Monday, October 29, 2012

Pat McGrath Inspired

This is a runway inspired look that I wore on Friday.  I was rather taken by a photo I saw on a Pat McGrath Tumblr (I say "a" instead of "the" because I have no idea if it is "the" one or how many Pat McGrath Tumblrs in fact exist).  You can see it here.

Yohji Yamamoto's Fall 2012 show featured models with dark blue lips and glossy lids.  I just had to try it!  I was only looking at the one inspirational picture, and since it was blurry, I took some liberties.  Now that I've since looked at other pictures of other models, I realize I missed out on a gold cupid's bow highlight, gold inner lower lash line highlight, as well as amped up my black liner too much.  Ah well, it was certainly fun!

Also, I did add a soft contour with Nars Douceur blush and a brow highlight with Nars Silver Factory after these pictures were taken.  Sorry that you missed out on that!  The awkward picture below is intended to show some of the glossiness on my eyelids.  And yes, I do believe I overdid it with the pink, as well.

Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 102 - Fair mixed 50/50 with
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Rose Quartz
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Korres Wild Rose Mineral Setting Powder (under eyes and lightly through t-zone)

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Illamasqua Morale powder blusher
YSL black cream liner
Fiberwig D.J.V. Beautenizer Volume Lash
Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (as gloss)

YSL waterproof eye pencil 3 Ultramarine
Anna Sui waterproof eye pencil 03 (magenta color on center of lower lip)
Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (as gloss)

This was my first time attempting a dramatic and unconventional makeup look on myself.  Furthermore, I actually wore this makeup for a full 9 hours or more.  Let me tell you something I'm sure you may have already guessed - runway makeup is not meant for a full day in real life!!  I knew it was going to give me trouble, but with some careful monitoring and tweaking, I was able to manage it.

The eyes creased and smudged some due to the gloss, but after the first few hours, they calmed down and did fine really (of course by then, most of the glossy effect was lacking).  Oddly enough, my lids were super duper soft and plump at the end of the night, after I took all my makeup off!  I have to give credit to that amazing balm!!  The lips were the most high maintenance for me.  I had to frequently check that they weren't misbehaving, moving, or breaking down on the corners.  Surprisingly, though, the corners were the only parts that gave me any trouble.  The line remained crisp and in tact and as the color faded it remained relatively even and soft looking due to the gloss (balm, really).  At one point in the day, I tried to wear the lips without gloss, which was not only uncomfortable, but wore much worse and patchy on the corners.  Gloss to save the day!

Can I just say that that YSL blue liner is not messing around!?  It wore exceptionally well on my lips and was quite tenacious.  I have since tried another waterproof blue eyeliner/shadow on my lips which wore off in patches very quickly.  Yuck.  Points to YSL for making an eyeliner that rocks as a lip color.  Hopefully I don't die from consuming something not lip safe!

If ever you are feeling courageous or curious about social psychology, do wear a bold blue lip (and perhaps even blush and gloss on your eyes).  It's a strange day to have.  People look at you very differently.  It was a humbling experience for me, I must say.  And I'm thankful that despite odd looks, no one had the nerve to actually say much about my makeup.  Of course a few dear souls were fabulously supportive.  Makeup should be fun, no?  I think so.

Thanks for stopping by and do let me know what you think of this look!


  1. Wow! You are so confident...wish I could be too when it comes to bold makeup looks. :)

    1. It was definitely an exercise in confidence! I'm not as confident as I would like to be, but I think I'm getting there. One day, I will get there! :)

  2. Miraculous look, and I LOVE the geekery at the end of it. Must try the social experiment some weekend

    1. Thank you so much! It really was quite odd! I knew I hardly looked like myself, but beside that I had to contend with feeling very different inside as well. I'll be very curious how it goes for you!

  3. It looks absolutely awful. Not pretty at all.

    1. Thank you for your input. It's certainly not an every day look or even a look I expect to wear again. Makeup, for me, is about experimenting and having fun, though. It took a fair amount of courage to post this look.


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