Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pinterest Inspiration #6: Everybody's Listening to 90s Music

I have a special fondness for the 90s because I adored the films and musicians that dominated the era. But I was never that huge on 90s makeup; I was only a few years old when the decade started, and I found more inspiration in the delightfully garish 80s. That being said, I adore Kevyn Aucoin, and if anything represents the "heavy neutrals" that were so popular then, it's Aucoin's work. And the look has become en vogue again, for reasons that escape my understanding. So I decided to scrounge around Pinterest for some inspiration.

While I found tons of great inspiration photos, I decided to stick primarily with pictures of Linda Evangelista. There was a slew of beautiful models in the 90s, but Evangelista was probably the pinnacle for me. There's something appealingly androgynous about her features. The best word to describe her: striking.

Obviously, I'm not that interesting face-wise. And this makeup must've pained me, because I look stoned or angry in just about every picture I took. But regardless, the look came out...decently. The lips and the mostly-matte base were probably the most on-point. The eyes are a series of screw ups: I didn't realize those eyeshadows would read that frosty on camera, and I should've blended better. You live, you learn!

Here's the majority of what I used, arranged attractively on my snowman fleece blanket. The lips are MAC Boldly Bare lipliner with MAC Blankety lipstick. I simultaneously love and hate this combination.

I applied Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in Sx01 all over moisturized skin and blended it in with a damp Beauty Blender sponge; it's way more coverage than what I'm used to and it makes me feel like an alien. For additional undereye correction, I used some Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer. I tried setting that with the Wet n' Wild Fergie powder, which is supposed to be mattifying, but it's absolutely NOT and it's full of shimmer (?!?!). So I dusted some of my D&G powder foundation all over instead. The cheeks are the closest thing I have to brown: Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Tansoleil.

My eyes took way too long and did not come out well at all. I used Black Radiance's Downtown Browns palette (produced by the same people who make Wet n' Wild's 8-pan palettes, obviously) with a bit of Wet n' Wild Brulee added in. The eyeliner is the non-waterproof WnW liquid with some Milani Liquid Eyes in the waterline. I used Duo Lash Glue to apply some Korean false lashes, cut in half, and the end result is kind of ridiculous looking:

It is so goddamn obvious that I didn't curl those falsies or put on enough of the Maybelline Full n' Soft mascara. Ugh. Rookie move. :/

I filled in my brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Brown. Because this pencil is much softer and a bit darker than my beloved Shu Uemura Hard Formula in Seal Brown, it's the best choice for when I want a slightly heavier, more "obvious" brow. If you thought I was gonna go full 90s tadpole brow, though, you were sadly mistaken. I'm not that dedicated.


  1. That lip color! 😍😍 really great look for you!

    1. Oh, man, I think it looks so gray on me! I'm strangely drawn to it, though.

  2. Your eyes looks extra stunning!

    1. Just pretend those false lashes aren't there.