" on the lips for a matte look, along with a turquoise cream paste for the eyes. (I suggest going for the Chromacakes for this though, a heavy cream won't give the right look or wear in 3 dimensions.)

I used a too-dark foundation just below the apples of the cheeks for that orangey-brown shade. I think he manages to pull it off, still very feminine while maintaining an edgy vibe:

Little Brayden trying out the beauty look from MM6.

Little Brayden trying out the beauty look from MM6.

Rag & Bone

Next we have an example of one of the most prevalent beauty themes for Spring '14: the matte, orange lip. Rag & Bone showed it with a taupe lid and clean, angular brows.

I colored the lips with FACE's lipliner in Helen, a bright red, and then dabbed OCC's Lip Tar in Beta over top. For the eyes I blended FACE's Dream Cream Eye Shadow in Taft on the lid and outward toward the brow to create a subtle feline shape. I used a bit of MAKE's Satin Finish Blush in Terracotta to hollow out the cheekbones. 

I colored the lips with FACE's lipliner in Helen, a bright red, and then dabbed OCC's Lip Tar in Beta over top. For the eyes I blended FACE's Dream Cream Eye Shadow in Taft on the lid and outward toward the brow to create a subtle feline shape. I used a bit of MAKE's Satin Finish Blush in Terracotta to hollow out the cheekbones. 

Be sure to dab any glossiness off the lips by pressing a tissue gently against them and dusting over the tissue with translucent powder. This will mattify any lip color.

Little Brayden sporting the matte orange lip as seen at Rag & Bone. 

Little Brayden sporting the matte orange lip as seen at Rag & Bone. 

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson came out of left field with the super metallic silver makeup for her runway show, which is why she's totally awesome. Huge black brows, cotton candy pink cheeks, and huge pink wigs completed the look.

NYX's Slim Eye Pencil in Black for the brows, Tarte's Glamazon Lipstick in Whimsy for the cheeks, a small section of these amazing fur Velour Lashes at the outer corners of the eyes, and Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Silver Strike for the lids and lips. 

NYX's Slim Eye Pencil in Black for the brows, Tarte's Glamazon Lipstick in Whimsy for the cheeks, a small section of these amazing fur Velour Lashes at the outer corners of the eyes, and Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Silver Strike for the lids and lips. 

If you take anything away from this post, it's that NYX's Felt Tip Liner and Salon Perfect's Clear Lash Adhesive are the bomb. Both how you would want a felt tip liner and lash adhesive to work while everything you keep trying falls short. The liner is way dark and contains plenty of ink in the super-narrow tip, and the clear adhesive is CLEAR! So no having to go over any glaring glue lines with liner. Dope!

Little Brayden with huge brows and silver lips just like the Betsey Johnson babes. 

Little Brayden with huge brows and silver lips just like the Betsey Johnson babes. 

What's your favorite look on Little Brayden? I'm partial to the last because of the brows, obviously. What do you think he should get to cover it? I know the first thing that comes to mind is a MorphThing-type image of our child, but let's get creative.