Strange Beauty: 5 offbeat makeup tricks I'm dying to try

Image via WhoWhatWear

Image via WhoWhatWear

Even though there will always be a place in my heart (& closet) for crazy patterns, bright colors, and odd shapes, I've been wearing simpler pieces a lot lately. Dialing down the volume on my wardrobe has made me want to dial up on my makeup game - no contouring or strobing here, though. I'm thinking more of an odd touch here and there, making a mostly bare face look exciting and new. Here are 5 tricks I've seen on Pinterest that I'm very into right now.

1) Tons of Gold Mascara, via WhoWhatWear

This one might be too crazy for daytime, but I'd love to rock a simple all-navy outfit and these lashes one night going out. It reminds me of the 90s for some reason. I haven't found a great mascara option for this kind of bright, disco-ball effect, but here is a great one from Marc Jacobs with a little more subtlety. 

2) Dusty blue eyebrows, via Refinery29

I am notorious for refusing to shape my eyebrows in any way (I've never had them professionally shaped or plucked), but I still think it could be fun to use eyebrows as a canvas. I love this blue because it's not so insane that you couldn't wear it during the day - and I'd rock a bare face just like the model above. Annnnnnnnnd also maybe that ear cuff, because WOAH. 

3) Inverse eye-shadow, via Her New Tribe 

I actually don't own any eyeshadow anymore, but back in middle school you'd find me in bright sky blue, glittery eye shadow every single day. I've actually been wanting to try it again (hold your judgement, internets), but this is more the way I'd do it now: no glitter, a matte color, in a new placement. It reads as magical to me. 

4) Eye liner lid takeover, via Vanessa Jackman

I love how precise and matte this look is. Again, it's subtle enough to wear during the day, but with the right simple outfit it could be the only punch needed. I would wear this with Levi's, a white tee, sneakers, and a big headscarf. 

5) Classic mod cat eyes, via A Girl Like You

Isn't it funny that sometimes the most avant-garde looking makeup is a throwback? I remember looking at images like this as a little kid in old photographs of women in the 50s and 60s and thinking that all makeup must be done this way. But I've never seen someone in my adult life rock the white shadow/black liner combo. This would probably be the most advanced of all the tricks I've got listed here, but I'd love to give it a whirl. 

What do you think, too out there? Or would you give these looks a spin, too?



ps. there is TONS more inspiration where that came from over on my Pinterest page. Come check it out!