How did it go? | Brandied-plum polished work look (or is it???)…on my *face!*

I had so much fun putting the brandied-plum “polished work look” on my face. I’ve been wondering what it would be like when a look turned out…let’s just say differently…than I  anticipated when I put it on my face. (Even the taupe lips turned out more or less the way I expected. lol.) I imagined that I would not be pleased about it, let me put it that way. But in fact it was super fun!

As a brief refresher, I wanted to take a break from the cooler tones I’ve been using and stir a bit of warmth into the mix. Having explored blue-red lippies in the Cherries-in-the-Snow series, and then violet lippies in the Valentine’s Day series, I thought we could use a little breather from strong cool lip shades, too. So I settled on the idea of exploring a brandied-plum color story–purples with some warmth stirred in.

I went for a stronger eye look first. I didn’t want to mute the plummy-purple eye with brown or gray tones in the name of wearability. Instead, I wanted to find the right supporting framework lip and cheek shades to balance the look out…at least I wanted to try! After mulling it over, I suggested that “blush” tones–sort of honeyed-rose shades–would be the right kind of quiet framework for a stronger plum eye on my coloring (as opposed to peachy, pink, or very brown nudes), because underneath, these “blush” shades share a reddish undertone with the purples.

Here are the products I brought together for the look (in addition to these, I used Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and Vitalumiere Compact Douceur powder to take down shine in the center of my cheeks, the center of my forehead, my chin, and I think I remembered the tip of my nose this time; a bit of Bourjois chocolate bronzer in the lightest shade around the perimeter of my face and on my neck and chest; a few strokes of pencil from the Pixi brow duo in Medium in my brows):

Back row from left: Aerin Multicolor for Lips and Cheeks. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Konpeito; Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink. From row from left: Clinique Chubby Stick for Lips in Whole Lotta Honey; Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Cardinal.

Back row from left: Aerin Multicolor for Lips and Cheeks. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Konpeito; Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink. From row from left: Clinique Chubby Stick for Lips in Whole Lotta Honey; Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Cardinal.

I thought I would use these shades and textures to create a nice, polished, work-appropriate look. This is what came out:

Photo on 2-16-15 at 9.58 AM #8

And looking down so you can see the lids:

Photo on 2-16-15 at 10.00 AM #5

In short, what came out was…an evening look–no, not even an evening look. I would call this a party look! (Or at least what I would call an party look.) Oops.

Part of this result is down to application. I thought everyone might be getting pretty tired of seeing me with smoky hazes around my eyes, so I thought I’d do something different: a cat eye. I mean, just so that we’re all on the same page, I got in front of a mirror and applied vivid rose and deep plum cream shadows and a dark-blue cat eye…for what what supposed to be a work look. lol!

Sigh.

That said, I can safely say that my very, very light hand with makeup and I would never have experimented with this if I weren’t trying out lots of new things for this blog–and if I weren’t enjoying the process of sharing my experiments with you so much. To tell you the truth, I was sort of delighted to see myself this way. It’s so different for me, but I felt really comfortable in the makeup. I didn’t feel washed out by the soft lips and cheeks, and that’s doing pretty well for something with pretty high-contrast coloring. (Maybe “blush” is my version of “nude?”) I also thought that the look would be really easy to maintain through the course of an evening. So my work-look fail turned into a party-look…success? This is particularly true because–even though I have all the makeup I could ever need to create just about any look–I often find myself going to parties and special occasions wearing the same kind of makeup I would wear every day, just somewhat  more intense. Maybe I’ll roll this look out sometime! Now let’s get some glitter on those lids!!!

In this week’s podcast, I’m planning to give you more details about how all this went down–and in the podcast I’ll also share photos of the work-appropriate version of this look on my face. Because I did go back and try again, just for you! 🙂 In the meantime, I wish you all a lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

**Please do reach out to me with your feedback if you have a minute; it is so helpful for me to know what you think. You can always leave a comment in the space below; you can also reach me at bunikinsbeauty[at]gmail.com or find me on the makeup board at Makeupalley.**

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