Citrus Zest | Vintage-inspired, sixties look with an orange twist

As the temperature zooms up to….well, to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit today…I find myself consumed by thoughts of spring. As the days get longer and the brighter light runs right up against my winter pallor, I’m hungrier than ever for softer, brighter, citrus-y shades.

A few weeks ago on Makeupalley, I posted a color story centered on various shades of orange. As part of that color story, I pulled together this look–a sixties-inspired look with soft, peachy cheeks, a flash of robin’s-egg blue on the lids, a thin line of black liner, and the finishing touch: a pop of satiny orange on the lips.

Clockwise from the top: Revlon cream blush in Pinched; Chanel Rouge Coco in Sari Doré (pre-reformulation); MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack; Illamasqua eyeshadow single in Anja.

Clockwise from the top: Revlon cream blush in Pinched; Chanel Rouge Coco in Sari Doré (pre-reformulation); MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack; Illamasqua eyeshadow single in Anja.

From the left: Rouge Coco (pre-reformulation) in Sari Doré; Revlon cream blush in Pinched; Illamasqua eyeshadow single in Anja.

From the left: Rouge Coco (pre-reformulation) in Sari Doré; Revlon cream blush in Pinched; Illamasqua eyeshadow single in Anja.

This white-based, sixties blue reminds me so much of the Max Factor cream eyeshadow stick tucked in the back of my mother’s jewelry box. That cream shadow was a souvenir from her days as a professional single gal in 1960s Hong Kong. In photos from that period in her life, she looks like she stepped straight out of a Wong Kar-wai movie. Glorious.

So I have a soft spot for these kinds of white-based, robin’s-egg blues. I love that little flash of blue on the lid. The white pigment makes the blue really pop against the skin; I think keeping it just on the lid would help keep the blue from overwhelming the look.

I auditioned a few different peachy/orange lipsticks from my collection before settling on this one, Chanel Rouge Coco in Sari Doré. The Rouge Coco line has recently been reformulated, and overall, I think that the reformulation was an improvement. I personally prefer a moister, more hydrating texture on my lips. But I have to say that the old Rouge Cocos had a captivating, almost satiny finish–like the Rouge Coco in Taffetas Rose featured in the Cherries-in-the-Snow, Satiny Evening Look. I’ve always been fond of RC in Sari Doré because it seems to me that it tiptoes right up to the edge of vintage in its  color, its formula, and its finish, but it doesn’t quite teeter over the brink into the past. It is just fresh enough, just juicy enough, just soft enough, just bright enough, to stay with us in the present. That’s why I like Sari Doré so much for vintage-inspired looks; it’s nice to make a little nod to the past while keeping a look modern.

And that’s the product set for our vintage-inspired, sixties look with a refreshing twist of orange! I’m looking forward to sharing how I wore the look very soon. In the meantime, I wish you all a very lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

2 thoughts on “Citrus Zest | Vintage-inspired, sixties look with an orange twist

  1. noodlethinks says:

    Ahh, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is one of my favorite movies of all time. What a perfect inspiratiin for your next look? *nudge-nudge, wink-wink*

    I find myself liking the white/blue base in a lot of my color items, too. Probabky because I’m cooler toned. Lovely, as always.

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