Midnight Blue for Autumn

All photos Christian Dior Autumn 2011

All photos Christian Dior Autumn 2011

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I love wandering through cosmetic halls in big department stores, particularly in the Autumn, when the richer, deeper colours appear. I haunt my favourite brands, and often dabble in the tester pots, playing with colour on the back of my hands. I love it when I’m offered a make up, and use it as an opportunity learn new techniques and (sometimes) add new things to my collection.

That is the beauty of the department store makeover. There really is no obligation to purchase anything, and you are perfectly within your rights to wander off and do more shopping, catching glimpses of yourself in the different lights of mirrors and shop windows, deciding if any part of the new look suits you enough to warrant a purchase.

The other day, I happened upon Christian Dior’s new Autumn collection, Blue Tie. I was enraptured by the rich, deep blues, but felt that sadly, they were far too dark for someone as pale as I am. Luckily the make up artist behind the counter persuaded me to sit down, and let her show me how the colours could work for me, and indeed for anyone.

Using the 3 colour Smoky Navy eye pallet, she gently layered the palest shade over my eyelid, more as a wash of colour than anything else, and then contoured the corner of my eye with the middle colour of the three blues. (The darkest colour could be used layered over this in an evening makeup.)

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She then applied a bit of the new Diorshow liner in Cabone on the top lid of my eye very near the lashes, and finished with a coat of Dior’s Flash Plumping mascara in Black Extase. The effect was understated and elegant, but very effective.

There is a huge variety in this new collection which also includes a gorgeous grey  pallet as well as two wonderful limited edition eyeshadow pallets with a lip gloss included. Of course, Dior have not forgotten lipstick and nail polish to compliment the look. The lipsticks are paler and more understated, while the nail colours are rich and delicious shades of dark blues that reward the wearer’s bravery with an incredibly elegant finish. Or go for the classic pale hand, with the beautiful neutral shade that is also part of the collection.

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It’s really important not to be afraid of the intense shades showing up on cosmetic counters this season. Many of them layer beautifully and will be a valuable addition to your makeup. While the Dior Black Tie collection has the potential to create an incredibly dramatic look, properly applied it can also give a look that is wonderfully understated.

Next time you find yourself near a cosmetic hall in your favourite department store, do pay the Dior counter a visit and check these wonderful colours out for yourself. Ask for a demonstration, and be delighted by the effect that can be so easily achieved with the gorgeous new Blue Tie collection.

The 21st Century Housewife has not been paid for this post. I was invited to receive a complimentary demonstration of the new Dior Blue Tie collection.

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Article by April Harris

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