tutorial // mori girl inspired natural makeup

February 7, 2014

Hi everyone! Today I'll be sharing with you the makeup look that I did for my last outfit post. It was supposed to be a mori girl makeup look, but in my opinion it doesn't look very mori.. haha. I mean, you can certainly wear it for mori kei, but I didn't fully capture the mori girl aesthetic, I think.. ah, I'll try harder next time! For now, I hope you like my tutorial for a mori girl -inspired- makeup look

Step 1: Start with base makeup. (Forgot to take a photo of my face, sorry!) I think clean, flawless looking skin is an important factor, since the mori girl perspective of 'kawaii' is to look sweet while keeping things simple and natural. This is why it's important to start with a flawless base. If you have okay skin, it's alright to just cover up imperfections with concealer and set it with powder. You can also use BB Cream or mineral foundation. Since I have a lot of acne scars, I use Revlon Colorstay, which is a heavy coverage foundation, applied using my Sigma F88.

Once you're done with the base, you can move on to eye and color makeup. Again, what we're going for is a sweet, natural look. No messy clumps of mascara, no harsh colors. Above are all the other items I used for this look.

Step 2: Define your brows. Because I prefer my eyebrows to be shorter than my real brows (since I find drawing them in easier for me to do), I use three products for this step alone. In2It Waterproof Eyebrow Colour, Etude House Easy Brow Pencil in Brown, CANMAKE Coloring Eyebrow Mascara in Natural Brown, in that order. If your brows are okay, you can do with just eyebrow powder or eyebrow mascara. Here are a couple of eyebrow tutorials that I find very useful: here and here. I'll try to make one as well next time.

Step 3: Apply a shimmery beige color all over the lid. This acts as a base for the other eyeshadow colors. For this look I used only one palette, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio – Walking on Eggshells. I used the browbone shade as my base.

Step 4: Apply a peachy nude color on your lids. I usually prefer orange-brown colors, but for this look I chose something more subtle.

Step 5: Use a warm brown shade to line the upper eyelid. I actually used a small angled brush for this, then blended it out with a bullet brush (like the one you see above) so the line isn't so harsh. I also made a small "V" on the outer corners of the eyes.

It should now look something like this. Zoomed in, it should look like this.

Step 6: Using a liquid liner, line the upper eyelid. As much as possible, it's best to follow the natural line of the eyes then add a tiny downward wing to achieve a more dolly effect. (It was really hard for me though, since I'm used to going out with cat eyes every day ;;) I recommend using a brown liner for this, but I prefer black for my eyes. If liquid liner looks too harsh for you, you can go over the line with dark brown eyeshadow. You can also use a pencil liner, if that's more convenient. I used K-Palette's 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Liquid Eyeliner.

Step 7: Curl your lashes + apply mascara. Just one coat should do it. My favorite is Majolica Majorca's Lash Expander Frame Plus!

Step 8: Apply a peach-orange blush on your cheeks. Pink is okay too! I used CANMAKE Cheek&Cheek in Orange Bouquet. Here's a neat trick for achieving natural-looking flushed cheeks! I learned this from Mito Natsume, one of Zipper Magazine's resident mori girls. First, use one finger to trace down from the center of your eye and another to trace out from the tip of your nose. Then, from these two points plus the highest point of your cheek, apply blush in a triangle motion, then blend out. The result is a nice-looking flush on the cheeks.

Step 9: Apply lip tint + lip balm. My favorite lip tints are TONYMOLY's Cat Chu Wink Tonytints. Here I used one in orange on my bottom lip, then spread it out on both lips using my ring finger. Afterwards I put lipbalm on. My favorite is Maybelline's Baby Lips. Gradient lips!

** Optional! You can apply a salmon or coral colored lipstick for a much sweeter day look. I used TONYMOLY CatChu Wink Lipstick in #7 Salmon Wink. Adding clear lip gloss would make this a nice look for going out on a lunch date! (I skipped it though, haha.)

And you're done! My version of mori girl makeup. I know it's not very convincing since I have purple eyes, haha ;;

Of course, you can use this for a lot of other looks as well, not just mori girl. I purposely left out wearing falsies, because I found it too troublesome. I wanted to make this whole thing as fuss-free as possible, so anyone can do it with very little effort. Truthfully though, I wanted to do this other version of mori girl makeup, one using mostly orange colors, which is quite popular among mori girls. I might do it still, but maybe not on myself. If I manage to find a model who's willing to have me experiment put makeup on their face, then I'll try to make it.

That's it! I'm sorry this took me forever to put up.. I was constantly getting tired of looking at my face so I kept putting off editing the photos. (Does this happen to beauty bloggers, I wonder?) It was cloudy when I took these photos, so the lighting + colors kept changing ;; I hope they're okay! Also, this is my second tutorial so far! The first one was for a KPP-inspired look. I've gotten a few requests for other tutorials as well. I am super slow and take forever to finish things, but let's see! I hope you like this one though! Thanks for reading!

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