I've recreated the makeup look I wore last night. We went out to dinner with the husband's aunt and uncle who are visiting from Toronto. The location was casual (Graffiti Food & Wine Bar in the East Village), so I was wearing dark-washed jeans, but with a black silk lacy DVF blouse that was too ornate for earrings or a necklace. So all the color and light had to come from makeup. I was also going to wear my glasses, as I guessed correctly that the place was going to be very dark and the menu printed in secret fonts.
What you see here is an exact replica of last night's makeup, with a funky scarf (Mewingtons) to create interest instead of said blouse. I also upped the color a little, to make it more photo friendly. The focus was obviously on the eyes. I went with a completely neutral/nude lip, so I wouldn't have to worry about patches and lipstick on my cake and stuff. I also paid extra attention to skin and concealed it like it was my job, both before and after applying foundation.
|too close for comfort|
A thick layer of various snail creams with that Lauder New Dimension Shape+Fill Serum. No, I still don't have a verdict, but it's getting close.
Using a very damp Beauty Blender I concealed my questionable chin with Youngblood Ultimate Concealer in Medium (a lighter shade than what you see in my old review). If I were using it on top of foundation I would have gone at least one shade lighter.
Foundation: Don't hate me. I copied Lisa Eldridge and used Albion Gel Mask Foundation in 060, which one of the most perfect color and texture matches I've had in my life. It's magical, Japanese, as expensive as sin, and here in the US we can order from Amazon, which is what I did about six months ago. It's my favorite evening foundation and from the photos you can see the flashback isn't too bad (I would still avoid for bridal as it has SPF25).
Extra spot concealing was done with a liquid one by Tarte.
Setting powder was Laura Mercier, finishing powder the pressed Guerlain Meteorite in Mythic 01.
The usual NARS primer.
MAC Brule all over the lid and under the brow for a bright even surface.
Now you get to laugh at me. Last month I bough the Colourpop Forever Freshman eye shadow collection (it's now discounted at $24 for all six eye shadows). The name is ridiculous and I'm so obviously not the brand's target demographic, but I didn't care. These colors are stunning and I wanted to learn how to work with their unique texture. So what I did for this look was use the matte terracotta shade, Melrose, on the outer 2/3s of the lid and extended the crease and outer v with it (it makes sense when you consider my glasses), and tapped a hint of the soft gold shimmer Crimper in the middle of the lid. The key to these eye shadows is to think about using a minimal amount like you would with anything crazy pigmented, and then use half of that. Unless you are the age of a freshman and then you can do and wear whatever you wat because you're gorgeous by definition.
Eyeliner was again the brown Makeup For Ever Aqualiner (I should buy half the line), and mascara was Estee Lauder Sumptuous something-or-other in black.
The discontinued Chantecaille Aqua blush in Charming. I have yet to find a good substitution, so when I finish it I will cry.
MAC lipliner in Whirl and lipstick in Velvet Teddy. I told you I went very basic with that. There was a thick layer of By Terry Rose Balm underneath, which did more good than the lip color.
P.S. my scent of the night was Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khol de Bahrein