Vintage-inspired, sixties look with an orange twist…on my *face!*

I love vintage-inspired looks using modern products. Makeup technology seems to have advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years; it’s so much fun to see nineties naturals, eighties brights, seventies glow, sixties mod, fifties polish–all taking shape using sheer, blendable makeup textures that melt into the skin.

For today’s look, I’m trying out a white-based, robin’s-egg sixties blue shadow with a black gel liner, peachy cream blush, and a soft, satiny-orange lipstick.

Here’s the product set:

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.

And here’s how I wore it:

Photo on 3-1-15 at 2.00 PM #6 - Version 2

And a shot so you can see the lids:

Photo on 3-1-15 at 2.02 PM #5

(I think I may have rubbed my eye, so my lids don’t quite match. Oops!)

In terms of application, I kept everything really basic. I packed the blue shadow onto my lid and blended it into the crease, taking care not to bring it up too high. Because the blue was so strong and had so much white pigment, I wanted to keep it close in to the lash line; otherwise, I thought it might take over my whole face!

I kept the black liner very thin, so that I wouldn’t cover up the blue entirely when my eyes were open, and brought it to a natural finish at the outer corners–no particular wing. I patted the cream blush onto the apples of my cheeks and applied two layers of orange lippy–the first layer with a brush, the second from the bullet. (It looks a bit more red and less orange in the uploaded photos than it does in real life.) Base was just the usual–a touch of ByTerry Sheer Glow foundation, a lot of Clinique Airbrush concealer under my eyes, a bit of Suqqu powder in my brows; no highlighter, bronzer, or powder. I didn’t think bronzer would be a great fit with a vintage-inspired look (much as I could use a bit of bronzing at this point!); highlighter, too, seemed unnecessary (especially considering the amount of, er, “glow” I sport naturally). At the same time, I wanted to keep the whole look from getting too vintage-y–which is another way of saying that I wanted to keep the look from getting too costume-y–so I skipped powder.

In general, I felt really spring-like and cheerful in this look. I felt like I should be sitting down to a nice Easter lunch with my family (and in fact I may take this look out for a spin this Easter). I’m always searching around for special-ccasion looks for day. I find it hard to navigate the space between too casual, too work-like, and too evening–maybe this will be a nice option?

As always, I’ll leave it to you to judge how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed this look! The next one I have planned features a creamier orange–sort of a Creamsicle orange?–which I’m looking forward to showing you very soon. In the meantime, I wish you a very lovely day.

xo bunikins@mua

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