The Most Popular Makeup Look on My Home Planet

Oh, did I not mention I'm an alien babe?
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Oh, did I not mention I'm an alien babe?

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. 

Base

Base applied.

Base applied.

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.

Showing off my nose glow.

Showing off my nose glow.

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.

Highlighted, but you can still see my skin.

Highlighted, but you can still see my skin.

Eyes

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Finally, I added mascara and tidied up my brows with a little Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown.

The completed eye look.

The completed eye look.

Lips

Lipstick Queen was doing space gray before Apple.

Lipstick Queen was doing space gray before Apple.

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. 

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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.

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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?