Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Flawless, Timeless, Polished Look

I've been inspired to create that timeless and elegant look for everyday.  Knowing my best colours has been such a helpful part of being able to create this look.  Part of it is still about de-cluttering that makeup bag of mine, but another part of it is to 'honour' the makeup that I do have and work on creating a more personalized look.  Women like Sophia Lauren, Gwenyth Paltrow, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn all have that timeless appeal to their look - they have a 'signature' look.  They weren't changing their haircolour every second week and aparently Sophia Lauren had one signature lipstick shade that she loved so much, that she bought as many tubes as she could when she found out it was being discontinued.  I have this strange love affair with makeup - I love colour, discovering new shades, playing around with different textures, but on the other hand, I want so badly to find that polished, elegant look that is representative of me and that I can 'own' for the rest of my life.  The makeup lines today that do the best and are popular amoungst many women (like Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier etc) are the ones that speak to a particular look and its one that is simple, elegant and pretty.  I don't think its any coincidence that Kate Middleton went for a Bobbi Brown look for her wedding day - its so polished, simple and timeless - perfect for a princess.  MAC is a fantastic makeup company and some of my favourite products are from MAC, but sometimes I get turned off by all the 'trendy' looks that they try to sell and market.  I don't know why, but I often associate Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier with a chic, wealthy, elegant woman.  I think Gwenyth Paltrow, Kate Middleton, Rachel Weisz etc instintively know how to capture an effortless beauty look.  I think I've made it a mission for myself to find this 'effortless beauty' look for myself!

For this look, I tried to capture the essence of Laura Mercier's Flawless Face - I started with a sheer foundation, used the Secret Camoflauge #4 wherever needed and the used Bobbi Brown's warm beige concealer before finishing off with a light dusting of Bronzing Powder (I used MAC's Refined Golden).
For my eyes I started with NARS Silent Night as a base and then used MAC's Woodwinked from lid into crease.  I used Laura Mercier's Brown-Copper eyeliner on the top and bottom lashlines and then used NARS Bengali shadow to smudge into the upper lashline.
I used Laura Mercier's Spiced Cider blush to create a warm and subtle glow and then finished the look by mixing my two favourite lipsticks: Mocha by MAC and Cinnamon by Laura Mercier.  Today I was playing around with the Bronzelle lipliner (Lancome) and Cinnamon lipstick look and I loved the subtle effect!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your process of discovering your classic makeup look. You look beautiful, polished and very natural at the same time. I'm a soft summer but thanks for encouraging us soft color types to trust our own natural elegance. It's a relief to know that just because I don't suit bright colors I can still look glamorous. Also thanks for showing that you have to experiment and mix your own colors to get the colors just right. You are beautiful.

Renata said...

Hi JR - Thanks you so much for writing and for your wonderful compliments and feedback. I really appreciate it! Yes, I think that soft dominant colour types have an elegance that is uniquely theirs, just as brights have their own sophisticated look as well - I think the most important think is find YOUR own personal harmony and beauty. Just like in any experience in life - its the journey,not the destination that teaches you - I find I'm contiuing to learn about my colour type and what colours looks from my palette look the best on me. I wish you an amazing colour/style journey as well!!!

Anonymous said...

I think I like warmer lipsticks on you--this one is almost too pink in my opinion.

Operation Green Shoes said...

I really like the look. I can't do that with my eyes because they are too inset. No showing eye lids practically to speak of. lol

Totally jealous!

I like how soft and natural it looks while adding to the warm glow that naturally radiates. Nice. Great look for you and I am so impressed with how well you do makeup. Just awesome!

Renata said...

Wow - Thanks so much OGS, for the wonderful compliments - I really appreciate it! It took me a long time to find that a soft/natural eye look I can be comfortable in - I used to do either a thick black liquid line (too dramatic and harsh on me) or I would do just mascara (too plain and didn't make my eyes pop) - I find I need to smudge and create a lot of that 'smokey' element. Have you ever tried a sweep of a darker shadow vs eyeliner - that way, it can mimic the smokey look on your eye lid shape? Now I'm interested in finding out more about eye-shapes and eyemake - Thanks!!! I will keep you posted if I learn anything exciting!