Sunday, January 9, 2011

LUX Beauty Bag: Au Naturel

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents LUX Beauty Bag: Au Naturel.

Recently, the face of beauty has changed.  In the past, it was all about caked on faces covering the tiniest of imperfections.  Nowadays, it’s all about embracing a natural glow that pays homage to prettiness in its most supple form.  The goal is to give an “I’m-not-trying-too-hard” vibe while still looking gorgeous. Keeping things natural is the best way to achieve that.

From sun-kissed cheeks to subtle lip wear, here at LadyLux, au naturel is taken to heart as we opt for appearances that tackle a “fresh-faced” aesthetic.  Due to this, we bring you seven luxurious products that are multi-functional, quick in application, and most importantly, natural in appearance. Overall, they aim to create looks that embrace true beauty on the barest of palettes.

1. Touche Eclat Radiant Touch by Yves Saint Laurent
Start off your makeup routine with Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch to cover slight imperfections.  It’s a luminizing pen that attracts light and leaves you looking instantly rejuvenated. Apply it under tired-looking eyes for a sudden pick me up, or smooth some over sudden breakouts.  With this concealer at hand, the need for foundation will be left in the dust.  All you’ll need is a twist of YSL’s magic wand and it’s bare faced at its finest.

2. Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier
Tinted moisturizer is an absolute godsend.  This lightweight option is a great alternative to foundation.  Although foundations do a great job at covering flaws, that’s all they’re good for. Otherwise they’re oily, heavy and easily transferable. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer has dual capability. Not only can it be used as coverage, but it can also moisturize and brighten, leaving your skin completely glowing.  For this product, a little goes a long way and it’s easily applicable.  Simply squeeze out a dime-sized drop and use your fingers to apply it onto your face.  Being natural is all about looking barefaced, and with a tinted moisturizer, your face will easily manifest an au naturel existence.

3. Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer by NARS
For a quintessential glow that is naturally beautiful, try out this blush and bronzer duo by NARS.  The subtle peachy-pink shimmer of the blush is paired wonderfully with the bronzer’s light brown shimmer, and creates a universally flattering shade bound to provide an organic flush.  How can one achieve a natural look using this combo?  Dust Orgasm blush over the apples of the cheeks and then finish with a sweep of the Laguna bronzer.  They’re wonderful in color but translucent enough to pile on and appear natural.

4. 5 Colour Designer Eyeshadows in Amber Design by Dior

After applying tinted moisturizer onto your face, accentuate your eyes. This will take your natural look up a notch. However, keep in mind that the goal is to stay natural.  Therefore, stray away from bright colors and dark shadows. Instead stick to your complexion and use neutral browns and golds, like Dior’s 5 Colour Designer Eyeshadow compact in Amber.  This is a perfect all-in-one eye palette that contains a creamy base, an iridescent eyeshadow, and a matte eyeliner. In order to achieve a natural face, take a brush and simply sweep the eyeshadow across your lid.  Add a bit of shimmer to the corner of your eyes to open them up. Then top them off with a thin application of eyeliner.  Keep in mind that when applying the eyeliner, to stick as close to the lashes as possible. We want to make your eyes stand out—not drown them in thick-rimmed charcoal.

5. Brow Zings by Benefit
The key to looking naturally gorgeous is to frame your eyes under beautifully defined brows. Benefit’s Brow Zings are perfect for filling in sparse spots and keeping brows natural.  It contains a soft, pigmented wax perfect for color as well as a color complementing setting powder and tweezers to help keep stray hairs in tact.  The best part about this product is that it refrains from creating penciled-in arches.  Instead, it has brows looking naturally dramatic for hours!  This is especially important when you plan on channeling Brooke Shields for the rest of the evening.

6. Makeup Lasting Lift Mascara by Shiseido
Nothing looks more natural than a pair of long, thick and beautifully curled lashes. They instantly scream femininity without doing too much.  To achieve this, top your eyes off with two or more coats of mascara.  It’s preferable that you opt for a tube built with multi-functional capabilities, then you won’t have to reach for the primer before thickening the coat.  Makeup Lasting Lift Mascara by Shiseido is a great multi-functional product.  Aside from lifting lashes to unimaginable heights, it provides lash definition, maximum curl, super volume, and a feather-light finish.  It’s also waterproof, oil-proof and sweat proof!  Lashes will feel clean and beautiful all day long.

7. Private Blend Color Lipstick by Tom Ford
Finish off your natural look with a touch of either nude or mauve lipstick. Stray away from bright colors, such as reds and oranges.  Although both are makeup favorites, the aim is to appear natural and not made up.  Try Tom Ford’s Private Blend Color Lipstick in Pink Dusk and Warm Sable. It’s a luxurious stick.  The nude and mauve colors are so appealing and perfect for imitating a natural pout.

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