Years from now when we look back and pour over the beauty history books, I think spring 2013 could be remembered as the Era of the Cream Shadow Stick.
Seems like every time I pirouette or sashay around a corner in my teal Franco Sarto platform sandals, I trip over a display gleaming with twist-up shadows…
The idea isn’t necessarily new, but with so many lines putting their own twist on it this season, there’s a good chance you’ve already been tempted by a stick or two.
Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colours in Seashell, Grey Pearl and Sand Glow
Neutrogena’s Crease Proof Eye Shadows
I mean, how could you not? With their slim profiles, they’re so easy to tuck into your makeup bags, and so blasted easy to use. Just swipe and blend out the edges.
Pretty straight forward, but get this — I figured out another way to work these sticks, and it has been BLOWING MY MIND!
I picked it up from a Laura Mercier makeup artist buddy named Courtney last week, and I’ve been using it ever since.
Normally, my biggest issue with applying one of these sticks directly on my lids is that sometimes I over-apply.
No big whoop with neutrals, like beige and gold, because they don’t contrast dramatically with my natural skin tone, but if I’m using a darker shade, like a rich black or deep navy, different story. It takes me forever to smooth out the edges to get those nice gradients I like.
Here’s what I do:
- Twist up the shadow to reveal just enough room to run your brush back and forth along the stick
- Load your brush by swiping the tip back and forth
- Sweep the shadow directly on your lids, and layer as much as you see fit
I think the brush is faster for me because it’s just easier to regulate how much product I’m applying, and in the end, I spend less time buffing and blending.
And with the darker shades, in particular, it’s cheetah fast! Just a quick and easy way to create smokey eyes without having to deal with any fallout or 20 minutes of intense blending.
Try it sometime, and let me know how it turns out. I tell ya, it rocked my world.
No more Walking Dead till October…
So while I was visiting my folks out in the East Bay yesterday we spent a good 30 minutes talking about The Walking Dead finale and the coming zombie apocalypse.
Especially my brother and his girlfriend — they’re also big fans of the show.
This was in the afternoon, before the finale aired, and we were going into detail about our “zombie contingencies.”
Since I’m fairly confident that I’ll get bitten during the early days of the zombie outbreak, I let my family members know how I hope to be treated after the fact. Like, I’d prefer to stay close to the family, if that’s an option, as opposed to being left to roam the countryside with zombies I don’t know.
Call me crazy.
Ideally, I’d like my own room with a television in it and the Clueless DVD playing on loop, but if that’s not an option, a jewel-encrusted harness would be fine.
I’ll try not to bite anyone.
It would also be nice if, occasionally, someone would brush my hair and spray some perfume on me. Maybe also change my shoes from time to time (if it’s not too much trouble). 🙂
So what did you think of The Walking Dead finale? Can you believe we have to wait until October before we find out what happens next?
No spoilers here, but the comments are fair game!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,