Annie Walton Doyle
January 20, 2017 11:13 am
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While the artistry of makeup is undeniable, and the technical skill and elegance of expert application is certainly impressive, sometimes I think people are taking the whole thing too seriously. It is, in essence, putting paint on your face, after all. And I am not saying that in a denigrating, “makeup is stupid” type of way. What I’m saying (or trying to, cut me some slack) is that there exists a great palette cleanser for when it all gets a bit too solemn and sincere.

Think about how a child would choose and apply makeup, and everything becomes experimental, colorful, inexpert, and most importantly fun.

Thus, was my brief for creating this face: a makeup look inspired by a kid getting into their mom’s beauty bag. And that means several things: lots of color and lots of glitter, ease of application, and a general sense of more means more.

Here’s how I created a kid-inspired makeup look

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Although, any sense of being prescriptive about this clearly makes no sense at all. It’s more about a state of mind, guys.

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From left to right: Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit, Purple Horseshoe($40), Urban Decay After Glow Blush in Bitter Sweet ($26), ELF Long Lasting Lustrous Shadow in Confetti ($3),Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit, Star ($40), Make Up For Ever shade called Pink Multicolored ($15), Wet ‘n’ Wild Coral of the Story, Wet ‘n’ Wild A Stiff Pink ($2.99).

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Here I am pre-kiddifying! I’m wearing my usual must-wears: aka base and eyebrows. My base was the phenomenal It Cosmetics CC Cream ($38) with some Vichy Dermablend ($24.84) as a spot concealer. For my eyebrows, I used an old brown mascara and any brown hued mascara will do!

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First, for my eyes, I applied the shade Purple Horseshoe from the Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit ($40). Yeah, that’s right, this “highlighting palette” doubles up as a stunning set of six iridescent pastel eyeshadows. I blended this up over my whole lid, basically to my brow, and all around my lash line because that’s what a kid would do.

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I took a smidge of the Urban Decay After Glow Blush in Bitter Sweet ($26) and applied it into my crease, to add a little bit of dimension and really hammer home the fact that this is indeed a purple eye. I also tapped some of the E.L.F Long Lasting Lustrous Shadow in Confetti ($3) on my brow bone and inner corner.

This is such a great little bargain: it’s basically a bouncy, creamy texture of translucent white glitter, which makes it an amazing topcoat on matte eyes and also a great immature highlight. I finished my eyes with black mascara.

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Next up: Cheeks. First, I added blush with the same Urban Decay purple shade. I applied it lightly on the cheeks, so it looks less frightening. Plus, I wanted more of a bright, raspberry-ish pink for my cheeks. I highlighted with Star, the silver shade, from the Moon Child Glow Kit. After, I added glitter, like any true kid would! This one was the Make Up For Ever shade called Pink Multicolored ($15).

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Finally, for lips, I wanted sometimes smudgy, bright, and sheen. I went with the Wet ‘n’ Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains in the shades A Stiff Pink (a bright and barbie-ish hue) mixed with Coral of the Story (which added warmth). The effect was a super neon mouth, and the balmy texture of these helps with smudging it. It was perfect, and honestly, this is probably how a kid would apply this lip balm.

Annie Walton Doyle / Hello Giggles

I tapped some of the E.L.F eyeshadow in the middle of my bottom lip. It added frostiness and made my mouth look bigger.

Annie Walton Doyle / Hello Giggles

Finish the look with optional butterfly clips and you too can be the coolest kid at recess!

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