I am not shy about professing my bird-nerdiness. Birds, being our only living dinosaurs, have fascinated me for as long as I can remember.
Friends and family often ask me "What's this bird?" The most recent one was a picture posted by a friend on Instagram asking about the identity of an owl (he was having a sick run of awesome owl sightings.) I identified it as a Short-eared Owl, and described it as having a "dramatic smoky eye."
Over the next few days I started thinking "what if I showcased different species of birds using their diverse eye patterns and colours as a template for eye makeup?" I mused the question out loud to my husband on a drive, and his response was "That's awesome! Do it! You have to do it!"
And thus #BirdGlamour was born!
Bird Glamour is where I, inexperienced with eye makeup, ask our friends the birds what they would recommend wearing for different occasions. I'll post a new bird eye look each Friday afternoon. If you have a favorite bird you would like to see done, feel free to comment! Comparison images are from (unless otherwise indicated) the Sibley eGuide to Birds of North America Android app.
Newest Bird Glamour looks will be at the top! Also check out my Twitter @Lisavipes for the latest Bird Glamour!
July 3, 2017 - Atlantic Puffin
The Atlantic Puffin is one of many seabirds that, on #WorldSeabirdDay, wishes we humans would stop throwing so much plastic waste into the oceans.
June 30, 2017 - Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird, the city of Vancouver's Official Bird, is known for striking deep pink hues contrasting with vibrant greens. Anna's Hummingbird recommends this look for a day of sipping sugary drinks at your local flowers and feeders. Be sure to keep your hummingbird feeders clean: dirty hummingbird feeders are dangerous to our flying jewels!
June 23, 2017 - Blue Jay
A familiar guest at our feeders, Blue Jays are a bright and cheeky member of the corvid family (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays.) Blue Jay recommends various shades of blue for visiting your local seed and nut feeders!
June 17 - Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlarks have been present during every one of our field expeditions into the prairie provinces, waking us at the crack of dawn with their boisterous, melodious voices. Western Meadowlarks recommend balancing neutral browns with a vibrant yellow for early morning choir performances.
June 16 - Gray Jay
While hoped to be Canada's National Bird - but now it seems like that won't happen - the Grey Jay is an important part of First Nations traditional stories and artwork (read more here,) and a beloved visitor to campgrounds and hiking trails...or anywhere where people are going to bring snacks into the woods! Grey Jay recommends smoky grey with a dark grey eyeliner, partnered with white highlights. I wore this Bird Glamour look to the welcome reception for the British Columbia Field Ornithologists' meeting in Tumbler Ridge.
June 9, 2017 - Short-eared Owl
My first Bird Glamour! Short-eared Owls recommend a dramatic smoky eye (it helps if you have yellow eyes, but that's something owls do best) with pale beige highlights.