Alternatives to Winged Liquid Eyeliner

Winged liquid eyeliner is as essential to a lot of people as foundation or a chapstick. It’s also hellishly difficult to get right. So in the interest of being beginner friendly in this series, I thought could discuss some alternatives to winged liquid eyeliner.

Here are four alternative looks that are similar to the liquid eyeliner look but that don’t actually include liquid eyeliner. Keep in mind that I have hooded eyes and that these looks have been adapted to work with that kind of eye.

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Traces of Thedas – Review


It could not be lost on anyone following this blog that I’m a fan of the Dragon Age series, so when I learned that one of my favourite Indie brands had created an entire line of perfumes inspired by some of the companions in the game.. I just had to get them all.

These solid perfumes are the size of a lip balm, cost less than 3.5 dollars each, and you can currently get the entire Traces of Thedas collection for 28 US dollars. Not bad for nine unique perfumes. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, the company offers free international shipping if you shop for more than 100 dollars.

Most of the perfumes are labelled as unisex, but I honestly believe that almost all of these are unisex. But hey, whatever works for you.

At the point of writing this, I’ve worn five of the perfumes and feel confident to give my general impression of the collection. At this stage, only companions from Origins and DAII are included in the collection.

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Types of Foundation – New to Makeup

Foundations, one of the most essential types of makeup product there is and one of the most difficult to get right. So if you’re entirely new to makeup, where do you start?

The first step is to decide which kind of foundation you want. Let me tell you the single most important advice you can get when it comes to selecting foundations: you don’t need as much coverage as you think.

That is the most common makeup mistake I see these days, people who wear products that are way too covering to look good on their skin. If your face looks like a mask, it’s not a good everyday look.

So let’s go the most common types.

Liquid Foundation – This is the most common type used in western cultures. They come in endless variations and shades, with coverage ranging from light to camouflage. They are relatively easy to use, can be applied with fingers, sponges, or brushes, and comes in several different formulas (to suit all skin types). The downsides? It’s really really difficult to find the perfect shade and formula. It will take trial and error.

Western BB creme – This is a bit like a hybrid between liquid foundations and Korean BB cremes. It’s typically a lightweight product that has light to medium coverage. It adapts to your skin and comes in fewer shades than liquid foundations. This is a very beginner friendly product and it works great on skin of all ages. This is what I’d recommend if you’re not 100% set on another option.

Korean BB/CC cremes and cushions – The first thing you need to know is that these oxidise when you put them on, they’re meant to. This means that you have to test the product on your face before you can truly tell the result. Something worth knowing about Korean skin products is that they aim for really pale skin. A lot of western products aim to make you look tanned, this does the opposite. If you’re usually too pale for western products, this might be a good option for you. Good for light coverage, hot climates, and easy application.

Powder foundations – If your skin is extremely sensitive and very prone to breakouts or allergic reactions, a mineral based powder foundation might be the way to go. These are applied with a brush and are a bit more rare than liquid foundations or western BB cremes. Mineral powders don’t necessarily mean light coverage but is also pretty common for camouflage makeup (hiding very damaged skin or dermatological conditions). If you sweat a lot, there’s a chance the powder will respond badly to

Compact foundations – These are usually extreme coverage and very very thick. This is essentially the commercial version of stage makeup. There are very few people who look good with this foundation and it’s not something I’d recommend starting out with.

Your skin type. This is something that matters just as much as the tone of the foundation you use. If you have very dry skin, try to choose a product that is hydrating. If you have very oily skin, pick a formula that is designed to help combat oiliness. If you’re starting to get wrinkles or already have wrinkles, go for a lightweight option.

Project Launch: New to Makeup?

*Insert bad Lipstick Jungle joke here*

Seriously though, makeup can be pretty confusing. Not only are there endless styles and products available, but everything tends to be hidden behind buzzwords, PR, and hype. It’s tricky to get it right, especially if you’re new to this whole makeup thing.

Well, Polished Cryptids is launching a new project aimed to help people get into makeup or simply step it up a bit. It’s meant to be useful to people regardless of their personal style, but we might occasionally see some posts aimed at specific styles.

I’d love to hear your ideas on what to include in this series, no matter if it’s post themes or just some piece of advice.

Makeup for the tropics

This really applies to anywhere terribly hot and terribly humid. As y’all know, I just got back from spending some time in Cairns and Darwin, two places that are terribly hot in summer even by Brisbane standards.

The combination of hot and humid presents unique challenges to makeup, simply because makeup tends to be designed to be used in more moderate temperatures. Because hot climates also tend to have aircon set to bloody cold, your skin is going to be exposed to a lot of external stimulus and very varied conditions.  Let’s have a look at some steps I found helpful in deciding what to bring. (Please note that the photos are all from different trips).

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