Inspired by…Alice Lane | Gilt and Glowing Look

I have such a huge girl crush on Alice Lane. In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, for an article about eyeshadow looks for green and hazel eyes, she said something that really got my attention:

“If it occurs in nature, it makes sense. Look at a tree—it’s green and brown—or look at a butterfly. Look what things have hazel in them in the world, and then look what sits next to it in a field.”

This got me in the mood to use a little bit o’ nature for inspiration in our next series of makeup looks.

A few months ago I was chugging home from the subway and happened to catch a glimpse of the late afternoon sun. I snapped a pic. When I was digging around in my archive of photos for some natural inspiration, I thought the contrast of gold-tinged clouds against the blue sky, with that network of black branches, had potential. I definitely don’t go around pairing gold with blue in my everyday makeup, but maybe Alice Lane is right–if it looks good in nature, it’ll look good in makeup. She would know a lot better than I do!

Contrasts in nature: soft gold, sky blue, black.

Contrasts in nature: soft gold, sky blue, black.

So for the first look in the series, I thought I would bring together glowing shades of creamy gold (in this case, Honeypot from the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, third row down, second from the left) and blue for the eyes (mid-toned shimmery blue in the upper left of the Dior Bleu de Paris palette), with a bit of black liner to define. For lips and cheeks, I went with rosy shades that should read as very natural on my skin. After going down a path of strong (and sometimes a bit unforgiving!) shades, especially on the lips, I feel like a change. In general, I have in mind a freshly-scrubbed, softly gilt and glowing look this time.

Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow palette (shade Honeypot); Dior eyeshadow quint in Bleu de Paris; Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural; NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien; MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow palette (shade Honeypot); Dior eyeshadow quint in Bleu de Paris; Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural; NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien; MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

Rather than using depth to create contrast with this eye look, I thought I would see what happened if I used two mid-toned, shimmery shadows of approximately the same-ish depth, and relied on the juxtaposition of yellow-gold and blue tones to generate contrast and definition. The cheek and lip shades are very close to my natural coloring; I wanted to do something fresh and dewy, but not tremendously glossy, so that I wouldn’t overwhelm the eyes. Here are some (sad) swatches, so you can get a feel for the shades:

From the left, Too Faced eyeshadow in Honeypot (from the Natural Eyes palette); mid-tone shimmery blue from the Dior eyeshadow quint, Bleu de Paris; Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural; NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien.

From the left, Too Faced eyeshadow in Honeypot (from the Natural Eyes palette); mid-tone shimmery blue from the Dior eyeshadow quint, Bleu de Paris; Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural; NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien.

I hunted around in my collection for a while to find the gold shadow that I thought would suit this look. I was searching for something that would give a creamy-soft impression, rather than a really hard, metallic one. This Too Faced shade was the creamiest one I could find–I really do love this Too Faced palette. It’s just so useful to have around.

And that’s the product set for the Inspired-by-Nature, Gilt and Glowing Look! I’m looking forward to trying it and showing you how it worked out on my face. In the meantime, I wish you a lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

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