We’ve always known that in times of high stress and anxiety, indulging in beauty is the opposite of frivolous—it can be a mood-boosting tool, a form of self-care, self-expression, armor, rebellion, comfort, and a simple source of joy. And, from home, we've been able to form new and perhaps more meaningful connections to our own beauty and wellness rituals. That's certainly the case with Alyssa Coscarelli, an influencer, writer, consultant, and all-around lovely human, who's newfound makeup exploration caught our eye. Below Coscarelli takes us through a week's worth of makeup—each one both awe-inspiring and easy to re-create—to kick off our new series Do Try This at Home. Find her musings below.
I’ve always been intrigued by makeup and the beauty space, but never made the time to truly delve into it. Working in fashion typically requires traveling often and booking your days from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., running to a different appointment or show or event every hour on the hour. So, every morning, I would do my same, five-minute everyday makeup and call it a day. All the fun palettes, bold lip colors, glitters, and glosses I’d buy impulsively during Sephora sales would just sit at my vanity and gather dust, waiting for their day to shine.
But when the lockdown hit, I found myself in the bathroom wanting to play with all those supplies that have just been well, sitting there. Suddenly I was inspired to actually try some of the looks from my saved makeup boards on Instagram. And despite not having plans to leave my home, all my vibrant liners, never-opened highlighters, and bold lip colors were calling my name. Finally, I had the time to experiment. In fact, in an effort to (a) maintain the normalcy of putting on makeup in the morning, (b) get creative with my content as an influencer during this time, and (c) find solace from my boyfriend’s video games and spend some time with myself behind closed doors, I’ve found real refuge in the bathroom with my overflowing makeup bag. Sure, it’s some kind of response to everything that’s going on, but it’s also a newfound hobby.
I’ve mixed and matched eyeliners, tried surprising lipstick shades, and even stuck dried flowers to my eyelids using eyelash glue. Through these late-afternoon experimentations in the bathroom, I’ve discovered a real love for bold, colorful, creative makeup looks that I don’t think I ever would have tried before this point. And since I’m no pro, they’re all easy enough for you to try and replicate at home. Here are a week’s worth of makeup looks that, if you’re anything like me, might just bring some joy to your stay-at-home days.
Start simple by working some color into your usual Monday makeup routine. Using a light blue shadow from Freck's UFOMFG Palette (a personal favorite) and some of Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Lip Pop, this look quite literally made me feel seventeen again—in a good way. Alternatively, you can do a bit of a warmer version of the single-color lid using another shadow from that same palette, and Sunnie’s Face Fluffmatte Lipstick in On Repeat.
Now that you’ve graduated from simply applying eyeshadow, try a different color on each eye. This look came about because my Glossier Skywash order arrived, so I was trying the colors for the first time and tried one on each eye. I loved the way it looked, so I just went with it. I also applied Glossier’s popular cream blush, Cloud Paint, to my lips here in addition to cheeks and loved the result.
This look was inspired by makeup artist Rachael Krutchkoff’s look for a recent Teen Vogue virtual shoot, and even though mine ended up feeling more like clouds than flowers, I enjoyed the Euphoria-esque effect. I used Marc Jacobs Highliner, but I think a liquid liner would definitely be easier to achieve this look.
So, you’ve got a hot date with your partner in the living room. I recommend a deep red lip and a reddish-brownish eye paired with a laid-back outfit that lets the makeup do the talking. Here I used a lip from Oak+Fort (the color is Mulberry), which you might already be familiar with for their minimalist wardrobe staples. Turns out Oak+Fort also carries its own line of affordable K-Beauty, and this look was actually inspired by this one on their website.
When you’re feeling saucy, go glossy. I wanted this look to feel glowy, girly, and fresh, so I went overboard on the highlighter, combined any pink eyeshadow I could dig up, and did a generous application of Dior's Lip Glow Oil.
Here’s when I really started to gain some real confidence. I desperately wanted to try this look I found on Instagram, and luckily had Freck’s Lid Lick on hand in yellow and green. I didn’t have a green shadow, though, so I went with more of a bronzy-orange and went to town with the liquid liners. There were a few mess-ups along the way, but I recommend painting the center dots of the flowers first to get your placement down, and avoiding the crease area if you have one, to avoid excess smudging.
Once I did the daisy look, my lovely Instagram followers sent me so many more inspiring looks along those lines, including this one by Nathalie Billio. Naturally, I ordered dried flowers on Amazon almost immediately, and this look is what came of them. I used DUO eyelash glue to apply them and was shocked at how easy the entire process was. And for inquiring minds, they lasted all day and were fairly easy to take off too; I was able to remove all but two gently with tweezers (and save them for future use), and the last few came off easily with micellar water.