On day four, I was laser-focused on taking my makeup to the next level. Naturally, going darker was the answer. There's definitely a fine line between grunge and goth, but executing that difference was tricky. Since my eye makeup turned out more striking than I expected, I made an effort to keep the lip color as sheer as possible by applying a thin layer of black lipstick and adding an iridescent gloss on top in order to avoid veering into goth territory. A classic smoky eye is something I've never felt comfortable applying on myself. With the tools and the shadows I used for the grunge test at my disposal, though, it seemed way less intimidating.
This was by far the most dramatic look I had done so far in the challenge — and in my life. It was also the true pinnacle of this whole experience, because of how surprisingly pleased I was with my makeup. One thing I've always dreamed of being able to do is simply pull off a smoky eye. As a teenager, I would get my makeup done for special occasions and I'd marvel at the artist's work, completely stunned by her ability to make me look so extraordinary. And now, I had finally achieved it.