Burberry’s relatively new makeup range, which launched last summer, has been slowly gaining a cult following. Perhaps it won’t be quite so cult-y anymore, because you can finally get your hands on the line a little more easily. Previously available only at Nordstrom (which doesn’t exist in NYC–please get here, Nordstrom!), you can now get it at Saks in NYC and at the retailers’ website. We popped over to Saks earlier this week to check out the gorgeous collection at the shiny new counter and to get some makeup tips from Burberry’s Director of Education, John Trau.
In a short time, Burberry has carved out a niche for itself in the market–the brand is becoming known for its perfect neutrals. See the fall campaign at left if you need proof. Their foundations and lipsticks–both silky and light–are their best-sellers. And the line is expanding. To meet the demand of consumers who aren’t pale English roses, foundations on the darker end of the spectrum are being added come March. Concealers and a new fall collection inspired by Jean Shrimpton just landed on counters. And an incredible “moisturizing luminous fluid base” that can be used alone or under foundation called Fresh Glow was the standout newly-launched product and is currently under lock and key in my medicine cabinet.
After ogling gorgeous eye shadows (Midnight Brown won an Allure “Best in Beauty” award this year) and marveling at the lipsticks (which are among the most cleverly-packaged in the business) I picked John’s brain for random application tips.
First of all, blush that makes it look like you’re not wearing blush, but rather are blushing. John applied a rather drab-in-the-compact “Earthy Brown” below my apples, and the effect was instant runway model cheekbones. He then somewhat alarmingly took a lipstick (Nude Rose) to my face and made a “Burberry check” on each cheek and then blended. The end result was very “warm-glow-from-within,” yet did not look like I had anything on my face.
Next I asked about concealer for undereye circles. He recommends that you don’t use a concealer with a brightener. Conceal what you want to conceal by finding one that matches your skin tone. Then add brightening or highlighting products around the eye. Better than coffee.
Finally, achieving a perfectly polished neutral face is much harder than it looks. Check out the video below for a step-by-step for how to get the same look as the models above–cheekbones included.