Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Most Basic Makeup Routine for the Lazy ~ 13 Simple Steps


I'm asked about my makeup routine quite a bit, Fashionable Reader. Especially since I started doing Facebook Lives.

So I thought I'd put this blog post together for you...


Full retro makeup for an inside event - High Tea


Gail Carriger's Makeup Routine


1. Wash and exfoliate face, use cold water. (I wash with Alba's Coconut Milk and exfoliate with Alba's Pineapple Scrub)

2. Apply aloe, let dry. (I don't bother with primer, I think it's a waste of money. I tend to avoid specialist products, the less I have to pack the better.)

3. Under eye concealer dotted then blended, let dry.

Facebook Live makeup


4. Pressed powder or tinted moisturizer.* Apply everywhere, including eyelids, over the concealer and down under your chin.

5. Blush, wide brush, light application, hollows of cheeks.

Soft light-weight makeup for HOT inside/outside event - Book Fair

6. Highlight: tops of cheekbones, inside corners of eyes, just under eyebrows. I just use eye shadow (again, not a fan of specialist products). Depending on your skin tone you can use white, pale gold, gold, bronze. I pick something about two shades lighter than my skin color.

7. Under eye liner (tear line). This isn't for everyone but it will make your eyes pop. I use a white kohl liner to do the inner underline of my eye. I also used to use it to draw a guide line for my cat eye wings if I'm not using the Vamp Stamp.

Medium makeup for brighter interior event - Seattle ComicCon


8. Wipe very edge of upper eyelids and lips (hard) with tissue.

8. Vamp Stamp. (The small/kitten size is fine for most people.) 

9. Pen eye liner, top lid only, neaten up Vamp Stamp.

10. WAIT FOR LINER TO DRY. (I usually get dressed or do my hair at this juncture.)


Light makeup for darker inside event ~ Alaska Steampunk

11. Eyelash curler. (I know, but it really does make a difference and I suck at fake eyelashes. I even have one for travel.) Warm the metal up with your hand first, then hold for a 30 second count each side.

12. Mascara.

13. Lippy! I only use color fast brands. Make sure lips are very dry. Apply color fast lippy quickly, with a light steady hand. Suck finger to get it off of teeth danger area. WAIT for it to dry. Don't eat. Don't drink. Don't dab. Don't press lips together. Wait. Then touch gently to make certain it's not tacky anymore. Then apply topcoat. Oil strips color fast lippy, so if you avoid greasy food it should stay all day.

Full makeup for direct sunlight - ComicCon

* Makeup does need to adjust depending  venue and event. The kind and amount differs depending on whether I'll be outside in bright daylight, like to a garden wedding (lightest touch, tinted moisturizer), versus inside (lower lighting, go a bit bolder), versus on stage presenting (powder to stop the glare of lights, focus on lips because I'm speaking), versus for the screen (heaviest application, bold lip and eyes). 

 Rare photo of your's truly without glasses & full performance makeup. 

All the makeup mentioned in this blog post can be found on this list.



Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

10 Beauty & Makeup Hacks for the Reluctant


I've begun to realize, Fashionable Reader, that I number a lot of simple hacks in my beautify routine are basic and ones I think everyone knows... and then they don't.

So I thought I would pull them together for you! And yes this is entirely gender fluid advice. Also if you're delicate or have tricky skin or whathaveyou, yes little snowflake, I see you, this isn't for you.



HAIR

1. Brush your hair before you shower. Then stroke with hands to get all stray hairs out. Why? This helps keep your drain from clogging and it makes it easier to wash.

2. If you have fine/oily hair, condition the ends first, then wash with shampoo on the scalp only.

SKIN

3. Exfoliate. Find a gentle exfoliate scrub (or scrub brush) that you like and smells nice. I have one for my face as well as one for my body. I suggest sugar over salt. Once a week is all you need, but your skin will thank you for it. Oh yeah, and exfoliate your lips too! For goodness sake, the poor things.

4. Bottled aloe is the most versatile moisturizer. It's great for dry skin, or even not so dry, because aloe won't clog pores. And it handles razor burn. Also I use mine for a primer before makeup. It dries quickly to a smooth finish. It has almost no odor.I have dry skin so I use this as well as a moisturizer.


