I so do. My favourite make-up look by a million miles is the whole smoky eye/nude lip and I have always wanted to do a heavy winged-eyeliner, false lashes and pale pout.
I’m thinking Jean Shrimpton and Brigitte Bardot…. A little bit Mary Quant mixed with Twiggy…. you know?
Thing is I’ve tried and I’ve failed – miserably. So as part of Retro week we asked professional make-up artist Mariam Jensen to come show us how it’s done properly and share with you lovely lot her step by step tips and tricks.
Mariam used Vix’s face and as aforementioned face arrived at my door apparently I opened it, didn’t even say hello but just kind of shouted at her in a very loud voice:
Me: Oh my Lord pet like last week Mariam Jensen was painting Rihanna’s face and now she will be painting yours and she’s in my kitchen and I’m so excited and you are going to look so gorgeous and she has these immense lashes and and and….
Vix – Rih Rih?! as in THE Rih Rih?!
Me – Yeeeeessssssssssss!!!
Then I remembered to actually let her in rather than just leaving her on the doorstep out in the cold…
Really must remember to greet people in future otherwise I’ll get myself the reputation of having the social skills of an amoeba.
Joining Mariam, Vix, Adam and I in the O’Shea kitchen was the very talented Emma Case – she was the one capturing all the pretty with her fancy camera.
What You Will Need:
- Eyebrow Pencil: Mariam used Shu Uemura in “Seal Brown”
- Eyeliner Pencil: For Inner Rim: Mariam used MAC power point eye pencil in “Hand Forged” (pale gold)
- Mascara: Mariam used Jemma Kidd in “Carbon Black”
- Liquid Eyeliner: Mariam used Mac fluidline in “Blacktrack”
- Eyeliner Brush (VERY important!): Mariam used Shu Uemura in 2R
- Matt Finish Foundation : Mariam used Airbase but also recommends MyFace Mymix liquid
- Concealer: Mariam used MAC Select Cover in NW25
- Eyeshadow Primer: Mariam used MAC Prep and Prime
- Pale base Eyeshadow: Mariam used Shu Uemura M800
- Darker Grey/Brown Eyeshadow For Socket Line: Mariam used MAC in “Keep Your Cool”
- Pinky Neutral Lipliner: Mariam used Mac in “Subculture”
- Beige Lipgloss: Mariam used Nars in “Chelsea Girls”
- Nude Pink Blush: Mariam used Stila “Tutu”
- False Lashes: Mariam used Ardell in number 109 (my favourites!)
- Eyelash Glue – Mariam used Mac “Duo” (I use this too..)
Step One: Mariam primed Vix’s skin (she used the airbase primer but Chanel, Laura Mercier and Lancome all have good versions), Mariam then used an actual airbrush machine for a flawless finish – it was quite spectacular and she uses it on her brides for W-day. However, obviously we don’t expect you lovely lot to own one so instead we recommend My Face “My Mix” foundation which is only £6.50 and you can buy it from good old Boots….
Mariam covered under eye circles and any small blemishes with concealer.
Step Two: Because this look is all about the eyes, blush is kept to a minimum with just a sweep of pale nude pink on the apples fading out to the hairline.
Step Three: Fill in your eyebrows with a suitable pencil – we like ones with a slightly greyish tone as they look more natural… Then apply your eyeshadow primer (prevents fading and oily bits) and add your pale eyeshadow all over the lid up to the socket lines.
Step Four: Mariam uses a fine brush to paint on a gel liner – you could also use a liquid with a felt-tip pen end (I rate Lancome Artliner), but to get a precise finish and the perfect flick a brush is the ideal tool.
Step Five: Curl lashes and apply a single coat of mascara, once dry measure your false lashes up against your eyelid – if they are a wee bit long (not the length of the lash – as in too big for your actual lash line…) then trim the end with some sharp nail scissors.
Step Six: Apply glue to your false lashes and await until tacky to apply to the lash line, using tweezers can help you achieve an even finish.
Step Seven: For the perfect nude pout apply a soft pinky pencil to the outline and then cover the whole lip with a shiny beige gloss – Mariam used a lip brush to apply the Nars lip laquer… (I am so buying this shade ASAP).
Voila!!!! – A sexy 60’s siren. Loves.
Is this any of you gorgeous folks favourite look? is it something you “do” regularly or is it something you may try thanks to Mariam Jensen?
And would it be helpful if we did a “How to apply the perfect false lash” post at some point in the near future? – just let me know in the comments box below.
Don’t forget folks, cute cameras and brilliant books up for grabs from Lomography on every post this week so get love leaving.
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