But I also discovered 'Into the Gloss' motion: a chic and utterly addictive concoction of interviews, tutorials, product adorations, and smashing tunes strumming in the background. My favorite motion reel? Museum-Inspired Makeup: Learning from the Masters: an account of (parisienne) Violette and Marie's trek to the MET and a chronicle portraying the vision of Renaissance and Neoclassical art-clad walls.
While I would consider a trip of the like as one to be made for my grandmother's giddiness, Violette adverts to another spectrum to squeeze into my personal cup of tea: the 'texture, color, and purity' of the complexion. 'The makeup is not static--like a mask. It will breath with you. Between light and shadows, between glow and matte.'
Glow and matte? After the pomp, I dug through my drawers and realized that achieving such a complexion wasn't as difficult as I had imagined--as a threesome of 'natural' bases had been nestled in my Glossybox storage system.
So I've been applying these bases with a natural finish for the past couple of weeks, penning my thoughts, and, in retrospect, this moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, and foundation boast more than your usual base. With a combination of matte, yet dewy charisma, I've assembled an edit of my own.
First, the Origins Vitazing Moisturizer. By the likes of the name, it is a moisturizer (so it's more skincare than makeup). Yet, it holds a bit of a tint that evens the skin and provides a slightly bronzy, skin-evening finish. And--the best part--throughout the day, my combination skin isn't in need of any powder, as it remains shine and oil-free from nine to five (and then some). Because of its extremely light coverage, I always top it up with a
In these winter months, I find I need a bit more hydration than this lotion offers, but, in summer, it's pretty fantastic; but it's also ideal for pressed mornings when no one has the time for two minute plus makeup.
In a slightly more covering bottle is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. Oui, it's a tinted moisturizer, but don't be fooled. In comparison to the Laura Mercier, it holds a higher standing coverage. In juxtaposition to the Clinique CC Cream, the textures are quite similar, although this Jouer formula has a far more satin-inducing and easy-to-blend aura.
Then, the most full-coverage formula: the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Ooo la la--is this stuff good--yet full of surprises, as well. First, you may be wondering why I vouch it the 'natural finish' alias when the name boasts 'luminous.' Truth be told, I'm still pondering the same predicament. Either way, a pump of this blended in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush reveals a matte, yet somewhat dewy complexion, but a whole lot of coverage.
Coverage: the occurrence and sight I feared once upon a time. Yet, fear no longer because, for bad skin days, this foundation works a treat for evening out the tone of my skin (to the point where concealer is barely needed).
So, watch the reel, or visit the MET. And if you're feeling really luxurious, film a makeup tutorial along the steps (which seemingly seems identical to Blair and Serena territory). And whilst my peers will be toting a flat complexion, I'll have a counterpart beautiful enough to make an art professor grin--I can only hope.