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The In Between

What do you do when you can’t decide between going bold and going soft? Somedays I sit down in front of my makeup collection and I am unsure of exactly what I want. I’m not looking to go with a subtle look, but I also don’t really want to be totally in your face. I want to be the in between. I want to find the delicate balance between calm and loud. Now maybe at first glance you can’t see the balance to which I am referring. A dark blue lip after all, is a pretty loud statement. But when pairing it with a slightly warmer toned eye and face makeup which isn’t overly dramatic, it is not quite the slap in the face some of my looks can create.

I’ve always been instructed not to pair warm and cool toned makeup together in the same look. Believe me, I understand why. They aren’t designed to marry together smoothly. Typically the tones grate on one another and create a harsh look which is not quite right when you look at it. But if you do it just right, sometimes it can work out quite elegantly. The warmer tones in the look are cooled by the cool tones and vice versa.

Take this look for example. The eye look is made up of oranges and golds from my Anastasiia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The overall effect is rather sunset like in nature. I intentionally did not go overboard with the pigmentation though, not wanting to overweight the warmth of the look. The face was done with the more neutral colors in my collection. Yes, my contour was still a dark shadow meant to create definition on my face. But I kept the shade as neutral as possible instead of choosing a warmer or cooler one. The same goes for my choice of bronzer. Bronzer by nature will always run warmer because, as the name implies, the whole point is to bronze up the look like a tan. But there is still a wide variety of shade options in the realm of bronzers. I found one which wouldn’t be overly warm in nature and went with that. The same process held true for my highlight as well.

The lip is what took this look from subtle to an in between. It is a cool toned shade and it’s quite aggressive upon first glance. But when pairing it with a look like this, it falls into place shockingly well. The tone warms up a little, and it elevates the look out of a purely subtle realm. It also adds an element of surprise to the look. I never like to do the same thing twice. I enjoy surprising people, both with who I am and with my makeup. This is an expression of complexity, of experimentation, of challenging the norms. Not every challenge has to be aggressive. Some rules you can break by pairing together tones which aren’t supposed to work together. I like to challenge people and the norms they ascribe to me. This look is just another way of doing so.

How do you challenge the norms people place on you? Leave a comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

 

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A First Impression Is A Chance For A Challenge

Bold orange lookIf you want to get someones attention, slap some intense color on there and you’re bound to succeed. One way or another, you’ll be noticed. Oranges are some of my favorite shades to work with because my eye color always pops when I throw orange on my lid. Most people want to make a good first impression no matter the situation. I’ve realized that is not my goal. Like I’ve said before, I challenge people. I utilize all methods at my disposal to test people and see if they have what it takes to stick with me in the long run. I guess makeup is part of that for me now. Going bold with my makeup on a first impression challenges many people. It’s like wearing armor. Are you the sort of person who will see through it? Or will you make assumptions about me?

To create a look like this I have to have a full coverage foundation to start with. For a bold look to come across correctly the intensity has to be consistent across the board. I’ve never felt good about bold eye looks when wearing a light coverage foundation because the rest of the look won’t have the same intensity. Contour won’t be as strong, highlight is more dull, and there is a lack of cohesiveness to the face. So, to create the perfect base for this bold look, I employ my best primer, full coverage, and translucent powder. Then, as per usual, I have to do up my brows with my tinted brow gel. I’m considering making the switch to a brow pencil here soon just to play with shape and fullness, but as of now I’m sticking with my gel.

Now, for some color. Eyes are the best way to get a bold flair introduced to your look. For this look, I grabbed my modern renaissance paletteBold orange look looking down to play with. To be honest I didn’t entirely have a plan this go around. But I knew I wanted to use the orange. It was just calling to me. So I started with some dark brown up through my crease and my outer corner to create some definition. I took the brown shade in pretty far to give myself some room for experimentation then grabbed the orange with a flat shader brush. I took the orange over almost all of my lid, leaving only the inner quarter of my eye exposed. I also packed on more then one layer of orange to ensure the color payoff was intense. Then I decided to try a new technique which I know everyone else has been using: the foil.

I snagged some of my friends setting spray, which I typically do not use, and sprayed a detailing brush with it lightly. Then I picked up a shimmery gold shade and took it into my inner corner and up through the inner quarter of my eye. It definitely was effective in increasing the intensity of the color payoff with the shimmer. Something felt like it was missing though. There just wasn’t enough dimension to make me happy. So I took some black from another palette into my outer V and that tied it together. All that was left was highlighting the brow bone.

I go through my typical face routine. A nice, classy contour paired with bronzer, blush, and a matte highlight. The final touch of the look is the lips. The most important part of making the lips last is using my lip primer. When using a liquid lip in winter, you have to keep your lips moisturized under a liquid formula. So I use my primer then throw on my tarte liquid lip.

And that’s how I put together this bold look! How do you make a first impression? Comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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New Years Eve Inspired Makeup Look

New Years Eve selfieNew Years Eve is the perfect way to say goodbye to the old and look forward to the new. And what better way to honor the year than with a great face of makeup? This year I made my eyes the focus: contoured, bold, and dark. A statement you could say. The face was kept matte and the lips neutral. But on the eyes, I did not hold back one bit.

I chose to stay true to my style as well. I prefer the slightly more edgy style of makeup. I like contour, I like sharp eyeliner, I thoroughly enjoy my darker color palettes. A pop of color here and dash of sparkle here to glitz this looks up for New Years and we were ready to go!

After going through my skin care routine a while before, I primed my skin with my moisturizing primer. Then I relaxed and let the primer settle so I could achieve a smoother application of my lovely foundation. After the appropriate period of waiting, I applied my foundation with my angled kabuki brush. Once my face had successfully been coated in foundation, I used a fluffy powder brush to apply my translucent powder. With my face set, it was time to add eye primer to my eyelids. Then, while the primer settled I brushed my tinted brow gel through my brows.

For the eye look, I took a domed detailing brush to apply black shadow in my outer v and up through my crease. After each layer of shadow I blended with a pointed blending brush. When working with a dark, messy shadow like black, it’s important to have a light touch. Building your shadow is infinitely simpler then trying to take it off. Once I had created a contoured shape and sharp outer edges with the black, I used a pointed blending brush to blend some dark brown shadow into the black shadow and the outer corner to transition the dark colors. For a pop of color, I again used the pointed blending brush to blend a thin layer of deep pink onto the center of my lid. Then, I took my shader brush to pack on a bright, shimmery shade to the inner third of the lid. I highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with a matte white shade.

With the shadow finally complete, I moved on to eyeliner. I used liquid liner to create a thick wing and thin line. But to give it something extra, I added some silver glitter eyeliner along my eyeline. To finish off the eyes I coated my lashes with mascara. With the eyes done, I finished my face with my typical contour, bronzer, blush, and highlight. As the finishing touch, I applied my lipstick. To keep the focus on my eyes as well as to create contrast in the look, I kept the lips very neutral. And New Years Eve was spectacular!

To shop the products of this look keep your eyes out for a post later this week! I hope you enjoyed this New Years Eve inspired look. What were your NYE looks like? Comment below!

Your Truly,

Meera C.

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