Make-up

Yes to blue eyeliner !

To be honest I am pretty new at doing my make-up, and when I watch professional make-up artists paint my face at work, it can be quite intimidating because it makes me realize how it isn't that simple. But when I started The French Glow, it made me want to learn about it as I saw there is so many products to try and how much fun it is to chose my looks and how it make me feel different. I am a big fan of simple things that stand out. So, a few weeks ago when a make-up artist put blue eyeliner on me, I really wanted to steal the look for my own make-up, because it is simple and original, as well as wearable but still strong.

 

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On these pictures I used Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner in Code Blue 22, because I had a chance to wear it during a job and loved the really thin pencil, which is great if you want to do draw something not too dramatic, the color is also perfect - I read that if you had blue eyes, you couldn't wear blue make-up... Well, I guess blue cobalt works fine ! The only annoying thing with the Fineliner is that it tends to smudge a bit, so I use transparent fixing powder on top of it.

 

If funny to realize how I move differently on set depending on my make-up, hair and clothes. Even if I still don't think make-up is compulsory it's great to know how you can use it to show your assets and build self-confidence !

 

 

Japanese beauty tips

When I was in Tokyo, I noticed that many women I saw in the subway or the streets had perfect skin, almost as if they had no pores ! We also often say that Japanese people age better than occidental people, and of course a part of it is due to genetics but they also make a big effort to keep good skin condition. And as I said before, Japanese people inspire me by their ability to do everything so well, including skincare. Since I could experience daily a few of the Japanese beauty rituals, I wanted to list the ones that are not too hard to follow.

 

Massages

When you're a model who works in Japan you experience the craziest work hours (3am call time, yes ! And I even had a 10pm-8am night job). But the hair and make up moment is makes you forgive the clients for the lack of sleep : the skin preparation is almost like going to a spa. The one thing that the make-up artists often do is an energetic face massage, that stimulates the blood circulation and helps to get rid of dark circles, puffiness and tiredness. Not only you look better, but you also feel better : they press key points in the neck, under the ears and on the jaw muscles, the temples of course but also under the brow line... It reminds me of Shiatsu massage and it sure helps to eliminate stress and relax while feeling more energized.

What you can do is a 5min massage in the morning while applying your day cream, starting from the middle of the face and going towards the edge (from the chin to the jaws, from the nose to the ears, and from the center of the eyebrows to the temples), and pressing gently on the temples and the jaw muscles.

 

Green tea

They drink it all day, hot or cold, but especially after lunch and dinner to help digestion. Green tea is also know for helping to flush toxins, so it's a great ingredient to include in your daily health routine. I am not talking about the bitter green tea you find in any supermarket, but the herbal one from Japan with a soft taste. Matcha is also one of my favorite Japanese teas (and I love that you can use the powder in smoothies, and desserts too) !

 

Avoid the sun

I've only been to Japan during summer, and you probably already heard about it or seen it, but the Japanese will prefer to protect themselves from the sun with umbrellas, gloves and hats instead of using sunscreen. They do it mostly because they love the look of a pearl white skin, but the effect is undeniable : sun causes skin aging, so those who hide from it keep a young, baby-like skin longer. I personally cannot live without sun, it's also a good source of vitamin D and I love a little tan but I try to limit my exposure and always use sunscreen, as it's a good compromise between care and fun.

 

Warm eyelash curler

If you hate the eyelash curler and you always pinch your eyelids with it, this is the one Japanese makeup tool you'll love ! It's like a small hair curler - less hot of course and with protection - that you will use to curl your lashes with the heat. Almost all Japanese makeup artists use it on shoots.

The pros : no pinch and you can use it after putting mascara on. The cons : even if it's pretty safe, I would say be careful not to burn yourself and I find it less convenient that it's electric and not mechanic.

