So you probably remember a couple of weeks ago, that I was telling you about a nifty little tool that Sephora/Pantone had release, you can see that post here. While I was on holidays I decided to pop into a Sephora store to discover if this little device, that promised so much lived up my expectations.
I was promptly seated in a special station that was set up, just for the the Colour Matching Service. The Beauty Associate, showed me all the tools and promptly explained what everything did. I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of the scanner, because we lost our camera, but luckily I had also taken a couple with my phone. There was this uber cool scanner and also this chart, which had all the various skin tones and shades listed on it. Just like we know, it ranges from Pink, Neutral to Yellow.
So she did three scans on my face. One on my forehead, one around the nose and then one on the jawline. The machine computes these three colours and then gives you one tone that will balance out the darker and lighter tones making you look even skinned and flawless! Well that is the hope.
After this they emailed me my matches, which you can see below:
After all that, I bought a foundation not on the list! I just like to be difficult 🙂 I went for a foundation that hasn’t been listed with this tool yet, I will do a review on that later.
I think that it is a fantastic tool for the consumer to get a foundation that matches their skin tone. I for one have bought enough of the wrong shades throughout the years and I am a trained make-up artist! What about you?
What do you think of this tool, would you like to see it in Ireland? I have read online that Boots now has something similar, has anyone tried that? I am interested to learn more about it. As you can see from the extensive list above, the Sephora tool recommends lots of different brands, textures and forms of foundations. This makes it a far superior tool compared to the No.7 one. It would be great to see a department store like Brown Thomas or Debenhams developing a tool like this.
Let me know what you think.
Lots of Love,
This is a photoshoot that I did for the Irish Times back in March which appeared in the Style Magazine. I didn’t manage to get a hardcopy, but just found these on the Irish Times Website.
The photoshoot was with some of the members of the Trinity and UCD rowing teams. The look was really simple and was more about them as sports people with a little hint of preppiness. I was asked to keep them very natural looking and just give a wet look to the hair.
For the girls I used the following products to create this look:
I am not going to go through every product used on the shoot, but generally I used alot of Lancome Teint Miracle foundation without powder, MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow and the Clinique longlast lipgloss. It is fantastic for making the lips appear plump and wet. For their hair I slicked it back using some water and serum. Then I sprayed liberally with Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine to keep it in place. I also used a mixture of glycerin and baby oil spritzed on their faces to give them a wet look.
For the guys I used the following products to create this look:
I used a tiny bit of MAC Face and Body to even out their skin tones and set this with a light coating of MAC Blot Powder. I used some Paul Mitchell Sculpting Lotion and a hair dryer to get the guys hair to move in the direction I was looking for, then used some Super Clean Sculpting Gel to fix this into place. Again a little glycerin and baby oil spritz all over.
Photographer: Alan Betson
Stylist: Rosemary McCabe of Fash Mob
Hair and Makeup Artist: Emma Farrell
Models: Grace Collins, Will Hurley, Patrick Hughes, Rebecca Deasy, Turlough Hughes, David Neale, Siofra Bennett, Rebecca Dowling.
If you would like to read the full article shoot on over here.
I was in desperate need of a new foundation, so I headed to my mecca that is Brown Thomas, Dublin. I really should not be allowed in the place without a shopping list because it is a recipe for spending alot of money on make-up 🙂
Having suffered from acne through my teens, I have found myself continuing this battle at the age of 27! Come on hormones, give me a break! Anyway I had heard that Clinique had a new foundation specifically targeted at spot sufferers like myself called Anti-Blemish Solutions, so I decided to go road test it.
I was approached by an extremely welcoming and friendly girl called Kirstie: “What are we looking for today?” Aha! I am on to you, the salesy open question…however what could I do but answer! I told her I was looking for a foundation and she paired me off with a Make-up Consultant (can’t remember her name for sure, but I think it was Sandra). Sandra discussed my needs and was able to tell me that I needed their anti-blemish foundation. She tried two colours and asked would I prefer to go a shade darker or the same as my skin tone. Of course I said the same as my skin tone…this usually means I look like a ghost, but at least I don’t have to try blending it down my neck! Anyway I luuuurve me blusher as you know, so the ghost look is no problemo. So turns out I am Fresh Alibaster, which is 01 VF-Very Fair.
I only wanted to try the foundation out and wear it for the day before buying it, because it is so important to road test a foundation first. Often you will find that colours look completely different in natural/fake light and not only that, some foundations change colour as they dry, so what you could try on that looks fine could end up looking too dark later on. This is usually the way with highly pigmented or matt foundations.
Anyway we tried the foundation and I said I would be back if I still liked it later. She was completely cool with it, didn’t pressurise me for the sale and she even let me know that in three days they would have a gift with purchase on. Roll on three days:
I am happy enough with the foundation so far, but it is very drying, so we shall see what this does to my skin over the next couple of weeks. I bought their anti-blemish solutions concealer too, this is great for covering spots as it is so pigmented – a little goes a long long way. It has a toothpaste like consistency and it takes a bit of getting used to, I find that applying it with my fingers is best. It lasts ALL day which is amazing for me, because I rub and touch my face all the time.
Anyway to summarise the whole Clinique counter in Brown Thomas Dublin experience:
Counter Atmosphere: 10/10
Consultant Friendliness: 10/10
Make-Up Application: 9/10
Product Suitability: 10/10
Pressure to buy: 0% (this is a good thing!)
That is pretty good!!
Let me know your thoughts xx
1.) Cameron Diaz knows how to pull of simple sophistication.Photo courtesy of celebrity-gossip.net
Normally known for her healthy sunkissed skin, due to her active sporty lifestyle it seems like either she hasn’t been on holidays for a while or she is slathering on the sunscreen. I am loving her gorgeous opalescent skin tone. Keeping it very natural apart from a flash of red lippy, this look screams Hollywood sophistication. If you would like to replicate this look I would recommend the following key products:
Foundation: Vitalumiere from Chanel
Lipstick: Ruby Woo from MACImage courtesy of nowmagazine.co.uk
Eyeshadow: Ivory Opulence from Lancome
Eyeliner: Double Wear Black from Estee LauderImage courtesy of icnetwork.co.uk
Blush: Benetint by Benefit
Mascara: High Impact Curling Mascara by Clinique
2.) Ginnifer Goodwin
- Photo courtesy of cdn.buzznet.com
Ginnifer is also working a classic look with a striking winged black eyeliner. This look really suits her pixie haircut and gives her a youthful fresh feel. She has kept lips nude which helps to keep us focused on her eyes and that gorgeous Royal Blue dress. If you would like to replicate this look I would recommend the following key products:
Foundation: Diorskin Nude from Dior
Eyeliner: Black Gel Eyeliner by MAC
Lipstick: Belle de Jour by NARS
3.) January Jones
Strong eyebrows frame January’s features perfectly, I really like her lush berry lip colour which shows off her radiant smile. I read an interview with her Make-Up Artist Rachel Goodwin, who breaks down the look on talkingmakeup.com, which I will share with you here:
Beauty Inspiration & The Look: “January’s Golden Globes makeup was all about taking a fresh approach to the classic red lip.”
Beauty Tip: “I used Le Blanc de Chanel under her base to create luminous ‘glowing from the inside’ porcelain skin, then treated her lips with Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Treatment before applying Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paris – a gorgeous garnet red from a new lipstick line launching in March. I painted the finest black line on her upper lid with Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir and shaded under her eyes with Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Graphite in the outer corners. I finished her look by layering lots of different false eyelashes then added Exceptionnel de Chanel Noir Obscur Mascara over the top for an intense black lash line.”