I am and have always been a big beauty nerd. Since I’m a little girl, I’ve been stealing my mom’s make-up. At first, I didn’t really get what it was for, so I started eating the lipstick tubes and lip glosses (I mean common… when the lipstick is strawberry flavored it can be very confusing for a 3 year old), until I realized when I was something like 4 that it was actually made for painting all over the walls… Luckily it got to me one day that I could use it one my face which would become a blank canvas, a beautiful blank piece of paper ready to welcome new exciting colors. Of course at the time I wasn’t really light handed and I would paint myself a big red lip going from one cheek to another… But oh well, we all go through that, unfortunately my parents always made sure to capture it on camera so that we never forget it.
When I got older, I started saving up money to buy some of those fancy pots of eye liner and little mysterious boxes of glittery eye shadows which I would admire for hours. I’d dispose them nicely on a shelf in my room for everyone to see those new precious gems I acquired. Late at night, after school, I’d put music on and reinvent myself as a performer, on stage, with bright red lips and cat eyes. The make-up of a warrior, the colors of a beautiful artist. Eventually I’d take everything off and go to bed to dream further on.
To this day, my passion for make-up hasn’t gone. I collect lipsticks and admire every little jar as if it was a precious color in my aquarelle. For such a long time, tribus have been using make-up as a belonging symbol. Soldiers have been painting red strikes under their eyes to look more agressive and provoke fear in the eyes of the enemy. Music artists like Kiss created a whole character thanks to their make-up.
I believe make-up is our modern warrior attire, expressed so elegantly through thin lines of shimmer and glossy colors. It makes us somehow feel stronger and becomes one with our personalities. Each woman has it’s favorite colors, I for example have such a hard time leaving the house without grabbing my favorite lipstick with. Once I have it on, I feel like a fresh person. This little touch of color brings so much happiness to my day. I enjoy taking it out of my purse, this clever little stick of color, and putting it on while getting a glimpse it’s delicious fragrance. Having it on, just makes me feel so confident and ready for it all.
It’s not that I’m not confident without make-up, but I do feel different. I love the natural look, I’m all about embracing natural beauty. Again, nothing will compete with confidence or a happy smile, not even the best mascara. But I somehow feel more vulnerable without it. My face is unprotected, and I feel naked. Just like I would feel without any clothes on. I go through the same process of choosing shades and textures when I do my make-up than when I choose my clothes. It’s all about finding the right thing for YOU, what’s going to flatter you the most while creating perfect harmony between shapes and hues. I do now have a routine of course, and I love my daily cat eye SO much, but from time to time I love to experience new colors and see my face like I’ve never seen it before.
I had such a pleasure to make my own interpretation of Dior’s latest make-up products. Dior has always been one of my absolutely favorite make-up labels. I can relate to it so much (I always felt like a Miss Dior chérie somehow!!!) and I can’t be more in love with all these bright colors. For me, the Dior woman is bold, confident, colorful, romantic yet so modern and powerful at the same time. She’s not afraid of wearing extravagant colors, but she’s always chic, healthy and fresh.
I feel like this make-up look is perfect for spring/summer and if having both lips and eyes very bright and colorful feels like it’s a little too much, then you can easily pull off just one of them. This look is super easy to achieve, it took me just around 15 minutes to get it done so let’s get started!
I love the idea of having just a thin line of blue eye shadow above the lash line. If you have blue eyes, it’ll definitely accentuate the color. I used Dior’s soon to be released 5 color palette called “Atlantique” from their Summer Transat collection (giving out the information early on guys, so make sure to swing by the Dior counter early enough to spot when it comes out! this collection is just in-cre-di-ble). For the face, I simply used some concealer to cover up and highlight then followed up with some Dior Skin Nude Rose Powder (or try this one), to give my skin this soft dewy effect. There goes the Diorskin Nude Tan Matte bronzer to create some dimension to my cheeks and the upcoming Diorskin Transat edition shimmery highlighter to give a little healthy fresh glow. I used it on the tip of my nose, top of my cheekbones and above the cupid’s bow. To end the look, I used the new “it” product, the fluid stick in color “Wonderland”.
Now get your brushes ready and have fun experimenting with your own, wonderful and beautiful blank canvas :)
DRESS : BCBG Maxazria
NECKLACE : Patricia Chang NY
LINGERIE : Stella McCartney