Once Upon a Time: Black Eyeliner

So, I’m going get a little more personal in this post.

Once upon a time, I used to wear heavy black eyeliner every day, for years. I religiously wore my eyeliner starting my freshman year of high school until I was a senior in college. So, about 10 years. And boy, did I receive some negative comments and ugly looks. Some include:

  •  “You’re emo. Go cut yourself.”
  • “Did it hurt when you got punched in the face?” (Not offensive, just way overused)

Most of the people who gave me nasty looks and rude comments were adults in their 40s and 50s. Sad, isn’t it?

On a lighter note (ah, the contrast), I also received some delicate comments.

When I was in college and working in retail, this little girl, about 4 years old, turned to her dad and said “Daddy, that right there looks like a pirate.” Little did that sweet girl know, I was (and still am, actually) obsessed with pirates.

It’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking that the nicest compliment I received was from a 4-year-old.

There was also my former co-worker and the occasional person who said I resembled Kesha. For that, I was also flattered. I love Kesha, for many reasons.

But then there was Taylor Momsen. Ah, yes, Taylor Momsen. My favorite idol.

I’ve been a fan of Momsen ever since she starred as Cindy Lou Who in the 2000 version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I grew up with Momsen. She’s only a couple of years younger than I am and she was/is in everything I was/am intoThe Grinch, Gossip Girl and, my favorite, The Pretty Reckless.

Soon after her role as Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl ended, she started focusing more on her music and her band. I discovered she was into heavy metal, rock, classic rock–and so on–as was I. And then…Her. Black. Eyeliner.

I was overjoyed that she, of all celebrities, painted her face the same way I did. I’d never met or knew of anyone else who did that (aside from the rock bands back in the day…) I may not know Taylor Momsen personally, but as soon as I discovered she wore heavy black eyeliner too, and the music she was into, I felt like I knew her a little better.

The only way anyone could somewhat understand is if they too, once upon a time, wore–or still do–heavy black eyeliner.

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My next post will be a continuation of this post. It will be about Taylor Momsen, my first time seeing The Pretty Reckless, and that same way I “paint my face.” So, please, stay tuned!

xoxo,
the woman in black

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Vantablack–darker than black

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Well my fellow the color black lovers, the moment has come that we’ve all been waiting for. A color even darker than black exists.

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Looks like I’ll stop wearing black soon. But first they have to start making outfits in vantablack.

Apparently this color was discovered two some years ago. I know, how could someone so obsessed with the color black not find this discovery sooner? I actually found out yesterday when my boyfriend posted a vantablack link on my Facebook page.

The color is so dark that the human eye can’t recognize it as a color; it sees it more as a void, a black hole.

Take a look in the image below, the object that is vantablack doesn’t seem like it is placed on the foil, it seems as if there is a hole in the foil. It’s astounding, really. Especially for those who truly appreciate the beauty of the color black and darkness alone.

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I swear vantablack looks like the bottom of my purse in the movie theater when I’m searching for my chap stick.

Here are some quick facts about vantablack:

1. Light cannot reflect on it
2. Known to be the darkest material ever made (it’s not technically a color–but I refuse to accept that)
3. You can’t purchase it, at least not yet… (*fingers crossed*)
4. It’s intended purpose was to make stealthy aircraft and better telescopes

Check out additional uses of the world’s darkest material in this Mental Floss article.

You can find out more about this black-hole-like color in The New York Times article, published back in November of 2014.

I just hope I can buy a vantablack dress in the near future. Like 2017, please.

the meaning of the color black.

So all this talk about black things; black clothes, black decor, seeing black everywhere without realizing it, but what does the color mean? I conducted some research to let you know.

