Suva Beauty

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The Suva Beauty brand continues to grow with the addition of a few new makeup lovers must-haves. A couple of months ago I was invited to the Suva Beauty Head Quarters to check out where the creativity happens and get the inside scoop on the products from Shaina.

I’m a big fan of the updated eye shadow palettes. First of all the lightweight packaging is way better for my kit, and the magnetic pans can be removed and replaced once they’re finished. I played around with the Hydra Liners which come in thirteen colours all with excellent pay off and in three textures: matte, chrome and UV. Probably the most unique thing about the liners, is that since they are water activated they can be used through the airbrush. Hydra Cream Base is available in eight shades. It’s essential when you need your eye shadow to stay put for hours. Panty Hose is my go to colour for anyone. The pale beige tone is a great neutral to apply under any colour of shadow.

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Belstaff AW16

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The Belstaff presentation during London fashion week drew inspiration from¬†Edith “Jackie” Ronne’s great Antarctic expedition. The collection of fur, leather, and wool was derived from a wintry landscape, with textures of snow, icebergs and rocks and a nod to Inuit dress. Lead makeup artist Maria Comparetto’s design included naturally flushed cheeks on top of highlighted skin, full brows, nude lips and softly sculpted eyes.

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Best of London Fashion Week

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London fashion week remains the shortest of the four fashion capitals. Some how squeezed into those few days is a plethora of colourful creativity. I especially enjoyed Burberry’s departure from classic beauty to rock and roll cool. Backstage at Mary Katrantzou the brief was to create¬†crimson heart shaped lips, totally bare eyes and a natural matte complexion, the girls looked beautiful!

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Best of New York Fashion Week AW16

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It’s been about month since the fall collections kicked off in New York, and today in Paris the last shows of the season concluded. Looking back at the New York runways natural skin, and minimal lip colours reigned supreme. Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Marc Jacobs broke the trend with strong stand-out matte lip colours. The defined socket line at DVF and Marc Jacobs put a modern twist on the sixties. Of course I’ll never forget Public School’s lived in smokey eyes. It was my first New York fashion week show, and marked the beginning of the season for me.

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Public School FW16

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On a particularly cold, extremely early Sunday morning in New York; I made my way to the Hauser and Wirth gallery for the Public School show. The brief from lead makeup artist Grace Lee was “anti-pretty.” The complexion was to be raw, meaning no foundation or concealer under the eyes. Only blemishes and redness around the nose were to be covered. To create a worn-in look for the eyes, charcoal grey liner was wrapped around the top bottom lash line and then almost all smudged off. Taupe coloured shadow and Baby Lips were applied to break apart the shadow and liner and add a sheen. The result was deconstructed tough girl makeup.

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2016 Oscars

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There were so many gorgeous looks on the red carpet on Sunday. I’m always a fan of effortless style and Margot Robbie nailed the effortless chic look from head to toe. Robbie shimmered in gold Tom Ford, and I loved how her beauty look was totally understated. Lady Gaga can do no wrong lately. Event after event Gaga has brought the ultimate in glamour. Sunday’s Brandon Maxwell attire was stunning, especially with her structured curls and metallic eye shadow. Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence are Dior girls. Both ladies paired their couture gowns with smokey eyes and classic nude lips. Saoirse Ronan also wore smokey eyes and nude lips. Her hair was down and tousled which is definitely her best look this awards season. Of course Rooney Mara and her signature dark lip and strong brow, was quite the showstopper in custom Givenchy.

 

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Tip of the Day: Brow Gel

If you are fortunate to have naturally full brows keep them in place and perfected with brow gel. Use a tinted brow gel to add definition to brows or clear if you just need hold.

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Spring 2016 Couture Collections

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Runway after runway of incredible collections were seen in Paris last week at the couture shows. It wasn’t just about the clothes the beauty looks were exceptional too. Pat McGrath out did herself at Margiela creating a series of makeup looks that wowed. In particular the red lip look with pearl teeth was absolutely brilliant.

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2016 SAG Awards

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As the Awards season continues on the SAG red carpet was another makeup and style success. Alicia Vikander has definitely been one-to-watch and she looked fabulous once again. Naturally she shimmered in a floor length Louis Vuitton gown, as she is one of the brands muses. I also loved the simplicity of her makeup. Bronze eyelids, long lashes, and a rose matte lip was the perfect compliment to the dress that took centre stage. Viola Davis looked the best I’ve ever seen her look on a red carpet. Her skin glowed, her hair looked modern, and the Zac Posen dress was perfection.

Images from justjared.com, dailymail.co.uk, glamour.com

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Giambattista Valli & Chanel Spring Couture

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Two absolutely gorgeous couture collections from Giambattista Valli and Karl Lagerfeld this week in Paris. Nothing could take away from the tulle sensations that floated down the catwalk at Giambattista. The makeup look was kept simple with perfected skin and not much else! Tom Pecheux’s liquid liner was on point at Chanel, combined with Sam McKnight’s croissant hair creation it was a show-stopping affair.

 

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