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Razzle Dazzle Em with catwalk-inspired Party Make-up

Posted Dec 17 2010 7:57am

We took three of our favourite make-up looks from the A/W10 catwalks (Proenza Schouler, DSquared and Chanel) and asked the celebrated make-up artists on our Expert Panel to explain how they would recreate them in ‘real’ life. So if you’ve got a big bash looming, read on and find out how to get glossy, model-perfect make-up that’ll ensure all eyes are on you…

GOTHIC ROMANCE: Antonio Berardi interpreted by
“If you really want to recreate this look to the very last detail, the first thing you’ll need to do is bleach your eyebrows! I would recommend going to a salon to have your brows lightened as it can be tricky on the timing for someone to do at home. We don’t want to see anyone with orange eyebrows…
Step Two:  Prep the skin with the
Step Three: Apply to under-eye darkness using and conceal any blemishes using a fine point brush.
Step Four: Apply with the large or medium or .
Step Five:  Dust over entire face.
Step Six:  Apply a tawny powder blush to the contours of cheeks, just below the cheekbone with . Try using .
Step Seven: Using a lip brush coated in lipstick create a defined line around lips then fill in.  For this look you want a dark reddish tone – almost reddish black.  Think dark crushed blackberries.  Try , then add a clear gloss over the top – try . Apply to upper lashes and really brush it in strong at the base of your lashes.”

THE EYES HAVE IT: Chanel as interpreted by :
“This is a dramatic party look where the focus is all about the eyes. The cheeks and lip are very understated. Chanel nearly always love a mono-chromatic look for their shows and this is no exception. To recreate this look I would use all over the lid to give a soft focus base to the eye, also adding it to the cheekbones for a “gleam”.

Then, using , I would create an almond shape up to the eye socket, bringing it under the eye, blending into the socket line. With loose powder, make sure you tap the excess off your brush onto your hand before you use it otherwise you are in danger of it falling on the face and smudging. Once you have your shape, dab some sealant on the area above your socket line and then dab black glitter onto the sealant with the end of your fingers.

Finish the eye with inside your eyes and lashings of . Add , using tweezers , into the corner of your eyes for extra effect, I get through two packets of these a week – I’m obsessed by them.”


GLAM, BAM, THANKYOU MA’AM! DSquared by
“Mad Men’s January Jones, Beyonce and Dannii Minogue are all embracing real lipstick. To recreate this look, start by outlining lips with a lip pencil that is the same colour as your lipstick, then filling in up to (not over) the line with lipsticks (ed’s note we love  DuWop Private Red ) . Gently press with a tissue, then apply a second coat of lipstick.

An old Hollywood trick to prevent lipstick on teeth is to put your index finger in your mouth, purse your lips and pull your finger out! If you don’t want to wear full-on lipstick, try outlining the lips with a pencil and then using it to fill in the lips too, finally add the sheerer on top.

To create these dramatic eyes, you will need a , a and a to add over the top. The key to achieving this look is brushes – one to apply and one to blend. Blend your base colour over the lid, under the eye and up towards the brow (tip: hold a tissue at the angle you want to draw the eye shadow up to and use it like a stencil), blend out towards the edge of the brow in a triangular shape. Then I would put the metallic shadow in the centre of the lid and blend out and up, with a dusting under the eye to soften it down. Finish the shadow with some under the eye to create a beautiful open eye. Line the lower inner rim of the eye with the kohl pencil. Finish with a fabulous – you don’t need to add false lashes to this look because you’ve already defined the eyes. To clean up any residue under the eye area, dip a cotton bud in some non-oily eye make-up remover and touch up with

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