While I was putting on my makeup a few weekend’s back for a wedding and trying to help Mark with the finishing touches to his Best Man speech and sew up a loose hem all at the same time I realised that the makeup I was attempting to apply on my face was reminiscent of my tastes from two years ago. I know, so deep Anna. It was more bronzey than usual, a little lighter on the eye than I’ve been going recently and sheer and more nudey on the lip. I mean I wasn’t regressing to my overly orange/porn lip days of CHANEL Soleil Tan de CHANEL and GOSH Darling, it was like a slightly less ‘in yer face’ version of that and since that realisation I’ve been making a conscious effort in the morning to explore that old beauty path a bit more as I thought things turned out ok on that day.
The 2012 VDM look was a threefold process. One part equal measures of bronzer and blush on the cheeks, one part a lightly metallic eye, finished with a sprinkling of a nude lip. So let’s start with the complexion. If I remember rightly, 2012 was the year that Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush in Tipsy came into my life and man was that a game changer. To date it’s still my favourite blush of all time and it just has this almost mystical ability to make me look healthy, perky and well, just a less grey version of myself. So I’ve been reaching for that with with NARS Bronzer in Laguna, which was in full-time rotation back then, or Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder which is a newer and more subtle way to warm things up.
For eyes there’s an obvious choice – MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters – a shade that I wore pretty solidly from 2011-2012. There are a few others in that pinky/golden vein too that get a look in: NARS Eyeshadow in Nepal, Estée Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paint in Pink Zinc and Urban Decay’s Sin from the Naked Palette. All have that metallic quality that disguise tired eyes and provide a standout backdrop for lashes (taken care of by my old friend L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara).
Then there’s the lip. In the past you could bet your bottom dollar that it was MAC Hue that I was rocking, a colour that I quickly worked into a tiny little nub, but actually it’s a lippie that my lovely friend Sandra sent over from Canada that’s been ticking all the right boxes. Wet and Wild’s Mega Last Matte Lip Colour in Just Peachy is the one and it’s like a less white-based version of Illamasqua’s Obey.I pat it on over pre-balmed lips and my makeup time travel back to 2012 is complete.