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Beautiful breathtaking burnished bronze for Christmas.

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After yesterday’s soft look, time to kick it up a notch! A bronze eyeshadow is my go-to option for any kind of look really, with it’s endless variety from a golden patina over a gorgeous copper to a deep, burnished, almost blackened olive offering a myriad of possibilities. If yesterday’s look was a bit too soft, run of the mill, everyday option for you, but you’re still too scared to go anywhere near that Chanel Mirifique (no worries, that makes two of us), thiseasy to achieve look might just be the ticket for you. Key here is to use creamy textures to ensure longevity, and somehow, a bronze colour somehow works better in a non powdery version.

First off, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze is the perfect start for this look, it lightens and freshens up my look by adding that much needed touch of colour. More of  “a week in Saint Tropez” glow than “tanning bed addict”, this primer might look scarily brown in the tube, but has a beautiful, almost halo-like glow effect. Follow with the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All Day Long Foundation (the foundation par excellence for the holiday season), and then finish off with some small coverage of theNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Bobbi Brown Corrector where neededA very light dusting of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder delicatly illuminates skin where needed, but I already have the soft sheen of the primer radiating through my foundation, so I keep it at a minimum.  A light stroke of the Erno Lazslo Multiphase Blush, on the apples of my cheeks, and that’s that.

Again, the focus is on the eyes with this look, so a good eye shadowprimer is vital. I still use the Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige but the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base remains unbeaten as the best I’ve ever tried. Chanel Ombre d’Illusion in Fatal is the perfect pick for this season, a breathtaking burned bronze, reddish without being too coppery, a perfect hint of brown or purple depending on how the light hits it, a soft shimmer (no big chunks of sparkle!), a creamy but velvety touch and extremely longlasting on the lids. Seductively smokey when seen through candlelight! I layered it all over my Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa all over the moving eyelid, with some extra definition and ooomph from a soft touch of Chanel Ombre d’Illusion in Mirifique in the very outer corner, and a light reflecting pressing of Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in Sunlight Gold in the inner corner. A fine line of the Lancôme Artliner in Black ties everything together, and a few coatings of Chanel Le Volume Mascara in Black form the finishing touch.

On the pictures, I am not wearing anything on my lips (shame on me, I know), but I would pair it with MAC Giddy, Tom Ford Indian Rose, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Corail Urbain or the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse in Nude Ingenue. 

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