I won’t bore you with the details of my absence as I’ve already mentioned them before, so instead I’ll just say “hi!” and share a tragic tale of going down the eyeliner rabbit hole.
This started out innocent enough.
I thought I’d do a cat eye and nude lip today. And so, I got out my eyeliner and lipstick, then figured a nice peachy blush and bronzer would be good, to complete the whole 1960s vibe I was going for. Nice. Simple. Easy to execute. Anne Helm-esque.
So I did the usual: face cream, primer, foundation, and spot concealer, with a pastel mint eyeshadow base over my eyes so the cat eye would stand out more. I filled out my brows a bit harsher than Anne, figuring that a slightly more dramatic take on the look would give it a nice, modern edge. For the same reason, I made my eyeliner just a bit thicker than Anne’s. The result was two thick, dark, shaped brows and a thick cat eye. “Nice,” I thought. “I’m totally rocking this Hepburn look.”
So I contoured my cheeks and jawline a little, put on some peach blush, and gave my face a very light dusting of bronzer on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. I put on two heavy coats of mascara, some peach lipstick and gloss, and scrutinized the result. Very ’60s. I liked it. I should have called it a day.
I can’t tell you how or why, but a thought similar to “why be Audrey Hepburn when you could be Jane Fonda?” must have gone through my head. And so I grabbed another mascara and gave my lower eyelashes a coat.
Unfortunately, Jane Fonda I am not, and the look was immediately ruined. Everything seemed unbalanced. So instead of getting some Q-tips and removing the lower mascara, I decided that more eye makeup was the solution.
Surely some black eyeliner on the lower lashes would fix this? They might have–if I had remembered that a key feature of the ’60s mod look was nude waterline, black lashline. I went ahead and blacked out my waterline, leaving the lashline untouched.
And so, in about five minutes, I took my look from a polished 1960s cat eye to Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
A two product tragedy.
At least I nailed the “squinty eye smirk” look Anne Helm was always doing.
Why is it so hard to just stop yourself when it comes to doing makeup? I’m just glad I didn’t take it a step further and line my lash line. Panda zone was already close.
Anyone have a similar story to share? And how is everyone? I’ve missed you all, believe it or not–I’m just having a hard time coming back to makeup blogging when my interests are so everywhere else. 😦 FINANCE. FASHION. FINANCE. REMODELING. DIY. FINANCE. Hmm. I’d still love to hear from you all though, and go through your blogs again.
Anywayy, happy Tuesday! How is April almost here? Blah.
Btw, makeup list if anyone wants it:
- Primer–elf Hydrating Face Primer
- Foundation–wet n wild Coverall Cream Foundation “Fair”
- Eyebrow pencil–Wish I knew, all the writing has come off 😦 It’s awesome.
- Eyeshadow–ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow “Flux”
- Eyeliner–Outline: Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner. Filled it in with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil “Black Bean”. Tightlined, detail fill in on the cat eye, and did my waterline with ColourPop Creme Gel Liner “Swerve”. Yes, three eyeliners were necessary for this. Absolutely. (I’m trying to use up my stash 😛 )
- Mascara–Top lashes: Essence I ❤ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara. Lower lashes: NYX Full Figured
- Blush–Too Faced Love Flush “I Will Always Love You”
- Contour powder–Ulta Contour Kit
- Bronzer–Milani Bronzer XL “Bronze Glow”
- Lipstick–wet n wild lipstick “Just Peachy”
- Lipgloss–bareMinerals marvelous Moxie buttercream “Forbidden Nude”.