Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Inspired by Kidrobot


          Have you heard of Kidrobot? It's an artsy line full of fantastical cartoonish figurines. You may have seen the 'Labbit', 'Munny', or mystery breakfast keychains in art museum gift shops or other whimsical stores. My friend Ponyo took me to the Kidrobot store in NYC for the first time. It's so fanciful, you just want to snatch everything up! My favorite figurine was 'Rainbowsaurus', which was a combination between a rainbow and a dragon. (Sadly, at a few hundred dollars, it was a bit beyond my price point). I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on makeup inspired by the Kidrobot store. The image in the photo above was a part of the Kidrobot store's wall mural.


          The Kidrobot inspiration is simple with bright colorblocked colors. Just like in a cartoon, a clean white base is important before coloring in. Illamasqua Sex eyeshadow (what a name, right?) is a pure white and very pigmented color. It's the perfect base to work over the lids and under the brows. I don't recommend turning your skin a packed white, however even a sheer white makes a difference in creating a clean slate. When working with brights, I think it's best not to combine too many at once. Most likely I'd use only 1-2 at a time to keep things chic. Some bright cartoonish colors I have in my color are MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #25  (bright blue), MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #24 (traffic light yellow), and Urban Decay Woodstock eyeshadow. It's best to pack on your color of choice in a strategic shape and blend as little as possible. Blending too much muddies the colors, which defeats the purpose of the look. If a complete lid in a bright color is too intimidating, one can focus a very basic constructionist grey taupe (like the gorilla above) color like Maybelline's Top of the Taupe and add little accents. Lining under the eyes with the lime green MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes #17L could do the trick. The look should be finished with the utmost clean black line, which can only be achieved with a liquid eyeliner (no smudgy pencil lines please). I've used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner in black here.


         Overall, the key is to keep the colors as clean, elementary, and as well demarcated as possible. With too many colors and too much blending, you might end up looking up a rainbowsaurus.

        Thanks for reading! What are your favorite brights and how do you wear them?

Love, Dovey.

24 comments:

  1. Ahh I love Kidrobot! Their things are so cute yet so creative and innovative at the same time. I love the Labbits and Dunnies (though I'm sure I'd like even more of them if I knew/saw them). I guess it's time for me to go visit the NYC store, huh?

    Love the colors you chose! I can just picture these geometric, fun, crazy, cartoonish, editorial-ish looks with these colors.

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    1. Hi Maggie, I'm so glad you've heard of KidRobot! I'm sure you'd remember them if you saw them. I really like the cartoon food toys too! I really think geometric is a good word to describe what I was thinking; though I'd probably just try it for at home and not for a regular day at work!

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  2. That yellow is amazing! I probably wouldn't dare it, though... Love your inspiration for this one!

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    1. Thank you so much Rocaille! Usually it's used very sparingly :)

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  3. Gorgeous! So many bold colors, Dovey! I have Woodstock, and I do like it - such a saturated pink.

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    1. I know, very unlike me :) I think Woodstock is one of those classic UD brights!

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  4. love the colours and great swatches! i've never heard of kidrobot.. but its cute lol

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    1. Thanks Donna, it is really cute!

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  5. You have a friend named Ponyo? Sweet!

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    1. Haha, I'll let her know :)

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  6. I love Kidrobot! The toy collectibles make me giggle! Love the bright colours!

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    1. I'm glad you know it too! I know they seem childish, but I find them to be so fun!

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  7. This is so colourful! :) I am scared of brights and I am still looking for a nice way to make them work for me, love your swatches, so sunny and that UD e/s is so pretty, what a nice pink!

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    1. Hi Claire, I'm pretty scared too, though sometimes I do take them out again to play! Woodstock is a really great pink color.

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  8. This was such a fun post! I seem to remember this brand being sold at Kitson in LA...I know I've seen it in person somewhere!

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    1. Hi Caroline, thank you! It is kind of a collectible/arty store kind of thing :)

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  9. Amazing photo and swatches!! I didn't know Kidrobot but now I do. :) The colours you picked are spot on though most of them are very scary to me. I'll probably end up looking like a rainbowsaurus.

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you so much! The idea of looking like a crazy color lady does hold me back too. I find color best using sparingly... :)

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  10. I like the mural and the colors you picked! That MUFE aqua cream in #25 is so pretty too! hmm...
    I think they do a great job at KidRobot when it comes to merchanidising and decorating their store. I have a handful of keychains from there (the Yummy Breakfast line lol)... Urban outfitters also sells basic dunnies and a few other styles. I like that most of the figurines are a mystery until you open the package, and that there are rare ones to collect! DId you end up getting anything?

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    1. Thanks bronzerbunny, I love the Yummy Breakfast line, it's so cute! I didn't end up getting anything, but I do have a hot chocolate keychain already :)

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