By Guest Blogger Sidory Dan-Perry
You have to thank legendary makeup artist Tom Pecheux for inspiring the inner diva in all of us. He designed this Hollywood starlet look for the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 RTW show.
But how do we translate these looks from the rocking runway to our own individual style?
Try these tips …
A clean groomed brow is the in look. So try ELF’s “Wet Gloss Lash Brow Clear Mascara.” It is an affordable buy ($1.00) and does the job right; one side for the brows while the other for the lashes.
Start off with a base eyeshadow color like M·A·C Cosmetics “Brule”. If you have a medium to dark complexion I would use M·A·C “Bamboo” eyeshadow instead.
To get a strong smoky eye effect, use a shimmery dark eye shadow. This doesn’t have to be black. You can use any dark shade. For instance try M·A·C “Smut” eyeshadow.
Use a crease blending brush like Smashbox’s #10 to apply the eyeshadow on the lower part of your lid. Use a horizontal sweeping motion starting from the outer corner of your eye working your way in. And work the color up to the middle of your eye crease. Its always best to shake off excess eyeshadow before application, this will prevent stray color.
Line the bottom inner lash line with a white eyeliner. Apply a small amount of the dark eyeshadow just underneath the lash line using a firm small angled brush. The contrast between white and dark makes a smooth clean line.
Follow up with a touch of mascara. Or add a pair of false lashes if desired.
For your cheeks try Smashbox “Bronze Lights.” ($28.00) Apply the bronzing blush at the base of your cheekbones and work your way up and outwards towards your hairline. It will give the apples of your cheeks a nice glowing tone.
Make your lips pop by using a dark red matte lipstick like M·A·C’s “Ruby Woo”, or “Chili”. To achieve this look you must emphasize the shape of your mouth by using a lip liner. First use a lip primer or concealer over your lips. It creates a blank canvas for your dramatic lip color. Next line your lips. The easiest way is to hold your pencil at an angle and use the point for tight corners. Try using a small lip brush with firm bristles, like Smashbox’s #18 to fill in your lips. Remember to blend the lip liner and lipstick well.
Sidory is a freelance make-up artist based out of Washington D.C. She is also a contributing beauty writer and blogger for several online fashion publications and web sites. If you think she doesn’t do enough already, she’s also the Editor in Chief of her own beauty blogzine, beautyverve.com. Somewhere in between all this, she is a mother of two girls, wife, and abstract artist. Her friends call her a workaholic; she calls herself a rock star.