who I think embodied the decadent glamour of Hollywood's pre-code era more then any other star. With her pencil thin dramatically arched brows, cupids bow lips and halo of platinum curls, Harlow's look was nothing if not distinctive. Clearly she was a girl who loved her cosmetics, and her appearances in numerous 1930s beauty adverts show that her fans where playing close attention to her look.
One cosmetic that Harlow sees to have been particularly devoted too, powder
Considering the platinum goddesses's devotion to the cosmetic I figured the anniversary of her birth would be a good time to do a review of my own personal favorite powder.
Besame Vanilla Rose powder.
Now Harlow was tragically young, only 26, when she died of kidney failure, so she never had to contend with the problem that has made me leery of powders: aging skin. In less then a month I'll be 39 and powder is one cosmetic that gets tricky with advancing age. Powder can settle on wrinkles and dry patches making the more noticeable. For this reason I used to avoid powder completely.
However, I wear a very creamy foundation, Burt's Bees CC cream. I love the creaminess and lightness of this foundation, but it can sometimes get a bit greasy and shiny or rub off completely. That's why I decided to give the Besame Vanilla Rose powder a shot. I love Besame, but I had previously tried their Lavendar Brightening Powder and it was the only one of their cosmetics that I underwhelmed me. I really felt it left a chalky texture on my skin. So I wasn't prepared to love Vanilla Rose, but I do!
It's a very, very faint pink that suits the fairest of skin tones. The website says it corrects green and blue tones, I find I have more redness, but I still think this works well for me. It really doesn't impart any color, just brightens and sets make up!
The video below is from Besame and shows how to apply the powder and then set it with their finishing brush:
I take lighter approach. I don't have the finishing brush so I just tap the container, while closed of course, against the edge of the sink and then pat on a tiny bit with the puff. I'm very careful not to overdo it. I certainly don't follow Harlow's advice and count my whole face, and no way am I following her step 2 press powder into tiny lines!
The effect of powder application is definitely subtle, but I think I see a difference:
Here I am minus powder (and yes I was taking a selfie with a can of Spam, I occasionally love to indulge in some spam):
Here I am on another day with powder:
Now all I need is a glamorous boudoir a la Harlow to apply it in!
Besame Vanilla Rose powder retails for $22.00 and can be purchased on the Besame website.