GUYS! RMS Beauty has new(ish) colors. I adore both. Here’s what they’re like, and how I’ve been wearing them. Teaser: I did the perfect accidental smoky eye this weekend for a party. Read on for details.
Solar is a delicate and interesting gold color. Like the Living Luminizer, it isn’t teeny-bopper sparkly, but instead just luminous, the mineral pigments sort of bouncing light off your face and adding a warm and subtle glow, as opposed to a gold sparkle. Plus, because they’re oil based, like all of her products, they’re moisturizing and don’t cake in the lines above or below your eyes.
How I wear it: We believe that our fingers are the best makeup brushes out there, so I apply it that way for the most part. I’ve colored the lower part of my lid with this several days in a row and it makes my blue eyes positively pop. My favorite trick for night, though, is to use my ring finger to apply a light sweep of it under my bottom lashes, on the outside of my eye. With my eye tight-lined in black pencil, this looks so lovely! In the light it’s a little glam, but in normal lighting (meaning at a bar or restaurant, because that’s what I do most nights when I bother to put on eye makeup) it just adds a little light to my eyes. Bonus: I sort of have shadows under my eyes these days due to insufficient sleep, and drawing attention to the corner of my eye, as opposed to the bluey color over by my nose, makes me feel prettier. Finally, I’ve also used this as a highlighter on the outside of my eyes on the side, down to my cheekbones. This looks lovely! Oh, and one more thing: I’ve done the trick we’ve all tried with Lumizier: Dabbing a touch above my iris on the lid, to make my eyes look more awake. Love this trick, too.
Karma is as deep and intense as it looks, but more of a super-dark brown as opposed to a true black. I admit I was a little scared of this one. The pigment is rich and the color is dark and I’m more of a “Is she wearing makeup?” kind of girl, though I’ve been branching out lately.
How I wear it: I love a smoky eye and the other night I went to a birthday party with my boyfriend and decided to really sort of do it up. I used a stiff flat eye brush to apply this stuff in a thick line on the top of my eyelash line. It looked sort of Mad Men (though I didn’t cat-eye it out at the sides). Then, I applied a very light sweep of the stuff close to the lash line on my lid, with my index finger. On my bottom lashes, I used a regular black pencil to tight-line, then swept on a little Solar in the way I described above. I had a the instinct that as the night wore on it would gently bleed into the perfect smoky eye, and behold! That’s exactly what happened. It didn’t smudge or bleed or look messy—it just sort of migrated into dark-at-the-lash-line-smokey-on-the-lid perfection. I’ve also tried blending Solar and Karma together and, surprise, surprise, that looks amazing, too.
All righty! Both cost $28. Also, if you want to feel bad about yourself, you can see how a professional artist (the lovely RMS herself) applied to it a supermodel (the lovely Miranda Kerr) here.
Has anyone else tried these? Got any application tips I haven’t thought of?
I’m having a small case of the beauty blahs and I don’t know what to do… I want to feel fresh and new for spring but I’m a bit stumped on ideas. Who has done something totally drastic—but not totally chemy—in the last little while? Hair cuts, new makeup colors, awesome discoveries?
Here are my ideas so far…
1. White eye liner. Has anybody tried this? Word is that it really makes eyes pop.
2. A bold new lip color. Maybe coral? Suggestions?
3. More semi-natch highlights. Do I? Don’t I? I’ve trimmed off a lot of my golden pieces from last summer, but can I put myself through all that hair washing again?
One thing I’ve never gotten into at all is eye shadow. Maybe it’s time. I know there are some really fun colors right now, even among naturals. I just feel like shadow looks a little silly on me—even though I often love it on others. Is there a trick to wearing? Help!
We’re getting ready to announce another challenge, but in the meantime we want to do a little crowdsourcing and I’d like to indulge in a bit of an overshare. Because thinking about makeup really got me…thinking about makeup. Specifically my relationship to it, and how that’s changed in the last, oh, four days.
So the other night I was faced with a bit of a social conundrum. I was feeling like garbage, but it was one of my dearest friends’ birthdays and he was getting people together for drinks. I obviously wanted to be there, but I felt so blah and my closet was full of stuff I all of a sudden hated. It was just one of those nights, and if I was going to get out the door, I was going to have to do some serious rallying.
I’ve always marveled at women who have a playful relationship with makeup and talk about the “transformative power” of a great bold eye or a blood-red lip (hyperbole above). But I’m more into the transformative power of a concealer that makes spots disappear, or a mascara that makes my blondish lashes show up on my pale face. My relationship to makeup has, in other words, always been rather functional. And while I do wear some makeup almost every day, and yes, I’ve had a brief romance with lipstick, there’s just no whimsy to what I do! No fun! And definitely no risks.
But that’s because I have some hangups. Like in my head, it’s okay for me to correct things I think of as flaws, but if I really go for it, I’m crossing some invisible line into abject fakery. It’s probably the same reason I’ve never worn pushup bras. It’s a not a feeling that extends to other women, mind you; I love seeing other girls in makeup and dressed to the bustiest nines. It’s a personal thing that probably has something to do with my rather late embracement of my own femininity, and I’ll stop there because I’m not paying you all by the hour to listen to me wax psychological.
But the other night, for whatever reason, I decided to totally do my face. I’m talking heavy blended liner, smoky shadows, luminizer, darkened eyebrows, matte skin and a bright red lip, courtesy of Chanel.* I slicked my hair into a high ponytail and for the first time maybe ever, I thought the person in the mirror looked alarmingly not like the me that woke up this morning. I felt…transformed!
I was surprised to find that with my fancy new face came a fancy new mood. It was a dramatic shift that I can really only attribute to, um, eye makeup. I can’t wait to do it again.
So we now have a question for you.
Why do you wear makeup? Like, do you wear it to correct things you think of as “flaws”? Do you wear it because it’s fun? Do you wear it because you feel more powerful/prettier/sexier/more feminine?
We know a lot of you don’t wear makeup, and we know a lot of you who do are more than willing to go without sometimes (yay!). But right now we want to hear from those of you who do paint your faces—even if you only use very little. So get crazy in the comments. We can’t wait to hear…. And we’ll announce the new challenge soon!
*Yes, yes I still have an old Chanel lipstick—don’t stone me! It’s probably gone off because it’s that old, and no, it’s not clean at all by our standards, but boy is it pretty…. Everything else I used was clean as a whistle, though.
Crazy Swan face via