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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?

Sparkling 4th of July Nails with Zoya and Julep

I wouldn’t describe myself as “patriotic,” really, but as far as holidays go I do appreciate Independence Day. While it is an important day in our American history, I see it more as a celebration of summer: it’s a day for barbecues, iced tea, sitting on the grass, roasting marshmallows, chasing fireflies, watching fireworks…

It seems like every year, I find myself wearing Zoya’s Sookie on my nails for the occasion. This year, however, I received a bottle of Julep’s America and couldn’t resist wearing it.

America is a blend of red, silver, and blue hex glitters swimming in red micro glitter and scattered with silver stars. I have a love/hate relationship with glitter: they look festive and fun in the bottles, but I feel like they’re often lumpy and hard to apply evenly. America was a good example of this, taking a very steady hand to evenly distribute the glitter and keep it from clumping in one spot.

I used about three coats of America over one coat of Zoya Sookie, a bright, cherry red. Even with two coats of Essie’s Shine On top coat, the glitter felt a little rough. The stars are rather inflexible and don’t lay down well, so the corners stick out from the nail.

That said, I do like this polish. It’s festive, summery, and fun–even if I probably will only use it once a year. I’m sure it’s going to be impossible to remove, but for the time being I’m enjoying the effect. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this polish combination–it’s striking and summery.

I do wish there were a few more stars in the mix, but we’ll see if I still say that after trying to remove them!

What are your favourite, most festive nail polishes?

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.

You’re My Obsession: 8 June, 2012

Every once in a while, something comes along that I just can’t get off my mind. It could be a trend, a piece, a shade, an object, a song…Sometimes the smallest, most insignificant thing can dominate my brain. I like to compile lists of them every once in a while to remind myself of what once fed my creative spark.

Stiletto Nails

Back when Illamasqua released their Quill nails, I was initially uncertain of the pointed-tip trend. They looked impractical, unwieldy, a little dangerous. Seeing the talons on celebrities like Gaga and Adele did absolutely nothing to change my mind. But reading through recent nail magazines and seeing them on the street, I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

An extreme shape like this tends to look most appealing when done in lighter, more natural colours with accented tips, but I’m still not sure I could pull it off. I may start filing my natural nails into more of a V and see how it goes from there. Like hair, nails grow back…

Strawberries

Perhaps it’s their bountiful reappearance at farm stands and grocery stores, but I can’t get enough. It isn’t enough to find ways to incorporate them into every possible meal, I need to smell like them. When I was 16, I wore an incredibly candy-sweet strawberry cream fragrance day in and day out. That scent was as much a part of me as my hair or my eyes or my left arm. It was the only scent I’ve ever been able to wear exclusively–I have to wonder if I would settle down, scent-wise, if I found a more mature version of that fragrance.

I have yet to find a designer fragrance that captures what I like about berries of any sort–most berry-based fragrances are a surefire migraine for me–but the best strawberry scent I’ve come across is an indie gem: Darling Clandestine’s Morderteile Kelah, which pairs strawberry jam with airy hyacinth and fresh milk, has lived in my purse for weeks now.

What have you been obsessed with lately? Any trends of the moment you love? Hate? Share!

– Ghost

We Meet Again

I feel a little silly making an introduction, so instead I’ll give some explanations:

Some of you in the blogosphere may remember me as the pair of hands behind Metamorphosis, which was my cosmetics blog for just under two years. It began as a place for me to write about my aesthetic influences and experimentations, not only with cosmetics but also fashion, art, music, anything that inspired me. It just so happened that much of that was makeup. I tried to keep things fairly professional, blogging only those things above and keeping my personal life and issues as invisible as possible. But as my career grew, I found myself wondering how much of my website I really wanted potential employers or clients to see. As a makeup artist, much of my writing was relevant, but I felt as though the website linked on my cards and resumes should be more of a portfolio and less of a parade: they don’t need to see what I wear, or read, or listen to, or smear all over my face on a daily basis.

So the posts came down. They’re still there, just cleverly hidden away from the public eye. But I didn’t want to stop writing about those things. Even if nobody reads them, I enjoy writing posts about fashion, art, independent makeup brands, and everything in between. That’s why this blog was born. Think of it as Metamorphosis v 2.0, back to its roots as a chronicle of aesthetic exploration with a little bit more “me.”

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sprucing up this place and adding some much more interesting content. If I can manage it, I’d like to move this blog onto my own host, but considering my technological impairment that might take a while. I’ll be sure to announce it if that’s the case.

See you on the other side…

Ghost