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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Past Imperfect

This post was inspired by Mary Greenwell's refreshingly relaxed approach (hosted here by Lisa Eldridge) -- passionate ease sounds vaguely seedy, but it's the best my lurgy-fighting brain can come up with right now. Anyway, scroll down (we're going back in time so BYO woo-woo sound effects) for a couple of looks which for various reasons I didn't think turned out polished enough to blog. Which is ridiculous, because this blog has never been about polish or slickness -- in fact, not to get too wanky about it, I like blogging most fundamentally for its unprofessionalism, if not even anti-professionalism. Blah blah etymology of amateur rinse repeat blah.

1. This probably shouldn't have seen the light of day for very good reasons... working from home does strange things to one. Among them Utena hairs (from Wonderland Wigs):
Eyes: Collection [née Collection 2000] Glam Crystals liner in Pow! against neutrals from Chanel Stupendous quad  | Blush: RBR Delicata | Lip: Armani Lip Maestro 503


2. Bérénice Marlohe's budding signature look (see The Non Blonde's post) really appeals to me for the way it plays up her hooded eyes which fold down at the inner corner, just like mine :D It's a great example of anti-corrective makeup. For the current conventional wisdom on how to 'flatter' this eyeshape, Lisa Eldrige has a good video.

This happened during Fyrinnae Week, so I used some of their neutrals to take off this look, which was the cleanest rendition of the shape I could find:

Shinrikou (a cool, pale gold), Sake & Sashimi (a rich neutral brown with green, blue, gold and red shimmer), and Knickers in a Twist (silvery taupe satin base with warmer bronze shimmer).

In mah fabulous bathroom lighting :P

Least colour-accurate but gives best idea of the darkness under the lower lashline:
Mascara: Max Factor False Lash Effect 24Hour |  Blush: RBR Delicata | Lips: balm.


From Before I Chopped My Hairs Off
3. Black and gold, inspired by the gif wot colonised the makeup internets last year:
Ginta Lapina at Jason Wu Fall 2011
I was too lazy to concoct the midnight blue that makes this look so effective so simply used plain black Shiseido Caviar Shimmering Cream Eye Colour and Barry M Dazzle Dust 101 Buff.

Chapped lips and even dodgier pics:
Waterline: GOSH white kohl | Lips: Korres Jasmine Lip Butter


4. Graphic powder, pinspired by this, which is actually quite similar to the Bérénice Marlohe, but more precise and conventional:
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Eyes: KATE BK-1 gel liner, GOSH white kohl, 
Catrice Hip Hop on the Tree Top and The Noble Knights, no mascara 
Lips: Korres Jasmine Lip Butter




Some wooly victims of this recent spate of pernicious perfectionism....
Remember the cropped cardigan I wasn't happy with? It's now an ex-garment.


And I am currently in the process of cannibalising Peabody v1.0 to make Peabody v2.0 'the version that actually fits!'
As you see, literally knitting off the corpse of the last one. Just finished the entire body again and had the whole of the ribbing section left over, because this is what happens when you skim an 'easy' pattern, accidentally cast on three sizes too big, and wing the rest because you're so clever like that.

Fellow serial-rippers may find this recent TechKnitting post on recycling yarn useful; I can definitely vouch for it.


Finally, a confession: I fell off the dress wagon at a recent Erdem sample sale:

Please redeem me with styling suggestions? So I can commence wearing this with embarrassing frequency thus making it, like, totally free and stuff?

Or make me feel better by sharing your own recent imperfections! :D I know Mary Greenwell's vids have been a hit on makeupalley; have you been inspired, too? Or do you prefer a more studied approach?

49 comments:

  1. Kate,How could you look so stunning!! I wish I had your lashes *envy*
    the erdem dress is beautiful! I love the pattern ;))

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    1. <3 You're really bad for my ego, Jade :D

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  2. Very stylish, the last make up look is my favourite on you, xoxo.

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    1. I had a lot of fun with it! Works against my anatomy, which I'm into right now :)

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  3. Hey I enjoyed Mary Greenwell's film - her ease and enthusiasm was infectious! I love these looks especially the blue and gold one!

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    1. I still can't make it through her foundation application XD But the rest was gold!

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  4. Love, LOVE the looks in this post. I agree with you about blogs being anti-professionalism - I typically prefer blogs that are anti-airbrushing and Photoshop so I can see what products really look like, especially what they look like on the face.

