Best of Tom Ford Beauty and a makeover by Tom Ford Specialist!

Tom Ford is one of my favorite luxury beauty brands, but I haven’t talked much about it on the blog as it was previously difficult to purchase to Finland. Now we have a gorgeous big Tom Ford counter at Helsinki Stockmann dept store and also available on the website. In today’s post I’m showing you my top Tom Ford beauty products and a makeover done by Noora, the Tom Ford Specialist at Stockmann!

Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

I was kindly invited to have a makeover the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter. I live quite near the Helsinki dept store and I haven’t had my makeup done many times professionally. Of course I said yes, Tom Ford being one of my favorite brands! Noora is very talented makeup artist and an expert in Tom Ford makeup and perfume. I was very happy to see her working with some of my old favorites as well as new products. That day I had two lipsticks with me for inspiration: Indian Rose (pinky nude) and Sonia (red). We chose Sonia as the lip color, keep eyes simple yet shimmery and glowing, perfected skin!

 Copyright Laura Loukola

List of the most important products we used:

Base: 02 PINK GLOW TONE UP and foundation new SOLEIL GLOW TONE UP FOUNDATION SPF 45 HYDRATING CUSHION COMPACT in the shade 2.0 BUFF. Usually I wear a lighter shade in Tom Ford foundations, but 2.0 BUFF did look good on my skin.

Cheeks: SHADE AND ILLUMINATE CHEEKS, shade SCINTILLATE topped with powder blush CHEEK COLOR, 01 FRANTIC PINK. Powder FACE ILLUMINATING POWDER in TRANSLUCENT and highlight with FACE SKIN ILLUMINATING POWDER in the shade 01 MOODLIGHT. Noora used both of the highlighter shades for giving me some bronzed, healthy glow on the cheeks. Loved her technique!

Eyes: Cream eyeshadow in SOLEIL CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR, 06 YOUNG ADONIS (both cream and the top coat glitter), EXTREME MASKARA in the shade RAVEN. FIBRE BROW Gel in the shade TAUPE.

Lips: LIPS AND GIRLS lipstick in the shade Sonja

Such a gorgeous makeup!! I asked a lot of questions from Noora and have been testing her techniques on myself this week. For example wearing the top coat glitter all over the eyes - beautiful. Previously I’ve been frugal with glitter, only using it on the outer corners of my eyes, but it looks simple yet stunning all over! I own the Shade and Illuminate in Moodlight, but have mostly just used the lighter shade. Now I’ve mixed the lighter and more tan highlighter shade, or used the darker color as a blush topper to warm up the look. I can still keep my “Snow White” look, but with just added warmth and healthy shine.

To get your makeup done by the Tom Ford Specialist, come to Stockmann Helsinki and shop for three products of choice! You can also ask for test application when you are choosing your shade etc.

Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Best of Tom Ford Ford Beauty Recommendations

According to Noora, the Tom Ford best-sellers are lipsticks, eyeshadow quads and foundations. I can see why, but today I’m sharing my personal favorites. Next I’ll list my personal top favorites or things that deserve a special mention. I try to keep this list short and sweet, so if I’m skipping a product it doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

Tom Ford TRACELESS FOUNDATION STICK

I wanted to try a foundation from Tom Ford and while the liquid foundation sample I tested was lovely, I felt I already had something similar. I opted for the stick foundation as it was a newer texture for me and unique in my makeup bag. It’s so quick and convenient to use, you can easily build more coverage where needed. Conceals redness and lasts for the whole day! I love to use this with my Sonia G Base One brush or other duo fibre stippling brush.

Cream Color For Eyes

I used to hate cream eyeshadows as my lids are hooded and everything tends to crease on me sooner or later - especially very emollient products. Please notice I do wear eyeshadow primer underneath everything. Tom Ford’s mousse-like eyeshadow creams apply effortlessly and set in place without feeling heavy or sticky. They don’t move around or gather in my crease. The cream shadows also set glitter top coats very nicely with little to no fallout and color selection is beautiful. My current favorites are Spice, Burnished Copper and Caviar.

Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Cheek Color

Tom Ford has several blush options: “the baked gelee” formulas in the limited edition Soleil collection and traditional powder blushes. I love both, but I’ve noticed I gravitate more towards the baked formula as the colors layer beautifully and add a gorgeous sheen on the skin. The permanent powder blushes are mostly matte with an excellent shade selection that compliments both fair and dark skin tones. I rotate all of them! My favorite regular powder blush is Inhibition (nude).

Perfume

Bold, strong, elegant. Those are the first tree words that I would associate with Tom Ford’s perfumes. I wear them when I want to feel strong or romantic and don’t have the time to reapply perfume during the day. They last exceptionally well on my skin, you can catch a whiff on my clothes as well. His perfumes are on the heavier side but don’t feel suffocating in any way. My family also loves Tom Ford perfumes and body sprays, which are also very potent and long-lasting. My current favorite scent is Tobacco Vanille.

