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making faces :: in memoriam

get your party face on
today is officially the start of the festival of the day of the dead. the celebration has its roots in the catholic church and is celebrated in a number of countries where catholicism is prominent, but it's most associated with mexico. although related to halloween [the evening before the first day of the festival] and seemingly with a morbid focus on death, the holiday is actually quite a happy one, meant for remembering those who have been part of our lives and have passed on.

virtually year-round, you can find day of the dead curios, colourful skeletons engaged in profoundly ordinary activities, at markets and craft shops. contrary to the images of horror one associates with halloween, these guys tend to be adorable- festive, cheerful, cute and, although it seems odd, lively. the message here is that death does not rob us of what has gone before. those who have touched our lives and passed remain with us because of their influence- they continue to live through us.

reminiscing...
in honour of that sentiment, i decided to pay homage to friends passed in cosmetic form. it is, of course, a fiendishly effective marketing technique that companies have developed to offer a coveted product for only a short period of time. while all things are, of course, temporary in some sense, these are things that we are told are temporary and our window of time with them is exceptionally short. and even when we are "lucky" enough to catch one to call our own, we must acknowledge that every time we enjoy its company, we are literally stealing its life- hastening its passing that much more.


MEET SOME OF MY DEAD FRIENDS...


in the end, of course, we know we must say goodbye and be content with our memories. and our digital photographs. here's a look i did with some seasonal treats that have passed on to the other side. [note, this being the time of year when the veil that separates the living world from that of the dead, it's worth noting that items can occasionally pass back via ebay or sites like www.allcosmeticswholesale.com.]

"hysteria"

who's head is that in the freezer again?
ok, i promise i'll let up with the vampy lip looks soon, but they're just so perfect for this time of year and they take such little effort for maximum impact! in this case, the focus is "hysteria" by chanel, a rouge allure lipstick that came out with their "noirs obscurs" collection in the fall of 2009. [that was a big season for black-themed collections- mac had one too.]

described by chanel as "eggplant black", i'd actually say that the colour leans a bit blue to be called "eggplant". it's a very deep blue-purple that edges on black. it has a very faint dark blue shimmer, but it's just barely visible. being a rouge allure, it's not 100% opaque, but it still gives you a lot of colour for your money. it does pull into lip lines and imperfections a little more than less intense rouge allure shades. it's very deep and dramatic and requires very little else in the way of makeup. i have to say that i couldn't really come up with a currently-available match for this one. it's most similar to another limited edition mac shade that came out around the same time, "faultlessly f/w". in terms of what's available now in the world of dramatically dark purples, mac's "cyber" is lighter and redder. makeup forever's rouge artiste intense #49 is redder and [i believe, since i'm going from memory on this one] a touch lighter. yves st. laurent "noir laque" is browner. with some shades, the differences don't show up that much in use, but because of the blue tones in "hysteria", which are strikingly different from anyone's natural lip colour [unless you're choking, in which case you should probably just bookmark this post and call 911], the differences between it and other dark shades are, if anything, more apparent on application.

i miss those guys. they were tasty.
i kept the rest of what i'm wearing pretty simple. on the eyes, i used one permanent shade, vanilla, combined with two neutral limited edition shades from mac- all races [which has come out twice] and a paint pot called "dangerous cuvee". the latter is a super-shimmery silver grey that came out with mac's new year's themed collection "cham pale" last year. a lot of people had issues with those paint pots because there is a tendency for the shimmer to migrate. within an hour or so of application, i can see little sparkly bits on my cheeks and temples. i don't know how they get there or where they're going, but it always happens. it doesn't bother me a lot, but it does mean that i reserve this for nighttime looks. [walking around with stray silver sparkles during the day tends to give the impression that you didn't make it home the night before. in case you ever want to rock that look.]

ah yes... the bernaise sauce incident...
for a blush/ highlight/ contour combination, i used "pink power", which came out earlier this year as part of mac's "wonder woman" launch. that collection was bizarre, because i found so much of it to be startlingly bad or bland, but everything for the cheeks was a winner. "pink power" is a three-in-one, a softly shimmering white-beige highlighter, a shimmery light warm rose blush and a soft neutral bronzer/ contour shade. i love the combination as a complement for a night out and a dramatic eye or lip, because it shapes and illuminates subtly, never upstaging the main event.

products used 

face ::
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates" [used as a concealer under the eyes, where it performed admirably]

eyes ::
mac e/s "vanilla" [peachy off-white]
mac e/s "creamy bisque"* [soft white]
mac e/s "all races"* [light cool mauve-grey]
mac paint pot "dangerous cuvee"* [glittery slate grey]
mac powerpoint eye pencil "black swan"* [black with silver glitter]
mac eye kohl "smolder" [black]
benefit they're real mascara

cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "pink power"* [shimmery light beige/ matte neutral light brown/ warm rose]

lips ::
chanel rouge allure "hysteria"* [blackened blue-purple]

nails ::
opi "give me moor" [almost black eggplant purple- very frustrating formula on this particular one, i could not get an even application]

*suggested alternates :: creamy bisque = dazzlelight; all races = mac quarry [warmer and a bit darker]; vintage selection = mac paint pot "for effect", also limited but currently available with their "glitter & ice" holiday collection; black swan = urban decay 24/7 eye liner oil slick; pink power = mac soft & gentle + mac blushbaby + benefit hoola; hysteria = makeup forever rouge artiste intense #50 + #15

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