GRWM + Glossier Play: A snatched #AvengersEndgame look
Hey, heaux! 9/10 when it comes to Cherry Magazine, I like to be a mover and shaker behind-the-scenes — editing the work of our lovely contributing artists, and curating content for Cherry’s site, Instagram, and Twitter. But those of you who know me know: Marvel truly brings out the best in me. And it follows that “Avengers: Endgame” would be a catalyst for a major switch-up — both on Cherry’s site and in my beauty outine.
I knew I wanted to do something cute to commemorate such a momentous day in my life. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe means so much to me (and I could talk about that for hours!). But, in general, I love film culture. I’m warmed by the idea of paying homage to the art you adore — whether that’s daydreaming through fan fiction, reimagining your faves through fan art, capturing a sexy / fluffy OTP moods with playlists, or cosplaying to the extent you see fit. A run-down of me showing up and showing out for my fandoms:
I recently dripped in honey — thanks to Glossier Play’s Niteshine highlighter, in Pale Pearl ($20) — and rocked a Beyhive-yellow bodycon skirt for Howard University’a advanced screening of “Homecoming” on Netflix,
gently popped sh*t in a glossy, all-navy look for “Captain Marvel,”
accidentally cosplayed as thicc black Sabrina Spellman at an Airbnb in Boston,
and donned a wig to recreate Angelina Jolie’s iconic look as real-life Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider.”
Earlier this year, Cherry covered the release of Glossier Play, a vertical trading Glossier’s iconic no-makeup makeup ethos for disco-ready flexing. And when Cherry was gifted some Play products by Glossier, I knew that I wanted to try out my cache on a day demanding high-glam. What better night than Thursday’s wrap-up for a smooth 10 years of the MCU? So without further ado, here’s how I achieved my perfect “Avengers: Endgame” look with Glossier Play and others.
1. Start with a blank canvas for your face.
I’m going to lead with my truth: All my bougie makeup products are either gifted (friends and family, and, now, in the most surreal turn of events, Glossier!) or knicked from my makeup guru girlfriend. The primer I use is a Sephora sample of BareMinerals PrimeTime Original Foundation Primer ($25). Meanwhile, my everyday concealer is NYC Smooth Skin Fini Parfait 2-in-1 Compact Foundation ($4.48), available for purchase at Walmart.
For this look, I also pat on some of my powder foundation, which is Iman Cosmetics Luminous Foundation ($16) — a godsend for brown folks. A pro-tip: Target is a solid, brick-and-mortar place to hit up when looking for Iman Cosmetics products.
2. Next, make a blank canvas on your eyelids.
Re: stealing makeup from my girlfriend: I applied some warm-toned eyeshadows from her Tarteist PRO Palette ($49). I opted for Ethereal and Glam, because honestly? The two vibes I was going for!
3. Unleash your inner alien.
SPOILER-FREE: If you’ve seen “Avengers: Infinity War” (or have ever been active in any meme-literate internet space), you know by now about the Infinity Stones. There’s the red Reality Stone, orange Soul Stone, purple Power Stone, yellow Mind Stone, blue Space Stone, and green Time Stone. Those elusive b*stards are as powerful as they are cosmically beautiful, and were the glowing force behind my makeup look.
I also figured that alien IG baddie that just left Thanos’, Yondu’s, or Gamora’s house at 5 a.m. would also be a good way to sum up the look I was going for. I used this eyeshadow beat by Aaron Storms a.k.a. @aaronsmakeup on Instagram for reference.
My color splash came courtesy of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($49). First, I smudged on Lightyear, an iconic extra-terrestrial tone, into my creases and onto half of my lid.
Then, I added Magnetic — low-key a Thanos purple — to the outer corner of my eyes and up to my browbone.
Next, I tied the two colors together with a swipe of AVON True Color SuperShock Gel Eyeliner ($8) in Cobalt. The color of the gel eyeliner is a dream, but the pencil itself has historically applied… too easily. Put more bluntly, this girl smudges. A lot. Virgos and Capricorns, don’t even try it: You won’t get precise wing out of this liner if your life depended on it. Being a Libra, though, I’m A-OK with that.
4. Show these heaux who’s boss.
And the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Glossier Play’s debut, onto my brow bone.
Glossier’s Gelée ($14) is quite unusual and like no cosmetic product I’ve ever used before. It has a sticky but still strangely, wonderfully delicate consistency. When I was dabbing it onto my fingers, it kind of bounced in the pot. No one can tell me there isn’t some Asgardian aether trapped in there — especially given the coppery tone of Firewalk.
It truly felt like the pièce de resistance for this look, like adding little glowing embers to the Infinity Stones I had paid tribute to on my eyelids.
4. Do your thang for your lips.
I don’t know if I’m lazy or simply comfortable, but I typically just splash on some Fenty Beauty lipgloss every time I do my makeup and call it a day. Lipstick in rebellious colors was my signature like, a year ago. Maybe post-grad adulting took the rebel out of me. Or, I’ve just really been feeling the shape of my lips and how a nude gloss can accentuate that lately.
I recently, however, was given Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($14) in Royal Flush. And since purple is the mood for the last two “Avengers” films — from Thano’s skin to the Power stone’s glow to Vormir’s sun and landscape — why not give this violet lipstick a shot, right? It being a liquid lipstick with a matte finish, I knew that hydration was a must. Thank the gods for MAC Prep + Prime Lip ($18.50)!
I also gave my lips with Sephora’s Rouge Gel Lip Liner ($12) — in an unknown, almost orchid-y color— before applying the liquid lipstick. To hold everything in place, I set my face with L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Spray + Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($16.99).
Added some big ol’ diamond hoops and a velvet bodycon dress, and boom: I had a high-shine, high-drama look, worthy of stunting on heaux in this galaxy and the next. 🍒