This is a sponsored post in collaboration with YSL Beauty. All opinions are my own.
The changing seasons make me uneasy in the best way. They signify a shift, a shedding of skin. My thick coats have gone from their hangers to a zip lock bag on top of my wardrobe, I’ve dragged my summer dresses and floral prints from the abyss in preparation for clear skies and sunkissed skin. Just like my wardrobe, my make-up is overturned too.
Black Opium combines many of my favourite scents. The initial energising punch comes from the all familiar coffee, Black Opium contains more coffee any other feminine fragrance. The coffee scents are balanced by white jasmine and orange blossom, keeping it strong without being bitter. But my favourite element is the undertone of cedar giving the fragrance a deep woody base.
The new twist on the iconic scent, Black Opium Floral shock, carries the same coffee notes as the original but offers an overall much lighter, more feminine scent. The floral notes are much stronger and there is a new sweet fruitiness from sugary pear. It’s the perfect alternative if you find Black Opium too strong or you’re looking for a daytime counterpart that’s a little lighter and more subtle.
All About That Base
As with any makeup look the prep is pivotal, so I start with the Touche Eclat Blur Primer. Not only does it help your makeup survive the day, it fills pores and has a dewy radiance that ensures a flawless foundation application every time.
I’m a long time lover of YSL’s Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation but for this collaboration I got to try their new Touche Eclat Le Cushion and I was absolutely blown away. The shades are the same as Le Teint (I’m B30) but Le Cushion comes with a two sided cushion applicator. This little cushion has been my best friend for the last couple of weeks, it’s so good it’s given my beauty blender some time off! The finish is the closest to bare skin I have ever known.
Highlight and Contour Conceal and Bronze
When it comes to summer makeup I like to keep it as light and airy as possible, so I ditch the ten step contour routines and opt for a much more natural look using concealer and bronzer.
I used the Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer (Shade 1.5) to cover blemishes and brighten my under-eye area as well as using it to highlight my forehead, the bridge of my nose and chin. Then added just a touch of Touche Eclat Glow Shot (Shade 01) along the top of my cheekbones to make them really pop.
In place of contour I dusted Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones (Shade 03) along my temples, the hollows of my cheeks and jawline to define and narrow my face.
The Window to the Soul
For my eyes I wanted something classic and sophisticated to match the Black Opium fragrance so I created a deep smokey eye with the Eye Duo Smoker (Shade 3) and outlined the look with a classic eyeliner flick using the Shocking Effect Faux Cils Eyeliner.
I wanted to incorporate the new Floral Shock edition to my eyes too so I took inspiration from the light pink on the bottle and used the new Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Lipstick (Shade 50) to add a touch of coloured glossy playfulness to my lids.
I then finished my eye look with dark dramatic lashes using The Shock Mascara (Shade 01).
There couldn’t be a more accurate lippy representation of Black Opium Floral Shock than this killer combo, I first applied Vinyl Cream Lipstick (Shade 404) as a thicker base for the super glossy Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (Shade 50) sitting on top.
Accompanied by my good friend and fellow blogger Yanin Namasonthi
Photography by Michaela Tornaritis