Here's my pic from when I got back home after eating and drinking the whole day - the "dark lipstick" didn't survive the pizza, milkshake, loads of water, and the auto ride home :) My camera was very uncooperative in the store and the lighting really didn't help the cause much.
And the products I got to try:
Top Secrets Unifying Protecting Primer - SPF 25 - Rs. 3050 oily skin girls can use this directly without a moisturizer. Keeps skin moisturized while ensuring optimal oil control. Gives a smooth base for the rest of the makeup to go on. Has a good SPF content. This is an exclusive to Asia product (I think).
Touche Eclat - Radiant Touch #8 (a more recently launched shade - is good for yellow undertones) - Rs. 2130
Charmaine says - Since I have deep-set eyes with some serious dark circles, use the concealer to first cut down on the intensity of the dark circles. Then use the Touche Eclat in areas which are more deep-set to bring in some light. Used on its own, the Touche Eclat can make my under-eye area a bit ashy, though this new shade (#8) has more yellow in it.
Complexion Enhancer #4 - Rs. 2250 is an oil-free foundation that gives a very light weight coverage. I am currently using the YSL Teint Radiance foundation, which gives a little more coverage without looking heavy at all, but this might be a better option for a lighter or a more warmer day use.
Quadrilumieres #4 - Rs. 2700. Since I wanted to try a darker lipstick, Charmaine picked a nude colour palette for my eyes. The store lighting didn't do justice to this quad and neither does this swatch I got from the YSL site, but its a perfect neutral eyes palette with shimmery shades of beige-browns and the perfect highlighter shade.
Charmaine says - (In my case, since I am a dark-skinned girl with deep-set eyes) Line the upper lash line thickly with a black pencil. Smudge the line lightly. Then apply the brown eyeshadow over it. This intensifies the colour more and the browns and beiges actually show up rather than getting all lost :)
Mascara - Noir Radical - Rs. 1900 (review here). Charmaine described this as "water-resistant." It goes off easily with soap and water, even if you skipped using a makeup remover :) However, with just splashing water on your eyes or a bit of rain, this stays put - no risk of turning into a panda look-alike.
Charmaine says - Wriggle the mascara wand into the base of your lashes depositing the maximum colour at the roots. This gives a dark base to the lashes and makes your eyes look more alive.
Charmaine says - If you want to tone down the harshness of a darker lipstick, dab a bit of gloss - a neutral warmer shade - on the center of the lips.
I would have put the full-face pic, but I did look remarkably similar to a happy well-fed frog in the photo, so am just put a pic of the lipstick topped with the gloss :D
|Oops - darker liner showing...!!!|
As for the makeover itself, it was a lot of fun and quite informative too, especially considering I am pretty new to makeup. The next time Charmaine comes to Bangalore, I will probably book myself for a makeover every day if they let me :D I have always found the SAs at YSL (Mary and Johnson) the most friendly and enthusiastic ever, and no, I have not bought a whole lot of stuff from there. In fact, I have left without buying a thing from the YSL counter more often than anywhere else...err...actually did not buy anything after my makeover either (very bad manners I know). I get a better idea about what works and what doesn't if I walk around with the makeup the whole day. With products like concealers or foundations, and especially with high-end brands with steeper pricetags, I feel its better to try out at least once at the counter and then buy it if you like it another day.
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