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making faces :: inspired by "summer citrus"

design seeds "summer citrus"
occasionally, it starts to feel like i've lost my colour mojo. i want to try something different, but somehow everything sort of comes out in the same kind of patterns. part of that is because i am often in a hurry and going into an office, where strange colour combinations would stand out and i don't really have time to waste on experimentation. but on the weekends, i like to try things that are a little more off the beaten path. because there is absolutely no excuse for me to repeat a look ever. i have enough makeup that the possible combinations exceed infinity [in fact, just trying to figure out the number of possible combinations would probably take you a year, assuming you didn't have your computer do all the work], but sometimes i just fall back on things that i'm used to, because it's easy to do and involves some favourite products. 

sometimes, of course, i deliberately challenge myself to do things that don't seem like "me". but sometimes, i just can't come up with an idea. but last night, i found the design seeds web site, thanks to a glance through the always-inspiring perilously pale's pinterest board. their moody colour combinations got my juices flowing again, both in thinking about decor and colours i'd like to see around my home but also, in certain cases, palettes i thought would work on me. 

i think that i gravitated towards the cheery "summer citrus" palette because the shades are bright without being "usual". they are slightly muted and different from what you'd normally get from a summery look. at the same time, it's a very uplifting palette, which i feel like i need at the moment. 

the blues in the palette reminded me of the denim tones in nars "mandchourie" shadow duo, where as that deep ochre-gold tone immediately called to mind mac's limited edition "sun blonde", a shade that you really don't see enough of. although that's probably because a lot of people would find it flat-out ugly. 

i didn't have a really good match for the greyed lemon-yellow shade, but i thought a yellow-toned chartreuse like mac's "sour lemon" would make a good substitute. [note to the makeup community: please invent a greyed lemon yellow shade like the one shown above. now that i know it exists, i want it.] 

SEE HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER

there is a neutral whisper grey included in the palette, which i adjusted to a soft ice blue- nars "heart of glass". i thought that it worked better with the palette as far as makeup was concerned because the palette needs some lightness. greys don't actually tend to deliver that, so i opted for something brighter. 

i used "sour lemon" on the inner third of my lids, blended into "sun blonde" on the outer part. the deeper shade of "mandchourie" is in the outer corners of my eyes with the shimmery blue-gold shade further into the crease and used to sort of "smoke out" the edges of the darker colour. mac's "siahi" fluidline eye liner is on my lash lines. it's actually a very close match to the darker colour of "mandchourie". "heart of glass" is applied above the other shadows, literally in a straight line on the lower edge of my occipital bone and dabbed in the inner corners of my eyes. 

finally, i went with coral pinks for lips and cheeks. dior's "chic pink" [a favourite of mine from the 2011 spring collection, which has unfortunately been discontinued] is actually a pretty good interpretation of the colour. since there isn't really an obvious cheek colour in the palette, i went with something softer but similar- guerlain's rose aux joues blush duo in "chic pink" [no relation to the lipstick, other than the fact that they look nice together]. i applied the deeper, shimmer coral shade first and then dusted the pale pink-peach shade over it. this is a little trickier to work with than the other guerlain blushes i've used, in that the colours don't seem inclined to leave the pan. however, the magical wand known as nars yachiyo brush coaxes both shades- even the more matte light one- to give up their pigment with little effort. other brushes just don't seem to work as well on it. 


so what do you think? is this a good palette for you? i like the fact that the yellows and blues didn't turn muddy- something i find is a danger with this sort of combination- and i like the end result enough that i think that the next time i need some outside advice, i'll be pulling out some of the design seeds palettes again.

l to r :: heart of glass, sour lemon, sun blonde, mandchourie, dior chic pink

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