You can find it on Amazon for 15,99$

 

Only one layer of nail polish

It's funny how in 50% of my shoots in Japan they used only one layer of nail polish. The first time I didn't really like it as I was wondering why putting nail polish if it's not to cover completely the nail and leave it slightly off. And I always associated nail polish with perfectly done nails. But I finally really liked the lighter look of a more romantic nail and not pop. Like when you apply a little bit of glossy eye shadow and want it to stay transparent. I like how it goes well with fall colors - light purple, kaki green and grayish blue.

 

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Photography by Shun Sasaki for Vogue Japan

Photography by Shun Sasaki for Vogue Japan

Three Cosmetics

I am in Tokyo at the moment (that's why I haven't been writing on my blog so much since the work rhythm in Japan tends to be a little overwhelming), and I was obviously curious to find out what the best Japanese beauty brands were, because when the Japanese do something, they do it well. From the brands I tried, Three definitely stands out and will be part of my beauty/makeup regular products for sure.

As you know, I am into natural products that are also chic. Three is one of these brands, it keeps a high standard while being on the natural side of this industry, using as many organic products as possible. The one thing I love about their skincare products is the smell from the essential oils and the botanical ingredients : everything smells like a very comforting rosemary scent. I was also happy to read most of their ingredients come from Japan, it makes the brand more appealing to my eyes and a must try.

The brand has 4 different kind of products : balancing, conditioning, concentrate and AC. They have different purposes ; helping the natural moisture and oil balance of the skin, night care, anti-aging and a body line focusing on massaging benefits. I mostly tried the balancing items since it's the section that was recommended to me at first and where they have a wider variety of products. I experienced some changes in my skin while being in Japan ; more sensitive, getting red easily, and dry. Probably mostly because of the daily routine differences, diet changes, and maybe the very hot and humid weather has some influence too, but I have to say after using Three almost every night, my skin felt less sensitive and less dry.

 

When I asked wha the best seller item was, they showed me the Balancing Cleansing Oil. I already explained how cleansing your face with oil feels more gentle and with the help of the essential oils, it helps soothing a sensitive skin. In addition, like all the skincare products I tested from Three, the herbs smell, especially the rosemary one, sets you in a calm and cocooning mood.

 

I only use lotion after deep cleansing with a milk to try to stay simple. This Balancing Lotion, that you apply pressing with a cotton on the entire face, moisture the skin and makes the skin glow and healthy.

It may be personal but I tend to use oil only with a light makeup or bare skin, and milk and lotion after a shoot or night out with heavy makeup. I like having different rituals depending on the situation - and more products to try. This Balancing Cleansing Milk removes all makeup and dead cells while staying really soft on the skin.

 
 

You can finish your care with the Balancing Cream, for a rich and deep hydration and protection. although if you want a more complete (and much longer) Japanese-Korean skin care routine, there are many other steps to follow.

 

I also love their makeup section, and was especially seduced by their eye gloss, which color your eyes with a nice subtle dewy texture while protecting your eyelids from drying as they still use their essential oils. I love also their epic mini dash and all their pop colors that you can use as a lip gloss or... A blush. If there is one thing I noticed from the difference in how Japanese women do their everyday make up is that they go very high on the cheek with rosy blush tints. I'd be careful not to over do it, but it does give them a cute (kawaii), fresh and young look. Something to subtly get inspiration from them.

The Whisper Gloss for Eyes is my favorite item from the whole brand. I bought the brown and purple one, and I love how the colors are intense but because of the texture it doesn't look too strong. It soothes easily and keep the eyelid hydrated while you wear makeup.

Epic Mini Dash. Look at all the fresh colors they have. I didn't buy these items because I don't wear blush often, but tested it at the store and got a chance to use it at a job on both lips and cheeks. I may go back to the store and buy one rosy tint because it does give a young cute look.

 

Now you guessed Three is a new favorite for me, and I will test more stuff from them in the future for sure, like their masks and body care. I also love their minimal packaging that focuses on the essential, and the quality of their products is undeniable.

Summer makeup

Picture by Gaetan Caputo for Vogue Australia

Picture by Gaetan Caputo for Vogue Australia

Unless you simply don't wear makeup, there are a few differences between winter and summer regarding the types of products you can use. I already said it before but the biggest differences between both seasons are sweat and sun. And while you have to protect yourself from the sun, the sweat will make your eyeshadow travel from your eyes to your cheeks. Not cool. You can of course decide to retouch your makeup every half hour, but in case you want it to last longer you can change simple things.

