Friday, July 20, 2018

This week I have had the pleasure of partnering with Swoon Reads to feature some of their titles as inspiration for some makeup looks. 

If you aren't familiar with Swoon Reads, they are a community-focused, participatory publishing company. They aim to start conversations with like-minded book lovers, give unlimited access to free original manuscripts, and the opportunity to make your opinion count by allowing readers the ability to vote on book covers on their website. Readers can go cast their vote on their favorite cover, and the winning cover is used for the novel!

In my effort to follow in their mission of building community, I asked my good friend and makeup and book lover, Jessi (@the.face.collective), to help me come up with some fun makeup looks based on some books sent to me by Swoon Reads. Jessi tries to mostly use drugstore products and make makeup feel more accessible to everyone, which I thought was a similar mission to Swoon Reads, on a different medium. 

Thank you to Swoon Reads for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.



Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

When I was reading the blurb on the back of the LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE, Alice kept using the words "gorgeous, too cute, veritable cutie-induced overload, exceeded her scale of cute"... and I thought it would be fun to do something a little over the top and all-out glam. Using the color purple from the cover as our color inspiration, I asked Jessi to give me a glam overload look! Here is what we came up with:

Obligatory BEFORE (mug) shot



(Threw in this little beauty so you could get an idea of what most of my photos looked like. haha.)

Death is just the beginning. After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything... for both the living and the dead.

For Soul Keepers, because Rhett is dealing with monsters and demons in the afterlife, we decided to go for a look that might pass as other worldly. Using the cover color palette, Jessi went with a green lip and lots of highlight to match the lightening strike on the cover! We both thought skipping the mascara really helped us achieve a look and vibe that fit with the book description. 

Jessi BEFORE shot


Jessi and I had so much fun coming up with makeup looks that would fit "Let's Talk About Love" and 'The Soul Keepers". Big thank you to Jessi (@the.face.collective) for helping me highlight (no pun intended) these fun Swoon Reads books with her makeup talent and really embrace the Swoon Reads mission of community and sharing a reading experience!

(had a little wannabe helper today.)

Have you ever done a make up look based on a book or a book character? Let us know what you did!


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