The year was 1985. Doc Brown and Marty McFly had just gone Back to the Future (for the first time)! I was just a wee lass then, spinning her wheels every Saturday afternoon at the roller rink, which was THE place to go in my small suburban town. One of the moms would drive us in something called a “station wagon,” a kind of prehistoric car forced into extinction by the much larger and faster minivan.
At the rink, we’d spend hours skating in circles to Madonna and Huey Lewis tunes beneath multi-colored disco lights in our stinky, rented skates…
Yup, there are some things I wish I could forget about the ’80s (hello, high bangs and side wings!), but the roller rink is not one of them. 🙂
I always felt bad for the one kid clinging for dear life to the side rails. I couldn’t do any fancy tricks, and never quite mastered the art of breaking/stopping (my method involved running into a wall), but I was fast. I’d fly around the rink, zipping between the taller skaters, only sometimes body checking the slower moving targets.
Believe it or not, this was, to quote the pants-dropping Deena from Jersey Shore, “a good time.”
Memories of those days came flooding back to me today when I saw the pretty picture on the new Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette ($32). It comes with four eyeshadows (three neutrals and a hot pink), a brown pencil liner and a pink lip gloss.
The Rollergirl Palette with an iPhone for scale
When I posted a pic of it last week, some of us weren’t sure what we’d be able to do with Woodstock, the hot pink shade, so I asked Urban Decay International Makeup Artist Eric Jimenez for ideas.
1. Wear Woodstock as an eyeliner
Eric says we’ll be seeing lots of little bright pops of color on eyes this summer. To get the look, start with an eye primer on your lids, and then pat one (or two or three!) neutrals directly on top (Eric suggests Rollergirl’s neutrals). Next, using an eyeliner brush, apply Woodstock along your upper OR lower lash lines. A dry brush head produces a softer look, while a wet brush head intensifies the color. If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, try lining BOTH your upper and lower lash lines for a bolder look.
2. Layer Woodstock beneath a neutral shade
So maybe hot pink eyeliner is a little out of your comfort zone. For a hint of pink that doesn’t look too flashy, Eric suggests dabbing it along your upper lash lines with an eyeshadow brush, and then overlaying one of the Rollergirl neutrals directly on top.
3. Go mod with Woodstock at the inner corners of your eyes
For a ’60s mod look, apply one of Rollergirl’s neutrals to your lids, adding a dash of pink at the inner corners of your eyes. NOTE: Some gals feel that wearing pink in the inner corners makes them look like they’ve been crying. If you haven’t tried it before, you might want to do a test run.
4. Wear Woodstock for pink lips
Now here’s something I would’ve never thought to try! Eric likes to pat Woodstock on the lips and then layers a clear gloss on top. It sets the eyeshadow on the lips and really makes it shine.
5. Get cheeky with Woodstock
Woodstock even works as a blush. Try dusting it on the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush.
Swatches from the left with the flash: Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Crush on lips, Eyeshadow in Woodstock, Eyeshadow in Verve, Eyeshadow in Suspect, Eyeshadow in Darkhorse and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey
Without the flash
Woodstock Eyeshadow layered beneath Verve Eyeshadow and Suspect Eyeshadow on the lid; Whiskey Eye Pencil on the water lines; and Darkhorse and Verve Eyeshadows along the lower lash line
Woodstock Eyeshadow on cheeks; Woodstock Eyeshadow layered beneath Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Crush on lips
At first I thought the pink might limit this palette’s usefulness, but now I’ve seen the light (and it’s pink)! 🙂
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores, and also online.
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