Texture Play

May 9, 2014 • Beauty


One of the coolest parts about makeup is playing with texture and making skin, lips, or eyes look anything but natural. At the Christian Dior Fall 2014 RTW show, Pat McGrath used pigments over latex paint (I assume and hope the ammonia-free kind) on models’ eyelids and the result looked like an amazing, glittery sticker for eyes – it kind of is since it peels right off. For a similar and more obtainable look, you could try foiling which is mixing eyeshadow or pigments with a mixing medium like MAC Pro Water Base Mixing Medium, Studio Fix+, or even water. There’s also Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow that comes with everything you need to foil. In my look, I foiled Sugarpill Asylum loose eyeshadow with water then added clear gloss and Vaseline for an ultra glossy look.


I’m a sucker for liquid lipstick/gloss/stain/balm products so I’ve tried several of them, mostly on a drugstore level, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Fuchsia Orchestra has proven to be one of the most magical ones. Do you want to look like you belong in a heavily retouched, mid-2000s editorial? Well, this is it! If you’re more into layering with other lip products, I recommend Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar. Most of them add a neon kick and there are sheerer ones for a simple vinyl-coated look.


Look, I know the good Margiela stuff is usually rare and hard to get. I’ll always lust after crackly, painted tabi boots. Maybe I’ll own them some day, maybe I won’t. Why not give my eyelids the same effect in tribute? I used a water activated makeup by Wolfe Face Art & FX that applies liquid and dries down matte. I brushed it on messily and slightly pulled the skin around my eyes as it dried to create the cracks. Make Up For Ever Aquarelle and white liquid liners may also create a similar effect.


Shimmer and glitter can be all the makeup you need to morph yourself into a mermaid, cyborg, or alien. I went a little reptilian/alien here, complete with shedding skin (liquid latex) and covering myself in Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure in Opal with a base of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (Too Faced Glitter Glue is similar). Those bases are perfect for using around eyes as well, whether you want to go all out or just add accents of sparkle. For lips, simply apply shimmer or glitter over lipstick or lip primer.

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