I've noticed a troubling disconnect between the amount of beautiful makeup in my possession, and the amount I actually use on a day-to-day basis. I put on makeup on weekday mornings, and it's always the same four or five products that I trust to apply easily and make me look adequate when I'm half awake.
So I decided to shop my stash for some lovely things to wear last Saturday. I was going out for dinner, so there was plenty of time to work before I headed out. I picked three brands - Tom Ford, Illamasqua and Clarins, all of which I like very much. I use the same Illamasqua brow powder every day, so this is a happy coincidence.
Items used (clockwise from top left):
- Illamasqua Neutral palette*
- Clarins Skin illusion loose powder foundation in 105 nude*
- Clarins Blush prodige illuminating cheek colour in 02 soft peach*
- Tom Ford lipstick in Moroccan rouge*
- YSL Babydoll mascara in Black*
- Illamasqua Precision ink gel eyeliner
- (Not pictured) Illamasqua Brow cake in Motto
I realised after taking these pictures that my camera has been applying a skin-flattering effect to my FOTD shots, which seems to work in conjunction with its face detection. This was on as default, so I've now (I think) switched it off. In the eye focus shots below you can see the more realistic skin effect where face detection hasn't kicked in.
This is the first time in months I've attempted any kind of crease work. On inspecting these pictures I realised I should have blended more. I think it's true that when it comes to eyeshadow, always blend as much as you think you should, and then blend some more.
*all starred items were PR samples