How did it go? | Touchable, kissable Valentine’s-Day look on my *face!*

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let’s waste no time seeing how the touchable, kissable Valentine’s-Day-violet look I assembled earlier this week looked on my face!

For this look, I wanted to focus on creamy skin and flushed lips–sort of an inviting, enhancing, overall bloom. Rather than going for pink (although I adore all kinds of pinks), I thought I would try something different this time: violet.

Violet can seem a bit difficult to wear–the violet lippy I chose looks slightly gray in the bullet, very off-putting. That said, I think a lot of people naturally have violet tones in their skin and in their lips, and I find that it can create a lovely flush that is especially intriguing to eyes that are accustomed to pinks, roses, and reds.

These are the products I chose for today’s violet Valentine’s-Day look:

Clockwise from top left: Chanel powder eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder eyeshadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Caline.

Clockwise from top left: Chanel powder eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder eyeshadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Caline.

And here they are on my face!

Looking moodily off into the distance:

Touchable, kissable Valentine's Day look.

Touchable, kissable Valentine’s Day look.

…and looking down so you can see the lids:Photo on 2-10-15 at 1.05 PM #4:

As a side note, I’m finally finding at least some lighting conditions that will work with my lousy web cam to make me at least look like flesh-and-blood, not a grainy green-necked monster. Well, some bits still look a little green, maybe, but it’s an improvement! Yay!

Here’s a product list with a few application notes.

Base. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua; NARS Radiant Creamy concealer; strategically-placed Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur powder foundation; no highlighter today–just created contrast by applying a little powder on the center of my cheeks, the center of my forehead, a touch on my chin, etc.); touch of Bourjois powder bronzer (the chocolate one in the lightest shade) around  the perimeter of my face and on my neck and chest (not that you can tell–lol); Suqqu brow powder.

Eyes. Clarins Nude Pink pot eyeshadow to even out the lids; Chanel Safari shadow under the brow bone and into the crease to subtly contour (I blended the eyeshadow quite a bit, but you can still make out a little paleness from the Nude Pink on my small lids, near the lash line). Elizabeth Arden smoky eye pencil in Mulberry, rubbed between the lashes along the upper lash line and smudged with the tip of a cosmetic Q-tip to soften very slightly. Also placed a few dots of pencil in the outer corner and smudged in with Safari shadow along the lower lash line. Chanel Le Volume mascara on upper and lower lashes–barely visible in these photos but pumped up to be fairly le-voluminous in real life!

Cheeks. Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute…perhaps the perfect MCBB (my cheeks but better!) shade for lighter skin tones. I love this stuff. To my eye, this rosy shade leans just a bit warm, and I was looking for something that would tie with the violet lips and the cool, taupey, ever-so-slightly rosy eye while warming thing up just a tiny bit–so hopefully that worked out!

Lips. My favorite violet lippy, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Câline; one layer applied with a brush, second layer from the bullet. I had never thought of this as a MLBB shade, but maybe it actually sort of is? I think I have a lot of violet tones in my bare lips, so that might partly explain why I’m so fond of this shade. No lipliner this time.

Final observations

I wanted this Valentine’s-Day look to be really inviting–truly touchable and kissable–because that’s what feels most romantic to me. Lately I’ve been really influenced by the trend (in some circles, anyway!) toward subtle, enhancing makeup that puts the focus on the person, rather than on the makeup per se. It’s not quite the no-makeup makeup thing–although I think that’s a really interesting trend, too. In this case, the makeup is definitely visible on the face; it was my attempt at bringing that  enhancing aesthetic to life. I’m not sure I have the application skills–or the eye, for that matter–to really make that happen, but that was the underlying intention. It was fun to explore! I felt comfortable wearing these products and shades together, and I had never worn them together before, so I was also happy to have had an occasion to do that.

I have one more Valentine’s-Day violet look to share with you–looking forward to doing that very soon. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

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