Wear “Unflattering” Make Up, Look Like An Alien Sexpot

By Kristine Rose, AP Contributor

When it comes to any facet of the beauty industry, “flattering” is a hard concept to shake. People can be grouped according to different body shapes, face shapes, or hair types. There are even specific lines of makeup designed to coordinate with your eye, hair, or skin color. The idea is to come as close to “ideal” or conventional attractiveness as possible. However, flattery doesn’t have to be so all or nothing. You can pick and choose the parts that appeal to you. You can also disregard it entirely.

When it comes to my makeup, I prefer to create my own ideal. While the occasional brown shadow and pink lip can be fun, I’ve been especially fond of colors that are a little more out there, or just simply “wrong” for my coloring according to the so called experts. Since the age of four, doing the opposite of what I’m told has been a pillar of my personality. Teachers loved me so much, let me tell you! It feels a little personally empowering to wear everything Seventeen magazine told me was a “don’t” while growing up and channel my inner petulant child.

I specifically seek out this makeup. The harder to “pull off” a product is, the more I lust after it. While you can go full drama with this, I usually prefer to be a little subdued. Like something is ever so slightly off with my look. Here’s my list of some of my favorite off-kilter products:


Sephora Colorful Gloss Balm in Peek-A-Blue: This is probably my favorite lip gloss that I own, and I own a lot of lip gloss. On bare lips it’s this translucent tint of pastel blue/purple. If you were to drown or freeze to death and someone applied clear gloss to your corpse, this is how your lips would look. Personally I like to pair this with salmon-colored lower lash-line shadow, but if you want to use it in a more traditionally flattering way, you can layer it over a pink or red lipstick to whiten your teeth.

Sephora Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eye Palette: This palette is Unconventional Eyeshadow 101. It has everything your mother would frown upon from red to mint green to chartreuse. The colors are really opaque, so the payoff is great. It’s very easy to wet your brush a little and use them as liners also. I also think the packaging is gorgeous, and I do occasionally judge a palette by its cover.

Hard Candy Take Me Out Eyeliner Pencil in Tango: This bright orange liner isn’t for the faint of heart. I like a thick swipe of this on my upper lash line paired with a neutral gloss.


Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Spandex: Okay, this line of liners can do no wrong for a sparkle fetishist like me, but I’ve found a new use for them as brow gel! I like to use a denim blue shadow to fill in my brows and then go over it with a few swipes of this blue/black glitter. Glitter eyebrows for life.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Gothica and Piaf: These are so great, I have to list two. While I reserve the rest of the wild stuff for going out, I love an unconventional lip as an everyday look. Piaf is a gorgeous deep brown with purple glitter and Gothica is a bronze with gold glitter. They are absolutely one of a kind.

Nars Albatross Highlighting Blush: If I had to pick one category of makeup that is an essential for me, it would have to be highlighter. This Luna moth-like shimmery white/green highlighter is absolute alien status. I love a swipe on my upper cheekbones.

MAC Frost Lipstick in O: What color is this? It’s the most color-changing lipstick I’ve ever used. Depending on the lighting, it can be red, brown, purple, or gold. Another favorite daily lipstick for me.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Praise Pink: I adore this magenta eyeliner pen. The formula really stays put and the look is very pinkeye chic.


Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kale: This cool dark lipstick verges on black, while still being undeniably green. The formula is moisturizing and opaque, while wearing off pretty evenly. I like this best with an otherwise natural face.

There is really no limit to what color combinations you can try. Makeup really can be art for your face, so take full advantage of that and play around. Stay weird, friends!

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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry. Follow her on Instagram: @vanityarchitect¬†and @glitter_or_death.

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3 Responses to “Wear “Unflattering” Make Up, Look Like An Alien Sexpot”

  1. Lisa

    Oh man I love this post 20 year old me would have benefits so much from these words.

  2. Veronica Combs

    Gorgeous! I am very pale also and like your approach. I have always felt inhibited by the “flattering” requirement. Thanks for a fresh set of ideas!