Anyway, over the weekend I had an appointment to get my makeup done at the Union Square Macy's Laura Mercier counter in San Francisco. It was such a treat because I'm the one typically doing makeup for others, so it was nice to finally have my face done instead. I could just sit back and relax (which was nice because of my busy schedule) and talk to the other makeup artists about their techniques. The lovely and talented Ya-ya Opler did my makeup. She went with something very editorial and in for the fall season, a heavy eye with an inverted crease pared with pink cheeks and lips. She did such a brilliant job, I felt like a celebrity all dolled up for my day in the city. Also, I loved watching her work because I always get a kick out of learning from other artists. It gives me a fresh perspective. One trick that I picked up from Ya-ya was to contour with blush around the temples if the look has a cool palette. I've never done that before, so I'm definitely going to add that to my bag of tricks.
Wearing Laura MercierLaura Mercier is a brand that I've been wanted to try for a very long time, because I've heard good things about their products from other professionals. Specifically the foundation. The Oil Free Foundation is absolutely amazing; I'm so impressed by it from an artistic standpoint. I would switch over in a heartbeat if it wasn't for some of the ingredients. It unfortunately has a lot of harmful chemicals in it. But even my Bare Escentuals foundation isn't perfect.
I'm wearing: Primer, Oil Free Foundation in Blush Ivory, Secret Concealer, Secret Brightening Powder, Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sapphire, Matte Eye Colour in Fresco, Eye Pencil in Black Extreme, Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara, and for the life of me I can't remember the lip and cheek products.
Here are the links if you're interested in the ingredients:
So yup, wearing no makeup at all would be ideal for the skin, but I can't see myself doing that. As a freelancer I'm lucky that I don't have to wear it everyday and when I do it's only for a few hours. Perhaps I shall pick up some Laura Mercier for the rare special occasions.