As if you needed another reason for Chanel to take their money (because their summer collection and sunscreen weren’t enough), Chanel has revamped their Les Beiges line to include face sticks, glosses, lip balm, polishes and the new Marinière powders. Continue reading CHANEL // LES BEIGES MARINIÈRE
Now–normally I’m one to shy away from natural makeup, but this brand has got me seriously converted. Continue reading JANE IREDALE // PUREPRESSED POWDER & SMOOTH AFFAIR PRIMER
You might remember a while ago, in the Shupette Cleansing Oil post, that I got to attend l’Oreal’s #Luxmas party, a preview of all of their holiday offerings. Continue reading LANCOME // HOLIDAY 2014
Chanel has expanded its beloved Vitalumière range with a new product–the Loose Powder Foundation. The little mesh-topped pot comes with the softest mini kabuki brush that makes it easy to dispense and swirl on the powder. Continue reading CHANEL // VITALUMIERE LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION
|Chanel Les Beiges in No 10|
I’ll be honest about this one–I more just wanted the beautiful packaging. Plus, I mean, how beautiful does Gisèle look in the ad campaign. Brainwashed by the media, I am.
How chic would it be to pull this compact out of your purse? Exactly.
Les Beiges isn’t meant to be a blotting powder (though it will absorb some oil), but a sort of skin finish, or a very sheer setting powder. It is very lightweight, and has a nearly undetectable shimmmer that leaves a slight glow to the skin–very natural and not powdery or cakey in the least.
You can use these powders in a few different ways:
- As an all-over powder over moisturizer for a natural finish (these don’t provide coverage though, so you would need excellent skin)
- As a finishing powder over makeup
- To highlight and contour by using the lightest shade (see above) and a shade a few tones darker than your skin tone
I could see the darker tones as being a great tool for very fair-skinned girls who need to liven up their pale complexions in the winter. Since they are quite sheer, it would make for a foolproof application: no worrying about the bronzer looking like dirt on your face, or looking too orange.
I like to apply it in the afternoon all over when my tinted moisturizer needs a bit of freshening up (and the powder has a beautiful scent, that smells clean and fresh). The included brush is soft and great for sweeping across the nose or down cheekbones, but I like to use my retractable kabuki brush when buffing the powder in a circular motion all over the face for a glowy finish.
Photographs can bring out the worst in your makeup–you might think you aren’t that shiny, or that you applied your makeup pretty well–but through the camera’s lense any unblended makeup looks obvious and blotchiness comes through.
Whenever I know that I am going to be photographed–whether at a club, a birthday, a wedding, whatever–I always follow the same rules.
1)Primer: First use Benefit’s Porefessional to hide any obvious pores around my nose, chin, forehead and cheeks, then apply Smashbox’s Photofinish primer all over my face to ensure a smooth surface. Primer will also help to adhere your makeup to your skin, making it last longer. Lancôme also makes a really great primer, and if you’re looking for something lighter, Dior CC Airflash Primer is weightless.
2)Complexion: You’re going to want to use something with a more matte finish–cameras are not kind to any kind of dewy look–but don’t cake on the foundation either, because this will show up. I used Nars’ Sheer Matte foundation (I also really love Dior’s Airflash Foundation, as you know) in a shade that is actually slightly darker than my super fair complexion. I tried this out a few years ago in attempt to look less ghostly on camera, and it does help a bit. If you’re going to do this, make sure to blend into the neck. I concealed my dark circles with Lancome Effacernes and Clé de Peau‘s concealer. I also covered up some redness with the CDP. Be sure to really blend everything and blur any leftover brush strokes with fingers.
3)Powder: This is key for not looking like there is an oil slick on your face. I generously apply Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder, wait a few minutes, then brush off the excess. I touch up with Cover FX‘s matte powder.
4)Eyebrows: These are key for making your face pop on camera. Eyebrows are the architecture of the face, so be sure to fill them in. I love Lancome’s Le Crayon Poudre.
5)Blush: Apply more than you think. It actually takes a lot for it to show up on camera. A peachy pink shade always looks nice and fresh. On my wedding day I applied tons of Nars’ Orgasm to have a pretty bridal flush. I used Make Up For Ever’s HD Cream Blush which is really easy to use and super buildable. A little bit of slight contouring with bronzer also helps to warm up the face and add definition.
6)Lips: Hydrated lips always look best. Apply a satin-sheen lipstick or lipgloss. Matte textures can look severe, especially on more mature skin.
Remember: good lighting will always help, hold your camera slightly above you and know which side is your good side! (It’s the left for most people)
Honest to god, if I had remotely good skin I would hit the treadmill completely bare faced. However this is not Neverland and I have blotchy, acne-prone skin that ain’t so pretty. And while working out with makeup probably isn’t the greatest for your skin, no one wants to workout surrounded by potentially hot (and fit) guys and modelesque ‘why-are-you-even-at-the-gym’ girls sans your usual ‘face’.
I don’t go all out with coverage, but I do like to attempt to even out the tone–I use Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Cream all over. This stuff has the texture of a thin moisturizer and looks super natural, however it’s ‘universal’ shade is borderline too dark for me, so some blending down the neck is required. I set it with Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder, which claims to actually get rid of blackheads–it absorbs oil (and sweat, for that matter) like it ain’t nobodies business. I usually like a little bronzer–Nars Laguna is a cult classic and makes me feel just that little bit more Angelina Jolie circa Tomb Raider.
I actually tried wearing eyebrow gel to the gym once but when the most of it ended up smeared across my towel I realized that I wasn’t taking that chance again. I simply brush them out and hope for the best.
That being said, everyone has a different idea of ‘gym makeup’, per say. I definitely think, unless you’re totally comfortable with your naked face/occasionally a model in fashion week, that you should more or less do a lighter version of your everyday look. If I look decent, I’ll workout longer– it’s a confidence thing. There’s this stunning redhead at my gym that wears nothing but a dark red lip to workout, and looks amazing every time I see her. If anything, what you wear on your face at the gym should make you feel your best–if you’ve devoted the time to work on your body, you should feel amazing.