This week I thought I would think through a couple of looks inspired by Alice Lane’s approach to color schemes in makeup–“If it’s a color found in nature, it will work,” she told Into the Gloss recently. I put that idea to the test using one of my snapshots for inspiration. Let’s see how it turned out on my face!
As a quick refresher, here’s the inspiration photo, which I thought would be interesting because of the strong contrasts in shades and in depth among the three main elements of the photo–gold-tinged clouds, deep-blue sky, and black branches:
I chose two contrasting eyeshadows, one from the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (“Honeypot”–third row down from the top, second from the left) and one from the Dior Bleu de Paris quint (shimmery mid-tone blue shade), along with a black gel liner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack) to interpret this color scheme in a simple eye look. I decided on fresh, rosy shades for lips and cheeks, to keep the whole look very, well…natural…and fresh-scrubbed. Here’s the product set that I brought together for the look:
And here’s how it turned out on my face:
And one so you can see the lids a little bit:
After showing you the Cherries in the Snow, Classic Evening Look on my face a few days ago, I wanted to move back toward makeup that I felt would really fit with my daily life. I actually think that small amounts of makeup–a touch of color here or there, a little bit of mattifying in one area, a little bit of glowy highlight placed somewhere else–make a huge difference–not so much in photographs, but in person and from day to day. So I thought that I’d go in that direction this time.
So, let’s see…not that there’s anything particularly special about my application or base choices, but in case you’re curious, here’s how it all went down:
Base. A few drops of Healthy Mix Serum foundation to even things out a wee tad. (I was especially sensitive and pink when I put this makeup on, and sometimes there’s just not much point in fighting it!) I used some Clinique Airbrush Concealer under my eyes, but forgot to put a couple of dabs up into the inner corners.
Eyes. Too Faced eyeshadow in Honeypot over the inner halves of my lid; shimmery blue Dior shade in the outer halves, more or less; thin line of black liner close to the lash line and brought to a natural end point; a few tiny dots of liner blended in with blue shadow from the outer corner and into the outer third of my lower lash line. Chanel Le Volume mascara in black, mostly so that my lashes would register with my lousy webcam at all; in real life, I might well have skipped mascara altogether.
Cheeks. A dab of the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel on each cheek, which added a bit of color and shine, but it’s hard to tell as my pinky skin is showing everywhere!
Lips. A layer of Rikugien applied straight from the pencil.
Final thoughts. In real life, the gold-and-blue eye worked out pretty well, I think; the blue was indeed defining, and the gold did bring that part of my lid forward a bit, and overall, I felt comfortable in those two shades together. I was going for something simple and not heavy with the application–and as I mentioned in this week’s podcast, application makes a huge difference. These shades and things could be dialed way up or made even quieter, obviously. So I’ll leave it to you to judge how it all turned out–and I hope you found it interesting to see how it unfolded.
For the next look in this series, I wanted to try something based on the same inspiration snapshot that would be appropriate for evening. This evening look will focus more attention on the eyes, since we’ve looked at a lot of strong lip shades lately. I’ll look forward to sharing that look with you very soon! In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely day.