About 100 years ago, I did a ‘White Gold’ FOTD with terrible lighting and a bogus camera that would not work without a flash. Looking back, the makeup was more full coverage (so actually seeing my real skin was hardly more than a suggestion), and the whole thing took me a freak ass long time. Since then I’ve learned a lot (this look took 15 mintues), and decided to try it again with similar products, better lighting, and a better grasp on how to photograph it.
If I can be completely honest, this is all in anticipation of Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 (which I have not gotten a shipment confirmation for. I told ya’ll it was gonna be some bullshit). Every swatch I’ve seen looks like gleaming skin without shimmer. That’s all cute on a dry or normal skin type, but on an oily girl like me it could be problematic. So we’ll see how it works if the folks over there at PML ever decided to send me my stuff.
First, the base. I buffed in Natasha Denona’s Body Glow in Medium (Dear Skin Fairies: please don’t let me break out from being ratchet and using this on my face) as a primer, because it sets immediately and does NOT transfer until you take it off with makeup remover. You have to use the tiniest bit though because otherwise you look like Charlize Theron’s Mirror in The Huntsman. Then I went over it with the lightest dusting of NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. A little bit of Charlotte Tilbury’s The Retoucher in #4 really softened the dryness under my eyes without adding too much coverage and letting the ‘glow’ shine through. Contour is Denona’s Face and Body Glows in Medium and Light. No blush.
The eyes are a throwback… I pulled out the old (2011) Armani Madreperla Face/Eye Palette in #1. It’s always such a crime to get distracted by new products (raising hand in shame), and abandon old ones that were once thought to be the best ever. Fortunately, I buy mostly powder products which (if reguarly disinfected) will basically keep forever. The eyes are the lightest ‘white gold’ shade with a little of the yellow gold buffed over it to keep it from going ashy. See how warm the area is just above the lashline? That’s the darkest shade in the Tom Ford Disco Dust palette; just a soft line with a soft brush to transition to the lashline. Mascara is a massive dose of Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara (since I didn’t use lashes this time).
For lips, I patted on the yellow gold shade from the palette, then sealed it with Anastasia Lip Gloss in Gilded.
Awww, look at me all grown up (and about 20 pounds lighter. Let’s not be cute) now. One of the things I love about makeup is that being good at it comes with DOING it. All the courses on color theory and application in the world (been there and done so much of that) will never hold a candle to picking up a product and breathing life into a complete look.