Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 1 | Bronzed-peach day look

On the makeup board at Makeupalley, the lovely roxina–no doubt referencing my MUA handle–suggested that it might be fun for me to try a look inspired by The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, by Beatrix Potter. I actually found this color scheme really inspiring–thank you, roxina, for the suggestion! In this post, I put together a casual makeup look that I hope would be simple and easy to wear, but still polished and pretty.

The first-edition cover of The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies seems to be in the public domain, so I feel OK sharing a picture of it here:

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.)

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.)

And here’s a detail, so we can get a closer look at the colors.

Bunnies in closeup. Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.).

Bunnies in closeup. Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.).

When I think of bunnies and Beatrix Potter, I can’t help but think of sunny spring gardens full of flowers (and maybe a few tasty veggies?). After getting piled with about five feet of snow (no kidding), I am seriously in the mood to spend some time in the garden! So I dug around in my stash and put together a few looks inspired by this color scheme…and inspired by a fantasy garden in a far-off fantasy spring.

I wanted to keep the first look really simple–something that would be very flattering and quick and easy to pat on for day, but would also introduce some pretty textural contrasts.  I thought we could take a fairly straightforward path this time around, with bronze sheen on the lids, a touch of shimmery-peach highlighter, and peach shades for lips and cheeks.

Bronzed peach. From the left, Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mirage; Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow; Bourjois Cream Blush in 01.

Bronzed peach. From the left, Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mirage; Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow; Bourjois Cream Blush in 01.

In the cover closeup, you can sort of see the texture of the brown frame for the text and images on the cover. There was something really interesting to me about that brown–I think I can see flecks of yellow in it, mixed in with a more-neutral brown shade. I wasn’t feeling a matte shade on the eyes for this look–I felt like a fresh day look that was looking forward to spring could use some shine. I looked at a few different bronze-metallic possibilities for the shadow, in pot, stick, and powder form, and finally settled on the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage. Its bronze seemed to be just right–not too metallic, and not too red, either.

I thought a touch of peachy highlight around the eyes would be a nice complement to peachy cheeks and lips. I wanted to stick with gel or cream shadows on the eyes, and when my eye lit on this pencil, it felt right. (The other main contender was the Chanel Id’O in Emerveille, but I kind of wanted to mix it up a bit, product-wise,) Anyway, this pencil is the Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow, a shimmery peachy shade (the tip looks slightly mashed in the picture because I couldn’t resist drawing with it on the back of my hand). I find this pencil so handy for putting a little bit of highlight into the inner corner of the eyes. I find it lasts really well, and because it’s a pencil, I can sort of get the color right where I want it and then blend it out a bit–it’s pretty easy to control, IME. (A little bit of it blended along the brow bone is also nice.)

On cheeks and lips, I chose similar shades with contrasting finishes. (I think it’s nice when putting together a monochromatic–or, in this case, semi-monochromatic–look to play with different textures and finishes on various features.) For the lips, I chose a glossy-peach liquid lipstick from Dior (which is, coincidentally, also called Mirage). For cheeks, the extremely useful and versatile Bourjois Cream Blush in 01.

A few observations on the Dior lip product: I was a little dubious about liquid lipsticks, but as it turns out, I really enjoy using this Dior one. It’s a true peach shade, I would say, in the sense that it isn’t too pink. It feels nice on the lips, and it has a pretty glossy finish with good (if pale) color payoff. It’s reasonably long lasting for a glossy product (although the gloss on the finish transitions to a more satiny finish within a couple of hours, in my experience), and it wears off evenly. I don’t like the sticky feel of many lip glosses, but I do feel pretty comfortable in these Dior liquid lipsticks. And it’s fun to play with a glossy finish on the lips now and then.

And that’s the first look I have inspired by Beatrix Potter, the rather adorable cover of The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, and a wintry yearning for spring and gardens, sun and blossoms and flowers. This is the kind of makeup I really like to wear everyday–a few products that perform well, with good-feeling, modern textures, with lots of neutrals and peachy-pinks and (in my view, anyway) easy-to-use, long-lasting creams. I composed a few more looks that are more complicated and a little bit more daring, but still, I hope, wearable. So I’ll look forward to sharing those with you in the coming days!

xo bunikins@mua

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