Spring Colors with Laura Mercier and Global Make-Up Artist Benjamin Ruiz!

Hey Everyone!
Laura Mercier’s Spring Collection is inspired interestingly enough not by candy in a jar or flowers, but by ballet and yoga. In fact, the Spring 2013 collection is called Arabesque and only a few strokes can create a gentle spring look. Laura Mercier invited me down to their counter at TANGS Orchard to preview their collection and get a make-over with Global Make-Up Artist, Benjamin Ruiz. I couldn’t resist.
Laura Mercier is a somewhat new addition to Singapore. Previously, they were only available at a shop called True Colors in Takashimaya although I’ve long since heard of the brand when beauty gurus raved about it their oil free tinted moisturiser and primer online. It was also available in Melbourne at Myer.Β It was a pleasure having Benjamin Ruiz do my make-up and give me a few tips here and there. He’s been in the make-up industry for 17 years and worked with Laura herself to create Laura Mercier.
First let’s get that base. Benjamin insisted that I get used to using a primer and Laura Mercier was the first brand to introduce face primers. He recommended that I use the oil free as I have combination skin and then he applied the LM Silk Creme Foundation. In fact, the difference between LM foundations and others is that LM is full of pigment, not of texture so that it feels like nothing on the skin but is able to get that desired coverage everyone wants. He then used the famous LM secret camouflage and secret concealer to hide my blemishes. A great tip is that if you’re trying to cover up a zit and the concealer seems to always slick off, just apply some onto it, do the rest of your face and then come back and cover it again. That way, it has something to hold on to!
Next up is the cheeks. He used a creme blush with a paddle brush to add color to my cheeks. Rose bud is like a pink peach color that’s really pretty.
On the eyes, he started first with a primer which is the LM eye basics in wheat. The caviar sticks are one of the stars of the show for Arabesque collection in the following colors. They are like glide on shadows and once set, they do not budge. It has great pigmentation and looks beautiful on the lids. I can’t wait to use it for a shoot! Anyway, I picked Sandglow which was more of a neutral tan. He then used the Arabesque palette to create a soft tan eye and used a blue shadow coming up from the lid line to give it a bit of color. He finished off with something I’ve never tried which is a cobalt blue eyeliner!
The Arabesque palette featured below is a really nice shimmery palette of neutral pastel/brown shades. You can certainly use Pink Mosiac to highlight on certain areas which Benjamin did on my cupids bow and cheek bones too.
For the lips, he used Creme Smooth Lip in Mango which is like a pink orange color and a lip gloss in bare pink. Really quite outstanding.
Overall I liked the look he created for me and really grateful for the introduction to a brand I’ve always heard of but never got to try! Hope you got some tips out of it too!
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