Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inspired by The L Word, season 1


There are a lot of problems with The L Word, most of which have already been outlined in gory detail by impressive scholarly articles. It presents a semi-mythical Lesbian LA, a land where nobody wears a bra and everyone is a size 2 femme, a place where only a fraction of an incredibly diverse community's population is portrayed at all, let alone in a positive light. And by the time you get halfway through the series, most of the characters have gone from well-written and interesting to almost exhausting caricatures.

But I still admire and respect the series for doing a few things--making an oft ignored subculture the subject of a major television show and proving to curious outsiders that yes, lesbians do have "real" sex, to name two. And of course, I dig the makeup.

It's unfortunately impossible to locate much information about what was used; the most I found was that they used Laura Mercier products on a number of the stars. This makes sense: the makeup on the show is primarily of the "barely there" sort, with glowing skin, soft swatches of blush, and dewy-but-not-wet lips. It was pretty tough to pull off, given my heavy hand and the incomparable beauty of women like Mia Kirshner, but I think I'm about 90% there!


BASE: Tarte BB Tinted Treatment in Fair, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Dolce and Gabbana powder foundation in #50 Ivory, Skindinavia setting spray

EYES: Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow pencil in Seal Brown, Flower Beauty Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl

CHEEKS: YSL Creme de Blush in #9 Babydoll, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl

LIPS: MAC Viva Glam Nicki I lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Gloss

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