Sumptuous. It is just one of the adjectives I would use to describe La Contessa’s personal style. And speaking of style, what’s better than a Makeover Monday?
If sumptuous is a word I think of as soon as I picture my friend Elizabeth, whom many of you know as La Contessa of The Vintage Contessa, there are other words that come to mind that exemplify not only how she presents and carries herself, but how she seems to embrace the world.
Among those terms: colorful, exuberant, splendid, generous, adventurous, gracious, and very, very real. One more word: abundance… or should I say… “abbondanza,” as Elizabeth is delightfully at home with Italian style, no doubt influenced by living in Italy and her wonderful Italian husband.
Now, I use the term “abundant” in the most positive way. Elizabeth’s abundance of collections that are elements of her signature style are matched by equal parts warmth, caring and playfulness.
Would you like a peek at one of her furnishings that holds some of her treasures?
Elizabeth tells me this amazing display case that houses her baubles is a find from London.
Abundance… Appreciation for the elegance of antiques and vintage accessories, fabrics, furnishings… And fun! See what I mean?
With no further ado (as they say), please enjoy Elizabeth’s reportage in the Shake Up Your Makeup “challenge,” and the gorgeous results.
As another representative from the Fabulous Fifties (we had Barbara and Sue in their fifties as well), Elizabeth has a very different look — just above-the-shoulder length dark hair, dark eyes, and the vibrant style she is known for. Here is her “before” picture, to the right.
La Contessa also enjoys the advantages of being statuesque, which allows her to go big and bold in her style, and pull it off superbly.
Elizabeth recounts her experience:
I started at SEPHORA and they were too busy for me. SO, I walked to NEIMAN’s and they were kind enough to find NATASHA GONZALEZ in the YSL department who was happy to do a makeover on me! First, she used a brush and painted on a moisturizer, which I liked the feel of VERY MUCH. Then she added a foundation and a dark contour under my chin… and above. She used that ECLAT, which I own for use under the eyes, nose and chin.
So what colors would bring out Elizabeth’s lovely eyes and hair? Once the foundation is right, what next, to highlight the Contessa’s natural beauty — and her personal style?
What Did You Like? What Did You Learn?
Natasha used a brown palette for the eyes, which I liked very much. What I loved was the black pencil she used under my upper eye lid! She said that since I have small eyes, I should never do a line on the top of the lid… and that’s what I do all the time!
Another trick: She used a lip pencil and colored it in on the lips, then applied the LIPSTICK! Very matte. She commented that I THINK that way, you do not need a gloss…
I was VERY PLEASED with MY LOOK… and did not feel too MADE UP! We then walked over to the CHANEL BOUTIQUE and snapped some photos! I would like to THANK NATASHA for her help and expertise!
Personally, I can trace some of my makeup adventures to another life in Manhattan, hitting the Saks counters with a friend and co-worker, before heading on to the many Happy Hour venues that awaited. I have always adored trying new beauty products and saying yes to any offers by on-site makeup artists to do their thing.
This has allowed me the benefit of someone else “interpreting” my face, trying new colors and techniques, and hearing what is advised as my skin, my hair style, and seasonal trends evolve.
Apparently, this is a new experience for Elizabeth. (And I’m wondering if that’s true for others!)
I have never done this before… I think it would be GOOD to do maybe twice a year, just to learn little tricks of the trade… And writing this, I realize I forgot to buy the mascara! I would definitely recommend doing it and do BUY A PRODUCT OR FOUR… like ME!!! I think you will USE them and play, and discover a NEW YOU!
THANK YOU D.A. … What FUN I HAD!
Makeup Should Be Fun!
To Elizabeth’s last points, I couldn’t agree more. For many of us, makeup is fun! Still, while I have always found using makeup to be a pleasure rather than a “necessity,” as time marches on, the importance of strategic use of color on my cheeks and liner on my eyes has grown.
Presenting a bright face to the world — literally — can help you feel more confident, not to mention more upbeat if you’re having a tough day. And for those of us who are out in the world as I am, always open to new friends and new business opportunities, this is even more critical. First impressions do indeed count, and the polish that is added through a sweep of Dior or Chanel or YSL can certainly lend a hand. So why not take it, and enjoy the benefits?
Spectacular. Don’t you think?
Her side-by-side “before and after” is here. Look how magnificently she pulls off this deep red lip. And isn’t the twinkle in her eye a marvel, with or without makeup?
A HUGE thank you to Elizabeth (today) and again to Sandy (yesterday) for their gracious participation in this little adventure. I wonder who may be next…
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