i'm not a big one on making or following rules when it comes to what we do to our faces. i wore dark and/ or very bright colours even when i was platinum blonde, i do pair dramatic eyes and lips if the occasion warrants, i figure you can combine just about any colours as long as you have an idea of what the overall look should be. however, being adventurous and wanting to constantly try out new public masks means that i'm more prone than most to having my experiments go off-track.
and so, personally painful as this may be, i've chosen a few examples of things that i've done wrong in the hopes of illustrating what you should seek to avoid. prepare yourselves for the hall of shame...
DARE YOU ENTER THE HOUSE OF COSMETIC HORRORS?
moral of the story :: know when to say when. check what you're doing carefully in the mirror as you go along and keep in mind that, especially during the day, you do not need your makeup to be noticeable from a distance.
"spot the mistake"
this one isn't the end of the world when i have my eyes all the way open. again, it looks like a sort of smoky eye with a bronze lip. it's perhaps a little severe, because all the colour is fairly heavy and sombre, but what really makes me scratch my head is the fact that, for some reason, i chose to add this bright splotch of orange on my lids, so that whenever i look down, it appears that i have markdown stickers affixed to my eyes.
moral of the story :: stick with the theme. if you've started with a look that's quite conservative or formal, think twice before adding an element that's going to stick out and find ways to make sure that it isn't so jarring. in this case, softer colour around the eyes would have helped a lot.
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i'm very aware of how pale i am, plus i have very light eyes, which means that there is a danger that i can look completely washed out, like a large blancmange ringed in dark hair with no distinguishing features. normally, makeup combats that effect, but what we have here is a case where somehow, makeup accentuates the problem. how the heck does makeup end up making you look more drained and colourless than normal?
|give it some lip|
well, there's nothing wrong with a natural look and i think the eyes [which i actually like on their own] are a pretty soft treatment. the problem is that i've paired this with a very pale and unnatural lip, which stands out. everything is kind of pale and milky, but the elements don't jive, there's no sense of unity. i managed to redeem this a little by switching lipsticks, so that there was at least an element that stands out.
moral of the story :: know your weaknesses. at its most basic, makeup should be a way of building on your best features and drawing the eye away from problem areas. the only way to do that is to be honest with yourself [not overly critical- honest] about your best points and the things that you'd rather people didn't notice.
a "cut crease" is a makeup look where there is a sharp line drawn along the brow bone to define the mobile lid from the part under the brow. it adds incredible definition and depth to the eye, which is one of the reasons it is consistently popular. it can be done in a number of ways and one of the most popular is to have the dividing line be in a colour that sharply contrasts with what is above and below.
|and we have fail|
|shows a mess|
moral of the story :: don't be afraid to alter the plan. if i'd paid attention to the level of frostiness i was getting as i applied each successive product, i would have realised that what i was getting was not the subtle lustre i had in mind but, well, this. i went in with an idea of how i was going to create a look and didn't ever entertain the idea that i could be misguided.
so there you have it. these are just some of my misfires [believe me, there are others]. they are far from my proudest moments, but i hope that they help show some common areas where things can go wrong. sometimes you need to accept that your best role may be to serve as a negative example to others. now let's never speak of it again.