Like most teenagers, mascara was my first makeup item -clear at the time- as well as my favourite ally when it comes to looking awake and rested when nothing feels like it internally. With the years, however, I’ve started to notice something whenever I paired light makeup with mascara: without much coverage and without much brows, my mascara looks too harsh, thick and black -or brown-. Instead of flattering my eyes, it makes them look darker and almost highlights their redness as well as the dark circles under them. I’ve started by applying a lot less on my lashes, and, a few months ago, just kept my mascaras out of reach whenever my picks were all about sheer, invisible makeup, therefore building a makeup look which I’ve learnt to appreciate.
It all begins with a light coverage, a base as invisible as makeup can be: for me, it goes hand in hand with cushion foundations, with a preference for the dewy or glowy ones. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation -SPF 25 / PA+++- is a lovely mix of luminosity, silkiness and sheerness, a perfect mix which can however be replaced by the L’oréal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation if a little bit more coverage and a more affordable option is needed. As foundations and concealers go hand in hand, the latter has to be luminous and hydrating as well. I like to reach for the Glossier Stretch Concealer. Super creamy, it keeps the delicate under eye area highly hydrated and prevents any ugly and uncomfortable dryness. If the brows are kept very simple, the cheeks require a little bit of dimension, just to make up for the lack of it around the eyes. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder -in Light– is still my favourite, only the difference between the cheeks with and without it can disclose the trick, the powder itself is undetectable. After a little bit of matte dimension, it never hurts to balance things out with a little bit of luminosity. Because it is my latest makeup purchase, I currently love using the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal –only Lightning Dust, the left side, for this natural look-. Blended above the Kevyn Aucoin Powder, it creates the most beautiful, healthy yet sculpted, cheeks. The final touch is the lip balm, on the lips and … the lashes -the Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pot is my current favourite-: after a quick use of the eyelash curler, it lightly darkens the blond ends of the lashes and holds a discrete, natural curl for at least the next couple of hours, a longevity which conveniently matches the staying power of a lip balm on the lips…
The final look is amongst my favourites: it looks put together, but nobody -myself included- can quite point out why or which feature is responsible for it and I’ve got so many compliments on it that it makes me rethink wearing mascara at all, well, not really because this sentence alone scares me!