Lately I have been feeling very run of the mill, very generic…every so often I get this way and I crave breaking the mold and doing things unlike the status quo. I think as a whole I always have an urge to go against the grain, but when I feel these particularly strong longings, usually someone or some persons are at the root of it.
This past week, I was really moved and inspired by some of my daily blog reads – they showcase things in a unique way, and played with makeup in a fashion that really got my attention and got my brain going. Karen at the Makeup and Beauty Blog pulled out some great looks that I really enjoyed, that were both wearable and fun. I especially like to see the looks she creates because our skintones are so similar and it gives me a great visual to work with. Kate at Drivel About Frivol is just an absolute genius at makeup as a whole, and seem to view it as an art (which is how I see it and want to approach it as such). She manages to come up with ideas that are both out of the box but still pretty, and they hold SUCH interest. I aspire to be as creative as her one day. These are just two bloggers of the infinite number that push me to really use makeup as a way to express myself, rather than to just wear to look ‘pretty’.
Another excellent source of inspiration for my lately has been the phenomenal promotional images churning out from Illamasqua for their new Fall collection Generation Q. I love that they’re using ‘real’ people, not models, and pushing the boundaries of age, gender, skin color…and good gracious, they look stunning! Can you even handle how sultry and sexy Patricia looks (and that mani!!)????
So. Full of ideas and drive to step outside my comfort zone and get a little crazy, I decided it was time to try out Illamasqua’s Kontrol lipstick – a creamy blue violet that looks pretty terrifying in the tube, I must say. It’s very, shall we say, eye-catching! But if I’m going to work on being unique and original, I’m going to have to learn how to be comfortable with being a bit more ‘noticed’, so no time like the present!
First I tried wearing Kontrol on it’s own, with a very little made-up face – just a touch of concealer and powder, shimmering bronzed powder buffed into the cheekbones and temples, targeted glowing highlights on the brow and inner eye corners, and a whole lotta mascara. I applied it straight from the tube to keep it a little less intense, though I find the shape of the bullet allows for fairly precise application (a quick note: be sure to cover the entire mouth including your inner lip, as it can really look stark pink and noticeable otherwise). This shade, my friends, is BOLD. It is not for the faint of heart or the shy and demure. It’s definitely a color which challenges the idea of what’s ‘pretty’ – but honestly, after wearing it for a few minutes, and with the warmth from my makeup, I kind of liked it!! Super bad-ass 😉
However, of course we must remember that I’m just dipping my toe into this new arena of originality, so for my first foray out of the house with Kontrol on, I toned it down and warmed it up with a bit of coral gloss.
I really liked the way this looked with the gloss; I think as a way to ease into wearing a shade such as this, it made for an easy transition – still edgy without feeling a bit too ‘out there’ for this against-the-grain novice. However, I don’t plan to rest on my laurels here – the whole point is to push the boundaries of what’s considered ‘normal’ and step on the other side of the line just so. I want to find that happy place that so many can achieve with fashion (which sadly I cannot master), where they draw gazes for their unique sense of style without also going so far past the line that they look ridiculous. I think I can get there, but I will have to take chances. I think Kontrol is an excellent place to start, don’t you?
What is your approach to makeup? Do you have any beauty goals you’d like to achieve?
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