The Grecian Goddess - Halloween

Another wonderful challenge ... from a Sweet 7 fan.  This is for you ... 

Dear Sweet 7,

I consider you to be the queen of finding great makeup ideas and had a question for you. I am going to be a greek goddess for Halloween this year and as it approaches I am thinking about different make-up ideas that will portray this costume well. Any helpful tips or ideas that you can share on your website. Pics would definitely help. (I find video how-to's less helpful as I have no problem applying my own make-up)


Think of style icon Elizabeth Taylor in the movie CLEOPATRA

Tips for a Greek Goddess
Complexion — Choose a matte foundation for a flawless finish.
Eyes — Using a black eyebrow pencil, fill in brows with a high arch. Heavily line eyes with a creamy black liner, extending far past your outer corners. Use a deeply pigmented green or bluish-green shadow to fill in from lash line to brow and inner corner to outer corner. Glue on shimmery false lashes to complete.
Blush — For a bright glow, sweep a peachy shade across your cheeks.
Lips — With all the drama focused on the eyes, keep the lips semi-matte to matte in a nude or peach shade.

Basically pull out your gold eye shadow and face bronzer! Use a little shimmery eyeshadow on your eyes with some eyeliner and loads of mascara, and apply a very small amount of gold eyeshadow just under your eyebrow along the brow bone. Apply a small amount of bronzer to your cheekbones and then add a tiny bit of the gold eyeshadow to the tops of your cheekbones, use a,lil' pink blush and put lip gloss on. Use loads of mascara. 

History of Beauty:
Legendary beauties have used milk and honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments for millennia.

Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, was known for her exquisite complexion and famous for her milk and honey baths. Poppea, wife of Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey and milk lotion on her face to keep her looking youthful.

By the time cosmetics were beginning to be mass produced in the late 1800s, honey was a popular ingredient. Today, manufacturers are increasingly using honey in skin moisturisers, facial masks, hair conditioners and shower gels in response to consumer demand for more natural formulations. They are also ideal ingredients to mix up some beauty treatments at home.

Though Cleopatra and Poppea were born beautiful, they realised that natural beauty can be preserved through the application of products. Though they weren’t aware of the science, they were using two of nature’s most skin-beautifying ingredients.
The lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to cleanse and exfoliate the deepest layers of the skin. Milk works like a gentle glycolic peel, which results in smoother, clearer skin.

Honey has an abundance of health properties. First of all, it is composed of sugars such as glucose and fructose, so it is also a gentle alpha hydroxy acid, like milk. It’s made up of both minerals and vitamins to help nourish and heal the skin.

Since honey also contains phytochemicals that kill viruses, bacteria and fungus, it has a natural anti-inflammatory effect, which heals spots and wounds quickly. This makes honey a good substitute for wound dressings. All-natural honey is an effective treatment for minor abrasions and burns. A recent review of medical research documents its effectiveness as an antimicrobial agent.

The skin’s ability to stay hydrated is an important factor in its ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity. As skin ages, or as it is exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents, it loses this ability to retain water, becomes dry and appears wrinkled. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water. This makes it particularly suitable for s variety of moisturising products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Because honey is also an anti-irritant, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.

Cleopatra’s honey and milk bath:

120ml powdered milk
120ml pure honey
2 teaspoons jojoba oil (optional)

Mix ingredients in a large bowl and pour your warm bath. Soak for up to 20 minutes to infuse these beneficial ingredients in your skin. 
This recipe makes enough for one bath.

Hair shine:
Stir one teaspoon of honey into 950ml warm water. Blondes can add a squeeze of lemon, too. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. 
Don’t rinse out and dry as normal.

Milk and honey rinse for wrinkled skin:
15ml raw honey
125ml skimmed milk
1 teaspoons aloe vera gel

Combine ingredients in a jar and shake well. Apply to your face morning and evening with a cotton ball.
Store mixture in the fridge and use within milk’s sell by date.

Check out MAC : Naked Honey & Style Black

The goddess looks at DVF were influenced by a mélange of golden ages—Greek, Roman, ...and Studio 54. Kaliardos applied metallic copper shadow to the eyelids and metallic rose blush to the upper cheekbones, near the eyes. "The look is a lot of color to keep the girls looking healthy, vibrant, and young," he said. Use a milky apricot gloss.

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