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Hello friends! It's been a smidgen since I've done a beauty post. I felt like it was time to whip out the brushes again and get to work on a new creative look.
I was looking through my older beauty blog posts the other night and saw an older post from a couple years ago where I created a half•alive-inspired makeup look, based off their album cover. And, considering my sister and I have been binging BBC's Glow Up lately, I wanted to challenge myself to do the same thing, with another one of my favorite albums. And who knows, maybe I'll make it an unofficial series on here.
For today's look, I'm basing my look off Foster The People's 2017 album Sacred Hearts Club. This indie pop album has hints of almost an eighties flare to it, making it feel super up-beat and exciting to indulge in. The album's artwork has eye-catching magenta hues and a bright sign creating hazy silhouettes, all framed by a deep darkness. I saw mixed reviews on Reddit about this album artwork, but personally, I love it. It feels lonesome, eerie. And that rich violet red is so memorable to me. The neon sign casts these beautiful shadows that crawl from the subjects, and the perspective of this photograph is absolutely spot-on. I'm a huge fan of this monotone vibe.
With my makeup, I wanted to incorporate all of these levels of red, from that bright pink of the sign, to the stark black of the shadows. I was so excited to challenge myself with this one. I'm not normally one to wear loads of makeup, but when it comes to playing around, I love going all out.
I started out with my base. I prime with Pond's moisturizer because to me, it works the same as normal primer. I also applied some foundation to even out my skin tone a bit more.
The first shade I applied to my crease was Bee Bold from Sugar Rush's Bee You palette. I used a lot of shades from this palette because, hi, I love this palette. For me, it didn't matter how messily I applied the crease shades, because I knew eventually I'd want to apply a shimmer shade over my lid in the end.
Next, I actually added some of that bright pink, Spark, from the Dream St. (Kathleen Lights x ColourPop palette) over my original shade because I spontaneously decided it needed more pop. After this, I used that deep shade from the Bee You palette, called Bee Fab, and blended that into the outer corner of my crease. This creates that depth and represents those darker reds you see in the album artwork.
After this, I decided it was finally time to apply that shimmer shade. I used Bee Fun from that same palette, and applied it onto the entire lid. I also placed this along my lower lash line to pull the look around my whole eye, to balance out that heaviness.
After this came the pop of my pressed glitter, to represent that neon sign. I used Temper from ColourPop because it's such a cute and reflective glitter. I also took time to apply some NYX eyeliner, I filled in my eye brows, and I did some contouring around my face.
To finish the look, I applied some black matte lipstick, dusted with some of that shimmery Bee Fun shadow from earlier. I used some Glossier Dew Effect Highlighter in Quartz for a fresh glow, applied mascara, and added some more eyeliner to create dots, pulling that contrast from my black lippy up through the rest of the look. This was the final result:
The lipstick didn't come out as neat as I had hoped, but whatever! It was still a ton of fun. I definitely recommend the album itself. It's amazing.
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