Hello friends! After taking off a couple of weeks due to unforeseen circumstances, I'm back and feeling surprisingly inspired.
Some days during my break were spent in complete solitude. I cleaned a ton of stuff in my apartment, as I mentioned I loved doing in the previous blog post. I also went out swimming, sunbathing, going on walks. And with all this alone time came that time where I sat and listened to one of my new favorite bands' newly-released album.
For context, half•alive is an indie pop band who are best known for their single "still feel." and their extremely dance-y music videos. Basically, they're a very feel-good kind of group who base a lot of their song premises off of psychological terminology and concepts, and I just can't help but to feel creatively inspired when I watch their videos and listen to their music.
Another thing I find inspiring is their album cover for Now, Not Yet. The colors, the cut/paste design, the layering, the texture, the unattached feeling I feel when I look at the characters, the varied shapes...I could go on and on. So this feeling of awe I have when I look at this artwork, along with the fact that I'm seeing them in concert soon, made me want to experiment with a fun eye makeup look, inspired by this album cover.
To note, I didn't go through the trouble of doing skin makeup for this look since I was doing all of this in a spontaneous I-need-to-get-this-creativity-on-its-canvas-before-the-sun-sets burst. So it was all in my head, and executed before your eyes (first-try).
So, friends, I present to you: my very amateur attempt at doing half•alive inspired eye makeup.
As a base for my eye makeup I tend to use neutral colors from the Tarteist Pro palette, so I used those to conceal my eye veins without having to use foundation. Why was I so keen on not using foundation? Will we ever know? I also highlighted my inner corners and under my brow bone with the highlight shade in the Jaclyn Hill yellow vault palette. I then dove into the bright orange/pink color that was in my Morphe 35M palette and started applying it to the inner and outer corners of my lid.
In the center of my lid, I use a standard white eyeliner pencil to brighten, before applying a yellow shade from my Jaclyn Hill Vault palette to create a circular shape. This represents that circle that's in the center of their album cover. I then reapplied that orange shade in my crease and messily blended it out.
After this, I used the coordinating shimmery orange shade and applied it only over the orange that was on my lid (not my crease), then dug into some green shades that were also in the 35M palette. I started with the deep, shimmery greens closer to my lower waterline, then messily blended lighter greens further from my eye, smearing them down my cheeks a bit.
To create that similar light line, which goes horizontally among the thin black lines, I used that same white eyeliner pencil and brightened up my lower waterline and lightly lined the inner corner of my eye. I also took a moment to add some gold shadow to the yellow circle that was on my eyelid because, I mean, the majority of my lid has glitter on it now--why not add more? I also did the liberty of highlighting my face very heavily to represent those crackles and texture in the album art while also being cohesive with the messy green blend.
And to finish off the makeup, I applied eyeliner and mascara. And BAM: The final look.
It might not have turned out the absolute best, but it was super fun to try out!
Thanks for tuning in today! What kind of albums inspire you?