In December I wrote about three of my favourite fragrances from the historic and iconic house of Guerlain, including Shalimar and L’Homme Ideal Cologne (find the original post here). It was, therefore, only a natural progression to begin exploring their acclaimed makeup range. Lo and behold, I loved it too! I partnered with my friends and colleagues Crystal, Kristina and Eva to show you their brilliant range of complexion products and how it looks on both women and men. A few of the products came directly from the company, but the foundation and bronzer were sent to us by FragranceNet.com. Their Guerlain collection is impressive, all for significantly cheaper than at counters and 100% genuine. Read on to find out more about the products and best application tips from the pros!
The first step in any complexion makeup is great foundation. Guerlain’s Parure de Lumière in 02 Beige Clair is a yellow-toned medium coverage foundation with a great glow. Kristina stippled it on Eva and me before blending it in with the pictured paddle brush. We found it to be buildable and heavily perfumed with a floral scent. Definitely an awesome one! About $42-51 on FragranceNet.com*. Eva to our Facebook chat afterwards: “Damn! The foundation settled more than just nicely. Doesn’t even look like foundation after 2 hours!”
To set the foundation Kristina used a large fluffy brush and Guerlain’s Meteorites Voyage Enchante Skin-Perfecting Illuminating Matte Powder. The casing alone is worth about $150! This translucent powder gave skin a “filtered” effect. Worth the price? You’ll have to try it yourself to find out! You’ll definitely feel more lux when you pull this handsome compact out to powder your nose.
Even though Kristina had replicated the same steps on both of us so far, when we got to contouring things changed a little. She explained that when you are sculpting a woman’s face you want to achieve a rounded appearance, which is why she curved Eva’s cheek contour inwards and up and brushed a “beige rainbow” across her forehead. For men, she goes on, the appearance of a more square shape is desired, which is why she brought my contour down towards my jaw and squared off my temples. My nose also received a hint of colour for a sun-kissed look. She used Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 01, which looks a little orange in the pan but worked perfectly on our skin tones. $44 on FragranceNet.com*, also has a specialized brush.
Of course, no contour is complete without a glowing highlight. Guerlain’s Météorites Illuminating Powder Pearls in 02 Clair proved a perfect pairing. Applied with a fan brush on the top of our cheekbones, Cupid’s bows, noses and foreheads, the colour-correcting powder gave Eva and I an ethereal glow (if I do say so myself!). It can also be used as an all-over setting powder and comes with a sponge for that purpose.
…And voila! Isn’t it incredible what a little bit of complexion can do to conceal blemishes, correct unevenness, and create dimension? Each makeover took no longer than 20 minutes, photographs included! I’d like to thank the girls who worked with me on this demonstration, and Guerlain and FragranceNet.com for showing us just what you can achieve with a little bit of makeup. What are you waiting for? Grab a brush and let’s do this!
*Prices true at time of writing.
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