Picking up from yesterday’s Makeup Plot -Part 1, herein now is Part 2, where colours come to play. It is a quick foray into items I consistently use, plus they never disappoint. A five minute face is yet to make it into my routine, but if five minutes is all you have, surely one of these items can be of use. Otherwise, consider this your definitive list.
Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette
Whether you wash the eye lid with one colour or eight, beautifully applied eye shadow is the magic equivalent to waving a wand and waking up one’s eyes and face. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette is packed with reliable, wearable shades that can be dialed up or down. I also dampen a flat brush and use the pigments as a liner, above the lash line and on the water line. Application is a dream with little to no fallout, while the colours remain true without cracking or fading as the hours tick away. If one palette and done is your scene, you need this in your life, stat.
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara in Black
Your Eye Lashes and You
Without question, eyelashes bring the eyes into focus especially when enhanced with mascara. There are numerous stellar choices on the market, in just about every colour, yet black is the ultimate, the deeper the better. Eye of Horus, a fairly new Australian brand, churns out mascaras based on formulas from the Ancient Egyptians. I came across this brand during one of my many mascara missions and was intrigued enough to purchase sight unseen. Thus, regrets are nil, as this smoothly delivers pigment onto the lashes, separates, lengthens and packs a punch without a clump in sight. Brilliantly formulated, this mascara can turn many other big names to dust.
Givenchy Blush Memoire de Forme in Rose Delicat
Don’t Neglect Your Cheeks
In an effort to keep makeup simple and quick, so many people skip cheek colour. A cheek colour, applied before lipstick, pulls your face together and makes everything pop. Thereafter, you can judge how much you need to do on your lips. Givenchy has given the market Blush Memoire de Forme, an innovative blush that is a gel, while being spongy to the touch. I’ve never encountered a blush like this before, as it colours the cheeks without being overt. A great option for those with dry or mature skin, this won’t sink into lines and blooms beautifully to bring life to one’s face. I apply with my beauty sponge and a tiny bit is needed. Quite likely, this little pot will last forever
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner in Pillow Talk
Something for Your Lips
I wore Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace on my wedding day. Thus, it is sentimental and I plan to keep the tube long after I’ve used it up. It is pink lipstick properly rendered, making it wearable for every day and complementary to a wide spectrum of skin tones. Alternatively, it is also a perfect compliment to a smoky eye or with a cut-crease driven eye look. Brilliantly, Amazing Grace lights the face by tapping into undertones to turn on and bring forward one’s best features, making it a lipstick I reach for when I need reassurance in knowing I am polished to the correct degree. Although it is a matte lipstick, it is comfortably formulated and is a dramatic improvement to conventional mattes that can translate as chalky and harsh. Coupled with a lip pencil, the life of this lipstick extends and adds even more dimension, making it a staple for your stash.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in the shade Pillow Talk is the ideal compliment to Amazing Grace. The praises of this particular lip liner has been sung far and wide, from models to bloggers and all others. Mine is very well loved, and is a solid repurchase because of its versatility and the foundation it offers for many lipsticks and lip glosses.
Let There Be Red
I could hardly resist including a red lipstick in this post, as it’s a colour I reach for quite often. Thus far, I have yet to foray into the new wave of lipstick colours such as those deep blues, greens and oxblood so deep it is perceived as black. Admittedly, I’m unsure if I could pull off those shades, but I’m open (albeit apprehensive). When I want to invoke retro vibes, replete with matte skin, a liquid liner flick and lashings of mascara, this is the lipstick I use to round out the look. It’s very long wearing and as with Gucci’s lipstick formulas, there is a hint of a blueberry taste. This is a modern matte that will invite questions and will hold up on a long night out, full dinner included. Coupled with Gucci Lip Pencil by the same name, you’ll be the femme fatale of your fantastical musings.
To wit, makeup is there for the taking, whether you choose to cake it on with abandon or to merely dip your brush in for a quick swath of enhancement. No matter your approach, be mindful of how you layer it on. Skin type, skin tone, skin texture and imperfections all influence the money shot. Plus, the light in your bathroom is vastly different from the light the earth throws up and around. Thus, remember to check your work, that includes your teeth.