Gentle on the skin, as well as the environment? In a world full of harsh chemicals, toxins and waste, Antonym cosmetics delivers a “twofer” in the beauty industry. From their ECOCERT mineral range, richly pigmented powders baked in terra-cotta, to their stunningly soft, vegan, professional makeup brushes — Antonym is a brand you can feel good knowing about.
I tried these products, which are famous not only for their gorgeous bamboo packaging, but because they’re the perfect mix of natural ingredients and striking color, on Out Of Hand’s Ashley Bridges. Their products are extremely gentle, but still have that staying power we Charleston folks so commonly rely on!
Beginning with a smiling and fresh-faced Ashley, I used their baked foundations in two similar shades, light and light-medium, swirling them together onto her already primed face (I used Jane Iredale primer). We also spot concealed with Jane Iredale’s concealer to cover any redness — very few blemishes on Miss Ashley, so very little prep was needed! She would mention how relaxed she felt while I was applying these terra-cotta baked powders. I have a feeling the sensation of their expertly soft, vegan brushes had a lot to do with that! I found the handle length of these brushes to be perfect for grip and control. Not a single bristle came off on Ashley’s skin, proving the ultimate quality of these tools.
Although I didn’t use this particular tool on Ashley, I am a big fan Kabuki Brushes, and if you’ve never tried one, you must – it makes a big difference in the application of mineral powders, creating that extra-flawless look. Antonym carries one that comes with it’s very own zippered pouch, keeping the kabuki clean and residue-free. (love!) I instead used their large powder brush on Ashley because I wanted to feel their entire range of long-handled tools, and believe me, this fluffy brush worked just as well and was an absolute pleasure to use!
Next, I applied the darker shades of the mineral powders in medium-dark and dark to contour her cheeks, nose and to give her face that overall sun-kissed glow. I then primed her eyes with Blinc’s fabulous eye-primer and evened out her lids with the cream shade of their “Croisette” Organic Quattro Eye Shadow palette. I applied the copper shade in their “Noisette” Quattro palette with a dense, mid-size, flat eye-brush to really pack on that pigment for intensity. Next, I added depth to to her lids with the shimmery mocha shade, using their blending eye-brush in the crease, adding a touch of the Croisette palette’s shimmery pink right onto the center of her lid for that added pop of sheen. I took their two cheek colors in Copper and Peach and lightly applied those two together to the apples of her cheeks. The Copper shade is highly pigmented with a lot of gold shimmer, however, with a light hand, it’s very natural when blended thoroughly with the Peach.
For lighter skin tones, the Peach would suit just fine for a natural and fresh flush of color. I highlighted Ashley’s face with the Noisette Quattro’s shimmery champagne under and around Ashley’s eye — along the orbital bone, lightly down the center of her nose, and then barely touching the bow of her upper lip. This gave her face a radiant look and highlighted her features where natural light would normally fall. We completed the look with their natural, water-proof eye pencil in Noir. The application of this pencil was very rich, so we had to buff the line with their angled-tip, liner-shader brush to soften the look. After a full coat of their Lola Lash natural mascara (not clumpy at all!) to add volume to her lashes, I applied their nude lip crayon that is of course natural, waterproof and enriched with sunflower oil and shea butter (from organic farming) — giving Ashley’s lips that perfectly tauny-nude wash of color, ideal for this overall look!
With Antonym Cosmetics, it’s possible to be chic, glamorous and natural! Pop into Ooh! Beautiful to try this new line, soon! You’re certain to fall in love — especially with their brushes. 😉