FotD: She’s Got Her Head in the Clouds

There was a time in my life when I bought nothing but green eyeshadow. I was a 16-year-old redhead with the odd notion that redheads wore nothing but green shadows, likely planted in my head by the absurd number of pinups and vintage illustrations I surrounded myself with. At one point, I had the same shade of grassy green from five or six different brands. These days, I own just about every colour in the visible spectrum and wear them all fairly regularly–but I’m still a sucker for a good green.

When I saw Femme Fatale CosmeticsMistress of Dreams collection, the green-loving center of my brain lit up. Consisting of four fabulous greens and a green-shifting purple, it’s a beautifully coordinated set. I used all five shades for this look, patting the Dreamer on the inner half of my lid and blending it into Planeshift before sweeping Emerald Dream into the outer V. Eternal Trance was tapped into the crease to deepen the shade. I used Emerald Dream again on the lower lash line, blending the color with the Nightmare towards the outer corner.

Full List of Products Used:

Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation in 140
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
Detrivore Cosmetics Blush in Concubine
Detrivore Cosmetics Primer in Original
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Eyeshadow in the Dreamer, Emerald Dream, Eternal Trance, Planeshift, and the Nightmare
.mark Walk the Line eyeliner in Violet Eyes
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk (brows)
Black Rose Minerals Eyeshadow in Styx (brows)
OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia, and Hush (blended 60% 40%)

In the process of growing out my mane, I’ve started experimenting with ways to style it without looking like I’m too lazy to cut it. So far, I’ve found my favourite way to do it is to make it appear as if I’ve done absolutely nothing–a controlled chaos, if you will.

 

Separating second-day hair into large sections, I sprayed Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray generously at the root and blow-dried with my fingers, twisting sections into coils. With the hair about 80% dry, I smoothed a small amount of Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme onto the lengths and then blow-dried the top back and the bangs forward. Using one squirt of Bumble & Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil dispersed between my fingers and palms, I fluffed the hair upwards and outwards before spraying with Michael O’Rourke 3-Way Hairspray on the lightest setting.

An Experiment in Browns and Teals

We’ve all read the articles: Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! What Eye Shadows Are Best For Your Eye Colour? Best Colours For Your Eyes! It seems everyone has a different opinion on how to brighten and accentuate blue or green eyes, but as a brown-eyed girl I often feel a little gipped. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gold shadow, but to make my brown eyes pop am I really doomed to an existence of varying brown and bronze shadows?

In my experience as a makeup artist, I’ve found one of my favourite ways to compliment an eye colour is to use its natural complimentary tone. But if brown is a blend of all primary colours on the colour wheel, that doesn’t really work for brown eyes. Instead, I started to examine the undertones of the eyes themselves–browns can be lighter, darker, warmer, cooler, contain flecks of other shades that can be played up or down.

For years, I considered my eyes too dark to have any sort of dimension. I saw my brown eyes as flat and boring, an ugly sort of muddy shade that I wanted to distract people from rather than accentuate. I would wish I’d been born with grey eyes, or green eyes, or even eyes slightly more hazel–anything but the eyes I had. As I got older and realized that was simply never going to happen, I tried to make them appear more amber, more red, more gold, or more olive by altering the colours I wore around them.

Here, I chose blue-toned teals and turquoises to bring out the warmer orange tones in the brown. I also replaced my usual black winged liner with a smokier cream shadow to keep the focus on my iris.

I was shocked at how clear and bright my eyes looked that day. I looked more awake and my eyes looked bigger. But most importantly, I felt like my eyes actually looked pretty.

Full list of products used:

  • Detrivore Cosmetics Primer
  • Detrivore Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Ossuary and Languid
  • Innocent+Twisted Alchemy Eyeshadows in Silent Jealousy and Endless Rain
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirifique (liner)
  • Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara

In the future, I definitely plan to experiment with different colours in order to compare the effect they have on the colour of my eyes. Maybe having brown eyes isn’t such a terrible fate after all…

Brown-eyed girls– what shades do you use to accentuate your eyes? What colours should I test in the future?

Take In Your Memories: Innocent+Twisted Alchemy’s Endless Rain Collection

It’s no secret that I’m incredibly impressed with Innocent + Twisted Alchemy‘s branding: owner Linda not only makes incredibly pretty, unique colours, but also draws her own logo and marketing images. Shopping her store is fun and interesting because of all the personal touches she adds to her products. When she released her new line of shadows, I knew there was no way I could resist.

With labels designed by another talented artist, Strawberry MilkMade, the collection of eight new shadows bears the name of one of my favourite X Japan songs, Endless Rain. That alone would have sold me–I never pass up the chance to wear a song on my eyes, much less one so nostalgic for me. I picked up the full collection, each one contained in a beautifully labeled 5g jar, packed full without a sifter. The following swatches are over Darling Girl’s Glitter Glue in direct sunlight.

Weed Whacker is an “olive with gold and blue shimmers.” The base is most definitely a rich olive green, full of bright gold and light blue sparkle.

Sleepwalking Pastorals is described as a “warm green with a subtle golden duochrome and sprinkles of blue sparkles.” Next to Weed Whacker, it appears a bit cooler and more blue though I can’t quite tell if that’s because of the base or the quantity of blue sparkle. On its own, the gold shift can cause it to appear a bit more olive in tone.

The title shade, Endless Rain, is a “soft metallic teal with a green sheen with sprinklings of white sparkles” and truly a beautiful shade. The teal-y base has a lovely aqua shift and glitters like raindrops when the light hits the white sparks. It’s every bit the colour I would imagine the song to be.

Needs More Lace, a “medium purple with a blue duochrome and aqua sparkles,” gave me a hard time on camera. I think it showed up fairly accurately in direct light, but the blue shift in this shade can make it appear much darker on camera than it is. The base is a lovely dusty blue-based violet, made even cooler by the blue shift. The sparkles in this shade are more subtle than in any other colour in this collection.

Cold Grace is an interesting shade. Described as a “purple that has a red undertone with blue shimmers and sprinkles of fuchsia sparkles,” it almost appears pink at times. The violet base has a strong red tone that almost pulls fuchsia, though the blue shimmer keeps it looking distinctly purple when it kicks in. I feel like I see some gold sparkle to it, but it could be the way the light catches the fuchsia spark.

Lavish Lollipops, a “mauve pink that has a lavender undertone with a strong gold duochrome and gold shimmer,” is an unexpected favourite of the collection. With a rosy, cool pink base and very distinct gold shimmer, this makes an excellent base colour for so many looks. It’s incredibly versatile.

1000 Cherry Trees is, quite simply, a “pale, frosted pink.” Such a pale pink that it almost seems white, this is an excellent highlight. Used lightly, it’s a natural-looking glow. Layered over a tacky primer, it’s a bright, opaque shimmer. The owner mentioned on her blog that this colour was originally part of a trio for a co-worker’s wedding and I simply cannot imagine a more appropriate bridal shade.

Velvet Tears is a truly amazing colour. Described as a “warm red with green, turquoise, and blue shimmers,” this shade was meant to be an eyeshadow version of Lipstick Queen’s Monarch. I don’t have the lipstick to compare it to, but this shade appears to me to have more of a brown-toned berry base, though perhaps it is the result of the ultra-cool shimmer. It’s nearly impossible to capture the amazing variation of colour in the shimmer with my prehistoric camera.

Innocent + Twisted is currently on hiatus, but when they’re back I would definitely recommend grabbing any of these shades that strike you. My personal favourites are Lavish Lollipops, Velvet Tears, and the eponymous Endless Rain.