fotd: chromed copper

October 12, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Though the crisp fall weather I love seems to be stubbornly avoiding LA (as usual), my mind’s already gone to the magical colours of the season. All in, this is a pretty tame fall look – no burgundy eyeshadow, whaaaat? – but perfect for the still-sort-of-summer weather we’ve been having.

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This look features some of my favourite copper products, and while I wore it with a sheer gloss here I’m already dreaming of recreating it with a dark vampy lipstick (like Bite Beauty’s Black Truffle) once the days get even the slightest bit cooler. Don’t ask why I’m adverse to wearing dark lipstick in hot weather – it’s just a weird hangup that I’m going to blame on advertising and general consumer brainwashing. For some reason I just can’t bring myself to wear anything but sheers and brights when it’s warm out. Anyone else?

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Despite my love for glitter and all things bling, my favourite things about this turned out to be the softly luminous base. I have naturally oily skin, so maintaining an even glow that doesn’t turn into oil slick requires striking juuuuust the right balance in mattifying/illuminating products.

And I think I might finally have found just the blend: a combo that starts with CoverFX Mattifying Primer, and ends with their Illuminating Setting Spray, sandwiching a natural-finish foundation and setting powder between them. I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but I think it’s worth it your desired finish lasts all day…and in this case it did!

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Face: CoverFX Mattifying Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in G20, CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder, Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray // Cheeks: Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light // Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in Amber Lights and Antiqued (from the Burgundy Times Nine Palette), Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma, Chanel Beauty Inimitable Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in #40 // Lips: Fenty Beauty Lipgloss in Fenty Glow

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fotd: in the red

September 26, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

I’ve been a fan of Laneige eyeshadow for years and years. I got my first quad when I was working at a society magazine, and it was something I carried with me everywhere so I could easily change my makeup after work for evening events. I don’t remember what it was called (it was limited edition and long gone now), but I have fond memories of the smooth formula and beautiful shimmer textures in it.

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It was a blast from the past when Laneige sent over some things from their new Ideal Eyeshadow range. Pink Maroon looks so similar to the quad I used to love! But now that I’m no longer working in an office and bound to neutrals, my eyes went straight to Red Fox Fur.

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Admittedly the red shade is what initially caught my eye, but the dark shimmery brown was a beauty too, and reminded me of another long-lost eyeshadow love: a similar (in my mind) Red Earth eyeshadow single I used to adore when I was a teen. It’s funny how much nostalgia this collection triggers for me. I love it!

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I finished up the look with Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in Raspberry Red, a true red that I have been loving even more now that I’ve lightened up my hair. I’m still trying to nail the right makeup for my new colouring, but in the meantime the old beauty adage has proven true: you really can’t go wrong with red lipstick.

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Face: Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion in 117, Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, Cle de Peau Loose Powder // Cheeks: Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in Woodblossom, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure // Eyes: Laneige Ideal Eyeshadow Quad in Red Fox Fur, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Dark Brown // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in Raspberry Red


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fotd: burgundy galaxy

September 10, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Let’s be clear: this is entirely the result of trying to wear as many eyeshadow colours as I could in one go, which itself is the result of being away from my makeup stash for far too long.

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There’s a LOT going on here. I wish I could say there was some method to my madness, but all I did was raid my vanity for products I’d missed using, blended them into utter murkiness and then tried to “tie them together” with not one but two different duochromes – a satin pink-gold and a glitter teal-burgundy. Black liquid liner was the real MVP though, and gave everything a very finished look. False lashes would have been great too, if I had the patience for that sort of thing (which you know I dont)!

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I completed the look with bold brows and a deep fuchsia lipstick, Pillowbook from Cle de Peau Beauté. For some reason I have it down in my memory as a burgundy – probably because that’s what it looks like in the tube – so I got a surprise when I applied, but ended up loving its brightening effect on everything. Isn’t it gorgeous? I think it’s the perfect summer/fall transition lipstick, for when you’re dying to wear deeper tones but aren’t quite ready for full-on oxblood yet.

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory, MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder in Light Plus // Cheeks: Tom Ford Blush in Ravish // Eyes: Make Up For Ever Matte Artist Shadows in M646 Latte, M540 Gray Beige and M928 Eggplant, MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry, Topshop Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, Inglot AMC Pigment in #85, Cle de Peau Beauté Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Inimitable Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in #40 // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Lipstick in Pillowbook

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