I'm a big Poison Ivy fan, but I wanted to do an homage to the O.G tree ladies, Dryads.
Dryad has become the general term for tree nymphs, nymphs being minor female nature deities in Greek mythology. Some might also know dryads from the fantastic game Dungeons and Dragons.
About the look.
I wanted to give a try at body painting, and while I can see a fee errors I'm happy with the result, being so new at this art form. I've learned a lot and I'm definitely brave enough to do it again.
I experimented with a red lip, but I felt I looked like the female gremlin way too much. In the end I went with a green lip, and it fits nicely with the overall theme.
Because I need some bling I added my golden laurel crown, which also fits nicely with the Greek mythology idea.
This first look takes inspiration from different sources. The pose is mostly inspired by ancient Greek statues made in the archaic style. These statues took inspiration from ancient Egyptian ones often having a front facing pose often with a hand raised. The halo has been seen in many Christian paintings throughout time. The choice and placement of the jewellery takes inspiration from several different areas.
Though with a golden theme the makeup is simple to put more emphasis on the halo and the jewellery.
I actually got a bunch of highlighter on me, but wi4h my ring light being behind me, it sadly doesn't shine as bright as hoped.
I think my Viking name would be Sebbi "Facebeater".
Sebbi is similar to Sebastian, my name, but originally comes from Sæbiorn or Sebjørn meaning either sea bear or sea warrior. Facebeater because is kinda has a double meaning, literally punching people in the face, and face beating as doing makeup.
Doing a Viking look is actually quite difficult as we actually don't fully know how they historically factually did look. Thus I didn't want to do what I have seen many do and just stick, for the most part, to only symbols that we know to have excited.
The swirls above the brow is called a Horn Triskelion or the Triple Horn of Odin and is symbol of inspiration and wisdom. They are three mead horns of poetry that Odin had drunk from and helped him escape capture.
The runes I write with below the eye are midevil runes, extended to fit the Latin alphabet. As viking nations became christian many started to prefer the latin alphabet, but few could paper and ink, so people used the runes instead as they could be carved into eg wooden surfaces, a material much more available.
For the red on the lips I tried my best to resemble cinnabar as this type of red was often worn by chiefs and people of high rank. Mostly for clothing, tho.
The rest is just my own inspiration as we don't know enough to fully say if, how and, why Vikings used colour around the eyes.
While I am of the luck and privilege to say that this is only makeup, it is reality for too many.
Still, not all that have been hurt have visible scars. Many, maybe someone you know, walk around with pain and trauma inside of them. How could you know that when they are not yet ready to share it? You can't, and that is why you must treat others with kindness. I have pain on not yet ready to share, but I am ready to listen and be there for others, so please message me if you need someone to listen.
The fight for the right to be is not yet over. LGBTQ people are outlawed and hunted in many nations over the world. Don't let people forget, don't let your leaders forget.
We all love the many beautiful pride looks we luckily see often, but don't let them overshine the ugly truth that LGBTQ people still are being devalued for being true to themselves, ourselves.
Teach love. We all have the responsibility to help make a better world 🏳️🌈
Once more I got the branchtlers (branch antlers) out; this time I painted them gold.
While this isn't a Christmas look I did get some inspiration from the golden antlers from @illumin_arty Christmas reindeer look 💚
For this look the golden feature is main the branchtlers and the nose/lip. I tried shaping the eyeliner into shape of antlers, though I'm not completely sure I got there.
Every culture and every religion have their own perception of death and the afterlife. To some it is horrid and frightening, to others beautiful and mysterious. To some the end, for others come a new beginning.
Questions for all to think or worry about.
No matter your views, let me just say, I'm glad you are here.
I have this grey and black hoodie work a bunch of stars on one side, so I tried making all look from it.
Tried to do more masc stuff I decided to keep my beard for this look and tried to contour a nice shape along with it.
A black glossy lip is always a win, but sadly my brows look more black than grey here. I really wanted a pulling grey brow as a focus point, but I think chose a shade too dark to properly see it.
A yellow star beside the eye to match the hoodie and my favourite mascara (@gordonmaquillage ) to give the lashes some some drama 😍
One thing that I've had a lot of trouble with, is my inability to ask for help.
I can still find it hard to ask for help, though I'm a lot better at it now when I've finally gotten the help I needed.
