The “mod” style of makeup is named as such because it’s an abbreviation for “modern” – ironic now that mod makeup is considered retro. Dated or no, mod has found its way into many high end fashion designer’s collections on the runway and is very applicable for a high-drama look today. Here’s a couple tips on getting the look Twiggy made famous without coming out a big pile of black eyeliner:
Step 1: The Eyelashes
Apply your favorite “omg my eyelashes are HUGE” mascara (I use the old Telescopic + Diorshow trick), let it dry, and make with the fake lashes. MAC has a lovely set of strip lashes, and individuals are cheap at the drugstore. I have a guide on making falsies happen, too.
I often find regular powder eyeshadows smudge too easily, so I’m attracted to products like this with alternative application methods. I purchased Maybelline Shadow Stylist Loose Powder Eyeshadow in both Contemporary White and Romantic Pink (blushy shades are supposed to highlight blue eyes well). Both colors are nice and intense. The “loose powder” part of the description doesn’t exactly translate when you apply it – it feels more like a cream – but that’s fine with me, as again, I’m trying to avoid the mess.
I don’t really feel white has much place in general shadow use such as applying all over the eyelid, but I use it often for highlighting the inside corners and lower inner rim of my eyes. The applicator is a classic felt tip similar to many eyeliners, and I love it. Regular shadow is too much work to get pure color out of – go with a product like this instead!
The verdict: 10/10! There’s really nothing bad to say about it. If you want intense, easy to apply eye color, here it is.
Maybelline Shadow Stylist Loose Powder Eyeshadow sells at Amazon.com for $12.64.
Everyone has something they don’t like about their face. (OK, maybe not Alessandra Ambrosio.) Contouring is an excellent solution. By “contour”, I mean to change the visual impression of the shapes of your features. Many of us unwittingly contour every day: wing-tipped eyeliner creates the illusion of more angled, exotic eyes, bronzer suggests higher cheekbones, etc. Contouring is a daunting process that most makeup neophytes will probably shy away from, but it’s one of the most powerful tools available in makeup. Highlighting pairs neatly with contouring by drawing light and attention to more flattering areas. In this How-to, I’ll discuss how to cast the right light and shadow on your face.
Since I loved L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara so much, I decided to review the accompanying liner. I wear eyeliner nearly every day, and I love the consistency of this product. (I use Black #810.) The tip is a stiff felt tip rather than a brush, which I usually don’t like, but the flow is thick, luscious black that dries matte.
This eyeliner takes some finesse to apply (as most liquid liners do), so I wouldn’t recommend this liner for beginners. As well, it doesn’t dry very quickly, so take care to not blink or apply mascara before it’s set.
My recent ULTA shopping trip didn’t end with the Neutrogena miracle; I actually got what I went for, which was pressed powder (and I may have picked up another tube of Telescopic mascara – I’m an addict). My coupon didn’t apply to any of the fancier brand name powders, so I went cheap and grabbed Ulta’s own. I felt dubious as I had a rather negative experience with an Ulta-brand concealer once, but the label says “Mineral”, which is all the rage in makeup and a big selling point for me, as mineral makeup tends to produce a smooth, seamless look. The limited color choices added to my concerns: they only offer “Light to Medium” and “Fair to Light”. Diverse!
I finally chose Light to Medium since I don’t like the geisha look, and my skin has warm yellow undertones. (I’m not weird for knowing that, right? You really should know these things about your skin.)