MAKEUP POST! If you’re not into makeup, I suggest moving on. 😉
Anybody who has met me, or has read my blog, you know that I love makeup. Absolutely passionate about it. For me, it’s a ritual—it’s a celebration, it’s an art form.
Even though we’re still in the summer drought that killed my garden (mostly), the tinge of autumn hit the air not long ago. I’m not the only one who caught the faint scent of it on the breeze—and while we have a month—maybe a bit more—to go before our blessed rains come in, I already feel myself gearing up for it. Every season I pick out new makeup palettes. I go through my makeup and clear it out, organize it, and decide what color palettes I want. I’ve picked two for this autumn—I might add a third, but for now, I have two.
First, I am going to answer a question I get a lot. People are always asking me how my lipstick stays in place without smearing, bleeding, etc..
The secret is very simple: I use lip lacquer. Lip lacquer is different than lipstick in that it has two sections: a bottom coat—the stain, which you let dry for a minute, then the top coat—the gloss, which makes it shiny. You can reapply the gloss as it wears off but, except for rare occasions, the stain won’t bleed off. You do need makeup remover to take it off. There are several brands. I used to use a M.A.C. version till they discontinued my color, and now I use one I like even better: Makeup Forever’s Aqua Rouge line.
I always start with foundation, eye shadow primer, etc:
MAC Studio Fix in #NC-15 (I have very pale skin)
I usually use MAC powder, but right now I’m using up some Illamasqua Powder (PF 120)
For blush, I use NARS Superorgasm
Eye shadow primer: Urban Decay
Lips: Makeup Forever: Aqua Rouge (my main color of choice is #9—Burgundy)
I apply foundation and eye shadow primer first.
Then, eye shadow on upper eye, eye liner, brow pencil, brow fixer, mascara primer and mascara.
Then, I use the under eye shadow, powder, add a little blush, and lastly—lips.
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 in Perversion
Eyebrow Fixer: Urban Decay
Mascara: Estee Lauder: More Than Mascara in Rich Black
Mascara Primer: I alternate-both Tarte and Estee Lauder make a good mascara primer
Here are the palettes I’m using this season:
Over entire eyelid: Illamasqua: Sex (a very pale white)
Over lower lid: Nars: Lulu (a figgy purple)
In crease of eye: M.A.C.: Cranberry (a lighter burgundy)
On Brow: Urban Decay Eye Liner Pencil: 1999 (burgundy/brown)
Under the eye, after liner goes on: M.A.C.: Beauty Marked (a slightly sparkly deep purple)
Over entire eyelid: M.A.C.: Mylar (an off white)
Over lower lid: M.A.C.: Fig 1 (a figgy purple)
In crease of eye: a blend of Urban Decay: Mildew (a glittery olive) and NARS: Night Porter (a darker green)
On brow: Urban Decay Eye Liner Pencil: Ransom (a darkish blue)
Under the eye, after liner goes on: Lancome: All Made Up (a rich darker blue)
So there are my two color palettes of the moment. While I love the Vice Palettes from Urban Decay, there’s something freeing about picking out precisely the colors you want to work together.
And for those who don’t believe that I…collect…makeup, here’s my collection (does not include perfumes, lotions, skin/hair care products):
So what’s on your vanity table?