Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

I’m not one to favor certain looks for a particular season, but there is no denying when sweaters, coats and gloves come out to play, darker makeup looks are sure to follow.  While going through my fall/winter clothes, I decided to also rummage through my makeup collection and awaken some beloved products out of hibernation.  The final look was deep and sultry, yet unbelievably simple to achieve.  I hope you enjoy my Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look–Eyes:

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

  1. Start by applying the finest amount of NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow Primer all over the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  2. While the primer settles, fill in brows with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood.
  3. Using a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk) or fingers, apply Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Eyeshadow (reviewed here) on the mobile lid in thin even layers.
  4. Taking any tapered eyeshadow brush (MAC 217, or Rae Morris #8 Brush), apply a warm brown color (MAC Uninterrupted) to outline and define the crease and lower lash line.
  5. Apply a flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the crease color and highlight the brow bone area.
  6. Add a complimentary cooler highlight shade (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. Line the upper waterline with a water-resistant gel liner like Inglot AMC #90.
  8. Line the upper lash line with a black liquid liner such as, Guerlain Black Liquid Eyeliner.  Lately, I have been using my angled brush to apply my liquid liner for more precise results.
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational) to finish off the look (reviewed here).

Fall Makeup Look–Face:

Fall Makeup Look

My daytime and evening moisturizers during the cooler seasons.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Cover Fx Custom Drops

Cover Fx Custom Drops:
It took three wipes to clean off the accumulated liquid at the opening of the bottle.

  1. Apply your favorite moisturizer and let it settle on the skin while doing your eye makeup.  Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter is my daytime facial moisturizer (small amount) and Waxelene is wonderful as an evening moisturizer (Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog’s review here).
  2. Mix your primer and foundation together and apply thin well blended layers on the skin.  In my experience, Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer is the best medium for Cover FX Custom Drops (reviewed here).  This combination leaves skin looking smooth and even.  As mentioned in previous posts, the issue with theses drops is the packaging.  My newer bottle seems to have also fallen victim to the horrible packaging (see photo above).  It maybe time to search for an alternative–suggestions welcomed.
  3. Apply Diorskin Star 003 Concealer (reviewed here) to problem areas.  I use concealer to cover green veining around the bridge of the nose.  I’m not a believer in the “triangle of light” theory, “clown contouring” or using too much concealer in general–less is best.
  4. Apply a light dusting of Dior Cosmopolite to the tops of the cheek bones and center of the nose.
  5. Apply Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer gradually to the hallows of the cheeks, forehead, jaw line and neck.
  6. Using an soft brush, apply a warm peach colored blush such as, Vincent Longo Sandalwood, to the apples of the cheek and blend slightly onto the bronzer.

Fall Makeup Look–Lips:

Girlactik and Chanel

Fall Makeup Look:
Girlactik Demure Lip Paint topped with Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss.

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint was used as my neutral lip color.  I swear Girlactik’s formula pairs well with every lipgloss and lipstick in my collection.
  2. Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss is almost identical in color to Demure.  This combo lasted 6 hours and the base color lingered well passed the 7th hour.

Fall Makeup Look

**click on the highlighted product names for a direct link to each product.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you not only is this look perfect for the fall, but it can be worn anytime of the year.  The delicate silver shimmers contained in the gray shadow provide just the right amount of vitality to the look.  Adding a warm peachy blush and mauve neutral lip color, help balance out the cool tone of the overall look.  As always, substitute any product shown, as you see fit, and have fun with your creation.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium review, swatches and comparisons.

Shiseido Bronzer

There is no denying I have amassed quite a bronzer collection over the years. The purchase of an additional compact may seem like a complete act of insanity; however, as of late, some of the bronzers in my possession have been looking a bit off on my skin. Some are too orange, some oxidize throughout the day (never happened before), while others look too harsh–despite any amount of blending. Perhaps with age, my skin is changing (hopefully for the better) or my tastes are becoming more refined, whatever the reason, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium ($35 USD/12 g) has been my saving grace. This silky smooth powder has given me the perfect everlasting summer-like tan, where all others have failed.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Bronzer

