I'd love to have a good hook to introduce this article. Topical reference goes here! But honestly it was a sunny afternoon, I got some new products, and I went into my makeshift studio to play around with them. The result was what I am calling ALIEN BABE BEAUTY. Focusing on shimmering whites and grays, this look is for any of you who want to live your life with a subtle otherworldly glow. And for anyone that loves gray lip gloss as much as I do.
If I was replicating this look for an evening out, I would totally rock this with a flawless base, but I wanted this to be a little more summery (do they have summer on Venus?). I grabbed my Essence Stay All Day foundation in Soft Nude and on the back of my hand mixed one pump of that with a squeeze of NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam. I applied this with my beautyblender for some sheer coverage, going back with Catrice Camouflage Cream to cover a couple of blemishes.
I plan to spend the summer highlighted as fuck, so I went back in with a powder highlighter and applied it to my cheekbones and nose with a fluffy brush. I used a discontinued Laura Mercier powder, which is pearly white with a gold shift. Finally, I applied a tiny bit of peach blush to balance everything out.
I started by applying eye primer, followed by a white shimmery cream shadow because apparently it's 2006 all over again. Then I gingerly opened my precious glass pot of Barry M Dazzle Dust in 19, a shimmery gunmetal gray.
Using a duo fiber brush to pick up a small amount of the pigment, I applied it to the center of my lid and then blended it out into the crease. I then applied the same loose pigment I used for my highlighter to the inner corners of my eye and along my lower lash line.
To take this to a retro Star Trek kind of place, I added some liquid liner. Using my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in Alloy, I traced a sharp cat eye. This liner is the bomb: it's pigmented, easy to use, and really does stay all day.
Due to that staying power, I was confident enough to use it under my eyes to create a flick there too. I traced a thin line under my lashes and extended it to match the upper flick.
Finally, I added mascara and tidied up my brows with a little Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown.
Lipstick Queen's Big Bang gloss in Space recently came into my possession, and I am really in love with it. The color is a sort of grayish pink that looks intense in the tube but transforms into something subtle and lovely on your lips.
The formulation of this gloss is great: zero stickiness and not at all gritty or drying. Obviously you have to reapply a product like this fairly often, but the test-tube packaging is super cute so I don't mind that.
And here's the final look! Highlighted, shiny, chrome, alien-babe goodness. No need to take me to your leader — I've got this shit on lockdown.
- - When you hear "alien babe beauty," what do you picture?
- Do you plan to spend the summer as highlighted as you can get?
- Have you tried Lipstick Queen's Big Bang glosses yet?