Friday, February 8, 2013

A New Pair of Specs and My Everyday Look

As a beauty blogger, I feel that I should share a few shocking things about myself that go against conventions and/or stereotypes. To begin with the makeup that I select and hair styles I favor on a day-to-day basis are not all that elaborate. And, more importantly, though they've never made an appearance in any face of the day shots on Getting Cheeky ... I wear glasses. This past week after years I finally got a new pair of frames, and given my current state of excitement about my new specs I thought I'd share what makeup I really wear on a day to day basis.

I have quite thick, long and unruly hair. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but it often means that I can't be bothered to curl or straighten. Though I should really update, you can read about my hair care routine here. As a means of keeping my hair out of my face, I most often pin it into a voluminous chignon. Chic and functional in one perfectly packaged bun à la française: what could be better?

As for makeup, I'm in the market for a simple look that leaves my skin looking moisturized (read: dewy) and that helps my eyes stand out, even behind my frames. Although enhancing my green eyes from behind classes can be a bit of a challenge, I've always used a formula that combines brightening techniques with others that frame the face. Illuminating my eyes with matte whites and beige liners is a must, as are carefully drawn on winged liner and brows that have been filled in and brushed. I've recently been into this look coupled with a pop of color on the lips, and red seems to be my shade of the moment.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 51 Vanille Clair
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
YSL Le Touche Éclat Shade 1
MAC Cremeblend Blush Posey
Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter
MAC Eyebrow Pencil Lingering
NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (on brow bone)
Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Ink Liquid Liner Castalia
Stila Kajal Eye Liner Topaz 
Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle (Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope) - As a wash all over lid.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Guerlain Coque d'Or Rouge Automatique

Though it may not be perfect, I like to think that my everyday look is pulled together, easy to maintain and most importantly very me. I'm lucky enough to work in an office environment without a dress code or an expectation that my makeup and nail color ought to look a certain way so I've found the formula that works for me on weekdays and days off and I've stuck to it.

Do you wear glasses? What are your tips and tricks to help eyes stand out from behind your frames?