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making faces :: making the best [faces] of a bad situation

as i mentioned in an earlier post, a medical procedure has had me somewhat restricted lately and while
i'm improving, i'm far from back to my usual self. several days at home have been restful, but they've also resulted in a sort of cabin fever that has been frustrating to say the least.

although i've mostly been laying around home slightly fuzzy on painkillers and wearing dom's shirts with leggings, i've taken the few opportunities i've had to go outside in order to play around with different looks. this isn't because i feel i need to- no one is going to judge me for a face that's au naturel- but because it helps give me something to kill some extra time.

so here are a couple of faces that boredom created:

#1 :: kate the hat

i have a real fondness for hats and i'm glad to see that more and more stores are carrying them in a wider variety. they can be tricky when you're going somewhere like work, since hat-head is a real scourge, but they are the bomb when you haven't been able to or can't be bothered doing something with unruly hair. i was limited to sponge baths for several days and dry shampoo does not make hair easy to style, which meant that i did not want to appear in public under any circumstances with my hair visible.

CHECK 'EM OUT AFTER THE BREAK...



so i did the only rational thing and hid it with a hat and a hairband, just to make sure that only a few errant strands could possibly be seen. in fact, everything i was wearing was quite loose and menswear-ish, so i thought i'd give myself some makeup that looked sort of relaxed and comfortably mussy in the same way.



for that sort of look, there's no better friend for a girl than rouge bunny rouge, whose soft, rich naturals have become staples on my eyes. wait, that sounds horrifying and i meant it to be good.

in this case, the shades in question are angelic cockatiels, applied over the centre of the lid, and abyssinian catbird. i tapped gracious arasari along my brow bone, to soften the edge of the colour keep the frost level contained. angelic cockatiels and abyssinian catbird go so naturally together it's ridiculous. both run warm, but in very different ways. 'cockatiels' is an almost glowing light amber shade, where as 'catbird' is a tarnished bronze. 'arasari' is just a perfect neutral beige, deep enough on me to provide some definition. i love all three of these, although 'catbird' can sometimes be a bit tricky for me. it's an outstanding shadow, but i find i have to be careful what i mix it with, since it doesn't seem to blend naturally with my colouring.



i'm happy that in this look, possibly for the first time, i was able to get a hint of the green tone that seems to always show up on others. the balance to that is that with so much depth of colour around them, my eyes look more grey than blue. i'm not sure why, but i've noticed this happening before. the more complex the colours that surround them, the paler my eyes look.

i finished off the eyes with a sephora brand brown eyeliner and hourglass film noir mascara. i don't find that the end result does a lot to conceal my fatigue, but i do find that my eyes look nice and bright against the shimmery- smudgy background. that's probably as much as i could hope for.

on the rest of my face, i used marcelle beauty balm and urban decay's naked foundation [shade 1.0], with dior concealer. the blush is "brown milly", a plum shade with only a hint of brown on my skin that was part of their new blush collection this fall. it's an outstanding shade, although it looks a little scary in the pan.



since i didn't have my hair framing my face, as i usually do, i used a bit of hourglass "radiant light", the deepest of their ambient lighting powders as a contour and to alert people to the fact that i do, indeed, have cheekbones. it's much too dark for me to use all over, but it does work as a warmer contouring colour.

i also dusted hourglass "dim light" over most of my face to give a finish with a little colour. i still look pale, even for me, but it did make me look a little less sick, at least.

the lipstick is brown-plum "caractere" from chanel. it's a sort of my lips but deeper and warmer and smoothed out kind of colour. definitely an essential for me when i'm doing a more natural look.

#2 :: crispy

this is something i donned not to head out of doors, but because my in-laws were kind enough to come over and help us out. of course, they were aware that i was under the weather, but i still felt like throwing some kind of public face on. i was wearing a white shirt, which always seems to me to suggest crispness and professionalism- basically the exact opposite of how i was feeling. so i decided to go with clear, simple makeup that reflected that.

i returned to rouge bunny rouge for help on the shadows again and, in fact, used "gracious arasari", this time to define my crease a little. on the inner part of the lid, i used "bashful flamingo" and on the outer part, i went with chanel "beige lame" for a bit of subtle sparkle. because sometimes a girl needs to sparkle, dammit. i also dusted a bit of "bohemian waxwing" on the outer corners of my eyes, for a slightly deeper colour, but not too much.



i used a sharper liner in this case, which was how i discovered that my hands were a lot shakier than normal. i did ok with the black-brown liner over my upper lash line, but my attempt to do a coloured "flick" at the ends [with stile "electric", a bold shimmery sea green] was decidedly wobbly. i will try this sort of look again when i'm feeling better and more dextrous, though.

my base is more or less the same [i used gosh velvet touch primer instead of marcelle] and the cheeks are dior and hourglass again, this time "new red" with "luminous light" as a highlight along the cheekbones. i pinned my hair back, since even i had to admit that wearing a hat in the house was going to look a little weird, and while i didn't feel quite the same need to contour, i did focus on keeping my blush colour high on my cheeks, which i'm told draws the eye up. i dusted a bit of bobbi brown "porcelain pearl" over everything.



the easiest way to get a very simple, clean look for me, is to go for a bold lip. darker colours tend to look more serious, so in the hopes of achieving something a little more buoyant, i went with a bright shade, guerlain "genna", a clear, happy orange-red that just beams positive energy everywhere.

feel the happy!!!



i find overall that this was the more successful of the two looks, because the sharp colouring tends to make everything else look smoother and fresher by comparison. that said, i'm not entirely sure that the credit for that shouldn't go to the white shirt, which is surely pulling its weight in the overall impression.

today, i went back to a loose shirt and leggings and a lot of messy hair [although freshly washed, since the bath embargo was lifted yesterday] surrounding a naked face. i also found out that my depanneur [corner store to you non-montrealers] has started delivery service, so it's possible i may not attempt to look presentable again for a hundred years.

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