FOTD: The Makeup Show LA

I got up bright and early for The Makeup Show this morning… and wanted to put my best face forward. I wanted to go for an orange ‘glow’ (you know orange is my color) without the shine. I blended a highlighter in my foundation, which caused a bit of flashback in the camera, but it looked natural outside in the sun, and under artificial lights in the show.

Guerlain Paurue Gold Foundation (Beige 06)
Armani Maestro Fusion Concealer (5)
Make Up For Ever Gold Highlighter (blended)
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious
Chanel Blush in Frivole
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Radiant Light 
(forehead/cheekbones/center of nose/chin)
MAC Marches Aux Puces (orange/gold) on lids
Louise Young Maowi in crease
Louise Young Sislet above crease
Lise Watier Feline Eye Liner on lashline
Guerlain Retractable pencil in Gold #1 on waterline
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Copper Brown
NARS Lipstick in Autumn Leaves
Shu Uemura Lip Gloss in Shimmer Orange

FOTD: Street Saint

I used the eyeshadows and blush from the Street Saint palette (and all of the brushes) to pull together this look:

Guerlain Paurue Gold (06)
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious Sculpting Veil
Street Saint Blush
MAC Shell Pearl Highlight
Street Saint Eyeshadow:
Matte Beige on browbone
Shimmer Bronze on inner lid
Shimmer Brown on outer lid
Matte Black on lashline
Guerlain Retractable Gold Pencil on waterline
Chanel Volume Mascara
MAC Lipstick on Oh, Oh, Oh

FOTD: Blackened Grey Smoke

I haven’t done any major smoke around these eyes in a minute. So I figured now was as good a time as any…

Guerlain Paurure Gold (Beige 06)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
NARS Blush in Gaiety
MAC (Daphne Guinness) Pigment in Nebula (lids/under waterline)
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Divine (blended through crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (shaped on outer lid)
Stila Smudge Stick in Onyx (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Inspire

Favorite Things 2011: Foundations & Powders

It has been quite the journey this year. Just when I thought I knew everything about foundations… several brands came out and totally surprised me. I’ll break my favorites down by formula…

STICK: Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

This foundation has made me fall in love with stick formulas all over again. It’s full coverage, but perfectly weightless. And it really is TRACELESS. It blends through with the ease of a cream, and sets softly matte on my oily skin. It wears well all day, with minimal need for touch ups.

LIQUID: Guerlain Parure Gold

 Every time I stray from this foundation, I go back and it impresses me all over again. Guerlain broke the mold with this liquid foundation. It blends out beautifully, sets soft, and really gives your skin an overall ‘glow’ from within. Just stunning. This is an amazing foundation. Everyone should try it at least once.

CREAM: Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation

This foundation is just STUNNING. The coverage (full) is ridiculous, and it wears beautifully. This is a recent discovery for me… and I’m so glad that I gave this foundation a chance. It’s really amazing, and worth every penny.

SILICONE: Armani Face Fabric

This foundation is completely weightless, and imitates the look and feel of perfectly smooth skin. It’s conveniently packed in an easy to use tube, and just a little bit goes a long way. Love this stuff.
POWDER (Loose): Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder

I’ve been using this powder consistently since I bought it. My color is RADIANT DIAPHANOUS, which is how you’ll typically see it described in my FOTD’s. It’s lightweight and really works to ‘set’ the finish of the makeup, without giving you a powdery or cakey look. The amount of yellow in my particular color really makes my overall look ‘glow.’

POWDER (Pressed): Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Powder

I am typically not a fan of pressed powders, but this one has blown me away. You can  use it wet (like a foundation) or dry (like a pressed powder). For me, it’s the perfect companion to the cream foundation. Used together, the effect is perfectly airbrushed, without looking overdone.

That’s it! Those are my favorite ‘bases’ for 2011. Ciao for now!

Covet Worthy: Guerlain Parure (Aqua & Gold)

These foundations deserve to have a cult following. Beyond their DIVINE packaging, the performance of these foundations exceed expectations, and properly earn their place among Luxury Makeup.

I’ll start with the Aqua. The formula is more cream than liquid, and sets soft (not matte). It feels like a luxurious face cream going on. Coverage is medium to full, and easily buildable. What makes this foundation particularly special is the color range. It does more than just range from light beige to dark. There is also a Dore (gold) line for girls with particularly warm undertones (raising my hand). And the best thing about the beige (for those of you who are not really yellow or orange underneath) is that it is truly neutral. Not PINK (I’m looking at you Dior), but neutral.
If there is a downside, it’s this: I’ve heard complaints about the lightest beige even being too dark for fair skin. I cannot feel too bad, because it’s much easier to shop for fair skin than it is to shop for warm, olive, medium, and dark skin. I know this to be true, as I shop for ALL skin ranges and tones on a regular basis (it’s my job). So, let the rainbow coalition have this one. We’ve been waiting a long time for a foundation that both performs on a luxury level, and actually matches our range of skin tones.
Some may also complain about the fragrance. This foundation smells distinctly of violets. I personally love the scent. But if  you’ve got an issue with a heavily perfumed foundation (or think that your skin might react to the fragrance), you may want to pass this by.

You’ve already seen pictures of me in the Parure Gold:

This is the most luxurious foundation I’ve used to date. It eclipses Chanel… and even Armani. Dior couldn’t see this foundation on its best day. By Terry can’t touch it… mostly because of the color range and versatility. The color and effect of this foundation is hard to describe. Although it only comes in the beige line, it features a gold undertone that warms the overall tone up very effectively. That gold undertone also acts as a light deflector (not a shine enhancer), working much like Meteorites to diffuse light around the entire face. The coverage is medium to full… but leans closer to full. Also goes on like a face cream, also smells distinctly of violets. I LOVE it. I’m getting a backup. I’m not kidding.

Neither of these foundations is cheap. But they’re comparable. Parure Aqua is about $60… comparable to both Chanel and Armani. Parure Gold is $78. More expensive than Chanel, but cheaper than By Terry ($105). If you’re going to drop major coin on a foundation… check out Guerlain. If they can match you, do not hesitate to invest in it. It’s truly worth every single penny.