As the days get brighter, my yearning for cheery bright colors gets stronger. I really enjoyed wearing a white-based blue eyeshadow in a recent, sixties-inspired look. Now let’s see how a pair of fluoro pinks–pinks with a hefty dose of white–turned out on my face!
As a refresher, here’s the product set for the look (much more detail on the color palette, finishes and textures, and product selection can be found here):
And here’s how I wore the look:
A shot of the lids:
And a few notes on application, for what they’re worth:
Base. NARS Luminous Weightless foundation; lots of Clinique Airbrush concealer under the eyes. A few strokes of Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Brown. No highlighter, bronzer, or powder.
Eyes. A little of the pale shade in the upper right of the Chanel quad all over the lids; a bit of the medium-brown shade in the upper left of the quad to contour the socket line slightly. For some reason, I made the brown gel liner thick and flick-y; I joined up the flick at the other counter with a soft line on the lower lash line, which I took about one-quarter of the way in. I softened the edges of the line and blended a bit around the edges of the flicks with a cotton bud.
Cheeks. I went a little crazy with the pink blusher! It didn’t seem quite as bright in my bathroom light as it does in the natural window light here. Wowza! Well, as I mentioned in my post about white-based brights, they really do stand out against the skin. Even applied with a heavy hand, though, the white pigment seems to be contributing more brightness than pastiness, at least to my eye–the miracle of modern makeup textures!
Lips. I applied a layer of the Laneige Water Tint with a lip brush (only because I like to transfer creamy lip products to a palette and then to my lips, rather than using the applicator directly on my face). I think it’s a fairly common complaint that these Water Tints cover the lips a little unevenly–the lips are pretty uniformly glossy, but the pigment is a little more concentrated in some areas than it is in others. I don’t worry about that too much, personally, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re interested in trying these out. A bit of lip gloss layered over a bright lip stain would work just as well here, maybe even better, but these gloss/stain formulas are pretty convenient, for what it’s worth!
Final thoughts. I might tone down the blusher a bit next time, but overall, I felt really relaxed and comfortable in this look. I have no idea why some looks just seem to relax me–why I feel very comfortable in some of them–and so much less relaxed and comfortable in others. Part of it has to do with how well I think a given palette suits me, I guess. But I think part of it is that I just find certain colors inherently cheerful and enlivening, regardless of the flattery factor. That’s how I feel about fluoro pinks–they’re just happy and fun. I want to frolic in the bright sun when I wear them.
I’m working on some new looks to share with you–looking forward to doing that very soon. In the meantime, I hope you, too, are frolicking in the bright sun! And I wish you a lovely day.