ROSES & ROT Make-Up Look!


Next week, one of my favorite books of 2016 will be released in the wild! ROSES & ROT by Kat Howard is a delicious story of creativity, sisterhood and artistic sacrifice. You can find my review here! R&R was pitched as THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE SECRET HISTORY. Which, I mean, if that doesn’t make you salivate, we will have some words.


You can pre-order now from:


Barnes & Noble


Anyway, her book is so soul achingly gorgeous that I *had* to come up with a makeup look in honor of her debut! I know that it’s been a minute since I last posted a makeup tutorial (thanks a lot, debut year). Once things quiet down (this summer I have been living out of boxes thanks to an upcoming move and all manner of book-related traveling…) I’ll have an *actual* schedule that I’ll follow and Myth Monday/Makeup Madness shall return!

But without further ado…


So this makeup look was pretty easy! All I used was liquid eyeliner, shimmery maroon eyeshadow, gold eyeshadow.

  1. To start off, apply primer to your eyes (or just concealer) and line your eyes on the top. Conceal any blemishes on your face, but you don’t want to have a full face of makeup or the colors may not stick.
  2. For this look, I wanted a dimensional cut-crease. To do that, find the hollow of your eyelid, and trace a line with black eyeshadow following the shape of your eye. Flick the eyeshadow past the end of your eyebrow for a dramatic wing.
  3. Once you’re satisfied with the line, go back with a shimmery maroon (or any kind of deep red) eyeshadow and outline the shape. Then intensify the black by going over it with liquid liner.
  4. Line the bottom of your eyes by following the shape of your tear duct to form two slanting arrows. They don’t have to be perfect. In fact, I think that this fairytale masquerade look feels more convincing when there’s something ragged and unfinished about the makeup.
  5. I like how contouring can make your face sharper than normal. And I think leaving the contouring signs can look downright Otherworldly. So contour your nose with the maroon liner.
  6. Forming the rose trellis on the side of your face is easier than it looks. Start off by drawing a spiral (like you’re about to draw a snail) in black. Then frame it with rose petals and fill in with shadow.
  7. Adding shadow to and around the petals gives the roses more depth, almost as if they’re unfurling from the hollows of your cheeks. Be careful not to smudge your design. Continue drawing roses and tiny trellises until you’re satisfied!
  8. Dust with gold!
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2 Responses to ROSES & ROT Make-Up Look!

  1. Cindy says:

    That is gorgeous! The make-up look perfectly captures the mood of the novel (at least from what we can garner from the teaser and cover). Roses and Rot may have been very low on my radar before, but now, I think I’m going to have to reevaluate my budget for pre-orders. 🙂 I’m going to show this to my friend who is much more awesome at make-up than me and get her to try it. Thank you!