My Date With Tom Ford

{Dress: Style Mafia. Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Necklace: Frankie Miami. Wrap bracelet: c/o Jurate Double Troule Bracelet in red. Shoes: Steve Madden. Photographed by me.}

OK, I didn’t have an actual date with Tom Ford. If I did God knows you would have heard me scream from here to Chicago. But I did have a date with his makeup counter and the extremely talented makeup artist Cal Campos before I hosted the Neiman Marcus Project Beauty event at Bal Harbour Shops last week.

Normally, I break out into a cold sweat before sitting with a makeup artist. So many of them want to make me look like what Ginger would look like with a ton of makeup on. Hi, no thanks. But Cal just got it. And he’s ridiculously awesome, too. We chatted like two kindred spirits about everything under the sun. (He now knows I have two ill-behaved Yorkies, and thanks to him I am newly addicted to Bobbi Brown BB Cream.)

Cal gave me the “ice queen au natural” look for the event, using a palette of beautiful grey shadows. And then he added the new Tom Ford limited-edition sheer lipstick for spring in the shade Paradiso.

He shared a few fab tips with me, too (which is my favorite part of sitting with makeup artists. They are fountains of beauty information). For instance: Apply bronzer with a light touch, “like your lover is caressing your face.” Also, don’t put a bunch of shadow under your brow. Focus on the corner of the eye instead. Use that liner in the crease of your lid, too. And my personal favorite, when applying liner, start with the outside of your eye and work your way in. Basically, the opposite of what you are doing now.

I also got a few other tips from the event:

From La Prairie: Don’t be afraid to mix La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystals Dry Oil with your daily moisturizer. It won’t make you break out and it actually prevents skin from getting oily instead of the common fear that oil will make you oiler.

From Acqua di Parma: Put perfumes on your hotspots, the places your body temperature rises most, like the back of your neck, inside of your elbows and wrists.

From Dior: Dream Skin makes you glow so good you can even skip the foundation.

Go fourth and be beautiful.