Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Heroine Chic" & Naked Palettes

Salut mes amis! I hope you're all happy and healthy!! It's flu season and your girl Maryam has definitely caught a bad one. This time, I'm not alone -- Mr. Maquillage and I are both sick and have been quarantined in our apartment for the past few days, trying to rest up and recuperate for next week. As always, I like to take advantage of any and every situation, so I created a makeup look based around my sickness... What are paleness and black circles good for if not for bad-ass, grungy, "heroin chic" makeup? Of course, I'm just kidding. I don't advise any of you to go out when you're sick, however, I will say that conceptualizing this idea and bringing it to life actually made me feel better and more productive. I loved it so much, I can't wait to wear it again when I'm healthy and back to normal!

Today, I'm presenting: the sick "Chic Heroine" -- grungy, heavy metal eye makeup with 3 look options, using both Naked Palettes, as per your request!

Read more for tips, options and how-to!

The Original "Chic Heroine": Kate Moss
"Heroin Chic" was a fashion look popularized in the mid-90's, characterized by pale skin, dark circles under the eyes and angular bone structure. This look emphasized androgyny and was a reaction against the healthy, vivacious look of supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista. The Heroin Chic concept drew a lot of criticism from anti-drug organizations for glamorizing drug use and eventually faded when the new era of fashion emerged with bombshell Brazilian models and the "return of the sexy".

Side Note: For the purpose of this post, I'm revisiting the characteristics of the concept, minus the glorification of drugs. I am the most straight-edge person I know, so I'm adding an -e at the end of the title and referring to this look as "Heroine Chic" from this point on.

Today's Chic Heroines: Mary-Kate, Rihanna & Nicole Richie
*photos found on Google; collage by Maryam Maquillage

On to the Maquillage!

I'm using the coveted, best-of-the-best, top-of-the-food-chain, all-around favorites: 

Chic Heroine #1: The Dying Swan
This look is the closest to the original, characterized by pale lips, smudged mascara and the absence of color in the face. This monochromatic look is sickly, yet chic and uses shimmery eye shadows to hint at glamour.

Products Used (Eyes):

Products Used (Lips):

Products Used (Skin):

Chic Heroine #2: Grease-Grunge-n-Gloss
When it comes to grungy makeup, glossy lips are a big no-no... the glossy eye look, on the other hand, is all the rage. Paired with burnt brown eyeshadow, glossy lids give the appearance of worn-in, lived-in, greasy makeup that only supermodels can pull off effortlessly... This option is the least wearable of all, but I had to include it, because it is so quintessentially "Heroine Chic". The glossy lid look is great for photoshoots, but I wouldn't recommend wearing it out -- it is a high maintenance look that requires a MUA on set. If you're up for it, however, here's how you can achieve this look :)

On my eyes, I'm wearing all the previously listed products, plus a mixture of equal parts of Aquaphor(or Vaseline) and clear lip gloss. TIP: Choose a lip gloss that is more liquid-y than sticky. I like NYX mega shine lip gloss in Pop-- an orange tinted clear gloss with glitter. 

Glossy Lids How-To: 
  1. Apply your eye shadows as you would normally.
  2. Mix a pea-sized amount of Vaseline with a pea-sized amount of clear lip gloss.
  3. Apply the mixture by "painting" it on, using a flat synthetic brush.

Chic Heroine #3: Glam Grunge
This look is probably the prettiest and most wearable of the three and is a classic look you might want to keep in your repertoire ;) Glam-Grunge makeup was popularized by the Chic Heroines previously mentioned and continues to be a go-to evening look for the alternative crowd. This makeup is fun, easy and surprisingly flattering on most features. The look is characterized by heavy-metal smoked out eyes and lower lash line, as well as chunky, textured lashes and brows. To glamorize and modernize the look, I paired it with a soft ballerina bun and pretty lavender-beige lips.

Cross Bracelet: Caviar Noir

Products Used (Eyes): Same as in first look +

Products Used (Eyebrows):

Products Used (Lips):
  • Too Faced lip of luxury lipstick in Centerfold -- Although this gorgeous shade is described as "beige", to me, it's clearly a neutral lavender. The formula is smooth, creamy and long-lasting, making Centerfold a perfect lipstick. I am slightly obsessed with it and am so happy to share my new discovery!
    Grungy Smokey Eye using Naked 1 + 2 How-To:
    1. Prime the lids and allow a few seconds for the primer to set.
    2. Using a soft fluffy brush and Naked eyeshadow (Naked Palette), apply the color to the entire eye socket area and blend it well. You want to end up with a dim wash of color surrounding the eye.
    3. Using a more precise contour brush, re-emphasize the socket using Buck eyeshadow (Naked). Keep this color closer to the crease and lash line.
    4. Line the top and bottom lash lines with a smudgy black liner (Zero).
    5. Apply a shimmery brown sticky base (NYX -- French Fries) to your lid and bottom lash line, on top of the black liner, and blend it out with your finger or a synthetic brush.
    6. Using a flat shader brush, pat on Snakebite eyeshadow (Naked 2) on top of the sticky base.
    7. With the same brush, apply Darkhorse (Naked) to the outer third of the lid. 
    8. Clean the brush and apply Suspect (Naked 2) to the inner third of the lid and the inner corner.
    9. Blend out the harsh edges using Buck and Naked. Next, apply Foxy (Naked 2) to the brow bone.
    10. Line the waterline using Whiskey. Add mascara and false lashes.
     Stay chic, happy & healthy!


    Maryam Maquillage


    *Some product/s in this post were sent for my consideration and review. The opinion stated is 100% my own.

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