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making faces :: inspired by brazil

i've already posted about how i combine my love of cooking [and food] with my love of the world cup, but today i decided to combine my love for painting my face with all sorts of colours with the cup that starts tomorrow under probably the most inauspicious circumstances ever. there's always a modicum of discomfort that one feels following sporting events, given the amount of money involved, especially those which happen only once every few years [basically the world cup and the olympics], because there is frequently some underlying horror in terms of the event's effect on the poorest and most vulnerable in the host city [or country], the often deadly toll on workers charged with building the facilities and the corruption that such vast sums of money can bring. or in brazil's case, a trifecta.

rather than having me explain in my own boring pose, i highly suggest watching john oliver's brilliant dissection of fifa and the conflicting feelings that we all have.



i thought of doing a few world cup-inspired looks, however thinking about it, i realised that there's a lot of repeat colours in different flags and team jerseys and there are relatively few countries that are associated with one particular colour [france and holland notwithstanding]. it's still something i'm toying with, but it'll take some thinking to work out the details and i'm going to be pretty busy cheering and cooking over the next little while.

brazil, as the host, did seem to invite a look, though, both because there are some beautiful, bold colours associated with it and because it's a country that is, frankly, obsessed with beauty. the market is already worth billions of dollars and is expected to become the fourth largest in the world, ahead of the u.k. and south korea within the next few years. in a country that is dominated by younger demographics, there is a huge emphasis placed on looking fit, trim and naturally beautiful, but not necessarily through natural means.



brazilian trends in grooming are comparatively well-known: both the wax and the blowout have been successfully exported into american and european salons, however there is also fast growth happening in the area of colour cosmetics, where there had previously been resistance.

in coming up with a look inspired by the country, i decided to incorporate both the invigorating colours of their national flag and the emphasis placed on more subtle, summer complexions.

i don't know that the average brazilian would use as much colour as i have here, certainly not on a regular basis, but i think it does make it distinctly brazilian, without using face paint. [i'm also going to ask you to excuse the puffy eyes, which are the result of some late-to-the-party allergies... believe me, you don't want to see me without makeup these days.]




for the eyes, i mostly used shades from mac cosmetics, since it's really the only brand from whom i've collected the bright shades i needed. i used a neutral ivory [inglot 351] as a base all over the eye and then added a gradient of bright yellow to soft, watery green to bright green going from left to right. i added a shimmery cool white to the browbone and the inner corner of each eye, like the cap of an ocean wave. here's a complete list:

inglot e/s "351" [matte ivory] all over lids and dusted along lower lid
mac e/s "bright sunshine" [sunny yellow with shimmer] inner third of lid
mac e/s "unsurpassable" [glittery celadon]* centre of lid
mac e/s "sassy grass" [bright matte kelly green]* outer third of lid and crease
mac e/s "jealousy wakes" [emerald green with teal shimmer]* outer crease, layered with sassy grass
mac e/s "crystal avalanche" [bright shimmery white] brow highlight and inner corners, dabbed in centre of lower lids
illamasqua precision gel liner
ysl effet faux cils mascara "noir radical"

*suggested alternates :: unsurpassable = mac swimming [really not a good dupe, but as close as i could think of], sassy grass = mac kelly [a little less bright, but very close], jealousy wakes = mac kelly + freshwater [that might get you close, but honestly, this shade is extremely difficult to duplicate]

the look isn't blended quite as well as i'd like, mostly because "unsurpassable" was prone to fall out when touched with a blending brush. in retrospect, it isn't necessary to the overall look, but i did want to incorporate something from mac's "semi-precious" collection, since many of the minerals used for the collection were sourced from brazil. so it's thematic. it is a shade that's prone to sprinkling itself all over your face during the day or night, but i'm going to pretend that that's also thematic, linked to the celebratory spirit of carnival.

with eyes that bright [and glitter freckles festooning my cheeks], it made sense to tone down everything else. it was also in keeping with the overall "sunkissed and natural" look that is popular with brazilian women, even though i'm giving some substantial help to what nature gave me. by brazilian standards, i'm still pasty, of course, but I did use a few things to warm up my complexion.

hourglass ambient lighting powder "radiant light" [soft, warm beige-brown]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "dim light" [warm champagne]
mac blush "my paradise" [tangerine]* used only the base colour, without the shimmer

*suggested alternate :: my paradise = nars taj mahal [shimmery all the way through], nars gilda looks somewhat similar to the base colour, but more muted.

finally, for a little something on the lips, i used a mac lipglass from their 2010 "to the beach" collection [one that i missed in my review] called "flurry of fun". it lives up to its name, in that it's a juicy citrus orange base loaded with cool blue shimmer. it does indeed look incredibly beachy, with the shimmer reminding me of the frosty tones i remember seeing on beaches in the seventies, although without the dry, pinched look of older frosts.

and there you have it, my take on "brazil" on the eve of their latest stint on the world stage. i do hope that the proceedings aren't marred by unfinished stadia, poor organisation, traffic nightmares or the like [although i did hear reports of hours-long traffic jams in sao paolo today]. i very much hope that there will not be any violence associated with the protests over the amount of money that has been spent to get the cup to brazil, money which they will likely be unable to recoup. ideally, the tournament would be a great time for participants and attendants, but at the same time a bit of a black eye for the government and fifa. don't know how that can come about.

and now... to the kitchen, for tomorrow we eat the cup!

Comments

Sara BeauTime said…
I love the colorful Brazil inspired look you created. I am also jealous about how well you wear yellow, very flaterring on your complexion. I might try to copy this look and see how I can make it wearable for myself :-)
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks Sara! Funny, I would have thought with your skin tone that yellows would work very well. I'd love to see your version of this!

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