Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Eyes and Shine to Metallics!

My creative juices have been flowing this week and didn't stop for a moment on the Maximiliano Centini Salon photoshoot.  The 'look and feel' were discussed before the photoshoot though Max is always open to individual interpretation, so once I'd seen the clothes and the beauty lighting from Vic Singh as well as the hairstyles Max was aiming to achieve I was well away.  

Our model, Flora was ready for stage 1!  I decided to focus on her skin once her hair had been washed of colour and further prepped so began by cleansing her skin with Bioderma Sensibio H2O, then applying Iman Cosmetics Under Cover Agent Oil Control Primer then 'smoking up' her eyes with Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E104 for a dark smouldering base.

I then washed over the eyelids with a metallic bronze from Ellis Faas Eye Lights in E303 for a highlight yet without taking away from that 'smoky' feel and continuing the colour up to the brow bone but avoiding the inner eye. 

 I then dabbed Iman Cosmetics Luxury Liquid Liner in Platinum around the eyeduct which created another dimension and edgier contrast.

The final touches to the eyes were again to achieve fluidity and light.  I added depth to the sockets with more Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E104, gently glided Avon Glimmerstick in Twilight Sparkle to Flora's water line for extra sparkle and depth, then attached a few Eylure Individual Lashes to the outer corners to elongate the eyes with a light coat of DiorShow Mascara in Black.  After filling in the brows with the fairest shade from Clarins Pro Brow Palette, I then speedily achieved a flawless, contoured base with Iman Cosmetics Stick Foundation in Sand 4 and Clay 3 then buffed on Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers, 11 onto the highest part of the cheeks and 13 to shade a subtle yet defined cheekbones.  

The lips were a delicate hint of coral from Givenchy in Blooming Apricot , no lip liner for this look as I was keen to keep it looking slightly haphazard and carefree.  The clear shine I applied to eyes, MAC Gloss, really set off this look and made for an edgier finish for metallic eyes.
There are quite a few steps but to avoid a 'panda' look focus and start applying to the outer corners for more  depth of colour and keep skin 'real' and lips barely there.

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