As we head into the winter months, the nights start to roll in, darkness descends and we can feel more daring with our makeup and fashion.
It’s the season to take a risk and unleash your inner vamp and that means deep, burgundy lips and dark, smokey eyes! But, how do you get the perfect look? Let’s concentrate on eyes for now, as they are the window to the soul and we’ll do lips next time.
Why not adorn your eyes with dark shadows, jewel tones, liners, glitters and pigments once you’ve got the hang of the basics? Here’s my recommended, step-by-step route to perfection:
1. PRIME THE EYE AREA. This will ensure that any products you use after this will have a strong colour pay off and will also last perfectly.
There are many eye primers on the market now, so shop around but I use the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot.
Apply your eye make-up before you apply your foundation as, with heavier looks, you run the risk of shadows falling out onto your cheeks.
2. GO FOR A PENCIL. Sketch over the eyelid and under the eye, before softening the edges with a blending brush. You can use any colour you choose, but I often pick up a Khôl pencil by Lancôme as they are creamy and easy to blend.
This is a great little trick to create an instant drama on the eyes, so is great for those nights where you may be going out straight after a day at work.
3. Next, apply your preferred eyeshadows. You can use matte shimmer or even glitter. You will find that the eyeshadows will really grab as you have the pencil underneath.
If you don’t feel confident choosing colours, all premium cosmetic brands have palettes with pre-set colours in them that complement each other perfectly. They will all have some gorgeous options as it goes into the party season.
4. Finish with lashings of mascara and a pair of false lashes if you so desire. After all, nothing says ‘night time glamour’ like a fluttering fan of lashes.
With more dramatic make-up applications it is all about balance, so if you opt for a strong eye, pair it with a more muted lip tone and if you go for a vampy lip, pair it with a more muted eye makeup.
This will ensure that the look isn’t overpowering and will still be wearable and contemporary. So, get out there, give it a go and embrace the sumptuous, deep tones of winter.
Grace’s Beauty Product of the Month
Pat McGrath’s Gold 001
You don’t become one of the most sought after catwalk makeup artists in the world without knowing how to make a statement and Pat McGrath has dominated the industry with her opulent and theatrical catwalk fantasies.
To every glamour puss’ excitement, McGrath recently made her first foray into product development, with her mysterious Gold 001 being first teased out on Instagram and then, in October, released onto the market.
An intense gold pigment, you handle it with a spatula and mixing liquid, crushing the pigment into the latter to create iridescent washes, gold liners, gilded brows or statement lips. I’m giving this a thorough test-drive before McGrath launches a full range of products late next year.
Visit www.patmcgrathlabs.com for more information.
Grace Oni Smith is Co-Founder and Style Director of the UK’s first transgender confidence consultancy, Born. For more information and to contact Grace, visit www.born.uk.com
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