Update on Make Up

I wanted to give you all an update on the make up session I had Monday. Though I knew I definitely wanted to try the pink/plum smokey look, I was very open to trying a different color as well. Ren and I decided to try 1 look on one eye and a different one on the other.

What was the "different' one? .... A gold-smokey look!!

Because my skin tones carry a more rose, pink, and peach hue -- we found that my eye lid color looked too much like my skin color when trying the plums/pinks out. As a result, the plum contour (meaning the darker color where the crease of my eye is), ended up being really contrasting and almost too dark. However, Ren ended up bumping up the intensity of the eyelid color so it would stand out from my skin pigment, and it started to look really good.

How did the golden eye look? Imagine something like this:

Not as intense as Ms. Lewis:

But my lashes and eye liner were definitely prominent:

Ironically, though I'm not hardly "golden" right now (HELLO Atlanta, could we have some sun on the weekend when I'm not out of town?!) -- the golden tone looked good on me! By May 23rd, I should have some summer glow (though I WILL be careful not to over do it or Ren will kill me :).

What's even better is that the "shimmer" on the gold didn't look glittery. It was more... icy? Then Ren added some highlights to the top of my cheeks (like Lauren's pic up there ^), and instead of blush we used a bronzer. I have a round face and this really gave my face a nice, slim, angled look.

I was really happy with the overall look because it made my eyes bright and alive, yet I didn't feel like I was wearing costume makeup. Unfortunately due to the winter, my skin is really dry and the concealer made me feel like it stood out even more. I'm trying to drink as much water as possible because I hate dry skin. To make matters worst, I tend to shine REALLY easily (I realized this on Monday) in my forehead and cheeks, so it's a predicament of soaking up the shine, but not drying out my skin =\

Currently I use Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. I looooove it, so I can't figure out if it's my face wash, lack of water (though I almost only drink water everyday), the weather, or ...? Any recommendations on gentle face washes? I'm trying Jan Marini but I have a sad feeling it's too strong on my face and could make the dryness worst.

And last... I leave with you with a tutorial of how to get this look! When I tried to find pictures, I saw that this look works great on many different skin tones. I enjoyed this tutorial and it's very similar to my bridal look. A big difference is the lid color she uses is more "coppery" and mine is a lighter, golden color.

Your thoughts? And what face wash do you use?