Five Products, Four Looks
May 28, 2015
Beauty efficiency can be an arduous challenge. Often the most minimalist looks are created with a maximum of products, sometimes leaving one with a host of redundancies and an extremely heavy handbag. Fortunately, there is an innovative crop of cosmetics that takes multitasking to another level. Here are five versatile products that, in synthesis, create no less than four different looks—challenge accepted!
1. Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizing Palette: With five radiantly creamy, mixable shades—from the palest gold to the richest rose—this jack-of-all-trades can be used on eyes (as a shadow), cheeks (as a blush and highlighter) and lips (as a lipstick), making it one potent little palette.
2. Orlane, Paris Baume Magnifique: Hydrating and lush, this clear balm is an excellent base for lips (both alone and mixed with lip color) and makes for a gorgeous eye gloss in a pinch!
3. Sisley-Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Lagoon: The bold peacock blue of this stunning eyeliner/eye shadow formula is at once modern and unique. Used with restraint, this budge proof hue is delightfully unexpected. Used with a liberal hand, the shade imparts undeniable drama.
4. Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint for Lip and Cheek in Coral Nymph: A delicate, gleaming peach-meets-apricot, this cream formula’s very moniker suggests duality. Lending a soft and luminescent flush to cheeks as adeptly as it drenches lips in saturated color, this diminutive pot is invaluable for one’s cosmetics bag.
5. Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen: Fluid and jet black with eyelash-nourishing ingredients, this liner’s felt tip is thin enough for a barely there tight line while still being substantial enough for a timelessly classic winged eyeliner look.
LOOK 1 “Pared Down”: Tightly line the upper lash area (focusing effort at the base of the lashes) with the Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen, apply the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint for Lip and Cheek in Coral Nymph to the apples of the cheeks, use the pinky to sweep the center shade from the Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizing Palette along the high points of the face (e.g., upper cheek bones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow), put a dash of the Sisley Phyto-Eye Twist in Lagoon in the outer edges of the eyes, and then coat lips in a healthy dose of the Orlane, Paris Baume Magnifique.
LOOK 2 “Sporty + Bronzed”: Apply the Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen along the lower waterline of the eyes, mix the bronze and rose (bottom two) shades from the Napoleon Light Switch Luminizing Palette and apply to upper eyelids, blending toward the brow bone, and then sweep the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint for Lip and Cheek in Coral Nymph over lips for a peachy pout.
LOOK 3 “Polished + Professional”: Use the Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen to create a pronounced cat-eye with winged edges, and mix the Orlane, Paris Baume Magnifique with the rose shade from the Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizing Palette to craft a customized lip with beautiful depth. Add a bit more of the rose shade to the cheeks for a nod to the power of monochromatic makeup.
LOOK 4 “Boldly Bohemian”: Buff the bronze shade from the Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizing Palette along the hollows of the cheeks to add a heightened sense of structure and depth to the face. Sweep the Sisley-Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Lagoon along the upper lash line for a pop of color, and finish by applying a mixture of the Orlane, Paris Baume Magnifique and Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint for Lip and Cheek in Coral Nymph to the lips for a earthy yet ethereal glow.
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