Thursday, April 14, 2016

FOTD: Doing Your Makeup When Barely Awake

I have some words for whoever came up with the idea of breakfast events. Being social early in the morning is a special kind of torture, even if I get to release some aggression while driving in Manhattan during rush hour (required: nerves of steelsteel chutzpah, and an extensive vocabulary of curse words in at least four languages). I also needed to look presentable and not homicidal, and accomplish that before I could fully open my eyes, not to mention focus them. The occasion was The Fragrance Foundation's Finalist Breakfast (I was a finalist for an editorial award for my Early Scent Memories article, and no, I didn't win). Hanging out with good friends and fresh orange juice kept me upright, and a streamlined makeup using infallible staples kept me looking sane.

Smashbox Oil Primer. I was less concerned with longevity and more with keeping my skin supple and smooth. It's a favorite.
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation (B50 Honey). You could have guessed it.
Cle de Peau concealer (Almond), mostly around the nose and a small area on the chin, set lightly with Shiseido loose powder.
Laura Mercier pressed powder- Universal. It's the very fine light-diffusing one that doesn't add color or coverage.

Etude House Primer  Proof 10 (a Korean product, as good as they come).
Le Metier de Beaute single eye shadow in Naked. It might me my favorite base eye shadow. Something about this particular beige is perfect.
MAC Copperplate in the crease and Satin Taupe on the lid. It doesn't get any more classic than this.
smashbox Limitless liquid liner pen, because I can apply this one even when my vision is blurry.
Hourglass Film Noir mascara.

NARS Illuminator 413 BLKR. My tube is getting lighter. I'll need to repurchase soon, and that's quite a feat for a highlighter.
Paul & Joe Cinnamon Roast 001 blush (Fall 2015). I used both colors swirled together.

Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pink Venus.
D&G Sophia Loren No.1 lipstick.

Other Stuff
Dress: Candice by Tart (I think it's on sale now on Joyus).
Earrings: an older pair by Cecile & Jeanne
SotD: Musc Tonkin, applied liberally. I questioned the prudence of this choice when I was trapped in the car with my spectacularly stinking self for an hour, but I just had to. Just as tomorrow I'm going to follow my little tradition and wear Absolue por le Soir to the DMV.

One Last Thing
Another proof that my brain does not work before 10 am, the first couple of photos I took were not really pictures but videos. I guess I couldn't see the camera settings clearly.


  1. That 413 BLKR looks stunning. How does it compare to RBR Sea of Clouds?

  2. Wow, that D&G lipstick is really beautiful. Great on your coloring. I find them a very under-rated brand; wish they would release more stuff!

  3. LOVE the eye makeup, gorgeous. Which reminds me: would love to see an eye makeup done with Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen(s) you have written about many times.


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