I'm a control freak. I'm not afraid to try new products because, as long as they're good, I'll make them work the way I want them to. After all, I'm the one wearing the product, the product isn't wearing... well, you see where this is going.
UNTIL. Something out of my control goes awry.
Two weeks ago, I stomped into the salon carrying a line of hair color that I had just been sent. I'd never used it before, and I wanted to have a nice, clean base on which to apply it, so we bleached my roots first to really knock all of the color out of the strand. We were going to mix a few colors to get achieve my typical lavender.
So I thought.
Well, what happened was, for some reason, although our formula was mixed to be a very pastel, cool-toned lavender, when my stylist pulled the towel off of my head, my hair was royal blue.
Now, you could tell me it's not the end of the world, but you'd be wrong.
I don't hate blue hair on other people; I just hate it on myself. I hate the color blue in general, but blue hair is what I've been stuck with for the past couple of weeks.
Since it wasn't going anywhere for a while, I decided to take my new blue hair as an opportunity to try some other new beauty products and branch out from the looks I usually pull. I know that having dark blue hair vs. having pastel purple hair might not seem like the biggest difference, but it really did change the way I put together my face, as evidenced by the following two looks.
Here's the first thing I tried out: A Disco Space Girl/Glamorous Tin Man/Mysterious Mermaid With An Axe To Grind™ Situation
So. This certainly something different for me, if only that because the eyes are metallic and I pulled a bit of a winged liner moment. Not my usual steeze, but as I said, I'm trying to branch out.
I wanted, like, super-glowy skin, so this is what I used for my base.
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer: I usually wouldn't recommend an expensive primer seeing as you can literally prime with aftershave, but GIRL. This is a gel that applies feeling like the finest powder, leaving your skin feeling crazy. So smooth, almost poreless. It has little flecks of gold in it, a gimmick that I am sooo over, but it doesn't leave your face looking glittery, so, fine. I love this.
Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup: This is my favorite foundation on the lighter end of the spectrum. It's very thin but very pigmented, so you can build it where you need it but let your actual skin show through where you don't. It's very light, breathable, never cakey, perfect for wearing in the warmer months, or whenever, really. It's too good to just be seasonal.
bareMinerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer: I don't wear bronzer all the time, but like I said, I wanted to look radiant, so I bounced this around my face. It's super-sheer to start and warms up nicely when layered. NO SHIMMER.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder: I set my face with this because it is the best translucent powder in the game, period.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: I set the bronzed part of my face with this. I love these powder bronzers, a lot. This one is a shade darker than I usually use, and I immediately regretted it.
For the lips...
They're supposed to give you super-pigmented, saturated coverage. These are great for lipsticks lovers and people who are obsessed with color, like me. My only gripe is that I wish the bullet came to a point like MAC's other lipsticks instead of having a flat head, like a balm. I also found that the consistency wasn't... well... consistent, throughout the colors. In terms of color, opacity, and wear, these don't fuck around at all. Driftwood is a nice lilac beige. I lined it with the Tootsi Pencil from ColourPop, an almost exact match.
I usually only wear one mauvey-beige shadow on the lid; when I'm feeling real crazy, I'll wear two. So this is different.
Maybelline MasterPrime Prime + Illuminate: This is a great primer AND it's gorgeous when worn on its own.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Silver Spark: I put this all over the lids, going up and out on the outer corner for a cat-like moment. One layer gives you shiny lids, two layers gives you full, heavy metal reflectivity. I love the silver, and I'm obsessed with the champagney shades, too.
ColourPop Crème Gel Liner in Kicker: Kicker is a bright, metallic silver. These are the best on your waterline and they're five fucking dollars.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: These aren't my absolute favorite brow pencils, but they're the best for a quick brow.
Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner: I decided to do a cat eye because I hate myself.
The thing about cat eyes are that I will never achieve one. They tell you that you can do anything if you put your mind to it, but they lied. But the best way to do it, I have found, is to try different shapes, over and over, find what works for you, and then work backwards from that. My line has to go almost straight up to even resemble a typical cat eye, and even then, I open my eyes and it's gone. I guess you can't have your winged liner and and eat it too.
Anastasia Moon Child Palette: Obviously. I used Purple Horseshoe as a base and then gave it some dimension with Blue Moon.
Here's the thing about blue highlight. Used lightly (I have never used a highlighter lightly, but) it will melt into your skin without looking blue, but it will POP light, making your skin look bright, clean, and incredible.
Okay PHEW. Now for a blue-hair makeup look that was still very much influenced by my dumb blue hair but is a lot more my speed.
For my base:
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer: I am ALL about matte skin lately, and I've been using this nonstop. I wish the tube was three times bigger.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: I'm going to do a bigger review on this in a grip, but let me just tell you that this liquid matte foundation is incredible, and it might be my new favorite... ever. Matte foundations are underrated, and it is my mission to change that.
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Cream Blush: The whole "oh wow green blush gimmick" aside, I keep going back to this. My face doesn't have a whole lot of natural flush, so sometimes blush can look weird on me. BUT this always looks very flattering and natural.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Laced: A light cool-toned mauve. A nice alternative to a beige nude. I put this all over the lid.
MAC Eyeshadow in Haux: About three shades warmer than Laced, pairs beautifully when pressed into the crease.
L'Oreal Voluminous Feline Waterproof Mascara: My favorite kind of brush: rubber, with itty bitty teeth. Noticeable separation, surprising length, waterproof with no smudging. I've been wearing this exclusively since it showed up.
We can never have enough blue lips, so I'm giving you two options.
MAC Liptensity in Blue Beat: ANOTHER ONE. This is basically as dark as you can get with a blue without it reading black (there's also a black in the Liptensity collection.) Blue Beat is a dark, inky midnight sapphire. I lined it with ColourPop's Petit Four pencil (unavailable, sorry) to really get the edges precise.
Too Faced Melted Matte in Who's Zoomin' Who: OK, if you take one thing somewhat unnecessarily long-ass article, let it be this, the very last thing: The Too Faced Melted Mattes are one of the best liquid lipsticks out right now. They're very pigmented, they dry down fast to a true, long-wearing matte, and they don't dry your lips out (I honestly don't care if a liquid lip dries me out — just make me look good, OK?)
It doesn't make your lips shrivel up and look crinkly and weird, it leaves them looking natural and plump, and the difference is noticeable, and beautiful. Oh, and they won't come off on the person you're kissing. An all-around great liquid lip is really hard to find and I really, really love these.
- Do you change up your look depending on your hair color?
- Have you ever had a beauty mishap such as this?