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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How did it go? | Cherries-in-the-snow classic evening look on my *face!*

I noticed that the “Cherries in the Snow | Classic Lipstick, Classic Evening Look” has been especially popular in recent days. That look features the iconic Revlon lipstick Cherries in the Snow–because really, how could I do a CITS series that didn’t include the mother of all CITS lippies? In my conversations with people online and offline, this lipstick has emerged as an especially evocative. It seems that a lot of intriguing women have made Revlon Cherries in the Snow their signature color. So I thought you might enjoy seeing how that look turned out on my face!

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How did it go? | Brandied-plum day-to-night look on my *face!*

After posting a bunch of looks featuring strong, cool-toned lips, I thought it might be a good idea to move to a different, warmer palette. Maybe….oh, maybe centered on plum. What might look nice with plum? Hmmm, maybe honey-rosey-brandy shades–what we call “blush” tones. “Yeah, yeah, that makes sense!” I thought.  “Let’s put those together.”

Well, OK, a lot of you probably saw this coming, but, um….this is one seriously autumnal palette. And the season those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to would be, you know…spring. Oops. For those of you who have weathered the brandied-plum series with me so far, though, allow me to close the loop by showing you how the brandied-plum day-to-night look worked out on my face.

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How did it go? | The *other* Northanger Abbey cover-inspired look…on my *face!*

So here’s what’s happening: I have photos of the Brandied Plum Day-to-Night looks on my face in the can and ready to go for you all. However, I think we need to take a break from that for a minute and look at something else, because–to be very candid with you–those colors sure do read autumn to me. Day-um. I put those looks on my face and felt like I should be taking a seat by the first crackling fire of the season with a mug of hot spiced cider in my hand. You know, those halcyon days when the oppressive heat of summer lifts, and we get to put on our pretty fall outfits and skip merrily down the street through piles of leaves as the amber light of the autumn sun caresses our faces? Yeeee-ah. At this point, I envy my ignorant fall self; I had no idea what winter held in store. So forgive me if I give us all a break from these freakin’ fall colors (what was I thinking?) and turn us to something a little fresher–dare I say a little pinker?–that will feel a bit more right in this cold winter light.

I give you a Northanger Abbey cover-inspired look. The other one. As in: not this one.

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How did it go? | Brandied-plum polished work look (or is it???)…on my *face!*

I had so much fun putting the brandied-plum “polished work look” on my face. I’ve been wondering what it would be like when a look turned out…let’s just say differently…than I  anticipated when I put it on my face. (Even the taupe lips turned out more or less the way I expected. lol.) I imagined that I would not be pleased about it, let me put it that way. But in fact it was super fun!

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The Beauty Reflects Podcast! | Your feedback and a look ahead

I thought I would try something a little different and prepare a podcast for you today! It is such a privilege and a delight to develop and publish content for you. Your feedback has been incredibly valuable, and it influences the choices I make and the work I do in this space enormously.

For those of you who are interested in how that feedback loop is working, this podcast explains and illustrates that process. It also previews some of the inspirations and looks that I’m thinking about and working on!

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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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