It hasn't just been my mental health I've found it hard to ask for help, but everywhere in life. I feared that if I asked for help I would be seen as a burden; I would be imperfect, and if I was imperfect I didn't deserve to be loved.
That cycle if thoughts tore at me for way too long, and took me to some dark places.
I hid it all. No one knew what I felt, because i didn't want to be a burden.
I had to literally break down before I finally to ask for help. That help has made me realise how wrong I was. Needed help doesn't lessen me in any way.
It was wrong of me to hide it all like I did, but it has made me realise that there's more to people than what I might see and I therefore need to always treat people with kindness.
If anyone can recognize this, I can only recommend to seek help and talk with someone. If you can't find anyone, then talk to me, I'm here to listen.
I've always felt draw to looks with tears of some kind, though it was only recently I thought there might be a reason why I like them.
As many of you probably know, I've had troubles expressing negative emotions to others, hiding them to avoid being a burden.
I think I like to do tearful looks because that's how I could express that emotion, it's how I'm able to get something out I've held in for so long.
I do also just like tear looks artistically, but through makeup I could express my emotions in a way that felt safe to me.
Makeup is therapy, simply.
While I believe we shouldn't attribute colours to genders the connection still exists and want to use this time to show my appreciation.
When I think ot over there are more women than men I truly look up to. What I admire is their strength and power, which they got in a world that did not want them to have it. They used their intelligence and wit which proved beyond their opponents. They reached the top through their abilities and qualities.
They inspire me.
This look takes inspiration from the eye of Horus, which is a symbol of protection and royalty. The eye of Her is a symbol for my thankfulness to all the women in my life.
Spirituality is a big part of life, and while I can struggle in explaining the exact feelings I get, it's something that gives me a great sense of purpose and energy.
When I say I'm becoming a witchy hippie, that's not a joke. It's who I am.
Having always been interested in different cultures, their visuals, their beliefs, it wasn't until a little over a year ago that I found my path in life. My magic, my goddess.
Twice a day I pray to Ishtar, or by her other name INANNA, and whenever I do I get a good feeling inside. Once an atheist, now I follow her.
It's not something I talk about a lot, but why hide it if it gives so much energy to me?
This look was created pulling from many sources and the headpiece has already been dismantled for the jewelry piece to be made into one dedicated to her.
I decided to use pinks as I thought it was an interesting break in the motif as that colour is rarely used in such a way.
I think this might be my favourite look I've done so far. It's not the most extravagant look I've done, neither is it extremely precise, but I see it a perfect example of the type of looks I like to do and my preferred style.
I like to do something special, but in a 'simple' or muted way. Expressive, but not too OTT.
This look is a classic rococo face taken into a modern fashion setting.
I like fashion makeup. It's precise, it's referencing, it's detailed without being messy. It's simple, yet explosive.
Also, this fascinator, which I made myself, is a big hit with me!
I center my work around the face simply because that's what I want to highlight, and hate big clean ups, so I don't paint on my body. I love when others do it, but I don't, because I hate having to clean it up.
This picture is my attempt at capturing a still of chaos.
If we start with the makeup, which I made as part of Makeup & Trivia on YouTube, it is firstly inspired by Joel Grey in the movie 'Cabaret' mixed with old school theater makeup. It's dark and gloomy but tries to still look lively, as a show has to be performed. I'm particularly happy with the moustache, this iconic shape turned into a pencil stache as was common back in the day.
The rest was styled to look placed and still, but when you look closer you see the chaos.
The slick hair covers one ear.
The jacket isn't probably put on.
The bow tie is fixed even though it misses a shirt and collar to fix it around.
I've tried to capture the chaos and stress that is life. How we try to make everything look perfect to just constantly make us feel we are behind schedule were life becomes a performance; it isn't lived only performed.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
The inspiration for this look is clearly a statue getting overgrown with vines - nature is reclaiming it.
I love images of old houses, statues, or other man made areas that has become overgrown with various plants now living there. It gives me a feeling of perseverance; no matter how much I'm beaten I'll always survive and grow.
Creating this looks was a bit of a journey. First I used a white face paint, but it didn't cover that well. In my panic I remembered that I had a tube of a face mask made of white clay, and I knew that would be full coverage so I decided to use that. It was definitely full cover and did create an interesting cracked texture, and while I'm sad I did have to empty the tube it did leave my skin nice and soft.
I definitely need to invest in some better products to turn my face white for future looks.
I also edited my eyes white to make it look more statuesque.
