MAC Oil Control Lotion
Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm
NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW15
Graftobian Setting Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Milani Baked Blush in Rose D'Oro
NARS Paloma Blush (highlight and contour)
NYX Brow Gel in Espresso
Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Makeup Forever Eyeshadow in ME-910
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Kryolan Black Eyeshadow
Makeup Forever Eyeshadow in ME-338
Sigma Beauty Eyeshadow in Elope
MAC Zoom Lash Mascara
Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Fruitylicious
HELLO, PINK HAIR. Did I formally introduce y'all yet? Some of you may have seen it in the flesh, but for some this might be first glance. I want to thank my wonderful stylist, Amanda, for not "thunderpunching your hair cuticles" with tons of bleach to make it truly platinum. The pink isn't quote the candyfloss hue I originally envisioned, but this midtoned rosy color is growing on me.
I remember this day specifically. I volunteered to do makeup for a charity event and wanted to do some dark yet colorful makeup to complete my persona as makeup artist. In this look I'm using two recently-acquired Makeup Forever eyeshadows: the green-chartreuse color, and the pink you see in my brows. I always think "oh, I don't need more makeup", and generally I am right because I probably have about 3 types of every damn shade possible, but there's something about the MUFE shadows that nullifies that phrase. The formula is SO intriguing. It's a powder-based product with a unique gel consistency. The product sort of...clumps on the brush because of the moisture content, which makes them crazy pigmented but also tricky to work with until you finesse your technique. If you've ever used a stacked jar pigment from MAC (not the standalone tubs), the oiliness is somewhat comparable, except the MUFE shadows are pressed, not loose. It's really hard to describe the experience of these shadows' texture and nature. Thus far, I've seen success in scraping off some of the product instead of swiping my brush endlessly in the pan itself. This seems to provide a more concentrated amount of product directly on my brush. I used this technique for the green crease, but when doing my pink brows I just stick the angle brush in the pink pan because the color pickup is soft. Using the green was definitely a step out of my comfort zone, because while I appreciate zany colors I really do not wear them often! Using color like this is a great way to "accessorize" a basic black smokey eye, whether in the crease or on the lower lash line/inner corner.
Since going pink in my hair, I've been bringing the color into my brows for a subtle yet bawdy flash of personality in my otherwise normal makeup. It's the equivalent of wearing almost too-short shorts. Kind of. For my brows I have been reaching for my bright neon pink MUFE shadow that actually appears quite delicate in this type of application. Just a flash of unexpected color to tie it back to my new hair. It's fun, and sassy, yet still elegant because goddamn I love a good, clean brow.
I must be on a subconscious pink craze lately because of the glossy lips, too! I'm digging these Covergirl lip glosses, a lot. I don't have a lot of drugstore products other than NYX, but these are pretty up there for me. The color is opaque enough to be seen, but has a nice sheerness to it as well. I have a few of their shades ranging from nude to purple, and I've been reaching for this pinky-magenta one a lot lately because it's got just enough moxie to brighten up a basic look, yet can also compete with more colorful contenders without stealing the show. Personally, I don't like wearing a bold eye AND a bold lip, but this gloss kinda lets me have my cake and eat it, too.