In this picture I am wearing my dark neutrals. It's a mix of charcoal, dark denim and dark brown. The lighting inside is dark this time of year and even with a flash and lightening the photo in my basic editing programme everything looks a little more intense and dark than it actually is. I notice that with my hair as well as the clothes and the fact that my cross body bag barely shows up. My hair is light brown, my sweater is charcoal-slate grey. I am also wearing makeup here and although the colours are very soft and I used a light touch, I think it looks quite a bit more dramatic than my usual bare face. While my clothing changes with the seasons my makeup doesn't other than the amount I may choose to wear.
Makeup. I do wear it sometimes. Usually on my blog posts you see me bare faced as I don't wear it often but I do actually know how to use it. Here is my stash of makeup and tools. I have more than I need and as you can see I don't bother to organise it.
What makeup am I wearing in this photo? In this photo I've done eyes and lips and a light dusting of powder to compensate for that camera flash shine. If I were going somewhere fancy or if I felt I was looking pale or unwell I might use a tinted moisturizer but my skin is quite fair and most can look orange on me. It's tricky to find one that is very pale and cool in tone. I seek colour names like ivory and vanilla but those turn up in heavier foundations more often. The tinted moisturizers rarely are light enough for me and they usually contain sunscreen which I don't want in it.
Why no sunscreen? I am rarely outdoors in the sun or even on a cloudy day for long periods of time. If I were going to be I would use a separate sunscreen.
So here are my favourite emergency face products that do not make me orange or look too dark on my skin.
Almay Smart Shade CC cream and Almay Smart Shade pressed powder in Light
Eyes probably get the most attention when I bother but I prefer neutrals. If I lived the sort of life where I went out at night or attended parties I might play with some colours but I don't so I don't.
Great Lash mascara by Maybelline in brownish black. The eye shadows are Revlon and in the above photo I am wearing the two lightest shades of taupe on the far left. The greys in the palette on the right are very silvery and look quite glamorous on me. For the photo I experimented with the darker brown in my brows but it is too dark for my liking and not ash enough. I feel overdone with powdered brows. The pencil is by Annebelle and is called Rich Chocolate though it seems to be quite a dark taupe.
Lips instantly make me look made up even the most subtle shades. I favour soft mauve/pinks and am always looking for the perfect one in the perfect formula. I want light, sheer and long lasting. Those qualities don't really go together. The closest I have come to that is the akwardly named Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. That is the chubby pencil in the photo. The bullet is L'oreal lip balm which goes on soft and sheer but of course doesn't stay on long. Overall, while colour on my lips looks nice for the way it gives me a rosy glow, I don't really like the shape of my mouth and don't like to emphasise it. It might help if I were less self conscious in photos and could smile more.
Th top one on this piece of paper is the L'oreal lip balm and the bottom one is the Revlon Stain Balm. Straight from the tube I find the Revlon one too thick and heavy so I always blot it. For the photo of myself today I experimented with putting the L'Oreal balm on top of the blotted Revlon. It looks and feels like too much to me.
I am always aiming for nearly natural but slightly better. Some pale pinks are too pale and frosty looking or too bright on me. A slight mauve undertone is usually good. The L'oreal has a slightly more brownish tone than the Revlon does. I am not a bright lipstick person. There are other colours which look good with my own colouring but I don't feel comfortable wearing them.
Half an hour later, and two cups of tea the lip balm has worn off (it wouldn't have it I'd used just the Revlon. And here, is a scary closeup just to prove I do not, by any means, have flawless skin but I am confident displaying my real skin to the world: I am human. I have pores and freckles and only photo shop is going to get rid of my dark circles. I took this photo by the window to get natural light and more accurate colour.