Since I'm a visual person I hardly ever remember the album title but I just remember what the album art looks like.
Being human is
boring: no spaceships, no Gene Roddenberry food generators (cheeseburgers on
demand!), and most importantly, no alien babes.
Do not fear,
Earthlings! Total alien babe camouflage awaits you. After I found this gorgeous
photo of Gabrielle Drake last week, I decided to get groovy with Urban Decay
Book of Shadows Volume IV Redux and make myself prime James T. Kirk bait.
This look is ‘60s-inspired for ultimate Star Trek-itude, using a cut crease and funky lips made
to custom match my alien eyes. I used purple as my color theme, but any bright color will work well. Alternatively, one could use neutrals on both the eyes
and lips for a dramatic and significantly more wearable look.
Here are the
ever-important swatches of what I'll be using:
Start with skin and
brows prepped as you normally would; I do suggest filling in the brows at least
a bit, as this look is so heavy on the eyes that it may be overwhelming without
some definition. Blush should be very light or skipped altogether to keep the
‘60s vibe alive and avoid competing with the vibrant lips and eyes.
First, I applied eye
primer all over my top lids and bottom lash line; since intense color payoff is
so important here, I wanted to make sure it really showed up everywhere I
Next, I used Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in White 01, a shimmery,
cream white, all over my mobile lid, making sure not to go past the start of the
orbital bone. This look is really precise on the mobile lid, so staying in the
lines is elementary-school-drawing-time levels of important.
Next, I went over
this area with Urban Decay’s Polyester Bride, a glittery white that’s slightly
less tacky than it sounds and absolutely perfect for being space-age glam.
Next, I wet a thin
liner brush and traced my crease with a black shadow; to keep with my Book of
Shadows theme, I used Creep. This should be a faint line that’ll serve as a
guide for the badass cut crease to come. Don’t worry if your crease isn’t
well-defined: just trace the line where your orbital bone starts.
Instead of tracing down to meet my lash line, I extended Creep into a long and
gently curving wing. The angle of this
wing should match the one that will extend from the lash line; I personally
find it easier to match angles by doing my crease first, but the other way
around works just as well.
Welp, here comes the
scary part: free-handing liquid liner sans the training wheels of a lash line.
The trace line makes this 1,467%* easier, and you only have to worry about
keeping the lower part of your line clean since more shadow will be blended on
*78% of statistics are made up on the spot.
I started out with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liquid Liner in black, but I found
that the pen was not a fan of the combination of cream and powder shadow that
was already on my lids. I used the Stila liner where I could, but I busted out
my black Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner, as well. Its wet brush tip was much
easier to apply with the other products, although the opacity leaves something
to be desired (as seen in the swatch).
The cut crease is
drawn, and the training wheels are gone! Let’s get back to safety, though,
since both lash lines are feeling naked.
I drew a thin line extending into a
wing on both my upper and lower lid. The upper wing should mimic the
curve of the wing above. I made my lower wing symmetrical along a horizontal
axis with the upper wing, although I did not extend this one as far out.
Additionally, I busted out my Sephora Jumbo Liner again to highlight the inner
corner of my eye and halfway across my lower lash line. Also using the Sephora
liner, I filled in the spaces between the three wings as precisely as I could;
however, I found that if I accidentally went over the black liner with white,
another helping of Urban Decay liquid liner fixed the issue.
Next, I used Creep
again to make a thick line above my cut crease liner using the same wet liner brush.
This layer doesn’t need to be quite as precise as I made it, but I wanted to
ensure that the width of the color stayed consistent across both eyes.
Now, it’s time to get funky. Using a shadow brush, I heavily
blended Urban Decay’s Psychedelic Sister, a shimmery, deep blue-purple, into
Creep, and carefully extended Psychedelic Sister out to follow the angle of the
wing. The overall width of Psychedelic Sister on the lid should be
approximately equal to Creep.
To create a gradient effect, I then blended
Grifter--a glittery, pastel pink-purple--into Psychedelic Sister so that the
black faded to a lavender shimmer as the shadow reached my eyebrows.
On my bottom lid, I
traced a line of Psychedelic Sister under the black liner and wing. Then, I
found that I looked a bit sickly, so I extended my swipe of Sephora Jumbo Liner
all the way across the bottom lid, under Psychedelic Sister.
some fake “eyelashes” using my Urban Decay liquid liner; the Stila had heavily
revolted by this point, so the “lashes” are not terribly opaque.
added a healthy dose of Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara.
Drake’s look sported the usual pastel 1960s lip, I wanted to get weird. I
really only own red lipstick (someone help me), but I wanted my lips to match
my eyes, so I got creative.
I put a thin coat of Urban Decay Primer Potion on
my lips, both to cancel out the natural pink and to help the vibrancy of the color. I blended
Psychedelic Sister onto my lips using a shadow brush and defined the edges
using a liner brush.
At this point, I freaked out because my lips turned
lethally dry (who knew eye primer wasn’t awesome for lips? Oh wait, everyone),
so I layered some Vaseline on top. This helped quite a bit; the feeling was
similar to a two-step long-wear lipstick, like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge.
patted more Psychedelic Sister on to make the finish more opaque and less
glossy. Again, you can do this lip with any color you picked for your eyes.
So, what are your
thoughts? Who is your favorite spaceship captain (Malcolm Reynolds, no
question)? Would I fit in aboard the Enterprise?