Flashback Face Friday: Beige Beat, Quarantine Buzz Cut, & A Bunch Of Decluttered Products
Let's take another walk down Memory Lane with this Beige Becky look inspired by Mama Champagne and featuring a whole lot of makeup, most of which isn't in my collection anymore!
This look started as a snarky comment from Mama Champagne when I asked on Facebook what sort of monochromatic look I should do in my Face Friday series. Because she knows my love of color, she decided to put forward "beige" as her suggestion. Challenge accepted!
As I'm looking back at this look, I'm surprised how much of this makeup is no longer in my collection - a lot of it has been decluttered. This is from the fairly early days of the pandemic, right after I gave myself the old quarantine buzzcut since I didn't know how long it would be until I could get a decent haircut!
I had a sample of the Ofra Northern Lights primer that I wanted to use - it's not a favorite, but I must have liked it enough at the time because I ended up buying it on a future sale after this post! I color corrected with the green Jeffree Star Magic Star Concealer and then did a little bit of undereye correction with this little cream concealer wheel from BH Cosmetics. Speaking of BH Cosmetics, I don't know what's going on with them; they put out a couple of small collections after being acquired by Makeup Revolution and then went silent. I hope that they are still around, I hope they make a comeback, and I REALLY hope that they bring back this foundation! This was such a perfect shade match for me, it was a soft velvety matte finish, and it cost less than $10! I miss it so much! I did my highlighting and concealing with the Jeffree Star Magic Star concelaers in C10 and a little bit of white to lighten it up, and then baked under the eyes with the Coty Airspun powder.
I barely use color correctors anymore, but I do think I held onto the JStar one, as well as those concealers. Coty is a constant in my kit, although I don't reach for it as much now that I have a backup of the Give Me Glow powder in Sugar Cookie and the Kim Chi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass powder. The BH products are both gone from my collection, and the concealer wheel I don't really miss. But that foundation...that's definitely the one that got away!
For the eye look, I decided to dip into the most Beige Becky brand out there: tarte! I don't know how I managed to pick up all three of the Rainforest of the Sea palettes, but I did. I blame the Sephora sale section. Back in the day, every single YouTube girlie out there would open her Alex drawers, and there would be 15 tarte palettes with the same bland shades in all of them. I picked these up so that I could have a set of basic neutrals...I guess for situations like this? I didn't love the experience, I still needed to bring in the ColourPop Going Coconuts palette to get all of the shades I wanted, and after the Jeffree Star Orgy palette dropped I decided that I could just use that for my neutral needs and decluttered all of these palettes. I think the Going Coconuts might still be in the drawer with the rest of the ColourPop, as I have a soft spot for those monochromatic 9-pan palettes, but I can guarantee that I haven't reached for it since doing this look!
Countour is always a snap with the KVD Shade & Light palette. That one has been long decluttered, but only because I hit pan on both of the shades that I used most often and had them out to almost the outer edge of the pan! I would consider buying this again, as I used it for several years and loved it, but there were shades that didn't get used and there is so much changing with the brand I'm not sure if it would be the same experience. I've moved on to other things, but I will always think of this contour palette fondly.
To finish the eyes I added some ColourPop liners - nude to the waterline, black to sketch the brows, and then filled in the shape with shades from the tarte palettes and a highlight just below the brow bone. I added a sample of the LORAC mascara - who has thought about LORAC in recent past?! - and slapped on some falsies.
There is no such thing as too much highlight - that is not a question, it's a statement of fact - so I used a little bit of the You're Jelly gel highlighter from the Too Faced Tutti Fruity line (may she rest in peace!), then built up a little blush with some shine using the Wet N Wild Hello Halo Blushlighter in After Sex Glow (now it's called something else...I Met Someone, maybe?) which is still in my collection and a favorite. Then I added some more glow to the rest of my face with the LA Girl Strobelite Strobing Powder.
For the lips, I started off soft with a brown LA Girl Liner and a Lime Crime Lip Blaze - the Lip Blaze was only bought for my video about marijuana-themed makeup, and has since been decluttered. It looked fine in this look, but I don't love a glossy, sticky lip like that. To give the lip a little extra dimension, I added the Lunatick Cosmetics Labs liquid lipstick. This has been decluttered, but only because it got old and started to smell funny. I love their lip paints, and this corpse-y color was perfect for this beige look. I need to think about purchasing some more lip products from them in the future!
Finally, the world was still on fire (and little did we know how long it was going to continue!) so I did my signature glitter tears look. I used a glitter gel from a tarte Pride collection that I did enjoy, but the lid wasn't tight enough and it eventually dried up. It was a nice enough product, but I don't think I would buy it again - there are just too many other good glitter options out there right now!
This look was a lot of fun and I do love the way that it turned out! It's a beige look but it still has my campy, drag spirit! This little experiment convinced me that I need to spend some time playing with neutrals from time to time!
Did you enjoy this Flashback Face Friday? Let me know what you though - occasionally I run across these photo dumps that have the full process, so if you're interested in seeing them, I can definitely keep adding them to the site when I have them!