Love To Layer

May 10, 2011

I love layering and blending out colors, especially for makeup. Layering different textures and shades allows me to create extra depth and also helps to give that slight glowy finish. Layering multiple products is something I usually only do when going out for a special occasion. In the mornings, I’m always running 5 minutes behind. Makeup for work is usually kept as simple as possible, except for the rare occasions that I am able to wake up an extra 30 minutes early.

My makeup looks usually revolve around my clothes/outfit of the day or night. This past weekend I wore a simple floral strapless dress (shown here). It was fairly neutral so virtually any look would go with it. I realize this would be more helpful if I had a photo of my face to go with this, but this is more for my own personal reference since I was quite happy with the result. The numbers in each photo indicate the order of application.

Cheeks: I applied Armani’s Fluid Sheer #10 on cheeks and then applied Dior’s Aurora on top as a contour. I then took a separate blush brush and applied Chanel Espiègle just on the apples.

Lips: Simply line with liner. Fill with a sheer gold lipstick. Top with a sheer coral gloss.

Eyes: The first step was to apply Laura Mercier’s Metallic Gold Creme shadow on the lids as a base. I took the white side of NARS Exotic Dance and and dipped MAC’s 242 (a stiffer brush) into the frosty white and patted it on 1/2 way up the eyes. Taking a larger fluffy brush, I swished it into the golden tan shimmer of Exotic Dance and loosely applied it all over. Next, I took MAC’s Spare Change and applied it along upper lashes in a messy smudgey line and layered Le Metier’s Splendid Frost taupe on top to blend. Last steps were to add a clean fine black line along upper lashes and outer corners on the bottom. Finishing step was with Armani’s Eyes to Kill Mascara.

  1. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #10 – shown here
  2. Dior Aurora Bronzer – reviewed here
  3. Chanel Espiègle #65 Blush – swatched and reviewed here
  4. Paul & Joe Lip Pencil Duo – Melon (01) – partially swatched here
  5. Bobbi Brown Candlelight Shimmer Lipstick – shown next to Beige Gold Metallic here
  6. Chanel Pensée 277 Glossimer – here
  7. Laura Mercier Metallic Creme in Gold
  8. NARS Exotic Dance – white applied with a stiff MAC 242 brush patted on lids
  9. NARS Exotic Dance – gold applied with a loose fluffy brush all over lids, here
  10. MAC Spare Change eyeliner – applied in a smudgey line along upper lashes, swatched here
  11. Le Metier de Beaute – Splendid Frost, top shade applied along lash line smudged on top, blended, also reviewed here
  12. Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink to finish as liner – swatched here
  13. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

Swatched, two views with different lighting:

One last view:

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  • Just by looking at the colors I can tell the look was soft & glowy- perfect for spring! 🙂

  • Debra

    What a delightful look into your makeup regimen! The shades are pure summer. I've learned to layer makeup in the last few years and it has made the difference between simply applying makeup to the face and truly making up the face. Cream eye shadows are marvelous little things.

    Love the shades you used. BB Beige Gold is a year-round lippie for me.

  • Lovely! I have the same morning situation, it's so hard to wake uuuuup!

  • That sounds so pretty! I don't layer much, I don't know why I never think of it – probably because I can't imagine the result very well.

  • Rei

    Such a gorgeous summery bronzy look, I can just imagine how pretty it would look on you!!

  • Shay

    Hi, this is my first time leaving a comment.

    I am an Asian girl in Asia who is planning to purchase the Aurora bronzer. However, we don't have it here yet.

    Do you mind to photograph your cheeks with it (as I think you don't photograph youself)?

    Thank you very much!

  • Love this post! So organized and clear – my own makeup routine is a lot more jumbled, haha. That BB lipstick is very pretty – not something I ever would have thought to try, but it looks lovely!

  • Hi Sabrina,
    I recently got into this habit, too. Especially with blushes – this is the only way I can get NARS Orgasm to work on my face!

  • The colour of the paul and joe pencil looks really pretty! I've been looking for something like that!

  • colors are so pretty. very summery. i've only recently discovered the 'art of layering' – my current favourite combination is a cool tone lilac lipstick (MAC's quite cute) with a bright warm pink. adds a different dimensions that's hard to create with a single product. thanks for sharing x

  • What a pretty array of products! I love these sneak peeks into your makeup routine — it's fun to see past products mixed new ones. I'm not great with layering yet; it's such a balancing act! Today I tried a pop of orgasm on top of my Aurora bronzer, but it looked too flushed on me, unless I completely nuded out my lips. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us =)

  • LOOOVE the Nars shadows! Been wearing those shades for a straight week with my Yes to Carrots lip gloss 🙂

  • Hi Sabrina. What a beautiful post! I love when you swatch out your looks like this. It's such a great inspiration for looks. Thanks!