Monday, September 27, 2010

Brighten Up Part 2 BRIGHT APRICOTS

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I just hate dullness. It makes one look so “dull”. This dullness actually happens to cellular debris on the skin surface which does not enable light to reflect from the skin surface. This makes one feel dull and a wonderful glow comes when this cellular debris is wiped off from the skin. Anyways that is not the scope of this article. I am going to talk about getting a radiant glowing skin and mimicking a fake glow when required.

Lets see what we need: -


• Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer Rs.1774 especially in colors like Mauve, Pink and Blue

• Givenchy Photoperfexion foundation Rs.2200

• Clinique Air Brush Concealer Rs.1300

• MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Rs.1680

• Clinique Uplighting Illuminator in Peach Rs.1550

• MAC powder blush in Peaches and Sunbasque Rs.1100

Scrub your face with a scrub having Jojoba Microbeads which are gentle but strong enough to remove the cellular debris on the face. Massage an oil free hydrating cream like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief after keeping it for 5 minutes on the face like a mask. Apply a good sunscreen in case you go out like Estee Lauder’s Cyberwhite UV protector SPF 50. Apply a pea sized amount of color correcting makeup primer to get rid of any sallowness and dullness and unveil radiant complexion. With a foundation sponge or foundation brush dab and spread Photoperfexion Foundation over the concerned areas of the face. Gently dab Airbrush concealer to brighten up the eye area and get rid of under eye circles and puffiness. Dust Mineralize Skinfinish Mineral enriched compact powder over your face and eye area using a fluffy powder brush for an even finish without caking up. We start on with the least amount of product and build if needed. I love to swirl the powder in circles so that it look natural and somehow the powder particles get crushed on your skin when swirled with a powder brush in round motion. Contour under the cheek bones lightly with Sunbasque and apply blush on the cheek in light round strokes with a Peach blush. With your finger apply Uplighting Illuminator in dabbing motions on the heights of the cheeks. This creates a lovely Golden Apricot halo on the face and makes you feel fresh and lovely. Please remember to go light on the blush and not make it patchy.

Tip: - Never apply blush on wet foundation as the blush sticks to the liquid and looks horribly patchy.


• MAC Paint pot in Soft Ochre Rs.1100

• MAC single eyeshadows in Goldmine, Expensive Pink, Embark, Ricepaper Rs.900 each

• Clinique Quickliner For Eyes in Black/Brown Rs.990

• Clinique High Lengths mascara in Black Rs.1075

Use Soft Ochre as an eyeshadow base for eye makeup to stay put for a longer time with a concealer brush. With a flat fluffy large eyeshadow brush dust Ricepaper over the brow bone. Line the eyes with Black-Brown eye pencil tracing it across the lash line and in the inner rims of your eyes. Smudge eye pencil with a pencil brush like MAC 219 to push the pigment into lash line to give the appearance of fuller lashes. Dust Goldmine in the inner corners. Contour the lid lightly with Embark and smoke it on the lower lash line. Dab and dust Expensive Pink very lightly over the entire lid. Apply two coats of lash lengthening mascara to open the eyes wide open.

TIP: Let the thickness of the line taper according to the shape of the eyes and how much eye area you have. For e.g. Small eyes should go with a thin liner.


• Clinique Buttershine Lipstick in Cinnamon Stick Rs.1075

• Clinique Quickliner for lips in Soft Rose Rs.950

• Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipgloss in Clear Rs.1200

Line and fill the liners with lip liner in Soft Rose. Dab on Cinnamon Stick with fingers for a lovely halo on the lips and dab some clear gloss on the centre of lower lip to create a wonderful pout.

This is a beautiful look with warmer tones. It looks a little monochromatic but that’s the essence of the look and brightening up. I’d also post looks in monochromes of pinks, purples and browns etc. Do try the look and let me know.

Disclaimer : - Please feel free to look for alternatives if the products mentioned above go heavy on your budget. I’ll help wherever I can.

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