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Make the most of the summer weather and recreate this pretty lavender eye makeup from the Rochas spring show. Simply wrap a purple shadow around the entire eye. Use a soft brush to achieve a well blended look making sure the edges are diffused. The rest of the look should feature a glowy complexion, minimal brows, and a pale lip.
Like many people I love Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner because of it’s rich black colour. So I definitely need to pick up this Perversion mascara ASAP. Lengthening, thickening, clump free, and ultra black, its no wonder the tag line is Bigger, Badder, Blacker. Sounds good to me!
Love magazines has not one, not two but three very cool covers for their twelfth issue. Adriana Lima’s stunning flamenco inspired cover was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Kendall Jenner is Katie Grand’s it-girl as of late, so it is no surprise to see her featured on one of the American girl covers. Amy Adams also represents the USA looking rather sultry draped over a chair.
All three cover issues will be available July 28.
I adored Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and Jordana Brewster’s golden, dewy skin on the ESPY red carpet last night. Dressed in nude and gold they really were the epitome of summer style.
The Couture makeup looks for Fall seemed to have a common thread–natural lips and a focus on the eyes. At Armani Prive straight lines were the theme. Ultra straight eyebrows and geometric shadow created a boxy look. If you loved Peter Philips look at Dior, I hear the metallic eyeliner stickers are going to be available for purchase at some point. Pat McGrath went soft and ethereal at Valentino and strong and sexy for Versace.
A rather swanky Paris affair was held the other night in honor of Musée Galliera. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing arrived with a gaggle of models, and Kim Kardashian all dressed in his incredible designs. Celebrities like Emma Watson and fashion insiders like Anna Dello Russo made this the party to be at.
I am very excited to share some amazing nail art by fellow makeup artist Wendy Rorong. Wendy and I are on the Maybelline Canada team for World Mastercard Fashion Week Toronto. Read the interview below to see how being a makeup artist lead Wendy to being a multi-talented manicurist:
1. When and how did you start doing nails?
I’m that girl who always has nail polish on her nails lol. I’ve always enjoyed painting nails, and I feel like in the past 2-3 years, nail art has been elevated to a whole new level in the fashion industry, so I want to be a part of that. I’d say I’ve been been doing nails more seriously in the past 2 years. I usually get inspired when I’m on set looking through racks of beautiful clothing the stylist pulled for the shoot, which automatically makes me think of what nails would go with that. At first, I would only do one shade manicures, but the more comfortable I get at doing nails, the more I wanted to challenge myself. I started practicing doing nail art on my own nails, and I’m still working on perfecting my skills every time.
2. Clearly you are a natural talent, but did you go to esthetics school as well?
I never went to esthetics school actually. I’ve always been a hands-on learner; I find that trial and error is the best way to improve your techniques. The more you do it, the better it turns out every time. I’ve also improved my ability to paint nails with my non-dominant hand since I do nail art on my own nails, so that proves that practice makes (almost) perfect! The key is to not get discouraged when you make a mistake. It’s not permanent, so if you don’t like it, you can simply take it off and start over.
3. Most memorable shoot to date?
It would definitely be the latest Spring/Summer Nail Trends story I shot for Filler magazine. There was a lot of prep work involved in the shoot. First I had to meet the model to get her nail sizes, collect images from the Spring/Summer ’14 nail trends and then make my own interpretation of it. Some designs take hours to make! Altogether it probably took me a week to make all those nails, plus some extra sets for options. We ended up shooting 7 out of the 10 sets I made and I could not be happier with the results!
4. What are your must have nail products?
I definitely can not live without the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover. I also like Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, and Seche Vite has always been my go-to top coat. My favorite cuticle cream is Dior Creme Apricot Fortifying Cream for Nails because it is effective and a little goes a long way. I have just found a new holy grail product to remove polish by Deborah Lippmann called The Stripper. It’s fantastic and the best part is that it doesn’t have the usual stink of an acetone!
5. What are your top tips for extending the life of your manicure?
Always start on clean nails, that means no oil or moisture residue on the nails. Do a quick swipe of acetone on all your nails before starting your manicure. When applying base, colour and top coat, make sure to cap the free edge to prevent the tip of your nails from chipping. You should also apply cuticle oil every day to hydrate your nails and prevents it from peeling or splitting. Last but not least, wear gloves when you’re washing the dishes!
Click here to view Wendy’s full portfolio.
Images: Top & left–photographer Joe Saraceno. Right–photographer Carlyle Routh. Middle & bottom left & right Natasha V.
So far these are my two favourite shows from Paris Couture fashion week. Peter Philips designed the metallic eyeliner look at Dior. The silver was actual strips of adhesive eye liner that Philips himself hand cut for every model. The Versace makeup was also focused on the eyes. Pat McGrath’s teal and black geometric winged shadow, was such a strong look that worked incredibly well with the tight slicked back hair, and those show-stopper dresses that only Donatella can do.
To make wide set eyes appear closer together, blend medium to dark coloured shadow in the inner corner of the eyes.
Currently these 7 products are my go-to items for my summer beauty routine. To be fair I love these products year round, but they are particularly effective during the warm months. Shu Depsea Water is divine for hydrating but also for cooling skin down. I can keep it in my bag and spritz it throughout the day. The high mineral content of Depsea means that regardless of how hot the temperature is this product remains at a cool 13 degrees celsius. Sunscreen is mandatory year round but I tend to take it more seriously when I’m laying out. Last weekend in Vegas I used La Roche Posay SPF 60 for my face. This sunscreen can multitask on face and body if you don’t feel like having two.
I can’t stand a heavy fragrance in the heat so I opt for my Aqua Universalis as its fresh and light. It’s not the easiest fragrance to come across in North America, I first discovered it when working in London at Liberty. In the UK its quite easy to find, but not so much here. The bottle I have now I picked up last year in Tokyo so I’m trying not to over use it.
I don’t worry too much about having waterproof makeup because if I am poolside or on the beach I’m makeup free and stick to oversized Celine sunnies. For those occasions when waterproof mascara is required I use YSL. A pop of colour on cheeks and lips is my signature summer time look. The new Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in the orange shade 300 is pretty potent. I just dab it on with my fingers and work it into the apples of my cheeks. On my lips I use Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick when I’m going out or just Maybelline Baby Lips to keep my lips hydrated and protected from the sun.
1. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Spray 2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 60 3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis 4. YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara 5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 300 6. Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick 7. Maybelline Baby Lips