Brightening Up June Gloom: the Natasha Denona Tan Palette, Tom Ford Suspicion Palette and New Gucci Lipstick

Brightening Up June Gloom with different makeup products
Makeup to brighten up the gloominess of June.
Living by the beach in Southern California has many perks…fresh air, friendly people and lovely weather…except in June. During this month, the marine layer–otherwise known as “June Gloom” makes an appearance in the morning and stays around all day. For someone who spends much of the week photographing her inanimate subjects in direct sunlight, this time is pure torture.
Today, instead of lamenting the dismal skies yet again, I decided to march outside and shoot some mood-lifting launches in whatever light I could find…from a bronzing palette of one’s dreams and golden eye quad deluxe to a glorious cream foundation and next-level vibrant lips, the offerings in this post can’t help but put a sunny spin on an otherwise gray day.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…

Brightening Up June Gloom: the Natasha Denona Tan Palette, Tom Ford Suspicion Palette and New Gucci Lipstick

top view of makeup products to Brightening Up June Gloom
The products.

// The Products //

I used exactly 10 items to create the makeup look that follows…I love it when a minimum of product yields maximum impact. 

*Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream-to-Powder Foundation in O40 (swatches of every shade and a comprehensive review HERE):

Buildable medium coverage and one of most flatteringly natural finishes on the market, this foundation–which also boasts a respectable SPF 24–smoothes away fine lines and imperfections while wearing flawlessly all day. So good.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer #6:

Ever combatting a touch of under eye darkness (who can relate?!), I swept a touch of this concealer in my orbital region and buffed it out with a Beauty Blender. It’s smooth and resists creasing while offering significant coverage.

*Natasha Denona Tan Bronze & Glow Palette:

The moment I caught a glimpse of this opulent palette on social media, I knew it would become a major part of my summer beauty routine. It features a champagne cream highlighter and an intense radiant beige powder. Also, it has a rich and neutral bronzer and a shimmering platinum-meets-gold powder. So, this palette creates a warm, luminous and sculpted look in seconds.

Each shade is buttery smooth with plenty of blendablity. The layering potential is positively endless. I look forward to shooting this in direct sun in the coming days. Also show you exactly how I like to apply it in a video tutorial. This is sure to be your summer complexion’s best friend!

*Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush:

I used this daily companion to apply 3 of the 4 shades from the Tan Bronze & Glow Palette…there is truly no better brush available for seamlessly bending cheek color.

*Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion:

A quartet of stunning of golds and warm chocolate tones, this quad is completely effortless and entirely flattering. I love layering all four colors for a customized golden glow and, much like the ND Tan Palette, cannot wait to shoot it and its respective swatches in pure sunlight.

Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut:

Two coats create decadently full and fluffy brows; I am–yet again–at the tail end of this tube (no surprise as I use it daily)…hope I can find a backup in my stash!

Sisley-Paris Eyeliner in Sparkling Black:

Forever on my waterline, its amazing how just smudge of kohl can make such a difference, no?

BY TERRY Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara:

I swept two coats of this brilliant mascara

*Gucci Satin Lipstick in Mae Coral (also available at Gucci):

All it takes is a peek at the packaging and a single swatch of this intensely pigmented lip color to fall swiftly in love. The formula is velvety smooth and hydrating with comfortable wear and impressive lasting power…I eagerly anticipate trying other shades in this collection. In the meanwhile, color me impressed.

*Jill Stewart Dressed Rouge in #6 Pink Beige:

Equal parts liquid lipstick and gloss, this fresh formula offers lovely color and reflective shine. #6 is a 1960s pinky nude that looks amazing with lip liner or atop a darker color (as done in the images at the end of this post).

Natasha denona tan palette swatches
From bottom to top: CdPB Radiant Cream-to-Powder Foundation in O40, Armani Power Fabric Concealer #6, the Natasha Denona Tan Bronze & Glow Palette and the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion.
tom ford suspicion palette swatch
A closeup of the gorgeously gilded *Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion
gucci lipstick mae coral swatch to Brightening Up June Gloom
Well, hello, *Gucci Satin Lipstick in Mae Coral (also available at Gucci)
Swatches from bottom to top: Gucci Mae Coral, Jill Stewart Dressed Rouge #6, Sisley-Paris Sparkling Black liner, Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut and BY TERRY Lash Expert Mascara.
woman Applying the *Gucci Satin Lipstick in Mae Coral 
Applying the *Gucci Satin Lipstick in Mae Coral (also available at Gucci)
top view of various makeup products
The following images reflect all products in action in everything but direct sunlight… ; ) 


woman showing her long hair and scrunchie for Brightening Up June Gloom
I love the Invisibobble Sprunchie…have you tried one yet?
woman showing her face with Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion to Brightening Up June Gloom
*Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion 
Style notes.


Days at home writing and hanging out with Johannah have me reaching for casual and comfortable staples. 

Madewell Vintage Tee in Raw Ember:

I was instantly drawn to the lush color of this tee and the super soft 100% cotton composition makes it all the better. I am wearing it in a size medium.

Zella Live In Light Waist Crop Leggings:

I am fairly certain that I have found the cropped leggings of my dreams. These high waisted wonders hold everything in while feeling exceptionally comfortable; the cropped cut is perfect for the summer months and I am wearing them in a size extra small. Oh, and they are very reasonably priced for high-performance active wear…try them and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket:

The generous yet classic cut of this jacket (I’m wearing a small) ensures that it will go with absolutely everything in my wardrobe…such a staple.

Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers:

Perennially the most comfortable tennis shoes I own (I now have this style in 3 color combinations), I cannot recommend these enough!

Gold Bolo Lariat Necklace:

Clean and streamlined, this can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood and attire.

Invisibobble Sprunchie:

At the core of this genius scrunchie is a flexible hair coil; this combination ensures that you get maximum hold (no slippage!) while still protecting your hair against breakage.

woman orange shirt, black leggings and Nike shoes to Brightening Up June Gloom


The unreal glow of the*Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion with a flash.


Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this new-launch laden post and found that the products covered brightened your day! Even still, I look forward to sunny skies in the coming days ; )
I would love to know what caught your eye…do tell.
Good things ahead, including a fresh video a Beautylish haul and a host of new product procurements…cannot wait to share!
xx and more soon,
–The Beauty Professor
 **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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