Saturday, January 30, 2010

A whisper of Color Part 2


In the last article we talked about sporting the iridescence. This is just a continuation of the last article as I didn't wanted the previous article to go very lengthy.


Lets see what we need to get the iridescent glow: -


Please note that any color that goes translucent on the face i.e. you can see a wee bit of your skin through it is applicable in this look. This look is not only for magazines or photoshoots but also for daily use if done carefully and properly. You'll get the feeling of being a scientist when you'll see yourself mixing a lot of stuff to get that effect.


  1. An oil free moisturizer like Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel or Moisture Surge Extended thirst relief, Shiseido the skin care light moisturizer with SPF 15, MAC Lightful or Strobe Cream Light, Elizabeth Arden Intervene Radiance Serum etc. The moisturizers have to be light weight and dewy to prevent any hideous oily shine on the face.
  2. Makeup Primers like MAC Prep n Prime, Clarins Instant Light Perfect Touch, Shiseido Makeup Enhancing Veil, YSL Matt Touch primer and for the eyes l like Elizabeth Arden or Be Yu eye primers.
  3. A light weight but good coverage foundation. I like Clinique Superbalanced Foundation, Shiseido Advanced Hydroliquid Compact foundation, Clarins True Radiance Foundation, YSL Teint Parfait Foundation, MAC Mineralize skin finish fluid foundation or Studio Select tint, Max Factor Second skin foundation, Chambor Stick foundation.
  4. For concealers I like Dior Hydrating concealer, YSL Touché Éclat, Clinique Air Brush concealer, Shiseido Liquid concealer etc.
  5. I advice an under eye gel like Clinique's Moisture Surge eye refreshing gel to mix with the concealer to thin the concealer out.
  6. In the translucent powders I advice only two, MAC prep n prime finishing powder and Shiseido Translucent powder.
  7. For eyeshadows I recommend Shiseido Hydro powder eye shadow and Luminizing Satin color eyeshadows, Mac Luster eyeshadows, Clarins mono eyeshadows, Clinique Color Surge super shimmer eyeshadows etc. In suggesting the colors for this look I would like to opt for Shiseido Hydro Powder eyeshadow in Languid Lagoon, Lemon Sugar and Clover Dew with Clarins Mono eyeshadow in Vibrant Violet.
  8. Since there are no liners in this look I like MAC shade stick in Royal hue.
  9. For the mascaras I suggest Clinique High Impact mascara, High Definition mascara, MAC Zoom lash mascara, YSL Singulier mascara, Shiseido Perfect Mascara, Max Factor False Lash effect mascara etc.
  10. In blushes I am using MAC mineralize blushes, MAC powder blush in Dollymix for the sheertone effect and I recommend Shiseido Accentuating Stick and Dior All over shimmer powders. I also love the new Shiseido Luminizing Satin color blushes that are going to launch in some days.
  11. For lipglosses I love MAC Dazzleglass, Shiseido Lipglosses, Clarins Lipgloss, MAC Lip gelee and Clinique Super balm moisturizing lip gloss.


I have recommended so many products but let me tell you what all we need for the designed look.


  • Shiseido Advanced Hydro liquid compact
  • Clarins Instant Light Perfect Touch concealer
  • Shiseido Translucent powder
  • Shiseido Hydro powder eyeshadow in Languid Lagoon and Clover Dew
  • MAC Luster eyeshadow in Aquadisiac and Electra
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
  • Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Rosy Flush
  • MAC grand duo blush in Love rock
  • Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lipgloss in Lilac and Raspberry


Note: - try not to use products that add definition to the face like bronzers, eye pencils, lip pencils and lipsticks. This look is about getting a glow and not looking too made up with just a whisper of color.


FACE: -


On a well moisturized and primed face apply concealer that is mixed with an under eye cream. The under eye cream not only nourishes the under eye area but also thins out the concealer and this is done to avoid the concealer looking to cakey. Mix and apply the concealer with a concealer brush in the under eye area, in the inner corners of the eyes and outer corners of the nose, sides of the nose and anywhere wherever needed to highlight that area.
Use the Hydro liquid compact foundation to apply gentle strokes of foundation all over the face and then blend it with fingers or a foundation brush. The hydro liquid compact makes the skin feel lustrous and imparts a healthy glow.
To avoid the hydro liquid foundation from going oily and setting it on the face, dust a veil of translucent powder all over the face including the eye lids. use this powder sparingly to avoid getting mattified and avoid getting a powdered face.


CHEEKS


Apply Accentuating stick in Rosy flush on the cheek apples and blend it towards the temples upwards. You can also mix the blush with a moisturizer to make it as radiant as possible. The best trick to keep an iridescent blush to stay longer is to layer the blush from cream blush to powder blush in a proper sequence. With a fan brush dust a baby pink subtle shimmer over the cheek apples and heights of the cheeks. Use a neutral shimmer over the forehead and bridge of the nose.


EYES


Use an eye primer to keep the eyeshadow at place. With your fingers blend the MAC Shade stick in Royal hue which is a plumy purple over the lashline of the upper lid and outer third of the lower lid. Blend it. With fingers apply Languid Lagoon which is an iridescent turquoise sky blue from the Shiseido's Hydro powder eye shadow over the entire lid. The idea is to keep the color translucent so that the skin over the eye lid is seen through it. If the eye lids are stained dark use a concealer of the actual skin color of the face over the eye lids to even it out. Use Aquadisiac over the eye lid and blend it into the crease. Use Clover dew which is an iridescent light green over the brow bone and again keep it translucent. Dust some translucent loose powder over the entire makeup so that the eye makeup does not crease. Apply volumizing mascara and then comb the lashes to separate each lash.


LIPS


Mix in Lilac and Raspberry Lip glosses and gently smear them on the lips with your fingers.


This is basically a day look that can be sported for Sunday brunches and luncheons. I'm sure you'll get compliment………..


Till then,


Ciao

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