Sooo... if you've been following discussions in the Beauty Product Junkies group lately, you know that both MartiniLush and Areidz have recently purchased the Medieval tinted lip treatment from Lipstick Queen. If you've read any of my makeup posts before, you also know that I have a disturbing propensity to buy makeup products because of their names - especially if they're also colors I could conceivably wear. (Flamenco lipsticks from Dior and Nars, Gypsy Bronze lipstick from Ulta, Señorita from Nars, a vast number of lip products called "Sangría"...) So... when I say that my academic (and hopefully professional!) field of study is medieval Spanish literature, I'm sure you can guess my reaction: MUST HAVE! (Followed by much drooling :-p )
With the rest of my face, I aimed for a mostly natural look, in keeping with medieval aesthetics - pale skin, slightly flushed cheeks, long lashes, and of course, "naturally" red lips.
Base: MAC Oil Control Lotion and Prep+Prime SPF50 (even though there was no sun, oh well!)
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC15, MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC15, MAC Blot pressed powder in Light
Cheeks: Bare Escentuals blush in Lovely (cheekbones) and Kiss (apples of cheeks)
Brows: UD Brow Box in Brown Sugar, darker shade
Lids: UD Primer Potion, MAC shadow in Next to Nothing
Lashes: several coats of Fresh Firebird mascara (black)
Lips: Lipstick Queen tinted lip treatment in Medieval (ultra-sheer red)
Medieval is like a cross between a lip balm and a stain - it's very moisturizing but also quite sheer; however, the red pigment is very true (so you don't end up with pink lips instead of red ones) and fades more like a stain than a balm. If you apply several coats, it becomes shiny, glossy almost - but I prefer the stained look that you get by dabbing it on the lips and patting it in with your finger/a brush.
Another fun tidbit about cosmetics in the Middle Ages: the very first solid lipsticks (in the stick-like form we know today) were invented by the influential Arab-Andalusian (southern Spanish) physician and cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi in Córdoba in the 10th century. (This is total coincidence, I'm sure, but my main area of study within medieval Spanish lit just happens to focus on Andalusia and Islamic influence, and until today I had no idea exactly how much my academic interests overlapped with my makeup obsession! Who votes that I figure out how I can write a thesis about makeup and beauty in medieval Spain?)
Okay, I'm gonna stop now, because if I don't, I'm going to start prattling on about medieval Spain, and trust me, NO ONE wants that. Unless you're looking for a new and improved sleeping pill. Thanks for reading, and I hope you've enjoyed the makeup, if not the lecture :-p