Just Peachy

Blogging and watching the FIFA World Cup seem to go hand in hand for me. Two posts in a month? That hasn’t happened for a long time! Everyone seems to be hopping around the world in floral dresses, tan sandals and those knotted bags used to carry vegetables that seem more in trend. Meanwhile I’m glued to my couch marathoning all the football matches but my mind also dwells on makeup at half-time.

You might have noticed I go through phases where I’m obsessed with a particular colour way. Anyone remember when I was ALL about olive eyeshadows? I then swiftly moved to pink eyeshadows? This month I’m a weird funk where all I want is pretty peachy things. Luckily, I’ve already amassed quite a few peach coloured products and I just shopped my stash this time round. Whew!

I thought I’d breakdown my go to products to get this luminous peachy look. The monsoons have begun which brings humid weather. My skin loves it, my hair hates it. I’ve also been mindful about using primers this year which brings me to the Makeup Forever Smoothing Primer. It’s not marketed as a mattifying primer but it does mattify my slightly shiny skin, blurs my pores and gives a very smooth base. Even if I’m sweating, makeup stays intact and lasts much longer.

A recent successful purchase has been the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. I don’t like the counterpart concealer but this foundation is perfect for medium coverage that looks natural. What I love about it is firstly the shade match, Barcelona is perfect for me. It’s in-between the lighter and darker parts of my face and doesn’t look ashy. It’s also a very yellow undertone which is exactly what I need. This Nars foundation does come with a pump and I require two pumps for my face and neck. This applies well with a dense brush as well as a beauty blender. To be honest, I use my brushes more often anyway so I really prefer bases that work well with them. I also like my Giorgio Armani Luminous Foundation but I only get the finish I like when I use a beauty blender. So I end up not using it as often. The finish is not as natural as the Glossier Skin Tint which is more fluid and really looks like skin but it’s one of the better foundations that don’t cling to textured areas. I haven’t really worn this for more than 10 hours but it did last perfectly. On me it looks more dewy after a while and not right after I apply it.

If I’m wearing a higher coverage foundation but still want to keep it natural, I tend to not use a concealer. Instead I use my holy grail Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach that helps cancel out the the darkness and really lift the eye area. Just using this makes such a difference in appearance. I look more awake, less tired. I apply this with ring finger, and tap around the edges to blend them. With brushes my experience has been streaky so I don’t really use them for this product unless I’m using it on spots.

For an eye primer, the Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (what a mouthful) is one of the best I’ve used and something I will repurchase! I dislike primers that have a strong tint or look ashy on the eyes. This is sheer and white in colour but blends to nothing when applied. It’s also a bit tacky which really brings out colours and helps with avoid creasing. I don’t have particularly oily lids but in this weather some eyeshadows do crease on me. I also love that it comes with a doe foot applicator.

I can’t recommend Tom Ford Cream eyeshadows enough! The Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach is such a gorgeous unique product. This stellar cream eyeshadow is a lovely pearlescent cool toned peach shade. It also has an eyeshadow topper that’s more bronze but gives your eyes that wet eyeshadow look. The cream eyeshadow formula is very wet and you only need a tiny amount. Its sheers out beautifully and is equally easy to build up. I usually use my fingers but it blends well with a fluffy brush as well. The glitter, I’ve only ever used with my fingers and it gives a lot more precision as I only apply it to the centre of the lid and lightly tap to sides to blend them. Lastly, the packaging here is so summery and perfect. With the inclusion of a little mirror, I feel like it’s one of the Tom Ford products that’s really worth it.

I used my Mac quad to add more depth around the eyes. This quad has Texture, Woodwinked, Soba and Mulch (I have a separate post on them here). I used Texture which is more orange as a transition shade on my crease and Mulch, a darker chocolate brown on the outer corner. But the rest was all about the peach Tom Ford eyeshadow and it’s sparkle.

For years I’ve only been using a black eyeliner to tightline but this year the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Scotch has been a revelation. I can’t go back to just black eyeliners now. Scotch is a warm dark brown with gold micro shimmer, it’s a beautiful shade. I love using this on my lower lash line, it smudges well and gives a smoky effect. The primer I use before also helps keeping this creaseless and perfect for hours.

This next trio is hasn’t changed for nearly two years now. The Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Liner in Obsidian is  a gem and I hope they never stop making it. The gel formula is pigmented and easy to flow. The pencil twists up and it’s a tiny nib, gives so much precision. It lasts for hours on me and doesn’t irritate my water line at all. My eyes are very watery and it doesn’t smudge too much like other liners I’ve used before. This does take a bit more work to remove though. I usually require my Bioderma Micellar Water and a oil/balm cleanser to get rid of it completely.

