I’ve been in a real “yé-yé” mood lately, pulling out my French records. I love this Sheila look! Who doesn’t love a mod look? I love the super pale lip that’s a bit “off” because it isn’t nude. There are great mid-60’s pictures of my grandmother who has a dark complexion wearing tons and tons of black eyeliner and white lipstick wearing wonderful “hair pieces”. This type of bold contrast has been a bit of a makeup weakness for me since I have a mod soft spot. This is the kind of look that is difficult to pull off for really light complexions, but I think anyone can do it if you have confidence.
FACE: Sheila’s complexion is flawless. With your fingertips apply a foundation primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light. Now is the time to apply concealer where needed. For me this would be under the eyes and I like to use Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. Apply a matte finish foundation such as NARS Sheer Matte Foundation with a foundation brush. Set foundation with a pressed powder like Benefit Get Even Pressed Powder. Apply with the sponge. Apply powder to eyelids too. Cheeks are very bare. I say that most of us will need a bit of bronzer on our cheeks to keep us from looking ghostly. Apply a dusting of NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna on the cheekbones and down the nose. This adds some color without adding color. I know, I rarely make sense.
EYES: Brows are natural but brushed in place. Apply a clear brow gel such as The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel. You’ve applied powder to your lids to even out the tone and to absorb oils. I’m sure Sheila used a liquid liner for this look, but we have some handy products today. I love the stay-put and easy to use formula of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero. Take this black liner and line those top lashes in classic cat-eye fashion. Don’t forget to go a bit Cleopatra-ish down the inner corner of the eye. This top line is thick, so keep applying the black liner until you get what you want. Sharpen that pencil so that the tip is fine. Line the bottom lash line. Follow where the lashes grow. Surprisngly, it appears that Sheila is not wearing false lashes. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of lengthening macara such as NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara to top and bottom lashes.
LIPS: I suggest with lips this pale that your lips are in tip-top shape. This means that they are flake-free. So, exfoilate the night before or before putting on your makeup. Apply a lip treatment or balm. Those with lots of pigment in their lips should apply a lip base such as Origins Underwear for Lips Perfecting Lip Primer. With a lip brush, so that you are really getting the lipstick in every little crevice of the lips, apply a pale pink lipstick. NYX Round Lipstick in Strawberry Milk is the perfect lip color for this look. Cool down this color even more by applying Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Lilac Pastelle. Apply a few layers of this gloss.
Now to fragrance. I’m thinking something sweet and almost like candy, something a yé-yé girl would wear. I’m thinking TokyoMilk Let Them Eat Cake EDP.
I used all the colors listed above. The lipstick is much “cooler” and lilac-ish like Sheila’s when photographed inside with a flash. Photographed in sunlight, it’s more of a mod pink shade. Either way, it’s very 60’s.