Elegant and feminine, Clarins' Autumn collection is essentially a culmination of the season's most lady-like trends. A curation of products that cater to both the current seasonal diktat and to the brand's luxury heritage, designed around a narrative that inhibits an effortless day to night transformation.
Skin is natural and highlighted, cheeks naturally flushed, lashes voluminous, and lips classic. The focus is upon the eye, with a soft, natural look using warm beige and fresh pinks for the day, and intense, seductive, smokey purples for night.
Begin by warming a little of the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base* between your fingers, before applying to a freshly cleansed and moisturised face. Sweep on from the centre of the face, working outwards to emphasise a radiant glow, before buffing on a delicate application of the Face and Blush Powder for a subtle enhancement of colour and definition. Use the spoolie end of the Eyebrow Pencil to brush volume into the brows before using the pencil end to fill in any areas of sparsity; apply in short, featherlight strokes working from the centre of the brows. Using an eyeshadow brush with short, compact bristles, apply a generous layer of the Ombre Matte Eyeshadow* over the lid before concentrating pigment into the outer corner and lash line. Take the Crayon Khol Long-Lasting Eye Pencil* and apply like a traditional kohl inside the lash line, before blending up on the eyelid for gradient effect. Apply two coats of the Be Long Mascara in long, sweeping motions, ensuring that the full length of each lash is coated in product. Focus upon the outer lashes to emphasise a smokey, wide-eyed effect. Offering long-lasting colour and hydration in deep, opulent autumnal shades the Rouge Eclat Lipstick adds a vibrant dash of colour and warmth to the look - blot on for a sheer, soft-focus effect.
Part tinted moisturiser and part complexion-enhancing light-diffuser, this gives even the most tired, dehydrated skin a fresh, lit-from within luminosity. A pearlescent tint creates a soft-focus effect that minimises the appearance of imperfections and replaces them with an even, radiant finish. Lightweight and silkily-textured, it can be applied alone, with, or under foundation to extend the wear of makeup and offer intensive hydration alongside protection from environmental stressors. The virtuous ingredients lineup and smoothing and illuminating effect calms redness, evens skintone, boosts luminosity and restores vitality.
An intense smokey eye is at its best when paired with a perfectly groomed, natural brow. That means nothing too bold nor too meek. A happy medium can be achieved here thanks to a firm texture and soft pigment that results in an effortlessly flattering, streamlined, matte effect. For a finishing touch, the spiral brush grooms and tames, allowing for the perfect combination of elegant and quirky. This is one of the best [and most long-lasting] natural looking eyebrow pencils I've ever used.
No longer evident exclusively in sickly shades of lavender, purple eyeshadow is the black leather jacket of the beauty world. By night, work it into a classic smokey eye for a modern, edgy vibe that screams rebellious and formidable, then tone it down for day with a subtle ombre effect that will nicely offset coloured eyes. This matte, grey-toned shade is also perfect for creating a subtle, contoured effect when dabbed on with an exceedingly light fingertip. The formula has the comfort and sculpting effect of a cream combined with the quality and hold of a powder, resulting in a fine texture and smoothing effect that feels completely weightless.
To emphasise the intensity of a dark, sultry look, kohl is well served to define the eyes, and can easily be blended out for a dark, smokey effect. This deep violet shade offers a sophisticated take on a vibrant pop of colour, which [thanks to the addition of the practical brush applicator] can be blended with the above eyeshadow for an eye-catching gradient effect. Above all, the soft, creamy formula make this a real delight to apply, shape, and blend.
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