Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 2 | Garden-party day look

For the second look in this series inspired by Beatrix Potter and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (an inspiration suggested by the lovely roxina), I thought we could step things up a bit and try a look that I’d like to imagine wearing at a sunny garden tea-party, or wearing while I skip off to a lovely picnic in a sunny meadow on an early-spring day with a basket over my arm, like our bunny friend here…

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.)

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (first ed.)

And a detail, just so we can remind ourselves:

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

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

For this look, I wanted to play on peachy shades again, but tune them in a slightly more pink direction. I also imagined a more polished look for our garden party, with shimmery-soft, peachy-pink powder brushed over the lids, a splash of white highlighter blended into the brow bone and into the inner corners, a bit of brown pencil smudged deep into the upper lash line to define, refined peachy-pink shades for cheeks and lips, and a little surprise–a touch of creamy robin’s-egg-blue eye pencil, perhaps blended just under the iris on the lower lash line.

Garden party peachy-pinks. From the left, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color PK 319; Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in WT907; Sigma Eye Liner Pencil in My Cloud; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Espresso.

Garden party peachy-pinks. From the left, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color PK 319; Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in WT907; Sigma Eye Liner Pencil in My Cloud; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Espresso.

This peachy-pink Shiseido shadow is one of my favorite shadows in the world. It gives such a fresh and healthy effect, with such a lovely, soft luminosity. The white shadow is also incredibly useful for creating almost a painterly highlighting effect. It looks very pretty blended onto the brow bone and in the inner corners–the sort of classic highlighting points. It also gives a nice effect when used in more unexpected spots–blended at the outer corner of the eye and very subtly toward the temple, or patted just into the center of the eye, so that a tiny splash of paleness shows up when the wearer blinks…a white shadow (and that phrase really does sound like an oxymoron when used in this context!) is a very useful thing to have around.

The Bobbi Brown blush shown here is reflecting a bit off the peach shade on my wall; it’s more of a warm pink in real life. (I think I got this one as a gift, and I find that the BB and Stila blushes–which feel like similar formulas to me–aren’t ideal for my skin type, but I think they’re really nice products, especially for normal-to-dray skin. I really love this shade.) The Burberry lipstick has the kind of creamy, peachy, pinky quality that I wanted to explore on lips and cheeks with this look. I have to run a tiny dot of concealer into my lip balm to pale down my lips slightly before wearing this lipstick. I don’t find it to be extremely opaque, and my own lips are a pretty dark rosy pink, so it can get lost if I don’t adjust slightly.

The Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Powder Pencil in Espresso is my most-used eye pencil. I just love that thing. It’s not a lot longer in real life than the segment of it you can see in this picture. I find these pencils so easy to use, so blend-able, and they don’t drag on application (which I really hate). However: they can smudge a lot (not surprising, considering that their very nature is to smudge). So I always use them with a little primer.

This pale, vintage-y blue Sigma pencil is so playful and fun to use. I find it to be very creamy, with great color payoff. It reminds me of my mother’s blue Max-Factor eyeshadow stick, which I used to play with when I was little. I don’t get a chance to wear it often enough, so I thought a little pop of pale, robin’s-egg blue would tie in with our cover image and remind us of the springtime renewal to come. Like most colors with a lot of white in them (and maybe especially blues with a lot of white in them), this shade comes across as very unnatural–therefore, it jumps out as a bit of a surprise against all those peachy-pinks and soft, smudgy browns…but maybe that whisper of bright white embedded in blue would harmonize with the very pale, ever-so-slightly painterly, white highlights?

I have one more look in this series to share, which will take our inspiration in a more dramatic, evening direction. In the meantime, be well and best wishes!

xo bunikins@mua

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