I am life and death
I am bloom and decay
I am light and darkness
As above, so below
Oh boy! I have a lot to say about this look.
First up, the idea was to do this half'n'half look with one side being bright and in bloom and the other dark and decaying, because nature is both.
The two sides mimic each other but in opposites.
Let's look at the bright side.
As I went with bright white flowers in the branches I followed that and did a white liner on the eye I used more highlighters and shimmers to really make this side shine. This side represents the beauty aspect of nature and is probably what most think of nature.
Now the dark side.
It was important to me to not make the dark side outright ugly it scary. There is beauty in decay but in a different way and decay is essential for new life to grow. I did a dark green liner on the dark side as well but below the eye as this part of nature happens on the grond of not below it. Finally I created a moss brow made of actual moss with I glued on with a lash glue.
Above my lip you can see two dots, one a beauty mark the other a zit. One is considered beautiful the other not, but both are natural and part of being human.
The other two pictures I edited slightly to show of each side in a more clear manner.
I think it's important to remember both sides to nature and become as comfortable with the darker aspects as we are with the light.
This final look of this weeks theme of nature focuses more on the devastating, dangerous and damaging parts of nature. For this look the inspiration, and thus what I want to bring awareness of, is forest fires.
While not every area of the world experience these it is something we should all know and care about.
Forest fires can occur quickly and have devastating consequences to life of all kind, plant, animal, human.
To help nature the best place to start is to learn what you can do to act in the best possible way.
Which steps can you make so you in the future can keep a fire safe and controlled?
Here is the first look of yellow week with the obvious inspiration being the iconic icon, the smiley.
A heavy yellow contour and highlight using 2 queens in 1 desert and the eyes and lips black to simulate the smiley but twisted into a mismatching expression. The styling of the eye makeup took inspiration from another icon: @pearliaison 🤩 I absolutely love their style and special glam 💛
I decided on the smiley and having an opposing expression as the smiley is known by all. Around the globe people can recognize the yellow face. The opposite expression concerns what might really go on beneath. What we show on social media isn't necessarily as happy as people expect.
This is my take on and first attempt on a pop art look. I have done elements of pop art before but a full on look was new to me.
I wanted to focus on just the pop art aspects, the comic lines and dots, and thus didn't do much else, I'm saving for a future pop art look.
With the look I also have a speech bubble I made myself to really create that comic book vibe. I think it really adds to the look and sets it apart from others.
Continuing the idea if using well known concepts I went for the familiar post it note.
We all have and use them and while they can help us keep track of everything there is to do, it can also become too much; too much to remember, too much to keep track of.
I know for myself that I can sometimes plan so much it can a stress factor to remember it.
Planning is good, overplanning isn't.
I tried my best to create different notes and make them look alright. While I want to say the eye and brow was deliberately drawn like that to tell how the perspective can become skewed, it's really because I'm not that good at drawing 😅
I edited my real eye sharpening it to make it look more intense.
I connect purple to having confidence through two things I love, history and Disney villains. Historically purple is the colour of emperors; those with power, and Disney villains always have that certain dramatic characteristica and are often shown with a lot of purple and green around them.
Confidence is weird to me. I'm fairly good at faking to have it even when I on the inside feel a panic attack coming. I will say faking my confidence has also helped me build it. Realising that maybe I did have reason to feel confident, maybe there was real value to my person.
The danger is that confidence can become arrogance. I've fallen victim to arrogance before and whenever I realise it, I get a bad feeling. Then I do my best at a reality check, trying not pull myself down too far.
As an LGBTQ person finding the confidence to come out and open up is a task greater than some imagine. I won't tell people to just do it, as finding that confidence can be really hard, but I want people to have confidence in the fact that I'll be here to listen to each and everyone of you 💜
Pride to me has always been about love; learning to love yourself and the right to love those you care about.
I decided on a half'n'half look with one being full of colour and the other not. Both sides are who I am. No matter if I'm sporting rainbows or looking the furthest from it I'm full of love.
Some like to jump around with flags and others prefer the quiet at home, both are valid and valued parts of the LGBTQ community.
Pride to me is about love, and I take that love and show it all year. Helping and supporting individuals, LGBTQ or not, should be done all year. Show the love during June all year round.
The way I've found I can do that is with the Sunday message. Year round I offer my hand to those who need it.
Think not how you can help during pride, think how you can be supportive all year.