When I Grow Old I Shall Wear Purple … Eyelashes

By Voxy  


an excerpt from “WARNING: When I Am an Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple”

by Jenny Joseph, with one word added by Voxy


When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple

with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter….

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple….


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  1. avatar elsie
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    So how do you feel about colored mascara? What color eyes do different colors work well with?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink | Reply

      Love colored mascara! (The lashes in the photo above are falsies, of course; I ought to have trimmed them a wee bit more carefully but all in all I was pretty happy with the look, and it was for an event so the drama was OK.)

      Colored mascaras range from “so subtle you can wear them to work and no one will even notice, except your eye color will pop a little more” to “things that should only really be worn to raves in NYC if you are 22.”

      The point is to make the eye color pop without also making the white of the eye appear redder. So purple mascara can be great for just about any eye color, but if it’s too warm a purple, it can make the white of the eye look red, which is not good. Navy mascara looks lovely on brown, light blue, and gray eyes. Brown and black are of course wearable by anyone. Green is difficult. It really depends on the shade, the person’s coloring, and what other eye makeup is being worn. I’ve done green sometimes to help emphasize the green in my eyes but it’s harder to work with than purple or blue so I hardly ever use it (in fact I’m pretty sure my tube is dried up by now).

      If you have a bright mascara color you want to dull down, you can always apply it with a coat of brown or black mascara, either underneath or on top.

      Also, the color is most effective in two places: the lash line or the ends of the lashes. In other words, you could just wiggle it into the lash line, or just do the ends of your lashes, without feeling that you have to sweep it over the whole lash. In this case I’d do the whole lash with black or black-brown first, and then add the color where you want it. This helps keep it subtle.


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