Now that the change in weather is here, my recent aversion to makeup is starting to wane. I've found I tend to go back and forth from wanting absolutely no makeup on my face (minus brow care, obvs) to craving deep velvety hues in rich, creamy textures. I recently put together something of a film noir look using all Clarins product - well, my version of film noir. Meaning, rich, unapologetic eyeshadow blended into a subtle smokiness, a short cat eye, and a lip that flirts with the dark side, but remains safely in neutral territory.

I started with the Ombre Matte Eyeshadow in Ivory as my base as it goes from a powder to a cream and gives a perfect, even texture to build upon. Then I used the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Forest to build up my color before blending it all down with a little blush (my trick for making a smoky eye look a little more subdued for day - however, if you want a higher impact, you can also use these shadows wet for bolder color) 

The trick to a sultry nude is to start with a slightly more dramatic lip liner and fill your lips almost entirely in. This Nude Mocha pencil is that perfect shade of brown that's dark enough to be modern and add drama, but still natural enough to wear on its own as a lip color. Plus it has a creamy texture that makes it super easy to layer under lipstick (and prevents any color bleeding). Next, opt for a nude with a flush of pink, in a non-matte tone. The extra creaminess lets you wear it for day and doesn't leave your lips dry. And the lip liner and lipstick combo gives you a richness that's in control, moody as hell, but still soft, and wearable for day.

Oh and I absolutely love the Graphik Ink eyeliner by the way. It wears beautifully all day and the tip is a little stiffer and shorter than the last eyeliner I was using, making it easier to follow the contours of your eye naturally, and to get even more precise with your line.  It's gotten me right back into winged eyes and it's so easy to apply that I've actually managed to successfully apply it in the car, which is no small feat in LA traffic (I wasn't driving, promise). 

Are you updating your makeup look for fall? 



Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli and me.

In collaboration with Clarins, however all opinions are my own.