I don’t have any tattoos, mostly because they’re expensive. I don’t mind fronting cash on the regular for vintage leather boots or plane tickets or retirement, but I can’t bring myself to spend money on a tattoo.
Also, I absolutely cannot have a tattoo that someone else has. Roll your eyes if you want, but I’m rolling my eyes way harder at every damn triangle, arrow and Kurt Vonnegut quote I see etched into the pasty forearms handing me my latte. (No offense to the baristas of the world. Y’all rule.)
That just ain’t me, babe. If that's you, we can still hang. We can catch an Arcade Fire show together or something.
So, no tattoos here. I feel like I should take more advantage of how not afraid I am of needles, but maybe I’ll just start going to doctors again. My grandma got a sweet tattoo of a dolphin when she turned, like, 70. Big ups to my grandma. I’ll probably follow her path.
While I don’t have any actual tattoos, I do have--are y’all ready for this segue?--Maybelline Color Tattoos! *bows* *spontaneously combusts*
Specifically, I’m talking about Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments. They come in so many colors (12) in loose-powder form, and as you might have inferred from their name, woo boy, they are highly pigmented!
They’re obviously not permanent, like a tattoo, but they do have serious staying power. And at $7 each at the drugstore, I can manage to dish out for lots of these.
So, I think these might be a little intimidating, which is why I am here to take you by the hand and walk you through this scenic field of highly pigmented eyeshadow. I brought a picnic! I hope you like red wine and corndogs.
I have six of the Pure Pigment shades. I’d buy them all if I could, but I have a really strict makeup budget, so I only buy things I know I will use a lot. That is why I only own the brightest, craziest ones.
There are a lot of ways to use these colors, and each way you apply them results in almost an entirely different product. When applied dry with a brush, they are a bit muted. They don’t seem muted until you’ve applied them with a wet brush and the color really pops.
Color Tattoo is great for experimenting with really bold and out-there looks, as well as simple, everyday looks. But does anything sound more boring than “simple, everyday”? I’m not going to show you how to do that. Let’s get crazy.
So I started this look by referring to it as “sunset” something, but in the end I think I was subconsciously inspired by HotWheels because I’ve been making a lot of HotWheels-themed jokes lately. I’m a blast in real life, trust me.
First apply your eye primer or cream shadow of choice. These pigments work much better with a primer underneath.
I started by wetting a small tapered eyeshadow brush with water and dipping it into the Wild Gold shade. I like to tip the shadow out into the lid in small amounts and work from there. I applied this bright yellow shade all over my lid.
It’s smart to apply this slowly and more like you’re stippling than swiping for maximum color. I also hold a tissue under my eyes to catch any loose pigment that may fall upon my cheeks.
I then washed that brush and used the same one, wet again, to push some of the Breaking Bronze (lol) into the outer corners of my eyelids. I winged it out gently and let it softly taper out at the ends.
I then smudged a bit of white eyeliner into my lower lash line.
I paired this look with bold brows and dark crimson lips. And a scowl.
The eye look, paired with a bold or neutral lip, could be a pretty daytime or nighttime look. These colors go on well and they blend beautifully.
This look is bold but simple. Sometimes I need a look that will give me maximum attention for minimum effort.
So I took a small angled brush and wet it and then dipped it in Never Fade Jade, a gorgeous color that IMO is more teal than jade, but I love teal so it’s OK.
I drew a thick line with the brush across my lower lash line, and winged it up gently at the outer corners of my eyes.
Pair this look with mascara and Chapstick to keep it from getting clowny. Unless clowning is your thing, in which case, do not speak to me ever.
The swipe of color under the eyes makes them look bigger than lining the entire eye would. Line your waterline with white liner for some extra pop.
Y’all like to get weird, right?
I really love the look of colored eyebrows. It’s very editorial, don’t you think? However, I have sensitive pansy skin so I’ve never tried the glue stick thing. Also, I have been having actual anxiety dreams about my eyebrows falling off, so that’s how my psyche and I are doing, thanks for asking.
I quite like the shape and size of my brows, so I don’t want to cover them and redo them. I grabbed the small angled brush I usually use to fill in my brows, and cleaned the dark brown off, and dipped it in Never Fade Jade. I used the powder DRY this time, instead of wet, because I didn’t want to get too dramatic right away.
Use small, short strokes to fill in the inner halves of both of your brows. I carried the shadow a bit outside my natural brows, for a bolder look. I like the way it fades out. I then used my fingers to gently smudge the blue into the outer halves of my brows. I guess it’s, like, ombre brows?
I used a wet, angled brush to create a cat eye with the Black Mystery pigment, which has all these wild flecks of blue and purple in it.
I paired this look with a nude lip and dirty hair. Wear it on a first date or a job interview.
These pigments are great because they are so versatile. You can use them in so many ways. They are truly the potatoes of the makeup world.
The Potent Purple (cosmetic product names slay me) pigment is an awesome rich and deep purple. I’ve always loved purple since I read as a kid that it was considered the color of royalty. Also, I was raised on a steady diet of women’s beauty magazines telling me purple was THE color for brown eyes.
But who cares about eyes? Eyes might be the window to the soul, but my mouth is the door to my heart because food. And lipstick!
So take that delicious purple shade (or the shade of your choice) and scoop a bit out and mix it with another little scoop of Chapstick. I mixed them around in a plastic cup and messed with the proportions until I got the consistency I was looking for.
Use a brush to pat your new lip color on to your lips. I then used a fluffy shadow brush to dust a bit more powder on my lips to keep the color on.
Eyes, brows, lips, what else? Oh, right, cheeks. How could I even think about leaving the house without a fresh flush about me?
Use a big, fluffy brush to dust some Pink Rebel onto the apples of your cheeks. This color is great, and I raved about it in my pink wig article already, and I’ll rave about it again. It’s pretty and shimmery with almost silver undertones.
OK, let’s go back to black. I mean, back to eyes. I mean, both.
Take that cool little pot of Black Mystery and a shadow brush, and cover your lids all the way up to your brows with it. Don’t stress too much about getting it totally even--just get it everywhere. Let it fade out beyond your brow line if you’d like.
Then, take a fluffier shadow brush and dust on the Breaking Bronze overtop the black. You don’t want to totally cover the black. Just apply a sheer blanket of gold overtop.
It’s sort of like your eyes are an old gilded frame. It’s dramatic but pretty, and the flecks of gold really bring out your eyes.
This look is fancy and dramatic as well. I think you could wear it to a sexy holiday party. Is that a thing? I don’t go “out.”
Wet your brush and draw a line of Breaking Bronze across your upper lash line.
Then clean the brush, wet it again, and draw a black line with Black Mystery over the top of the gold line. Wing the black line out, so the wing is above where a typical cat eye would rest.
I paired this look with Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Bordeaux, and an updo.
OK, this was a look born of just sort of messing around and being, maybe, still a little drunk after a weekend in New Orleans (which is also how most babies are made, I think), but it was mega-fun.
I started by painting the Potent Purple across my lids and then blending some Never Fade Jade into the outsides.
And then, I got crazy and did a bad job documenting it, but I think this look speaks for itself. Basically, I wanted to create a look using EVERY pigment I have. So, um...
I threw on some false lashes and shiny pink lip gloss and chased my cat around the house.
Do you really need an occasion to wear a look like this? Just live your life. Dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening, apply your makeup like nobody cares.
Should I write about the cream Color Tattoos? Because--guess what--I LOVE THOSE, TOO. Should I get a real tattoo? (I’m never gonna.) Do you love these Pure Pigments as much as I do? How do you wear them? Which colors do you have?