I had some time today to pull out some of Carolyn’s favorite products (and a few of my own additions) that I have in my makeup stash, and decided to take some photos and swatches for you all.
Carolyn almost always went with a red lip and sometimes a wash of Bobbi Brown Bone shadow on her lid. It looks like she had really long, dark lashes naturally and didn’t always use mascara because they appeared to be pretty straight most of the time. Her skin was naturally luminous and I never thought she wore blush of any kind either.
Not all of us have such lush lashes or glowing skin, so sometimes we need a little help in that department. 😉
I’ve put together a list of products that includes some of the ones she used and my own recommendations. I don’t own Bobbi’s Bone shadow, so I tried to replace it with something similar.
First off, I think if Carolyn ever did line her eyes, she tightlined. Tightlining is explained here.
To do tightlining, you can use a gel eyeliner in a pot like MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack or Laura Mercier’s Tightline Cake Liner in Black Ebony. I don’t have either as I usually prefer pencils, so I use Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, which is a deep matte black that stays on pretty well.
If Carolyn did anything to the upper lid, it was barely noticeable. If you need a little extra oomph to achieve that lush dark lashes look, I’d suggest drawing a super fine line above the lid. It needs to be barely there, but enough to enhance the eye a bit.
The liquid liners I like are Hourglass’s Script Precision Liquid Liner (although this one is not waterproof), or K-Palette Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner (this is a Japanese brand and is completely waterproof – I order from the imomoko.com website, and they are very reliable. They ship to the US and my packages always arrive quickly. I think they’re based in the US, actually.)
And for lashes, the Shu Uemura lash curler is so far the best I’ve tried (out of Shiseido, Kevyn Aucoin, Anna Sui and a few others). My favorite mascara is Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl (also another Japanese product that you can purchase from imomoko.com). All you need to remove it is to apply warm water to your lashes, make sure they’re thoroughly wet, and then carefully wipe off the fibers. This is a “tubing” mascara. It also lasts forever without flaking.
For the eyes, a sheer wash of a shimmery beige will brighten them up. I have to try Bone one of these days, but until I do, I like Le Metier de Beaute’s Sugar shadow. It’s finely milled and goes on smoothly.
To give cheeks a little glow and some added color, Benefit’s Sugarbomb blush/highlighter is so natural that it doesn’t even look like you’re wearing anything. It’s a breeze to apply and you really can’t go wrong with it. If you’re looking for a lot of color, try a regular blusher, because this tends to be much sheerer.
And finally, the lips! Carolyn wore Face Stockholm’s Cranberry Veil (the most versatile lipstick I’ve ever used), Bobbi Brown’s Ruby Stain (which was re-named Ruby Sheer and then discontinued) and MAC’s Russian Red. You can see in the photos the varying intensity of the colors.
I have the first two lipsticks and one other (Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine in Rosy) that is a fairly close match to Ruby Stain if applied very lightly and maybe topped with a clear balm or gloss.
To give your lips extra precision, a neutral liner like MAC’s Spice works well. It seems to blend well into my lipstick even though it’s not red, but there are lighter options too.
And finally, the polish she wore on her toes for her wedding was Face Stockholm’s polish in #9. It’s got a beautiful pinkish-purple iridescence that looks nice on its own and even better layered on top of a darker polish. As of today, I can’t find it on their site and am thinking they discontinued it. I’ll email them to find out. Crud. It is an easily dupe-able shade though.
Do you have any products you use to achieve the “Carolyn face”?