1. Choose a matte colour at least 2 shades darker for shading, and 2 shades lighter for highlighting than your natural skin tone
2. Pay attention to bone structure shade underneath the bones of the face–cheekbones, sides of nose, crease of eye, jawline, and perimeter of forehead
3. Highlight on the top of the cheekbones, brow bone, eyelid, centre of nose, centre of chin, and the centre of the forehead
4. Use brushes that are the appropriate size for the area of the face you’re working on
5. Blend well!
Using a mascara fan brush to apply mascara on lower or upper eyelashes, enables you to get right to the root of the lash. This is especially helpful when darkening light coloured lashes, or when trying to apply mascara on short lashes.
Image from style.com
Use a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone to highlight around the edges of the lip to create the perfect pout.
Place a tissue under the lashes to catch any potential eye shadow fall out from getting all over your models face.
I am an advocate of the undone smoky eye. The worn in look seen here at Roberto Cavalli looks cool in a “I just smudged this on my eyes in 5 seconds” kind of way. Use an eye kohl on the lower lash line and smudge it out with a brush or your finger. Add a charcoal eyeshadow on top preferably one with shimmer, this will keep the eye kohl in place. On the upper lid repeat and really work the kohl and shadow for a super diffused look. Finally add a dab of Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream to give sheen to the perfect not perfect look.
Image from style.com
The bigger the brow the better has been the anthem now for many seasons. Brows are not only big they are arched and groomed to perfection. I recommend starting with a spool brush to brush brow hairs in an upward direction. This same brush comes in handy to soften the brow after applying either pencil or shadow. I like the Lancome pencil because it’s like a hybrid between pencil and shadow. Always go for a cooler shade in the brows anything too red or warm undertoned looks not quite right. Dark shades of brown work well for most brunettes. It’s rare I’ll reach for black even on the most raven haired individual. If you have unruly brows a bit of brow gel will keep them in place.
1. Lancome Le Crayon Poudre 2. NARS Angle Brush 3. Shu Uemura Brow Manicure 4. MAC Brun Eyeshadow
Avoid a cakey texture on the face. Before powdering remove excess oil from the skin with either blotting papers or tissue.
In the warmth of the summer heavy makeup is not an option. The best way to perfect your complexion, and get sun protection is with BB cream. I tend to go quite minimal with my eye makeup with the exception of eyeliner and loads of mascara. Build up waterproof mascara on your lashes to open the eyes and forget worrying about any smudging. The Makeup Forever Aqua line is amazing for withstanding any kind of moisture. The Aqua Rouge lip colour is a must have if you want to avoid touch ups. For cheeks Hourglass waterproof bronzer will add dimension to the face. I love pale blue nail polish for summer. It reminds of where I like to be–poolside or on the beach!
1. YSL Top Secrets BB Cream 2. Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge in Fuchsia 3. RGB Nail Polish in Pool 4. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara
When it comes to hair for the summer season I enjoy short cuts, beachy waves, ponytails, and highlights. If ever there was a time to wear a cool short hairstyle it’s now! Beat the heat with a blunt choppy cut that looks modern, and is incredibly practical at the same time. As much as I love a short ‘do on others, I favour long beachy waves all year round, and in the summer you can’t go wrong with highlighted locks. Rush Hair salons have a special on highlights just in time for the sun season. If you have medium length to long hair, waves are a versatile look especially in the warm weather. If your hair has a natural wave already it’s really a matter of letting your hair do it’s own thing. Also since I can be slightly on the low maintenance side when it comes to hair, Shu Uemura Depsea Foundation Spray quickly restores your style the next day. It detangles hair and adds texture, plus its fast so one less thing to worry about in the morning.
The sun can dry out your hair terribly, so I’m partial to protective oil for keeping my hair nourished and frizz-free. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue came in very handy after my recent Miami trip. It comes in a mini size which is perfect for travel. When all else fails you cannot go wrong with a high ponytail. All you need is an elastic and Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss which holds like a wax, and adds shine. A ponytail quickly neatens up unruly hair, but also has the added bonus of a mini face lift! A win-win situation.
1. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue 2. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Foundation Daily Style Refresher 3. Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss
Images from models.com
Create a natural looking foundation by applying with a fan brush.
Image from style.com