Red with Gold and Sporting My Tan

I remember many years back, when I wasn't anywhere near conscientious about sun protection as I am now, I had just returned from a vacation in a very sunny place.  I was road weary from all the travel and probably not looking my best.  But I was tan.  Probably as tan as I get.  I ran into a neighbor in the lobby and she very nicely asked if I was feeling ok and when I told her I was just very tired, she sagely nodded and advised that I needed to get some sun!  I must have been well into NC30 or so, which is pretty dark for me!

I just returned from a week on vacation, being outdoors pretty much the whole time.  This time, I really took care to protect my skin, wearing a broad-rimmed hat the whole time and layering AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, which has a high SPF, over another sunscreen.  I actually took time to make sure to reapply during the day.  I still got color!  It seems that even MORE tenacious sun protection is required to avoid getting a tan.  What's secret?!  How do you avoid getting any color?

I also didn't wear much makeup this time, despite having packed a fair amount of things.  Now that I'm back, I've piled some makeup on.  AHHHH!  Home sweet home.  I also got to try out the navy Suqqu mascara that was in my Suqqu Xmas Kit from this past Holiday season.
 Simple colors and placement:


Ridiculously simple eyes.  I swept the RBR loose pigment on my lids and also under my lower lash line.  I used RBR Chestnut Napped Apalis in my crease.  I did tight line with Laura Mercier tight liner cake in Ebony.  Oh yes, and the THREE liner applied as a bright accent along the lower lash line.  I applied two light coats of the SUQQU mascara on my lashes.
 I was kind of hoping that the mascara would show bluer, but really just looks like a regular black color.  Lashes remain very soft when dry.  While not great at holding up a curl, the fibers in the formula gives it a slight elongating effect.  It's not waterproof, but water-resistant.  I think it is a tubing mascara and can be easily removed with warm water.  I like it.  It has a pretty and soft fluttery finished effect.  I tend to like my mascara more dramatic, but this is a nice pretty look.
So.. haha.  Having a "tan" means I can use Chamomile color of Chantecaille Future Skin straight up instead of lightened and slightly neutralized with Porcelain.
The focus is really the red lips, of course.  I totally forgot I had this Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama rolling around in my lipstick drawer.  Still a fabulous formula and a glorious color!  What a nice change from my daily lip balm routine of vacation.
This was my face for doing about 11 loads of laundry.  With the amount of makeup I own, really, it's the only way.

So what's the secret to keep your skin from getting any color?  Maybe just stay indoor?

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