I really do. I started Tokyo Ghoul after my friend Lain kept posting about it on twitter, and I read it voraciously. I love Tsukiyama, I really do, he's so utterly horrible and selfish and pathetic but somehow still incredibly amusing. And I love Kaneki. I love him, I love his slow development and spiral into the pits of hell from what was once an ordinary and uneventful human life.
If you don't know Tokyo Ghoul, it's a fantasy horror manga about a modern Tokyo where "ghouls"--human-like creatures who can only survive on human flesh--are rumored to live. Ken Kaneki is a young, quiet and ordinary college student who loves to read. After a freak accident he becomes involved in the ghoul underground of Tokyo and begins to learn what being a ghoul really means--the reality of having to live off of human life.
I recently stumbled across a photoset of all the digital Kaneki illustrations Sui Ishida has done, and one of them really stuck out to me. It's my phone background now, and I wanted to emulate the tired, worn-down look Kaneki has with makeup.
|Illustration by Sui Ishida, author of Tokyo Ghoul.|
And so, I began to photograph my own version of this tragedy.
First check: the tools.
|Eyes. A selection of Blackbird's matte shadows, not all of which I used.|
|Priming & lashes.|
|Odds & ends.|
|And lastly, the source of our inspiration.|
First things first, we have to get our skin to edible perfection. Prep with moisturizer and let it sink in. Then for this, I'd use however you are comfortable applying your foundation. I used what is usually called the "Goss Method", so I applied my powder first in a nice thin layer, then I got myself ready with some miracle in a bottle:
|Those liquid liner swatches are from like 3 days ago, I think they're Rimmel and L'oreal. Despite using oil as remover and showering, they are still competing to see who can tough it out.|
Begin your Face Perfection steps however you like it. Just one thing: do not attempt to cover your dark circles. This is a tired look, so embrace your natural under-eye darkness. Once you are done with the foundation:
|Flower concealer pen in ?? either shade 1 or 2. It's rly worn out.|
|Yea that's legit.|
|Are you ready to make some magic.|
Brow powder or pencil is best for this, because it will look more natural.
|Countour game on point.|
Start by squeezing out the tiniest bit of hair cream and dab it onto your brows so they're a little damp and sticky but not like, coated in a mountain of product. Comb them through with the spoolie to shape them.
|Spoolie, UD's super-thin multitasker brush I got with my Naked 1 palette, which is perfect for this, and my de-bagged Atlas sample.|
Then, we are going to pick up a teensy bit of Atlas and tap the brush against the jar lid a few times to avoid fallout. Gently apply the powder to your brows in small strokes.
|What do you mean I had a costume change in this photo. I swear I didn't take this after I finished because I realized I lacked photos. I swear.|
You should be able to see an instant difference in darkness and volume. Continue along the brow in patchy parts where powder is needed. Once done, comb through and re-shape them with the spoolie again.
|Smizing not on point. I shame myself.|
|Real Techniques Shader brush, Ecotools liner/smudger brush, Ecotools travel size ??? brush.|
Blackbird Cosmetics Dog Days, Beau and Ruca.
|That was too much primer. Don't be me. Use less.|
You will need three shades for this. A light shade that is at least 2 shades darker than your skin, but natural-looking, a reddish-brown, and then a darker reddish color. They should be mattes as well! I am using Dog Days (matte medium neutral brown), Beau (reddish dark brown) and Ruca (a rusty slightly blackened red).
Then first up, take a small brush (I'm use the Real Techniques Shader) and get a bit of the lightest shade on it. Pat that shade into the inner third of the lid and the outer third. Leave the center bare, and try to "frame" the center. If you know what a "halo" eye is, that's a bit what we're going for. (If not searching instagram should bring up some ideas!)
|Roughly the idea.|
|The product so far. Not very noticeable yet!|
|Yeah you get the idea.|
Then, get your fluffy brush and blend everything up to soften.
Grab more of it on your brush and line the lower lashline with it as well on the outer and inner thirds.
|Always gotta do it with open mouth, right?|
|And here's the finished eye!|
|A bit soft and natural but still weary.|
|Lumi of choice.|
|The Black Goat's Egg sure reads a lot like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...|
Product List: Pirkka Day Cream ● Mac Face and Body Foundation in N1 ● Ben Nye Banana Powder ● Flower Concealer Pen in Shade 2 ● Revlon Skinlights in Bare ● Urban Decay Primer Potion ● Blackbird Cosmetics Matte Shadows in Dog Days, Beau, Ruca and Atlas ● L'oreal Everstyle Tousle Creme ● NARS Blush Palette in Killing Me Softly ● L'oreal Volume & Curl Mascara ● D&G Passion Eyes Mascara sample ● Urban Decay B6 Complexion Spray ● Lypsyl lip balm in Original