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Everyday-Look vs. The Evening Look by emma graef

As a model I learned how to leave an apartment in 10minutes, with the least amount of makeup products applied on my face as possible. People who cast a model for a shoot are interested of seeing a girl as an empty canvas. Some days I enjoy a dark smudgy eye or seductive cat-liner, but usually the everyday-look is nothing more than what you see above. 

Glowing, natural looking skin with a fresh looking texture is number one result for me. After comes defined, upwards-brushed "bushy" eyebrows, which frames the face and gives a nice Tomboy-touch. My kit-must product for brows is Makeup Forever Aqua Brow that I use in shade 25. Though I keep looking at Givenchy's SS15 catwalk makeup and model Anna Ewers' lovely face, bleached eyebrows has that beautiful sun-kissed vibe (or alien) going on. Makes me wanna blond my hair again! 

Lips on the picture above are carrying one of my favorite lip product Smashbox O-Plump that in addition to shine gives a little swell and color to your lips. 

 

The everyday look needs a pinch of color to look fresh. I used  Urban Decay Naked 2-palette  shade "Half Baked" sweeping back-and-forth on my crease of the eyelid, then blending with care using "Bootycall" on my brow bone. Cheeks got shape and color (besides of cold air outside), from  MAC Blush Cream  shade "Lilicent." Foundation is one of my favorite,  Lancôme's Teint Miracle,  that gives light to medium coverage.

The everyday look needs a pinch of color to look fresh. I used Urban Decay Naked 2-palette shade "Half Baked" sweeping back-and-forth on my crease of the eyelid, then blending with care using "Bootycall" on my brow bone. Cheeks got shape and color (besides of cold air outside), from MAC Blush Cream shade "Lilicent." Foundation is one of my favorite, Lancôme's Teint Miracle, that gives light to medium coverage.

So here we are with the second look that I made when two of our friends came to dinner and for a bit of whisky and wine. I can tell you, the more I added, the more uncomfortable I became. I guess I wasn't on my more is more -days. On eyes I used Make Up Store's black cake eyeliner and again Urban Decay's palette shades "Half Baked" (have I told you it's my favorite for everything?) and on the outer corner of the eyes and crease of the eyelid shade "Pistol." But I gotta inform you, the Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes Effect mascara (see the previous post) did a lot better job since I tried it on last time! I believe this product just needs a bit of getting-used-to, very well done eyelash-curling and long swipes with it's special brush from the beginning to the end of a lash. 

The contouring is one of my favorite parts doing makeup. It gives an instant change, lift and more color. My favorite products are MAC's Pure Sculpture cream for under the cheek bones applied with fingers and MAC's Beauty Powder shade "Play it Proper" on the highest point of the cheek bones. On this look I used the same MAC Blush Cream "Lilicent" as in the first look, that is a pretty safe choice if you don't know beforehand which lipstick you're gonna use.  

On lips I have Make Up Store's shade "Crown." I'm on a mission trying to find strong contestant for it. (I think upcoming MAC's Cinderella collection's lipstick "Royal Ball" looks pretty promising!)

 

       

 

 

 

So what are your thoughts? Do you believe an event has a need for a certain makeup? Could you choose to go for a night-with-friends without mascara or does the magic of applying your favorite products give an extra boost for the night? Does cat eyeliner only go with your party dress or also on your grocery store trips? 

 

The photos are all un-edited, taken in a sunlight coming from my attic window. 

 

Bisous

Emma

Makeup Products in Test by emma graef

Lumous Makeup has landed in USA! Now when settled on this side of the world, I'm excited to give a lot of attention to this makeup blog. 

My first purchase after landing to Newark airport was Urban Decay's Naked 2- eyeshadow palette, which is in every makeup artist's kit for creating the best nude eyes. I am also hunting the best foundation out there. Many makeup artist swears after Makeup Forever's Face and Body, but before carrying those jars in the counter of Sephora, I'm gonna do some research. Today's foundation is Bare Minerals Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Broad Spectrum spf 20 Foundation, (now that's a name) which I was curious about because of the word "serum" in it, which means promises of skin care. Also a product without a SPF on my fair skin would be an absolutely no-no. Third product in test is Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension mascara. Let's talk about the results with a help of pictures.

Urban Decay NAKED -palette. I used  Foxy  for priming with the foundation,  Half Baked  in the outer corners of the eyes blending with  Suspect  that I brushed from lash line to mid lid and finally  Snake Bite  on lower lash line. 

Urban Decay NAKED -palette. I used Foxy for priming with the foundation, Half Baked in the outer corners of the eyes blending with Suspect that I brushed from lash line to mid lid and finally Snake Bite on lower lash line. 

The result against mid-day sunlight coming out of the window, without any photo editing. 

My skin used to be until lately dry and sensitive, but now is in a state of much spots on the T-zone. I'm from Finland which usually means that the skin type is thin, which comes out as uneven skin tone and sensitivity. My wings of the nose are red and circles around my eyes nearly dark blue even after a good night sleep. A month ago I changed from rich face creams into oil-free face cream from Neutrogena. This new skin-problem combined with freckles can be problematic , because you don't wanna cover the freckles, but you want enough cover to hide all the skin-tone differences and impurities. Bare Minerals foundation is aboslutely superbe! I tapped and spread it in place with Shiseido's round foundation brush (highly recommended) and it glided on my skin effortlessly creating quickly pretty beautiful and glowing result, don't you think? On spots, dark circles of the eyes and around nose I used concealer. I wouldn't buy this product though for every client use, because I feel mineral foundation is not a solution for a dry skin type.

On most makeup stores or counters you can first ask a sample right for your skin to to try at home! 

       

 

 

 

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette also worked just perfectly, as I predicted as a previous owner of Naked 1 -palette. The colors blend all well together and have enough pigment. Colors are glowing and doesn't give an impression of powder eyeshadow. Simply, this product should be in everyone's makeup bag. If you're a fan of more dramatic look, the black eyeshadow in the palette is the answer. Mine eyeliner in the picture was MAC's Fluidline shade Blactrack.

But if all products would work as promised, I wouldn't have any reason to write about. I had a lot of expectations for Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension mascara, but it ended up disapointing me. And it's not the most affordable product out there! I expected separated, long lashes, but the result was cakey and it didn't spread evenly on lashes. Even lash comb couldn't save the look. 

But. This is what I always think after just-opening a mascara. After letting it breath a week, or whatever magic it does, the experience is usually totally different. Also the brush is special, this might just need another try. 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh one last thing. On Sping-Summer 2015 catwalks one of the trendy looks for hair was called "air-dryed texture." Good news, right! Though on my hair it doesn't mean that it would look catwalk-ready if I just let it air-dry after shower. Noup. Put it on low ponytail very quickly after seeing these photos. 

I hope this post was useful to you!

I'll be right back with the looks from SS2015 catwalk!

 

Bisous, 

Emma