|how about a kiss honey?|
i sort of wish that the weather wasn't so disagreeable, because low light and long nights are great conditions in which to show off pearly skin and deep lips, a look i prefer as a matter of course. but i suppose there's still lots of that left given that daylight savings doesn't kick in for a month and the sun stays mostly hidden until about the middle of march. and sometimes we get a bit of a thaw in february, which can be nice but also kind of a tease.
what i've been reaching for in my cabinet of pretties [actually dresser drawers] this month basically fits with what i mentioned above- highlighters to diffuse that wintry dullness, lips in shades of berry, plum and dark purple and, so as not to overbalance, a lot of neutrals and greys on the lids.
SEE SOME FAVOURITES & PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK
one thing i've gone back to repeatedly this month is my vintage grape blush ombre. it adds some colour [a little or a lot, depending on how you build it up] and gives a nice, plummy contour that helps give my rather pallid face some dimension ["hey! i have cheekbones!"] and a little colour [that plays nicely with my preferred lip shades].
i've also been pulling out mac's lightscapade, the cult-y highlighter that gives me that radiant, silent film star glow and play it proper, another winning highlighter from mac that ads an icy pink sheen just perfect for us ice queens. play it proper was a limited edition release early last year, but believe it or not, it's still available on the canadian mac web site. or, if you can't access it there, you can hold tight for a little while, because it's due to be re-released in march, well before tanning sets in.
and, of course, there's my new love edward bess, who brought me to the south of france.
|january kate #1: excited about the weather!|
in fact, about the only colours i've reached for with any regularity when it comes to decorating my lids have been more muted purples and plum shades like circa plum and a new friend i've made. i'll make a more formal introduction to her in a later post.
i can't hide how much i've been relishing dark plums, purples and cool reds. as much as some find the look too stark or too goth for their tastes, i have always loved the contrast of dark lips and light skin. i suppose you could say that it balances the hair, but the truth is, i wore that same look when i was super-blonde as well.
i have a lot of favourites in this range, but a couple i've been turning to lately have been armani's sexily named "604" and "609". the former is a rich purple that is part of their permanent collection. the second is a vampy plum that was released late last year in a limited edition. i'll have more to say on that particular shade, and on armani, in a forthcoming post, but in case i've been too subtle, i adore basically everything i've seen from this brand in the last year or so.
|january kate #2- eager to go outside!|
other glosses i've found that suit my mood and the needs of my aching lips are armani's "603" gloss [again, more on that coming soon] and another mac favourite "cult of cherry" [which is actually quite an intense pop of red for a gloss.
fyi- the image of the "old lady" above is not actually me without makeup, but a photograph taken by lloyd n. phillips as part of a series inspired by mussorgsky's "pictures at an exhibition". you can see more of his work here.