Queen Honey Bee

“Unleash your inner artist.” -James Charles


Tried my best to recreate a look that was inspired by James Charles. I’ve just recently started watching his YouTube videos and have been eating up his entire artistic vibe. Makeup is his art, and not just his was to hide flaws that the world says to hide and I dig it. I want to start having more fun with makeup as opposed to depending on it.

The drawings on my face are supposed to be honeycombs. They aren’t great, but with practice, they’ll get better. I added in some bronze and black jewels to help with the effect as well as some real honey to drizzle down my face for more of a pop (also inspired by James Charles).

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When Euphoria aired on HBO this past Spring I was instantly intrigued. The creators of the show were not just telling a high school drama with words, actions or even clothing, they were doing it with makeup.

I’m a lover of the Cinematic Arts and all that goes with it. Writing, cinematography, set designs, costumes, makeup and music. So the fact that the show was using makeup as a means to pull me in further into the story of a few teens was such a unique thrill. I am even more excited to see that there are YouTube beauty gurus providing tutorials on how to do these looks. I knew mine wouldn’t do it justice, but I still wanted to try. So I used a combination of two different ABH palettes (Jackie Aina and Soft Glam), some NYX glitter, and some crafts jewels to try my best and these are the results.


Black Swan

How surprised she was when she learned that she had never been a duckling at all. She was, in fact, a swan.


Decided I wanted to make 2020 the year that I reach new heights with my creative itch. Because, well, “why not”? I purchased some jewels from Michael’s and some eyelash glue from Ulta to try and achieve the “black swan” look. This was my first time attempting to do my makeup any way other than my norm, so while it didn’t come out perfect, I think it got the point across.

I also rented an 85 mm Tamron lens for the day  to pair with my Nikon D3300  (I am thinking that the 85 mm and the Nikon D750 will be my tech purchases for 2020). I wanted to see if if it would give me a different look. I was slightly thrown off by how close to my face the photos felt (I work in a really small corner), but with a little maneuvering, I was able to find the positioning that I liked.

I am now curious to see how else I can use makeup to tell a story.