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Tightlacing Day 1

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Tightlacing Day 1 - My Poor Organs

Source: lwlpr11986-1 Having been a fan of corsetry since my teens, it is only recently that I've started toying with the idea of consistent tightlacing. This is due to a few coincidences that I've chosen to link together for inspiration - the first being a photo shoot I was on, where the makeup artist admired the baby blue brocade underbust fashion corset I'd brought, and told me that I should start a business importing corsets to Asia since they're so difficult to find here. Then my friend Queen B enthused about RegencyGirl and how much she loved the concept and the site, which really encouraged me to move to Wordpress so more people would have access to it. The next step in the coincidence string was my fabulous friend, PR maverick and It Girl entrepreneur Natasha S- (the celebrity makeup artist founder of international luxury beauty brush brand, FaceTools) telling me about the recent corset trend in the US, and asking me to advise her on getting a corset since she knew of my interest. I decided to join her on her tightlacing adventure, for fun and also to make sure that she gets through it safely. For her it's more of a fad and for me it's more of a passion, but I'd like to use my experience to make sure she gets the right corset and starts tightlacing slowly, instead of trying to rush into it as I'm sure many people do. [gallery type="square" ids="287,284,281"] My first day of wearing my leather Leatherotics tightlacing corset was interesting. A recent summer holiday (and a year of law studies) have seen my waist soften a little, though I'm on path to be back in shape by the start of next year. With this in mind, I allowed a lot of looseness at the top of the corset and didn't tighten the strings much at all. Even then, halfway through the day I was feeling the constriction. This is probably partially due to a rather large lunch where I ate far more than I needed to (greedyface) and the fact that it wasn't laced too tightly, so was sliding up my waist a little and pressing on my bottom ribs. My posture is quite good (or so people comment) but I found myself slouching today - possibly because of the movement of the corset towards my ribs? When I stood taller my stomach felt a little better, but it was quite uncomfortable after lunch and in the taxi on the way home. Again, I believe this was from the upward movement of the corset, acting as a good reminder how important it is to get the placement just right. By mid afternoon I was ready to take the corset off, and when I did so my stomach and organs fell back into shape with a sigh of relief. I must have had it on slightly tighter than I'd realised, as you can see from the boning marks. I've ordered a Mystic City cotton tightlacing corset online and should be using that for my CORSET CURVES 3 month corset + exercise experiment. Until then I'll be wearing one of my twenty or so fashion corsets, hopefully my ivory Meschantes overbust (if it ever arrives) and my Leatherotics tightlacer. Onwards to the rest of my tightlacing adventures... [gallery type="rectangular" ids="290,291,293,294,295,297"]
See The Best Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week
Tightlacing Day 1 - My Poor Organs

Source: Having been a fan of corsetry since my teens, it is only recently that I've started toying with the idea of consistent tightlacing. This is due to a few coincidences that I've chosen to link together for inspiration - the first being a photo shoot I was on, where the makeup artist admired the baby blue brocade underbust fashion corset I'd brought, and told me that I should start a business importing corsets to Asia since they're so difficult to find here. Then my friend Queen B enthused about RegencyGirl and how much she loved the concept and the site, which really encouraged me to start up on Wordpress so more people would have access to it. The next step in the coincidence string was my fabulous friend, PR maverick and It Girl entrepreneur Natasha S- (the celebrity makeup artist founder of international luxury beauty brush brand, FaceTools) telling me about the recent corset trend in the US, and asking me to advise her on getting a corset since she knew of my interest. I decided to join her on her tightlacing adventure, for fun and also to make sure that she gets through it safely. For her it's more of a fad and for me it's more of a passion, but I'd like to use my experience to make sure she gets the right corset and starts tightlacing slowly, instead of trying to rush into it as I'm sure many people do. My first day of wearing my leather tightlacing corset was interesting. A recent summer holiday (and a year of law studies) have seen my waist soften a little, though I'm on path to be back in shape by the start of next year. With this in mind, I allowed a lot of looseness at the top of the corset and didn't tighten the strings much at all. Even then, halfway through the day I was feeling the constriction. This is probably partially due to a rather large lunch where I ate far more than I needed to (greedyface) and the fact that it wasn't laced too tightly, so was sliding up my waist a little and pressing on my bottom ribs. My posture is quite good (or so people keep commenting) but I found myself slouching today - possibly because of the movement of the corset towards my ribs? When I stood taller my stomach felt a little better, but it was quite uncomfortable after lunch and in the taxi on the way home. Again, I believe this was from the upward movement of the corset, acting as a good reminder how important it is to get the placement just right. By mid afternoon I was ready to take the corset off, and when I did so my stomach and organs fell back into shape with a sigh of relief. I must have had it on slightly tighter than I'd realised, as you can see from the boning marks. I've ordered a cotton tightlacing corset online and should be using that within the next month. Until then I'll be wearing one of my twenty or so fashion corsets and my leather tightlacer. Onwards to the rest of the week of my tightlacing adventures... IMG_2814.JPG IMG_2826.JPG
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Oh la la! Paris Fashion Week is in full swing. We’ve been busy spotting all of our favourite looks at the shows, on the FROW and, also, on the streets. There’s been street style in abundance this year, and we’ve loved keeping our eyes peeled for all of our favourite looks in between the shows.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:

Product

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

Brush
This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Liquid
Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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