Sunday: Light Makeup & A Light Box

So I had this grand plan to document my Sunday and write all about it (a.k.a. an actual journal entry of sorts), but my day did not go as planned and I spent most of it at the hospital. I’m fine, don’t worry (if you worried at all haha), I was just watching over a loved one, which I was perfectly willing to do. And please don’t mistake this for whining, but I hate hospitals. It was a beautiful morning out and I had to spend it under fluorescent lights and in hyper-sterilsed, cold rooms that gave no hint of the beauty that was this Sunday. Sigh. photoI did make a start by taking a picture of the makeup I used today though. This is what happens when I have zero time to compose a decent shot. Eek. Anyway. I love “Sunday makeup” because it’s usually when I focus the most on creating the most natural looking base that I can. It’s like a little challenge that I have set for myself once a week, whereas on other days I just go with whatever I feel like doing.

Today I went with the Happy Skin ZZ Cream for my base since I’ve been struggling with some pimples lately. This is actually great for brightening the skin and it feels refreshing, too. I then used the three concealing products I cannot live without: MUD Blue Corrector #2, K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer Type 1 (review), and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC5 (review). The secret to looking as though you’ve got nothing (or very little) on your skin is spot concealing, so having this number of concealers out does not necessarily mean that I piled heaps of it on. I then set my under eye area with the Hourglass Ambient lighting Powder in Dim Light (review) and the rest of my face with the Koh Gen Doh Mainfanshi Pressed Powder. Again, the use of two powders is not without reason. I pick what kind of powder to use on which part of my face based on the type of skin on that area (more on this will have to be said in another post I think). Since the ZZ Cream is a one-shade-suits-all product, I had to warm it up a bit with my Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 03 just around the edges of my face. For blush I went with an Ellana Minerals blush in Peach Passion. That was it for the skin, and for the eyes I used just one shade from my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette– Haute Chocolate — buffed all over the lid and smudged into the lower lash line. Not pictured is the mascara I piled on like there was no tomorrow: Revlon’s Lash Potion in 001 Blackest Black. I love makeup. Haha

Now while I was at the hospital, I was stressing about not having the time to take product shots today because all my natural light would have gone by the time I got home. I finally, finally, FINALLY decided that it was about time to make a light box for myself so that I don’t have to be so dependent on daylight anymore. My mom also commented that my photos would look much more professional if I actually had one. So after leaving the hospital, I made a quick trip to the hardware store, rushed home and made this: 

imageOhyes! There are tons of tutorials on YouTube about making light boxes, but [this] is the one I followed. They all pretty much show the same thing though. Lamps are surprisingly cheap (got these at 250.00 Php each!) and the rest of the materials are standard things that you can pick up just about anywhere. I went and bought a box, but you could also use one that you might have lying around.

I’m no professional photographer so this is going to take a while to get used to, but I played around with it a bit already and was quite happy with the results. image-2Ta-daaa! My fave perfume, Diptyque’s Eau Duelle, took centre stage (compare to photos I took of her a while back: here). I also tried photographing some powders and lipsticks and found those a bit tricky, so if you have tips and tricks to share, those would be much appreciated. :) Or if you prefer natural light photography for this blog, please let me know as well!.

So, that was my Sunday so far. At the moment I’ve got a face mask on and I’m ready to paint my nails so I’ll get to that now if you guys don’t mind. ;) Hope your Sunday was full of sunshine! Buh-bye, guys. :)

9 responses to Sunday: Light Makeup & A Light Box

  1. I was going to try to make one before but did a simulation of a lightbox first and didn’t feel too comfortable always working with it. Yours look great though and now i want to try to make a more legit one 😊

  2. That lightbox is so cool! I think the two pictures can’t really be compared because they are for such different situations! I think I’d like to use a lightbox soon!

  3. I tend to like “lived-in” product photos! Haha maybe you can get different backgrounds. :D Lightboxes aren’t for me because I can’t light for shit, but this looks like such a fun, blank canvas to style “shoots” for!!

  4. I actually thought of doing a DIY lightbox before but I fell in love with taking photos under natural lighting. Also, I think I read somewhere that it’s nice to add personalized touch on your photos so that it doesn’t look the same as other pictures you can find on the internet. I still love how this one’s looking more professional, though. :)

  5. Bea

    The lightbox pictures look great, but I also prefer photos that look more personal and candid. :) But I do understand the challenge of relying on natural light especially if you’re busy or unexpected things happen, so a lightbox does make sense. Good luck playing around with it and finding what works best!

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