Ahhh, how the hint of warmth in the air and the brightening light are putting me in the mood for spring! Earlier in the week, I was digging around in my photos of blooms and blossoms, searching for natural inspiration a lá Alice Lane. I settled on soft teal-blues and greens for the eyes, paired with petal pinks for lips and cheeks.
One of the things I love most about flower petals is that, like skin, they’re made up of tons and tons of different colors–pinks, lavenders, whites, yellows, greens, all blending and melding together into such a beautiful, natural impression. Leaves are much the same–beautiful conglomerations of greens, browns, yellows, blues….sigh. Such a pleasure to look closely at leaves and blossoms and really see them.
Inspired by all those pretty spring shades–lovely, nuanced pinks, greens, and blues–I chose the shimmery Shiseido Trio in Lido. For the lips, I wanted a creamy-soft petal pink. What makes a shade petal-pink, as opposed to all the other pinks? To my mind, petal pink has a touch of white and a touch of warmth. When I get in a mood for petal pinks, I often choose sheer formulas that remind me of the delicate translucence of a real flower petal. I wanted to include a drugstore product with this look, so I chose a L’Oreal blusher that has a nice, blendable, translucent quality (lots of silicon in this one). This shade is a bit cooler than the lipstick shade, but I thought it would enliven the skin perfectly well and tie to the lippy closely enough. Sometimes its good to loosen up a bit and go for effect rather than perfection, to borrow a phrase.
Here are a few swatches:
I think these photographs of the Shiseido shadows are skewing slightly blue compared to real life. It’s a bit hard to tell, because these pics were taken in diffuse sunlight, and it’s evening now, so the yellow cast of artificial lighting might be influencing me as I eyeball this trio to try to figure it out for you. (lol.) In any case, you can see that the darkest shade is a dark green-gray, the middle shade is a soft, shimmery teal blue-green, and the palest shade is a very light, pearly blue-green. When I wear these shades together on my eyes, the effect is teal-leaning-green–much greener than I even expected, I have to say!
So, although the petal-pink lipstick was my starting point–the touchstone that influenced all the other color choices–in the end, a cloud of teal around the eye is probably going to be the most eye-catching element of this look. I’m feeling pretty good about that, especially with St. Patrick’s Day approaching. I have a hefty dose of Irish blood running through my veins, so I’ve got to have my greens on for the Feast of St. Paddy! 🙂
And that’s the product set for our soft teal and petal-pink St. Patrick’s Day look. I’ll look forward to showing you how I wore it very soon! In the meantime, I wish you the loveliest day.