Since I'm a visual person I hardly ever remember the album title but I just remember what the album art looks like.
There were a few things that probably inspired this look. First of all, I’m so sick of winter, and in the Deep South (specifically the Gulf Coast states, through which I proudly and sweatily roam) few things mark the end of a dreary winter more significantly, loudly and drunkenly than Mardi Gras. Because my schedule this year’s been all out of whack and also because I’m mad broke, I’m not in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Still, my heart pines for days of parades, morning tequila, feather masks and a thousand strangers’ boobs. I’ve been dreaming in purple, green and gold--the official colors of the world’s greatest party.
Also, I’ve been watching a lot of late '90s Nickelodeon cartoons (think Angry Beavers, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters), the likes of which managed to always feature theme song introductions composed predominately of colorful yet strangely geometric graphics, i.e. squiggly purple rectangles, bouncing pink triangles and neon green block letters. My brain’s been processing everything via bold shapes and shades.
I also recently assessed my eyeliner situation, in which a dozen too many sticks, pens and tubes are overflowing from my tiny and clear three-drawer unit atop my already-cluttered sink, which I share with one increasingly frustrated boyfriend.
Turns out I’ve somehow accumulated quite a collection of liners since the day I went completely mad in a hotel room in Berkeley in 2012 and piled all my cosmetics into a brown Trader Joe’s grocery bag before tossing said bag into the nearest dumpster. (Which I hope to this day was dived into by a UCal student graced by equal parts excellent taste and luck.)
So let’s make something of these colors, dear reader. I chose my favorite yet underused colors from the bunch: a Kelly green and a vibrant purple.
The first liner is from Sephora’s Pantone collabo of yesteryear, and my favorite color of all time, Emerald. Emerald is the best birthstone (shout out to my May babies!) and the best color.
I took said emerald liner, a smooth but very wet liquid liner (which is how I prefer liner pens--none of that dried-up felt-tip marker business please) and covered my entire mobile lid.
Isn’t it just the best color? Y’all, I want to marry emerald. JK, but I would totally get married in a green dress. (P.S. buy me this?)
Covering the whole lid with liquid liner like this is somewhat tricky. You’re gonna have to be patient, which is not my strong suit. Getting the coverage even involved a lot of waiting and blotting. If you don’t give it enough time, it will turn out really streaky.
Then I drew the shape of the eyelid out, extending everything into a semi-circle of green.
On its own, this is a cool, bold look. I like the starkness of it.
But, obviously, I’m not done yet. After this, I carried the line of the green liner down the inside of my eye toward my nose.
Then I took Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in purple and drew a large sort of rectangular wing out from the green semi-circles.
My purple liner pen is actually almost dried out, so I had to keep going over this purple over and over again to get it less streaky looking.
Then, I used Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil in White to draw a line across my lower lash line. This is a good way to cover up the redness under my eyes, which is a permanent fixture of my “look.” Shout out to allergies and sadness!
Then, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner (my ride-or-die liquid liner, truly) in Matte Black to dot along my lower lash line, Twiggy style. I grabbed E.L.F. Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Copper, which is a glittery gold, and drew small lines on the outer edges of my purple blocks. Are you feeling the Mardi Gras vibes yet?
I swiped a bit of L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lip Stain (yeesh, what a name) in Endless Red on my lips, which always reads as more of a berry on me because of its sheerness and how pigmented my lips are. I skipped blush and simply brushed a small amount of bronzer on my cheekbones.
Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle meets Mardi Gras, right? A little bit mod? It’s all over the place, but I really like this look. What do y’all think? Laissez les bons temps rouler!