Who could resist a little sparkle? Black Tied by MAC is the only eyeshadow I wear, and I do so religiously. I’m not really an eyeshadow person, I usually just stick to liquid liner, but I love adding a touch of this glittery black to the edge of my lids. Alongside a touch of highlighter underneath the brows, it’s the perfect transitional combination for a subtle day and night look
For me, autumn is a time to tone down colours and work with subtleties. This reflects in my choice of daily make up where I’ve swapped my rosy palettes for bronzers, highlighters and strobe creams. Touches of glitter still add a hint of ‘girl’ to my look. My current three make up obsessions are this MAC bronzer and Strobe Cream in addition to Benefit’s Sun Beam. The trick with the strobe cream is to work it into your foundation before applying it to your skin. I like doing this on the back of my hand. Adding body warmth improves the consistency which, in turn, helps ensure that the highlighter is worked into your make up rather than looking as though it’s been plastered on top. Used sporadically, these three products add a soft, dewy glow to my skin tone; perfect for those in need of being sun kissed.
Bronzer – MAC (old, unfortunately)
Evidence of a good weekend! Ah this weekend was so good. For the first time in a while I feel as though I made the most of every single bit of it, starting with dinner and drinks in Camden with El on Friday night. I even managed to squeeze a little shopping in too. The new MAC studio in St Pancras has been dangerous for me, largely because I walk past it about 5 times a week. This Saturday morning I picked up a couple of red lipsticks and nude blushers, including this beautiful shade in the Viva Glam range. This colour was crafted in collaboration with Rihanna and I honestly didn’t think it would be such a good shade. Topped up with its partner lipgloss it’s a dream. So much so that on Saturday night, I changed my whole outfit at the last minute just so I could wear it. Love, love, love!
Nothing wakes up a tired face faster than subtle shimmer. These are my go to products when I need a little pick me up.
Mac blusher, has just enough sparkle for daytime and it’s soft pink tone is perfect for pale skin. Bobby Brown lip gloss with it’s sheer brightening formula creates an illusion of bigger lips and The Body Shop shimmer cube palette has four subtle iridescent shades to mix and match, perfect if you want to create a wide-eyed look.
Although I do love a pop of colour my make-up choices often tend to be a lot less bold. I prefer working with shades and tonal colours on my skin, in oppose to heavy lips and eyes. Vampy coloured lips have been my favourite trend so far this year and I always feel a little envious when I see someone bold enough to rock them. So when I tried the above colour on for a little bit of fun in my local MAC store the other day I was pleasantly surprised to see how good it looked on. It’s a beautifully intense purple / black colour, and it doesn’t fade. Not one bit! Telling myself that it’s always good to shake it up a little, I just had to pick one up.
Whether it was her doing my hair, make-up or just lecturing me on the need to look after my skin, having a big sister has rubbed off on me in a big way. The fact that she’s a make-up artist and beauty therapist might have had something to do with it too. Nowadays I really enjoy looking after my skin and second to fashion beauty comes close. Although I use quite a few products, if I were to whittle them down for you, these would be my essentials.
From left to right:
1. ‘Exoctic Ember’ Mineralized Blush – MAC; Blush heaven! It’s a shame that this colour is part of a limited edition range. I’ll be stocking up on these before they are taken off them market though.
2. Lash Extensions – Jica; Lash fibres in a bottle – a genius invention. Apply the fibres in between coats of mascara and, voila, you have the most natural looking voluminous lashes ever.
4. Deep Comfort Body Butter – Clinique; A luxurious body cream that will transform your skin in to velvet.
5. Precleanse – Dermalogica; Taking your makeup off properly is by far the best way to look after your skin. I’ve tried various makeup removers, Clinique, MAC, baby wipes even (come on, we’ve all been there), but none are half as good as Dermalogica’s Precleanse. It will literally melt the stubbornness of any make up off.
One of this seasons strongest trends is dark, mysterious and sexy. I wanted to wait until the evenings became darker and weather a little gloomier to write about this trend, as it doesn’t bode well with the sunshine. Now, in October, it’s the perfect time to explore your ‘inner goth.’ I am not sure if any of you have experimented with this before, but I certainly dabbled with black netting and eye liner in my teens. And even though I have emerged from the days I spent as a goth, this seasons trend of Gothic Fairytale is very close to my heart. Countless designers have sent models wrapped in black lace; Dolce and Gabbana (top) emerging the most opulent of them all. Something about an occasional flash of skin makes you feel very powerful and sexy without trying too hard. Here are my best picks. From feather to velvet, release your ‘inner goth.’
Clockwise from top left, Day Birger et Mikkelsen Night Velvet Lounge embellished cape from Outnet.com; Warehouse mesh panel faux leather dress; Oasis flocked gothic dress; Accessorize crystal lizzard brooch; Topshop’s velvet cut out body; Topshop’s father capelet; Oasis long sleeve lace Victoriana top; H&M boots; MAC matt lipstic in Diva; Assad Mounser glass bead and chain collar necklace availablke from Net-a-Porter.