The most unsurprising and least interesting fact about me is that I am in love with Beyoncé, but would give anything to be Solange.
There isn’t a print, shade or hairstyle she's worn that didn’t make me want to burn all my possessions and start anew, and that includes the 3.1 Phillip Lim peach dress and pixie cut she sported at this year’s Met Gala. Go ahead and add that hue to my wardrobe, please and thank you.
So it was no surprise I almost died after finding this image of Solange matching her lipstick and eyeshadow in yellow/gold.
I’m going to go ahead and give this look all the yeses in the world. And since I was dreaming about it for several nights, I knew what had to do. I needed to translate whatever was happening on Solange’s face onto my own. It was the only way to make the picture stop calling out to me in the middle of the night. And if I failed, at least I’d have my bumblebee makeup all figured out for Halloween, so that’s something to look forward to.
First up was contouring. This was an intimidating step since my makeup routine has always consisted of blush, eyeliner and mascara. Thus, I required extensive research on contouring and two test runs before getting started.
I skipped foundation (on account of not owning any) and opted for Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat. From there I proceeded to sweep along my hairline, jawline and under cheekbones using a bronzer brush.
I then applied bronzer to the tip and along the sides of my nose using an angled eyeshadow brush. Afterward, I blended out the contours using a fluffy brush to give the effect of a slimmer-looking nose.
To ensure I was on the right track, I placed my face inches away from my boyfriend’s and demanded to know if he could tell the difference between Solange’s nose and mine. (Of course he couldn’t, because the patriarchy.)
Next was highlighting and blending, which is a crucial step if you want to appear like you have a grip on reality. I used The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Powder in Natural Beige as a highlighter along my cheekbones, forehead, chin, and the center of my nose. I also swept above my jawline to help emphasize the existing contours.
I then used The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter, focusing again on my nose, cheekbones and just a dab above my lips. You can blend this in with either your fingers or a sponge.
To avoid the appearance of dark or tired eyes, I sought the help of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in Light Peach. I applied only a few spots in the inner corners of my eyes, as these were the darkest areas. I realized afterward it also could work as an under-eye brightener but enough already. It was time to move on from the contouring and highlighting.
My absolute favorite product for eyebrows is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown. A shade darker couldn’t hurt, but it sold out and there was no way I was waiting another day without eyebrow mousse. (Please don’t judge me.) Besides, it includes a double-ended bamboo brow brush! A BROW BRUSH, I say.
For the eyeshadow, I required a few return purchases to MAC before finding the perfect shade: Goldmine Frost. (I’m terrible at asking for help.)
Anyway, to make the color standout, I packed it on my eyelids before blending. I also made sure to place a folded tissue below each eye while applying to help prevent eyeshadow fallout.
I hate nothing more than applying false eyelashes. The instructions are misleading; it’s not four simple steps. It’s going from assured in step one to crying on the floor in step three. There needs to be a disclaimer: "Will cause a grown woman to cry."
After digging deep, I managed to get the false lashes to stay in place. I then had to coat my upper lid in Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner to hide the glue that was supposed to be transparent but, of course, wasn’t. I also used mascara on both the bottom and top lashes to give my eyes added oomph.
Instead of hunting for matching lipstick, I used a neutral lip color before dabbing the eyeshadow on with my finger. This helped to make the shade standout better.
While I was happy with the outcome, the eyeshadow did start to dry my lips out in record time. Oh well--I was almost done and nothing was getting me down.
Ta-da! I look nothing like Solange and a few things need tweaking, but hey girl, hey. I sort of want to wear this makeup during the day, like to the grocery store and for a bike ride and definitely to brunch. This look shouldn’t need an occasion and if it does: party at my place every day.
At the very least, I’m going to pretend I look like a long-lost Knowles sister here. You know, the one Tina sacrificed because I had no talent and would distract Solange and Bey from obtaining fortune and fame. And now that I’m older and wiser, I understand just how necessary that decision was. (Making stuff up is fun.)
Let me know what you think of the final look. Would you wear this out or stay indoors dancing in your underwear? If you do try it then make sure to post a picture in the comments so we can all ooh and aah.