When Tessa Met Jenna


When I think Clinique, I think many things: 3 Step Skin Care System. All About Eyes. And, lately, serums that are potent enough to lift the spots off a bird’s egg. Skincare, skincare, skincare. And then I met Clinique Global Colour Artist Jenna Menard. The brand was having an event and somehow I found myself in Jenna’s chair for a “touch up”, which really turned into a way-too-long gossip and information-sharing session. I was absent-mindedly picking up the tubes and jars and sticks that were laid out and then I looked in the mirror: damn, Jenna. What did you use? A cream eye shadow in a squeeze tube really stole the show—and, honestly, I’d never heard of it…but a taupe-y, buildable formula with just the right amount of shimmer? Yes, please. That was just the tip of the iceberg. So a few months later, when Clinique commissioned me to shoot something around one of their new color products, I said hold up. People need to know about the whole kit and kaboodle. ITG’s newest member, my intern Tessa (who I met on Fashion’s Night Out), needs to meet Jenna.

The girls got together last weekend and…kind of looked like sisters. Artfully disheveled buns: check. An enviable mix of heirloom and flea market jewelry: check. Very discerning about their makeup: oh yes. “Lately I’ve been doing a strong lip, but I’ll do more of a smoky eye when I have the time,” Tessa tells Jenna, whose favorite trick happens to be “showing people what they can do by combining only a few products.” Jenna takes one look at Tessa’s green eyes, grabs a Lid Smoothie (the cream eye shadow) in Born Freesia—a grayish-purple—and gets down to business. “I love Lid Smoothie. It’s one step for eyes and you’re finished, if you want. I tell everyone about it,” she says, blending a dot over Tessa’s eyelid with her finger. “You can build it from sheer to opaque. Some things are just so pigmented that they are hard to use—this is foolproof.” She decides to kick it up a notch and layers two eyeliners (Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Violet and Cream Shaper For Eyes in Black Diamond) on the lash line and lower waterline, smudging it with her favorite cotton swabs from Muji. Upper lashes get a coat of High Impact Curling Mascara (note: curl lashes first and this will hold it), tiny but mighty Bottom Lash Mascara went underneath, and voilà: a ten-minute smoky eye.

Jenna kept the rest of Tessa’s face fresh by eschewing foundation and instead dabbing on my current favorite product (stay tuned for more on that)—a highlighter. Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator in Natural went across the cheekbones and on the inner corners of the eyes for a dewy glow. Lips stayed neutral with the tiniest bit of enhancement from a Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, a lip balm/lipstick hybrid in playful packaging that will have you feeling like you’re five years old again. At least, that sense of discovery is certainly in the air: “When I’m on a shoot and I’m using these products, people will take a step back and ask me what they are. Clinique makes color, but you wouldn’t necessarily think that color this intense,” she says, gesturing to Tessa’s eyes, “would come from it."

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  • http://stilrs.blogspot.com/ Stills

    Love her makeup! Simple but pretty


  • http://myselectivememoryblog.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    I can't wait to try this!!!

  • http://virtuallystunning.blogspot.com David

    Totally GORGEOUS! Makes me want to try out Clinque..... Great post!

  • Anna

    What shade was the taupe-y cream shadow? I love clinique, I think its a great line that appeals to all ages, my 80 year old grandmother loves the superbalm glosses and my mom always had a stick of that khaki quickliner.

    • Emily

      Hi Anna! Jenna used the "Seventh Heather" Lid Smoothie on me. xE

    • shell

      The taupey lid smoothie is cal Sassyfras. Great colour for everyone!

  • Laura

    Eschewing foundation? She must be wearing something, her skin is way too smooth! Lovely post, I really enjoy purple as a colour for eyes.

    • Ivana

      If that's no foundation, then please do a Top Shelf of Jenna! I need to know her skin secrets for skin that perfect!

  • http://www.vmacandcheese.com victoria | vmac+cheese

    This has me jonesing to get to a Clinque counter to play -- an urge I haven't had since about 8th grade! Beautiful colors, and love the fresh, natural, but still finished look.

  • Reiley

    Hi Emily!
    I love Jenna, and this post totally satisfied my beauty fix! What color Lid Smoothie would you recommend for brown eyes?
    Thanks so much!
    xoxo- Reiley

  • kate

    Is Tessa from Australia? (SA to be exact?) Looks great!

  • Hailey

    I can not get into Clinique make up - and it's all because of their packaging. It is SOOO boring. Even if their products are good, I want things that look pretty sitting on my counter and the get me excited when I look in my make-up bag. Is this superficial? Of course! But so is make-up and beauty in general.

    • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

      I have a thing for pretty packaging too but don't let that stop you from trying Clinque. You should certainly try the mascara.

    • Jana70-clq

      when you love some one you love him for what he is on the inside and you forget how ugly he is on the outside. enjoy your make-up and be proud to have CLINIQUE in your bag.

  • Bright

    Do the spot corrector serums really work? I have some awful acne on my otherwise fair skin and it's bugging the hell out of me, but I'm a college student. I don't have a lot of money to spend on something that won't work.

  • http://lumay.blogspot.com Gina

    I received a GWP-size of the Mega Melon Chubbie in the most recent Clinique Bonus at Macy's. The color and the formula are great, but I the amount of product was misleading -- at least with the GWP-size. I'm curious to see how much product you get with the full-size. Selfishly, I wish Clinique would move more into the realm of natural and vegan-friendly products.

  • Kirsty

    OH MY! Tessa! I don't believe it... good on you Adelaidian

    • http://thisurlisunavaliable.tumblr.com kate

      oh i knew she was familiar!

  • kathryn

    WOW stunning gal & make up, I'm off to the Clinique counter for some smoky eyes

  • http://afevereddictation.blogspot.com/ Julie Fischer

    Such pretty ballerina makeup - minimalist yet defined. Thank you!

  • http://hautenbas.tumblr.com/ de haut en bas

    i adore jennas rings!

  • marisa

    Honestly when I'm looking for make-up I just walk past the Clinique counter without thinking about it. But somebody gave me the lid smoothie in beige and I use it almost everyday now. I love that it's a liquid that almost turns into a powder and is as easy to use as putting on lip balm, I even apply it without a mirror sometimes when I'm on the train and didn't have time. And I'm a big fan of the sheerness, as with my dark skin there is always a fine line between acceptable and chonga when it comes to these pearly shadows.

  • http://stylesouk.wordpress.com Style Souk

    Without foundation?

    My goodness... Tessa is enviably, enragingly beautiful. My skin doesn't look this good EVEN with a generous layer of foundation and concealer!

    Sarah x

  • Monique

    I've been reading "Into the Gloss" for several months now and really love it, thank you! Just one question - what product/brush was used for Tessa's brows?

  • Melanie

    I'm with Gina. I used to use Clinique (religiously for 7 years), but it's become so hard on my skin compared to other products, and I'm only in my 30's. The dramatically different lotion can't hold a candle to any of Dermalogica's products, and the foaming face wash was just too harsh - I might as well have taken makeup off with straight alcohol - I'll stick with Crealine. The makeup foundations were so frustrating. The tinted moisturizers were so greasy and constantly separating, and the regularly foundations felt even worse. That eyeshadow used is soo pretty, but the Clinique eyeshadows itch - and dry my skin too. As for the free samples they usually hook people with, I bought a cleanser and face mask from Dermalogica and they mailed also at least one sample from EVERY ONE of their product lines. I'll be using these up for the next year. It was awesome. The last straw with Clinique was discovering that although they state they don't test on animals, the chemicals that they use to create the products are tested on animals. Well, duh. I kind of figured they weren't smearing lipstick on bunny rabbits. Somehow that sly dishonesty turned me off completely. I've moved on to Urban Decay. I mean, at least Chanel doesn't lie about it, and if I'm going to use bunny-burning chemicals on my skin, I'm going to pay top dollar for the best. ;-)

  • http://www.theblossomshed.blogspot.com The Blossom Shed Beauty Blog

    I've been eyeing the lid smoothies - I'm so lazy about eyeshadow they would be perfect for me:) Glad to know they're as nice as they look, I'll have to pick some up now!

  • Paloma

    What color is she using on her lips on the fifth picture? It is so pretty.

  • Jenna

    Voila. I've been following Jenna's work recently (I'm a makeup artist)...so basically I stalk my favorites. I've rediscovered Clinique recently knowing Jenna is involved with product. The lid smoothies are gorgeous.

    Thank you, thank you. I love ITG

    (Sofia Coppola someday?)

  • Anne

    Am I the only one who is bothered by the fact that this seems like an advertorial ? She is commissioned by Clinique to photograph some products, which then conveniently make their way into this blog? I wonder if part of her commission is build around including products in the blog... Not very honest unfortunately.

    • Kate

      I was thinking the same thing! It just seems too much like a Clinique advertisement....every product is raved about, there is nothing wrong with any of them, and let's be real - Clinique is a snooze fest in the make-up/beauty department.

