This week I have been trying to add some new beauty products into my already established makeup routine. Since summer has officially come to a close calendar-wise (although the actual feeling of it hasn’t left Southern California), I have been trying to break out of my normal five-product routine and add some autumnal oomph. With Autumn already in effect and Winter in the horizon, I often am one to change my foundation as my skin gears up for the weather change. Recently I was given the chance to try out some new Laura Mercier products and hands down I am more IN LOVE than ever. As avid readers of Makeup Life and Love know, I have always had a bit of an obsession with Laura Mercier products. Something about the sleek packaging and the amazingness of every product I have tried: from my coveted Secret Camouflage Concealer all the way to my holy grail of Tinted Moisturizers, Laura Mercier just seems to tick all the boxes making it a MUST go-to brand in the makeup game. Needless to say Laura Mercier is the epitome of simplistic, flawless chic.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to head to my local Laura Mercier counter at Nordstrom to meet with Laura Mercier specialist Patrick to find out some tips of the trade, application techniques, ‘foundation wardrobing’ with Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation and the cult classic Tinted Moisturizer, as well as the story behind Laura Mercier and the Flawless Face.
ABOUT THE BRAND AND THE “FLAWLESS FACE”: When it comes to simplistic, chic makeup, Laura Mercier owns the term to a T. The key to a flawless face in the Laura Mercier brand comes down to one simple mission: Enhancing Natural Beauty. Laura Mercier’s “Flawless Face” contains four key steps to prepare the skin prior to color, similar to how an artist prepares a canvas before paint. The four key steps are: Primer the Skin- to prep the skin’s canvas for the perfect base of makeup application // Apply Foundation- Apply foundation in the most natural way possible with one of many options from Laura Mercier to choose from // Apply Concealer- Concealer application in just the areas that need a bit of disguise such as: discolorations, scars, imperfections, and under-eye circles // Set with Powder– The last step in the Flawless Face regimen is to apply powder for a long-lasting, perfectly finished look all before adding color to the skin. Patrick also suggests a theory called “foundation wardrobing” which basically in Laura Mercier terms is to keep makeup as natural looking as possible by finding the right foundation for you based on finish, color, texture, and formula. Laura Mercier specifically created a collection titled “The Foundations” and “The Tinted Moisturizers” so that every woman can stay natural with a formula and coverage to suit their unique need. I have been utilizing ‘foundation wardrobing’ a lot lately, as the seasons change and my skin changes- I tend to change-up my coverage level, staying power, the type of finish, and consistency of the foundation (thin, thick, creamy, etc) I want to achieve.
THE MAKEUP: When meeting with Patrick, I had the chance to learn about the newest addition to “The Foundations” wardrobe from Laura Mercier. The 24 shade release of the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation is the newest staple in my foundation wardrobe and man oh man, it’s a good’un. This long-wearing, light as air foundation is summed up in one word- PERFECTION. A bi-phase, two-part formula, this foundation is a thinned consistency of pure pigment that blurs the lines between skin and makeup. Pure pigment and reflective waters within this foundation are instantly activated when shaken. When applied to the skin, skin is left simply beautiful and flawless. KEY TIP: Patrick recommends to shake the bottle vigorously for about 10-15 seconds and tap the lid a few times in order to ensure that all extra product settles back inside the tube- Or else you may end up with a bit of product spurting out as you take the lid off. Apply the foundation to the back of your hand and distribute on the skin with either a sponge or your fingers. I have been using this foundation for a few weeks now, and I am loving- I repeat LOVING this satin/matte-like finishing foundation. It is sheer perfection for ALL skin types including sensitive skin. I find that literally 3 drops of this miraculous foundation covers my entire face with a medium coverage. If I add another layer of a drop or two to the skin- I find that it gives skin full coverage without looking cakey at all like other products. The product applies thin on the skin, and literally within 20 seconds or so, you are left with long-lasting, all-day, budge-proof makeup- score! Moving on to “The Tinted Moisturizer” wardrobe is an oldie but goodie.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 has been a long time go-to for the past few years. Ever since I decided to lay off a full face of unnecessary makeup- a la cake face- and reach for a more natural look, I seriously love this stuff. Sheer, dewy but covers just the right amount to hide any issues that my skin may or may not be experiencing. It is seriously THE perfect product for summer or for anyone who is trying to embrace a lighter, more airy base to achieve the ‘I woke up like this’ no-makeup look. This tinted moisturizer seriously is the solution to great skin with minimal effort and all-day staying power. KEY TIP: Apply with Laura Mercier foundation primer for a smooth, flawless, all-day coverage. Primer is a MUST have particularly if you have dry or flakey skin, this will help create a smooth base for the tinted moisturizer all while adhering the formula for a long-lasting base. The coverage is buildable, so you can add an extra layer without it getting cakey or heavy. If you have not tried this stuff, you are seriously missing out!
