So today I thought I would post about my final look from my Many Faces project with Max Factor. Incase you missed the previous two posts, I'll fill you in! Max Factor created the Many Faces campaign with Gwyneth Paltrow, which showcased her different makeup looks, from the business woman to the rock star's wife! I got the chance to work with top makeup artist Caroline Barnes to create three different looks for myself for different occasions.
My final look is the makeup I would wear to an event in the evening. I needed something that would look polished and pretty, but not take much time, as when I am in London I'm always rushed off my feet!
Caroline has really got me into creamy textured eyeshadows lately. In this picture I'm wearing Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Pen in Bronze Haze. It is a double ended pen with a dark brown cream stick one end (which I have on my lid) and a light gold the other end (which I have in the inner corners of my eyes). Even though it's an evening makeup look, because it's not for the red carpet or anything, I didn't want to put too much makeup on. I think less is more. To add a little extra definition I lined my top and bottom lashes with Max Factor Liquid Line Effect in Bronze Blaze. I used my all time favourite mascara from Max Factor, False Lash Effect. Less is more apart from when it comes to lashes!! I went for the All Day Flawless foundation, because it photographs really well and lasts all evening. We all need a foundation that looks good in pictures for an evening event! I applied lots of the Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink to achieve a rosy glow then on my lips I used the Giant Lip Pen in Subtle Coral. This is so quick and easy to apply with no lip liner needed. It's like a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss which I love.
I chose the gorgeous GlossFunky nail polish in Flushed Rose, it's such a pretty colour for Summer.
What do you guys think of this makeup look? Let me know in the comments if you like it! Now time for the picture bloopers! My friend Zoe was helping me set my camera up to take 10 pictures in the speed of light and it took me by surprise! Oh dear...
Blogging tip: don't try and take nice makeup pics of yourself with a friend in the room, especially if that friend is doing everything she can to make you giggle!
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are having a lovely weekend :)
So last night I went to the special screening of The Great Gatsby in London. I was so excited to see the film as I loved the book and I'm such a fan of 20's hair and makeup!
*excuse the picture quality!
I had been so busy leading up to the event, I hadn't had time to find a dress! So, yesterday morning I called Wish Want Wear (a company that lend dresses) and they sent over a selection. However, by the afternoon I was starting to panic, I had no idea which dress to go for and the one I liked the most was too big for me! Thank goodness Electra Formosa (an amazing fashion stylist) was in town, she came to my rescue! She helped me choose which dress to go for, we chose the Halston Heritage Carrie Gown as the pleating and the sparkly belt gave it a 20's vibe. Electra pinned the dress so it fitted me better, ideally we would have had more time to find a dress that fitted me perfectly etc. but I think it looked ok!
I kept my hair and makeup really simple as I didn't have much time to spare! I wore the same eye makeup as usual; MAC eyeshadows in Shroom and Charcoal Brown and Maybelline Falsies Mascara. Then on my lips I wore Burberry Sepia Pink, a gorgeous, subtle berry nude.
Jim dressed up for the occasion too in a gorgeous Buberry suit.
We were both so excited as dressing up and the cinema are two of our favourite things! When we arrived, we went straight to our seats and ate all our popcorn whilst we waited for the film to begin. Does anyone ever actually wait for the film to start before eating their popcorn?!
We had high hopes for the film particularly, because both Jim and I love Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet and we weren't disappointed. From about 10 minutes in Jim and I kept nudging eachother and whispering "isn't this amazing?!"
The film is so visually beautiful, I loved the 3D effects, especially with the snow...I felt like I was in the film myself! Warner Brothers worked with Tiffany on the jewellery and it was truly exquisite. The actors were wearing period Tiffany jewels and some pieces were designed especially for the film, like Gatsby's ring. I was just in awe watching all the amazing characters wearing all the sparkly diamonds and incredible dresses. The makeup was spot on, 20's glamour. If you are studying makeup, this film is a must-see!
The soundtrack was totally unique, a mixture of classic 20's, Jay Z, The XX and more. Really up mine and Jim's street, we have bought the soundtrack already!
I won't tell you too much about the plot as I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read the book! Leo and Carey played out a story of lost love so beautifully, the film was inspiring, sad, and glitteringly elegant.
- Bath & Body Works Mango Candle - I have this burning in my office when I am editing videos and it just makes me feel uplifted and happy!
- Sisley Lipstick in L31 - This colour is SO beautiful and I have had it for a while but haven't wanted to use it as the lipstick is shaped so beautifully and I didn't want to ruin it! However, I have decided to use it this week!
- Illamasqua Nail Polish in Nomad - I am wearing this on my nails now and have had compliments on it all week!
- Illamasqua Loose Powder - I hadn't used this before this week but now I have discovered it I absolutely love it, it is just as good if not better than MAC Prep & Prime and the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (both of which I love).
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - I can't wait to use this in one of my video makeup tutorials to show you guys as it looks so pretty on the skin, it's flawless looking and lovely.
- Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - I have wanted this cream bronzer for YEARS! I really don't know why I didn't get it sooner, but now I have it in my makeup collection I feel very happy. Sometimes it is nice to use a cream for a more natural look and nicer texture on the skin.
This is a SUPER brief post as I haven't gone into detail about any of the products or reviewed them as such...it is more just to let you know of a few things I am loving right now!
