Carnation photos via Photobucket. Carnation info via ProFlowers®.
I had decided earlier to post makeup looks based on each month’s birthstone. But I was so focused on birthstones, that I completely forgot that each month also has its own flower. Doh! I wear flowers in my hair all the time. How could I forget the birth flowers?! So here’s January’s flower – better late than never.
Carnations (genus name: Dianthus) mainly come in red, pink, white, and yellow. Each color of carnations have their own symbolism. According to ProFlowers®, red carnations symbolize love and romance, pink carnations symbolize “perfect happiness and gratitude”, white carnations symbolize “innocent love”, and in Victorian times, yellow carnations symbolized disappointment in someone. Yikes! Those Victorians – elegant but harsh!
Since my hair is red and red flowers don’t show up too well in my hair, I went for pink carnations. I don’t usually wear pink, but that’s okay. That’s what inspiration can do – it can help me to step out of the “black box”.
Here’s what I wore yesterday:
Here’s yesterday’s face. I kept my makeup light, since I was wearing eyeglasses. I added a couple of pink sparkles to my face, to match the carnations in my hair:
Now that I’ve done justice to January by including its flower, I’ll be posting some looks inspired by February. Stay tuned.
I’ve always been fascinated with gemstones and their symbolism. I think this is great inspiration for makeup, so every month I’ll do a makeup look inspired by that month’s gemstone. This month’s gemstone is Garnet.
It can be hard to distinguish between garnets and rubies, since both of these gemstones come in different colors, not just red. To me, garnets seem a bit darker and closer to blood red; rubies seem to be brighter, with a slight pinkish tone. This opinion is solely based on what I see, not on science or anything.
According to the American Gem Society, garnets symbolize “eternal friendship and trust”. Like many gemstones, garnets were, and are still used, for healing. Garnets are used to “aid [the] blood, heart, and lungs”. They’re also used to “promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy”.
For me, they symbolize blood, so that’s what I went for. Here’s what I wore yesterday:
Here’s yesterday’s makeup. I wanted something dark and witchy, so I went for heavy, black eyeshadow:
I like how my makeup turned out. I applied black eyeshadow a little above my eyelid crease, and I think they make my eyes look bigger! Big eyes and big hair. Woo hoo! We’ll see what I can come up with for next month’s gemstone.