Recently we looked at a few color products that I thought would make a pretty, wearable day look, inspired by Beatrix Potter (and the lovely roxina at Makeupalley).
This whole project is about taking inspiration from interesting or beautiful things to compose makeup looks. I was starting to feel really stuck in a rut; I wasn’t making good use of my stash. I felt like I was relying on experts and tastemakers (Wendy Rowe, Alice Lane, Lisa Eldridge, Mary Greenwell, etc. etc. etc.) to tell me what would be chic; what would be fresh; what would be flattering; what would go with what, and on and on. I wanted to change that.
I respect all of those people (and so many more). I think they have incredible expertise and extremely good taste. They know what they’re doing. They’re pros. I’m still totally interested in the insights they share. So that part hasn’t changed. I just want to exercise my own creativity a bit more (and more and more and more!), even when it comes to the quickest, most humble little casual makeup look I put together for myself.
In that spirit, I’m really wearing the looks I’m telling you about in my daily life, and whenever I can, I’ll try to snap a (probably lousy) pic so you can see how it turned out. A few days ago, I put together a a few products for a look inspired by the cover of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.
As a quick reminder, here’s a detail of the cover:
Here are the products I brought together for a super-simple, casual look inspired by the cover (the first of three in a series):
This look really could not be simpler, but even so it did get me out of my habit of late, which has been to pair a bronze eye with a rosier cheek and lip (rather than a peachier one). There was absolutely no reason for me to be doing that all the time. It was just habit.
And this was the quick and grainy (sorry) pic I snapped of myself wearing all of these products as I rushed out the door (only additional product was a little Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 51; no mascara, no liner, no brow product, not that you would’ve been able to make that stuff out in this pic, anyway):
I was relieved to see that this time, although I look very grainy (low light conditions and lousy webcam, sadly), at least I don’t look pea green like last time. I’m bundled up in a gigantic sweater and scarf, about to run out the door.
I have a really lousy setup for taking photos of myself, but I at least wanted to give you the overall impression of the look. I’m completely serious when I say that I had gotten into such an ingrained set of habits that I wasn’t even doing obvious stuff like pairing bronze with peach tones (I had gotten stuck on saving peach tones on lips and cheeks for occasions when I wore very cold silver, blue, or blue-gray tones on my eyes.)
So there it is–not exactly a risky look, but I hope you found it interesting to see how this one turned out IRL. I’ll do my best to post other looks as they appear on my face when I can.
Thanks so much for dropping in, and I wish you all the very best! xo bunikins@mua