This may seem like a drastic step, to go from no photos to some without makeup (and incredibly unflattering!), but when I am talking about my skintone, eye colour, hair colour etc I think it would be helpful for you to see what I am trying to describe. You can see the main concerns that I have and when I mention foundations, blushers etc, you know how the shades look compared to my face in its natural state. To be blunt, I don't think swatches on the inside of my wrist are cutting it anymore.
Another reason for this post is that after watching the new Twilight film yesterday I was trying to look up what makeup was used. I found a great sight, http://www.makeup411.com/, and looked up the products used in some other film looks that I liked. Now I am not particularly naive and know that an actress doesn't turn up to a film set and with a bit of mascara and tinted moisturiser is ready for HD, but I was shocked at the number of complexion products used, really shocked. I think women, and young women in particular can really beat themselves up about looking less than perfect (I know I do) and it makes it so much worse when trying to compare yourself to your peers on TV, film and the front covers of magazines. It is too easy to fall into the trap of thinking everyone else is naturally beautiful, when really they just spend longer in the makeup chair or know the products that really work for them.
I would like to think I was old enough to not get taken in by the kind of airbrushing, editing etc that I know goes on, but I have to admit I felt a lot better when I realised quite how much work went into transforming Kristen Stewart into Bella Swan, and how much makeup Keira Knightley had to wear in The Duchess. The thing I love so much about makeup is its ability to transform the ordinary into the often extraordinary and the confidence boost that comes with this, so by baring my face I hope you will be able to see what products work for me by having the 'before shot' available
So, not the prettiest sight for you all on a Thursday afternoon but here some photos taken today of me with not a scrap of makeup on, in natural light. You've been warned! (I look pretty pissed off in these but I really struggle to smile in any photos, not helped by orthodontic work having ruined my mouth and jaw!).
So there we have it. I hope you can see how pale my skin is and the pink undertones. My major concerns at the moment are dark circles under my eyes, from medication, some sun damage/pigmentation under one eye, oily skin and some rather large spots that I am doing daily battle with since coming off the pill about four months ago. There are a number of things I dislike about my face but I'm not going to draw attention to them here, I guess you just have to learn to love what you've got.
In terms of foundation, these are my closest matches but none of them are perfect:
- Bobbi Brown - Alabaster or Ivory
- Chanel - 05 Faience (their lightest shade but still a little yellow for my taste)
- Dior - 010 Ivory
- Clinique - 01 Calming Alabaster
- Le Metier de Beaute - 1 (probably my best match)
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser - Porcelain
- Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation - Blush Ivory
- Nars - Mont Blanc
Now indulge me for a minute. Having posted some awful photos, I thought for the sake of balance, I would post some pictures of me with makeup, just to make me feel a bit better! I like to think that it shows the huge difference that just a bit of makeup can make to the face.
|The only look I can vaguely remember what makeup I was wearing: Chanel Teint Innocence, Chanel Blush in Tea Rose, Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita (I think the eyes were using Stila shadows), MAC Eyeliner in Teddy|
So there we have it. I promise future posts will not be covered in pictures of me! As a few of you liked the eye look I posted last week I am going to endeavour to do more of those kind of posts, but possibly a whole face. I've just ordered Photoshop for Dummies so I might learn to be a bit better with the camera and editing next year as at the moment I know nothing. It can only get better!