Friday, 21 February 2014

Autumn/Winter Makeup

One of my favourite things about Fashion Weeks (besides the fashion and street style of course) are the beauty looks and fresh makeup inspiration coming up for next season. I know there are still a couple of weeks left of Summer here in Aus, but like a few of you, I'm more than ready to get layered up and start thinking Autumn/Winter.

Here are some of my favourite looks from Fall 2014 RTW...

Giles Fall 2014 RTW

As you all know as I've mentioned too many times, I'm not a huge fan of colour. HOWEVER, I absolutely love this pop of coloured liner on the bottom lash line created in this look from Giles Fall 2014 (Jourdun Dunn has sold me on this!). I think the look would go especially well with an all black or neutral outfit - perfect for a Melbourne winter. And if you're not a fan of the blue, why not substitute it for a khaki, navy or plum? You'll still have that colour, but it will be a lot less saturated (perfect if you're looking for that great middle ground like me!). Lucia Pieroni, the makeup artist for Giles' latest collection, created the look using a muted grey colour all over the lid with a muted blue-grey tone, to darken the crease. The upper lash line was smoked out using a blacker than black eye liner pencil. A bright cyan blue eye liner pencil was used on the lower lashline up to the inner corner to create that opaque pop. To keep the focus all about the eyes, the face and lips are all kept neutral to balance the look.

Recreate the look: 
1. Mac Eye Shadow - Copperplate (available here) | 2. Mac Eye Shadow - Scene (available here) | 3. Mac Technakohl Liner - Graphblack (available here) | 4. Mac Chromagraphic Pencil - Cyan (available here)

Lashes and Liner
Rag and Bone Fall 2014 RTW | Gucci Fall 2014 RTW

One of my go-to looks for everyday is a natural base, cat eye liner and defined lashes. The look is simple but still polished, and that's what I love about these looks from Rag and Bone, and Gucci. The Katharine Hepburn inspired liner seen at Rag and Bone was created using a gel eye liner in black with a fine pointed synthetic brush. The rest of look was kept extremely minimal which just a bronzer used to contour the cheekbones. I will admit, the cat eye look is one of the hardest things to master but all I can recommend is practice, practice, practice and take your time!! I like to start from the inner corner and move my way to the outer corner using short sharp strokes. I then extend a line from the outer corner (not too long, about half a cm) and use my brush to create the flick by starting at the tip of the flick and connecting it back to the lash line (to create a triangle-like shape). Dont worry too much about mistakes, I still use a pointed q-tip dipped in Bioderma once in a while to fix up mistakes (especially when I'm running late!).

Lashes were everything at Gucci. My favourite mascara to create that faux lash look is Benefit's They're Real. It really is an amazing mascara and worth the hype! To recreate the look, use a  beige/nude eye pencil (my fave is Nars' Larger Than Life Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte) in the water line to open the eyes. I love using a beige pencil as opposed to a white as it can look too stark and actually make your eyes look less white. A taupe-y bronze shadow was used in the crease with a black liquid liner to line the top lash line. And if you want to go all out and create that dramatic look, falsies are definitely required!

Recreate the look:
1. Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner - Black (available here) | 2. Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer (available here) | 3. Benefit They're Real Mascara (available here) | 4. By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care Wand (available here)

Diane Von Furstenburg Fall 2014 RTW 

This has to be my favourite look from Fall 2014 - soft, feminine eyes with contoured cheeks. James Kaliardos, the makeup artist for Diane Von Furstenburg's Fall 2014 collection, created the look by contouring the sides of the face with concealer to create a natural shadow. He then rimmed the lower waterline with a nude eye pencil. A dusty mauve lip colour was then used across the lids to create a glossy hue. If your eyelids tend to crease, then I wouldn't recommend using a lip colour - a cream shadow (like Chanel's Illusion D'ombre) will do the trick!  

Recreate the look:
1. Becca Eye Tint - Mauve Bronze (available here) | 2. Nars Larger Than Life Eye Pencil - Rue Bonaparte (available here) | 3. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel | 4. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (available here) 

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