You know, I have a firm love for Japanese makeup, eco skincare and the one and only - Rouge Bunny Rouge. Their Neo-Victorian whimsy and style always remains beautiful and captivating, while the product performance is among the very best. This Spring RBR has come up with new interesting launch of foundation Color Matching Concentrate and a new look called 'Venetian Red': inspired by poets, painters, art and their creativity, beauty and passion (I'm all about it!!).
Now, I'm nowhere as stunning as their model in the Create Look guide, but here I am - still trying to recreate the Venetian Red look while rocking my R/H jumper. If you fancy taking a peek at my older RBR inspired creation, see the Rebel Princess Rhapsody here. RBR kindly sent me some of the products and sample sizes to try from this look, but in all honesty I had already bought most of them with my own money. I took a couple of 'creative liberties' here and there while creating the look after their instructions. I'll talk you through!
As the instructions suggest, I'll add a generous layer of the Tinted Luxe Balm in Pinch of Nude to condition my chapped lips. I really enjoy this balm as it feels very light and plumping on the lips without being too slippery or oily. Perfect for prepping the lips or underneath a lipstick to sheer out the color. Full review & swatches here.
I love the RBR Milk Aquarelle foundation (review here) and I'm on my second bottle. If you repurchase a foundation it does say something about it! The Milk Aquarelle has a light to medium buildable coverage, I usually buff just one layer mixed with the Serene Light Skin Perfector for a luminous, even finish. The coverage hides most of my acne scaring, but lets some imperfections shine through so the end result is very second skin-like. You can use Serene Light as a primer, but personally I mix it with my foundation. It does something magical to the end result, I can't quite put my finger on it (which is why I haven't written a full review yet), but using this makes my skin look even, bright and refreshed. I can't live without it!
Sadly, the Milk Aquarelle foundation's shade range is very limited - but RBR brought out a novelty product this Spring: the Colour-Matching Concentrate in Sonnet, which is essentially a foundation mixer. It comes in a convenient small pump bottle, but don't let the size deceive you - this stuff is VERY pigmented! Only a smallest drop is needed for adjusting your foundation. Perfect if you're a makeup artist, a medium-tan and need to adjust a foundation shade, or your skin significantly deepens in the summer time. I'm too fair to get much use out of this Concentrate as a foundation mixer, so I've used the tinies drop as a bronzer to add some healthy definition to the outer perimeter of my face. I add this on the top of my temples and cheek bones, after contouring with my Natural Defining and Contouring Liquid in Dusk (review here).
I cover my dark circles with the Luminous Skin Wand in Orionis. I imagine this product is supposed to be RBR's counterpart to YSL's Touche Éclat, but there is enough coverage so I can use it to conceal my dark circles. The formula is very light both in texture and coverage, but amazingly it banishes the tiredness from my face. Just to make sure there is no creasing, I set the concealer with my beloved Diaphanous loose powder and Chikuhodo Z-2 brush (reviewed both here).
Highlighting and Blush
The instructions on RBR website suggest to add the Highlighting Liquid before your blush, so I'll try it.. for science. Sea of Showers was a new shade for me. I always feared that a nude, champagne-like highlighter would be too tan for me but I was wrong! It suits perfectly with my slightly bronzed base. Sea of Clouds (pure white) still remains my favorite shade for my pale complexion, but I'll definitely use up the sample of Sea of Showers. I'll dab the highlighter on my cheek bones, temples, nose bridge and cupid's bow with my fingers.
Next, with a clean finger I'll dab the color of blush wand in Rubens on the apples of my cheeks and blend towards my ears. I used to sketch streaks on my cheeks with the actual blush wand, but I've learned that finger application works is the nicest for me. It can be used as a lipstick or an eyeshadow as well! I did my friend's makeup the other weekend using the shade Manet and she looked stunning. Last but not least, I'll take a squirrel hair highlighter brush and apply some highlighting powder in Goddess (I didn't have the suggested Sweet to Touch) to the high points of my face with a Sonia G fan brush.
Eyes and lashes
This look is inspired by classic art, the name 'Venetian Red' borrowed from the earthy red of Renaissance paintings. This theme speaks to me, as I used to sell fine art supplies as my part-time job for almost a decade! Although my own paintings are mainly digital, I have firm love for traditional materials (oils, aquarelles, pastels), classic painters and their muses. RBR knows how to draw inspiration and make it their own.
I was out of my RBR brow liners, so I used my Dior Brow Styler in Dark Brown instead and sketched my brows with feathery strokes. I only fill-in where needed and keep the look straight and natural. The Dior brow liner was super hyped up on YouTube and I like it, but it hasn't blown my mind. After finishing the Dior I think I'll got back to RBR as it's less expensive and the color is equally good. Lately I've been enjoying semi-brushed up brow and the SUQQU Brow Mascara gives me the hold I need (review here).
I start the eye look by applying the Brightening Liner Duo in Glacier Flower to my lower waterline. Using the Duo Cream Shadow in Gossamer Wing (which is one of my staples and I'm almost out of it) I create the kind of "no-eyeshadow" eyeshadow. Instead of mixing the two shades together I feel my hooded lids need more definition: using the doe-foot applicator I apply the lighter shade on my mobile lid and darker shade to the crease and blend with my finger. Then I sharpen my lip pencil in Marco and line my upper and lower lash line, keeping the inner corners bare. As the lip pencil is very soft, it's easy to massage the red color between the lashes without actually tight lining. I curl my lashes using the Surratt curlers (review here) and apply generous coats of Modelling Mascara in Red Nightfall. I think Magnitude Mascara in Ruby was a similar limited edition shade from last year, so I swatched it for comparison. RBR site suggests using the liquid highlighter to line the eyeliner for a metallic effect, but I use it to brighten my inner corners instead. Usually I would do this with the Brightening Liner Duo, but the liquid highlighter gives more "oomph" to the look.
(I mistakenly wrote 'Aura' in the highlighter picture, it's actually 'Goddess'!)
I wipe off the Tinted Luxe balm with a tissue and sketch my lips with the lip pencil in Marco (same I used for the eyes). I feel I wanted to emphasis the lips a bit more and decided to use one of my favorite lipsticks: the Color Burst Lipstick in Word of Mouth on the top. The match is excellent, Word of Mouth just gives a bit more brightness and healthy gloss to my lips. You could also use a touch of the Blush Wand applied as a stain - depends on the look you're going for! Finally, I give myself two spritzes of the RBR Chatoyant fragrance. This isn't a perfume I would wear daily, as on me the musk and vanilla base notes are quite heavy. I still enjoy it when I'm feeling "fancy" haha. Instead of disappearing into thin air this fragrance lasts on me for the whole day, which is excellent. Read more about the scent & notes here.
Thank you for reading! This post was pretty chatty, but I'm contemplating if I should post my everyday motd looks + simple product list more often? I would love to hear your thoughts! Also, if you desire to purchase any RBR items you can get 20% off by using my code RBR-lauraloukola20 (non-affiliate!!).
This post is not sponsored, but does feature some pr samples kindly sent by Rouge Bunny Rouge. My thoughts remain my own & honest. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.