Thursday, 7 November 2013
When I visited London recently I also went to Camden, and close to the metro station is a store called Punkyfish that sells all sorts of cool alternative clothes that would have made me squeel in glee when I was a teenager. When I was seventeen my favourite colour combination was magenta and black for everything, my daily look was black on my waterline, I listened to obscure Japanese punkrock (which is actually still pretty tame) and I constantly made my father grumpily question why I wanted to pay for jeans that were 'already destroyed anyway, there's holes in it!'. Poor dad, he didn't get it.
As I was rummaging through things that made me feel wonderfully nostalgic I thought about how I had changed. It's not that I don't like the alternative stuff anymore, it's just that it was my way of trying to figure out to which demographic I belonged. Now that I'm older I've shaken off the feeling of wanting to belong to a certain target group and as I was walking around in Punkyfish I smiled at how funny it is that while I do feel comfortable with the more punkish styles and I appreciate the look on other people, it's just not my thing anymore. It's interesting to see how you can outgrow things.
So, as an ode to the seventeen year old me I thought I'd do a punky eyeshadow look that I would have absolutely adored at that age and still think is pretty cool now. I hope you like it!
On my eyes I used a multitude of colours, a shimmering magenta all over the lid, a more reddish purple patted over that and a shimmery plummy colour in the outer corners. I applied a black eyeshadow in the outer corners and blended that out towards the crease, I also applied a sneaky bit of black in the lower lashline as well as the rusty purple.
I decided against false lashes as this would make the look more glamorous and I wanted to keep the effortless vibe that alternative looks have. It was a bit tricky not being as precise as I usually am, but it was fun as well.
I had drawn my eyebrows in a bit heavier than I usually do, this was to make the look a bit more fierce. I don't think I can ever look tough as nails, but I do think the heavier eyebrows work with this look.
Did you change a lot as you got older too? I'm definitely not the same person that I was seven years ago, but at the same time I haven't changed all that much. I'm still the geeky weirdo that prefers reading fantasy literature over watching chickflicks, playing games over clubbing and the quiet countryside over big loud cities. Some things never change!