Early on Sunday morning I made my way to Claridges to watch the Mulberry show. Fashion week is one of my favourite times of the year as I love watching the shows, going backstage, then reporting back to my viewers and readers about all the beauty and fashion trends for the next season. Obviously being a makeup artist I can't help but pay most of my attention to the makeup - but I am sure you guys won't mind me rambling on about makeup trends as I know you love it too!
I will begin with a little background on the ideas behind the show, Emma Hill took inspiration from a children's book "Where The Wild Things Are", so the show decor featured furry seats, chocolates decorated with monster faces and huge furry monsters standing at the entrance to the catwalk. Mulberry always has a quirky, unique theme which I love, last season it was woodland animals which was so cute! The venue was decorated spectacularly - filled with giant gold balloons in the shape of keys and locks, taken from the famous padlocks used on Mulberry's bags.
As for the clothes, bags and shoes, Mulberry experimented with mixing classic dark Autumn/Winter colours with lots of bright hues. I thought this was really refreshing after seeing so many depressingly dark looks for next season. I loved the bright orange handbags and shoes in particular - I think using your accessories to brighten up your outfit is a great idea. Also the monster theme carried through the clothes with lots of shaggy faux fur on the outerwear. There were some really interesting, unique prints on the catwalk. I particularly liked the Aztec-inspired zig zags and how they blended it with Tie Dye. Another of my favourite trends on the Mulberry catwalk was the oversized knitwear, the idea is that the Mulberry Girl is strong and can look after herself in the cold weather - she is very wrapped up in supersized scarfs and furry coats and so not afraid to brave the cold!
As for the front row, I saw Alexa Chung, Tinie Tempah, Azealia Banks, Pixie Geldof, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Anna Wintour, and of course Lana Del Rey. Now, the reason I say "of course Lana Del Rey" is because just hours before the show it was announced that Mulberry are naming a bag after her called the "Del Rey"! This is such exciting news, she must be so honoured and thrilled. Some of you may be wondering why Mulberry chose Lana...Emma Hill claims it's because she fell in love with her style after watching the video for Video Games. Mulberry loved Lana's classic hollywood but edgy and fun style. I will add a picture now of Lana at the show with her new bag in White Ostrich.
Now onto the important part! The makeup! (And the hair). Matthias Van Hoof was the leading makeup artist and designed a simply lovely look. The model's faces looked like they were glowing from within, so fresh faced and pretty. They had a lot of creamy highlighter on their cheeks and what looked like a very rosey coloured cream blush. The eyes were kept natural and simple, as were the brows. I completely fell in love with the hair style at the show designed by Sam McKnight. It consisted of lots of messy little plaits clipped up randomly onto the models heads. It just felt very sweet, natural and effortless.
I also filmed a little vlog of me chatting about the trends and a sneak peak inside Claridges!
I hope you guys are enjoying my fashion week reports. I had the best time and am already excited for next season! If you want to see more from Mulberry, you can visit their website here.
I was thrilled when Burberry gave me backstage access and a seat at their A/W 12 Womenswear show. I initially started going to fashion week to assist makeup artists backstage, however my job has changed slightly in that now I get to actually sit and watch the shows then report the trends back to you guys. It is not possible to go backstage at all the shows as they have very limited access, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I got a backstage pass for Burberry yesterday! Being backstage means I can see the makeup and hair looks being created, get direct quotes from the key artists and have a good nosey at what products are being used.
So let me get on and tell you about the show....
I took my seat quite early, before the mad rush which I was quite pleased about as it meant I could spy on everyone's outfits, hair and makeup as they walked in to find their seats. The Front Row was full of celebrities, I spotted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Clemence Poesy, The Feeling with a very pregnant Sophie Ellis Bextor, face of Burberry Eddie Redmayne, Will Young, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth, Will I Am, Laura Bailey, Alexa Chung and sister to face of Burberry Cara Delevingne - Poppy Delevingne. I will add in pictures of some of them now to show you all their outfits!!
The looks on the catwalk were beautiful and heritage themed. I literally fell in love with so many of the outifts! The models wore tweed, leather bows, velvet, pencil skirts, exposed zips, flat caps, studded leather gloves, feminine waisted style coats and dresses and beautful umbrellas. Ooooh and talking of umbrellas - everyone in the press today is talking about Christopher Bailey's fabulous plan to fake rain pouring down the sides of the venue. It is difficult to explain but I will put the video of the full show at the bottom of this post then you can see for yourselves. The atmosphere was amazing and the finale gave me goosebumps - with the fake rain and thunder, metallic rain-like confetti falling from the ceiling and the powerful music.
I loved the music played at the show and I felt it was a huge part of why the show was so powerful. The songs played were Joan Armatrading - It could have been better, Rae Morris - Walls, Marina and the Diamonds - Numb and The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home.
When I was backstage I managed to get footage of the leading Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe talking about the makeup look so I will insert my footage from the show below as soon as it has uploaded to YouTube! But to quickly tell you guys about the makeup look, it was a soft, sultry, worn-in smoky eye, the lips were a modern nude shade - not too pale and the skin had Burberry Trench foundation buffed into it mixed with the Light Glow product so it looked natural and luminous. The cheeks were sculpted a little but no blush or highlighter.
I was lucky enought to meet Cara Delevingne and we filmed a little bit for my vlog together, so make sure you watch out for that part in the video because she was lovely!
Here is the video of the show...
...and here is my vlog of my time backstage!
...and finally here are some of the guests talking about the collection!
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and learning about the trends for next season.