    I also love this post title :D

    And how do you get KIAT to look like that? My sample is so dull and dark!

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    1. *hugs* :D For me it's a combination of the tone, content/focus and the pics -- I dropped those magazine subscriptions for a reason, y'know?

      ....why photoshop of course! ;D Nah, mine is really old (was a gift from an old Fyrinnae-fan, from 2007 maybe?) and I haven't repurchased because swatches of the more recent batches do look quite flat in comparison :/

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  5. I adored Mary Greenwell's vids... I find it fascinating to see the variations in approach, and I found her very engaging. I love your Bérénice Marlohe look -- you've made it work perfectly for your face. Beautiful! I haven't seen that Ginta gif before -- I'm off now to stare at it for a while :).

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    1. I admit to wearing some variation of the Marlohe blackened-colours look to practically every evening outing lately....
      So glad to see more and more pros making vids. Charlotte Tilbury and Rae Morris are other faves.

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  6. I just loved the Mary Greenwell videos, too. She is a hoot! And loved this post with some stunning looks.

    As for the daaarling dress, I would love to see a grown up version with black pumps and elegant earrings, no black stockings, please, for an evening out. It might look good with your redone Peabody cardigan as it would pick up the magenta colors. Black leather jacket and boots? Somehow I fancy bright magenta knitted hat. A black belt would change the look. This dress is fun!

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    1. The dress shall be known as the daaarling dress henceforth!

      It's a fairly understated material (the kind of silk that looks almost linen-y) irl, and I do struggle with dressing it up...Dropping my black opaques would help, tis true :D Thank you!

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  7. Ouch, my eyes, too much perfection! Gorgeous makeup, awesome interpretations!! Sadly, without any particular talent of my own, Mary Greenwell only inspires me as much as ditching my foundation sponge in lieu of the fingers, and to rub rub rub my lips together like there's no tomorrow.
    Speaking of resurrecting sweaters and knitted goods, I'm in the middle of doing it myself, from a commercially-prepared sweater I found in a thrift store. It turned out to be a much bigger project than I thought, even without bothering to smooth out the kinks. Can't wait to see your FOs!

    Claire

    P.S. For your Erdem, I can see a chunky snood or even chunkier bolero with it -- a contrast to the frilly print. Idk, I guess I'm not much of a fashionista. I'm sure you'll come up with something better.

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    1. <3! I think since starting to blog I've become uncharacteristically over-precise with makeup. Naturally I'm more of a lazy 'eh, that's close enough' type and MG reminded me how much more fun and quick that was.

      You are amazing for really recycling! I hope for many pictures of the process <3 It's very hard to find unpickable pieces around here for some reason -- most things are serged :/

      I love pairing chunky knits with prim dresses, so you're totally speaking my language :)

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    2. Yes, finding the ones that are seamed (and not serged) are hard enough, then once you find one, you may not want to harvest it for the yarn. I don't know if I'll ever do this again, seemingly daunting proposition at this point.

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  8. I just lost my post.

    Oh well...wanted to tell you that you look adorable with pink wig :)

    By surprise, I saw that your post was inspired by Mary, I just finished watching her :)

    I love the black and gold eye look, very different IMO.

    PS: Sasa stopped carrying Suki CC cream. I went to countless stores :( But found Laneige sunscreen in violet-white to lighten foundations. Will do a post on it :)

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    1. Hellooooo! <3

      I feel like the pink washes me out. More blush needed :D

      So sad about Suki :( But v. excited to read all your Asian-goodies posts :D

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    2. I dont think it washed you out with the lipstick. BTW: Is that the new armani lippie? I got it in 402, ADORE IT. Now I want the shade you are wearing, it looks sooo gorgeous on you! Why do shades look sooo vibrant on you? :P I remember when I had neon pink hair (yes, for 2 years), I had to use more blush, or quite heavy eyeliner for the hair to look 'right' on me.

      Asian goodies: Oh gosh...I ruined my dear with my shopping. I contained myself to just one foundation. But managed to grab one of everything else, haha!

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    3. I always go for the brightest swatch in the line :D Sadly I have some issues with the formula, so I might have to ask you for tips on working with it in future.

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    4. What kind of issues specifically? Oddly I haven't encountered any, or at least any that are issues to me, and I am picky. I realized its not meant to be long lasting and its not meant to be like a stain that doesn't budge, so I just enjoy the gorgeous transparency it has as well as the funny texture :)

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    5. maybe you've hit on it! This isn't transparent at all on me but an opaque liquid lipstick, similar to Guerlain L'Extrait. It fades unevenly on me, no matter what base or lack-of-base I try underneath. I don't mind reapplying but I cannot deal with red ring of death!

