Hi everyone. Thanks for dropping in! In this post, I’m going to show you how one of the looks I proposed for the Northanger Abbey-inspired cover came out on my face!
Explanations, disclaimers, etc.
Although I love reading all kinds of things about makeup, and I love watching YouTube tutorials, and I love admiring FOTD posts on boards, when I write about makeup myself, I’m most interested in the creative process and the inspiration that those of us who wear makeup bring to bear every time we put together a look. When it comes to the way I look, or to the way I apply makeup–I’m just a regular person. I have no particular insight, certainly not compared to all the expert advice that we’re all fortunate enough to be able to access these days. I have a very light hand with makeup, which is just my personal approach–not something I would necessarily recommend to anyone else! But without seeing how a product set I propose translates onto the face….well, it just seemed like it would be important to take things over the finish line, so to speak, so you could really see how things turned out, at least once in a while.
Unfortunately, I take really terrible selfies. I know, I know…they’re really bad. I don’t know how people take such great ones! And I don’t want to bug other people to point a camera at me for my project, so for now, I sort of have to use the lousy webcam on my computer. That’s the only way I can even get my head into the frame. 😦 I’ll see if I can figure out something better sometime.
Now that that’s out of the way: the look
In a recent post, inspired by the cover of the Penguin Hardcover Classics edition of Northanger Abbey, I proposed a look that brought bright-pink eye shadow together with taupey-tan blush and a sheer-taupe lip:
Translated onto the face, my interpretation of the look came out like this:
I know, I know, my neck looks green. I don’t really know why. The webcam isn’t exactly the most sophisticated piece of photographic equipment, and I’m picking up some ghoulish monitor glow in addition to daylight from the window. If it helps at all, I checked myself really carefully in the mirror, and–pinky swear–in real life, my face and neck were more or less the same color (and that color was not green!). In case you were worried! lol.
And here’s a look at the eyelids:
See, I really packed that pink on there! No holds barred with the pink.
Here’s how it all went down:
– My skin is too sensitive to tolerate a lot of base, so I used a tiny bit of Healthy Mix just to even out my skin tone a bit here and there. I patted NARS Radiant Creamy concealer under my eyes. There’s really not much I can do right now, base-wise, but obviously if pink eyeshadow is going on the lids, neutralizing as much redness as possible (more than I’m able to) is probably a wise move.
– For the eyes, I patted the bright pink shade onto the lid using the Paula Dorf wet/dry eye brush (used dry). I wanted the pink to show up very clearly as pink, to reduce the chance of my eyelids just looking sore, rather than intentionally pink. I shaded the socket line/crease just a tiny bit, blending the edges of the pink, using Burberry Earthy blush. I thought that my brush was blank, but I think it may have had a teeny bit of Rimmel eyeshadow in Spicy Bronze on it! So that may be stirred into the mix. Oops.
– I placed a thin black line as close to the upper lash line as possible using a gel pencil. I let that set for a few seconds and then went over the edge with the point of a pointy Q-tip. I placed a few tiny dots of black liner at the outer corner of my lower lash line and blended those with a Q-tip, just for a tiny bit of definition.
– I don’t wear mascara every day, but today I put on a thick coat of Chanel Le Volume in black–the pink really seemed to demand definition close to the lash line (otherwise, it might look like rabbit eyes!).
– I lightly dusted Earthy blusher under my cheekbones, up onto the sides of my forehead, a tiny bit along the jaw and onto the center of my (seemingly green) neck. I like to add a little dimension to my face by dusting a little powder like this around the perimeter, but especially during the day, I wouldn’t make any serious attempt at contouring. I used no other blush on my face–but I’m sensitive, so it wouldn’t be unusual for redness to show through the sheer base.
– For the lip, I use a smidge of MLBB/nude pencil just in the far corners of my mouth, where my lips are slightly paler, just to even things out a tad. Then I put on a single layer of Chic, a sheer taupe that did indeed tone down the natural pink in my lips, as predicted.
– I didn’t add any color to the brows, but I did (theoretically) brush them into place. *gets out spoolie*
It was interesting to try something different! In the end, I felt comfortable enough to wear this look out, and no one gave me any funny looks or anything. I think that if I were wearing one of my more usual pinks or rosy shades on my lips–or a really strong pink–I wouldn’t have felt as comfortable sporting the pink lids. At the same time, I think that I wouldn’t have felt as comfortable with the taupe lip and cheek if I hadn’t had some rosiness or color elsewhere on my face. (I’m really kind of a blush gal IRL.) So it was all kind of unusual, and I’m not sure if it’s necessarily the number-one most flattering color combo on me, but I think I looked better with the makeup on than without it. Which mildly surprises me, but it’s a nice surprise!
I hope this inspires you to break out some unusual shade of something that you have knocking about in your stash–just to see what happens.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best, as always!