A Weekend Visit to the Greenhouse in Search of Inspiration

The past weekend was hot and sunny, with blue sky as far as the eye could see. The summer weather inspired me. Feeling confident and bold, I gathered my makeup supplies to create a vintage makeup look to match my summer mood. Applying what I thought were bright corals and pinks, I felt absolutely certain that the finished look would be vibrant. Unfortunately, the look ended up being no different than my usual everyday makeup.

While my personal makeup collection is always expanding, as I often like to add new products to my collection, I often end up feeling the need to tone things down when it comes to the makeup application process. I will go for a taupe eye shadow, instead of that rich terracotta brown cream based shadow, just waiting to be applied. Does anyone else feel this way? When running errands, I will often peruse the cosmetics aisle and won’t be able to resist that bright red lipstick, which will inevitably end up sitting in my makeup bag, unused. Don’t get me wrong, I love natural, classic makeup looks, but sometimes, I wish I could be more open to embracing the bold colours of my makeup collection.

Whenever I’m in need of inspiration, one of my favourite things to do is explore new surroundings. I decided to check out a community greenhouse. The morning was cool and as I walked in through the glass doors, I felt a wave of humidity. It was as though I was suddenly in the middle of the desert. Cacti surrounded me and I couldn’t believe the rich colours and the thick warm air that hit me. I took note of the cool and warm toned greens that filled the room. As I continued onward, I toured the earth’s climates. I walked by rich red and pink poinsettias, tall leafy green plants and dainty flowers of periwinkles, violets and oranges.

My trip to the greenhouse left me feeling rejuvenated. Perhaps it was the smell of the flowers, or the intense temperatures. When I returned home, note book in hand, I began sorting through my makeup collection. Over the next few weeks I’m going to work on incorporating more vibrant colours into future vintage looks. Here are some ideas I have so far:

  • A bold 1980s look comprised of rich greens, coppers and oranges
  • An editorial 1960s look with pink eye shadow and exaggerated liner
  • Edwardian era inspired makeup using a violet and red makeup palette