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There are so many products I’m in love with at the moment. With the new seasons comes an influx of new shades and smells. For those who know me, my love/hate relationship with Gareth Pugh SS13 line has inspired me to be more bold with my makeup choices. Its for that reason that the number one item on my must have list for this month has to be ‘on the hunt’ eyeshadow duo my Mac.
I’m never normally adventurous when it comes to eyeshadow, however thanks to the girls at Pixiwoo, I’m now constantly armed with a Mac 217 brush and a rainbow of shades. The runways have seen an abundance of rusty reds and soft oranges and the ‘on the hunt’ duo combines these two shades perfectly. Be careful, though, these shades MUST be blended properly and its a look not everyone will be able to pull off without looking like you’re suffering from a bad case of pinkeye. Use a neutral paint pot by Mac such as ‘bare canvas’ as a base to make the colour not only stand out but to avoid those pesky creases eyeshadow can create. My advice would be: be bold but use with caution!
I know I keep banging on about the importance of having a good skin care routine but I can’t stress it enough during the Winter months. If like me you suffer from awful dry skin, then Bobbi Brown extra balm rinse is a must have in your artillery against the cold weather. Not only does it smell a-mazing, it leaves you with a smooth and moisturised complexion; isn’t that what every girl wants?! Topped off with a foundation that needs no introduction, Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation will leave you with a complexion thats TDF.
Staying on the topic of good skin practise, Dr Sebagh Serum Repair Hyaluronic Acid waves a magic fairy wand over dried out faces and is the ultimate skin indulgence. You literally need no more than two drops as the old saying goes: a little goes a long way. It’s not pretty on the purse but your skin will thank you for it, trust me.
Finally, with the Summer months behind us, it’s time to re discover your love of tea and settle down to a good read. I get Vogue every month and have done since I was 13 (sad, I know) but with this months issue at a special price of £2, there literally is no excuse to not indulge in the news and best coverage of all Fashion Weeks from London to Paris. My Sony E-Reader has also made a reappearance. There’s nothing better than settling down to a good book. For October, why not try Axel Madsens ‘Coco Chanel’, Sarah Bradford’s ‘American Queen’ or the ultimate fashionista must read ‘D.V’ by Diana Vreeland? After all, it is the season for readin’!
Backstage at a fashion show is where most of the magic happens. With the hustle and bustle of girls dressing amongst a cloud of organised chaos, make up artists are creating their own masterpieces ready to parade down the runways alongside the designer’s collection.
This year, there hasn’t been any beauty trends that have really caught my eye. With a heavy emphasis on minimalist make up, there haven’t been any looks I’ve been itching to re-create. So it’s because of this I’ve decided to delve into the archives of previous seasons and recreate a look that can mould well with what is on offer for SS13. A look that diffuses well over the face and will suit a whole range of skin tones, Chloe’s fall 2011 campaign has the sepia hue that compliments the reds and other warm tones seen of late.
To start with, choose a foundation with a dewy finish. One of my faves has to be Illamasqua’s Skin Base, it gives a brilliant coverage and doesn’t wear too heavy on the skin, leaving you with a healthy complexion. Next, onto the cheeks, look for a very sheer bronze, nothing too much. NARS Miss Liberty would be perfect, sculpt the face by running it down the back of the cheekbone very subtly, this look is all about the eyes so go easy with it. Set with a translucent powder, go lightly though, you want to keep a bit of the shine, it’s all part of the look.
Moving onto the eyes, Mac have recently launched an eyeshadow duo in ‘on the hunt’ which would be perfect for this look. Be careful to blend properly, there’s nothing worse than unblended eyeshadow! Bring the redder shade under the bottom lash line aswell as the top lid and finish with Dior Show new look mascara: perfect for creating length and curl to lashes. Finish with MAC’s boldly bare lip pencil softly blended and then add a coat of MAC’s pretty please lipstick: gorgeous.
With so much choice out there, it’s so easy to recreate looks from seasons past and present, so what are you waiting for?! Get your make up wands out and create some magic!