Did you ever read a book or watch a film as a kid and totally miss the point? I read The Great Gatsby in the seventh grade, and what I got out of it was that parties are awesome. I couldn't wait to grow up and host lots of parties, just like that cool guy Gatsby.
While I later reread the book and thought, "This is much sadder than I remember," the itch for hosting extravagant parties never really left. I'm a bit of a lush, I'll admit.
Every month, dudefriend and I host an event we like to call "Champagne Thursday," in which all our friends gather to drink gallons of champagne and revel in general merriment. Between Champagne Thursdays and brunch on Sundays (holla at some mimosas), I think champagne might have become my favorite drink. It's so good on its own, or combined with various juices or fine liqueurs. I especially like to mix champagne with a bit of St. Germain, or some Creme de Violette.
It's also so pretty! Champagne is golden, bubbly and light, like the sorority girl I was. (Kidding, I was never bubbly and I quit after a year.) As I plan this month's Champagne Thursday, I've come up with a simple, pretty look inspired by my favorite beverage. (Other than water, of course.)
Start with a clean, "bare" face. My bare face is brought to you via Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, my holy grail for sheer, lightweight coverage. It really helps with any dullness or red spots and gives my skin a nice, fresh glow while providing me with SPF 30 to keep me fresh forever. It also comes in a large variety of shades, and I've gifted some of them to my girlfriends and heard nothing but positive reviews.
When doing a face full of makeup, I like to start with blush. I used Covergirl Classic Color Blush in Soft Mink, a pink shade with flecks of gold and a slight shimmer that makes it perfect for this look. Also, "mink" makes me think of fancy people at fancy parties.
I always apply blush to the apples of my cheeks, and then blend outwards and upwards. To find the sweet spot, I make this cheesy smiling face in the mirror. Also, smiling at your own reflection every day has positive health benefits. (I bet.)
Now that we're all blushed up, we can move on to our eyes. I used NYC HD Color Trio EyeShadow in 781 Long Beach Sands to achieve this look, but any palette of soft, warm neutrals will work.
I dusted my lids lightly with the bottom color of the palette, a metallic tan shade. I used a soft touch to fill in the outer corners of my lids with the middle shade--a darker, muted brown. I blended them together.
I went very light with the shadow, but you can take it as heavy as you'd like. I'm aiming for a soft look that's more shimmer than filler.
Using a tiny brush, I added a very small amount of the top shade, a very pale beige, to the inside of my eyes for just a small touch of highlight.
Using a stiff angled brush and Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, I drew a thin cat eye across my upper lash line.
I like my lines smudgy, but you do you.
You know how most champagne comes in a dark green bottle? Actually, I don't know how most champagne comes packaged because I religiously buy Cook's Extra Dry by the CASE. (Pro tip: you get a discount when you buy the whole case.) I wanted to include a subtle pop of color in this otherwise basic look, so I reached for my Covergirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade, a gorgeous emerald green that goes on so smoothly.
Starting from the corner of my eye, I drew a small line of green directly below the black liner and extended it out as well. Then, I used the pencil's built in smudger to drag the liner into my lower lash line just a bit.
I finished my eyes with L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, which I've been raving about for weeks to anyone who listen. (Thanks for listening, cats and strangers.)
For my lips, I wanted a nude but soft pink look that's--you guessed it--shimmery. I went with MAKE Matte Lipstick in Putty, which is a peachy nude. I swiped some Benefit Sugarbomb Ultra Plush on top for a shine.
The overall effect is a look that's natural, but interesting. It's fun and easy, like a night of sipping champagne with your best friends always should be.