I’m going to admit it. I’m looking a little blah these days. The winter paleness has kicked in and now that I got my eyelashes dyed, I’m pretty much never wearing any makeup anymore. So lovely. (Or just so lazy, same difference.)
But, for the next three weekends, darling husband and I have some holiday parties to attend. I need to clean up my act and quick! My usual M.O. is to pull out my red lipstick or maybe do a darker eyeshadow. Lipstick is pretty easy. But the darker eyeshadow, a.k.a. the homemade “smokey” eye, is not my forte. I look like I’m going to a Goth rave. Usually get responses like “Wow, you have on MAKEUP tonight.” Or, “Ooh, look at YOU!” That’s all code for “You look crazy. Please pay the man his money and get the professionals to help you.” So, I did.
There’s only one man in town that I do pay the money to do my makeup. And, we ALL know who it is. C’mon now, sing it with me, “SLOAN!”
When I go see him, it’s like when Harry Potter goes school shopping at Diagon Alley for the first time. It’s where the magic happens. Sloan and his merry magic makeup are at Circe on Brownsboro Road.
I asked him to give me three different pretty holiday looks. Not crazy. Not overdone. Just yourself, ENHANCED. I enlisted the help of friends, who had to agree that I take before and after shots. Oh, and by the way, for the “before” shot, they were not allowed to wear any makeup at all. I’m pretty tough, I know. But these girls are all naturally pretty, so it wasn’t that big of a sacrifice.
THREE PRETTY HOLIDAY LOOKS
All brought to you by Sloan Winters at Circe and his merry magic makeup.
1. SOFT METALLIC
Holidays are all about the glitter and gold and Becky’s look is a natural way to incorporate all these metallic elements.
Sloan used dark brown liner, just on her upper lash line. He used a light gold shadow all over the lid with bronze shadow in the crease. She has mascara on both upper and lower lashes, with a heavier coat on the upper lashes. He put on a small amount of foundation just to even out her skin tone. Then he used a light pink blush on her cheeks with a highlighter powder right above her cheek bones. Her lipstick is a light blush pink with a nude gloss over it. Her lipstick was our favorite!
2. SOFT SMOKEY EYE
I watched Sloan like a hawk during the Soft Smokey Eye demonstration on Sherry. Look at her eyes below with no makeup on. They are huge and gorgeous just plain. Can you imagine what she is going to look like with a smokey eye?
I think she was going to call a babysitter. Time for mama to go out on the town with these eyes!
This is the Soft Smokey Eye look. It is subtle but definitely present. If your peepers are your favorite part to highlight, this is the look for you. Sherry’s eyes looked amazing. Sloan lined just the upper lash line (similar to Becky) but used darker shades of eyeshadow and a thicker line of eyeliner. On Sherry, he used pink and purple eyeshadows–read that again, and she doesn’t look like my eighth grade school picture at all. Like Becky, he used a small amount of foundation to even out her skin tone, not even covering her whole face. The effect is natural and smooth rather than cake-like. He used a shell pink blush with highlighter powder on the cheekbones. He used a pink sheer lipstick with a nude gloss.
3. NUDE EYE, RED LIP
This is usually my go-to look for holiday parties. Red lips look good on all skin tones, you just have to find the right shade. Here is Schuyler, fresh from work on her lunch hour. Sloan taught us how to really define the eye while keeping it clean and “nude” and how to wear a red lipstick the right way.
By keeping the eye nude, meaning just adding liner and very light shadow, it makes the red lip “pop.”
Sloan evened out Schuyler’s porcelain skin with a little foundation. He then added black thick eyeliner just on the upper lash line and did a slight cat eye line (means that it extends out a little further). He filled in her eyebrows to make them a little darker to balance the eyeliner. Then put a light gold all over the lid with a light pink in the crease. He used a nude blush with highlighter powder on the cheekbones. He chose a red lipstick that looked more burgundy than red (color of a cabernet maybe?) to compliment her skin tone. He then applied matching lip liner AFTER the lipstick to define her lips. By doing this, the lip liner goes on smoothly.
Take your pick ladies. All of these looks are great on any skin tone and are easy to achieve.
I will never be able to do my makeup as well as Sloan can, but at least I know some basic formulas to follow from now on. For the record, each girl took only about 20-30 minutes. This was a huge plus considering nobody has the time to sit for an hour and get their makeup done during the holidays. He’s quick and he’s effective!
Sloan is available for private makeup consultations at Circe Tuesday through Saturday. He will also come to you if you prefer. He can be reached at 894-0095.
A big thank you to Sloan for treating us to a fun afternoon of holiday makeup. And another big thank you to Laura Lee Boone, co-owner at Circe, for facilitating our fun.