Whenever I think of France, I envision the freedom to love and the vivid arts scene. I loved Montmartre, and tragedy of Les Miserables. But the rich cultural history and joie de vivre of the French came at a big cost, and one which is celebrated annually on 14 July Bastille Day. In anticipation of the revelry tonight, I thought I’d show you a bold party look using 3 makeup products prescribed by YSL this Bastille Day.
Clearly, the color scheme of red, white & blue are meant to be representative of the French national flag, an a symbol of the revolution. Whilst they may not be colors I’d naturally wear together at a go, I thought it’d be fun to make them work as a personal challenge!
For the eyes, I am using the YSL Couture Palette in Rive Gauche. Quite apt, since Rive Gauche generally refers to a Paris of an earlier era, of bohemianism, counterculture and creativity… all of the spirit of France supporting the revolution.
Rive Gauche is a blue-on-blue palette with a white highlighter thrown in. Clearly, this palette does 1 thing only, but does it excellently, is create a blue eye look. What I would like to point out is there are different tones of blue in this palette which allows you to create a warmer- or cooler-toned eye look that best complements your skin tone. Also, the white highlighter has the potential to transform any of the blues into a magical shimmery electric look!
I’ve been very inspired by all the big wing-eyed look that is showing up for FW2015, and I thought if I’m creating a statement eye makeup with so much blues, why not have some fun?
For this eye look, I started out with the dark indigo blue in the center of the palette and lined the outer third upper lash line and smudged it upwards and outwards. Thereafter, I added the dark blue on the lower left of the palette on the outer third of the lid winging outwards. Patted more of the medium-dark blue on the lower right of the palette on the outer third of lid blending towards the middle. And went over the rest of the lid with the mid-toned blue on the upper left of the palette. Finished with a dab of white on the center of my lid. Also completed the eye look by lining the lower lash line with the dark indigo blue, and highlighted the inner corner with the white.
Next, for the cheeks, I used the YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush No. 5 Rouge Effrontee. Again, another reference to the insolence of the French rebels.
This is a reddened bright pink which is a lovely match for the eye look we have today. You can use it on the cheeks and lips if you wish, but I only applied it to my cheeks, blended out underneath my foundation as I wanted a barely-there flush. I will show you how it looks in a minute, but let me first introduce the lipstick…
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 4 Rogue in Danger… sexy red for our theme today. This is nicely neutral-toned leaning almost cool on me, and aptly named for Bastille Day partying. You can choose to wear it as intensely as you like by swiping it directly on the lips, but I decided to use it more as a stain by blotting down just for a hint of red.
And here is the overall look:
Ok, I was trying for sultry, but it didn’t come across that way in this photograph… LOL! But hopefully you get the point, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this look… love it or hate it? Let me know! Also, would you like to see more of such makeup looks posts thrown in intermittently with full-on reviews?
This post featured products that were sent to me for my consideration by YSL Singapore. Regardless, all views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinions.