Makeup Wars is tackling Valentine’s Day. Makeup Wars is such a special post for me because it’s a shared post between some bloggers I deeply admire. Today 11 of the “warriors” are showing you their favorites for a Valentine’s Day look. I debated and debated about what to wear for this post and then again on Valentine’s Day and decided to go with my latest Le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscope. (It’s not the newest one available, that’s Bauhaus.) Nouvelle Vague spoke to me for a very long time but I kept resisting buying it until one day when Josie (aka Joey Bunny) called me from Bergdorf Goodman about a special gift with purchase – my 3 favorite words!! Once she put that into my mind I couldn’t get it out of it so with many discussions between us I decided to give into the Nouvelle Vague lemming and added in a gloss in Cannes to get closer to my gift. Thus began my Valentine’s face of the day.
Nouveau Vague is housed in a beautiful silver kaleidoscope and has 4 shades that work together delightfully as well as apart. For years I barely wore anything other than the shades in it so it’s nice to go back and revisit some favorite types of color. If you notice cinema words in the descriptions it’s because when it was put together it was considered to be a Film Noir look by its creator, Mickey Castillo.
The top shade is Nouvelle described as a sheer mink negative. I’m not so sure what’s negative about it because I can only come up with positives. To me it’s a peachy pink that absolutely glows. It’s gorgeous not just for this quartet but as a highlight or lid shade.
The second shade is Gamine “satin pink celluloid”. Gamine is a true pink with a satin finish. The pigmentation on Gamine is the best in this set.
Third shade is named Icon and is considered a silky matte Parisian Mauve. When I first swatched it I saw a lot of the lilac that makes up this mauve. It’s unlike most mattes in its wonderful texture.
On the bottom is Fin, a smoldering black carbon. I’ve tried a lot of black shadows but nothing beats the blackness of Fin. It’s pretty amazing. I have to use a softer brush like the MAC 217 or it obliterates my eye. It’s a fabulous deep dark black but watch for fallout. I love this shade but I make sure I have nothing else on my face and lots of eye makeup remover nearby when I first use it.
I used the palette from bottom to top for this look. As black as Fin was at first it became this gorgeous shade with the three others layered on top.
Once I had my eye picked out I chose my lip since I had bought the Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Cannes at the same time. I wanted a soft lip since I knew I was going to be wearing a well defined eye. Cannes is a very soft pink with subtle shimmer. I also have Cannes Colour Core Moisture Stain lipstick so I can couple them if I want for a more in-depth lip look.
Next was blush. I wanted to stay with LMdB but I absolutely can’t find my pink Crème Fresh tints but I’ll be looking for Mystique for V Day. Instead I pulled out the beautiful Stila Love at First Blush since it has HEARTS on it. I still love this even a whole year later!! This has great pinks for my Valentine’s look.
Now I’d love to carry out the pink theme even more but I always wear red nails on Valentine’s Day and this year won’t be an exception. I’m wearing Ozotic 621 which is a red that will stop traffic. Llarowe, where I bought it, describes it as “red sparkle high impact holographic nail polish”. While I thought it was shimmery at first I’ve since realized that it reminds me of sparkle being suspended between two sheer jelly-like layers. The polish isn’t sheer, as a matter of fact I could have gotten away with 1 coat, it’s that rich. Red polish on Valentine’s Day is a look that I’ve worn for the last 25 years and hope to continue forever more.
So there you have it – soft colors with a definite edge and a hopefully happy Valentine’s Day for all. Please join my fellow Makeup War bloggers by clicking on their links to see how they’ve interpreted the Valentine’s Day mission. You don’t want to miss the fun, nor do I!! — Marcia
(You can reach Josie at Josie Plumey at 212-872-8612, firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase Le Metier de Beaute and other needs from Bergdorf Goodman. Ozotics 621 is available at llarowe.com)