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10 May, 2011 Beauty Blog

I love makeup that looks fresh & modern, yet still with a glamorous edge. The latest look that I created for the current cover of New Zealand Bride & Groom magazine is exactly that sort of makeup, as the model looks natural & vibrant, with intense smokey eyes.


The first step to a creating a modern makeup is a good foundation & I am a true believer that you should wear as little as possible! On Emily, my model for this shoot, I began by prepping her skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer. I always use a primer when I need makeup to last the distance, & as we were shooting on the beach all day, the makeup needed to stay as fresh as possible. For the foundation I used a touch of concealer, followed Bobbi Browns Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, this gives a lovely sheer coverage, while adding a hint of colour. I then swept Cliniques new Super Balanced Mineral Powder over her face with a soft fluffy brush, this brilliant powder cuts back shine, giving a wonderfully satiny finish (plus it also has SPF 15)

You only have to glance at the pages of the latest Vogue to see that big eyebrows are back! I was lucky that Emily has naturally full, un-plucked brows (a rarity in the modeling world) so all I had to do was sweep them up with a dry mascara wand & a touch of hairspray- my easy trick to keep brows in place.


For the eyes I kept it simple & its an easy look to re create. I began by applying a cream coloured eye shadow with a slight shimmer over the whole eye area ( I used MACS Vanilla pigment, but any light colour will do the trick) Next, I used a soft black pencil & lined the eyes all the way along the top lid & bottom lids- keeping the line finer & lighter underneath. Now for the part that takes a little more skill, the blending process. The colour I used to create the depth on the eyes is from the Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection, & its #78, Black Charcoal. This is much easier to use than a normal flat black, as its quite metallic & more grey than black, so you can build up depth slowly, which makes for more perfect blending. There are also several other gorgeous deep metallic colours in the range (see photo below)


Use a small, natural haired brush & blend out the pencil line so there is no visible hard edge, then fill in the whole top lid, gently smudging it through the crease- but not above it. Use the same technique under the eye, making sure you are as close to the lashes as possible to avoid a ‘Panda eyed’ look. Once you are happy with your blending, take your black pencil & draw a line on the inside rim of the eye, taking it right to the outside edge- this adds extra intensity & works well on bigger eyes. (stay away from an inner line if your eyes are small!). Mascara is really important for this look, so add several layers of the darkest black, I used Loreals Lash Architect as its really thick & dark.


Dark, sexy eyes need to be balanced with a natural cheek & lip. For this look I used a sweep of Bobbi Brown Bronzer to add contour & warmth to the cheek bones, then I added a touch of rosy blush (MACS Briar Rose) to the apple of the cheek to create a natural flush. For the lips I filled in the whole lip area with a natural liner- Jane Iredales Spice- then I applied MACs ‘Lust’ lipgloss, a lovely rosy brown that perfectly compliments the look.



1 Comment

  1. Stunning makeup. Love your work! ;)

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