Once upon a time I was a make-up artist for both Chanel and MAC. When two gorgeous Chanel products managed to make their way home with me recently (ahem idonothaveanexpensivemakeupaddiction ahem), the occasion called for a melding of the brands. The Pop Luxe beauty look is easy as can be to recreate and simply uses the products below.
1. Without priming the eye, brush the eyeshadow over your entire lid and blend into the crease. The formula of the eyeshadow is incredibly soft and lasts all day without primer.
2. Use the liquid eyeliner to draw a thin like of blue – your ‘pop’ – under the eye, focusing on the outer corner.
3. Throw your mascara on. Like I said, easy peasy. Eyeko’s new Black Magic formula has just launched in Space NK and has quickly become my favourite mascara. As well as being paraben-free, the formula has conditioning keratin, shea butter, and delivers an intense long-lasting curl.
4. Lipstick on. I was intimidated by the brown hue of Chic before swatching it, but the semi-sheer colour is luxe, soft, and enhances the depth of a naturally pink lip.
5. Use a synthetic brush to pick up some colour from the lipstick tube and blend it in as a delicious cream blush on the cheek.
Since you are one post away from the chance to win a Premium Professional Makeup Kit from Sigma (worth $149), I thought the best way to prove product power was through a make-up tutorial! Inspired by Tulisa Contostavlos, the new judge of X Factor, I have created a step by step guide to a daytime version of her punchy, retro makeup. View Post
My cosmetic predictions/aspirations are Photoshopped above! To stay true to the ‘Middleton look’, the eyes had to be the focus. Since weddings often call for tears, the ageing undereye kohl liner had to be replaced with a soft smudge of waterproof eyeliner in a very light shade. (Can’t have photos with lines down the face, can we Princess?) Make-up will have to be heavier to not be washed out via flash photography, therefore a strong, semi-winged upper line will keep the attention on her peepers. A stark white wedding dress allows perfection in a pinker blush, softly lined lips, and coffee-coloured smoky eyes.
This may surprise you, but I am actually in love with the Photoshopping on this cover. It’s obviously that Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima is supposed to be mannequin-like in this Vogue Brasil image. There are about ten inches of eyelashes, a hair-raising chignon concoction on top of her head, and a perfectly ‘now’ dash of yellow eyeshadow (you have no idea how big this trend will be this season).
As a make-up artist, the number one request I receive – I’m talking 95% of the time – is a smoky eye. Truth is, it’s one of the simplest things you can do for your eyes and since you’re trying to look smoky, you can do it quick and not worry about precision.
What will you need? – A dark and light brown eyeshadow. – A white/cream eyeshadow. – Black eyeliner (I prefer liquid).
Brushes aren’t necessary, but any blending brush would be helpful.
The Easy Directions:
1. Highlight your inner corner and brow bone with the light colour.
2. Blend lighter brown eyeshadow in from the outer corner of your eye.
3. Bring the same colour underneath your eye softly.
4. BLEND your harsh edges (aka smoke it out).
5. Work darker colour into your natural crease.
6. Bring that colour underneath your eye softly.
7. Line your eyes with a small wing. It’ll increase the depth of the smoke.
8. Highlight and blend back in.
Simple. Five minute smoky eye. Looks gorgeous on everyone. Obviously, the video above will assist you and also features music by the Audiovisuals. Must watch (in HD)!