Monday, February 15, 2016

Date Night Makeup Look




The Husband and I were among those who braved the cold last night and went out for a Valentine's Day dinner. We had reservations at a nice restaurant (JoJo, on 64th street) where we were eager to try the vegetarian menu (recommended!), and I think we just really wanted to go out, freezing eyeballs or not. The goddess of silly women had my back and provided a parking space nearby, so my decision to wear a knee-length dress and heels that were neither boots nor very comfortable didn't cause any permanent damage.  The idea behind the makeup was to do something classic that accommodates the dress and its color, a rich violet blue. It's not a hue I wear a lot, because it's hard to find one that's decidedly more blue than purple. But this one falls under the "jewel tone" category, which is why I like it so much. The challenge was to find the right balance between cool tones that made me look too pale and green in this combination, and warm tones that could have clashed with my skin and the dress if I hadn't been careful.

Face
Primer- Pixi Flawless & Poreless (from a sample). Bad decision, since I've never tried it before and didn't know how drying it would be. My skin was already dehydrated from the weather, blasting heaters, and not drinking enough water through the day. I should have gone with a hydrating one.
Foundation- Albion Gel Mask in 060. It's a favorite for a reason, and even the vampiric primer didn't fully suck the life out of it.
Concealer- The top and middle shades on the left side of MAC concealer palette in Medium.
Powder- Guerlain pressed Meteorites in Mythic (I'm on my millionth refill), mostly for finishing than for setting. There wasn't much chance of anything sliding off.

Eyes
Primer- NARS.
A touch of the peachy color corrector from the same MAC palette as above under the eyes. Another wrong decision since it's much dryer than my go-to Armani, but it does makes the abyss of deep-set eyes look better.
Tom Ford cream shadow in Platinum (most recent release) all over the lid up to the crease.
From the Ciate x Olivia Palermo Smoldering palette: Blondie in the crease, and Mulberry on the outer part of the lid, blended upwards.
Youngblood Eye-Mazing in Marron (press sample). Which I expected to be more brown, but looked straight up black. I triple-checked to make sure I didn't replace it with Noir. I'll have to investigate some more.
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, just by itself with no extra mascara.

Eyebrows
Shu Uemura pencil in Seal Brown.

Cheeks
Kjaer Weis cream blush in Above & Beyond topped with Chanel Rouge (it's a Europe and Duty Free exclusive nowadays, still worth getting it). I did add a highlighter because the Chanel blush has enough shimmer.

Lips
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in Shanghai Scarlet (308). This one has the longevity of cement and requires an oil or a dual cleanser for full removal. I also highly recommend using a brush with this color to outline the lips, otherwise you'll be correcting mistakes for longer than it takes to actually apply the product. Also, it's more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss, except that it feels almost like a gloss, and it's not really matte.

Other Stuff
The dress is NYDJ Rosella (this specific color is no longer available, but others can be found at Neiman Marcus and on the brand's website).
Vintage clip-on earrings
SotN:  Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540. Absolutely wonderful.

Did you go out on Valentine's Day? What did you wear?


16 comments:

  1. I need to find that L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss and pronto. Each cosmetics display I've visited is either out or missing the colors I'm looking for. Must. Keep. Trying.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I ordered mine online from Ulta. My local store is always out of stock.

      Delete
  2. Our little city has more restaurants than all other businesses put together (or at least it seems that way), and every one is full with a line on Valentine's Day evening. That being the case and us hating crowds, we stayed home and had a nice chicken enchilada soup in our P.J.s All the makeup of the day had already been removed! Your look above is a stunner for you. WOW... Glad you had such a lovely evening. P.S. If we had any non-chain type restaurants with lovely food and ambience like NYC, we would probably be more willing to brave crowds & noise. Thanks again for your lovely blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, JW :)
      Some years we stay in, because many NYC (and most NJ) restaurants tend to offer sub-par overpriced menu on Valentine's Day. But when we saw that JoJo had all the regular stuff available for that night we just had to reserve a table (weeks in advance).

      Delete
  3. I love the look of that foundation. Where do you buy it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amazon is the only place I've found so far, at least in the US.

      Delete
  4. You look lovely! I’m definitely going to watch out for those Pro-Matte Gloss, I hope they arrive in Australia soon.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You look stunning! I love how the earrings play against your hair and the red lip.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. The earrings were a last minute pick because of the lip color.

      Delete
  6. Red lipstick looks so good on you !!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's something I wish I had realized decades earlier. I was afraid of red lipsticks until my thirties.

      Delete
  7. That lippie! Love the eye makeup, too. Immaculate, as usual.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you :) ! I know you love red lipsticks, so you have a good chance liking this one on yourself as well.

      Delete
  8. Great look! And I got a few of those L'Oreal Pro-Matte Glosses after you wore one in a recent FOTD post. Completely in love with them and have the Shanghai Scarlett because even though I don't wear reds quite as often these days, I still find them almost impossible to resist.
    Anna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad you like them, Anna. Reds are irresistible. I wear them and I still have too many for a sane person.

      Delete

I love comments and appreciate the time you take to connect with me, but please do not insert links to your blog or store. Those will be deleted. The comment feature is not intended to provide an advertising venue for your blog or your commercial site.

See Also

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Like