Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Express Lane Makeup - Part Deux
Let's see, where were we?
Eyes. Most days, I'll just apply a little bit of eyeliner and mascara. The eyeliner technique I learned from Brian, and involves applying from underneath right at the upper lash line, and just a hint on the lower lash line. (I'm hoping to do a quick video on this once I learn to use the Mac movie editing software.) The effect is subtle, yet adds definite emphasis to the eyes. I've tried the liquid and gel liners, but find they require more skill than I'm willing to muster most mornings, so I stick to soft creamy pencils.
I've recently switched over to waterproof mascara to avoid afternoon raccoon eyes. Also apply to top lashes only. Favorites are CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof, and Diorshow Waterproof, both in black. I always have a clean mascara brush standing by to clear clumps. You can find these in multiples at most beauty supply stores.
I rarely wear eye shadow anymore. It just seems like a lot of effort and not a lot of payoff for daytime looks. For those rare dress-up evenings, I throw on a bit of grey shadow from lid to just above the crease.
Avoid like the plague: frosted shadows. They act as big spotlight on wrinkles and crepe-y bits.
I haven't mentioned concealer yet as I don't use it very much. I'm fortunate in that I don't have heavy dark circles most days, and a little of the Chanel cream foundation applied under the eyes seems to do the trick for me. But if in case of extreme sleep deprivation, a little YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes and in the inner corners of the eyes makes me look a bit more awake and refreshed.
Blush. Not a fan of bronzers, as they make me look orange. I like a little bit of blush, but again, want to avoid the over-applied "Baby Jane" effect. I've found that powder blush is easiest to control and gives best results. NARS "Orgasm" and Chanel "Tweed Rose" are favorites. Try different shaped brushes until you find the one you like best.
Finish. I generally don't use a finishing powder all over, but mid-day might swipe a bit of Chanel pressed translucent powder over my nose and chin if feeling a bit shiny. For a more subtle application, use a brush, not the sponge/puff.
C'est tout! Please share some more of your favorite tips de maquillage.