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.
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.
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.
Shu Uemura pencil in Seal Brown.
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.
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.
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?