Nerdy Makeup is the Bomb Dot Com
I love indie makeup, y’all.
There are so many reasons for this. I like supporting small businesses. I like having more color (and, let’s be real, sparkle) options than with traditional makeup companies. I like how much easier it is to talk with creators.
But the best part? Nerdy makeup. That’s right; I can be dressed for work in my fairly conservative industry (in my incredibly conservative community) and still be representing my favorite fandoms.
One of those fandoms is “Harry Potter,” and when I found out one of my favorite indies made a Potter collection, I knew I had to have some.
I’ve bought a ton of Shiro Cosmetics’ stuff in the past. (I’ve even written about it.) The eyeshadows are gorgeous, with great color and shimmer. (Check out how Shiro makes their product in The Crafting Systems’ interview with Caitlin.) They’re also incredibly blendable and wearable—even when wearing non-neutral colors.
The worst part of the Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles collection was narrowing it down to just a few. It’s a giant collection, with everything from dazzling glitterbombs to more subtle mattes and everything in between.
Here’s what I picked.
Five shadows (plus the bonus Christmas shadow), my very favorite translucent powder, and a squeezy lip gloss.
First up, we have Not Yet So Damaged, basically Draco Malfoy in eyeshadow form. (This eyeshadow name gives me a lot of feelings, you guys.) I use this one a ton. It’s a lovely pale yellow with a smooth satiny finish. It’s a dream to wear and plays well with other colors.
Too Old, Too Poor, Too Dangerous is an express trip to Feelsville. An homage to Lupin, this medium grey-beige has become a workhorse in my makeup wardrobe.
Tonks is one of my favorite characters, and this shadow captures her perfectly. Metamorphmagus is a medium bluish-purple with shifts of pink, blue, and violet for the various colors of her hair. A subtle swipe of this works well in the crease, or you can build it up for a more saturated feel.
I am constantly on the lookout for good red eyeshadows, and A Bit of Light Reading—Shiro’s nod to Hermione Granger—is one of my favorites. It’s a decadent take on Gryffindor red reminiscent (as noted on the product page) of burgundy leather armchairs perfect for curling up with a good book.
After All This Time is a deep, inky black with a Slytherin green sheen that perfectly captures Snape. The green is so lovely and unexpected in a black shadow that it’s my go-to for a different take on a traditional smokey eye.
Guys, normally I hate lip gloss. It’s sticky. My hair constantly gets stuck in it. When I wear it, I normally feel like someone turned the lip shine up too high in the character creator in “Dragon Age: Inquisition.” But I had to try Shiro &. Co. Hand Blended Butterbeer anyway because butterbeer-flavored lip stuff. And, man, am I ever glad I did. Somehow Shiro managed to put the right amount of shine and non-stickiness into this tube of delicious tasting and smelling goodness. It wears really nicely on its own or layered over lipstick.
I’ve already picked out some new shadows for my next order: probably All Kinds of Courage (because Neville), Mad As Her Master, and There’s No Such Thing As Magic (plus Ganondorf because I need another incredibly dark red, apparently, and Krampuskarten and about a thousand of the Nic Cage lip glosses.)