When I was a kid, I loved coloring books. But I didn't color because it was a thing kids did; I did it when I was stressed out. I was a sensitive little kid, OK? (Seriously. I would change the channel when I could sense cartoon characters were going to get into avoidable trouble.)
I was very picky about the kinds of coloring books I wanted and how I colored in them. I would outright refuse any coloring book that was also an "activity book" full of connect-the-dots and tic-tac-toe--eff that noise. The characters would have to be predominantly people, and even more predominantly women, so more often than not, I'd end up with Barbie coloring books.
I'd skip right to the pages that had detailed closeups of faces because I wanted to do the makeup. I had a huge collection of colored pencils--good, grownup-level ones from Pearl--and after coloring in the skin and hair, I'd thoughtfully pick a lipstick color, darkly defining inside the black lines that represented the lips and then lightly shading the rest. I'd follow that with blush, which I would actually blend with my finger like a precocious little weirdo. Then I'd concentrate on the eye makeup, including both eyeshadow and eyeliner, based on what I'd seen my mom do on her own face.
I still get a little thrill when I see colored pencils, which is probably why I damn near fell out of my chair when I received Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' new Cosmetic Colour Pencils. A dozen mineral-pigmented pencils in familiar OCC shades with no creativity-limiting specification of where on your face you're supposed to use them? YES, PLEASE.
Naturally, I channeled my inner child and gave my face the ol' coloring-book treatment.
OCC wants you to know that, although it is not specifically indicated as a lip pencil, Hoochie is not recommended for use in the eye area "in the United States." Well, don't tell President Obama, but I ignored that warning.
I felt Hoochie, described as "extreme magenta," is purple enough to work on both lips and eyes, so I filled in my lips, and also lined my top lash line with it.
It definitely looked pinker on than I expected, but I really love this color. It's all "Screw Radiant Orchid, I'm Radioactive Orchid!" Or something.
PENNYROYAL, NSFW & GRANDMA
I'm drawn to warm colors--I blame having started using makeup in the early '90s--so I wanted to create a look that used the three warmest shades in the batch.
I started by filling in my lips with Grandma, which OCC describes as a "clean, class coral." I then lined my lips and filled in the outer area in NSFW, a true red, blending it inward for an ever-so-slightly ombré effect.
I used Pennyroyal, a "roasted peach brown" on my upper and lower lash lines, smudging subtly.
I think this is my favorite of the three looks because it upgrades me from are-you-OK pallid to probably-OK pale.
TARRED, ANIME & POOL BOY
Let's pause for a moment to picture a tarred anime pool boy.
This look is, by far, the most reminiscent of how I would do my coloring book ladies' makeup; the color combo is definitely pretty '80s.
I filled in my lips with bright pink Anime. Then, I used Tarred the way I'd use any black pencil any old day of the week: lining my top lash line and finishing it off with a little wing.
I completed the eye with light-but-bold blue Pool Boy along my lower lid, including the water line.
I kept my mascara, foundation and blush--specifically Kat Von D's Everlasting Blush in Wish--the same for all three looks and didn't wear any eyeshadow, but you can personalize and intensify the pencils' effects by incorporating other elements. What makes them so awesome, however, is that they make a major impact all on their own, and with so many possible combinations.
Oh--and if you always kind of sucked at coloring within the lines, don't worry: one of the pencils is a clear anti-feathering pencil.