I’m glad to hear it
Mon Apr 3, 2017 19:57

“I do,” they said, applying the foundation and blending it with a makeup sponge. Holland moved closer to the edge of their chair. It made a squeaking noise that wasn’t quite as offensive as the sound it’d made screeching across the floor, but was still annoying. Holland wrinkled their nose slightly but stayed focused on the makeup and the conversation at hand. “It lets me practice different techniques, and it’s fun. I like doing the cosmetics for Drama Club, but stage makeup is different from everyday, so it’s not completely my forte.” You had to go heavy and slightly exaggerated with stage makeup, because details became lost between the lights and the distance from the audience. It wasn’t how Holland liked to use makeup.

“Sometimes before dances or parties I’ll volunteer to do hair and makeup for some of the other Lyras. That’s more my thing.” Usually Rachel, and occasionally underclassmen. They’d even talked Emmett into letting them get him ready for parties a few times. Holland liked the challenge of doing natural makeup on a guy who cared about looking like he wasn’t wearing makeup, and Emmett cleaned up nice.

Bryony Keene had once suggested Holland look into being a makeup artist, although Holland didn’t think they’d like doing makeup in any official, paid capacity. Their vocational goals were more academic or practical. Experimental charms or magical object enchanting were both interesting to them, and they’d recently started looking into wizarding efforts at environmental conservation as a potential career path. Magic could do a lot more to reverse climate change and improve pollution than recycling.

The fifth-year added a slightly darker shade of foundation to the hollows of Claudia’s cheeks and her temples. Blended in, the contour gave more shape to the girl’s face—nothing dramatic, but definition nonetheless. Next was blush; Holland narrated an explanation of each step and the different brushes and products involved as they went. There was a very tempting rose gold eyeshadow in their kit, but Claudia seemed the sort to prefer an understated palette, and they were going for a day look anyway. Holland selected an unobjectionable pink for the lid and tan for the crease, to create a pretty but subtle gradient. As an afterthought, they added a gold shadow to the browbone. It went with Claudia’s scarf and added a slight shimmer to the look.

Looking at the effect once the brown eyeliner was on, Holland decided against mascara. Claudia’s eyelashes were dark enough that the eyeliner was sufficient to make her eyes look just a bit bigger. Eye makeup taken care of, Holland gave Claudia a quick dusting with translucent setting powder. “And open your mouth just a little bit,” Holland instructed, applying pink liquid lipstick once Claudia had done so. “Now mush your lips together a little bit like you’re about to make an ‘m’ sound.

“Okay, all done.” Satisfied, Holland pulled a hand mirror out of their makeup kit and offered it to Claudia. “What do you think?”

  • I've decided I don't mind, either - Claudia, Tue Mar 28 15:36
    The sound of the chair screeching across the floor with no audible spell cast as a warning made Claudia jump. An additional side-effect of her surprise was that when she realised Holland meant to... more
    • I’m glad to hear it - Holland, Mon Apr 3 19:57
      • I Feel Pretty - Claudia, Tue Apr 4 14:53
        Claudia could see how it might be fun to apply make-up to others. Sort of like artwork, she imagined, except your canvas was a walking, talking expression, that could perhaps compliment you (or... more
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