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    6. Hmmm....maybe certain colors are...problematic? By transparency...I mean that its very pigmented and covers my lips totally...but the light transmission is different. Is like transparent silicone that has been infused with intense pigment. On me it fades sort of like a stain, gradually (if I eat). I am afraid it might be the color...test the 402...

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    7. hi Nora, which country do you live in? I live in HK and just purchased the Suki Whitening CC Cream (aka the "lavender" cream Kate uses) in their Mongkok store (if you live in HK...). I've scoured stores and stores in the HK Island without success till I stumbled upon it in the Kowloon side! If you live elsewhere, here's the link to the product, available online: http://www.sasa.com/SasaWeb/tch/product/viewProductDetail.jspa?itemno=105609406015.

      Kate: thank you so much for introducing this magical product! I was getting frustrated with the off-coloured foundations till I found this cream - I can basically create my own shades now, so to speak!

      Nora: N.B. - The cream is slightly oily so if you live in hot, humid climates like myself, you may need some finishing powder to hold in your foundation.

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    8. hi Nora, which country do you live in? I live in HK and just purchased the Suki Whitening CC Cream (aka the "lavender" cream Kate uses) in their Mongkok store (if you live in HK...). I've scoured stores and stores in the HK Island without success till I stumbled upon it in the Kowloon side! If you live elsewhere, here's the link to the product, available online: http://www.sasa.com/SasaWeb/tch/product/viewProductDetail.jspa?itemno=105609406015.

      Kate: thank you so much for introducing this magical product! I was getting frustrated with the off-coloured foundations till I found this cream - I can basically create my own shades now, so to speak!

      Nora: N.B. - The cream is slightly oily so if you live in hot, humid climates like myself, you may need some finishing powder to hold in your foundation.

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  9. After watching Ms Greenwell's videos, for two days I applied foundation with my fingers and felt liberated :) On the third day I used my brush and BBlender and felt great again... So much for liberation... But I am trying to use fewer brushes on my eyes for simpler looks and loving it.

    I have a serious crash on Mme. Marlohe! It is great to see a tamer rendition of her look with neutrals. Still I don't think I can utilize that look even though I have hooded eyes thanks to constant allergies and watery eyes, sigh!

    I was sure that poor cardigan would not fare great the way you wrote about before :)

    When it comes to Erdem dress, it looks really great on you. What I would recommend is finding (or in your case knitting) a small and fitting pullover (just like the carcass of Peabody but shorter and w/o lace panels) and wearing it over the dress. That way you can utilize it as a skirt as well. By itself it can be accessorized with a black leather biker jacket and biker boots IMHO. With that haircut you can rock that look :)

    Love,

    Aylin

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    1. LOL! I admit to parting ways with Mary over the foundation thing -- I had to look away halfway through her 'enthusiastic' massage. My skin would be flaming monkey-butt red if I tried it.

      With the grungier Marlohe looks, I think a bit of smudging works :D Or so I tell myself....

      Love the idea of a cropped pullover or biker-ing up the dress. Its skirt feels a little too grown-up for me, so ways to undercut it are perfect.

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  10. Oh, I absolutely loved this post! Your imperfection looks pretty amazing to me, I especially enjoyed look #2. The Erdem dress is such a lovely shape, well worth falling off the wagon for :D

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    1. Thank you :D I had fun putting it together!

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  11. My God--that electric blue eyeliner in the first look is *insanely* gorgeous!! Paired with those seriously awesome searing reddish pink lips, the look is perfection--wig and all!

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    1. Those liners are AMAZING. Real drugstore gems <3

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  12. eeeeep! I finally see the wig picture and it is made of awesome! I'm particularly crushing on your Berenice Marhlohe look. It does all sorts of lovely feline eyes on you. <3

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    1. I felt pretty badass in it :D (The Marlohe eye, not the wig... so much.)

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  13. I'm glad you shared your "experiments" with us. I do have to admit that I gasped a little at the pink hair.

    My idea of "styling" a dress is adding a cardigan and tights, so you've got me. (I am even further behind on accessories than I am on makeup application. I spent my 20s around people who were "above" thinking about things like clothes and makeup (phooey, in retrospect).)

