While I’m not a fan of velvet in my wardrobe, my make up counter is another story. Years ago, the only place you could find the crushed, soft surface was amongst the deepest Etsy archive but now it’s as mindless an accidental (promise) walk into Sephora. There’s a reason why the seventies decade has had a revival of sorts and it’s not a direct result of Georgia May Jagger’s plush jumper (although, that’ll do it too).

After a short-lived love for shimmer via molten metallics painted on faces for S/S 15–à la Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez and Dior–warm-toned hues have proven longevity. Previously, my stop for neutrals would halt at Too Faced or Laura Mercier but we’ve since recruited Becca after learning that their innovative skincare extends beyond facial full-coverage and onto some seriously molded eyes (hint: they’re infused with green coffee oil, creating a soft primer-like surface following a single application). The Ombre Rouge palette contains five impeccably designed shades with more depth and dimension than a contoured curtain on Broadway. There’s the perfect base, which I swap out between the second lightest and third lightest shade, depending on the mood I’m going for; the brightest, of course, going in the inner corner and under the brow bone. The very last two offer a kind of sultry gaze that would give Angie a run for her money, I swear.

This is for you if you’re the self-proclaimed Olivia Palermo of beauty–or since we’re amidst award season: Olivia Wilde’s flushed neutrals at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.
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This is an excerpt from the article That Velveteen Finish which originally appeared on http://ethcsofstyl.com/.