Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Makeup Breakdown

So what is the gorgeous model in Laura Mercier’s spring 2012 Lingerie photo wearing?
Laura Mercier, spring 2012, Lingerie collection promo
According to the company:

I talked it over with some of my favorite Laura Mercier sales associates, and we agonized over which product was where. (I wish I had an even bigger/higher resolution version of this image.)

We finally decided that it must be Rich Cocoa on the lid, blended with African Violet in the crease (because what else could create that shimmer). Tawny Apricot isn’t in the official product breakdown, but my artists said they would probably use it to blend and soften the edges of the African Violet — why not, if you have the palette. The brow highlight and the highlight at the inner corner of the eye are Buff Pearl. And the model has to be wearing eyeliner, even though they don’t include it in the breakdown. My artists said maybe Black Plum was used as the top liner, and softly smoked out on the bottom. That would account for the touch of purple on the lid and below the eye. (I’d probably tightline with a pencil liner in addition to the shadow.) And if you want to create that just-so sweep of shadow on the outer corner of the model’s eye, blend as normal, then clean up the edge with a q-tip.

The artists commented that SC-4 is an unusual choice for someone who wears Tinted Moisturizer in Nude… we wondered whether the Secret Camouflage might have been used to contour her cheek. And for a shorthand glow without a camera flash, they suggested Laura’s new Radiance Primer.

As LeVar Burton used to say: you don’t have to take my word for it. Anybody want to take a stab at recreating the look?

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4 Responses to “Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Makeup Breakdown”

  • Thank you for posting the breakdown – I really, really love this look.

    I may try to recreate it, but I don’t usually have much success at photographing my looks. I’ll email you the photos if I do have success, though!

  • Ann says:

    I wear Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Nude and there is no way that’s the shade she’s wearing. Sorry, but she is way too dark for that shade. I don’t think she’s wearing Oleander on the cheeks either.

  • Lisa says:

    OMG, I used to love Reading Rainbow!

  • Dia says:

    I couldn’t tell you how to recreate the look, but I do love it (and the “Reading Rainbow” reference!)

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