Dior Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown is the perfect brow pencil for me. The pencil twists up and has a spoolie on the other side. This is a minor win but it has a cap only only on the spoolie side which means I don’t spend an extra five minutes figuring out which cap goes on which end (like I used to with the Anastasia Brow Wiz). The pencil is very narrow which is great for drawing those fine strokes. I don’t have very bushy brows, they are sparse in some areas but overall they are thin as well. So this suits my needs perfectly. The formula is also a bit waxy, so this stay put over makeup. Also, this is more pigmented when used over makeup rather than just on skin (sometimes I don’t wear a base).

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara is my perfect mascara. i haven’t used another since I discovered it. If like me you just want to accentuate the lashes, don’t want them to look fake and hate clumps, you’ll like this. This doesn’t flake at all. It separates the lashes while giving moderate length and volume. Again, the effect isn’t very dramatic but that’s also not what I’m going for here. It’s a standard plastic wanted with short dense bristles. I haven’t tried the waterproof version of this yet but I will soon.

For blush I used the Mac Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk on the lower half of my cheek area. The shade Dusk is a warm muted nude which also makes it good to apply like a contour. I have a natural shadow there so this just accentuates it. Also, this Glossier cream blush formula is amazing. It’s so blendable, you can’t go wrong with it. I like applying two dots, blending them and building over that if I want more. Also, how adorable is the packaging? I’m completely into it. I also used Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious which is a very pigmented highlighter so it also works really well as a luminous blush. I applied this on the upper half of my cheek. It looks so good with Glossier Dusk, I love the combination. This is a very fine pressed product, there’s no chunky sparkle, just a very very smooth sheen. It goes on beautifully and don’t emphasise any texture on me. Its the most beautiful shade. I have this in the old packaging. I believe it’s now sold as the Extra Dimension Blush and the packaging is different but I think the colour is still the same.

Tom Ford Clutch-size Lip Balm in L’Odessia is just beautiful piece of art. I bought it at the same time as the Golden Peach eyeshadow so, in my head they always go together. It’s a mini lipstick in size and the actual lipstick tube is very hard, not the creamy kind that will melt in summer. But it’s sheer and glides easily on the lips, there’s no tug. Sometimes it looks more orange, sometimes more pink, depends on the lighting. Not really a long lasting lipstick, doesn’t leave a stain either but I really love this shade.

Please ignore my humidified hair! Now, I’m not a bad person. I won’t leave you helpless with just one Tom Ford (read: too expensive) limited edition lipstick. No, instead I have three more choices of gorgeous peachy pink lipsticks that would look amazing on more medium-tan skin tones like mine. I find that with this shade in particular, matte or opaque isn’t the way to go for me because it just looks washed out. Or maybe I just haven’t found the right shade yet. Instead, buildable sheer lipsticks can really bring out warm tones in the lips. I have for you, the YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Liberte and Mac Lipstick in See Sheer. Love all of them! The YSL and Mac are better in terms of staying power while the Chanel has fine microshimmer if you’re into it.

I always forget to talk about the brushes I use whenever I do these posts, not this time though. I’ve been using the same set of brushes for a good few years now. My only recent purchase is the Surratt Eyelash Curler to replace my ageing Shu Umera one. I also have a detailed post on brushes I use if you’re interested in that sorta thing. For my foundation I used the very densely packed flat top Sigma F-80 brush. I’ve had this for more than 5 years now and it’s as good as new. This works well with most of my foundations and bases. For the Mac eyeshadows I used the Sigma E-45. I like using this on my crease and outer corner because it’s tapered and I know exactly where the eyeshadow is going. Also does a decent job at blending. For my Mac highlighter blush, I applied it with the Wayne Goss 02 Powder brush. The rest was all done with my fingers.

Hope you liked this makeup post and please enable me with your peach makeup finds that I don’t have yet. I welcome it!


Makeup Forever Smoothing Primer – Sephora, Sephora India

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Barcelona – Sephora, Nordstrom

Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – Sephora, Nordstrom

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach – Sephora, Nordstrom, Sephora India, Nykaa

Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach – Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish

Mac Eyeshadows (Texture, Soba, Woodwinked, Mulch) – Nordstrom, Nykaa

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Scotch – Sephora, Nordstrom, Nykaa

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Liner in Obsidian – Sephora, Nordstrom

Dior Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown – Sephora, Nordstrom

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara – Sephora, Nordstrom

Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious – Ulta, Nykaa, Nordstrom

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk – Glossier

Tom Ford Clutch-size Lip Balm in L’Odessia – Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish