We started with the Intensive Infusion Concentrate (a hydrating dry oil), Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer, and Intensive Infusion Eye Treatment (a quick-absorbing eye balm). I want to mention the skincare because it can affect the performance of the products that come after it.
Russ applied the Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12, followed immediately by Traceless Foundation SPF 15 in 03 Fawn, applied with the 01 Foundation Brush. (I’d like to play with the foundations a bit more before I confirm Fawn as my perfect color match).
He followed foundation with the Traceless Foundation Stick under the eyes as concealer (this was applied with the 02 Cream Foundation Brush).
The Tom Ford order-of-product-application is unusual: skincare, foundation, concealer, face contour, brows, eyes, lips, and blush goes last. I usually do brows last (because I decide how dark/full I want them to be depending on how much eye makeup I’m wearing). I also don’t usually put on concealer until I finish my eye makeup (because I usually have to do a little clean up under the eyes). So by all means, try it the Tom Ford way, but don’t be afraid to break the rules.
Russ contoured my face with Shade & Illuminate Intensity 1, using the 04 Shade & Illuminate brush. He ran the brush over the darker cream, painted a stripe on my cheek, below the cheekbone, then used the same side of the brush and his fingers to blend. He used the other side of the brush to apply the highlighting cream above my cheekbone, and blended again.
Brows are also important to the Tom Ford face, and the Brow Sculptor is pretty nifty. It’s a mechanical pencil with a broad, angled lead (so it can be used head-on for a narrower line, or flat for a broader stroke). The back pulls off to reveal a spoolie (mascara wand, for combing through the brows), and untwists to reveal a grooved trough, which sharpens the lead as you run it through the trough. Russ selected the second shade, Taupe, for my brows.
He gave me a light dusting of Illuminating Translucent Powder with the 05 Bronzer Brush to preserve the glow we’d worked so hard to achieve, and it was time for color.
We decided on the Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad. We started with the third shade, a dusty purple. Russ applied it all over the lid and as a liner under the eye, using the #11 Eyeshadow Brush. We added a bit of the cool silver second shade on top of it (same placement). We used the fourth shade as a liner and swept it up into the crease, using the #12 Eyeshadow Contour Brush.
Russ lined my lower waterline with Midnight (blue eyeliner pencil), and then — the coup d’grace — he applied the sparkly, celestial first shade to the inner half of my eyelid, focusing on the inner corner.
He finished with a coat of Tom Ford’s one and only Raven mascara (which, based on this photo, I definitely want to revisit).
Because I had so much razzle-dazzle on my eyes, Russ chose Blush Nude lipstick and Naked gloss for my lips. The Tom Ford line does not include lipliners, but rather a very square lip brush (#21), which allows you to precisely “line” your lips with color.
Russ finished with the not-at-all-frantic Frantic Pink, applied with the 06 Cheek Brush.
The resulting look was pretty glam, and I’m already looking forward to my next makeover at the counter. Next time: bold lips, please.