Inspired by….Penguin Hardcover Classics | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For this post in the Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought we might step away from the rosy, daytime wearability inspired by Middlemarch and hop down our own little rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

To start, let’s take a closer look at the cover:

Flamingo croquet.

Flamingo croquet.

Looks like warm-pink foil-stamped flamingos against a bright white background. Fun! (For those of you who haven’t gotten around to reading the book, flamingos serve as “mallets” in a mad-tastic game of croquet. The croquet “balls” at the flamingos’ feet are, I believe, rolled-up hedgehogs. Long story.) The actual text is chock-full of inspiring references, from the anxious Rabbit to the imperiously irrational (“Off with their heads!”) Queen of Hearts to the Mad Hatter’s tea party to the Chesire Cat’s grin. These episodes make me think of neon-psychedelic colors (like the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushers in Trip or in Acid), applied to pop one feature massively (cheeks, I suppose, in the case of the Watercolours), leaving the rest of the face nearly Victorian-bare. Painting a bright-red, heart-shaped lip in honor of the Queen of Hearts also springs to mind.

But today we’re looking for inspiration just from this cover, so I’m thinking a high-contrast evening look with white shimmer over the lids, berry-fuchsia lips and cheeks, and glittery-black liner to define the eye. An additional pop of silvery glitter over the lid might not be amiss for a special occasion, but keepin’ it simple for the moment.

This look brings together one of my new lipsticks, EL Pure Color Envy in Tumultuous Pink (a deep, vibrant berry pink), YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte (a creamy, mousse-y true fuchsia), MUFE Aquarelle in Pearl (a shimmery-white paint for face and body), and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique (black with silver glitter) to line. To my eye, both the lippie and the blusher have just a hint of warmth stirred in, so I felt they were a good fit with our ever-so-slightly warm, berry-pink flamingos.

From the left, YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte; Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique; EL Pure Color Envy lipstick in Tumultuous Pink; MUFE Aquarelle in Pearl.

From the left, YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte; Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique; EL Pure Color Envy lipstick in Tumultuous Pink; MUFE Aquarelle in Pearl.

MUFE Aquarelles are pretty pigmented and they set quickly. For this look, I’m thinking that I’ll mix a bit of the pearly Aquarelle liquid with a bit of my eye cream and pat this mixture all over my lid, to bring a shimmery luminescence to the eye. (I picked up this tip from a video with MUA Matthew Van Leeuwen on Monika Blunder’s channel, and it works really well! You’d think that the eye cream wouldn’t play nicely with the color, since eye cream notoriously makes eye makeup slip around. But I’ve never head any trouble with this. I don’t use a particularly heavy eye cream, though. That might make a difference.) It’s possible that Mirifique wouldn’t be black enough on its own, in which case I’d probably switch to a liquid liner, and maybe use a thin brush to pat a bit of glittery Mirifique over the top of that? I don’t think I’d do a big flick, though–just finish the line so it didn’t look cut off.

This high-contrast idea, which I think would put a lot of focus on lips and cheeks–especially in my case, since I’m pretty pale this time of year–felt so fun to me that I put together a different look based on the same notion, but with a silvery, glittery lid rather than a pearly-white, shimmery one. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine a bit of white pencil or shadow to really dial up the contrast. It would be a pretty look for a snowy evening, wouldn’t it? Provided my poor nose didn’t get too ruddy from freezing winter winds!

For this look, I veered a touch more eighties and steered the pinks toward bluer tones. This blusher comes across to me as an exceptionally vivid violet-magenta. I figured this would be a pretty big-cheek look, so I thought maybe a gloss on the lips to tie in with the cheeks, but not steal the show, would be pretty. This hot-pink gloss has a hint of blue iridescence in it, which felt especially right with the blusher. (I don’t often wear glosses…you might be able to see that this one is untouched. I only have a few glosses knocking around my stash, so I was happy to find this one to tie in.) The image is slightly blurred, I’m afraid, because I was trying to get that purplish blue in the gloss to show up.

Finally, this Shiseido cream eyeshadow registers on the lid as a wash of silvery glitter–not quite as bright and white as something like the Chanel IdO in Fantasme, but sort of the same general idea. Just a bit more subtle. This Armani waterproof gel eye pencil is really long lasting and nice for creating a deep, black line without having to get out a pot and brush. Somehow I felt a liquid line would be a bit too harsh. I would go with gel or pencil for this one. In the case of this pencil, I guess I sort of opted for both gel and pencil!

From the left, NARS blusher in Coeur Battant, from the Guy Bourdin collection; Armani Eyes to Kill waterproof gel pencil in black; Shiseido Shimmering Cream eyeshadow in Mist; NARS lip gloss in Hot Wired.

From the left, NARS blusher in Coeur Battant, from the Guy Bourdin collection; Armani Eyes to Kill waterproof gel pencil in black; Shiseido Shimmering Cream eyeshadow in Mist; NARS lip gloss in Hot Wired.

I’m really happy that looking at this cover made me dig around in my stash and come up with some ideas for some stuff that I rarely use. (I’m planning to use Tumultuous Pink a lot, but I thought I would leave it pristine for photos just a little bit longer.) I’m always curious to know what you think. Thanks so much for looking at these things with me! Hope you’ll join me for the next post in this series, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

xo bunikins@mua

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