 

Lips over eyes

Even with sweat, in general a good lipstick will turn less messy than a lot of eyeshadow. So a thing you can do is choose to wear lip makeup instead or eye makeup. If you're not comfortable doing a perfect red lip, you can apply the color with your finger, and make it diffused instead of very defined. Which I find better for the day since it's more casual. Lip gloss or tinted balms are great alternatives too.

Creamy textures over powders

You can test it, very often creamy textures will hold longer than eyeshadow because they are more water resistant. So if you want to use makeup on your eyes, keep this in mind so you don't have to worry about it ending somewhere else than the eyes.

Go waterproof

Well, this one is a little obvious, but choose your mascara waterproof and the best is to go easy with the amount you use not to feel like your lashes are heavy. A nice water resistant liquid eyeliner can be the best for a light but effective look.

Use lighter colors

If it does smear, you'd prefer it to be rose gold, or beige tones than black, right ? Also light colors simply look fresher for summer. So have fun with colors that you can also use as highlighters on you cheekbones.

Free your Skin

The best if you feel comfortable enough with your skin is to use foundation only sparingly, with just a little bit of it on the imperfections, instead of covering your whole skin with it. It will feel less heavy on your skin. You can also chose to use a tinted moisturizer instead. If you're tanning a lot, don't forget to change your foundation/concealer tints. Also don't forget to use a primer during summer before your makeup. It prevents skin oil to mess up your makeup, and it makes your skin look healthier and feel fresher.

 
  • Glossier - Haloscope - 22$ It's the kind of multi purpose makeup products : you can use it as a highlight or on your eyelids depending on which color you're using. I love the texture, which is super creamy and gives a nice glow. You can get 20% off at Glossier using my link.
  • Mario Badescu - Facial Spray - 7$ Even if this isn't a primer, I sometimes use it before my makeup because it makes my skin feel fresh and ready. I actually store it in the fridge for extra coolness.
  • Milk makeup - Eye Vinyl - 20$ Milk makeup is my new favorite and I will test more from them because I love their packaging and the overall look of their brand. I like Eye Vinyl because it's so easy to use. The nude one gives a very cool dewy effect and the black one a strong and punkish look depending on how you apply it, but you may want to train a little bit to apply it well, not to be messy.

 

  1. Mac cosmetics - Liquidlast Liner - 21$ If you know how to use liquid liner and you do it well, it will just stay perfect the whole day without moving !
  2. Make Up For Ever - Aqua Cream - 23$ Lots of colors to play with and the waterproof creamy texture will hold much better than powder in the heat.
  3. L'Oréal - Sexy Balm - 7,90€ Perfect if you want a rich color while keeping your lips hydrated. The shape makes it super easy to use.

Nude Make-up

As you have probably already guessed, I am more into skin care than make-up. Not that I dislike make-up, but I am a huge fan of the bare-face look, and I am not that good when it comes to draw perfect lines whether it's on the lips or the eyes. So what I use daily is concealer and a little bit of eyebrow make-up. Sometimes foundation, which I use as little touches just for little red spots or rare pimples.

That said, I still sometimes love using simple make-up in a "diffused" way so it doesn't need to be perfectly done, like when I just tap my finger to apply lipstick, for example. That's why when a few weeks ago during a shoot the make-up artist Marjo-Riitta Harkonen did a beautiful nude-pink make up on me, I loved it so much that I wanted to talk about it here on The French Glow.
I asked her what products she used to reach that perfect creamy texture and colors. As many make-up artists do, Marjo-Riitta very often mixes many products to get exactly what she wants, but she did tell me the 2 key products she used on my eyes :

 
 

I personally prefer this look as it is here : no mascara to keep it subtle. I find it fresh and healthy-looking, perfect for a daily Spring time make-up. Hope you like it as much as I do !