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making faces :: festival favourites

while i know i'll never have the most intricate or intense makeup at kinetik, the beauty fiend in me does like to take the opportunity to play around with some looks that are a bit more dramatic than what i might normally sport. since i was in attendance for much longer hours than usual this year, i also needed to find things that were going to stand up to six to eight hours of wear in a hot, sweaty environment. so in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation, i figured i'd share what i learned this weekend.

first of all, nothing will educate you faster on the miracle of eye shadow primer than attending a music festival. mine ran out, which meant that i got to deal with some really tragic creasing even when i thought i was using products that were crease-resistant [i guess they can't resist the beats]. my lids are a bit oily at the best of times. put me in a foetid swamp of human flesh and things can get pretty squishy south of my brows. i've promised myself i'm not going to run out ever again.

happily, i did manage to find quite a few things that stood up very well. better, in fact, than i would have anticipated. here they are, by location...

face :: i figured that i was just living in fairy land putting on foundation. after all, it's the thing that's the most susceptible to sweat and can end up looking streaky and uneven after a night out, to say nothing of how it can settle in pores. but quite by chance, i happened upon a magic combination.

team kinetik
1. marcelle beauty balm, a tinted moisturiser that evens skin tone, reduces the appearance of fine lines and works as a base for makeup. i've been trying this out lately and have been really impressed. it does give a very natural light coverage and it's moisturising enough on me in warm weather that i don't need to layer it over another product. smooth it on and go. i didn't find it was quite as effective over sunscreen, which is a bit of a drag, but perhaps they'll come out with an spf version. it's only available in two shades [their web site has three, but i haven't seen the third in stores yet] and the lighter shade still appears well too dark for me. it blends out quite well, so the difference isn't huge, but i still felt it needed something else to lighten it a bit, which lead to...

2. lush colour supplement in jackie oates, a light-coverage tinted cream that lush came out with last year. you can read my original review here, but let's just say that i find it difficult to fork over the big bucks for tinted mositurisers when this little darling is so damn cheap. applying it over the beauty balm makes it somewhat less slick on my skin, so while it's still easy to blend, you can feel that it sets more than on its own. of course, with two fairly moisturising products, you'll be prone to shininess, especially in hot spaces, in which case it would be good to try...

3. marcelle pressed powder, a translucent powder that gives a little colour, but mostly just perfects a look by producing a slightly satiny finish, while blocking shine. i like applying it with a big fluffy brush just to set everything in place, although the pad included would be fine for touch-ups, assuming you had to make any, which i pretty much didn't- even after filming at the front of the room.

i was shocked every time i saw my face in the ladies' room mirror, because that combination just didn't budge. i might have done one or two touch ups in four nights and even then, it was just powdering my nose a little. and what's really incredible is that, while it was three layers of product, the result looked and felt incredibly light and natural. i saw people with much heavier makeup than i who were in far worse shape.

of course, to give myself a little of that ethereal inner glow, i also made use of edward bess' quad royale in "south of france". i reviewed it originally here and i still find it's one of the most often used items in my collection. because it can function as blush, highlighter or both, it's incredibly versatile and the luminous finish it gives is just to die for.

eyes :: well, the two obvious looks to try out, in different ways, were brilliant colours and heavily smoky, since both of those really call for a bit of an occasion.

for the former, i always fall back on mac pigments, because they can be built to an almost criminal intensity and blended to create a very polished look in minutes. specifically, i try out the aptly named pink opal and bright fuchsia. the former is a pearly white with a distinct pink sheen, while the latter is... really bright fuchsia with a satiny finish. you need almost nothing from bright fuchsia to get a real blast of colour. pink opal is a bit sheerer, but builds up nicely and, as a bonus, works really well as a highlighter.

as far as smoky eyes are concerned, i always return to mac's "blackground" paint pot, because it makes such a great base for these looks. it a very deep charcoal with multi-coloured shimmer rather than a true black, which means it adds dimension as well as depth. and, of course, there's nars' night clubbing, a rich black suffused with gold shimmer that is the perfect smoky-eyed tool. [does "smoky-eyed tool" sound like it should be a song title to anyone? just me?]

and finally, there was the issue of lips. this is definitely something that will be decided by the user's personal taste, but i did think i hit a nice cross-section of colours and formulas.

bite barolo, mac milan mode, armani 404, mac isis
i'll be reviewing bite lipsticks in the near future, but i'll give you a heads' up that i just love the richness of their luminous creme lipsticks, like the deep, semi-sheer grape "barolo". mac's "milan mode" is one of the permanent shades that originally came from their "euristocrats" collection, almost all of which are pretty remarkable for their translucent-but-rich pigment, in this case a bright pink with a lot of silver-white sparkle. rouge d'armani 404 is a knockout. it's got all the goodness of the rda formula, but it seems like it's been cranked up for this limited edition [holday 2010] semi-metallic cardinal red. be prepared to exfoliate your lips to get rid of this one. mine were still stained when i woke up the next morning, despite vigourous scrubbing. and finally, perfect for that smoky eye with an edge, we have mac's isis. it's a
bite barolo, mac milan mode, armani 404, mac isis
frost, but it doesn't ever have that dried look that frosts can give. it's quite possibly the most hydrating frost-finish lipstick in history. unfortunately, history is generally where it remains. i only pull this one out on special occasions, because it's long been discontinued from the permanent mac line. a light taupe base packed with silver shimmer and a hint of green, it's shockingly wearable and, interestingly, holds up for hours more than mac's recent lipstick releases. just sayin'.

i'd love to share some close-up looks at what i did with my face over the last few days, but unfortunately i never did manage to get good images. you'll just have to take my word for it: this stuff is a festival-going girl's best friend.

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