How To: Meaningful Gifts for The Holiday Season

This year, I was incredibly inspired by the 2018 Met Gala Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. As an Art History nerd, the convergence of art, fashion and Catholicism displayed at the event was Gala, some people really go for the theme: Rihanna as the Pope, Zendaya as Joan of Arc, Cardi B dripped in gold and jewels, while SZA, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Even though I’m not religious, I’ve always had an appreciation for religious art and iconography—it’s actually very interesting when you read a bit into it. There’s so many things to interpret, not to mention, these works of art tend to be stunning. I’ve always loved the depiction of a weeping Mary, and wanted to recreate it. Makeup artists have done this weeping look before, remember when Pat McGrath did it for Rihanna in W? Super inspiring! Here’s my take on it:

Clockwise from top left: Skinshow Divine Glow, Entrapment, Blaze Bronze, Rose Gold 005, VR Fire Opal, Astral Luna Gold

The pressed pigments (are you even allowed to call these eyeshadows?) are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They don’t even look real at first. Running your finger over the glassy pans feels like touching silk, and running your saturated finger tips over your skin leaves behind trails of pure gold, shimmering opal, and vibrant red.

The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette has the warmest color scheme of the five releases, and even though this palette has some pretty intense shades, it was the one that felt the most ‘wearable’, and that I felt I could get the most use from on a regular basis.

From the Mothership V palette: Entrapment, Disobedient, Bronze Blaze

“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”


So, that was my first go with the palette, and I had an actual blast playing with it. It reminded of me of being a kid, and getting a fresh box of crayons—do you remember how great and exciting that was? I literally didn’t realize how much I was missing out, not just with Pat McGrath’s makeup, but with makeup in general.

Even if I’m only creating these looks at 11pm to start out, it’ll be worth it to have an hour or so where I’m just able to have my mind on something other than how much work I have to do, or how tired I am.

I’ve been doing the least lately, and this fiery, bronzy palette was just what I needed to inspire me to get back to using color, and to get back to having fun! It was so dope to zone out for a bit, and come back to life looking like a Phoenix.

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