Remembering the Fighters: Golden Biscuit Eyes and Red Poppy Lips for ANZAC Day

Greetings from a sunny and peaceful village, fellow rogues!

Adventurers in Australia and New Zealand are observing ANZAC Day today – every year, the 25th of April is set aside as a public holiday to remember the fallen and ponder just how lucky we are here to be able to spend our time gallivanting off into crypts and raiding dragon hoards, as opposed to suffering under the yoke of actual war.

ANZAC, for those not in on the secret, stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. They were formed during the First World War and quickly became famous for their hardiness, humour, can-do spirit and (sadly) the almightly mess of the Gallipoli landings. Commemorating war and soldiers can be a tricky thing, and I’d like to note at this point that using makeup in this context is in no way intended to trivialise the occasion. It’s just an idea for another way to think and remember, while enjoying the freedom that so many other fighters and adventurers struggled for.

ANZAC poppies.

Some of the poppies sold to raise funds for the RSA and commemorate ANZAC Day (source)

With that in mind, what are we going to base the look on? There are, perhaps, two main (non-military) objects that have come to symbolise the ANZACs today: red poppy flowers, and ANZAC biscuits. The poppies are an international symbol of war remembrance, most often seen in NZ and Oz around ANZAC Day, and other countries around Armistice Day. The little cloth or paper poppies sold to raise funds for returned servicepeople and their families were inspired by the beautiful poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae. ANZAC biscuits are a bit more complicated in origin, but (as the story has it), they were created by the wives and mothers of ANZAC soliders, designed to last the sea journey to where the soldiers fought, but still taste good and remind them of home. They consist mainly of rolled oats, desiccated coconut and golden syrup, and are magically delicious. For the interested, a traditional recipe can be found here.

What I ended up with out of all this was the idea for a golden brown biscuit inspired eye, and bright red poppy lips. So, without further ado:

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

Biscuit eyes! Truly, the light was changing as I took these photos. So you get to see what it looks like in both bright and cloud-difused sunlight! Yay!

I’d like to take a second here to apologise for the blending: this whole eye look (barring things that come in a pencil) was applied and blended with my fingers, because the one brush I own is dirty, and I was… unmotivated to clean it. *cough*.

How true is this look to the colour of an ANZAC biscuit? Well, as true as you can get when your shadow collection is very predominantly cool-toned πŸ˜› I don’t really have the warm tan or orange brown that would have completed the look, but hopefully you get the idea!

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

I actually captioned this one already, hm…

Methods to the madness: I coated my lid and a little way into the crease with a good layer of Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in French Fries (brown copper) Then, I applied UD Half-Baked (metallic gold) all over that, and smudlged the crease-edge in a bit. I then used UD Smog (warm shimmery brown) on the outer V/crease and UD Chopper (warm copper) on the inner corner of the lid, and blended everything with the edge of my finger. Lastly, I used UD Suspect (shimmer beige/greige) to soften the upper edge and highlight the very inner corner. The lower lash line was the same pattern: smog at the outer corner, blending into Half Baked in the middle, with Suspect/Chopper in the inner half. The liner is UD Demolition (matte dark brown), on the upper lash line, and the waterlines. Mascara is Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review).

Another little eye-comic diversion, since the last one was so well-received :-)

Another little eye-comic diversion, since the last one was so well-received πŸ™‚

Now for the poppy lips! This is quite easy really: you take your favourite bright red lipstick, and put it on your lips. For a moment, I considered trying to do some sort of lip art, with a black centre to the red (or, in my case, dark purple), but decided that it would probably look terrible and creepy, and that *would* rather make a mockery of the poppy symbol… SO! What I did instead was compile a little selection of my favourite bright reds:

Red Poppy Lips for ANZAC Day

Red poppy lips! We have Lancome for the upper and lower left images, Revlon for the upper centre, naked lips for the lower centre, and two ways to wear Estee Lauder’s Rich Red at the right.

Poppies are technically a little warmer, I think, but (once again) we’re dealing with the collection of a cool-toned rogue here!Β  The Rouge in Love at top left is quite a glossy, pinky red, whereas the rest are more true blue reds. Fire and Ice is just complicated (review), but in a good way. At the lower left we have an alternative to the glossiness and dense pigment of most of these, with a more matte-blotted version of Estee Lauder Rich Red (review).

So there we are, fellow rogues. Would you wear a commemorative makeup look? Do you like crunchy, magically delicious biscuits?

Until next time, fellow rogues… just don’t forget.


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24 thoughts on “Remembering the Fighters: Golden Biscuit Eyes and Red Poppy Lips for ANZAC Day

  1. Lest we forget.

    Love this look – but you know what a fan I am of the palette you’ve used on the eye! Also I think that Rouge in Love & the blotted Rich Red are both lovely. (Yes, I said that about bright red lippy!) Super cute eye cartoon.

