Paradoxical Eye Makeup

Much like my personality, my makeup is usually messy. But that's simply what I like; a time-consuming cat-eye may work for some people, but I prefer to look as if I have more important tasks to focus on than perfecting my eyeliner. Even if those tasks include watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. 

Lady Gaga, of all individuals, profoundly said, "Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside." I find her sentiment to be exponentially relatable; I've waxed poetic on my love of being bare-faced, but even I can't deny the power of some cosmetic confidence-boosting. When abiding by the rule that less is more, makeup is exciting and transforming, enhancing and flattering. 

Today I looked at my reflection in the mirror and decided that I wanted to be adventurous. Eying my collection of eyeshadows, I spontaneously decided to create a sloppy smoky eye with unconventional color combinations. I typically gravitate toward using cream eyeshadows because of their durability; not only do they blend impeccably well, but they don't easily melt off of eyelids. When cream shadow eventually creases, as all eyeshadows do, the result seems somewhat intentionally sexy. 

Creating my desired look was a five-step process. First, I lightly patted Chantecaille 'Total' Concealer in Chamomile underneath my eyes to hide the fact that I sacrifed sleep in order to read Keith Richards' Life. Next, smeared Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Nightfall over my eyelids with my ring finger. Second, I scribbled a plethora of shadow sticks -- namely Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eye Shadow Sticks in Iced Blue and Forest and Laura Mercier 'Cavier' Stick Eye Colors in Plum, Orchid, and Amethyst -- over my eyelid and along my lower lash line, then proceeded to blend the color with my fingers yet again. While potted cream eyeshadows are fantastic, I am more inclined to use shadow sticks because they are more versatile, controllable, and long-lasting. I continued to scribble and blend until I was satisfied with my lids; a few smudgy finger pads painted a swirling masterpiece of metallic copper, green, blue, pink, and purple. Next, I lined my water lines and upper lash line with Bobbi Brown 'Perfectly Defined' Gel Eyeliner in Sapphire. Eyeliner is a staple in my makeup kit, and of all the eyeliners I have tried, Bobbi Brown's formula is key to happiness. It doesn't smudge into under-eye bags nor does it disappear by lunch; in fact, this liner will enhance my eyes from the minute I put it on to the minute I take it off. Therefore, it is one of my most favored products. Lastly, I curled my eyelashes with Shiseido 'The Makeup' Eyelash Curler to enhance and extend their shape, and applied one singular coat of Chantecaille 'Supreme Cils' Mascara. Because I despise mascara, I rarely wear it. Sometimes, however, an eye layered with shadow and liner looks bare without the intensifying power of a great mascara; Chantecaille's pricey option does not break my eyelashes and isn't clumpy or complicated. It washes off with soap and water or makeup-remover at the end of the day, and looks quite pretty in its designated spot near the sink, watching me as I find pleasure in neglecting it day after day. 

The finalized look is paradoxical in the sense that it is effortless to create, yet looks effortful in its beauty and construction. Anyone can recreate my sloppy smoky eye with any product at any price range; bronzer, blush, and lipstick can even be substituted in place of eyeshadow! For someone willing to get his or her hands dirty for a few minutes, I hope this mini tutorial aids in transform the naked eye into a dazzling sight to be seen. Happy smudging.