Not only has 2013 been a lipstick revival, it has been a year to reassess my entire makeup situation. For the longest time, I mean years, I have been wearing the same daily combo. Something like Stila Kitten eyeshadow and mascara – my current fave is Benefit They’re Real ($22). And that’s it. I definitely spruced it up for a night out, but that had been status quo for my everyday look. Pretty boring.
Being single has definitely provided motivation to kick up my appearance a few notches. I have invested in my wardrobe and felt it only natural to evolve my makeup as well. Enter Laura Mercier. I was going to a birthday party this past summer, had just gotten my haircut and had a fantastic blow out going on. What better way to round out the look than getting my makeup done! I stopped by Nordstrom and fortuitously ended up at the Laura Mercier counter. This was literally the best makeup job I have ever gotten. I felt so pretty, but not overdone, my skin looked great, I loved the way it wore over the course of the night. I ended up going back, a few times, and completely revamping my makeup routine, so now I have a bunch of looks for day or night. Love, love, love these products.
Face – Laura Mercier believes that every woman can achieve an even, smooth, natural complexion by following these 4 simple steps: Prime the Skin, Apply Foundation (or tinted moisturizer), Conceal, Set with Powder. I don’t do everything every day, but I do use the following 4 products together for special occasions and love the way my skin looks, and I promise, it’s not heavy or makeup-y. For everyday, I use the illuminator most frequently, sometimes starting with tinted moisturizer.
- Radiance Foundation Primer ($19.50)
- Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque ($43)
- Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in Wheat ($45)
- Illuminator in Spellbound ($45) – this was a Fall 2013 exclusive, all gone now
- Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine ($25)
- Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Bleu Marine ($23) with the Flat Eyeliner brush ($25) – I cannot say enough about tightlining. You wet the flat brush with water and make the eyeshadow into a cream, then stamp into your lash line. It isn’t as dramatic as eyeliner, but it makes a huge difference in the way your eyes look. I was intimidated by tightlining, but my Laura Mercier artist convinced me it was easy. Now that I know how to do it, she is right! I have added this into my daily routine and love the way it looks, my look doesn’t feel complete without it.
- Caviar Stick in Steel, Amethyst, Sand Glow ($26) – these creamy eyeshadow sticks are amazing. The color is deep and more concentrated than powder eye shadow. I apply the stick and smudge with my finger. Love.
- Matte Eye Shadow in Fresco ($23) – this shadow goes with all of my caviar sticks, I use it to blend the color in.
- Satin Matte Eye Color in Dark Spirit ($23) – if I want to go smoky, I use this powder above my eyeliner.
- Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper ($22) – great alternative to black or grey right now.
- Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color in Mink, Mod, and Myth ($24) – these little guys are perfect for daytime wear, more of a matte color than super creamy, but stays on all day and truly does feel weightless
- Crème Smooth Lip Color in Merlot ($26) – I really wanted to get a deep wine color as a bold alternative to the reds I’ve been wearing. This color is fantastic.
Take a trip to Nordstrom and get your makeup done at Laura Mercier (look for Alicia in Bellevue or Downtown, she is the best). They do it for free, you will love the results, and maybe shake up your makeup routine too!
PS – I certainly still have other stuff in my arsenal, but today is about Laura.
- Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer (thebeautyreviewblog.wordpress.com)
- Laura Mercier > Foundation Primer & Tinted Moisturizer (Oil Free) (vignette89.wordpress.com)