Let me tell you, I never actually thought this interview could happen. With Christine Mielke, studying full time, and having a full time super successful blog that is a great resource, and community for makeup enthusiasts – I didn’t think she’d say yes!
Temptalia is a site which Christine originally began to catalogue all of the looks she would come up with, a place to document the day where she’d wear a trio of blues, or the day she’d rock a wicked cat eye. It then turned into a place to turn to when you needed to know what MAC Cosmetics were to release next and so on. The photography Christine includes, whether it be for the upcoming collections, the tutorials she does to guide us how to rock a cat eye, or how to pick your foundation is the sharpest and most stunning I have come across, even when it comes to the step by step application of eye shadow in any given tutorial. Christine spared a few moments to let me ask her for her inspirations, and favourites..
Kimberley (K): Was Temptalia at any stage – a blog, and not a viable profitable website? At what stage did you realise that Temptalia became a renowned and reliable resource for make up enthusiasts?
Christine (C): Of course â€“ I never dreamed it was ever going to be more than just a website on the internet. I didnâ€™t start it with the idea of taking it to where it is today! I started to feel really good about what I was doing and writing about when readers would tell me they were waiting for my review before they went out to buy!
K: With your degree, and studies in another area – is there a chance in the future that Temptalia would have to be delegated to someone else? Or do you enjoy it way too much at this point to even think of handling it less?
C:It really depends on how everything goes between now and when I graduate. Blogging is inherently unstable, so itâ€™s hard to say whatâ€™s going to happen when I still have over a year left of school! It is my baby, so I really love to have my hands in everything when it comes to the blog!
K:The looks you come up with – how random are they? Are they based on requests, the collections that come out, or the colours you love?
C:A lot of looks are created based on new/recent products â€“ so I might review a new palette from X brand and if itâ€™s something readers seem interested in (or if I see a look Iâ€™m excited to create with it!) then I often will do a look to show how you can actually use the product I reviewed! I donâ€™t really plan out my looks, though â€“ often the color combination itself is random. I might say, â€œI want to use products from X collectionâ€ but thatâ€™s as much planning as I do!
K:What are your 5 favourite looks? – and why?
C: I like a very clean, natural look with antique gold eyeshadow on the eyes and a soft coral on the lips. An all-black smoky eye paired with a pale nude lip is always fun for something more dramatic. I am definitely partial to chartreuse greens and teals together, so thatâ€™s always something I gravitate towards. I also like â€œsunset eyes,â€ where you have gold/yellow, orange, and pink paired together. Finally, I do really love a bold red lip with barely-there eyeshadow!
K: What’s your ideal look for a first date? Ideal look for a concert?
C: My ideal look for a first date is soft and natural â€“ a mixture of matte and satin finishes on the eyes in nudes/beiges/soft browns and a subtly glossy, played down pink lip. For a concert, I might wear a heavy smoky eye with a pop of color â€“ like pink or blue.
K: Are bold eyes in an office a no-no?
C: It really just depends on your office!
K: Do you think there are some colours that should NOT be worn for certain eye shades – or are you a believer in people should be comfortable in what they wear, and be confident?
C: No, I think you should wear what you feel confident in. Itâ€™s important to feel comfortable in your makeup, whether itâ€™s neon green or a soft brown. If you want to wear a color but donâ€™t feel comfortable in it, where it around the house. Make funny faces at yourself in the mirror while wearing it. Makeup isnâ€™t so serious â€“ enjoy and have fun with it!
K: Is the bold eyes/nude lips or the reverse a myth, or a good guide for makeup application?
C: I think it is a good guide, but itâ€™s a guide, not a hard and fast rule. You should feel free to be creative with your makeup. The worst thing that could happen is you donâ€™t like it, but you can always wash it off and start over.
K: What is your go to look for everyday – what are YOU most comfortable wearing?
C: I wear tinted moisturizer, a little mascara, peachy/coral blush, pink/coral lipstick and matching gloss! Iâ€™m comfortable wearing just about anything, but my every day look is minimalist overall, since Iâ€™m either at home or at school!
Thanks so much to Christine for taking the time to give me some tips on how to rock any look, as well as work it, wherever you may be – even an IT nerd like me at the office! Each of the sexy images you see above are clickable, leading back to Christine’s tutorial on how to put it together. Get crackin!