With his new season colours, Ford has given the nude look a beautiful, bathed-in-light glow. Whereas most summer-specific make-up collections make a big thing out of bronzes, golds and copper tones (in other words, they’re one big yawn to pale-faces like me!) what’s great about the Tom Ford Summer 2013 Collection is the fact that it is suitable for all skin tones. Indeed, as I discovered when I got my hands on the products last week, it’s one of the few sun-inspired make-up collections that enhances naturally pale skin – rather than shaming it into being bronzed.
The rose gold theme that runs through the collection is gorgeous against a pale skin, which is precisely why I got very excited when I tried the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Pink Haze and Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust on my hands during a press briefing last week. And why I immediately asked to be booked in to the Tom Ford Beauty counter in Frasers, Glasgow, for a professional make0ver with the new range.
Charlie Ross, make-up artist for Tom Ford Beauty by day (and burlesque queen by night), may be the living embodiment of Mr Ford’s fetish for 1940s-inspired glamour, but she did a great job of creating a pretty, delicate and – yup – natural look for me, using mostly the new summer shades along with my new favourite Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian Rose (I don’t do lip glosses – which is what the lip item in the new collection is).
Charlie used both of the new shimmering Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes on my lids – the afore-mentioned pearlescent Pink Haze and the pale peachy Escapade – to create a warm, subtly sun-kissed effect very reminiscent of the fleshy look that Marilyn Monroe was famous for. With just black mascara and Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt on my cheeks, plus the lipstick referred to above, the results were very different from my usual liquid eyeliner plus bright lips combo.
And in response to my request for tips on how to ramp it up to an evening look, she produced this (see below, left), by adding a thick, flick of eyeliner plus some smokier powder eyeshadows to the mix .. If you fancy having a complimentary makeover at the Tom Ford Beauty counter in Frasers, call 0141 221 3880 - best to phone a week in advance for Friday and Saturday appointments. Other Tom Ford Beauty counters (call 0870 034 2566 for details) offer the same service – but you’re not guaranteed a burlesque dancer wielding the make-up brushes…