Have you tried Tom Ford beauty? What’s your favorite item? Thank you again for the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter for having me! x

Makeup Therapy or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Routine

There are days when you will feel like like shit. Trust me, I’ve had a few of those recently. You may feel uncomfortable in your body, lack of energy and passion, pandas would envy your dark circles and perhaps there is a new zit or two (or three..) on your face. Today I’ll share you some peer support as well as tips how to deal with those days when you’d prefer to not get out of the bed.

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Acknowledge your feelings

It’s okay to feel like shit sometimes. Some of us are more prone to stress, changes in our skin and body or mood swings. Don’t hate or put yourself down because of these feelings, acknowledging is the first baby step towards dealing. Once you let go off the unnecessary guilt of feeling bad, you may tackle the reasons or even do damage control.

“Today I want to cover myself in a sack.” That’s okay. “Today everything is going wrong and it pisses me off” It’s fine. “Today my zits are the centre of attention” It’ll pass. “..But everything is wrong and I deserve it!” Stop, it’s not your fault.

Use Humour As Your Weapon

You had lipstick on your teeth and poured coffee on yourself during a meeting? Maybe instead of getting embarrassed or angry, try brushing it off by saying “Sorry, oops, it’s one of those days”. You will most likely make other people more comfortable around you when you laugh at the situation vs throwing a tantrum. You will appear more grown up, handling the situation with your shit together. You can later let it all out, perhaps during a physical activity.

Bloating, Zits, Bags Under the Eyes..

They’re all temporary. Make sure to stay hydrated during the day, don’t poke or squeeze your face (it’ll make things just worse). Use cold towel, cold spoons or eye masks to make your face and eye area feel more cool and relaxed - it also reduces puffiness. Consider light exercise to get your fluids moving.

Dealing with people who drain you

Constant complainers, overly critical, dramatic, constantly negative and demanding people.. Some are always like that, but perhaps your friend, relative or colleague is also having a crap day - either way, don’t get pulled in. You can be kind and emphatic while protecting yourself. If you can, be open about it: “This situation/mood is affecting me, please lets change the subject” or “I hear you, but these are my boundaries”. If these methods don’t help; politely limit your contact and disengage.

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

My Makeup Therapy Routine

First: take a shower and wash away your worries. If you feel very anxious, try a cold shower for a couple of minutes. When needing to relax a bit, use warm water or take a bath. It’s much nicer and easier to continue to next steps when you’re fresh and clean. If you can, wash your hair as well.

Second: Music, video or a podcast and a beverage. For me it’s always coffee, usually Youtube playing on the background with something inspiring that uplifts. Gather your tools and brushes. Eliminate negative thoughts and self-critique at this point, you’re trying to make yourself feel better and not worse. When looking at yourself in the mirror, don’t focus on “flaws” or start picking at your face; today your skin is what it is.

Third is prepping your skin. When I’m feel grimy or down I like to start with an exfoliating toner, followed by hyaluronic acid serum, moisturizer and SPF. Something simple, quick, that leaves my skin both feeling fresh and hydrated. If you’ve been crying or sleeping badly, I urge you to try a cold jade roller, refridgerated eye patches or spoons around your eyes. There isn’t a magic ingredient for puffiness except caffeine and lymphatic drainage with massage, I often prefer the latter. Little self-care and pamper makes me feel good mentally.

Finally is any makeup you enjoy using. Maybe there’s something you have been saving for a special occasion? Grab it now. Go on, do it. The routine doesn’t need to be long and elaborate in technique unless you want to. I often get energized when I do a nicely even base with foundation and full coverage concealer, lots of luminous blush and either glittery eyes or power lip with red, bright orange or maroon. Let the music or video play on the background, sip your drink and take a couple of deep breathes.

Some Youtube inspiration for you:

Matt D’Avella (minimalism, creativity)
Carly Rowena (positivity, fitness)
Michele Wang (luxury beauty)
Mel Thompson (luxury beauty)
Justine Leconte (fashion design)

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

From Chores to (Enjoyable) Routines

I love healthy routines. When the brain doesn’t need to focus on planing the next step you can concentrate on being mindful in the moment or perhaps get inspired for future things. I try to think about my beauty routine as something positive and creative I can do each morning - plus taking some time for myself.

I avoid any negative associations like “I’m so busy, but I can’t go out looking like this”. Yes, you can. If you don’t have the time, just leave it. Makeup is always optional. Try building the confidence to go either makeup free or perhaps trying something new in your routine. When done in good lighting using clean tools, the application feels much more pleasant.

I hope you enjoyed this type of post! What beauty related self-care routines do you have? I just had a month long hiatus from blogging because of personal reasons, but I’m happy to be back and inspired to create new content! x

Valentine's Makeup Look feat. SUQQU's Spring Collection 2019

In Finland, Valentine’s is actually called “Friends’ Day”, so we don’t often celebrate it by giving extravagant gifts or going out on dates. We usually just exchange cards or flowers, but that’s about it. Personally I don’t tend to celebrate anniversaries so Valentine’s is a good time to go out with my partner or have a cozy stay-at-home date. Sometimes we even celebrate White Day (for fun), which is a Japanese custom: on Valentine’s women give men chocolate, on White day men treat women with presents. Today I wanted to create a glowing and romantic makeup look to go with Valentine’s theme - or any day when you feel like wearing some pink hues. Gifted products are marked with an asterisk(*). Enjoy!

