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The other week I got to reprise my role as assistant to Natasha Severino for YSL at Myers AW fashion show at the VRC ladies luncheon. I love these jobs where I get to play with pretty product and pretty faces all day.
The look Natasha created for us to follow was stunningly simple and bang on trend for what you will see this coming winter. So here's how to copy it....
1. Exfoliate your face paying particular attention to the forehead and cheeks. We want super smooth, buffed skin here ladies.
2. Buff on an illuminating foundation. We used YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat, but you could also get the same effect mixing an illuminater, like BECCA's Skin Shimmering Perfecter or MAC's Strobe Cream, with your normal foundation.
3. Conceal any marks or darkness and then apply a highlighter under the eyes, on cheekbones and anywhere else you want to shine. In this case we used YSL's Touche Eclat but again something like BECCA's SSP works brilliantly here because of the way it diffuses the light. Remember, you want soft glowing skin, not a shiny grease pit!
4. Blend a taupe brown over the lid and up towards the brow and out. We heavily lined the waterline with a dark chocolate brown pencil and coated curled lashes with 2 coats of black mascara.
5. Comb brows and lightly fill in for a natural shape with brow pencil. The idea here is to give definition without making the brows the focus.
6. Contour cheeks and around hairline with bronzer and finish the cheeks off with just a hint more bronzer on the apples. Stick with a matt powder so you don't over do the shine factor.
7. Paint the lips in your chosen shade of Burgandy. Keep it matt and keep it bold. Use a flat lip brush to create a perfect line from the inner corners towards the middle. Blot with a tissue and reapply to build the intensity and help it to last. For a true matt finish either try the OCC Lip Tars or MAC's matte lipstick.
Sarah & Matt
January 2013 @ Immerse in the Yarra Valley
Hair & Makeup by The Makeup Chair
It is such an honour when a bride chooses you to style her hair and makeup for her wedding day.
It's an even bigger honour when you have know that bride for over 20 years!! Sarahs wedding completes the family trifecta with me styling both of her sisters weddings as well.
Sarah and Matt are such a beautiful couple and their wedding was a true celebration of their love and devotion to each other.
Here's a little breakdown of Sarahs look.
Makeup. Sarah has the biggest blue eyes. She wanted a clean barely there makeup look with the emphasis on her already luscious long lashes. I prefer to airbrush all my bridal clients which gives me more control with building up the coverage. I'm LOVING Element2 which looks ahhh-mazing and once it's on won't budge through rain, hail or tears!! It was a ridiculous 41deg at the time of the ceremony this day but all the girls still looked fresh and glowing!
Hair. Sarah's' normal hair style is actually quite a short, textured and spunky do. I wanted to soften it for her day and give the illusion her hair was much longer than it is. By adding lots of curl and only pinning it softly I was able to create an 'up do' in her super short hair.
Is it bad to say that I don't really care? Only it's a bit hard to have an opinion when you haven't watched ANY of the nominated films!! I find motherhood and movies don't really go together...but then that's a whole other blog!
To me the whole Oscars evening is all about the hair and makeup!! I tune in to watch the glitz and pageantry of the red carpet and then turn my attention to Google to search out closeup images of makeup and hairstyles from every angle.
The clear favourite in the blogasphere has been Jennifer Lawrence with just the right amount of smokey eye. Her hair was twisted back at the sides and rolled into a neat low bun. To me though. Amy Adams was the epitome of a sultry and romantic bridal style. Her french roll was one of the softest and loveliest takes on the classic do I have seen in a while and the flick of black eyeliner and smokey bronze shadow really set off both her green eyes and strawberry blonde locks.
A couple of ladies really rocked a short do including Charlize, always faultless, and Halle, but Anne was the one who killed it for me by painting those gorgeous full lips lip with a bold pink. I often have brides say they are too nervous to try a bold lip because it will make their lips look too big! Well in a world where woman, and the occasional man, are injecting gosh-knows-what into their lips, take a leaf out of Annes book and go bold!! It looks ahhh-mazing!!
Both Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Rabbit (ne Chastain) nailed old Hollywood glam with their wavy tresses and Stacy Kiebler has demonstrated again why she has been able to hold Clooneys attention for so long. Her locks were rolled under and pinned for a romantic bob.
Well that's it for awards season 2013 but I'll keep my eyes peeled on the red carpet for more bridal inspiration throughout the year. If you want to know how to achieve these or any other red carpet look ask away!!