5. Drink water. I have a wrinkle on my chin I call the "water line" because it only appears when I'm dehydrated. Honestly, if you are like me and tend to forget to drink water, try hard to make water consumption a habit. It's the best thing you can do for your skin. 

* Extra tip? Don't fricking TOUCH YOUR FACE. Just don't. Don't lean on your hand in thought. Don't rub your eye. Don't pick your nose. This is a recipe for germ transfer and for encouraging break outs. Very little is worse for the skin on your face than the oil and grime on your hands. I know, bad design. But try to break the habit.

Unless you are wearing gloves, of course.

SCENT

6. Use unscented deodorant. For the LOVE. Honestly do you actually LIKE the way it smells? No don't answer that because, just no. Plus it is guaranteed to clash with your perfume.

7. Speaking of, can we talk perfume (or whatever manly word you prefer)? Use with delicacy. One spritz. ONE. Look, I'm a smell junky and I've a super sensitive nose, (I will JUDGE YOU for your scent choices - Channel #5, Sunshine, and Pleasures need NOT apply). Perfume is a signature and it is for you, not the world, to appreciate. I happen to like to smell like food (vanilla, apricot, peach, cinnamon, chocolate).

* Here's how you apply perfume: To the lower part of your neck/upper chest. Why? You want it to linger and activate. Linger by spraying on a place that also has contact with your clothing, because most perfume will actually cling more to fabric. Warmth helps activate perfume so your upper chest is better than your neck or wrists (which are exposed and tend to be colder). Also you want scent to only be present if someone is very close to you.

NEVER WEAR PERFUME ON A PLANE.
EVER.
END OF DISCUSSION.


BASIC MAKEUP

A lot of people struggle with makeup so I'm going to do the bare minimum here. These are the three tips I feel like no one knows. I'll do another blog post with my makeup routine for the super lazy. (Honestly it's not much.) 
8. Address your biggest worry with time and money. About the only product I spend a lot of money on is under eye concealer. I get baggy eyes. That's what I'm self conscious about so I spent a lot of time researching, testing, and finding the product that makes me feel better about this. If you feel your face is too round, contouring will be your thing. If you want to draw attention to your eyes, learn from YouTube how to pick the right colors and emphasize them. If your skin worries you, then take some time to find a good base (and the next tip probably won't work for you). Look I get it, we all have hang ups. I think of makeup as war paint. It's OK to use it to fight your battles with you.

9. No one likes the feel of liquid base or pressed powder. Honestly, no one. My great secret? Tinted moisturizer with an SPF in it. Apply lightly with a makeup sponge, not your finger, not a cotton ball. Yes, you manly dude boy, you can use this too.
10. The modern world has given us color fast! Learn how to use it. If you are a lipstick person, find yourself a color fast brand you like, and go! If you like yourself a bold eye, they have felt tipped pen liner now, it's AWESOME. Ditch the pencil. Ditch the liquid liners. And I have no idea why anyone uses old fashioned sticky lippy anymore. If you tend to your lips (see above with aloe and drinking water regularly), these shouldn't dry them out.
The secret to color fast actually working? Apply only to exfoliated, very clean DRY skin. I rub my lips and edge of my lids with a tissue before applying. Also WAIT FOR IT TO DRY before applying any topcoat, curling your lashes, anything else. No really, wait for it. Don't press your lips together and make the put-put noise either. This is not your grandmother's lipstick. 


All the products mentioned in this blog post can be found on this list.

Yeah it's USA Amazon. Nash.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings!


Happy New Year! Here's hoping it's a good one. Here are some fashionable shots of yours truly with bubbly (my second favorite beverage)...


Black 1930s style maxi dress (probubly 1970s) more on this outfit here




Pink 1930s style modern maxi dress, more about this dress here.


Turquoise eShakti with the agents at RWA, more about this dress here.

 

Gold eShakti  at Bay Area Book Festival, more about this outfit here.


Steampunk turquoise Changeless cover match, more about this outfit here

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Gail Carriger & the Airship Ambassador discuss the Parasol Protectorate ...




So I'm wearing a mushroom blouse that I can't remember where I got. I t has a built in cravat and it buttons but it has stretch so it goes over the rack without a gap. It's kinda a magic shirt, to be honest. Over it is a Dark Garden off the rack cupid style underbust corset. I got it in the last of this stripe fabric I love, basically I wanted something that looked like Victorian wallpaper. And I have a long white lace skirt on. Sorry I didn't get a better full shot of the outfit, but here are some images with the component parts...

