Now we don’t mean to tempt fate and bring back the rain, but here at Grazia HQ we’ve been making the most of the warm weather and peeling off the layers to reveal our summer 2010 wardrobes. In terms of makeup however, we feel we’ve veered in the opposite direction; we just can’t get enough of layering our make-up. Over Marmite and PG tips this morning, Team Beauty compared notes and here they are…
Beauty director Annabel Jones religiously applies multiple super-sheer layers of make-up to ensure a flawless skin-finish that is still totally natural looking. First on is a slick of the glowy Dior Skinflash Primer to cheekbones and temples. Next, Garnier Nutritionist Tinted Eye Roll-On provides a cooling wake-up treatment to the eye area, before tiny dabs of Jemma Kidd concealer are applied to problem areas. Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser in Bliss is next, before Bobbi Brown Eye Brightener in Bisque is smoothed around the eye-socket. Phewf!
Associate Beauty Editor Lauren Murdoch-Smith loves to double-dip her mascara for perfectly formed peepers. She first curls her lashes with a Shu Uemura Curler, before slicking on a layer of Chantecaille Mascara in Black to define and lengthen. Lauren then adds a coat of Diorshow Exstase Mascara in Black to add intensity, drama and thickness! Even if you blink, you just can’t miss them.
Contributing Beauty editor Liz Hambleton can’t get enough of a well-defined cheekbone (hers are quiet famous) and uses her fingertips to dab on Stila Convertible Colour in Peony before swirling Dior bronzer on top. (FYI, Stila Convertible Colour is no longer in production. Anyone can locate it will be generously rewarded.)
Health Editor Maria Lally religiously applies Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Body Cream before spritzing herself with their Wild Fig and Cassis EDT for a truly scentsational effect.
Last but not least, Beauty Assistant Rose Beer reckons she’s figured out the perfect tan for summer 2010. Spray a layer of L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Dry Mist for a sheer and even base, before applying Lancôme Flash Bronzer Leg Gel to add depth and intensity and create the perfect shade of bronze.
Oh and p.s we recently overheard Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder’s new creative makeup director, saying that you can make an opaque, pigmented lipgloss last longer by layering lip pencil underneath it (all over your mouth) as a base: "Even if the shine of the gloss disappears over the hours," Pecheux told me, "you'll still have the color of it."
Well, enjoy… The pleasure's all ours!
- Rose Beer