Inspired by…Alice Lane | Gilt and Glowing Look

I have such a huge girl crush on Alice Lane. In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, for an article about eyeshadow looks for green and hazel eyes, she said something that really got my attention:

“If it occurs in nature, it makes sense. Look at a tree—it’s green and brown—or look at a butterfly. Look what things have hazel in them in the world, and then look what sits next to it in a field.”

This got me in the mood to use a little bit o’ nature for inspiration in our next series of makeup looks.

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St. Valentine’s Violets | Toasty, Smoky, Sweet Valentine’s-Day Look

Ahhhhh, Valentine’s Day…a day for reveling in romance. Candlelight dinners, long-stemmed red roses, perfectly chilled champagne in matching crystal flutes, a string quartet playing softly in the corner…..or 12 to 16 inches of snow on top of the 60+ inches that the cruel gods of winter have just dumped on you. Yes, this Valentine’s Day I’ll be wearing my most glamorous snow pants, my puffiest Michelin-man parka, a striped stocking cap, and super-sexy snow boots, clutching an unnervingly large snow shovel in my mittened paws. Another snow storm is coming. Sigh.

None of this, of course, will prevent me from showing you one more Valentine’s-Day look–a toasty, smoky eye paired with rosy cheeks and a vibrant violet lip.

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St. Valentine’s Violets | Touchable, Kissable Valentine’s-Day Look

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, how tempted was I to put together some soft, romantic pink makeup? Oh….so tempted. I love those kinds of looks. That said, so many talented youtubers and bloggers are putting together gorgeous, romantic pink looks that I thought I might try something a little different: soft, easy, approachable Valentine’s Day looks featuring the color violet.

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Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 2 | Garden-party day look

For the second look in this series inspired by Beatrix Potter and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (an inspiration suggested by the lovely roxina), I thought we could step things up a bit and try a look that I’d like to imagine wearing at a sunny garden tea-party, or wearing while I skip off to a lovely picnic in a sunny meadow on an early-spring day with a basket over my arm, like our bunny friend here…

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Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 1 | Bronzed-peach day look

On the makeup board at Makeupalley, the lovely roxina–no doubt referencing my MUA handle–suggested that it might be fun for me to try a look inspired by The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, by Beatrix Potter. I actually found this color scheme really inspiring–thank you, roxina, for the suggestion! In this post, I put together a casual makeup look that I hope would be simple and easy to wear, but still polished and pretty.

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Cherries in the Snow | Part 1 | Satiny evening look

Hi everyone. By the time you read this, the Northeast U.S. will be blanketed in a fresh layer of snow. All this frosty white has gotten the phrase “cherries in the snow” stuck in my head. To try to work it back out again, I composed a few looks from my stash inspired by that idea, but with an emphasis on face-flattery and real-life wearability, instead of fantasy frost (fun as that is!).

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

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Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics | Northanger Abbey

In our final post in this Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought it would be fun to look at vivid pink-based shades in a different content. This time, instead of contrasting with white, the pink foil keys are contrasted with wheat–a neutral, grayish/brownish grassy shade:

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

(A more complete introduction to this series can be found here.)

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Inspired by….Penguin Hardcover Classics | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For this post in the Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought we might step away from the rosy, daytime wearability inspired by Middlemarch and hop down our own little rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

To start, let’s take a closer look at the cover:

Flamingo croquet.

Flamingo croquet.

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