The shirt with a different corset:


The corset over a now long gone dress.

The skirt.

 
I'm not wild about the bra I'm wearing with this top in this video.

It's a pointed 1950s style and doesn't go with a steampunk look. So I guess I'll return to the t-shirt bra or similar.


The issue is, I find a bra that doesn't have underwire works better with a corset. And being larger racked that's difficult to find.


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle



Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Parasol Collection with Gail Carriger







Mentioned in this video…

Hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes!


Yours in shaded glory,


Miss Gail


  • Did you want more behind the scenes silliness? This stuff goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle



Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at Teslacon


I broke out the big guns for Teslacon this year, Fashionable Reader. Which is to say the red and black leather and brocade flasy corset. AKA the Class 5. You can read more about how it came to be in this blog post.


 Outfit breakdown...
  • Fascinator with knit ladybug addition (similar $15)
  • Ornate pendant necklace, gift from family friend (similar $9)
  • Leaf earrings, gift from an ex (similar $10)
  • Pen necklace, no longer available (eeek!) 
  • Black chiffon wrap shirt (similar $20)
  • Class 5 corset, bespoke from Dark Garden, style no longer exists, I'd say the Alexandra is most similar, with wide, tie cross back straps.
  • RubyBlackbird corset buttons, no longer avaiable 
  • Long bias cut maxi-skirt, thrifted (similar $15)


With a lovely reader who is portraying Queen Victorian as drawn in the Soulless Manga.

I really do love this corset, very eye catching and I always get a ton of complements.
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Raspberry Pencil and Corset at Teslacon


I've been wearing more and more what I call steampunk pinup lately. It's easier to travel without the copious skirts.


I'm wearing...



Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Parasol Collection with Gail Carriger







TEXT
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle



Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

In Memoriam: 1960s Black & White Check Suit


Here is another little ode to lost closet items, Fashionable Reader.

I shall miss this one particularly because of its extreme versatility. I took it to Europe many years ago and managed to get many outfits out of a two piece sheath and jacket.


You can see one of its main issues is that it wrinkles rather badly. Now, I did iron this before I put it on, but the act of sitting on several panels in a row caused wrinkling in the skirt.

Still it was great fun to mix and match...





Here I am mixing it up with various different accessories, separating jacket from sheath and so forth. In the end, however, I've passed it on to a new home.

In Conclusion 





What? 
Check sheath dress with matched crop jacket, skirt above the knee, flattering cut, bit of stretch.
Why? 
Too tight at hips and waist, too short for my taste.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress


I enjoy writing little odes to my long lost closet items, Fashionable Reader.



It is a way of remembering them, and chronicling my relationship with them. But it also reminds me why I got rid of them. Since occasionally I will get into a mode where I think back on on outfit with too much affection, and wonder why was so silly as to get rid of it.

Since I did a major closet purge recently, I'll be blogging a few of these outfits and dresses forthwith.

Today I'm looking with affection on this outrageous

1960s Floral Pink Maxi Dress


I believe this dress started life as a bridesmaid dress. I can't imagine any other reason for this specific design with the train. It's just not quite right to be a prom dress or something along those lines.

I do love this particular style of evening gown from the 1960s, and I managed to find a few images of similar dresses.

Pink: Hubert de Givenchy, 1965  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; B&W: 1960s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Here is Audrey Hepburn wearing one of the style of dress.
1962 Portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Luc Fournol, 1962  (Source- theredlist.com)

This particular style with the body is a completely different color from the skirt part of the dress is very indicative of the early to mid-1960s. I find it particularly flattering, because the darker top and busy or lighter colored skirt is flattering on those of us who are top-heavy.


Also the plates at the waist line and the slightly poof out of the skirt, disguises all manner of sins in terms of the girl tum.

So it is with great sadness that I been this pretty goodbye, but we have had fun times together.


What? 
Maxi dress with chiffon top with tiny pink bows and train, linen skirt with hand painted flowers. Probably bridesmaid.
Why? 
Too tight in torso, requires assistance to get into, linen doesn't travel.

Something for Felicity from the Parasol Protectorate Series?


1886-1887 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, The Philadelphia Museum of Art


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.