I haven’t been sleeping with the night lately, as well as by “lately” I mean for the past two weeks, which was approximately when Tabs started his new workout regimen where he does wind sprints up as well as down the stairs beginning at the witching hour, as well as Connor started having dreams that wake her up in the middle of the night. (Last night she woke up saying, “Mama, NO! Those are my bubbles. MY BUBBLES!”)

The routine has gone something like this: After I’ve comforted all of the bit animals, I crawl back into bed as well as lie there for an hour or two with my gumbo stew of thoughts.


Among last night’s ponderings…

Is it possible to make a gluten-free roux for a white sauce?

If all of your teeth were pointy, might you still eat Popsicles?

When was the last time I used winged liner?

I have a quite great memory for makeup-related tidbits, like what lip liner I used with Clinique Black Honey circa 1994 (it was wet ‘n’ Wild 666, which is still around!), so to NOT keep in mind when I used winged liner last is a minor tragedy in my book, which is why I busted them out today with a mix of products, old as well as new…

PYT No BS Eyeshadow combination ($28)

Ooh, can’t state sufficient about this cool-toned combination with its eight neutral powder eyeshadows. Whether you’ve taken a two-year hiatus from serious blending (LIKE ME), or you’ve just started experimenting with making windshield wiper motions, these buttery powders will make your crease work look like you can blend in your sleep. The shadows integrate the fineness of NARS eyeshadows with the softness as well as smoothness of Dior, as well as they feel much higher end than $28 to me.


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I’m an NC42 in MAC for reference.
For my wings today, very first I lined my upper lash line with a black pencil liner to sketch out the wings, as well as then I dipped an angled clean into the matte dark brown as well as layered directly on top to set the pencil as well as soften the color just a touch.

Dark brown eyeshadow + black pencil liner = a kinder, gentler wing

I such as this layering method of dark brown eyeshadow on top of black liner for daytime winged liner since I believe it’s approachable as well as not as high drama as, like, a shiny, super sharp black liquid wing.

Louise young LY38B Tapered shadow clean (£15.00, or about $20 US)

This is a must if you have hooded lids, or if you can’t discover your crease no matter exactly how difficult you try. It’s a soft, super skinny tapered crease clean — the thinnest one I have (it’s even thinner than the legendary MAC 221) — so it exactly locations crease color.

See that skinny clean tip?!
Granted, you might likewise utilize a dense pencil brush, however I discover that pencil clean tips deposit as well much shadow, as well as it’s truly difficult to blend the edges when you’ve got a lot of excess dark black or brown shadow hanging out on your lids. I prefer fluffy, thin brushes like LY38B since you get the exact same precision, however since they’re fluffy, they don’t apply as much eyeshadow, so it’s so much easier to buff out the edges.

Currently, this clean is a bit difficult to discover in the US, however it’s on the Louise young website, which ships internationally if you’re interested.

TIP: Do your winged liner first, as well as then apply your crease color with the LY38B, since it’s easier to figure out where to location your crease color when you already understand exactly how far out as well as up your wings are going.

Q-tips Cotton Swabs precision tips ($3)

OK, so perhaps I’m method as well quickly amused, however I like that moment when I take one of these directed tips (which I soak in makeup cleaner first) as well as run it along the bottom edge of my wing to sharpen it. This is the simplest method to correct wonky wings!

Makeup used in the rest of this look

Base: Estée Lauder double wear Stay-in-Place makeup in Honey Bronze, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in medium Golden, Estée Lauder double wear custom protection Correcting Duo, NARS Dolce Vita Blush

Lips: Chanel Jumbo Longwear Matte Lip Crayon in 257 Discretion, Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in 764

Eyes: NARS Brow Perfector in Atacama, Chanel Longwear Eyeshadow Primer, Cargo black pencil liner, Covergirl Flourish Mascara, NYX faux Whites inner Eye Brightener in Honey Dew

Tell me your 3 a.m. thoughts, babe.


I hope they include either winged liner, Idris Elba or, heck, a combination of both!

Your friendly community beauty addict,