The Pros to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. Incredibly smooth powder glides on the skin without any patchiness.
  2. Quickly builds-up for the most realistic sun-kissed effect.
  3. Oil-free formula does not oxidize (darken) on the skin throughout the day.
  4. Powder is packed perfectly to ensure the right amount of product clings to the brush without any powder kick-up.
  5. Works with ANY brush for striking results.
  6. Contains the finest milled shimmers which translate to a beautiful satin sheen–makes skin look naturally radiant and healthy without looking shiny.
  7. Contains slight ruddy undertones similar to a real tan.
  8. Lasts all day on my dry skin–seriously does not budge.
  9. Comes housed in an elegant pearlized brown case with a matching brush and a sizable mirror.
  10. Can be used as an eyeshadow, blush and bronzer.
  11. Whopping 12 grams of product will last quite a while.
  12. Comes in three shades: 01 Light, 02 Medium and 03 Darksimple enough.
  13. Does not contain any parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  14. Made in USA.

The Cons to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. The slight satin finish may not be a favorite for some people.
  2. Don’t be fooled, this powder swatches very sheerly; however, once applied to the face (with a brush), the intensity is very evident.
  3. Although the accompanying brush is lovely, it is not as dense as the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (see below).
  4. As opposed to the plastic molded insert, a hinged top for the powder and a separate lower niche for the brush would have made for a more logical brush storage design.

Shiseido brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

  • I know many people will think the accompanying brush is outstanding (which it is), but I can honestly say, I prefer the density and feel of the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (reviewed here). See, I’m getting quite picky with age.  🙂

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, I simply swirled my brush into the bronzer and proceeded to apply the color to the hallows of my cheeks. The design of this brush is perfect for contouring and the soft densely packed hairs blend-out the powder to perfection.

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer was blended-out on the hallows of the cheeks, the forehead, nose, jaw line and neck. Honestly, this color is so flattering, one can add a little more color to the apples of the cheeks and utilize this shade as a blush as well.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

  • The above photo demonstrates the completed look with blush (Estee Lauder Wild Sunset) and highlighter (Dior Cosmopolite). **Sorry for the slight lighting variations–the sun and one of my lights were being uncooperative on this day.**

Bronzer Comparisons:

bronzer comparison

Bronzer Comparison:

  • Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer was an absolute obsession of mine a couple of years ago. Although lovely in its own right, lately I find the strong pigment too striking (orange) against my complexion. On darker complexions this looks downright stunning…lucky.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium Bronzer has been my go-to for the longest time (my second compact). However, lately this delicious all matte shade has been looking muddy on my skin by midday. Why? Could it be I’m getting older? Nah–something must be off about the powder–at least that’s what I tell myself.  🙂
  • Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer subtle red undertone and innocent hue sets this bronzer apart from the others. On first swatch (on my arm), the pigmentation was underwhelming to say the least. In fact, when I started photographing the comparison swatches, I immediately thought, what the heck did I buy?  So the next day, I used my Tom Ford Cheek Brush (to really pack on the color) and quickly discovered, I underestimated the pigmentation of this bad boy. Theoretically, one can use any brush, but be mindful to swirl accordingly–a dense brush will require one pass over the powder for noticeable results, while an airier brush can be use more liberally for harmonized results. My Chikuhodo Z-8 brush (reviewed here) or the accompanying brush work very well for my needs.
  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss is the closest, in terms of texture, to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer. Both are silky smooth, but CK contains more of a coppery undertone and the sheen is also more noticeable on the skin–definitely not for those with oilier skin or those who prefer matte bronzers.
  • bareMinerals Faux Tan has a strong red tone. The dark pigment, paired with the loose powder form, is not the most user friendly bronzer option. I could never get the right amount on a brush and inevitably, there was always spillage. BTW, if this stuff gets on clothes, carpets, and such–be prepared to do some serious scrubbing to remove all traces of the pigment.

Shiseido Bronzer ingredient list.

**Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, etc..**

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium gets five stars in my book. The beautiful color, silky smooth powder, fantastic blendability, plentiful amount, amazing longevity and tasteful packaging does not get any better. This may very well have cross over to HG status–it’s that good. Do you have a favorite bronzer? If so, do tell. Until next time, be well, stay safe, and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences.*All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.