We had a brief snowfall, which is always so pretty on the trees. While I am not personally quite as white as snow, I sometimes look quite near it, as you can see by my arm, below.
A big change for me has been experimenting with makeup after a ten year hiatus from it. I've been really exhausted lately, and trying not to get upset by the dishes and laundry piling up. Such things stress me as I don't like mess unless it is a creative mess. Self care can be a bit of a distraction and helps me to feel I am not a totally hopeless case.
Cool and light makeup colours work best for me, matching the pinks, blues and taupes that are already in my face.
Here is a sample of colours I typically use.
Essence Natural Beauty
Essence Barely There-this one is my MLBB
Revlon Mauvy Night-this one is pretty much my red
L'Oreal True Match CoolC1-2 blush
Almay Blendable Eye Pencil 02 Brown
Annabelle Kohl Pencil 80 Blue Grey
Lise Watier, Bleu Intense-looks darker on my eyelids than on my arm
Revlon Taupe-also good for eyebrows
L'Oreal True Match, N1 Soft Ivory
I also use L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Brown-Black. It doesn't make my lashes crunchy.
I don't typically use foundation all over my face but sometimes make a tinted moisturizer by mixing it with my every day lotion. It's tricky to find something as pale as I am but this does disappear into my skin when blended so it's the best I've ever found. The N stands for neutral and I find the cool version in this brand is tinted too pink. Pink is good for cheeks and lips but I don't want it all over my face as it doesn't look natural on me.
Differences in the two are relatively subtle and the different effects of photogrpahy, lighting and angles are probably more profound. The lighting of the second photo is better and the image looks more 'normal' to me.
When we think of makeup that gives a natural look we often think of warmer tones. There is that bias towards earth tones that are neutral-warm when we think of natural or earthy concepts in colouring, whether it is makeup clothing or home decor. While I am attracted to them I realise that I am not inherently warm toned myself and those colours just look wrong on me. It's not appropriate to try to warm me up. I am blue and pink and I can't even imagine that face above wearing orange and yellow based tones.
I've gone heavier with eye makeup than I have in a decade and I think the last time I wore coloured eye shadow or blush was 1989 or thereabouts. I'm feeling slightly self conscious about it but at least I know that the colours make sense and it takes a very generous application before I even get close to looking over done. I had coffee with my friend Pam while looking like this and she is not used to seeing me in makeup. She complimented my hair but did not say anything about makeup and she would if she noticed.
Generally I aim for a balanced face instead of a dramatic eye or bold lip. I find it much easier to live with. Having said that, I think the purpose of all makeup is to make the eyes most noticeable. I want you to look me in the eye, not stare at my lips. I want the whole face to look like it belongs together and belongs on me.
On behalf of cool people everywhere, I want to tell all makeup artists, hair stylists and anyone else giving make-overs. Please don't try to warm someone up. It doesn't happen. Warm is not the only way to look good and we have the obsession with the California Beach Babe look to blame for our thinking that it does. Unless your natural colouring is reminiscent of Snow White, Hollywood wants you tanned and golden blonde. This really does not suit everyone, and neither does that ring of black they love to put around everyone's eyes. Why don't they listen to me?
Well, at least I am the expert in charge of my own face.