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making faces :: my grown-up face, let me show you it

appearances do count in a tough job market
as i've mentioned, i started a new job, which means i've had to adapt many of my routines once again to the office. that includes coming up with understated, office-friendly faces to wear although, as dom pointed out, i've not received any indication that i need to be exceptionally conscious about myself in this particular office, i do generally like to keep a low-ish profile, at least for a  while. like until they're legally obliged to keep me. until that time, i'm looking to keep things reasonably subtle and trying to pretend i'm smarter than i really am.

it also helps that it's grown very warm and often humid here, so i've been inclined to use a light hand anyway.

so i thought i'd share an example of something i did this week that's a little more reserved, a little more typical of my daytime faces lately. ironically, this particular look makes use of an older mac eye shadow palette that came out with a fall collection, but its combination of neutrals with a little pop of colour [blended, in this case, to give more of a sheen].

i also made use of one of mac's limited edition lipsticks [yeah, all the stuff i'm wearing is basically discontinued- sorry about that] that i felt slipped through the cracks. with mac's limited edition products, i find that amidst the frenzy for bright shades, or supposedly universal [they never are] neutrals, or corals, which always seem to move like cars on the autobahn, there are some real gems that get overlooked, especially some brown-toned lipsticks.

i put that down to the fact that many of us who survived the nineties remember the horror of the brown lipstick trend, where walking around looking like you'd used the contents of your garden or worse was a thing.

i blame her
but the fact is that brown lipstick can be really wearable, surprisingly flattering and not dated or dirty looking. particularly, mac has a talent for creating really pretty brown lipsticks, like "sinister", which came out with their much-touted "venomous villains" collection and was promptly eclipsed by its non-brown cousins. too bad, because it's a really lovely soft brown with a pink-magenta shimmer that adds a little bit of life to it and that keeps it from having that "deadened" look that heavier brown shades can have.



what's a little frustrating is that mac tends to only release these shades in limited edition. i personally find their permanent collection of browns kind of terrifying. on the plus side, since they often don't get much love, these shades have a tendency to turn up at a lot of cosmetic wholesale websites and stores. so, to use an expression that sounds like it should be used only in horror movies, keep your eyes peeled.

here's my take on this... fyi, first two photos are taken in natural light, second two with flash. i'm still playing around with "the big camera" to get everything figured out, but i am getting used to it and growing to appreciate the advantages of its bigness.

the base ::

marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates"
marcelle pressed powder "translucent"
smashbox high definition liquid concealer "fair/ light"

the colours ::

eyes ::
mac e/s "next to nothing"* [soft highlight]
mac e/s "tempting" [light bronzy brown]
mac e/s "sharp"* [bright chartreuse]
mac e/s "dark edge"* [satin black-brown]
guerlain kohl "black"
armani eyes to kill mascara

cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "stereo rose"* [warm coral with amber and terracotta shimmer]

lips ::
mac l/s "sinister"* [soft medium brown with pink/ magenta shimmer]

*suggested alternates :: before leaping into alternates for the shadows, i should point out that the "tempting" eye shadow quad [cult of cherry, 2008] shows up frequently on ebay at very reasonable prices from reputable sellers. but you could also try... next to nothing = nars edie; sharp = mac bitter; dark edge = mac brun or nars mekong [which has gold shimmer, but is almost the only dark brown you need]; stereo rose = nars luster [passable, not great dupe- warmer with more orange and less pink tones]; sinister = nars tanganyka

if you want to see how this same eye shadow quad could be used more dramatically, you can check out another look i did with it here.

and just to show that i am still very much me, i made sure that i donned a nice, bright coral-red lipstick to go out on saturday. i can only act and dress like an adult for so long.

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