Boscia Self-Defense Antioxidant Moisturizer
Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Fyrinnae Powder Primer
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
Revlon ColorStay in Brighter
NYX Blush in Pinched
Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
NYX Matte Finish Spray
NYX Eyebrow Shaper
Wet n Wild Color Icon in Dark Brown
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Urban Decay Naked 1 in Naked
Sephora Glitterguard Primer
Impulse Cosmetics Glitter in Carousel
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
Tokyo Milk Lip Elixir in Absinthe
NYX Macaron Lipstick in Chambord
I went out on a limb with this look because I wanted to rock the Chambord color from the NYX Macaron Lippies Collection. It definitely took some planning. Why? Because what we sport on our faces is also influenced by our outfit and accessories. There's a subtle feng shui, if you will, about dressing and readying ourselves. Some are more cognizant of and intentional with their ensemble preparation. It's a glorified and modern form of peacocking.
Black lips are bold, and a bold lip should be worn with a simple eye, and vice versa. I took careful consideration and chose my outfit more carefully, since a black lip is generally pretty unconventional. What I wore:
black skinny jeans
gold bangle with magenta crystals (not pictured)
There's a lot of balance happening in the outfit. Really the only things that stand out are the shirt and the bandana, as they are brightly colored. Because black was the dominating color, the black lip would only be successful (for me) if I broke the behavior with color. The bangle added a bit of flash and coordinated with the pink head piece, and the nude-hued flats ensured that the entire outfit was anchored. In essence, I set my body as a canvas for the look.
I wanted to make the neutral eye more fun, so I applied Naked all over as a base color and then did a cat eye with this great glittery product from a small company called Impulse Cosmetics. Carousel comes in a gel-like base but is extremely pigmented with just one swipe. Because of its density, it is highly reflective and looks almost foiled if the light catches it just right. Using the glitter as a way to accent the eyes without making them compete with the statement mouth allowed me to push the limit of a neutral eye.
I got tons of compliments on the look, and it really put me outside of my comfort zone for a few hours. It also required a LOT of maintenance. I think I touched up my lipstick every 30 minutes. And don't get me started on the eye area. As the day went on, I ended up applying more Carousel on the lid near my crease, since the glitter kept migrating its way upwards. Even with the glitter primer, it didn't stay as put as I wanted. However, I think next time I'll try mixing the glitter primer WITH the product itself to see how that might alter wear time.
All in all, this was a really fun look. I'm already dreaming of some ensembles involving the blue and teal lips...