Thursday, 19 September 2013

Smoky Makeup with Tom Ford

I recently went to the Tom Ford counter at Selfridges for a makeover, and liked the results so much, I decided to recreate it step by step here.  There were a couple of things done during the makeover which challenged what I automatically do when applying my makeup - I never apply eyeliner under eyeshadow for a smoky look, for example, nor do I apply sparkly eyeshadows lightly on top of deeper base colours.

This'll be a long one, so click on under the jump to see the steps and the finished look.

Here's my un-made-up mug, in all its plain, no eyelashes, wishy washy brows glory.

I started by applying Traceless Foundation Stick, by ineptly swiping it directly from the stick onto my face, and then blending with a foundation brush.  Tom Ford do two foundations; the other one is a liquid affair which gives a glowy finish.  The makeup artist recommended this stick version for my combination skin, as it would survive my oiliness better, and give me a more matte finish.

I then applied the Brow Sculptor in Chestnut, which has a very slight hint of red in it.  Not enough to match my hair sadly.  The Brow Sculptor is a fantastic product - the nib is very, very fine, and the texture is hard and waxy enough to fill in the brows without looking obvious.  It also contains a little brush to groom the brows into shape.

Next, a healthy line of Eye Defining Pencil in Midnight, a beautiful deep blue shade.  It applied smoothly and blended beautifully.  I don't normally apply liner before pencil, but I was told that this is the easy way to get a softly smoky lashline without blending lots.

Then, eyeshadow.  Using the bottom two taupes from the Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad, I applied the lighter colour all over the lid, then blended a bit of the darker shade into the outer corner.  I applied a soft layer of the top left hand corner colour on top of the shadow, which added a lovely sparkle.

A smudge of Midnight eyeliner under the eyes, topped off with a bit of the darker taupe, gives a soft smoky cast to the eyes.

Add tons of mascara.  This is Lancome Hypnose Drama waterproof, one of my favourites for instant volume.

And the most gentle sweep of Cheek Colour in Wicked to add a bit of warmth without looking overdone.

A swipe of Lip Colour in Sable Smoke.  It's a very beige nude, and I'm not entirely sure I like it.

But topped with a bit of Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Peach Absolut, it makes for a peachy lip which isn't quite so beige, but still isn't the best match for my hair.

So I changed it for the Lip Color in Casablanca, a much more me-friendly pink.

And a closer look at the eyeshadow, which is generally hidden by my hooded lids in the photos above.  Pretty, eh?

Admittedly, I really enjoyed the makeover, the recreation, and using some of the products.  But I still can't get over the fact that Tom Ford's makeup line is incredibly, wildly expensive. The foundation stick, for example is £62.  I can kind of just about justify that, as a good base is worth paying for, but the eyeliner is £26 - no way should a single eyeliner cost £26.  And whilst I will pay £36 for a really amazing lipstick (and Tom Ford lipsticks are amazing), I'm not sure I'd pay £62 for 4 eyeshadows.

What do you think?  Tried Tom Ford makeup?  Can you justify the price?

Disclosure:  I had a makeover and received some of the products used as PR samples.

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