Many months ago, I promised to post a full face of the day including a picture of the whole look. Please keep in mind that I spend most of my days working in an academic setting, so I try to keep my makeup as natural and minimal as possible. Occasionally, I will experiment with various eyeshadows, but I try to keep it quite matte and neutral for professional reasons. Because I’m quite limited in creative freedom in the eye makeup department, I focus a lot on my base makeup more than anything else. I’m still on my YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation high, but I really wanted to feature its finish on camera.
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in BR20
My favorite foundation right now for its coverage and luminosity. I admit the lingering scent of old-lady-baby-powder takes some getting used to, but I’m willing to deal with it because I like the foundation so much. The best part about this product is its pore-concealing abilities — my nose has never looked so smooth and poreless. No additional concealing is necessary with this foundation, and I skipped powder to keep my face looking glowy.
I really appreciate how Benefit always releases collections with sample-sized items. You can read my review on the Benefit Cha Cha Tint, but Benetint is a rose-tinted cheek and lip stain that works for all occasions. I’ve been into tints lately, so it was nice to have sample sizes laying around for additional experimenting. You can also read about my other favorite tint — Benefit’s Posietint.
Benefit’s Ooh La Lift
For more brightening under the eye area, I’ve been using the Ooh La Lift to help my undereye look alive and awake. I didn’t a separate concealer per se, but this product was just as good with its “light-reflecting pigments and raspberry extract.” The balmy texture gave my eye an instant brightening boost that help complete my the base part of my makeup.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
While I did skip powdering my face because I wanted to really feature the foundation on its own, I did use the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to dust over the Benefit Ooh La Lift to set it. This is a “lighter-than-air setting powder that adds an invisible lightening boost,” and helps to “create the appearance of the most naturally perfected skin, while maximizing the wear and coverage of makeup.” Even though Ooh La Lift does dry to matte finish, I used the LM Secret Brightening Powder to brighten, lighten, and boost luminosity. This powder is “formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments, [and is a] super-soft weightless powder [that] delivers a soft radiant finish, [without] settling in fine lines, accentuating shadows, or building up on skin.”
NARS Brow Gel in “Kinshasa” & Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm
I kept it very simple with the brows and used NARS Brow Gel in “Kinshasa” to organize and keep my brow hairs in place. This product is richly pigmented to a few swipes will do the job beautifully. It’s super fast and easy. For lips, I kept it simple as well with Maybelline’s Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm to help moisturize my dry and chapped lips.
Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color in 01 “In the Pink”
Since lusting after this palette, I’ve been using it non-stop since receiving it in the mail. And, on that note, I’d like to praise Neiman Marcus for their easy-to-navigate-online-shopping website and their fast delivery service. The Tom Ford Beauty section is just to die for. The palette was used to create a natural, subtle, and barely-there look. I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to smudge in the crease for some brown-definition.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Demolition”
I also used the same eyeliner to line my waterline and my lower lashline for some additional definition. These eyeliner are like permanent markers — it’s insane. While they do glide on smooth and effortlessly without tugging around the eye area, the liner stays put and does smudge, transfer, or come off. Also, they’re so pigmented and there’s a ton of colors to choose from.
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber (Eyelash Mascara Base) & Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara BK999
And, finally, I used the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber mascara base after curling my lashes (not pictured) and applied the hiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara in BK999 to finish the eye look. You can never go wrong with high-powered Japanese mascaras — they’re like steel. :)
What are you wearing this week?