After posting a bunch of looks featuring strong, cool-toned lips, I thought it might be a good idea to move to a different, warmer palette. Maybe….oh, maybe centered on plum. What might look nice with plum? Hmmm, maybe honey-rosey-brandy shades–what we call “blush” tones. “Yeah, yeah, that makes sense!” I thought. “Let’s put those together.”
Well, OK, a lot of you probably saw this coming, but, um….this is one seriously autumnal palette. And the season those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to would be, you know…spring. Oops. For those of you who have weathered the brandied-plum series with me so far, though, allow me to close the loop by showing you how the brandied-plum day-to-night look worked out on my face.
This time around, I thought we could explore a day look with sheer, cool-toned plum shades for cheeks and lips, which we could dial up into a stronger, more evening-appropriate look with plum-bronze cheeks and a reddish-plum lip.
Here are the products I chose for the day look:
And here’s how they turned out on my face (I got my little fall sweater out for the occasion!):
And another shot so you can see the lids, for what it’s worth!
Here’s a product run-down for this day look:
Base. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation; Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur foundation to dame down shine in the T-zone; MAC brow pencil in Lingering; Bourjois chocolate bronzer around the perimeter of the face and, rather desperately, on my lower neck.
Eyes. The palest shade in the quad all over the lid and up to the socket line; the mid-tone coppery shade from the palette in the outer corners; Maybelline gel liner in Aubergine; Chanel Le Volume mascara in black.
Cheeks. Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplum.
Lips. Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant in Aplum–light layer, applied from the bullet.
The stronger look added a plummy-bronze Chanel Multicolor powder on the cheeks and a much stronger, more red-plum YSL lippy:
And here it is on my face:
And a shot of the lids…which are the exactly the same…but anyway, for the sake of completeness, here it is:
In fairness, I thought that the addition of a deeper-plum cheek and lip color did transform the look. It’s a little hard to gauge how it would work for evening, given the daylight photo and the, er, styling…that is, the sweater.
Products for the evening look are the same as the day look; the Chanel Multicolor was added over the original blusher; I removed the Clarins lippy and applied the YSL lippy with a brush, softening the edges with a cotton bud. These photos were taken some time after the first set, so I had rubbed off some base here and there, and there’s more, well, “glow.” I’m not sure that glow is exactly right for this look, but hopefully the overall effect will come through!
Final thoughts. Well, this was interesting. When I first put the day look on my face, I didn’t feel as comfortable as I would’ve hoped in it. I had just never worn this shade combination before; it’s almost like my eye needed to adjust to it. As the day went on, though, I felt a lot more comfortable in the look. Similarly, when I first put that red-plum lippy on, the first thing I thought was, “OMG. This is too……red!” Suddenly Lisa Eldridge’s advice that fairer skin tones should go with more blue-toned plums (as opposed to more red-toned plums) was ringing in my ears. Why oh why did I ever disregard Lisa E.? She knows everything. Sigh.
Even so, when I look at the photographs, it all sorta works a little better than I remembered. I’ll leave it to you to judge how it all turned out, as always. I can say that I was glad to have given these color combinations a shot. Once I had sorted out in my mind the honey-rose/blush/copper affinity with plum, I was suddenly seeing it everywhere. (It was staring right at me all along in the Burberry palette, for example.) By next fall, maybe I’ll be wearing some version of these looks with confidence–and the kind of enthusiasm for strong plummy tones that follows a long, hot summer. I look forward to the day!
For now, to make up for handing everyone this warm, cozy autumnal palette that might not feel right for, er…months…I’m posting a bonus look on my face shortly: the cherries-in-the-snow classic evening look, featuring the iconic Revlon lipstick itself. Just for fun. In the meantime, I wish you a very lovely day!