Hi Friends! I’m back with another makeup look! This time, I was inspired by the green and silver Slytherin colors. Slytherins are known for their ambition and cunning and their knack for self preservation. They are unafraid to be themselves because they have too much self-respect and much better things to spend their energy on. They’re the type of people who will steal treats from work parties for you and who won’t balk at telling you that you deserve better than what you’re getting—because their friends deserve the very best. They can achieve pretty much anything they set their minds to—I mean, Narcissa Malfoy successfully lied to Lord Voldemort, of all people! All of that being said, I can’t help but think of something dark, and maybe a little bit menacing, when I think “Slytherin”. So I went for a much more daring look than I normally would, but I ended up loving the results and wore this makeup all day when I initially thought I would wash it off immediately after taking photos.
Maybe its some inner Slytherin coming out in me, but I’m really loving darker, more bold looks lately. I wanted to showcase that with this next Makeup by Muse look and thought what better Hogwarts house to represent with dark, bold eyeshadow than Slytherin? Like Gryffindors, Slytherins have some pretty sharp sarcasm, so I wanted to do a cut crease that met with a sharp wing. I decided on this look when I got my Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. The colors are so beautiful and just scream Slytherin! There are so many warmer looks that I want to do with this palette, but I really wanted this look to have cooler tones to go with the green and silver of Slytherin house. Since I ended up wearing this look all day, I paired it with my go-to liquid lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede [shade: exotic].
Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette [ABH]
Storybook Cosmetics Wizardry & Witchcraft Palette [SBC]
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer [shade: Chantilly]
Ciate London Chisel Liquid Liner [shade: Black]
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara [shade: Black]
Below is a list of shades in the order that I used them:
All Over Lid:
SBC Potions [center]***
ABH Electric [center]***
*two shades joined by “ + ” mean that the two shades were mixed
**If a shade is listed twice it means that I went back in with the shade to deepen or enhance the color
***Italics indicates that a wet brush was used
1 | I went in with SBC Prophecy all over my lid, then used a mix of ABH Fugde and Mercury as my transition shade.
2 | For my crease I started out with ABH Destiny and then darkened that up with ABH Untamed.
3 | I packed ABH Axis into the crease and then blended that out into a point with ABH Untamed.
4| To cut my crease, I used NARS Creamy Concealer [shade: Chantilly] and packed SBC Potions onto my lid using a wet brush. I then topped that shade off with ABH Electric with a wet brush.
5 | I used ABH Electric as my inner corner highlight, topped off with SBC Jinx to soften the green and add a little silver.
6 | For my lower lashline, I packed on ABH Axis, leaving the center free of shadow.
7 | In the center I used the same two shades as I did for my lid, SBC Potions topped with ABH Electric using a wet brush.
8 | Finally, I used ABH Untamed to smoke out the lower lashline and add some depth.
*I did not have a hard time working with these shadows and found this look was actually pretty easy to create using the Subculture palette. That’s all I’ll say for now, because I have a full review of the subculture palette coming soon (with another Subculture look!).
Like with my Gryffindor inspired makeup look, I wanted to include some quotes. I wanted to do something a little different, though. So I went out into the inter-world in search of everyday quotes that were dripping in Slytherin. And I came to the realization that a lot of these quotes are some of my all-time favorite quotes that I go to for some butt-kicking motivation. I’ve been in a bit of a motivational rut for the past month or so, so this post came at the perfect time for me. While going through these quotes I realized that there are two types of motivators: passion and spite. I think we can all agree that these are two things Slytherins can definitely exhibit. It also made me realize that maybe I do have a little bit of Slytherin in me. After all, I can be pretty spiteful, especially when someone tells me that I can’t do something. In fact, that was one of my main drivers when I was in nursing school—someone told me I couldn’t do it.
Spite doesn’t have to be a negative thing. Proving someone who doubted your abilities wrong doesn’t hurt them in any way (unless what they doubted was your ability to punch them in the face). Sometimes proving someone wrong hurts you—like when your friend tells you that he doesn’t think you can eat an entire cake in one sitting. And sometimes you get spiteful with yourself when you know you didn’t do your best and you know you can do better—so you do. The type of spite I’m talking about is simply the emotion driving you to do whatever that person said it was you wouldn’t be able to do. And I guess the key in this is doing that thing to prove to yourself, moreso than to anyone else, that you can. Spite can even be a better motivator than passion. Our passions change over time, just like we change over time. But I think I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s desire to prove that they were underestimated fizzled out and died. But, if you’re hard pressed for spite-inducing people and in need of some motivation, here are some of my favorite motivational quotes (and some plain old Slyther-esque ones):
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
What’s the point of being alive if you don’t even try and do something remarkable?
Either I will find a way or I will make one.
-Sit Philip Sidney
I do it because I can, I can because I want to, and I want to because you said I couldn’t.
I don’t always burn my bridges, but when I do, I like there to be no survivors.
I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance.
I often warn people: Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.
A truly powerful person can speak softly and still have people listen.
What doesn’t kill me better run.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.
They’re gonna b**** about me anyway, so I might as well give them something to b**** about.
-Helena Bonham Carter
Be a voice, not an echo.
The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Real revenge is making something of yourself.
Nobody looks good in their darkest hours. But it’s those hours that make us who we are.
-Karen Marie Moning
Not everyone deserves to know the real you. Let them criticize who they think you are.
Well done is better than well said.
Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.
I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free.
You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt; but still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Forgive your enemies, but don’t forget their names.
-John F. Kennedy
Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast the light travels, it finds the darkness has always gotten there first, and is waiting for it.
Nothing gives so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Of all the quotes I found, my two favorites are the George Carlin and Michelangelo quotes. The George Carlin quote is just my favorite type of comeback—the kind that knocks the other person on their a**. The story of Michelangelo’s David is one of my favorite history tidbits. Supposedly, Michelangelo was given a huge slab of marble and told to sculpt the likeness of the biblical hero, David. The only problem being that he was given that particular piece of marble specifically because it was incredibly difficult to work with. In fact, it had already been worked on and rejected by two other artists because it possessed too many imperfections. By this time Michelangelo was already a renowned artist and could have demanded better materials. But he didn’t do that. He actually promised to carve without cutting down or adding to the used and imperfect block of marble and he created what remains one of the most detailed, technically perfect, world-renowned sculptures in artistic history. All because he was driven by spite to do what others could not. Well, it might not exactly have been spite. But I’m discovering this teeny tiny Slytherin inside me who REEEALLLLYYY wants to believe it was spite. I mean, something had to keep him going for the two years it took to carve that thing! So here’s to the Slytherins out there—Do better than you did the day before, push the boundaries, and show whoever it is that they were wrong about you!