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Best of Milan Fashion Week SS15

These 9 shows from the Milan collections showcased some rather beautiful makeup. Full strong brows were in effect at Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani. The single line eyebrow courtesy of Pat McGrath at Prada was also a fave. Fendi’s strip eyeliner designed by Peter Philips, was cut from leather hair ties. 70′s wavy hair and slightly flushed cheeks at Pucci completed the hippie vibe of the collection. Sultry eyes at Cavalli are standard procedure, it’s just what they do. Gucci was soft and neutral this season where as Missoni had a pop of colour with a matte red lip.

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Best of London Fashion Week SS15

The makeup  looks from London fashion week were definitely more diverse than we had seen in New York. Of course there were the fresh faces and dewy skin that go without saying on the catwalk, but the mad creations (there were about 6 different looks) at Vivienne Westwood is what makes London fashion week so brilliant!

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Best of New York Fashion Week SS15

New York fashion week had a very strong theme: no makeup, makeup. In the case of Marc Jacobs it was literally no makeup! Francois Nars was said to have used moisturizer to prep and unless the model had a blemish no makeup was applied at all.

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Transition to Fall: Neutrals

As we move into the new season neutrals are the perfect segue bridging the gap between summer and fall. Enhance your complexion with subtle shading and highlighting. A sweep of metallic shadow on the lids and plump up your lips with a nude matte lipstick.

1. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation  2. Hourglass Femme Nude 3. Giorgio Armani Eye Shadow Palette 4. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour  5. Charlotte Tilbury Rock N’ Kohl in Eye Cheat  6. Contouring Cheek Colour Duo

Karen Walker Brown Tortoise Shell Sunglasses/ Maison Martin Margiela Trunk Boots/ Isabel Marant Dodge Feather Charm Bracelet/ Acne Studios Mohair Cardigan/ Roksanda Felted Wool Skirt/ Givenchy Antigona Bag 


Transition to Fall: Light Eyebrows

I standby the fact that full eyebrows frame the eyes and add character to the face, but I still love bleached brows in the right situation. Usually the appropriate environment for such a look would be for a show like at Givenchy and Alexander Wang or on a shoot. However a couple of shades lighter without going to the extreme of using bleach, can be a pretty hot look in real life, case in point Erdem. The easiest way to recreate this look would be to use a brow gel that is a lighter shade than your natural eyebrow. If you really want to go for a more dramatic look try using a cream concealer on a mascara wand, and brushing through the brow hairs to take down the natural colour.

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What to Wear: Summer Holiday

 I love vacationing in the summer. As the season winds down the opportunities for beach wear and minimal makeup grow fewer. So as I head off on my holiday in a few weeks, this is what’s inspiring my packing list.

Brows are non negotiable so Shu Uemura Brow Ink is completely budge proof and easy to apply once for the whole day. I’m really into a white manicure. It’s bright and fresh and looks good with a tan.

If I’m having a good skin day then I prefer a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer, CC or BB cream preferably with SPF. I like the Armani Luminesssence as it comes in a variety shades. A cream blush on cheeks gives a gorgeous glow and is fast to apply I’ve been using Maybelline Master Glaze lately in my kit.

Even though I often haul around about 7 different lip products on any given day. The reality is, all I ever use on myself is either a nude gloss or bright lipstick.

The fastest way to enhance your eyes is with a smudgy black kohl. Wrap it all around the eye and blend out with a brush or your fingers and, you’ve just gone from day to night in a flash.

1. Shu Uemura Brow Ink 2. Topshop White Speckle Nail Polish 3. Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Moisturizer 4. Supergoop Sunscreen Oil 5. By Terry Ombre Black Star Colour Fix Cream Eyeshadow Stick  6. MAC Lipglass in Myth  7. Givenchy Rouge Lipstick in Rose Perfecto 8. Maybelline Master Glaze in Just Pinched Pink

J. Crew Jersey Dark Turquoise Metal Trim Bikini/ Isabel Marant Vally Printed Silk Muslin Dress/Prada Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses/River Island Blue Abstract Print Monokini/Aquazzurra Amazon Snake Skin Cut Out Sandals

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Fall 2014 Couture


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.

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Atelier Versace & Dior Couture Fall 2014

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.

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Summer is Here

Now that summer is officially here what better way to kick it all off, than with the best of the seasons brights, prints, and show- stopping makeup. Summer makeup should be simple. Focus on one feature and let that stand out while keeping the rest of your look subdued.

1. Givenchy Terre Exotique Healthy Glow Powder  2. YSL Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte 3. MAC Eye Shadow Moody Blooms 4. Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone 5. Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Mandarin Orange 6. Dolce & Gabbana Lengthening Mascara   7. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Turquoise

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Get the Look: Burberry Spring 2014

Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe created the wearable yet cool look at the Spring 2014 Burberry Show. Recreate the dewy complexion by prepping skin with a hydrating serum like Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability. Sculpt and highlight to add dimension to the face. A rose tone of eye shadow wrapped around the eye and blended from the lash line to the crease, and fades out towards the brow bone. Lips were kept moist with a slick of transparent pink hued gloss.

1. Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Mulberry 2. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow 3. Shu Uemura #10 Kolinsky Brush 4. MAC #168 Large Angled Contour Brush 5. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability Intense Moisturizing Concentrate 6. NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight 

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