Heya, hot pocket! 😸🔥❤️ First, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my lids for the “cruel summer” they’ve endured thus far. It’s been a particularly “taupe” season, which I guess in the grand scheme of traumatic makeup horrors isn’t Armageddon-caliber, because at least I had the wherewithal to line my lash lines and incorporate one or two matte browns, but ya know…when you’re bonding with a dental hygienist at a new dentist’s office and she asks what you do for a living, and you say, “I write about makeup!” you know better than to wear taupe for three months straight.
So I’m trying to get back in the game a little… But, dude, I feel so outta practice!
Has this ever happened to you?
You practice and practice and browse blogs and watch hours of YouTube videos until you finally get to where you start to feel like you’re getting good at doing your eyes, but then life happens and you stop practicing or wearing makeup as much as you had been. Then, when you get the urge to get back into makeup again after your hiatus, the looks you had been able to do seem almost impossible?!
That’s exactly how I felt today
This bronze eye wasn’t complicated as far eye looks go, but I’ve embraced streamlined eye makeup over the last couple years, so wearing an eyeshadow base and three different shadows is now akin to performing NASA-level math for me, like E = MC-what-the-hell-am-I-doing-with-this-satiny-purple-in-the-outer-corner.
Oh, and these pics don’t show how this eye look looked originally…
Please tell me you’ve done this before: You think you’re done with an eye look, and you think it looks pretty good, but then you take a long, close look in the mirror — like really, really close — and it’s like WHAT THE EFF JUST HAPPENED!?
It’s so true, though! I don’t know why, but when I first tried this look, I unknowingly took the shimmery bronze waaaay too high up and out and ended up looking like an extra in an ’80s aerobics video. That’s my eternal eye makeup struggle, BTW — drawing the eyeshadow too far up and out.
A quick fix
To fix it, I soaked a Q-tip with eye makeup remover and cleaned up the makeup on the outer third of my lid so I could redo it, but I kept the rest of the shadow intact (because I didn’t want to start over).
Was this lazy, or industrious?
(Probably a little bit of both.)
A new phase
I think this sudden urge I’ve had to push myself more with makeup is tied to Connor Claire starting preschool next week. I guess I feel like I’ll have more breathing room to take care of myself? Lots of mixed emotions (including guilt) running through me right now. I know preschool is going to be sooo good for her…but also for me? I can’t help but feel a little melancholy about leaving this phase of our lives behind… It’s been our little world for the past two years, and it’s never gonna be like this again. 🙁
But before I get too sentimental and cry off my makeup…
Let’s get back to it. I skipped blush at first and paired the eyes with a brick brownish red lip (Chanel Jumbo Longwear Matte Lip Crayon in 267 Impulsion), and I originally tried to do the lips without a liner, but I couldn’t get a crisp edge using the chubby pencil tip, so it was MAC Lip Pencil in Auburn to the rescue!
In case you’re wondering, these Chanel Jumbo Mattes are the type of matte lippies that are juuuuuust matte enough to not appear harsh, and they aren’t drying at all either.
I also tried on a pink lipstick (because why the heck not?), and I eventually put on some blush (because there was one in the palette, and, again, why the heck not?).
Quickie reviews of the makeup I’m wearing in this look…
- NARS Brow Perfector in Komo — long-lasting and looks natural
- Wander Beauty Wanderess Fever Palette — bronzy, easy to blend
- NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Eye Color in Chocolate — a useful neutral base for bronze/brown looks
- NARS Climax Mascara — all about the volume, layers well
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in 4.0 — love of my life, SO GOOD
- Chanel Longwear Matte Lip Crayon in 267 Impulsion — stays put and isn’t drying
- MAC Lip Pencil in Auburn — This intense brownish red is very handy for fall lip looks.
- Wander Beauty Lipstick in Hot Gossip — a gorgeous warm pink
- MAC Hyper Real Foundation in Bronze FX — absolutely gorgeous for subtle, natural highlights. LOVE!
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo — used this instead of under-eye concealer
- MAC Coffee Liner — a long-lasting, great alternative to black liner
Let me know if you have any questions about any of these. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,