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making faces :: happy halloween!

my initial idea for a halloween costume was to go as a binder full of women. after all, it's timely, simple and wouldn't really require much in the way of work. slap a sandwich board on me and that's it. by definition, the binder would be full of at least one woman.

then i realised that our plans involved going out to a club and that i might want something a little more conducive to dancing. so then i had another idea...

if you follow me on instagram or twitter or are friends with me on facebook, you may have noticed a bunch of hints that i dropped as to what my costume actually was. if you missed them [or ignored them because you didn't know what i was talking about], here they are:

have you guessed? if not, the answer is revealed after the break...

why i'm fifty shades of grey!

you unfortunately can't see the extent of the grey panelling [or all the different fabrics] on the dress, which i really wish you could, because it took some doing on the part of my inner seamstress. i don't think i got quite fifty shades on me, but there were quite a few...

normally an ashy pallor is something ladies like to avoid, but in my case, i really played it up, with all the grey and silver i could throw at it. here's what i did:

the base ::
giorgio armani fluidmaster primer
mac paint pot "painterly"
clarins everlasting foundation "103" [this is my go-to when i want something matte but not caky or powdery]
diorskin nude hydrating concealer

the eyes ::
mac e/s "white rabbit" [frosty white]*
mac pigment "platinum" [metallic light silver]
mac paint pot "black track" [black with charcoal shimmer]
hourglass e/s duo "prism" [deep blue-silver, intense black with silver sparkle]
mac powerpoint eye pencil "black swan" [black with silver microglitter]
mac eye kohl "fascinating" [white]
cargo lash enhancer mascara

the cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "lightscapade" [cool white highlighter]*
chanel blush "notorious" [lavender-taupe contour shade]

lips ::
mac mattene l/s "midnight media" [rich black]*
morgana cryptoria l/s "gargoyle's glance" [shimmery gunmetal grey with pink reflect]*

nails ::
opi "suzy takes the wheel" [thumb]
mac "very important platinum" [forefinger]
essie "fair game" [middle finger]
mac "studded" [ring finger]
mac "military" + bizou "milky way" [pinky finger]

*suggested alternates :: white rabbit = mac crystal avalanche; lightscapade = honestly, i'm not sure what the status of this one is. it's listed as limited edition on the mac web site, but it's still available and i've seen it added to permanent displays at mac counters. if it's not available, try nars multiple in copacabana; midnight media = makeup forever rouge artiste intense #50; gargoyle's glance = again, the status of this is a little unknown, but it seems to at least temporarily vanished from the morgana web site, which is tricky, because it is completely unique. best match would be mac's jet, which will be making a temporary return around the end of november [similar gunmetal base, but lacks the pink sheen]

a note about notorious :: this is chanel's new "joues ombre", which is different from their usual "joues contraste" blushes, in that it's intended to be used as a contour. what you see is an extremely heavy application, because normally, it creates just the hint of a shadow, allowing your facial contours to seem more prominent and making you look like you're constantly being lit by a film crew at all times. so it's not something you can use as a blush, exactly [although it also works as an eye shadow], but it is something that can really subtly enhance how you look. works particularly well in evening lighting. i'll try to post a "normal" application of this product later in the week. [i should also say that i've applied lightscapade way more heavily than one would normally do, in order to get that ashy whiteness.]

finally, here's some images of some of the people i was with last night, sporting their macabre finery.

this is claudine, whose makeup skills are obviously way better than mine...

another, so that you can get a real look at her work.

are you a fan of "the simpsons" [classic period]? this made me laugh for about an hour [and shout "i'm idaho!" a lot]...

compare kathleen's version with the original:

and here is black metal dom. we were taking touch-up break for our lipstick together all night. and yes, that's my nail polish. mac's "military", if you're wondering.

that's the man i'm gonna marry, folks...

have you had any great ideas for a halloween costume this year? have you tried any out? feel free to share in the comments...


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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

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