      I hope ITG isn't getting all pay-for-play on us! I want to know that I can trust the products that Emily talks about, not that some corporate office is paying for her opinion.

      • Emily

        Hi Kate and Anne--thanks for your feedback. This post is the "something" I was commissioned to shoot; apologies if that seemed unclear, but rest assured I am honest. It's my objective to be selective with my commissioned projects and only do them around brands/products that I believe in (and that are organically covered elsewhere on ITG to begin with). My personal, un-sponsored opinion is that Clinique is not a "snooze fest in the make-up/beauty department"; my inspiration for this story is that these makeup products are actually quite good, perhaps just not so well known among a fashion-forward set. Best, Emily

  • http://www.designerbinary.com cherise

    Love it. Clinique is always a classic go to. I know i can rely on for good quality makeup that makes me look, healthy natural yet polished. Loving the liquid Illumiator they do now too. Tried one at the counter a few days ago. Will be going back to purchase that. Great to give that glow when i really need it over the winter months. Thanks! X

  • noelle

    Clinique! Always loved the chic girls in their white coats. And the Elixir perfume... I am reminded of visiting in Tunisia and drove by so many places which said "Clinique". It always turned my head, even though of course it means a clinic in French, so, not so exciting. It made me smile to envision the Clinique counter inside though.
    Happy Thanksgiving Emily and everyone, and maybe if starting to select gifts, beauty gifts are personal and thoughtful, I believe. One year my sister got me a basket of all my best loved everyday makeups- perfect!

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    High Impact Curling mascara is the best. I've converted a few people over from other brands. I have the baby lash mascara, and I've not used yet. I will remember to use it sometime this weekend.

    What I love about Clinique are the gifts with purchase. I've fallen in love with Clinique pink and nude eyeshadows via gift with purchase as well as the chubby stick.

  • sally the calico cat

    I enjoyed reading this feature--and the pics are gorgeous.

    Now that I realize that it was commissioned by Clinique it does lose some credibility with me. Would also appreciate a negative (or even lukewarm) review now and then to know the site is balanced, and also for the discerning information!

  • http://pfsmakeup.blogspot.com/ Priscilla Francine Makeup

    I use to think Clinique was boring too...until I managed a department and "had" to sell Clinique. The 3 step is now part of my daily routine and I think the chubby sticks are a perfect upgrade for the chap stick lover

  • Natalie

    I used to be obsessed with Clinique as a teen, but then went off it when I was older in favour of 'cooler' brands. Must admit though, i was given some GWP samples by my mother in law recently, and in particular, their Iced Lotus blush wowed me. It's now my everyday blush and I love it. Am keen to try the chubby sticks!

  • http://www.calu.typepad.com marcela

    I really like this post.
    A few years ago, to be more exaxt I had a not so good experience with Clinique when I was younger, but recently I decided to try their products once more and my opinion has changed dramatically.
    I have not tried some of the produts that are mentioned here but I am really curious to try them now.
    Lovely post. I have to say that both ladies look gorgeous.

  • Alix

    Intrigued by the lid smoothies -- do they last a long time? Any creasing/smudging/fading?

  • elena

    I dunno... That's a lot of eye makeup for such a young girl. To me, it's a bit too much.

  • Lauren

    In the fifth picture, I know the article states that she's wearing Mega Melon in the Chubby Sticks, but the picture actually appears to be Whole Lotta Honey. Also, the nude color in the Lid Smoothie line can be one of two colors, either Cashew Later or Bit O Honey. The Lid Smoothies really have a long-wear. The thing that's neat about them is that you can build up your pigmentation with application. So if you're going for a more subtle look, you can do a thin, single application; if you want a more dramatic effect, you can layer the product & get a lot more of the frosted look (but not a glittery-frost) and pigmentation. They're really a great product to use if you are using accent & contouring colors as they have a great-"base" effect so that the color really locks into place. But, once again, if you want a really easy, subtle look, the single color from the Lid Smoothie with eyeliner makes it really simple.

  • NeenaJ

    I actually prefer Tessa's natural lip color with the eye color as in the 2nd picture. I think it's younger and more modern than the look in the final shot.

    Lovely clicks, though. it would be so nice to have that kind of lighting everyday for makeup application!

  • http://banejolie.blogspot.com/ ximena schuman

    I love these products you are describing. I am soo sold on them.

  • charlottebellafab

    Hi!! I really enjoy reading this love the makeup and everything! :)

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  • Guest

    Love the lip palettes in the bottom pic - please could someone tell me where to buy! Thanks