Grooming, skincare, and makeup are integral elements to looking our best no matter what we are wearing. A full face of makeup isn’t always necessary, but sunscreen, moisturizer, and a little lip color can make a big difference in our confidence. Classic basics in neutral solid colors mean even a tee and jeans can look elegant if you add a few styling details.
The elements of my look for our casual Friday lunch date are basics with a twist. The jacket has bold silver snaps with a more streamlined silhouette than the usual trucker jacket. The sleeveless tee has an eyelet detail at the neckline. I tucked in the tee and added a gunmetal belt to define the waistline.
The red handbag has a very long crossbody silver-colored chain, which was a bit too much with the silver snaps of the jacket. When the strap of a flap-style bag is too long, I wrap it around the flap to shorten it. (I use a timer and a tripod to take most of my photos, so the focus isn’t perfect, but hopefully, you get the idea.)
The denim jacket in a darker color is here – the sleeveless tee is here – the bootcut jeans are here – the bag is here – similar short booties are here.
Several have asked for updated makeup tips, so this is the first selfie with my new phone. (The phone is a very basic Pixel 6a.) In the past few years, I have stopped wearing foundation and updated my eyeshadow placement and brow shape. Notice I keep the shadow above the center of my eyelid, avoiding the outer edge swoop and any undereye color.
I add eyeliner into the base of my lashes and to the upper waterline with a slight upward flick before the last outer eyelashes. Blend eyeshadow up from the base of the lashes so that it fades out above the orbital bone or your crease line. Blending is essential! I fill in my sparse, over-plucked eyebrows that didn’t grow back after the disastrous thin brow trend of the eighties. A fuller and less arched brow looks modern and natural.
I wish I had used sunscreen more liberally and more often when I was a young woman. Here is sunscreen for the face – and here is sunscreen for the body.
The ‘Storm’ eyeshadow is here – The ‘Cool Grey’ brow pen is here – The ‘Noir Onyx’ eyeliner pencil is here – The lip liner is ‘Caprice’ here, and the lipstick ‘Plum: True Berry’ is here – The Bronzer is here. The black mascara is here.
My favorite new product from Beautycounter is the Exfoliating Polish. Winter skin can be dry and flaky, but this polishing powder mixed with my Cleansing Oil here makes a significant difference.
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