I’m still looking at a lot of snow outside my window, so I thought it would be nice to show you how one of the cherries-in-the-snow looks I proposed a few days ago ended up looking on my face!
This is the time of year when my face is at its palest (and coolest), and my hair is at its darkest. For this series of looks, I wanted to take really striking, blue-red lip shades to play up the contrasts in my coloring. I thought I might pair those cherry-berry lip colors with soft taupes on the eyes and warm pinks on the cheeks, with an eye toward a nicely balanced overall makeup look.
Several people have mentioned to me that the satiny finish of the lippy in this look is kind of mesmerizing in the bullet, so I thought you might enjoy seeing how it looks on the lips!
As a quick refresher, here are the products I brought together for this satiny evening look:
And the blusher, which I forgot to photograph with the rest!
And here’s how it went on my face:
Because I wanted to show you a red lip and what I would consider a special-occasion look for evening, I felt I really had to do a proper(ish) base this time around to demonstrate the full effect (or at least the fullest effect that my webcam could manage! lol.). I’m starting, very slowly, to figure out how to create lighting conditions that will yield pics of my mug that are more color-true. (Pinky swear: I’m not green IRL.) I’m workin’ on it!
Here’s a product list.
Base. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua; Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur (powder foundation); NARS Radiant Creamy concealer; Dior Glow Maximizer to highlight; whisper of Bourjois powder bronzer; Suqqu brow powder.
Eyes. Chanel Safari eyeshadow; Armani gel-pencil liner in black; Chanel Le Volume mascara in black.
Cheek color. Chanel Rose Initial blusher
Lips. Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Taffetas Rose, two layers, applied with a lip brush (no liner).
I was mildly surprised to discover that this look felt…more or less exactly as I hoped it would, like a glamorous evening makeup that would be quite different and special, compared with my everyday looks. In earlier posts, I explained my thought process for this look–I didn’t want to destroy the snowy-cool dimension of the makeup, and I especially wanted to see some glowy wintry highlighter going on…but I didn’t want to overwhelm my already pale face with very cold tones on every feature. I didn’t want my eye makeup to compete with the lip, but I didn’t want my eyes to get completely washed out, either. In short, wearing a deep, blue-red lip like this turned out to be kind of a balancing act!
In general, I feel like I struck the balance that I was hoping to achieve with this look…more or less, anyway. So I hope it was interesting for you to see!
The next “How did it go?”/FOTD post that I have planned will be my interpretation of the St. Valentine’s Violet look featuring Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Câline. I’m looking forward to sharing that with you very soon! In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely day,