Texas seems to be nothing but cold weather lately, so I wanted to do a cold weather inspired look. I'd recently gotten these Martha Stewart Dobbers- which are these round little sponges with plastic holders. I've been finding all kinds of uses for them! I picked up some craft stencils for really cheap that had a pretty snowflake design I thought I could test with the sponges. This is great news for those who don't want to spend a lot of money on fancy stencils. I also incorporated eyeshadows from Dark Heart Designs to create a beautiful sparkle over the paint.
- Mehron paradise paints
- WolfeFX white/black
- Dark Heart Designs eyeshadow
- Round dobber sponge
- Craft sponge applicators (like really big eyeshadow applicators)
- #4 round brush
- Dark blue and teal eyeliners for lips
- Using the craft sponge applicator, create an asymmetrical blue surface with light blue paint. High on one side and low on the other. You can make an asymmetrical mask that is still balanced by making the top heavy on one side and bottom heavy on the other. This is all about building contrast, not having things perfectly the same on each side.
- Using the round brush and two other colors ( I used dark blue and teal), create tear drop designs that alternate each color. If you make a swirl going up on the top left then create a swirl going down on the bottom right.
- Before doing any outlining, I wanted to add some extra shimmer and dimension by layering Dark Heart Designs shadows over the paint. They are the perfect translucency to not cover up the paint design. This technique is also great for later when we do a stencil on top of the paint. The eyeshadow makes it not sticky!
Here are the colors I used:
- Next, I used the WolfeFX black to outline the entire mask on each side. When it got close to the top of my forehead or the center of my eye, I ended it with little dots and teardrops, instead of having it across my nose. Go slow doing this step and steady your hand by resting your pinky on your face if you are doing this on yourself.
- I wanted the outline to look a little like henna or lace, so I went back around the edge of the outline and added more loops, domes, and points. Again, I wanted to balance the design, but not have it exactly the same.
- To complete the look, I used Milani teal eye shadow pencil and outlined with the dark blue eyeliner on my lips to create a frosty look! I topped my lips with a little eyeshadow to set them and have the same sparkle from my eyes.
- Snowflake time! The most important thing I discovered doing this, was to get the dobber sponge saturated with paint just enough--but not too much! Too much paint and the stencil gets all blurry, not enough paint and it doesn't show up. I used WolfeFX white for the stencils. Because I'd used the eyeshadow on top of the blue paint, it didn't stick to the stencil!
- I did three main stencils , one big one, one medium, and one small one alternating on each side. Adding an extra small one here and there is ok. Don't do too many! 3 is a magic number!
- Last step! Using the white paint and the round brush I added more star bursts, dots, and emphasis on some of the snowflakes. For some extra sparkle, add white iridescent glitter to the snowflakes while they are sticky!
This mask can be varied in so many ways! You could use a star stencil and change the colors to pink and purple for an awesome rock star look. Add some UV paint for black-lights! Have fun with it!
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