Inspired by: Hawkeye (2012).

I know this run on Hawkeye is done. I know a lot of you have heard already of this series. But I really need to make a post about my love for Matt Fraction and David Aja‘s work with my favourite superhero.

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For those of you whom are not familiar with them, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are both Hawkeye (archers extraordinaire). Usually part of a team (respectively Avengers and Young Avengers), this run focus on their duo and missions.

I’m pretty sure a lot of people expressed in a definitely more articulated manner why Hawkeye was such a great comic. Be it for the plot or the art itself. Other artists than Aja were involved in this series (I must admit I’m a big fan of Annie Wu‘s work).

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The fact that both Kate and Clint are completely human without any supernatural power whatsoever, and that they remain living breathing walking disasters is a big part of what sold them to me. It makes them lovable and easy to relate to (except for, you know, the whole fighting supervillains thing). Despite being utterly fragile (you know, being human and all that) and messing up their lives with each day passing, they keep going and remain strong.

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One of the important tropes of this series, which illustrates perfectly the whole “I’m human yet I have to deal with life” thingy, is Clint’s deafness. (I suppose at this point it’s not considered a spoiler…) I found this great critic of issue #19, which is key in demonstrating our protagonist’s struggle and daily life with his loss of hearing.

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I was so impacted both by the art and the way these characters handled their problems (poorly, let’s be real, but also, like most of us would) that I got a tattoo of one the panels from issue #19, back in January when I was in Madrid.

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It is CLINT spelled in American Sign Language.

I thought it’d be both a good tribute to my favourite hero/comic book series and a way to remind me to keep on going, even though I am human and fragile and I mess up like all of us do.

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Make-up Look: Broken Doll.

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Face:

  • M.A.C. “Pure White” Airbrush MakeUp
  • Bare Minerals “The Faux Pas” Blush
  • Broken parts: Make Up Forever Aqua Black, L’Oréal “Scarlett Creme” Lipstick & Fake Blood.
  • Tear drop: Urban Decay “Freeze” (from the Vice 3 palette) Eyeshadow

Eyebrows & Eyes:

  • & Other Stories “Alapeen Ebony” Eyebrow Powder
  • M.A.C. “Rose” Pigment
  • Urban Decay “Bondage” (from the Vice 3 palette) Eyeshadow
  • Elle “3 in 1” Mascara
  • Eylure “Volume N°101” False Eyelashes

Lips:

  • NARS “Iberico” Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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Knowledge, podcasts & FoMO.

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The official definition for FoMO is the following:

FoMO: noun. “Abbreviation of Fear of Missing Out. Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”

This all comes down to knowing as many things as possible, as fast as possible. And while I must admit my day-to-day behaviour falls under that definition regarding social media and current events, it has always extended to other things.

I mean obviously as a kid social media was not one of my concerns since Facebook didn’t exist and internet wasn’t as accessible as it is presently. But I always felt like I HAD to know. By that I mean I had to know about every new subject I heard of, in case it might come up later in a conversation or would be proved useful someday. But it was for my personal satisfaction mostly. I’d be happier with myself if I knew about it. Whatever IT was supposed to be.

Once, my therapist noted that my “craving” for knowledge was something I gave as much importance as people did for their physiological needs such as food and sleep, because it had come to the point where I was anxious not to know about things. Which I thought sounded incredibly pretentious, somehow? And which I didn’t want to be interpreted as such, since to me it wasn’t a matter of being smarter than people. It was only for myself.

I enjoy learning, even about things I’m not particularly interested in, because I believe it is important to understand what people enjoy (even if that’s not your case) in order to understand them.

What is your relationship to knowledge and learning?

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Also, for some reason, I wanted to introduce podcasts in that post. Thinking it might be appropriate and somehow related to the main subject of today’s post.
So, without further ado, here’s a list of 5 of my favourite podcasts:

Make-up look: Glam skull.

Since Halloween is in three weeks, I decided to play a little with my make up. For those of you who want to look creepy but still pull off a glam look, you might like this one.
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For this side of my face, I used Urban Decay’s “Vanity” (Vice 3 palette), “Rockstar” and “Blackout” (Smoked palette). Then I winged my eye with Eyeko’s Skinny liquid eyeliner and added Bourjois’ “Dip Dye” false eyelashes. On my lips I used Rimmel’s “Across The Universe” lip lacquer and smeared it.

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For the other half of my face, I covered it with M.A.C.’s “Pure White” airbrush make up, then dusted transparent loose powder on top of it. I drew all the skull details using a liner brush and Urban Decay’s “Blackout“. To make it a bit more gruesome, I lined the middle of my face with liquid latex and added fake blood and different eyeshadows (green, yellow, red and purple).

And that’s the finished look!

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