Yes, I did what must be taboo for French woman, I did my makeup in public!!! Of course, I only assume this is a faux pas because during the more than five years that I've lived in France, I have NEVER once seen a woman do her makeup in public...ok, with one exception, I saw a lady put lipstick on in a French metro, likely on her way to work.
I know, it is surely a Miss Manners taboo for all women, but after I made a "tiny" beauty purchase ("haul" for MUA's, online beauty junkies, etc. ), I simply had to do my face with a few of the new products (especially since I had NOTHING on it and hadn't slept, but a few hours.)
You see, when you really want to, you you can find an excuse for anything. ;)
So, here was the result:
I think not too bad for a quick, refreshing look after three hours of sleep, a vitamin and Benefit's "Girl Meets Pearl" & one of Make Up Forever's new line of eyeshadows, Artist Shadow in "Silver Brown" (ME-612; Metallic Finish). NO, that's not all I have on, but those were the new items that just had to try ASAP.
This is what I did to achieve the complete look:
- My base, Dr. Brandt's CC Glow with signature RUDY CRYSTAL in light to medium (in travel size ;) )
- KIKO Full Coverage Concealer n° 4 (as a concealer & spot foundation) & Kryolan Ultra Foundation in OB 2 (a refill i carry, also used here for spot foundation coverage)
- One of my favorite compact palette's, Too Faced "Glamour to Go" (I used: the bronzer under the cheek of the apple and cheekbone, the peachy pink blush slightly on the upper cheekbone towards the temple, a mauve-brown metallic eyeshadow in the outer corners and creases of the lids, a tad bit of the charcoal black eyeshadow in an outer side "V" and the creases, a pink eyeshadow over the creases and under the brows, & a light creme or champagne eyeshadow lightly on the rims of the inner eye corners and upwards towards to pink eyeshadow)
- NOTE: Make Up Forever's Artist Shadow in "Silver Brown" served as my eyelid base, BEFORE the Too Faced eyeshadows, and I put it over the entire eyelids up to the creases.
- I used one of my "favorite" eye pencils from a likely unheard of company called Reserve Naturelle. They have very nice "natural", and I think, unique colors for their eye pencils, and they're very inexpensive and work very well texture wise. This one is a kohl pencil in n° 24 (a mauve, blue-grey color) Here it looks a little bluer than in most light, it really is such a soft, mauvish grey.
- Then Bobby Brown's Tube Tint in "Pink Cloud" (n° 17) over her well known, likely well-used "Pale Pink" Lip Liner as a lip base (yes, meaning put it all over your lips). Here's a pause to check out the lips a little closer and under two different lighting : Daylight (it's ever so slightly pinker, but not much) indoor LED lighting (again, just a hint more pink than you see here, but less than in daylight.) Don't be afraid of the tube color, it IS NOT (at least on me with the "Pale Pink" lip pencil base, a bonbon pink like it appears in the tube. You have to do a heavy coat to get it pinker and would definitely need a candy pink pencil to achieve the same effect as you see in the tube or on the site.)
- I highlighted my lips (just under and to the sides of the peak and bottom center) with a metallic champagne-colored lip gloss that was in my Too Faced palette (really you can do much with this palette and it's not expensive, about 20€ - 22$)
- The finishing touch was the Benefit "Girl Meets Pearl" as a highlighter over all high points of the face, neck & shoulders.
- NOTE: I bought a GOSH Giant Sun Powder n° 001 later and then added a "wee bit" on the high cheeks & apple areas and bridge of the nose, shoulders and neck. (Found at Marionnaud, the only place I've every seen this non-expensive, but effective make up line...I have a few things from them that do the job in a pinch and often very well.) And this is my first bronzer in a loooong while, as I rarely use them, but the color is really great (especially for light to medium-toned ladies) and it has a versatile texture that help you go from having a subtle glow to a hot disco evening look with just a little more pressure when swiping with a finger, for example.)
And in case I haven't mentioned my skin color (foundation color wise), I'm a NARS Barcelona, Urban Decay n° 6, & MAC NC 42 (? need to confirm, it's been a while), and L'Oréal Nutrilift Gold 330 (Golden Honey). Most of the time in the winter I'm light/medium to medium (sand) and of course during the summer I'm a medium (honey to golden honey). So I hope that helps. This photo is very true to color, so I hope that helps you when selecting products for you skin tone.
Everything I used should work well for those from the palest to medium dark skin ranges. The darker eyeshadows, even the new, Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in "Silver Brown", highlighters and bronzer would work for even for darker, ebony beauties, but truly as that, highlighting.
Whoa, that was detailed, but I hope I proved you with HELPFUL reviews, swatches and "how-to achieve" instructions. God bless!
PS. Please do share your experiences and views on "maquillage dans la rue" (doing your make up in public), I promise to do better! (Okay I know what the say about old dogs, so don't go there! ;) )