Beauty, Los Angeles, Makeup, New YorkDown the Rabbit Hole with OCC Fragmented Alice

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Remember how I had OCC? Well, it’s flaring up again.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) just debuted its Fragmented Alice Colour Collection and it’s now available! For the first time, the cult makeup artist favorite is collaborating with a painter, Chicago native Gail Potocki, whose hauntingly beautiful, twisted series Fragmented Alice paintings present what the brand calls a “uniquely macabre” take on C.S. Lewis’s Alice in Wonderland.

I checked out Gail’s paintings recently at a launch event, where OCC Brand Manager and Director of Makeup Artistry Courtney Tichman demonstrated the limited-edition collection. After gazing at Alice’s often forlorn, oil-painted expression, enhanced by layers and layers of color, I was instantly inspired to go home and play with my makeup. What seemed like unwearable shades at first in the OCC collection turned out to be delightfully sheer, majestic, even psychedelic!

A touch goth, the acid green, gold-laced metallic+stained gloss Lip Tar in Fragmented is actually ultra-sheer and easily layerable over or under a brighter, more substantial lip color. I actually used it underneath a hydrating soft pink lipstick for more natural but slightly unique results.

The same can be said for the Loose Colour Concentrates, available in Inflicted (a patina’d pink opal), Curved Sky (an icy white/iridescent blue-violet) and Nevar (a dirty golden olive). Use them alone or with OCC Skin: Primer for longer lasting color and a gel eyeshadow finish. I just blended them all together with an eyeshadow brush for a subtle yet sexy, almost fairy-like effect — totally wearable during the day, even at work! I can’t wait to see how it looks at night.

The only thing I haven’t tried yet is the creme Nail Lacquer, which comes in an eye-popping Severed (bright crimson, the only bright color in the collection) and a very pretty Gryphon (cement gray).

The Fragmented Alice collection is available at occmakeup.com and centuryguild.net, as well as at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics flagship boutique in New York City and Century Guild Los Angeles showroom in Culver City.

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