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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Beyonce for CR Fashion Book

What is there to say about this? FLAWLESS. That is all.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather & Master Kajal

I was already hooked on Color Tattoo after seasons of working with it backstage at Toronto Fashion week. The new Leather version is just as good as the original but with a matte texture. I have oily eyelids so shadow creases on me quite easily, but the Color Tattoo stays put with no creasing all day. Use a medium density brush to apply and blend at the same time because the product dries quickly.

Master Kajal kohl pencil is waterproof yet creamy enough to create a longwearing smoky eye. Another bonus is I can wear this pencil in my water line, without having to deal with copious amounts of tears brought on by irritation.  The pencil doesn’t twist up so the amount of lead you see on the kohl is all you get. To keep the tip sharp I reshape it with tissue.

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2014 Emmy Awards

Back to back awards shows required a few celebs to have a quick turn around on their red carpet looks. Gwen Stefani went from shocking pink retro to modern metallic overnight. January Jones looked classic Hollywood with red lips and winged eyeliner. Kerry Washington wore pumpkin Prada and switched up her usual perfectly coiffed locks for tousled ombré. I loved Allison Williams  peaches and cream look, it was ideal with her pastel gown and simple pulled back hair.

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2014 VMA’s

The makeup looks from last nights VMA’s, were a mix of statement lips as seen on Gewn Stefani and Rita Ora. Loads of lashes on Nicki Minaj and bold brows for Miley Cyrus. Beyonce worked her usual glowing skin and a neutral colour palette for an altogether flawless look.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Glitter Removal

Last week I was able to attend a makeup seminar at Blanche Macdonald by veteran makeup artist Ayami Nishimura. Above is one of the looks she created on her model. With a big glitter makeup like this effective removal is of paramount importance. Ayami shared with us the easiest way is with baby oil gel and a folded piece of card, about the same weight as a business card. Massage the baby oil into the skin allover the glitter, and then use a fluid scraping motion with the card. It worked amazingly well.

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