Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hanami Inspired EOTD

In Japan with the coming of spring, the sakura start to bloom. People often do hanami or flower-viewing and hanami dango (Japanese dumpling/mochi) is tradtionally made during the sakura season. It consists of three colors: pink, white and green.

Picture from Wikipedia
I made hanami dango last year & took pictures but was on my old computer that is no longer alive

I decided to do an EOTD based on the colors synonomous with hanami.

Products used:

Coffret D'or Powder Foundation
UDPP--Greed
UD Eyeshadow--Naked. Loaded, Kush
MAC Eyeshadows--Motif, Swish, Sushi Flower
Kose Visee Blossom Eyes BR-5--Off White Shadow
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner (forgot to include in picture)
Koji Eyelash Curler
Shiseido Mascara Base (forgot to include in picture)
FairyDrops Scandal Queen Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara





I don't think that I've ever mentioned why I use a powder foundation in my EOTD. As you know, I use Mezaik Double Eyelid Stretch Fiber and you can't use anything with oil in it because it will affect the wearability of the Mezaik. I use a powder foundation only on my eyelids since I can't use a liquid or cream foundation.

I used Naked very, very lightly from the UD Naked palette from the inner tips of my eyebrows and sweeping it down to the sides of my nose to help create the illusion of a bridge. As a typical asian, I don't have the nice nose bridge that I wish I could have. After applying UDPP Greed over entire eyelid, from lashline to eyebrow and on lower lashline, I apply as a base from crease to eyebrow MAC Motif. I had learned a while ago that an orange color product helps to conceal dark areas and I'm finding that sometimes my eyesocket area is looking sunken in. I like to apply Motif to help counteract that slightly darkened area that is sunken in. Over Motif I applied the off white shadow from the Kose Visee palette. MAC Swish over entire eyelid from lashline to just barely above crease line. I also use it on entire lower lashline. MAC Sushi Flower is on outer 1/4 of upper eyelid from lashline to above crease and swept upward and outward towards eyebrows. I don't like to use Sushi Flower over my entire eyelid because as most can find with pink colors, it can make you look like your eyelid is irritated. Swish doesn't happen to do that to me so I think that lighter pinks are okay but the darker the pink, the more red pigment is used, thus creating that irritated eyelid look. (Just my thoughts anyway.) Kush from UD Book of Shadows III palette is applied to the inner corners of upper and lower eyelid. Loaded from UD Book of Shadows III, is a deep emerald color and I apply that to the outer corners of the upper eyelid and along the bottom 1/4 - 1/3 of lower lashline. Line entire upper lashline and 1/4 - 1/3 of lower lashline with K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner. Curl my lashes with Koji eyelash curler and apply Shiseido Mascara Base. Go over the areas that I applied Loaded with Kush to bring out the green color more. Apply FairyDrops Scandal Queen mascara to upper lashes and Clinique Bottom Lash mascara to bottom lashes.



For this EOTD, I didn't do much blending as I wanted the green color to stand out. Since I usually wear darker eyeshadow colors, I needed to have my eyelashes stand out so that my eyes didn't look washed out. This is why I curled and used a mascara base to help keep my eyelash very curled. I don't normally wear false eyelashes so this was my option. For everyday wear, I either do not wear mascara or just apply mascara without curling my eyelashes.

I finished off my look with girly pink cheeks and lips.

Sorry, only cheek and no lips shown here

A very simple EOTD. I wish that I could go hanami in Japan. I think that sakura might be a little late this year since it's been snowing yet--in Tokyo too!

*Kat*

19 comments:

Brianna said...

I love this look! Hanami is definitely one of my favorite times in Japan, the beautiful flowers come out and it starts to get warm. And of course hanami dango and sakura mochi, so delicious!

I wish it would stop snowing already lol!

Tara said...

cute colors!

Jian said...

Ahh I can't wait for the little cherry blossom tree in front of my house to blossom! It'll be late here since it's still around 7-10 degrees C (very cold!)

Its a shame we cant see the hanami dango that you made last year. I tried to make mochi myself last year, but it was an utter sticky gooey mess! I couldn't stop it from sticking to everything but itself, so it refused to form a nice neat ball!

The FOTD is very pretty and wearable! Definitely feeling the spring vibe!

Steph said...

very cute =D i can see the inspirational colors~~

i love the tid bits of japanese traditions you share in your blog posts!!!
I'm learning so many new facts~

Jennifer said...

you always match the colors perfectly :) and fairydrops mascara seems to work out quite well on your lashes. I hope one day I can see sakuras in Japan too, haven't been there during Spring time.

coffretgorge said...

i love the color combo Kat! it looks very fresh and feminine! i need to try this one on me! thank you for the tutorial! xx :)

evie said...

pretty!!! love that hint of emerald alot!!would love to try it on myself soon ^^
argh a pity that we could not see the hanami dango~

sugar sugar said...

it looks sooo pretty kat! :3 i love the color combination and placement of the eyeshadows. =)

galpal.hi said...

@Brianna--Thank you. I was glad that it came out well enough for me to be able to post an EOTD. You poor thing! I would be wishing for much warmer weather too. I hope that spring comes forth soon.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Tara--Thank you!

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Jian--I hope that your sakura blooms soon. I'm sure that it'll be beautiful when it does.

My hanami dango came out decently well but I wasn't quite satisfied with it. If I can find a picture of it on one of my hard drives, I can try posting it for you. I have a really good baked mochi recipe if you want. It's just the mochi, which is sweetened, no bean filling.

Thank you! I'm glad that you liked my EOTD.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Steph--Thank you! I'm so glad that you like my little Japanese tidbits. I like to try to share some info that is sometimes part of the inspiration in my life.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Jennifer--Thank you! I was quite happy with the way this EOTD turned out. Perhaps I should post some major fails too. No, that would be too scary!

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@coffretgorge--Thank you and you're welcome! I'm sure that your EOTD will turn out much better than mine.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@evie--During the past year, I discovered how beautiful some green eyeshadows can be, especially the deeper, jeweled, emerald colored ones.

If I can find my dango picture saved on one of my hard drives, I'll be sure to share it.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@sugar sugar--Thank you very much! You are too kind.

*Kat*

heartbreaker said...

very cute colors! suitable for the hanami season aid fit just right :D

Jian said...

Ahh yes! It'd be great to see it if you could find it! if not, don't worry! =D If it isn't too much trouble for you to dig out, I would really appreciate it if you could share the mochi recipe! I tried some from the internet and they were utterly disastrous. Don't really know what I was doing wrong...

galpal.hi said...

@heartbreaker--Thank you! It's great when you can get inspired to do something new.

*Kat*