That VH1 special, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, kind of reignited my love for TLC. That's what it was supposed to do, right?
I remember receiving my CrazySexyCool CD in the mail when my parents used to be part of that "12 CDs For a Penny" subscription thing (remember that?) and being SO. EXCITED. Let's just ignore the part where I probably shouldn't have been listening to songs like "Red Light Special" yet.
I played that CD over and over, memorizing the lyrics and rapping them back in the mirror, which, as you can imagine, is pretty awkward coming from a scrawny 10-year-old Asian girl.
"Intro-lude" was the first track, and it could've been the fact the first line spoken was, "Yo, I'm checkin' for Left Eye," or that she had bangs just like me, but ever since that fateful day, she's always been my favourite.
It continued throughout high school, where, naturally, I was Left Eye whenever we'd practice choreographed TLC dance moves in my best friend's living room. This is what all cool high school teenagers do in their spare time, right?
Left Eye taught me it was okay to be yourself, even if you did things a little differently from the rest (which, at that point in my life, involved having a blue streak of hair and wearing platform sneakers).
Of course, to me, T-boz and Chilli are also perfection, but this one is for Lisa.
I used the Urban Decay Naked Palette for this look. First apply Virgin, a frosty light beige, all over the lid up to the eyebrow.
Next, use Gunmetal, a blue-grey metallic, along the outer v.
Finally, take the aptly named Creep, a blue-black shimmer, and concentrate it on the outer v, sweeping a little bit into the crease as well. Gotta love these eye descriptions.
Line the upper lid with black eyeliner and add some false lashes to the outer corner of the eye. We're really trying to play up the almond shape of the eye.
Lisa had beautifully arched brows, so I filled mine in using my Anastasia Brow Kit and then Mac Brow Set in Beguiled on top.
For lips, I lined using Chanel lip liner in Nude paired with Revlon's matte lipstick in Cocoa Craving.
I contoured my cheeks using Urban Decay's Buck, which can also be found in the Naked palette.
Left Eye had the best hairstyles. Girl knew how to wear pigtails, and with variety.
For this look, I put on some fake bangs, and separated my hair into two high pigtails. Then, using clip-in hair extensions, I secured them onto each ponytail, hiding the strip with another clip-in strand.
Add a '90s/early '00s style metal hair clip and you're good to go.
Here is the final look:
This look is everyday wearable, too, in my opinion. I put a beanie over my hair and all the young children thought I was cute. (No, seriously, shout-outs to my baby sister's friends who thought I was pretty at her Scout's Halloween party.)
Left Eye was everything. She was exceptionally creative, uncompromising in her values, talented and fearless, and my goodness, was she ever cute.
She was a visionary; and TLC, pioneers for all girl groups to come. They broke barriers, shattered records, changed lives, and encouraged many a dance routine. Though Left Eye has passed, her beauty, inside and out, continues to inspire current generations. Me and my 9-year-old sister were definitely watching "Unpretty" on YouTube last night.
Were you into TLC? Are you excited for their new album? Who was your favourite?