Vintage Barbie Goes to the Ball

I love going to a ball. It’s an excuse to dress up really fancy and mingle with other beautifully dressed people. The girls look stunning in their dresses and the guys looks handsome in their suits.

Many people will get their hair and makeup done by a professional. And as much as I would like to do that, unfortunately my budget doesn’t allow me to do those things. So I have to improvise and do a little DIY.

For other people who are on a budget like me, I recommend heading on over to Pinterest and getting some ideas about hair and makeup. There’s also plenty of tutorials that are really helpful as well.

I recently went to the Young Professionals Ball at the National Museum Canberra. It was lots of fun. I didn’t realise that the canapĂ©s was the entree, which was disappointing for a foodie like me. The duck that I got for my main was nice but it wasn’t memorable. At least there were plenty of people topping off my wine glass to make me happy for the night!

And back to dressing up in formal attire, here’s a peek at my look:

Dress: ebay | Clutch: Forever New | Shoes: Novo | Earrings: unsure, but most likely Forever New

Hair: this was a braid that started on my left side of my head. I parted it about an inch lower than my regular side part, which made the braid looser on this end. I kept the braid tight when braiding it and kept picking up new bits of hair until I reached the side that was equally opposite with the original part. I then made the braid into a plait and tied this with a hair tie. I made sure i left out some hair on either side of my face so I could curl these. I curled the remainder my hair with my GHD straightener. I teased the hair that was closest to the crown to give it some oomph. The hair tie was removed from the plait and it was pinned underneath the teased hair with a few bobby pins. I took a section a section of hair from the bottom and folded it underneath to resemble a chingnon. I then took sections of curls and started randomly pinning it up. I continually checked my hair in the mirror to make sure it looked how I wanted it to. I finished it off with hairspray and shine spray to give it that salon finish look.

Products used: Juice Revive Knot Knotty Detangler Spray, Schwazkopf Curl Flex Hair Styling Mousse, Swartzkoft Heidi’s Heat Styles Heat Protectant Spray, Juice Shine Argan Shimmer, Juice Fix Shape Stuck Up Strong Hold Hair Lacquer

Makeup: simple but effective makeup: used primer, then liquid foundation. I did my eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil and powder. I used a light brown base for eyeshadow, used a medium brown on the lid, and a dark brown in the crease. I used a charcoal colour on the outer edges of the eyes, then blended this all in. The eyes were finished with liquid eyeliner along the lashes and a few coats of mascara. After eyes I used concealer under the eyes and on blemishes. Then I used a coral blush before beginning on contouring with bronzer. A brownish-nude lipstick was used for lips. The look was set with loose powder.

Products Used: Napoleon Primer, M.A.C ProLongwear Foundation, Australis Eyebrow Pencil, The Body Shop Eyebrow Kit, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Pallette, Sephora Liquid Eyeliner, M.A.C Liquid Concealer, Napoleon Blush, Nalpelon Bronzer & Highlighting Kit, Australis Lip Liner, Face of Australia Lipstick, Kryolan Translucent Powder

Tell me what you think about my look! Comment below and share your thoughts!

Love Vintage Barbie

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