Wednesday, November 21, 2012

About Face: Golden Eye, Scarlet Lip

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I don't know about you, but I don't want to be bothered with a whole bunch of makeup products just to look cute while I'm stuffing my face with an ungodly serving of candied yams.  I'm going to keep it simple, but festive.  I plan on wearing a little gold on the lid with a bold red lip.  Most save red for Christmas and such, but I'm going to go rogue and do red for turkey day.  Yep.  That's me, the rebel.  And I'm going to achieve this look with just a few products.  No fuss, no mess... just a look of uncomplicated simplicity.

For a very long time, I avoided wearing red lipstick because I never thought it looked good on me.  But, like all things, I learned that I just had to find the right shade of red that would work for me and my skin tone.  And for me, blue-based reds are not ideal.  I need a shade that is more "tomato" or warm like MAC's Russian Red.

MAC describes Russian Red's finish as a matte, but I promise that it is not a flat matte.  It definitely has a slight sheen to it.  I really like the finish on this lipstick.  And I will be pairing it with MAC's Nightmoth lipliner.

Can you see the sheen on Russian Red?
 Next up are the eyes:

I'll be using Wet N' Wild's Vanity palette - applying the gold on the lid, bronze in the crease.

I'll also be darkening the outer "v" with MAC's Carbon.  This is a matte black and although Carbon has been criticized for not being black enough, mine - as you can see below - is pretty sooty.   But I have had it for a while, so maybe it's from the old batch before they changed the formula?

So, do you think me a nerd for planning my face a day early?  I just didn't want to be fumbling around trying to figure it out the day of and then hauling a bunch of makeup around by default because I couldn't decide on what to wear on my face.  Turkey day is hectic enough with traveling, visiting family or having visitors that I wanted to at least keep this part frazzle-free.

Well, with that being said, no matter whether you're traveling for your meal, doing the cooking for a huge family gathering or maybe just a dinner for one, please have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.  Stay in good spirits and keep in mind that despite certain things that may be going on in your life (or not going on), you ALWAYS have SOMETHING to be thankful for.


  1. I think it is a very pretty look. russian red looks great on you. i recently purchased one and have yet to wear it, I'm currently running runaway red to the ground lol

  2. Thanks so much! Runaway Red is pretty, too (good choice). But you gotta crack open the Russian and tell me what you think...