Monday, March 3, 2014

The Parisian Makeup

Those Parisians really have it all: glorious complexions, La Roche-Posay stockists around every la rue, croissants and macarons to evoke a food baby even in me--the health freak, and I will do anything to lounge in a street side café for people watching.
Amongst these matters, Parisians always look so chic. Why, oh why, oh why? And the most unfortunate part is that, no matter how hard I try, I will never achieve such a sophisticated air.
When it comes to their faces, it doesn't even look like they have a full face of warpaint gracing those baby-esque complexions--aside from the occasional red lip (très chic).

Whether the above statements hold veracity of are a load of stereotypes, I still pile on the black clothing, try to read magazines in français, and often gracefully sweep on my version of le maquillage parisienne, with a whole lot more coverage and sans the red lip.

Consider this one of your 'no-makeup,' makeups, with quite a few products, but a visibly minimal result--like invisible layers that pack a punch. For instance, the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, supplying a sticky base for further foundation longevity and an all day, shine free finish (but there's some dew left over, of course).
If I'm having a bad skin day, I'll buff on a bit of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (of which I have the lightest shade--no mockery allowed). Yet, here's the trick: only apply where needed. After I've deceived with a myth, I run to the pharmacy and buy a shedload of La Roche-Posay bottles...I wish.
On the contrary, if I'm porting a relatively belle complexion, I'll just smudge the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer all over and blend with a combination of fingers and the Buffing Brush for a seamlessly skin-like finish (which, in honesty, is all down to the formula of this covering wonder).

Here comes the tricky part: blush. I'll be the first to admit that my face is not model-gifted (i.e. I don't have covetable cheekbones). And then, there's the fine line between tomato face, an artificial blush, and emphasizing my already rounded cheeks. The key to this difficult lock is the NARS Blush in Douceur; it's pink, brown, and gray-tinged balancing act create a natural flush, sculpt, and eliminates my washed-out appearance.
And to further enhance those 'cheekbones,' a hint of the RMS Living Luminizer gets tapped onto the tops of the cheeks.

If you're unable to reach the conclusion just yet, I'll tell you that I'm a face base perfectionist. To further commit to that standard, I'll finish by conveying that I just fill in those brow gaps and extend the ends of my face-caterpillars (or as they appear) with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette. Then, I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers and wiggle the Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara into the outer lashes and then just brush up to the tips on the rest of the set. Point proven.

Unfortunately, my heritage will disclose that there will always be something American about my countenance. Yet, French readers, disclose: does this sound relatively similar to your culture? Please, êtes gentil.
And, as a confession, 'how to be french' is one of my top Google searches.


  1. I'm heading to Paris for a few days next month and this has definitely inspired me makeup wise, such a good post!

    Phoebe-Cate x

  2. My countenance will always be quite American haha, I think that's down to my freckles! But I've been really going for a fresher faced makeup look like this one, especially with Spring just around the corner!


    Lovely Notions

  3. This is such a nice lineup of products! Really want to try the LM primer and the NARS concealer.


  4. Cute post! You've got some lovely products there xx


  5. Lenka MoravcikovaMarch 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Such a nice post, it was funny and I feel more or less the same about French girls et madame:-) Even thou in my country it possible to buy La Roche Posay I do not have flawless complexion nevertheless I like to use make-up to look a bit more presentable for
    the world:-)


  6. Haha! That's so funny. I'll keep that in mind next time I throw on my face. (: xo

  7. Ah. merci; and I'm so jealous. xo

  8. Merci. The concealer especially is really good. xo

  9. Me too.... xo

  10. That's my philosophy--makeup is about boosting your confidence and enhancing your natural features, not throwing loads of mish mosh on your face. xo


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