Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Coup de Foudre II: Shade / Smoke / Air

Three more recent Guerlain Coup de Foudre looks, which I'm grouping together for reasons because they shift the 'highlight' from inner corner to centre to outer edge in turn.

Apologies for variable lighting.

....which is a slightly forced name for a basic horizontal gradation shading from mint through coral and olive to grey.

Paired with equally no-brainer my-x-but-better warm pinks on cheeks (Illamasqua Katie) and lips (Chanel Rouge Allure Darling, discontinued).
Base: Vapour stick 90 (hair yellow/dark for me right now)
Lashes: Shu Uemura H9 pencil Seal Brown

Basically an inversion of the second look here, with the olive-bronze blended over the lid and a tiny dab of the mint buffed into the very centre. Grey framing the coral below the eye.

As this look brought out the cooler, smokier facets of Coup de Foudre, I went with a correspondingly cooler, rosier lip (Sonia Rykiel Sublime 24) and my natural blotchy cool pink flush XD
Base: Mehron Celebre HD LT-1 to spot-conceal
Brows: Shu Uemura H9 pencil Stone Grey (for this cooler look)

'Airy' is a commonplace in Japanese beauty mag parlance -- one which has thoroughly permeated my makeup aesthetic. It can involve a lot of textural and tonal wank exquisite refinement but I've always found negative space to make for a handy shortcut. Here provided by a Shu Uemura matte white (M907) with grey lightly shading the outer socket and the coral to accent it further. Olive-bronze to line, edged in mint.
sorry for the slightly worn, end-of-the-day, bathroom lighting pic -- couldn't get a focussed pic that morning 

Back to the warm pinks: Givenchy Le Rouge 201 Rose Taffettas (auditioning as replacement for soon-to-be-finished Darling) and Kjaer Weis Lovely cream blush, which is being rapidly depleted too, thanks to its flattering texture and face-brightening magic.
Base: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, Mehron Celebre HD LT-1, RBR Sea of Clouds
Brows: Shu Uemura H9 pencil Seal Brown and Stone Grey.

Blush shot --attempt to photograph the very elusive Lovely, which deserves a glowing review pending my camera's ability to pick up on it :/ Look how glowy!

Throughout: Burberry Sheer Touch 01 concealer under eyes, Max Factor False Lash Effect 24 Hour black mascara.


  1. Rose Taffeta is a gorgeous shade, definitely checking that out next time. Interesting placement of the coral shade, it makes the whole look so much more playful in a way. I'm lemming this palette so badly now!

  2. I adore your posts with a multitude of posts from one palette! These + the PB ones - endless inspiration!

    1. A multitude of *looks* BAH

  3. Wow, thanks for the awesome ideas! I need to pull this palette out and play.

  4. Can I have your face? Please and thank you.

  5. Hey Kate,
    I love all the eyelook you created. You have stunning eye shape and I love to see all your swatches and FOTD :)

  6. It's official- you are my girl crush. Another lovely series- tho' I'm partial to the fun of "shade."
    And wow...I really missed out with Darling. Kind of a perfect color. I hope the Givenchy meets your standards!
    Also must investigate the Kjaer Weis cream blush...I was disappointed with her e/s.

  7. It all looks beautiful! And your hair-- it just keeps getting better and better...

  8. Yay! More inspirations!! I love all of these so hard. I'm so glad I decided to get it after killing resurrecting lem more than ten times. :D

  9. Oh, that smidgen of coral on lower lashes is genial!!! The effect is very brightening. Great pics + ideas as I've been stuck in a makeup rut. Love the "airy" look as well -- somewhat of an inverse of one might intuitively do. Thanks!

  10. Ohh, that dot of peach on your eyelid at example one is ♥

    I actually prefer the variety of lightning because that's real life. And you are an enabler: I need this palette in my life, a pronto

  11. I am going crazy over that dash of coral placed underneath the iris and framed by the beautiful grey. I wish I could play with shadow on my lower lashline but alas, anything that goes there had better be seriously bulletproof or it's smudged in about 20 mins :/

  12. you have an artist's intuition. i like these 'groupings'-and how you explain it.

  13. I am flabbergasted. Could you get more lovely? Beautiful color narratives.

  14. I tried to emulate your Air look today, and I really liked it. I had to add a little more to the top and anything on my lower lid gets lost, but the overall effect was very nice. Thanks for these CdF looks. This palette is more versatile than I originally thought.

  15. Love the Kjaer Weis blush! I did try some their eyeshadows and lipstick but not the blushes, I don't know why!!??

  16. The coral is beautiful! I'm going to try some of these looks. Shade is pretty awesome.

  17. lovely looks you did with coup de foudre! i initially dismissed that this quad will look weird on my asian skin - but turned out it looks pretty damn awesome on you with the looks you try with it!! a lemming is born haha!

  18. You look adorable using CdF... it definitely looks incredible on you!!!