First, let’s start with some definitions of “black” from Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster:

  • very sad, gloomy, or calamitous
  • connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil: black magic
  • the color at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to white, absorbing all light incident upon it

My favorite, which might explain why I love the color so much:

  • characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night

If you’re curious for more definitions, click on the links above. There is, however, a deeper meaning to the color black beyond these definitions. I discovered a blog, Sensational Color, created by color expert Kate Smith, where she posted an entry to help describe this deeper meaning.
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  • Black “affects the mind and body by helping to create an inconspicuous feeling, boosting confidence in appearance, increasing the sense of potential and possibility, or producing feelings of emptiness, gloom, or sadness.”

For me, the meaning of the color black relates to what I mentioned in this post, but is also a bit different.

Struggling with depression for years, I identify with the color black. Sure, I like other colors and I’ll buy and wear things of other colors but I don’t have a personal connection to them. It seems ironic, considering black is associated with sadness, emptiness, gloom, and pertaining to depression, but black is my happy color. I love the darkness, the mysterious aspect to it; one can be hidden in it, it is a keeper of secrets.

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“Black is my favorite color. It’s limitless. It’s indefinable. It keeps you guessing. When there’s nothing to see, you’re forced to imagine. It makes every shape, every person more mysterious because you can’t see all the details.”

Katie Kacvinsky, Middle Ground

decorating with black.

Sick of the interior decorations in your home? Thinking of changing it up for a bit? Have you ever thought of decorating with black? I know, sounds weird, right? Black? Black, and darker colors in general, usually make a room seem smaller. But if you decorate carefully enough, black decor can make a room really stand out. I will share some tips with you that I found from articles online.

According to articles from Homedit and About.com, it is best to allow natural light to flow into a room decorated in black. You don’t have to have every piece of furniture black, or paint the walls black; a touch of black here or there will do. I have posted some examples below. You can also find additional examples on the links above.

Huffington Post explains "Why Dark Walls Rule" here.

Huffington Post explains “Why Dark Walls Rule” here. There’s more than just black walls found in that article but still great examples of painting walls dark.

This is an example of using black window trim. You can learn more about this trend on a different blog.

This is an example of using black window trim. You can learn more about this trend on a different blog.

Another trend is black and white, particularly black and white stripes. Seems bold, right? Well if you’re into black as much as I am, you’re into making a bold statement–even for decorating. I mean the black and white stripped trend is awesome.

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Clearly all these rooms were all inspired by Beetlejuice. I mean, how could they not be?

77777Want some more great tips on decorating with black? Check out this article from Setting for Four.

(all images were originally found on Pinterest)

wearing the absence of color.

I believe I was put on this planet to inspire others to wear (and love) the color black, which technically is the absence of color, but that’s not the point.

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Black can be worn from head to toe (like I do most days), black can be just part of your outfit (like mine every other day), and it can accent your outfit. But whatever it may be, black will simply make your outfit better. I mean, come on, it’s just a given.

Wearing black isn’t merely a “gothic” or “emo” thing; there’s so much more to it. Black is elegant, mysterious, chic, classy. Still don’t believe me? Think wearing black is boring because you might blend in? Well, perhaps Angela Tofoya will help me convince you that you can stand out wearing the absence of color. Check out her thoughts on her 5 Non-Boring Ways To Wear All Black.

Still worried you might look goth instead of chic? Even though this article has more summery outfits, it still makes a good point on the chicness of black. Shani Silver explains in her article How To Wear All Black And Look Chic, Not Goth.

Perhaps showing you some of my favorite celebrities wearing black will change your mind. And they seriously rock the (absence of the) color black; and you can too!

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Meghan Trainor (Pinterest)

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Kesha (Pinterest)

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Taylor Momsen (Pinterest)

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Taylor Swift (Pinterest)

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Skye Sweetnam (Pinterest)

You don’t need a reason to wear black, there isn’t a certain event you can or cannot wear black to (even weddings, stay tuned for a future post about that), you can pair it with almost anything but simply stated: just wear black! I suggest wearing black everyday. You can always add a pop of color if you wish.

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If not everyday, once a week will do. On Wednesdays. Oh come on, at least do it for Wednesday Addams.

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(found on Pinterest)