Open Thread: Just The Basics

Can I buy a vowel?
Publish date:
September 26, 2014
open thread, Urban Decay, basic bitches

You guys, seriously, this "Basic Bitches" coffee mug is probably the best thing I've been sent in a long time. Next to the mini champers. (Thanks, Kérastase!) And the donkey. (Uh, thanks, Napoleon Perdis! I think?)

It was a gift from our friends at Urban Decay, and came with its mega-popular Naked2 Basics palette and a fabulous new Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush, which I will test out this weekend, all in the name of being basic.

It's funny how "basic" has become this huge insult. I mean, what, because I like Sex and the City, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and occasionally use hashtags when I speak I'm totally lame? Okay, cool. I will be that. #blessed

Back on topic, though: The Urban Decay delivery got me thinking about beauty basics and our site. We post a lot of what I'd consider advanced techniques and looks, and in the comments, I frequently see requests for stories that cover "the basics." But I'm not sure what that means, exactly.

For example, at this point in my beauty life, doing a cat eye is pretty basic. It takes me less than five minutes, because I've had a lot of time to practice, but for someone else out there, a cat eye is a next-level beauty trick.

So tell me: What basics are you interested in? Should it be a series? xoVain Beauty School? And seriously, don't be embarrassed to say something like, "Putting on mascara," because it's really not just about swiping it on your lashes. There is some technique involved if you want to get the full benefit. And without knowing the fundamentals, it's going to be really hard for you to pull off The Plastic Peacocks.

Go forth and be basic, dear readers. It's time for your Open Thread!