Flamenco is one of the most romantic dances and folk musics in the whole world, and it just so happens that it originated in Andalusia, Spain. Flamenco is popular in many countries across the world and there are even flamenco academies in Japan!! (One on my Japanese friends has been to one.)
Seeing as it is still Spanish Month on Child of Ponderings, until October 31st, and I love to do makeup tutorials, I thought that today’s (belated) post could be inspired by the makeup I have seen on Flamenco dancers.
Today I bring you….
A Flamenco Makeup Tutorial
STEP ONE: Face Basics
Start off by applying moisturiser to your face and neck. After that has sunk in, apply a small 10 cent piece size of primer or Aloe Vera creme (to act as a sort of primer, as I still don’t own one). The Aloe Vera smooths out your skin by helping to smooth over any pores and lines.
STEP TWO: Foundation, Contouring & Highlighting
Next apply foundation with the Real Techniques Foundation brush to the areas of your face that need the most coverage and blend well. You could also used a beauty blender or stippling brush.
To contour your face, use the Maybelline FITme sticks in a darker and lighter colour than your skin (or you can use any other contouring kit you have). Draw lines with the darker shade under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose, on the jaw line and a triangle on both of the temples. Then use the lighter colour in the middle of your forehead and down the middle of your nose, above your cupids bow and the middle of the chin.
Shade in two large inverted triangles under the eyes and extending onto the top of the cheeks. You can see in this picture where I like to place the two shades, however this contouring will not necessarily suit everyone, so make sure out try out contouring beforehand. Buff them together with a buffing brush (I use the Real Techniques one) going from light to dark.
If you feel the need to this would be the time to do a bit of concealing. Apply concealer to the place where most needed, including under the eyes and on any blemishes. (Make sure to only apply the product with clean fingers onto pimples.)
STEP THREE: Face Accents
If you really want your contouring to stand out brush over the darker areas with your bronzing powder and a contour brush like the Real Techniques one, which is what I like to do but you may, or may not need it. Again its really up to what you are comfortable with.
For my blush I chose a bright, deep pink blush. Blend a small amount onto the higher parts of your cheeks with a blush brush. (I don’t currently own a good blush brush so I just use my Thin Lizzy brush).
Using a fan brush and a highlighter or setting powder, highlight under your eyes, above where your blush is and down the center of your face.
Lastly apply a tiny amount of eyelid primer to your eyelids. Let it dry before moving onto the next step.
STEP FOUR: Eyes
To start of with fill in your eyebrows with the e.l.f Eyebrow Kit. Use the dark gel with the Real Techniques brow brush (or the angled brush in the kit) to draw and fill in your eyebrows. Next use the same brush (or the bigger flexible side of the brush in the kit) and pick up some of the brown powder to completely fill in the eyebrows, without cleaning the so the powder sticks to the brush and makes it easier to apply. Last for the brows, use a spooly brush and comb your brows into a nice positions to create a softer natural look.
Using the Sleek MakeUP Au Natural Palette.
The colours being used for this look are: Noir, Conker, Bark, Toast and Nougat.
Eyes Part One
On to the eyeshadow! First apply Noir to the crease of your eyelids with the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush. Next, using a mixture of Bark and Toast blend them in from the corners of your eyes up into the crease with the Real Techniques Base Shadow brush. Taking the Base Shadow brush, use Toast again on the rest of your eyelid. Next pat on the sparkly Taupe, to the middle area of your crease, with the eyeshadow sponge applicator in your palette. Lastly, lightly dust Nougat under your brow bone and in the center of your eyelid.
Using a black pencil eyeliner, line just below, and on, your waterline as well as on the top lid.
Eyes Part Two
Only thing left for the eyes now is to put on your mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Your eyes are now done!!
STEP FIVE: Lips
Now for the lips. They are pretty much the main feature of the makeup, yet so simple to do!
As I recommend using a stain to achieve this look (and for long wear if your do happen to be doing flamenco) make sure to use a lip scrub first to get rid of any dead skin. The lip scrub pictured is my normal LUSH Mint Julips lip scrub (I took off the label for a very special reason). Make sure you apply a lip balm right after and let it dry completely.
Last, apply your chosen lip stain. Mine just so happens to be a Revlon ColorStay lip stain in the colour Sangria (If you don’t know what Sangria is you are missing out!!)
THE FINISHED LOOK
And here is the finished look! To make it look really authentic pull out a red flower like the one I have (which you can buy at a $2 shop). I have also included a wee photoshoot gallery that I did featuring this look.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you did let me know in the comments! Please share a photo with me via social media and the hashtag #childofponderings (or tag me!) if you try this look out and I would love to see your results.
P.S I am sorry for only posting once last week but I was finishing a few assessments and then I have been sick all long weekend. To make up for it I will be posting a couple of recipes over the next couple of days as well as my final post for Spanish Month!
More awesome posts from Spanish Month:
Post 1: About Spain
Post 3: 14 Awesome Hispanic Based Movies