In the first two posts we did an every day look that is appropriate for anyone who wants a very simple look for daytime. But now let's get a little more bold and do a look for a date night or prom.
As the mother of a teenage daughter who has minimal interest in cosmetics, semi-formal dances are the one of the only times where my skills are requested.
For this look, we again applied Natalie's Beige 3 Satin Matte Foundation, but we went a bit stronger on the blush, using Satin Matte Blush in Pink just from the apples of the cheeks and back towards her hairline.
Eyes are the feature that most people choose to play up for a more dramatic look, and we did as well, going for a smoky look. We applied Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Lana all over the eye area, from lashes to brows. On the lids, from lashes to above the crease, we used Pearluster shadow Zen, and then right along the lash-line, we applied Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Koan with the #36 Pointed Crease Brush. (It's densely packed bristles make it perfect for laying down a lot of color.) This blended up into the Zen, creating almost an ombre effect. Then with the #33 Angle Liner brush dampened with water, we applied Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black along the upper and lower lash line.
To finish off the look, we used the #23 Kitten Brush to apply a light dusting of Luminous Shimmer Powder in Dolce along Natalie's cheekbones, across her forehead and lightly down the center of her nose and chin. If she were dressed in a dress that showed off her shoulders or decollete, we would brush some on any exposed skin as well. Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Sweet Pea went on Natalie's lips, and would tuck into her bag with her cell phone and ID as she headed out the door for a night to remember!
In the last post, we covered foundation and blush for the younger makeup user, or for the "I want to look very natural" wearer of any age. In this post, we'll finish the look.
For a subtle look we used Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai on Natalie's eyes from her lashes to brows. To keep it soft, rather than a heavier, more opaque shimmer, we applied it with the #37 Eye Blending Brush. Then we applied Pearluster Eyeshadow in Mocha on the lid, concentrating the color along the lash line and blending it upwards. For this purpose, we used the #36 Pointed Crease Brush because its pointed tip makes it easy to use along the lash-line and the densely packed bristles apply the color a little heavier. This look is soft enough for every day and quick to apply because it doesn't require an eyeliner.
For the finishing touch, we applied our Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb. The whole look takes under 10 minutes to apply and gives a polished yet natural look.
It seems to me that women who only have one daughter often end up with a daughter who is nearly the opposite of them, at least as a child. I know it isn't just me, I see it all the time with friends. Those who have more than one daughter will sometimes end up with one who shares their youthful interests, but not always.
My own lovely daughter Natalie (now 16 1/2) never shared my childhood love of Barbie dolls, and as she got older, my hopes of her becoming interested in makeup gradually began to fade. So it came as a shock to me this spring when we were in the car on our way to the mall and as I turned to look at Natalie in the seat beside me, the sun caught her cheekbone, and what was that??? Could it be? A hint of sparkle on her cheeks? Well yes, it was. But my joy was quickly squelched by the fact that it wasn't just on her cheekbones, but all over her face. Clearly it was time for a makeup lesson.
This is the first post in a series that I hope will help women who have daughters, nieces, sisters, cousins or friends that are just beginning to show an interest in makeup, regardless of the age. I'm going to attempt to illustrate, on my daughter's face, a simple look that is age-appropriate for nearly everyone, as well as a more dramatic look that can be used for special occasions. The best part is that it will all be done with makeup that is pure and natural, that you can recommend with confidence to pre-teens, teens or adults without fear of toxins that can be absorbed by the skin.
In the photo above, Natalie is wearing just Satin Matte Foundation in Beige 3. We applied a light dusting all over her face with our #25 Foundation brush, and then spot concealed with the #3 Concealer brush.
In the picture below, we have added blush. We used Luminous Shimmer Blush in Rosa, which gives not only a soft blush, but a fun shimmer.
The next installment will show eyes and lips that are age-appropriate and great for daytime for any age. After that, we'll get into a more dramatic look for special occasions!