    ANZAC biscuits win all (in fact, I’m eating two right now). And yes, I would wear a commemorative makeup look. I actually considered doing poppy nails this ANZAC Day. πŸ™‚


    • Ooh… Poppy nails! That would be awesome!

      Yeah, UD eyeshadows are just made of awesome. Especially ones like Half Baked and Chopper – you touch the pan and your finger is coated in epic golden/copper shininess. The pigmentation is great!

      We’ll have you wearing bright red lipstick yet, Ooly. Don’t worry. *steeples fingers*


  2. Not only lovely makeup look, but an interesting history lesson for an American. I was aware of the usage of poppy flowers for Armistice Day, but not ANZAC biscuits (which sound delicious, by the way). Great post Syl!


    • Thanks! πŸ˜€ Hehe, I was just busy reading your posts when this cooment popped up…spooky!

      Definitely give the ANZAC biscuits a try if you’re into baking – they are perfect with a cup of tea πŸ™‚


      • Ohmigosh really?! That’s hilarious. (And I won’t lie, I read you reply to my comment about five minutes ago, but I’m drunk- it’s midnight here- and had to roll around on the floor for a few minutes before responding because I adore your blog andaksjhdsghaslj)
        Also, I do enjoy baking, so I’ll have to give ANZAC biscuits a try


  3. Biscuit eyes? Now I’m hungry >.< UD Half Baked has to be one of my favorite gold shades ever. SO PRETTY. And I think I might need to get my hands on one of the Lancome lippies, it looks gorgeous.


    • I got both of the Lancome lipsticks as little mini ones in GWPs! I love them to bits, and they’re so cute πŸ™‚ I have a couple of other, full-sized Lancome shades, but when my minis run out I’ll definitely be eyeballing the full sizes!


  4. Mmm, love a good biscuit-y eye. I haven’t made ANZAC biscuits for years, but this week all sorts of photographic temptations have been popping up in my blogfeeds and social media… hmm. It’s not like Easter treats, right? I’m allowed to make them whenever?

    Those are some really gorgeous poppy reds.


    • Heh, we make home-made easter buns all year round, so I won’t stop you from whipping up some ANZAC biscuits any time you feel like it! Magically delicious things is an actual food group, you know, and you need to make sure you keep up with your intake…


  5. Hehe, loved the little eye comic love story πŸ˜‰ Great eye look. But I like the lip color too. I’d probably blot down a color this bright, so thanks for showing me what that would look like!


    • You’re welcome πŸ˜€ It is my mission to encourage as many people as possible to wear explosively bright lipstick! πŸ˜‰ The little eye comics are actually really fun to do!


  6. Thank you, Syl. What I primarily receive over here about ANZAC Day are the matches. And while nobody will dispute the vital importance of rugby, there’s a breakdown if that’s the only message. Lovely post. The biscuits sound delish too.


    • Yes, people do sometimes compare the rubgy to a ‘battle’ and it makes me cringe every time I hear it! :-S ANZAC Day is not the time for that comparison, people. You’re welcome πŸ™‚


  7. Great story to accompany the post, Syl! Now I really want to try the ANZAC biscuits!!!

    UD Demolition is something I reach for often. It’s dark enough to make an impact but is still work-appropriate. A good alternative to black. πŸ™‚

    You apply those red lipsticks so perfectly! Every single one looks so good on you but my favorite is the bottom left one (Absolu Rouge 132?). I need to learn the technique from you!!


    • Demolition is going to be the first one I use up, I think! To be fair, I have the travel, half/half pencil, so that ‘help’, but it will feel good to use something up, LOL!

      My technique is as follows:

      Assemble: lips, lipstick, mirror.
      Apply lipstick directly from bullet, taking forever to use the sharp edge or point of the bullet to tweak the edges and cupid’s bow until it looks like you have lips again.

      As you can see, it’s very sophisticated πŸ˜›


    • You’re welcome! πŸ˜€

      Definitely give the biscuits a try the next time you’re feeling like some baking (although I’m not sure what the best substitute for golden syrup is in the US…)


  8. Absolutly love that guy! This is a very helpful post and contains helpful information. However plese check out this link…ups, I should never let my spam bot type comments.

    I can’t remember if I demanded more eye comics, but it seems I have been successful. I also like the combination of a sombre topic with a more light hearted one. Kind of feel like cookies right now, too…


    • Arrgh! A spambot! Kill it, quick! πŸ˜€

      You did, I believe, request more eye comics πŸ˜‰ They’re almost too fun to make, actually. I, too, felt like my post needed something to keep it a bit light, considering the heavy matters at the beginning!


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