Friday, 17 December 2010

Heavy Natural Face - featuring Suqqu, Le Metier and Nars

I've pinched the name of this from Lisa Eldridge as I couldn't really think of a better way to describe it. I have mentioned before that I prefer cooler, clearer colours in my makeup, purples, pinks, mauves, greys & of course taupes. However, when my Suqqu goodies arrived they were on the warm side so I thought I would do a full face using these kind of brown based shades.

This is the type of look I used to favour in my early university days, rosy brown lips and copper eyes. The paler my skin got though, the more I headed towards pinks and mauves. I think it is always good to try something a little out of one's comfort zone and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like these shades on me. Although warm, they don't look muddy and foreign on my skin so I might branch out in future with my colour selection.

I have tried all day to get some decent photos of the makeup, to no avail. The best I could do is a number of different pictures that show different parts of the makeup as in one pose the blusher would show but the lips wouldn't etc. So the number of pictures is not to flatter my vanity (especially after my mum took one look at them and said 'you can't put those up, you look awful', I tried to explain it's about the makeup, not me!), but to give you the best idea of what the products I have used look like in natural light.

Here goes.

Products used
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
  • Le Metier de Beaute Foundation in 01
  • Nars Orgasm Illuminator
  • Nars Blush in Douceur
  • Le Metier de Beaute Concealer in 04
  • Le Metier de Beaute Translucent Powder
  • Suqqu Gloss & Lip Colour Duo in 06
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Suqqu Eyeshadow Quad in Mancha 05
  • MAC Eyeliner in Teddy
  • Le Metier de Beaute Anamorphic Mascara in Aubergine
  • Le Metier de Beaute Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Blonde
  • YSL Touche D'Or
The necklace I am wearing is by Lola Rose (stone is Tiger's Eye) and the cashmere sweater is from Whistles (their sale has started today).

As always with my makeup, my main aim is to bring out the green of my eyes and let that shine through rather than the makeup itself. The copper tones of the Suqqu quad are perfect for this (although I added a little too much of the dark brown so the copper doesn't show as much as I intended). However, you could easily recreate this with MAC shadows which is what I did at university using the middle 3 shades in this post. I used all four Suqqu shades on my eyes in rather a haphazard way, and I finished with MAC Teddy eyeliner on the top lashline and the light copper shade from the quad along the bottom lashline using my favourite brush of all time, Chanel No.14. Finally, I curled my lashes and applied two coats of mascara, along with a little YSL Touche D'Or on the brow bone.

I used the Le Metier foundation all over but I probably wouldn't use this on a normal day as it is a little heavy for my liking and does give me a slight yellow tinge (you can see in a few of the photos where I haven't blended it enough into my hairline). I was worried that the Nars Blush looked too brown in the pan but it works on the skin. I think Chanel Blush in Tea Rose would also work well, another of my old favourites.

Suqqu Gloss & Lip Colour in 06
The lips are possibly my favourite part as I got the Suqqu lip duo as an aside and didn't expect much of it. In fact, I like it more than the eyeshadow quad. It looks quite dark and brown in the pot but goes on so well and feels lovely on the lips. It gives a natural rosy brown hue and then the shimmery gloss can be used over the top. It is a little similar in tone to Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita. I will definitely be on the look out for more of these duos.

So there we have it, a heavy natural look based on my recent Suqqu purchases but one that could easily be recreated using whatever you have at hand. Just go for eye shades that bring out your eye colour and pair with natural rosy brown cheeks and lips. To me it seems far more autumnal than wintry, a little warm for the minus 2 temperature here today!


  1. I really like this look (love your necklace too). I think I need to use my Suqqu gloss duo. It's been sat neglected in the makeup box for too long. I think may need to go back and take another look at Douceur too.
    Jane x

  2. I really like this look on you! I have actually been wearing a coppery-brown lightly smokey eye a lot recently - usually I would use these warmer shades in the summer but I think they look great in winter too. And it's great to see full-photos of the makeup applied, I have to say I don't have the courage yet.
    x Klara

  3. HI Jane,
    Definitely dig out your Suqqu lip duo! What shade do you have? I actually bought the Suqqu products as a set off eBay, suprisingly easier than from Selfridges, and only wanted the eyeshadow quad. I thought the lip duo would get tossed aside but now it's my favourite. I've got a cream eyeliner too but haven't tried it yet. I found it easier applying Douceur with a fan brush, gave a much lighter touch and a better result I think X

    Hi Klara, glad you like it, it has taken me quite a while to feel OK about doing it. At least it makes a change from swatches and reviews! X

  4. My lip duo says EX-03, it came with the Suqqu Lilac Allure set. I did wear it today and it's very nice. The colour side is a mauve pink so it's close to my lip colour and doesn't give a lot of colour but I like the feel and the shine. By the way, you inspired me to try Ebay. I still find it nerve wracking but it had the added bonus of me discovering someone that was pinching Grace's photos!
    Jane x

  5. PS. I don't have a fan brush. Do I need one?! :D x

  6. Hi Jane,
    That Suqqu shade sounds lovely, anything with the word mauve in it and I am smitten. I must have a good look at the Suqqu counter soon as I feel I'm buying blind, it was sheer luck that the items I got are nice colours.

    I can't believe someone was using Grace's photos, what were they of? I really need to get around to watermarking mine. I always thought it was a bit of a myth that people might use them, but obviously not!

    As for the fan brush (I think that's what it is called), I think it is meant to give a lighter coverage and it seemed to work with the Nars blush, but usually I use it for highlighter. I'm a bit of a novice with brushes, I like them but not entirely sure what they are each meant to be used for. To be fair, I think it was the only clean one that I had to hand!

    Jennifer X

  7. I want to go back to the Suqqu counter for a browse too. They seem to do a lot of the sorts of colours I like. Muted but enhancing and somehow feminine but not girly. I've no idea if that makes any sense to anyone but me!

    The picture of Grace's that was being used was a Tom Ford lipstick. I forget which one. The person selling it was obviously trying to pass it off as their own rather than a stock photo. I recognised Grace's hand though. Grace emailed them and I did too. There was no reply but the listing was pulled.

    I like the sound of the fan brush. I use lots of my brushes 'just because they're clean' so that totally works for me ;)
    Jane x