Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Face of the Day: Neutrals with a Bold Lip


I love the look of neutral, subtle makeup with a bold lip. When I was deciding what makeup to slap on my face this morning, I realized I had bought a number of products over the past few weeks that would work well together in just such a look! This #FOTD is certainly nothing super creative or groundbreaking, but I think it's nonetheless an interesting look to wear. The bold lip will probably make it unwearable in the most conservative of offices, but it's great for running errands on the weekend! And those who work in more creative fields might even be able to wear something similar on a work day. 


First things first, I applied my Chanel Le Jour de Chanel serum and Youngblood Mineral Primer. I decided to test out a sample of the new Bare Minerals Bareskin Liquid Foundation, applied with my Sigma F80 brush. I'm going to give this foundation another chance, but my first impression is that I absolutely do not like it. It somehow manages to simultaneously make my skin look dry and super oily. It also felt quite greasy on application. With so many great foundations out there, I really can't think who would suit this. I also used my NARS Creamy Concealer and YSL Touche Éclat to try to mask my outrageous undereye circles*. 

*I'm on the hunt for a new undereye concealer/highlighter regime. What are your favorite products for this?


For my eyes, I went with the NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Portobello, yet another purchase inspired by Essiebutton. I applied this over my NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, which I wear every single time I wear any eye make up. Portobello is such a gorgeous palette, but I fear many will overlook it since it looks quite boring in the pan. The quality of NARS eyeshadows can be hit-or-miss, but Portobello is up there with the best! It is matte, yet buttery and easy to blend. The shade on the right is absolutely perfect in the crease. Portobello makes me think of what a glamorous editor would wear: it's effortlessly chic. 

Face is soooooo shiny! I blame the Bare Minerals foundation.
I lined my top lid with Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Corrupt and used the YSL Faux Cils Shocking Mascara, which is quickly becoming a major love of mine. My brow game has also been on point lately (if I do say so myself) thanks to the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate and the Sephora Pro Brow Brush #20. My brows are fairly full to begin with, but I do have a white patch in my left brow (the side where I have the white streak in my hair) and some sparse bits throughout that I like to fill in. The Anastasia Dipbrow is super quick and easy to use, yet the look is still natural. 

L to R: YSL Kiss and Blush Mocha Garconne, Daniel Sandler Fiji, Bourjois Hot Pepper
I skipped contouring today, but I did use my new Daniel Sandler Watercolour Crème Bronzer in Fiji. This is easily the most unique bronzer I've ever encountered, in both color and texture. It starts off as a cream in the pan, but the heat from your finger almost melts the product on contact, making it exceptionally easy to apply and blend. And unlike most bronzers--but quite like the actual sun--this bronzer has a distinctly red tint to it, leaving a gloriously natural sunkissed look. Pixiwoo has an awesome video about how to use this for a great bronzed look. I also popped some of the YSL Kiss and Blush #12 Mocha Garconne onto the apples of my cheeks. I talked about my love for the YSL Kiss and Blush here, but Mocha Garconne is a new addition to my collection. It is a beautiful natural shade that adds radiance and a slight hint of pink to the cheek.


And last, but certainly not least, on the lips I have a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper. I absolutely love the color of Hot Pepper: it is a matte, red-orange shade with some serious lasting power. I'm still on the fence about this formula, however, because while it does have great staying power, it feels drying and never really sets, remaining slightly sticky the whole time. It's also a bit of an odd duck because it feels almost greasy upon initial application, then seems to get thicker in consistency, and finally turns into a true matte. I think I may order one more shade (Frambourjoise, for the name alone!) to really test these out further.

Do you use any of these products? What do you think about wearing neutral eyeshadows and blush with an in-your-face lip?

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