Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Primrose & Proper

Salut mes amis,

Happy Wednesday and may all your tasks be completed smoothly and swiftly. I say that because I have a week full of responsibilities lined up for myself, so I want to take today by storm. Sometimes, writing it out or saying it out loud helps me with my procrastination :)) Anyway, my post of the day is featuring my second installment of using non-Urban Decay cosmetics and is dedicated to the one and only Clinique. This brand is very near and dear to my heart as it was one of the very first makeup brands I ever experimented with. My mom used to get those free gifts and pass them over to me and thinking about that makes me smile from ear to ear :D
Read more for reviews, descriptions, pix and lipstick tips :)

My favorite type of makeup for every day is simple, clean, happy and fresh. I love pairing muted pinks with soft browns and nudes as well as giving the overall look a shimmery youthful glow and a barely there lippie. This type of makeup can be achieved easily using any of Clinique's eyeshadow quads. The shadows are expertly designed to be very wearable and universally flattering.
I've had this quad for quite some time, so I'm assuming this eyeshadow combo has since been discontinued, however, if you like any of these colors, they're all available individually. Here are the swatches and the names of the shadows (in the same order as they appear in the quad). My favorite eyeshadow out of the four is lucky penny because it's very pigmented and has a super shimmer finish. In the look I'm wearing, I used lucky penny on my lid, brown shade in the outer "v" and disco pink in the crease. Sugar sugar is the least pigmented and works better as a highlighter on the cheekbones rather than an eyeshadow, and I used it precisely as such :) Now, on to my lip color and some very important lip tips! 

Revlon super lustrous lipstick in Primrose is a stunning lip color, though I don't see it as universally flattering. Primrose is a creme finish pale mauve lipstick and would look best on light skin with olive or yellow undertones. I topped the lipstick with clear gloss in order to make it work for me, otherwise it was way too pale for a bright sunny day and made me look like I had no mouth at all. As you can see in the swatch above, the color is lighter than my skin, which can be a bit tricky to wear. Be careful when choosing pale lip shades, they can work both ways--some can make you look fresh and youthful while others can make you appear sickly and malnourished. 
Keep in mind the lighting: the same lipstick will look look darker, lighter, pinker and/or more/less flattering depending on the time of day and weather conditions i. e. overcast, rain, sun, etc. Here's an example of Primrose on a gloomy, rainy day and personally, I find it more flattering.
here it is again topped with clear gloss on a very hot and bright day
Let me know how you make tricky lipsticks work for you, sharing is caring :))


Maryam Maquillage


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