Dark Autumn

Colour me Crazy

I’ve learned a lot since starting this blog, especially for someone who had hardly even taken any selfies before. I’d only done them, very self-consciously, when I absolutely needed a picture of myself for something, or if I was with my kids.

Things I’ve learned are:

  1. Taking a picture of your lips in order to demonstrate lipstick isn’t so straightforward as just taking a picture of your face. Lips front-on turns the rest of your face into a fishbowl-style demonstration of forced perspective.
  2. The wonkiness of my face in ways I’d never previously even been aware of. Accompanied by a sensation of “so fucking what?” Getting older is good for that kind of thing.
  3. The slapdash way I apply lipstick, as a rule, with no lip pencil outline, looks OK in real life when no-ones scrutinising your lips, but doesn’t cut the mustard for the aforementioned lip pic. Must do better.
  4. How to put photo collages together and how to try and make my iPhone pics clearer. Still learning (thanks Enlight!), but I never put actual filters on my images, it rather ruins the point of trying to show the true colours.
  5. What colours actually look like on me. I have an aversion to pinks and thought they looked hilariously dreadful on me.  I’m still not 100% convinced but I’m more open to a range of shades now. The Matte Magenta below, for example, which I would have never considered in a million years were it not for a free sample.
  6. And a demonstration of how the colour “seasons” work on my face. I know I’m a Dark Autumn (obv) and I know that warmer colours on the brownier end of the spectrum suit my colouring. But this composite I put together still surprised me. I took these pics all together, within 10 minutes of each other. Allowing for the changes in light as I was angled very slightly differently which allowed the (bathroom) light to affect the look a bit more in some pics, and the fact that I haven’t put any filters on these either, I was quite startled by how different I think I look. I’m wearing Revlon Coy, Nars Audacious Bette and Clinique Matte Magenta, and despite my new love of this pink, I can’t help thinking of David Tennant’s line in Doctor Who – “Doesn’t she look tired?”. The pink washes me out and highlights the blue in my face, especially under my eyes. I suppose it confirms my Autumnal leanings, and also why I love Bette so much.
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Coy, Nars Audacious lipstick in Bette, Clinique Matte Magenta lipstick

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Coy, Nars Audacious lipstick in Bette, Clinique Matte Magenta lipstick

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