Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FOTD: Self-Medicating with '60s-Inspired Makeup

This look had a rather complicated genesis. I stayed up last night watching Lisa Eldridge videos in order to learn some new eyeshadow techniques. (This video was my favorite: I wish I'd known about it before attempting my Cindy Crawford face four months ago.) Then I went to bed and had a classic dissertation-anxiety dream: I was sitting in a dark, dingy Starbucks, scrambling to finish a chapter in advance of an urgent deadline that had crept up on me, while a creepy dude tried to strike up a conversation. Then I woke up and started mulling over all the academic tasks facing me in the next two weeks. Then I got some news that made me wonder, not for the first time, why great things so often happen to awful people. I dealt with all this frustration in a two-step process: a caps-locked rant on my private Twitter, followed by an attempt to cosplay my mother in 1967.


In my recent review of Maybelline Lilac Flush, I promised a '60s-inspired look centered on LF's stark white-based pinky lavender. Since I was wearing a turtleneck today ("feels like 7º" is not something you want to see on your weather app when you wake up), I couldn't resist the chance to go mod. I didn't have a specific image in mind, though I suppose I was envisioning something like Sun Fei Fei's pastelicious look on the cover of L'Officiel from June 2011.


Mostly, though, I was thinking of my mother's teenage love for pastels, and remembering her story about holding the point of her black Maybelline pencil liner over a flame because the formula was too dry. Hardcore.

I filled in my brows with theBalm Sleek eyeshadow, but didn't use gel for my brows or primer for my eyelids, because I wanted the overall effect to be smudgy and lived-in. I covered both mobile lids with NARS Lhasa; then, using a light hand, I brushed theBalm Serious, a matte black, along the upper and lower lashlines and into the creases and outer corners. I blended Serious into Lhasa, then smoked it out a bit. Serious is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. My mascara, as always, was CoverGirl LashBlast Length.


For blush, I used a light dusting of NARS Coeur Battant, a bright fuchsia, followed by a heavier layer of Tony Moly Cristal Blusher in Milky Violet. I've found that although Milky Violet doesn't provide my longed-for pastel pop on its own, it works to pastelify other blushes.

As I'd hoped, taking ten minutes to play with makeup and try something outside my usual repertoire greatly decreased my stress. (I texted my mom a photo of my makeup and she dubbed it "groovy" and "very '60s," which was all the approval I needed.) Life might suck sometimes, but at least I looked cute--and if that's not a reason to wear lilac lipstick, I don't know what is. There are worse controlled substances to rely on.

6 comments:

  1. I don't comment often, but you look fabulous! I really enjoy your blog and admire the fact that you have found a unique voice amongst the plethora of beauty blogs out there! I have to post as "Anonymous" because google publishes my full name now if I post with my google account and I can't figure out how to change it! Sorry - Nina R.

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    1. Anonymous wrote some of the greatest texts in all of literature, so no apologies necessary! (I've never really understood the objections to anonymity on the Internet, anyway; it's not like pseudonyms are a new phenomenon.) I'm glad you're enjoying my blog! <3

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  2. As I anticipated, this look is so lovely on you.

    My mom and I have a loving but different relationship when it comes to makeup. She never wore any makeup (and looked naturally beautiful) until she hit 40, and she only started wearing makeup for protection since she used to play tennis outdoor. I used to groom her (way-too-natural, imo) eyebrows or paint her nails. She always found it bothersome and acted like she was doing a favor for me offering her hands and eyebrows. LOL.
    Your story about sending a FOTD pic to your mom gave me a warm smile, and made me want to share my own story. ;)

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Aww, that's a cute story! I love hearing about makeup traditions in other people's families. :) My mom and I have a similar relationship to you and your mom. My mom has had the same makeup routine for at least 40 years (black pencil eyeliner, berry lipstick, occasionally some mascara), and I'm much more adventurous with my makeup. I do think I've had a small influence on her, though. She's taken to wearing fun nail polish colors (it used to be sheer pink or nothing) and has even bought a couple of new lipsticks recently! She's learning to treat herself as she gets older, which is nice to see.

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  3. the mod look is definitely something I'd like to see come back in style this spring! The combination of pastels and bold eye makeup is stunning! Love that lip color on you!

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    1. Thanks so much! In the last few years, I've seen so many throwback makeup looks proclaimed to be "in style" that I no longer have any idea what the actual style of 2015 is. '90s? '70s? '20s? Who even knows? Might as well be mod as anything else!

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