YSL beauty challenge

To celebrate the close collaboration between John Lewis and Yves Saint Laurent in their latest, upcoming fashion campaign, I was recently asked if I wanted to take part in the YSL beauty challenge. I was given the chance to recreate an inspired look from a YSL catwalk, using a few products from their makeup collection. 

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I was a little hesitant at first – I am no makeup artist, but thought I would give it a go and studied the catwalk imagery to see which photos inspired me most. I chose the above two pictures from the Ready to Wear AW 2010 Paris fashion show because I loved the peach eyeshadow, bravely taken up high to the brow bone, the contoured cheeks and the berry-pink lips.
I received three items from the YSL collection to help me recreate this look.

I knew I wanted to emphasis the peachy shade used around the eyes, so I chose this eyeshadow duo in No.23 Pearly Peach/Mink Brown. The peach shadow wasn’t quite as rich and intense as I had hoped, but was still a very pretty colour. I used this all over my lids, taking the colour quite far up towards my brow bone. I also ran the colour under my eyes as well. I then used the mink brown shade to lightly line my upper and lower lash lines. I noticed the rest of the eye was left quite bare, so simply added some mascara (MAC Zoom Fast mascara) and refrained from any eye liner.

I also received the YSL Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter which I chose in shade 02 which was perfect for my NC25-30 skin shade.  Described as quite the ‘cult’ product, I hadn’t actually tried this wonder wand before as I don’t really suffer from dark circles. However, it transpires it can be used for more than disguising tired eyes, using it as a handy highlighter for all areas of your face.

The consistency is lovely and light; and so easy and creamy to blend. I used it under my eyes and in the corners, through my brow bone, down my nose and on my cheeks to add some luminosity to my face. It wasn’t at all cakey and really lightened up the area around my eyes and gave my skin a fresh radiance.

Finally the lips. My favourite stage of any makeup look. The images lend themselves to a berry-pink lip so I opted for Candy Volupte Lipstick in No. 4 Succulent Pomegranate. It honestly smells amazing – like sweet watermelon, and glides on wonderfully, leaving a burst of colour and a glossy finish. It is a perfect lip colour that can be applied without any lipliner and keeps your lips feeling soft and hydrated, with a balm-like texture.

Below are the final photos of my inspired look.
Other products used:
Estee Lauder Double Wear (tawny)
MAC MSF Natural (medium plus)
MAC eyebrow pencil (spiked)
Bourjois Délice de Soleil bronzing powder

I had fun taking on this challenge and trying out some new products and recreating a certain look.
All these Yves Saint Laurent products and many other items can be purchased from John Lewis’ makeup and skincare ranges online.

What are your thoughts? Is this a look you would try?

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  1. 25th July 2011 / 8:11 pm

    Isn't the packaging on these products just divine?! xx

  2. 25th July 2011 / 8:12 pm

    NEEEED the balm!

  3. 25th July 2011 / 8:14 pm

    That balm looks amazing! Love the entire look! 🙂 xx

  4. 25th July 2011 / 8:15 pm

    Beautiful! x

  5. 25th July 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Oh my that is a pretty lip colour! xx

  6. 25th July 2011 / 8:23 pm

    That balm is such a stunning colour! x

  7. 25th July 2011 / 8:26 pm

    Looks amazing


  8. 25th July 2011 / 8:57 pm

    You look absolutely stunning here Milly xx

  9. 25th July 2011 / 9:11 pm

    You did a great job recreating this look 🙂 I love the eye shadow, it's such a pretty colour 🙂 xx

  10. 25th July 2011 / 9:43 pm

    the eyeshadows and lip balm are gorgeous! love your cheeks in this post.

  11. 25th July 2011 / 9:51 pm

    The lipcolour is stunning! i want it so bad 🙂

  12. 25th July 2011 / 10:03 pm

    Such a great look Milly, definitely something I'll be looking to wear this Summer (: What an amazing opportunity for you too! I really love the look of the lipstick, might have to take a detour to a YSL counter this week (again)! xx

  13. 25th July 2011 / 10:38 pm

    What an amazing opportunity you had! I would have loved this. The look is gorgeous and I need that lipstick in my life! x

  14. 26th July 2011 / 8:05 am

    Ooh I like the look of the Rouge Volupte Candy on you, though I wasn't sold on them when I swatched in Boots.

  15. 26th July 2011 / 12:03 pm

    I love the look. I like when only the lips are higlighted 🙂
    Love Lois xxx

  16. 26th July 2011 / 12:08 pm

    Love the Candy Volupte Lipstick. So need to have a look at these.

    Love the final look.


  17. 26th July 2011 / 12:47 pm

    Wow, you've done incredibly well – and that glossy balm is amazing!

    Why not check out my new beauty blog, The Glossy Guide?

  18. 26th July 2011 / 2:04 pm

    Looks BEAUTIFUL!! love it well done! xxx

  19. 26th July 2011 / 5:06 pm

    gorgeous! love the eye shadow! xx

  20. 26th July 2011 / 5:38 pm

    Beautiful Milly. Love the balm 🙂

  21. 27th July 2011 / 9:43 pm

    I love the colour of that sheer volupte lipbalm! Ysl products are always so nicely packaged x

  22. 28th July 2011 / 9:39 am

    Your skin is just beautiful!!
    Please check out my blog, ive followed you 😀 x

  23. 28th July 2011 / 5:03 pm

    I love the color of that peach eyeshadow. However, I've noticed the YSL eyeshadows aren't the most pigmented. 🙁 Pity, that is a really gorgeous color! xx

  24. 6th August 2011 / 2:13 pm

    I HAVE to have that balm! Looks gorgeous! 🙂 xxx