The Cool Girl's Guide to Wearing Sparkle
It might be a tad too early to call a favourite look of the week but I almost fell over my own feet when I clocked eyes on the incredible makeup created by Carol Mackie for MAC at Tome this evening. Anyone who knows me (a glitter-phobe), knows I don't do shimmer. I can love sparkle from afar, but on my person? Nope. I'll do a satin finish (in fact, I love a satin finish), but never glimmer. On me, it feels too girly. Too glam. So no-one was more surprised than I was, when after seeing Mackie's handiwork I suddenly felt an intense urge to invest in Swarovski crystals for my face.
Mackie cited Nina Simone as the main inspiration for this cool-girl look, explaining that she'd set out to create a modern version of the singer's eye crystals. The "cool factor" came thanks to both the size of the bling—chunky, not dainty—and its placement. "We haven't started the crystals too far in [towards the centre of the brows] because we don't want them to visually close in the eyes. We've spaced them out on the lid and the brow so they're balanced, then we've tied the two lines together in a beautiful wing shape," she said.
Another crucial factor in creating a cool-girl feel was limiting the dazzle to one element on the face. Almost all other textures used were shimmer-free; a sheer wash of Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($35) in Stormy Pink on lids, loose powder down the centre of the face, and a sutble powder contour on cheeks. There was a dab of highlighter, but even that was sheered out with a tiny bit of oil. "Everything is really pulled back because the Swarovski detail pulls the eyes forward as the focus," Mackie explained. Less = more.
While I won't be wearing this look down to the shops anytime soon, it's an incredible reference to have in my back pocket when festival season rolls around again. The lesson here for me is that anyone, (even glitter-phobes), can wear glitz like a cool girl when they know how.