What They Wore: Guerlain Summer

Guerlain, summer 2012, promoIn honor of Neiman Marcus’s beauty week, Guerlain national artist Marcus Monson came to town — and I was lucky enough to get an appointment. Having just swatched the Terracotta Sun in the City powder and the new cream blushes, I knew I wanted to try the products from the summer collection. With that one stipulation, I gave Marcus free rein.

Marcus suggested we do a look based on the summer promo image: strong eyes (though not so heavy on the eyeliner), bronzer (but not as much as the photo), and a bright, warm lip. When have I ever said no to a bright, warm lip? This would be an “everyday” interpretation of that image.

We started with Lingerie de Peau foundation in shade 12 Rose Clair (which, if we’re being honest, is too dark… but hey, we were going for tanned). Marcus applied the Precious Light Illuminating Pen in shade 01 to my jawline (to help blend the foundation), my eyelids (as shadow base), the corners of my nose (almost everybody has a little redness there), under my eyes (for concealing), to my forehead and my temples (for illuminating). He also gave me a dusting with Meteorites Compact 01 Teinte Rose.

Guerlain, Fumes quadMarcus selected eyeshadow quad 06 Les Fumes for my eyes (see swatches here). He put the top shade, that dusty pink, on my lid, carrying the color surprisingly far in, and all the way up to just above the crease. He put the left-hand shade, the taupe, from lashline to just above the crease (blending it on top of the dusty pink). He used the right-hand shade, the silver-purple, at the inner corner.

He used Guerlain’s black pencil eyeliner to line my top lashes, smudged that line with an angled brush, then smudged the bottom shade from the quad (the charcoal brown) along the top lashline, the bottom lashline (using his fingers to smudge), and just a bit at the outer corner of my eyelid.
Guerlain, summer 2012, facechart
He applied Noir G mascara, and used that left-hand taupe shade from the quad on my brows.

He wanted to use the new Sun Blondes bronzer, but he didn’t want to overwhelm me, so he dabbled his brush on the product, then on a tissue (to wipe some off). He applied bronzer under my cheekbones, at my hairline, and just a light touch on the chin.

THEN (my favorite part), he applied Sunny Pink cream blush to my cheeks — and a light dab on the center of my eyelid. He applied the Sun in the City highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, my browbone, and just a light touch at my hairline. My cheeks were so fantastically luminous!

He used lipliner 43 Feve Tonka (swatched here) to line and color the outer corners of my lips — he said that helps the gloss stay in place in the center. He used Rouge Automatique lipstick 143 Nahema (one of my favorites!), topped with 871 Frosted Rose lipgloss. Here’s the final look:
Guerlain, Sun in the City

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9 Responses to “What They Wore: Guerlain Summer”

  • Katie says:

    Thank you for the great breakdown! I already ordered the highlighter…..off to order the blush, and perhaps the bronzer and eyeshadow palette as well. You look stunning!

  • Baby says:

    WOW, I looove this look! You look so classy, yet as sexy and smoldering as Natalia Vodianova does in the promo. Marcus is so great, coral lips is so beautiful for the summer

  • @jennycove says:

    OMG sooo beautiful. When reading what he used I was picturing an over the top look. So not the case!!! The look is so well blended and light handed, the eyes are perfect and you were quite right about the cheeks – Luminous and glowing but not shiny. A lovely pic of you, the color black is gorgeous on you! :-)

  • Eileen says:

    You look stunning and sophisticated, Karla. Thank you for sharing your face chart and all the details. Marcus is a genius, but then he had a lovely model on which to work his magic :-) The man really knows how to put colors together for the perfect effect, doesn’t he?

  • Noelle says:

    You look lovely Karla!

    I have not tried any Guerlain products *gasp*. If you had to choose one product to get an introduction to the line what would it be?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    I think if I wanted to get somebody hooked on Guerlain I would introduce them to the six-pan eyeshadow palettes, loose kohl eyeliner in Oriental Metal, and Rouge Automatique lipsticks. And Sunny Pink cream blush. :)

    I’d love to hear what you think!

  • Eileen says:

    Hi Noelle,

    If you could buy only one product that would exemplifies Guerlain’s luxury, make it a Rouge G lipstick. It’s legendary amongst lipstick mavens.

  • Paula says:

    Hey! I met marcus at Saks few days ago! He is just a sweetheart! When I mentioned I had seen him on your blog he was super happy! I really loved meeting him!

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