Foundation Primer: This perfect lightweight creamy gel that leaves the skin smooth and primed for perfection for foundation. I have used this for quite some years and I love that it never leaves the skin feeling like makeup that slides right off like other primers. Instead it allows the skin to breathe, blurs the fine lines, and primes the skin unlike no other. A serious winner and must have for all!
Foundation Primer- Radiance: This primer is one of my hands-down FAVORITES of all time. It is simply amazing on the skin. A bit of needed oomph added to the skin, with a slight illuminating effect giving the skin a slight dewy finish and healthy glow. This primer adds natural highlight to the skin without adding a disco ball finish all while giving some solid longevity to your base. KEY TIP: Mix a few drops of Radiance Primer into your favorite foundation for a healthy, dewy, long-lasting finish. Patrick had me add a few drops into the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide and OMG, I am obsessed with the look and feel of the look. A dewy yet matte finish filled with pure perfection! I now have my eyes on Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronzer- simply beautiful!
Creme Smooth Lip Color in: Red Amour, Creme Coral, and Spiced Rose: Talk about a wonderful lip color that gives just the right amount of oomph, without the need for a gloss afterwards- these are them! The formula is creamy in texture,long-lasting and sheeny on the lips- you know how I love a good sheen. Red Amour– is hands-down the perfect neutral red for all, and I repeat ALL skin tones. Creme Coral– a beautiful tawny peach. Spiced Rose– this is my must-have shade in the form of dusty rose. This is the perfect ‘your lips but better’ shade. With an array of 34 shades to choose from, I know I will be picking up a few more shades of these beauties.
Lip Glace in: Bare Baby, Orchid, Nectar and Pink Pop: When adding a gloss into my stash it must have one key thing- NO STICKINESS! Let me tell you these lip glaces are phenomenal. On the lips they feel like a lip balm/gloss hybrid almost. They are thick in texture yet über light on the lips. With a solid 26 shades of gorgeous, these lip glaces simply hit the right spots in my needs for a lip gloss. Bare Baby– is a beautiful milky pink with a hint of iridescent shimmer. Nectar– a beautiful sheer coral peach. Pink Pop- A gorgeous vibrant hot pink. Orchid– is a perfect color for Fall with its deep purple, berry-like shade. The lips glaces are scented with a light vanilla-like scent that I love, and the pigmentation is outstanding with a pretty good wear time of about 2-3 hours. Subtle, neutral, and gorgeous sum up these lip glaces.
Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building Mascara (Black): OMG this mascara has seriously BLOWN me away. This mascara gives lashes a va-va-voom like no other; its wet yet slightly dry formula that I love is brilliant. It seriously gives the lashes volume, length, and just the right amount of curl in one. I have found this becoming a very reached-for addition in my beauty stash as it sculpts the lashes with its soft black shade. I am utterly in love with this mascara.
Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, Rosegold, and Tuxedo: Caviar sticks have been a solid staple in my routine since they were released. Creamy, long-lasting, and gorgeous on the eyes are words to sum up these sticks. Literally just apply on the lids and the color is locked down for hours. I received the shades: Tuxedo– a matte black that is perfect for lining the lids or adding some depth to a smoky eye. Rosegold- A dirty pink with a hint of golden shimmer making it the perfect stand-alone shade on the eyes or a brow bone enhancer. Amethyst– a soft mauve with a pearl shimmer. I am obsessed with this shade as it is buildable to make it darker or just a pure wash of perfect color.
All and all, I am more IN LOVE now with Laura Mercier than ever. Every product housed in sleek, simplistic packaging is nothing but pure perfection. Jumping into Autumn as October is starting- Laura Mercier is right on the top of my favorite products. With a complexion-perfecting foundation that leaves the skin with a satin-like finish, to a glossy berry lip and lash-vamping mascara- I am ready to take on Autumn full force…
Laura Mercier is available at select retailers nationwide: Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Laura Mercier online. Starting Tuesday October 17, 2014 Laura Mericer is holding an AMAZING Instagram contest! The rules are simple- Show Laura Mercier your Fresh Face and use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier Products! Yes, I said $1,000 worth of Laura Mercier products- amazingness! So don’t forget Tuesday October 17, 2014 to enter to win!
**Disclosure: This post was SPONSORED by Laura Mercier. While I was compensated to write this post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.[ReviewDisclaimer]