11th November 2015
WINTER COOL TONES
Navy’s and plums work so well together for the smokiest of festive eyes, brightening the smokiness with a wash of blue in the waterline. And a sprinkling of glitter in the corner of the eyes, adds just the right amount of magic.
Cool tones are such a refreshing, modern way of wearing makeup – especially more so when complimented by those icy winter nights.
The trick with wearing cooler tones is to balance them, especially on the lips. Too cool and you will end up looking washed out. Lavender undertones (rather than blue) are the more wearable ones.
To start, I set the eyelids with translucent powder a little more than usual to ensure dry lids for the eye-makeup. A great trick if you don’t want to apply any primer. The navy colour on the lids is actually from an eye khol rather than a shadow. I love the texture and finish and smokiness that a khol gives. I blended the edges of the khol outwards with a blending brush. I used the same khol in the waterline. I then applied a beautiful plum shade to the outer corner and sockets of the eyes and continued with the same colour to the lower socket too. To the inner corner I use an opalescent colour shadow by NARS as a base colour, followed by a sprinkling of opalesecent glitter applied using my fingers. Finish with a few coats of mascara.
I applied a liquid highlighter under the brows and to the cheekbones to brighten the face. This is something I love to do, it instantly helps the skin to look healthy and dewy. For a more subtle highlight I love BECCA’s shimmering skin perfector. This goes everywhere with me! For a more visible highlight I love Benefits highbeam, which is what I used here.
On the cheeks I used a YSL – a cool lavender toned blusher to contour lightly instead of a bronzer, and a liquid blusher applied to the centre of the cheeks.
I balanced the lips by using a wash of YSL’s Kiss & Blush which has those lavender tones, followed by Giorgio Armani’s beautiful glass laquer, that adds some warmth.
Sisley Khol Star – Pure Sapphire
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow – Cassiopeia
Shu Uemura – Purple 795
Kryolan Glimmer Medium Lilac
Benefit’s High Beam
YSL Blush Volupte – No.1
YSL Kiss & Blush – Rose Epicurian
Giorgio Armani Flash Laquer – No.500