Sheer & Sheeny

sheer and sheeny makeup

Raising the roof with another no-makeup, how-many-products-can-I-cut-it-down-till-it’s-zero no makeup look; yep, I’m doing it. I just can’t help myself. But after a peruse through the archives last week it’s never been clearer that I’m in the grips of a minimal makeup moment. Less is more and all that and right now I’m embracing the sheen more than ever – no powder in sight just glow-givers and a slick of that ol’ fave Lakme’s Skin Gloss Cream. It may just look like every other makeup I’ve snapped and clicked publish on *cough* it is *cough*, but there are some newer acquisitions in there which are really rather good. Hear me out…

To kick off proceedings, I worked the Lakme 9 to 5 Colour Transform Cream in Beige* down the centre of my face and areas of redness (read: everywhere), with my tips. The medium tinted, skin-like coverage and dewy finish it gives is fast causing it to climb my foundation ranks. Another new addition to the clan, Studiowest’s Pure Passion Radiance Blush in Pink Paradise pinched some colour into my cheeks. And man, have I fallen hard for this stuff. A powder textured injection of subtle colour that feels cool when striped onto the skin and blends in like you never even applied it. Weird but wonderful, and I’ll stop my rave for short for the fact it’s not available everywhere – sort it out Studiowest! A final nod to sheen was added with a patting of Revlon’s Photoready Skinlights across my cheekbones.

Instead of opting for bare lids, a wash of Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette or Studiowest’s Maya Crystal Eyeshadow in Goldmine – my current colour jams – here’s where the Lakme Skin Gloss Cream came in. I took a tiny tiny amount on my finger and smudged it all over my lids. This idea was partly birthed from the fact I’m suffering from some serious dry patches under brow and how I always spot this being deemed a multi-purpose shimmer-free highlighter but personally reserve it for moisturising duties. And you know what? I liked it. Sheenier than bare lids, but subtle and non-sticky. This new use for it may mean that I actually end up coming to the end of my never-ending tub. Lashes were crimped and curled with Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler and Colorbar Zoom & Whoosh Mascarastandard. To conclude lips were given a layer of Revlon’s Lip Gloss in Pearl Plum, the only gloss I’ve got time for bar the L’Oreal Paris’ Glam Shine Balmy Gloss.

BOOM… sheer and sheeny at your service. But here’s a snippet for you; after popping into Innisfree’s beauty master class with Namrata Soni at St. Regis last week, I was given a little dramatic lip juzch and I loved it so much I didn’t want to take it off. Deats coming soon.

*PR Sample