For the past couple of weeks, I have offered my version of runway created looks. I love these challenges: they are fun and they force me to use what is currently in my stash. I didn’t buy anything new to attempt to create my looks. This week I offer my last recreation for the 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2012 show.
“We wanted to explore duality this season” said designer, Philip Lim. “Creating illusions of form by exploring the idea of shadow mapping and paneling. Using positive and negative space to evoke the notion of a neo-noir heroine with a strength that belies her innate vulnerability.”
“This girl is part cartoon, but emotional edgy, ethereal and on the brink of tears” according to lead artist and brand ambassador, Francelle Daly. “Think comic super hero meets emotional Roy Lichtenstein character.”
Key products used for this look:
So how was I going to turn this into something wearable, or at least wearable for a date night or cocktails with gal pals?
The little red dots almost looks like blood and just something I cannot get away with at the office. However, I am tempted to try it just see what my husband would say. I do like that the cheeks and lips were left pretty much bare.
Here is what I came up with:
Products I used:
Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Annapurna/cheeks: MAC Prim & Proper powder blush (soft beig-y pink with subtle sheen), NARS Duo Concealer (Custard/Ginger)
Eyes: NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Aigle Noir (black infused w/gold shimmer), Pandora duo (black side), Urban Decay, Woodstock (bright pink w/slight shimmer), NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Via Veneto (black), Armani Larger than Life Mascara
Lips: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, Montego Bay (rose pink), NARS Lip Gloss, Chihuahua (sheer guava – peachy pink)
After smoothing a layer of tinted moisturizer on my face, I smudge Aigle Noir with my fingers on my lid. I added a light layer of Pandora black on top – I still wanted a bit of shimmer to show through the shadow. I then used Woodstock as my crease as well as the inner corners of my lids. I line my eyes with black eyeliner and instead of dotting a red lip liner in the inner corner of my bottom lash line, I smudged the pink shadow with a pencil brush instead. Apply layers of mascara and finish with under eye concealer.
I applied a light layer of nude blush on the apple of my cheeks using a slanted blush brush. Instead of brushing in an upward direction toward my temples, I brush downward lightly for a more natural color. To keep my eyes the focus, I didn’t use any bronzer for any cheek contouring. Same goes for lips – rose pink with a light layer of a peachy pink sheer gloss.
Another look at my eyes:
Because I left my cheeks and lips pretty nude, I would wear this to the office (on my off day at the gym, of course). I am pleasantly surprised with my translation because this is the very first time I used the Woodstock shade (from the UD Rollergirl palette, Summer 2011) and I was able to achieve a look that didn’t leave me looking tired or suffering from an eczema outbreak around my eyes (which has happened). Another way to wear a color this bright – layer it on top of a shade that’s darker. It tones down brightness and it adds a level of depth to your shadows.
Despite having to create these looks late in the evening after a hard day of work, making dinner and bedtime stories to my daughter, I really enjoyed these challenges. When I watch runway show video or just editorials – I do notice makeup first and then I think about how I can wear it in the real world. I no longer think, “She’s too fair…I can’t wear those colors she’s wearing”. I just dig around my stash and just see if I can recreate the ideas and vibe on my own skin tone. As a beauty addict, I wanted to approach this from a real and working woman’s point of view. I also wanted to keep some edge to the looks because that’s my own personal style and sometimes it’s just fun to step out of my comfort zone.
Who knew that bright pink eye shadow could be so wearable? As always, please do not forget to use that fluff brush to blend!
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