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Makeup Routine: Base

I don’t wear a primer for this look, but feel free to adjust if you need to conceal enlarged pores or add any extra glow to your skin. SUQQU’s Nude Wear Liquid is a light foundation that wears beautifully on it’s own, leaving my complexion feeling and looking radiant. I apply a couple of drops from the pipette on my face and apply with a firm foundation brush that doesn’t suck a lot of the product but spreads the foundation evenly. This way you don’t use a lot of product, but even out the face. If you have redness, start from the centre and blend towards the perimeter of the face.

Although the skin appears almost wet or like Korean “glass skin” with this foundation, it doesn’t separate or move during the day! I find it setting enough on its own and lasting pretty good on my dry skin. Read SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid full review here. If you have oilier skin, press some translucent powder on the T-zone, but leave the cheeks bare.

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Pinpoint conceal any blemishes with a semi-matte concealer that sets on its own to avoid over powdering. I dab some salmon/peach corrector from Bobbi Brown to the darkest part of my inner corners, under eyes and near the lash line. Since we are using pinks, I don’t want any natural redness be emphasised around my eyes. I apply NARS Radiant Creamy concealer on the top of the corrector and quickly set with a translucent or a luminous powder - my pick would be Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous (review here) or La Mer original powder (d/c). If you have creases under your eyes, make sure to remove creased foundation/concealer with a cotton bud before setting. A damp mini Beauty Blender is excellent for this step.

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Makeup Routine: Cheeks

I use a powder brow color to trace my brows for this look. Powder lasts long but looks softer and more diffused, which suits this look. I keep my brows as straight as possible, combing the brow hairs up with a tinted brow gel. As long as you keep things natural and soft, you’re good.

Next, add some color to the cheeks with SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush 102 TSUYASHISO*. The pump gives a fairly generous amount of color, so start with 1/3-1/2 pump. I dab a couple of dots on the top of my “apples” of the cheek, blending towards my ear. I find this easy to do with fingers, but a dense synthetic or white goat hair brush would do as well. 102 TSUYASHISHO is a very sheer color, so you might want to do another layer or a powder blush on the top. I also dab some cream highlighter on my cheekbones, nose bridge and cupid’s bow with my ring finger.

Makeup Routine: Eyes

SUQQU’s newest permanent(!) Designing Color Eyes palette 12 GENKOUAKANE* is just perfect for this occasion with its bright pinks and glossy shimmers. I will do a separate post reviewing SUQQU’s two new palettes, don’t worry, there will be swatches!

I press the watermelon pink (1) on my mobile lid, making sure I get it near the lash line. I press the brown (2) to my outer corner and blend towards my crease with a small, fluffy squirrel hair brush. As I have hooded lids, I bring the shadow a little higher than my crease, so some shadow is visible when my eyes are open. I trace my lower line with the brown shadow and a pencil brush. Next I pick up the light pink (3) with a clean pencil brush and press an accent to the highest point of my eye, also in the inner corner. If your eyes are not hooded, you could highlight the brow bone as well. Finally I pick up this gorgeous mint green (4) and fluff it to the inner part of my eye. The unusual placement for the green makes the look very fun and interesting. It’s not too visible in every angle, so the final look isn’t too bold.

If you want to bring more attention to the eyes, draw a winged eyeliner near the lash line. I leave the inner corner blank for more wide, eye-opening look and do a small wing. If you have oilier eyelids try a sharp brush with gel liner (NYX and Bobbi Brown make excellent ones). After curling my lashes (always, always curl your lashes!) I brush long-lasting Heroine Make mascara to my upper lashes and Korres Plum Brown* mascara to the lower lashes. Using a color mascara (red, brown, plum) gives a nice detail to the look, a soft impression while the black liner makes the lashes look thicker.

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Last But Not Least: Lips and Perfume

Last but not least, lipstick! I apply fuchsia SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick EX-02 KAN BOTAN* from the bullet, pat it once with a tissue and apply another layer. Read my 5 Best Tips for lasting lip color in this post.

For my perfume, I’ve chosen Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid. It’s a glamorous floral scent that I’d also describe as strong and mature. It has an unique character with notes of honey and rum, without being overly sweet to my nose. The base notes are warm with suede, vanilla and sandalwood - to name a few. Great for a night out or a romantic date, balancing the light and playful makeup. Like most Tom Ford scents, this perfume lasts on me for the whole night.

List of Makeup Worn

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 12 GENKOUAKANE*
SUQQU Color Ink Liquid Liner 01 Black*
Heroine Make Mascara
Korres Mascara Brown*
Viseart Structure Brow Palette

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid
Bobbi Brown Corrector
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
La Mer Powder (original, discontinued)

SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush 102 TSUYASHISO*
Kora Organics Amethyst Highlighter*
SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick EX-02 KAN BOTAN*

How did you like this style of post? What do you plan wearing makeup-wise on Valentine’s Day, if you’re celebrating one?