I’m not going to lie– ever since the creation of Canadian Beauty Bloggers and the decision that we’d all swap blog posts once a month, I’ve been excited to have one of Kalyn Lord‘s posts on my blog. Of course, I thought it would be a couple thousand words longer than this one is, but can’t have everything. For other great FOTDs, drugstore dupes, and detailed product reviews, make sure to check out her blog!
I’m delighted to be guest posting over here on Writing Whimsy! I’ve been following Zoë’s blog for what seems like forever, and she is one of my dearest blogging friends, and a sister in our love of purple nail polish. I wanted to do a bang-up job on her blog this month, so I dug deep — I wanted to find a play on this month’s theme that was creative and truly representative of my own interest in art and beauty. It didn’t take me long to think of the perfect FOTD inspiration.
Growing up, there were two modern abstract Woodland art pieces hanging in our living room; these beautiful lined loons were both strong and delicate-looking, wisping pitch-black lines on snow white paper, punctuated by the most deliberate coloured geometric shapes. These paintings, created by Cree artist Noah Sainnawap, helped to shape my interest in art, and are the inspiration for my CBB Guest Post this month, centered around ‘Red and White’ beauty. I also find it appropriate, as the CBB Team is celebrating being Canadian this July — and Sainnawap is from my hometown of Pickle Lake, Ontario!
- WHITE NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Milk’ – a creamy white matte pencil used by many a blogger and beauty enthusiast alike, to help make bright colours pop and to give a smooth base to their eye makeup. I used it here all over my eye and undereye, topped with a bit of the white from my NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Palette, which is definitely softer and less stark looking. Were I to do this for a ‘normal’ day look, I’d opt to just use the Hanamichi white, as it has a much more translucent, satin finish.
- RED Using the same NARS palette, I added small red dot to the outer corner of my lid — when my eyes are closed, the effect is more geometric, and when they are open, it looks like a subtle shading in the liner.
- I used one of my finest black pen liners, the Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner I received in a recent Ipsy bag. The fine tip allowed me to get fairly precise with my linework, and I drew out a shape that is a bit reminiscent of a 1960s mod double line. I added a few lashes on my lower line, too, both to draw attention to the shape of my eye and to mimic bird feathers. I finished off my eye with a bit of Clinique Bottom Lash mascara (on top and bottom lashes).
- RED On my cheeks, I used a pop of warm red, namely the middle shade from my Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Flame palette — this particular shade of red is called ‘Bon Fire’, and it required a pretty significant amount of blending to look even remotely natural. I wore it high on my cheeks to draw attention to my eyes.
- Finally, I did a quick and dirty gradient lip with Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout all over the lip and a touch of MAC Nightmoth (original review) on the corners.
From Top to Bottom:
- White from NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Palette (original review)
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Milk’
- Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (original review)
- Red from NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Palette
- Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (original review)
- Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Flame palette (original review)
There you have it! Personally, even with its flaws, I think this turned out nicer than my alternative idea, which may or may not have involved me doing a buffalo plaid check all over my eyelid, and squeaking in the ‘white’ part of the theme with some really unfortunate lip look. I realized I could have done gingham instead of plaid, and that would have satisfied the theme…but buffalo plaid just feels more Canadian, ya know? I really wanted to keep the theme running. I think I did a good job — and I hope you do, too!
…and speaking of Canadian…
I can’t believe she found a way to incorporate Ryan Gosling…