Don’t worry I’m not going to talk about this regularly or start dispensing advice but I just wanted to share for once my journey. I wished I’d read this excellent post by Lisa at Privilege before going to London. She looked so incredibly beautiful and natural at her recent wedding. I did read this post over at Garance Doré though that gave me a big ‘Aha!’ moment and kept it in mind eversince.
In my teens, make up experiments were very open because how many Oriental female role models can you name from the 80’s? In UK? In the West? Exactly! In the absence of any sisters or anyone else who looked like me – except my Dad – I really had no clue what I was doing so photos of me from the 80’s (and much of the 90’s too in fact…) are make up tragedies! All my friends had big blue or brown eyes and thick long eyelashes – those were just the boys 😉 In my early teens I remember walking into the bathroom of one of our French friends and it looked like a Chanel beauty counter so I tried the eye shadows (at a real Chanel counter, not in her bathroom) but their colours did nothing for me, same with the lipsticks, however I used their gorgeous powder compact (still have it as a souvenir).
Next came Clinique on the recommendation of a friend but the same thing happened though I discovered their liquid eyeliner that I still use today. It was Lancôme that became my go to for make up and skin care for the next 3 decades. Nail polish and lipstick continues to be Chanel and Revlon with a touch of YSL thrown in for good measure.
So when I started my Closet Audit a couple of years ago, it was also time to revamp my skin care and make up. I parted ways with Lancôme to experiment with Simple products and ended up loving the Avène range. I gradually changed over to using most of their skin care products now.
I stopped using foundation a long time ago but hung on with the loose powder. When I realised more effort was required at my recent ‘Celebrity Dinner’, I knew it meant concealer and a new foundation. Fortunately, I had read good things about Chanel’s Les Beige on Twitter so tried it out at my local department store. Yep, it worked! I waited until I got to London to visit their new boutique in Covent Garden to actually make my purchases. The lovely young girl who helped me gave me lots of samples as well so I was very pleased with the whole experience. Very!
Proving that I’m out of practise, it took me longer than I thought to get ready for the big dinner and had literally just dabbed my lipstick before we had to leave – without even brushing my hair! I prayed my hair would behave itself and not droop as per usual. I wanted a polished but very natural look. All I did was dry my hair upside down to give it some body and I knew soon it would smooth down on its own without having to be brushed. And I knew it would look wrong to suddenly wear twice as much make up and style my hair when I’m so not used to it! Ease and comfort were paramount, even down to my 4″ heels 🙂
The flash in the close up took away a shade or two of my make up as well gave me a bald patch but it’s basically a more intense version of my day time face with the careful addition of under eye concealer and the magical Les Beiges powder foundation – I’m telling you both are brilliant! I’m pretty good at not touching my face once the make up is done and I only ever reapply the lipstick, nothing else, because I really hate to fiddle. So I’m happy to have updated myself finally.
Thanks for reading!