    Which is my roundabout way to get back to Mary Greenwell, too, since I have had to make up for my 20s by watching a lot of Lisa Eldridge videos. It's good to see someone else top-tier, too.

    Are you going to close out the year with a recap of your 12 for 2012 project?

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    1. I am an accessories dunce with absolutely no excuse. But fortunately my life has been quite devoid of that species of puritanical ponce -- maybe unfortunately, as I also haven't had cause to question my default frivolity too deeply :P

      Have been thinking about that but it was such a spectacular failure I only have 2 items from it left to photograph. The rest left as quickly as they came. Maybe a general updated stash pic + ramble.

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  14. The Berenice look is the bomb.com. It makes your spectacular eyes look ginormous! I never thought I'd say that for such a smudgy edgy look, but you work is so incredibly well (envy creeping over...)

    For the dress, it's super versatile, so worth going over the cliff for :-) I agree with the black bomber boots, but also think about a lighter coloured leather jacket (a dove grey bomber?) with an oversized scarf that picks up the tonalities of the dress and some ankle booties a la Isabel Marant... I hope you post some updates!

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    1. Envy Schmenvy. It's hard for me to channel sexy or edgy so I'm a big fan of this look!

      Love, love, love your styling ideas. The French do under-dress these kind of floral dresses so well.

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  15. Hi! I think this is my first post on your blog but I wanted to tell you that I *love* the #2 look (the 'anti-corrective' one)). I really believe this is the most lovely I have seen you look to date! The browns (yes even though they are warmish, not taupe ;)) look absolutely gorgeous on you!

    Love your posts, BTW! :)

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    1. Oh definitely more brown than taupe :) Another anti-corrective element!

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  16. Aww that Berenice look is pure love, I need to try it even though I know I won't rock it like you do!
    Am equally impressed by the knit work :)

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  17. I do love frogging a knitting project gone bad. That Peabody v2 is looking great.

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  18. Yes. Also Yes and Yes. Not sure these feel exactly slapdash, but def not overworked or capital TRY. The carefree Mary Greenwell approach is appealing, but maybe not so workable on those with lesser skills, eh?

    And as someone with a minimal crease, I've come to value my lower lash line- thanks for featuring this look. Also...Erdem! This dress will go with everything!! No guilt!

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  19. GURL YOUR LEGS are like 100km long. I really love how bold the first look is, especially with that fantastic wig :P The GIF inspired one is also gorgeous! I've been thinking of picking up knitting again, any recommendations on where to start? :D

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  20. 1.) That Mary Greenwell video pretty much changed my life when I saw it. I actually do have the TF Black Orchid lipstick I have now successfully worn it without a lip brush like 5 times. What madness is this?? What witchcraft?!!?
    I keep re-watching and paying ridiculously close attention to Mary's brushwork with the eyeshadow as well - she has a really interesting technique of turning and placing the brush and the pigment /just so/ which I think she probably does without thinking about it, but which is really quite something.

    2.) UTENA!!
    So of course I love the series, but I always return to the Utena movie … something about it just makes me love it passionately, and want to write literary analysis papers about gender, queerness, dream worlds, female coming-of-age narratives, magical realism and the collective unconscious/Jung.

    3.) ILY, and wish I wasn't so crazy-busy right now because I want to have makeupalley chats about how Mary Greenwell is changing my life, and I Can Wear Vampy Lips, OMG.

    4.) The dress will obviously be effectively free because you will wear it constantly. It would have been a mistake /not/ to buy it! Looks versatile to me, but it could be fun to color clash it with some mustard yellow accents, or play with belts.

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  21. Kate, Kate, Kate, you are sublime <3333

    I must say, I squealed when I saw the Utena photo you emailed me. By the way, you wear the pink very well ;)

    I love ALL you looks!!! Don't be surprised if you see an homage on my blog :P

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  22. loooove your looks and the way it totally blows away the models you took for inspiration in the first place

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  23. Your take on the looks is amazing! Beautifully done, especially with graphic powder!

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  24. Hi Kate, Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year!! I hope the past festivities won't be keeping you long for going back to blogging.

    Wishing you many many more years of prolific blogging to come!

    Cheers,
    Claire

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  25. I LOVE your short hair, and the colour is magnificent. Beautiful makeup too ..

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  26. OMG! How hot do you look in that wig?! =D~~~~~

    Everything in this post is a big pile of absolute yummy, the yummiest being you. *_*

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