For this natural look with a painterly twist, I used cool silver highlights to offset Simone’s gorgeous olive complexion. It is a common misconception that warm skin tones cannot wear cool colors, when in fact, the contrast gives a really nice relief and adds the element of surprise to a makeup look.
For the highlights, I painted a silver cream from a Le Maquillage Professionnel palette into the eyes’ inner corners (tear duct) and onto the Cupid’s bow of the mouth.
I topped the cream with the ultra violet amethyst tone from Kat Von D’s Alchemist Palette.
In the outer corner and at the lash line, I applied rose gold tones by Kryolan for soft definition.
I gave the face subtle contour with a mix of Bite Beauty Multi Sticks (the shades Anise, Coco, and Cerise).
The lips got a mix of cool and warm tones (Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Sweet Violet mixed with Glossier Generation G in Leo)
This look is all about a show-stopping metallic lip. I kept the base of the first look (skin with silvery violet highlights) and built a multi-dimensional, layered lip as the focal point.
I began by lining and filling in the lips with the OCC Cosmetics pencil in Black Dahlia. I went over the pencil with Kosas weightless lip color in Darkroom, a beautiful blackberry with lots of depth that provided a great backdrop for the metallic cream layer to come. I applied BITE Beauty Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss in a mix of 3 shades: Oyster Pearl, Peacock Pearl, and Rose Pearl). I love the dynamic result.
I love the combination of tan, robin’s’ egg blue, and burgundy so when I saw this top I knew I wanted to play with those colors in the makeup. I used white and sky blue from my Maq Pro palette and mixed in a deep aquamarine from the Viseart Editorial Brights palette to get the color payoff I wanted. I love throwing out the rules and mixing powders on top of creams- it may take a little more elbow grease to get it to the right consistency, but they’re all pigments in the end.
I amped up the highlight near the tear duct with white powder shadow from the same Viseart palette and added a reddish purple from that same palette at the eyes’ outer corners to encircle the blue. For more contrast I did a thin line of Surratt Beauty Autographique black liquid liner in the top lashes.
The lip is Glossier Cake with a little bit of a mustard yellow tone from a Maq Pro palette mixed in to get that perfect camel color.I added a fine incandescent effect to the face with the RMS Master Mixer.
I kept the eye from the previous look, adding a pop of clementine to lips and cheeks with RMS Lip2Cheek in Curious. This was punctuated with a mix of Glossier Zip and Kosas Fringe in the center of lips for that popsicle stain effect. I also added weight to the brow to balance the girly lip and cheek with Glossier Boy Brow in Black.
I removed the poppy lip and cheek with my favorite anti-highlighter – Rituel de Fille Eclipse Inner Glow Crème Pigment. I applied it to the outer corners of the eyes, used it for contouring the cheekbones, and pat a bit onto the lip. I love that it initially goes on as black but blends out to a beautiful and ultra flattering aubergine. I broke up the blue on the eyes with a flash of gold applied quickly with my fingers (Kryolan).
This look was about showing the purity of color and intensity of pigment that can be achieved in cruelty free products. I wanted the viewer to experience the excitement and sense of limitless possibility I do when I browse the shelves at my favorite professional makeup shop, Alcone Cosmetics in NYC. I used a mix of pigments from Le Maq, RMS beauty (magnetic), Ben Nye, BITE Beauty and Surratt Beauty. I removed all traces of color from the lip, keeping just the subtle sculpting I did earlier with the BITE Beauty Multi Sticks so that you could really feel the colors on the eye and understand their different textures and tones.
Throughout the story:
Powder / Honest Beauty
Mascara / it Cosmetics (Tightline)
Foundation / RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up 55
Earrings by Meadowlark Jewellry.
Clothing is secondhand from Beacon’s Closet.
Photographer: Matthew Priestley
Style: Rachel Gilman
Makeup: Suzy Gerstein
Hair: Kiri Yoshiki