Alright, deep breath, I am going to divulge something to you my friends that may or may not come as a surprise to you. I am…a…face painter. Now when most people think of face painting there are two things that may come to mind:
- Painting flowers and other decorations on faces, such as children and perhaps hippies.
- Sports fans…remember David Putty from Seinfeld, you know support the team. I am not sure why but all of life’s moments can be hearkened back a Seinfeld episode.
However, I would like to suggest a third option. My face painting has more to do with my feeling on the aesthetics of beauty. I don’t think of my make-up application as act of slapping on some goo, but rather a bit of a cathartic ritual. For me, there is a psychological experience that goes along with it. It’s not that I am creating a mask, but I am allowing myself to be creative, to play with color and decorate myself accordingly. It is something that I really enjoy doing, there is a focus and a calm that goes through me. To that end I also enjoy watching other people apply make-up and seeing what they end up creating. Many times it will inspire me to try something new or perhaps I just stand in awe of how beautiful the outcome was.
Lately I have been thinking about usage of bright and cheery colors. I think this resurgence began a couple of months ago when I saw this e-mail from Face Stockholm. The use of the blaze of orange to accent her eye complimented by that orange lipstick made me think it was time to dig out that MAC Orange Eyeshadow that has seen very little light of day. The key to the usage of such bold color is, as with anything in life and art, balance. The strong color is used in moderation and supported by colors with a lighter quality.
I actually did not have the opportunity to play with orange as digging through the nicely packed case seemed like a bit more stress than I was ready for. But my curiosity for bright statement color was piqued once again when I saw this video from my much beloved Lisa Eldridge. While I may not do the look in such a bold way I thought why not red, although one does take the risk of looking like you were on the losing end of a fight or even worse suffering from a case of pink eye. But I was more determined. I ordered a red eyeshadow from Inglot, and found a few MAC shadows which were red or reddy pink and even red.
Then last week I stumbled upon a photo from a Shu Uemura e-mail ad from 2008 that I saved because I was so enamored with it. Honestly three years later and I still think it’s divine. I think the use of pink is so breathtakingly beautiful, it’s reminiscent of geisha make up. The face is left evened out with slight accents on the eyes and strong lips. This look is absolutely wearable as it has been augmented to be more modern.
In fact I was so moved by it’s loveliness that I e-mailed the company to see what products they used. And they so kindly answered me back with the following, in case you were interested in achieving this look:
- Rouge unlimited crème matte OR 534M / RD 165 M
- Glow-on M orange 55/ M pink 30/ M Brick 65
- Face architect remodeling cream foundation he used with Foundation brush 18 goat, using Buffing technique.
- Face powder matt colorless
- Powder foundation natural glow finish (Only the cheek area for shade and glow)
- UV Underbase
- Brushes for the visual: Pony #17, Sable # 8HR, Kolinsky #5R, Kolinsky/sable #10
I know that some people view make-up as silly or as a mask that women wear trying to obfuscate their opponent (i.e. men and perhaps other women). And maybe that is accurate for some, we all have our reasons. My reason is not to cover my face. I actually don’t mind my bare face one bit, on some days it’s just sunscreen and lip balm. Rather it is to pay a bit of attention to myself (muching up as my Granny would say) and let my creativity flow. To the same extent I paint my nails, especially if I am feeling a bit stressed or down it feels like a nice thing I do for myself and it perks me up immediately, an absolute stress reliever.
So what do you do for fun? Sorry boys if this was not fun, I’ve got one more girly post to do. I guess it’s girly time.