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making faces :: light in august

william faulkner was onto something. there is a quality to light in august that makes it fundamentally different than in july. yes, it's still hot [pleasantly so in montreal for the most part in the last week or so], but where july is all bright summer sun and carefree days, august does contain just the slightest hint of the autumn to come. it gets dark just a little earlier and the sunlight acquires a gold tint rather than the bright, pure yellow of june and july. yes, the demise of summer is inevitable, but rather than being melancholy about it, i like to think of these first subtle changes as an opportunity to start edging towards fall faces [it's still much too warm to think about fall wardrobe choices]. since autumn is my favourite season in every way, including beauty and fashion, i'm always a little eager to get things underway.

so yesterday, which was actually a perfect late summer day here, i tried out a few things that definitely augur what's to come. interestingly, i don't find that the look is particularly heavy, despite the fact that the colours used [and the application] are darker than what i'd normally wear in summer. one of the few advantages of having hooded eyes is that you can actually sport a fair amount of colour that's only visible in flashes, so you tend not to look overdone. also, as i continue in my quest to determine my sci/art seasonal colour, i find that the seasons that are most likely "me"- bright winter, bright spring or dark winter- are all ones that can handle a fair amount of colour. while i was out and about wearing this, i found that when i caught glimpses of myself, the look was quite balanced and that my  face continued to look fresh as the day wore on.



in terms of seasonal placement, this look is pretty clearly a dark winter one. it's predominantly cool, with a bit of muddy warmth coming from the aubergine shade on my eyes and the blush i used. here's a quick breakdown:

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as a base, i used marcelle's beauty balm in "light/ medium" and lush colour supplement in "jackie oates". these are both staples in my summer arsenal and i love the combined coverage they give- not too heavy, but still enough to disguise any flaws. i also used nars radiant creamy concealer in "vanilla". i may never buy another concealer. as a primer on my lids, i always use mac paint pot in "painterly", although i don't always mention it in my blog posts.



on my eyes is a quintessential dark winter shadow duo from nars- "eurydice". it's a combination of a deep charcoal with multicoloured shimmer and a semi-matte deep aubergine purple with a few sparkles that aren't visible on the lids. both colours are dark and intense, the sort of shades that could overwhelm, although both of them blend out fairly well. [actually, the purple blends out almost too easily.] subtlety be damned, i applied the purple shade on the inner and outer parts of my lids with a damp brush. i just patted it right on and got two nice splotches of red-purple perfection, which i then blended towards each other, so that the colour was all over my lids, but noticeably softer in the middle. then i patted a bit of le metier de beaute "gamine" on the centre of my lids and blended that with the purple. i used the charcoal shade from "eurydice" on the outer angles of my eyes and into the outer half of my lid crease [and i tapped "gamine" just above the crease to soften the look] and applied it along my lash lines with a pencil brush. along my lower water lines, i used makeup forever's concealer pencil, which i adore because it brightens my eyes and keeps them from looking smudgy or tired. a couple of coats of yves st. laurent baby doll mascara and a sweep of a neutral highlighter shade [i used mac "next to nothing", which is a limited shade, but you can take your pick- i'd recommend avoiding anything too pink, there's a lot of pink in the shades already and you might end up looking bruised.] and we're done.



i'll be honest, this wasn't the fastest look to do, because you want to get the blending right. i ended up building the colour bit by bit to get the intensity i wanted and to get the balance of the shades right. i guess this is the sort of thing that you'd save for a night out, or just for when you have the time and the urge to play around a little.



the good news is that the rest of the look is pretty simple. i used nars "sin" a plum-berry shade with a reflective gold sheen that adds colour and a highlight. i find that this is a perfect autumn shade, because of the rich base colour and because it does give that burnished look of rich august sun. the nice thing is that it's perfectly appropriate for cool-toned skin, which a lot of autumn-ready blushes aren't. i dusted hourglass "diffused light" to give a slightly softer, but also brighter look.




on the lips, i have bite luminous creme lipstick in "barolo". this shade was axed, sadly, when bite revamped their line earlier this year, but there are a lot of similar shades [mac desire and nars "fast ride" leap to mind, although neither is an exact match]. i like the fact that it's a deep, rich colour, but isn't overwhelming or vampy, because it has some translucency. it can be built up to be deeper than what you see here, but while i wanted a rich plum colour, i wasn't going for an all-out cosmetic assault. just something to balance the eyes.



although it might seem a little sombre for summer, i really like how this look works on me. although bright season shades always photograph well, it's these darker looks that i find wear the best throughout the day [even though there will be some inevitable fading]. so while i will continue to enjoy summer in all its glory, i'm not going to feel badly as it begins to fade.

anyone else looking forward to fall?

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