Saturday, October 25, 2008

LAURA MERCIER: Four Steps to a Flawless Face.

Makeup is a part of my everyday routine, I can't go to work without putting my makeup on. Knowing how harsh this could be to my skin, I opted to use tinted moisturizer than the ordinary foundation. I just wanted my face to look fresh , with a natural glow.

I've done some research through the internet and it seemed like everyone is raving about Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. ..when Sephora chose this as this year's best tinted moisturizer, I knew I just have to get one.

Though it was pretty painful to my pocket, I got the big tube at around HKD400 at Faces, HK. I got the oil free (yes they have oil free ver!) in Sand shade...and the rest my dear is history... I just couldn't stop bragging about this product.

First, my then oily face is now less oily..(it still does become oily at the end of the day...nothing that a blotting film couldn't handle.) ...BUT the good part is--it does give my face a healthy glow. I swear!! my friends actually started noticing that my face has a natural sun kissed glow! I know some people wouldn't prefer using tinted moisturizers alone since its too sheer..but Laura Mercier is sheer- buildable coverage, you just have to apply more if you opt for more coverage. Set it with your favorite loose powder and you will see what you are looking for.

I may sound so biased since I'm a Laura fan (besides Bobbi Brown..) and yes I even have her book - The Ultimate Guide to A flawless face and I've been incorporating her makeup styles and tips to my own and all of them worked for my clients. Other than that, Ms. Mercier herself is such a down to earth person..I just love everything about her - her perfectly combined skills and personality has been my inspiration.

Ok will stop blabbing now and will prove it to you instead.
Few days ago, I got this package from a friend that actually made my day!!!!!! Tedennnnnn!!

A LAURA MERCIER's FLAWLESS FACE KIT. Simple Techniques.Flawless Results.

Now did I finally got your attention or what?

The Kit contains the ff:

1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: A lightweight, oil-free, creamy gel for use under foundation. Creates a smooth invisible layer that acts as a buffer to outside elements and holds foundation and other makeup in place for hours and hours.

2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: Sheer, buildable coverage that hydrates the skin, softening and easing fine dry lines. Color stays true and wears evenly leaving a natural dewy finish.

3. Laura Mercier Undercover POt : A combination of 3 of their best-selling products to make concealing quick and easy. Secret Camouflage (left pan) allows you to use very little product to conceal so the skin looks natural, not heavily made up. Secret Concealer's (right pan) soft focus effect smoothes and perfects the area around the eyes. Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a light fine-milled french talc for setting makeup.
4. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush: POinted tip allows for precise placement of the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer in the tiniest areas --shadows, corners of the eyes, tiny scars or blemishes, and other imperfections. Flatter, wider surface at the base is ideal for larger areas--ruddy cheeks, broken capillaries, sin spots and other areas of discoloration.
5. LAura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush: Perfect size and shape to set Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer with Loose Setting Powder because it allows you to work in smaller areas. Unique synthetic hairs are designed to pickup and distribute powder precisely and evenly.

6. Laura Mercier Velour Puff:Specially designed texture, molds and conforms as needed to apply powder to all areas of the face.
7. Laura Mercier Sponge - Should be used with all laura Mercier foundations. including the tinted moisturizer. Holds product impeccably. Applies product smoothly and evenly.

8. Step by Step Guide card to flawless face.

Now let me share with you how these babies work:

OK, I seldom do this but for the sake of Laura Mercier I will use my own face for a before and after demo :)
Of course I had to start with spritzing my face with my favorite Shu Deep Sea Water just to make my skin supple. Then on to the 4 steps!

That's me going bare in public for the first time, as you can see, uneven skin tone,dark under eye, breakouts, blackheads all rolled into one :))

STEP 1: Place a pea-size amount of Foundation Primer into your hand and stimulate the skin by lightly massaging in an outward and downward motion onto the face with fingertips.

STEP2: Place a dime-size amount of Tinted Moisturizer into hand and pickup with sponge then apply from the outward portion of the face inwards towards the nose.

STEP3: Apply the Secret Camouflage with the Secret Camouflage brush using feather-like strokes to the darkened areas of the face- blemishes, shadows, scars, the area around the nose, and any other imperfections. APply the Secret Concealer with brush or fingertips to brighten and
minimize darkness or shadows under the eye area.

STEP4: Pick up the Loose Setting Powder with the Camouflage powder brush and apply to the areas just concealed with Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer to set. To finish your Flawless face, saturate the velour puff with the lose powder and gently press the puff in a rolling motion onto the face to work the powder into the skin to set your makeup for all day wear.

And here's the result, a flawless face without a touch of any other makeup just the ones in the kit. Although I had to put some eyebrows and lip balm :)

Guys, let me know what you think!


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