|Katie putting the finishing touches|
I was heading to the nail salon in a typical Jersey attire (well, these were my best yoga pants) with emphasis on comfort, so I decided to go with a fresh and casual face based on warm nudes. The focus of the look is the lightest colors in the Viseart Neutral Matte palette.
I used #3 all over the lid, #4 in the inner corner and where I wanted a hint of brightening, #8 to define the crease and #7 blended into the outer corner and slightly upward. The only brushes I used were Smashbox #4 to lay down the color and cut the crease (a little) and Hakuhodo J5522 for blending (everyone needs five of them. Just so you know).
The light level at the room was dismal, if that (it's a dreary rainy day), so I'm not happy with the way the photos don't show the skin. I was kind of proud at the effect I achieved in real life, a luminous skin without any extra highlighter. The real star of the little video clip, though, is my little Katie. If you listen closely you can hear her squeak.
Here's what I used:
Cle de Peau Luminizer Enhancer Base. That's what we all did before strobing was a thing, and that's what I'll keep repurchasing after.
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2. My favorite tinted moisturizer in the whole world.
Hourglass stick concealer in Natural (on anything unsightly)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Luminous Skin Wand in Alula under the eyes (the pen is nearly finished. Have yet to decide about a repurchase).
All face products were applied and blended by hand, except for:
Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous Powder (I used a random Shu Uemura fluffy powder brush).
NARS eye primer (I'm about to open a new tube)
Viseart Matte Nudes palette (see above)
Makeup For Ever Aqua Liner #12 (a rich brown that doesn't look too stark while still creating the necessary drama)
Urban Decay Perversion mascara (from a sample. Not sure how I feel about it.
Shu Uemura pencil (Seal Brown). Just a small touch the tails (mine, not Katie's)
Youngblood Mineral Pressed Blush in Blossom. As natural as they come. applied lightly with a Suqqu cheek brush.
Kjaer Weis Passionate lip tint ( a repurchased staple).
The top is an old cashmere sweater I got at Bloomingdale's once upon a time, the earrings are vintage, and if I remember correctly a gift from a certain beloved friend from Ohio (and his cats).