If you missed my post here, then you won't know what's going on, but I'll allow you a generous 5 minutes to catch up.
I'll wait. I'm very polite and won't harrumph or sigh loudly.
Okay, done? Good.
So we'll call this Mission 1: The Fuchsia Lip.
My arsenal for the day mainly includes nudes, which is fortunate as I wake up exhausted and I can do a neutral eye with my eyes shut. This, in turn, is also fortunate, because doing makeup with one's eyes open is certainly a challenge too far for today. My arsenal for today, then, is a mixture of blahs and mehs and all that kind of stuff in between - though there is light relief from the banality in my choice of blush and lipgloss:
- MAC Paintpot in Bare Study: I choose this to zing up my eye area - I look exhausted and my eyes are puffy and red. This brightens them and provides a lovely base.
- MAC Pigment in Naked: This evens the skin tone on my eyelid while subtly highlighting and reflecting light, making me look more bright-eyed and alert.
- MAC Eyeshadow in Copperplate: I use this to define and contour my eye area. It's the perfect colour because it's cool-toned and blends all nicey-nice.
- MAC Liquid Eyeliner in Boot Black: I go for thick, black eyeliner in the vintage pin-up style with a little wing to make me feel more perky.
- MAC Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom: PINK! I choose this blush deliberately for its purplish tones, which look great against my skin and which will accent the lipstick.
- MAC Lipglass in Electric Fuchsia: The blue reflects in this lipglass pick up on those in the lipstick - a perfect match and it makes me feel a little more confident about my lipstick choice.
And the beast itself, which prompted this whole series of posts? Why, it's only Petals & Peacocks from the latest Liberty of London collaboration with MAC Cosmetics:
Put all together, I ended up something like this:
The day starts off inauspiciously as I uncertainly apply a smidge of lipstick and Kiwi makes the saddest 'you look funny' face I've ever seen. I then trip over my own foot (yes, I'm a clumsy oaf) on the way to the station and limp the rest of the way. I've purposefully chosen a day away from Kiwi to wear my new lipstick, so that I can get used to it myself before foisting it upon him (and smearing it all over his cheek).
So, at 10:30am I am trotting to the station feeling hideous and sorry for myself. I spot this ridiculously huge dog which is the size of a bear (it had to be seen in person to get an idea of size). I surreptitiously take a photo to cheer myself up. I start to feel cheered by my new lip colour on the train; nobody is looking at me weirdly and when I check the mirror, I don't look half as ghastly as I thought I might. I consider myself off to a flying start.
Gigantodog, Savior of the Internets. He is not looking as big in this photo as he was in real life :(
By 1pm I am motoring around Topshop Oxford Circus, which is full of my least favourite thing: crowds of squealing girls. I realise, not for the first time, that I still hate going to London as it makes me greasy and annoyed and I have to dodge those tourists who stop suddenly in front of my in the street as often as I have to check Google Maps to find out where the hell I'm going. However, I snap a shot of myself in the fluorescent agony of Topshop's changing rooms - just to prove I even left the house at all. The fact that it looks like it's a MySpace shot is just a bonus:
No, I didn't buy the dress. And how moody do I look?!
I get more confident as the day goes along, and even dare to
scare smile at the checkout girl without feeling self-conscious. I pet an over-excited spaniel puppy on the train on the way home and feel like my day has been a success. Gigantadog accompanies me for the entire journey; somehow we all got on the train to London together, and were leaving it together (in the very same carriage!). A happy ending?
- A lesson I learned was to start off small with something that scares you and build it up. Starting with a light stain of this across the lips definitely helped ease me in for the full whack.
- Colour isn't scary! Next on my shopping list is Show Orchid, and I even just bought Violetta - which is a deep purple lipstick!
- Although I still feel a little unsure when looking back at the pictures, on the day I totally loved this look and will definitely be trying it again.