Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Incorporating Color Of The Year Into Your Makeup Pt. 1: Serenity

For the first time ever in the history of choosing Color of the Year, Pantone couldn't just settle on one. Instead, they chose two. "Why rock the boat?," you ask. Well, you might be a bit surprised at the answer. Rose Quartz, a pastel pink, and Serenity, a pastel blue, are often associated with the gender roles we place on babies and young children. As we're heading into an era when gender might become a thing of the past (in terms of fashion and roles), Pantone wanted us to challenge our use of colors in order to make equal and eliminate gender entirely. Also, Pantone would like us to think of Rose Quartz and Serenity as "yin and yang"--as a "balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace".

That's all good and dandy for the progression towards a more accepting and healthy society, but how the heck do we apply this to makeup?! It's much easier to get away with it through clothing, jewelry, and even nail polish, but no one wants to end up as a meme floating through the infinite span of the internet because of a darn trend. Luckily, I've come up with a couple of ways you might be able to incorporate Serenity into your wearable makeup routine.

Wearing blue makeup of any kind could easily make you look like you're stuck in the 80s, but it's not entirely impossible to pull off. One of the easiest ways to pair it with your current makeup style is by introducing it into your eyeliner routine as I have done in my makeup look for today's post. Now, if winged eyeliner is too bold for you, think about using it on your waterline or lower lash line as a pop of color. I like Inglot Gel Liners because they stay put all day and don't irritate my very sensitive eyes. Also, items like the Inglot Rainbow Eyeshadows are helpful because you have multiple tones of the same shade at your disposal. If baby blue is just too bright for you still, try going with its lighter cousin, icy blue. Icy blues like this Nyx Prismatic Shadow make for really fun inner corner highlights and that subtle tinge of blue makes the whites of your eyes look extra bright in case you've been pulling that all-nighter again. Lastly, and for the more daring of my fellow beauty addicts, there is a new trend that has crept up in the highlighting world and will definitely make its formal debut in 2016--and that is colorful highlights. I know, it sounds very scary, but there's a time and place for everything, right? A good way to experiment with such a fun trend is by using a duochrome eyeshadow or pigment as a cheekbone highlight like the ones in the MUFE Artist Shadow range, which reflects different colors depending on how the light is hitting you. So have fun and remember there are no rules to makeup!

Makeup Deets
♥ Eyeshadow - Too Faced x Vegas Nay Stardust Palette (Millenial, Girl's Night, Double Tap, Chandelier, & The Strip)
♥ Eyeliner - Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black & Inglot Gel Liners in # 70 & 77
♥ Lashes - House of Lashes "Boudoir"
♥ Foundation - Maybelline Dream Velvet
♥ Concealer - LA Girl Pro Conceal
♥ Brows - Nyx Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Brunette
♥ Bronzer - Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Dark
♥ Blush - Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio in Medium
♥ Highlight - Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights
♥ Lips - Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Taffy



  1. So pretty! I'll definitely be giving this a try

    1. Awesome! I'd love to see it, so tag me on Twitter or Instagram when you do @xobeautyaddict :)

  2. I love this- That wing liner! Your highlight is also stunning .. Great post xx

    Christine |

  3. I really love this and in a way I am happy that blue is back because I think it really suits brown eyes in particular yay. Love your blog generally :)

    Feel free to check out my blog also x

    Claudia |

    1. I'm more partial to pink quartz, but after exploring all of the options to using blue in my makeup, it's growing on me :) xx

  4. Wow, so beautiful! I love both the colours Pink Quartz and Serenity so I'm very happy. You look absolutely gorgoeous - thanks for sharing!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    1. Thank you! I would love to see how you use the colors of the year :) xx