As mentioned in my gushing review of The Chapel who gave me my fabulous new hair style, I’ve been trying out lots of different new looks with make-up and seeing what I can get away with for daytime wear. I’ve also recently renewed my love for my Laura Mercier Colour Luxe palette that my lovely Dad bought me for Christmas.
In the palette there are six amazing eye shadow shades and one of them is called African Violet which I’ve recently become obsessed with. It’s such an unusual shade; it’s a purpley burgundy shade shot through with tiny flecks of gold that results in the most interesting colour payoff; I really love it.
So for this FOTD I am wearing Boots No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation in Calico, topped up with Vichy Dermablend Stick Foundation in Light and finished with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. I’ve only used the Mineral Veil sparingly on the places I get a lot of shine (such as the T-Zone) as it’s seriously mattifying and I think if you’re going for strong colours on the eyes and lips, you need to keep skin fairly light and dewy otherwise it can all get a bit too much!
For the eyes, I used African Violet all over the lids up to the socket and blended Primrose from the same palette up to the eyebrow. I then used a light hand to run African Violet under the lower eyelid and smudged it in. I then used Merlot (again from the same palette) on the outer corners of both the upper and lower lids to add a bit of definition. I finished with a slick of L’Oreal’s Super Liner Perfect Slim along the upper lash line and one coat of Benefit They’re Real.
On the cheeks I used Rose Petal blush from the aforementioned palette and on the lips is Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato. Whilst I love this colour, I don’t think it’s the best match for this look and I think a better shade would’ve been a berry stain, but I didn’t have one to hand.
So there we have it! As usual with my looks, the focus is on the eyes but I’m really enjoying playing with colours that aren’t various shades of nude brown.
Disclosure: mostly purchased by me or my dad; foundation and Mineral Veil were PR samples.