What's On My Face Today

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in Light
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Viseart blush palette in 02 Rose Coral
  • Viseart blush palette in 02 Rose Coral
    You can see which of these shades is my favorite. I love how buildable these are, but I tend to lean towards the cooler hues. Today, though, in the interest of evening things out, I'm wearing the palest coral, the one on the upper righthand side of the palette.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Icing - This is so much darker than it appears on the Butter London web site - their swatches are misleading - but it is easy to apply, blends nicely, and gives you the easiest-ever path to a smoky eye, so there's that.
  • Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix Brow Gel in 2
  • Benefit "They're Real" Mascara in Jet Black
  • Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Liquid Color Balm in No. 9 (Strip Me Fuchsia)
  • Today's fragrance: I'm testing out Eau des Vacances from Fragonard. With its mandarin, orange blossom, and rose, it's very similar to my beloved Aqua Allegoria Mandarin Basilic (from Guerlain), but a little more serious, just slightly darker. I think that's owing to the cedarwood base note (the notes in the two are so close, but the Guerlain really packs more of a punch when it comes to orange-related notes). It's a beautiful fragrance, but so close to the Guerlain that I probably won't get a full bottle, maybe just a decant. Where Mandarin Basilic is too frivolous and fizzy for anything but bright summer days, I could see wearing Eau des Vacances to a nice dinner on a summer evening, or in the winter, when citrus is a surprise and a treat.

What's On My Face Today

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in Light - I usually use the Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation, but I'm trying this one out just for curiosity's sake. I didn't love it the first few times, it just seemed too thick no matter what application method I used, but I think I've finally gotten a feel for it. I just needed to start with a really tiny amount, just a few dots, and then build from there. This method works well with a brush (my preferred tool) but better with a sponge.
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • MAC Crazed Imagination Blush from the 2014 Rocky Horror collection - This is probably as close as I get to a no-makeup look, but my complexion is cool-toned enough that traditional contouring shades are too warm or too brown for me. This blush is a deep plum color, dark enough to use for contour but with enough rosiness to look natural on my skin. I brush a small amount through the hollows of my cheeks. This blush was LE and no longer available, but for something similar, try CabanaBoy from theBalm.
  • Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Pink Flash - A swipe this down along the tops of my cheekbones. Normally, I'd also add some to the inner corners of my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and my cupid's bow, but when I'm going minimalist like this, I skip those areas.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Benefit "They're Real" Mascara in Jet Black
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in Lovely-D (rosy nude with a high shine finish) - The finish on this is really glossy at first, but it wears down pretty quickly to a natural-looking rosy-brown stain that lasts for a few hours. It does need re-application if you eat or drink anything, but the color pay-off is worth it IMHO.