Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
e.l.f. Concealer in Almond
Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light Medium
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 3.5
Forever 21 Love and Beauty Face Illuminator
NYX Blush in Pinched
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
NYX Brow Cake in Brunette
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in White
Forever 21 Love and Beauty Eyeshadow Palette (neutrals)
Kryolan Eyeshadow in UV Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue
Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette in Acidberry, Velocity, 2am
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
MAC Prep+Prime for Lips
OCC Lip Tar in Yaoi
PRIDE MAKEUP AW YEAH SON.
After a few days of feeling awful, Sunday was the first time I'd felt like myself since Wednesday of last week. If you're paying attention, you might wonder where Saturday's makeup went. The truth is I didn't do it in time to photograph it, and I actually didn't do it myself because I was hanging out with Erin, who gave me a dope chartreuse smoky eye because we were having a makeup-filled night also involving cats and whiskey.
On Sunday, I woke up pretty late and my first thought was, "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PARADE?!" and hurriedly (i.e. spent an hour) building a neon rainbow cat eye, because it was the gayest thing I could manage and also awesome. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to any Pride festivities because a brunch coma overtook me for three more hours, and the rest of the day was spent in Stillwater with family.
This look was so fun! Let me break down the eye portion for you:
1) draw cat eye shape on both eyes with white eye pencil
2) apply each color with a synthetic angled brush in a tapping motion on top of the line to build/pack color (don't sweep, pack)
3) wipe brush on dry towel before picking up next color
4) repeat step 2 and blend the hues together (here you can sweep to create the gradients)
The steps above are how I did the upper lash line. Once each wing was outfitted with the right colors, I washed over the lids with a matte neutral eyeshadow the same color as my skin and then added just a hint of darker brown in the crease and blended the shit out of it for a slightly defined eye.
"But Naseem," you might wonder, "why do you need to use a white base under neons? Aren't they already bright?" Well, yes! BUT THEY ARE DECEPTIVELY SO, for while the Kryolan colors are really bright in the pan, they apply dusty to the skin unless you give them a white base (so actually they actually pull double duty as neon shadows or can be more wearable colors for funky daytime smoky eyes or subtle washes of color, which I did in this look).
I didn't need to use a white base on the lower lash line, which honestly could have gotten messy with the lashes getting in the way and bits of white pencil clinging to creases of skin and whatnot. Plus, since the Sugarpill palette has the cool colors of the rainbow and we learned recently a la several posts back that its colors are so pigmented and bright withOUT a white base, I opted for that palette when doing the bottom lash line of blue, green, and purple. I did incorporate the UV Green and UV Blue, however.
In retrospect, next time I would lay down a white base on said lower lash line regardless, just to make the colors really stand out. As the day wore on and I slept/sweated/got oilier because my skin does that, the lower lash line colors got a bit muddy. I think a white base to grip would help them stay put in the future. I might even go a step further to incorporate a concealer for double duty staying power.
The look needed a hot pink, so I applied a metallic neon pink lip tar to seal the deal, and I gotta say that I think it was the right choice. I'm a bit wary about Yaoi usually (say that five times fast), but I've darkened up slightly as of late so the pink works better with my summer coloring.
And there you have it. Doing this look really made me feel good, so happy and alive and finally like me again. Pride is about celebrating ourselves regardless of orientations and preferences, and this look allowed me to get back to celebrating the Naseem I know myself to be. So wherever you fall on the spectrum -- gay or straight, man or woman, whatever or whatever -- take pride in yourself not just on allocated celebratory weekends, but all the time.