When the Pioneer woman featured these, I thought, "Hey, maybe I could learn how to use those." I'm not sure what gave me the confidence since I've only ever used duos and trios that have explicit instructions on them (Color 1 on lids, Color 2 on brow, Color 3 in crease), but I hurriedly carried over to the Body Shop page to find them sold out. Her liking things is almost as bad as Oprah liking things. You've got to jump fast or else you're stuck out in the cold.
I gave up for the time being until I was wandering around Sephora. If there's ever a store that makes me feel dumb and naked, it's that store. I show up in Chapstick and Walgreen's mascara wondering what the tarnation is the difference between the $50 bottle of potion and $100 bottle of potion. As I was wandering aimlessly, hoping to run across bare minerals, I saw these pots of eye shadow. Very similar to the Body Shop eh? I explained to the salesperson that I'm a dunce at makeup and couldn't figure out what to do with just one pot or two pots. I got myself an education.
Apparently, the trick that I didn't not think of was to merely take another swipe of shadow and lay it on thicker in the crease. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh.
The lesson went all fine and dandy in the store, but the true test was self application at home.
I did a practice run on my hand to avoid the black eye look that I've unfortunately sported one too many times after trying for the elusive "smoky eye."
Then I took a good look at myself before treading where I've never trod before.
Brow color applied. Lid swipe complete.
Is it just me or does anybody else have the not enough or too much problem? I sweep lightly, you can barely tell I'm wearing anything. I kick it up just one notch and it looks like I'm ready to street walk. Sigh.
I add the second layer of Pot 2 to the creases.
Then open my eyes to find:
Not much of a difference. I try a little more.
Now, I'm mad. I've just spent 5 minutes in the bathroom and everything I was taught doesn't work. I seriously think it's a problem with me. I've got the right makeup, I've got the right brush ... user error is the common denominator of my unsuccessful makeup attempts.
I figure it looks better than nothing and the only place I was going that afternoon was the animal shelter. Dogs are awesome in that they really don't care if you're wearing makeup or not.
Turns out kitties don't care too much either. It still doesn't have a name, and the only thing he really cares about is if I'm wearing dangly earrings. Ouch!
Is there hope for me in the makeup department? Is practice the key ingredient I'm missing here?