Forgive me if I have deserted make-up in favour of skincare lately, but in this post I will rectify my quietness on this subject.
Foundations: among a plethora of the latest launches, I would like to put two brands in the spotlight, namely Giorgio Armani‘s Maestro Fusion Make-Up SPF 15 and YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat, both of which made quite an impression on me and my make-up ‘looks’.
Giorgio Armani’s Maestro is the culmination of eight years of intensive research ( it comes in eight shades ) and the end result is nothing short of flawless. This oil-based foundation heralds the introduction of ‘Micro-fil’ textures ( i.e higher pigment levels than BB aka blemish balms ) which represent the latest generation of very fine and lightweight formulas that add luminosity and softness to your skin. This foundation blends into the skin so well that you almost feel like you haven’t applied anything at all and yet your face will look like you made an effort but haven’t gone over the top. It has a velvety texture that in reality is highly-pigmented. One word of advice though-make sure that you skin is well moisturised prior to application of this product or use a good primer, like Armani‘s Fluid Master Primer, after you apply your usual serum or cream.
YSL Touch Eclat is a cult product, so the brand’s latest foundation launch had a lot to live up to andI would be surprised if it doesn’t win you over. With 22 shades, one is bound to suit your skin tone. This sheer, silky and moisturising formula is simply wonderful. It took about nine years to research andperfect and it really does make you feel model like, when it comes to how your make-up looks. My shade was tested on my jaw line and YSL make-up artist at Harvey Nichols counter got it spot on the first time round.
Blushers: Well, there are two that I want to highlight in this section. First-drum roll- comes from Mr. Suave, Tom Ford, make-up line and is called lip and cheek stain. And yes, Mr Ford’s make-up is not cheap, but this product ( £36 ) is a pure perfection multi-tasker. Apply it to you cheeks, apply it to your lips or even your eyelids, if you want a dramatic evening look-each time you use it, you will inhale and exhale with joy. It’s rounded shape makes blending a doodle and it gives you a hint of colour that is just seamless, like Tom Ford’s designs. I bought it in the shade called ‘tainted love’ which is a plummy, dense berry colour that is perfect for the colder autumn/winter months when our skin looses the summer glow and gives way to more dusky, pale skin colour. Vamp it up for the evening or blend it in a little for the day-all I can say, is that I am in love with this one, even though it looked a little challenging ( i.e bright, too self-assured shade ) at first glance. Appearances, as they say, can be deceptive .)
The other ‘worthy’ blusher comes from an Ecocert French brand called Studio 78. I tried the brand’s products with lovely Kat, who is an in-store make-up artist at Content store, in October. I loved the brand’s very chic packaging, black labelling/prints on the white, glossy paper and the actual blush compact, with a little mirror in the top cover-handy if you need to re-apply your make-up while on the go. It uses innovative baked formula technology for mineral pressed powders that actually gives long-lasting result. You can build this powder blush up with your fingers but Kat’s tip was to use a brush and having used it at home myself, I think it’s a perfect tip that does make a difference to the final result. This blush ( We Walk/ On Se Promene ) actually enhances your skin naturally and has great staying power-what more can you ask for?
Lips: if you need something that will hydrate, plump and protect your lips during the cold months, look no further than Ole Henriksen‘s ‘Fresh lips SPF 15’ – it’s like a soothing balm and gloss rolled into one ( contains camphor and cocoa seed butter ). It has a perfect application tip, that glides seamlessly along and around your lips and it smells and tastes delicious-an added bonus as far as I am concerned. My eldest niece wants one for Christmas ( and yes, Father Christmas did take notice and nodded his approval ).
Available from www.feelunique.com You can get 10% off your order until November 12th, if you use the discount code offered by the fantastically inpring team of Get The Gloss ( http://www.getthegloss.com/page/reader-offer-10-per-cent-off-at-feel-unique )
Bronzing Powder: I have raved about Liz Earle’s one recently, but the one from Studio 78 ( We Evase/ On S’Evade ) can easily give it a run for the money. It gives you an almost instant, natural glow and an illusion that you can be a good make-up artist yourself. You almost have to blink at yourself to realise that you no longer look pasty-white. Instead, a groomed, healthy, gently sun-kissed natural beauty will stare back at you from the mirror. Make sure that you have a good quality powder brush in your arsenal and tap the extra powder off gently with your finger before you apply it to your face, building up the desired level of coverage. It really is a sublime product and that endorsement comes from someone who until recently actually preferred liquid bronzers ( Studio 78 make-up is stocked up exclusively at www.beingcontent.com )
Eyeshadow: well, the one from Jane Iredale is actually called a powdered eyeliner/highlighter and my chosen ( and so far, favourite ) shade is called Malachite. It has a golden, powdered highlighter at one end, and a jade green powdered eyeshadow with a slight grey undertone at the other end. This clever product, as its shade name suggests, has a bit of a mystery to it. You have to unscrew the top off each end and then apply the product/highlighter with a round shaped applicator as desired. It not only looks slightly sci-fi cool, it actually is very easy to use ( ok, after a couple of tries and some helpful tips from a pro ) and I love the precision and the pigmentation that it adds to my eye area.