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making faces :: festive face

this is just a quick post to share my highly official christmas face with all of you. as usual, we spent the day itself with dominic's family, which was its usual combination of tasty and fun. i don't do anything spectacular for the occasion [i'm not sure how my in-laws would react if i showed up looking like an extra from cirque du soleil], but i do at least try to mark the day by pulling together a family-event-appropriate look. this year, i went with the time-honoured classic of neutral eyes and red lips, which may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it's classic for a reason.

the other reason that i wanted to try out tom ford's "something wild" lipstick, a new shade that's been added to the permanent lineup of colours he has available. there are several new colours, several of which were interesting to me, but "something wild" qualified as a must have because it's named after the movie that dom and i watched on our very first date. it's a film by jonathan demme [who also directed stop making sense and the silence of the lambs], a quirky little gem that's only now getting the respect that it deserves. it was given the fancy-schmancy treatment with a dvd/ blu-ray reissue on criterion, arbiters of all things classy in the film world. [at least i'm assuming that this is what the lipstick is named for, and not the 1961 rape-revenge drama with the same title.]

the bottom line is that i wanted an occasion to take "something wild" out for a spin and a holiday dinner with his family seemed like the right one.

the shade is a gorgeous warm coral-red with very delicate gold shimmer in its depths. it doesn't read as a frosted colour, but there is a pearl-like finish thanks to the shimmer content. it's in the red family, but it's definitely muted, so it's appropriate for wear at a conservative office or a family get-together. it reminds me of guerlain rouge g "grenade", which seems like the cool-toned version of this colour. they won't look similar, but both are softer reds with a pearly look that makes lips appear smoother and fuller.

in terms of the formula, i feel like tom ford lipsticks get more hydrating every time i try one. this one was really pleasant to apply and wear and went on perfectly even despite feeling very emollient. the one problem i encountered was that there was feathering after a few hours of wear, so if you're eating or drinking, you'll want to clean your lipstick off entirely and make sure your lips are dry and clear of any residual oil before reapplying. of course, you could also get around this by wearing a lip liner. i can't imagine that there's one around that would be a really good match, but urban decay has a clear one that's good for everything. [urban decay and bite also have lip priming products that can help with feathering.]

i picked out a few favourites to go with the lipstick, so here's the complete look:




the base ::
hourglass mineral veil primer
nars smudgeproof eyeshadow base
urban decay naked skin foundation "1.0"
diorskin nude concealer "01"
guerlain pressed meteorites "clair"

the eyes ::
rouge bunny rouge e/s "rain dove"
rouge bunny rouge e/s "rufous-tailed weaver"
rouge bunny rouge e/s "umber firefinch"
armani eye tint "rose ashes"
nars eye paint "baalbek"
yvs st. laurent effet faux cils baby doll mascara
makeup forever concealer pencil

the cheeks ::
charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow "light/ medium"
armani cheek fabric blush 509 "eccentrico"

the lips ::
tom ford lipstick "something wild"

looking at that list, i realise that i never got around to reviewing nars' eye paints, mostly because i didn't buy any until well after they launched. i honestly use them pretty much exclusively as liners, but i'd consider them worth the investment even if i never get around to trying them as cream shadows. "baalbek" is particularly stunning, a deep, shimmery antique gold kind of colour.

i also never reviewed the guerlain pressed meteorites, which were introduced with their spring collection this year. they are actually my first experience with meteorites at all, since the regular little balls just seem to be tempting fate with the cats around. i like the effect, but i find that it's a very narrow window between "makes no difference" and "i look like something out of the 17th century". i could say that it's a technique that i need to perfect, but i've been playing around with the product for a while and it seems like it shouldn't take me this long to get the hang of it.

that said, this is an example of a successful application, where it gives my skin a nice, healthy finish, but isn't immediately visible.

as many of you have probably noted, i'm a little awkward with the holidays. there are things that i really enjoy [food and cooking, the more traditional or restrained decorations, the emphasis on kindness and giving], but a lot of the louder, more public things [the music, the phony sentiment, the pressure to spend] are unbearable. i'd much rather mark them quietly, with good food and company, by dressing up just a little and taking a bit more care than usual to look good for the occasion.

hope you've all been able to maximize the things that you enjoy about this time of year and to minimize those which cause stress. 

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