Sunday, February 27, 2011

Style Crush Gwen Stefani

Our first post on our new blog.......we’re both extremely excited!! Myself (Elaine) and Shauna have begun hosting Style & Beauty Parties and want this blog to be a sort of follow up for anyone who attends these parties. We promise to have weekly tips both fashion and beauty and to recreate the looks of our many Style Crushes.

Our first (and my deepest) Style Crush is Gwen Stefani. Gwen - who makes a stroll in the park with her kids a stylish event – is a major fan of on-trend trousers, she can even carry them off at a red carpet event (see image above). This season trousers are in abundance on the highstreet with many styles to choose from; chinos, carrot tops, harem and palazzo to name a few!! If choosing a style that has extra fabric at the waist and hips and tapers in at the ankles (such as harem and carrot tops) the key is to keep your top half fitted and to wear heels as high as you can manage thus elongating your legs.

Another favourite of the fabulous Gwen is graphic print. Along with so many designers for Spring/Summer 2011 she loves teaming print with print but this is quiet tricky to pull off. I would suggest wearing one patterned piece and letting it get all the attention. Use print to your advantage drawing focus to your best features and away from your problem areas. If you really want to clash some prints try doing so with your accessories.

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Snake Valley yellow, mustard and black printed dress, €76, Topshop
So Fabulous! Draped Cover-up, €39,
Graphic print skirt, €125, Pepe Jeans
Animal print mixed bangle set, €22,
Lace Blouse, Oasis
Twiggy loose trousers, €47,
Printed pants, €45, Dorothy Perkins
Red Satin Zip Wrap Jacket, €39.99, New Look


Max Factor Xperience Foundation in Raw Silk
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush
Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define Liquid Eyeliner
Max Factor Colour Collections Intensely Red Lipstick

Main Features of Gwen’s Make Up
  • Foundation - Natural and Powdered
  • Eyebrows - Dark and Strong
  • Eyes - Cream eye shadow over the eye lid, black eyeliner, mascara & strip lashes optional
  • Lips - Full lips in a true red and lip liner
  • Cheeks - Gentle pink blusher applied to the apple of the cheeks
  • Over all Look - This is Gwen’s signature look not much eye shadow loads of black eyeliner and her statement red lips this look is strong and chic
Re-Creating the Look
  1. Cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin.
  2. Apply foundation to the face match the natural skin tone, apply concealer where needed and set with a translucent powder.
  3. With a pink blusher apply to the apples of the cheeks and blend edges to give a natural glow.
  4. Darken the eyebrows by pencilling in between the hair with a brown eyebrow pencil.
  5. Apply cream eye shadow to the entire lid going up to the crease.
  6. Highlight the brow bone, inside corner of the eyes, over the cheekbones and the cupids bow with iridescent powder.
  7. Then apply black liquid or cream eyeliner to the top lid. To wing the eyeliner from the outer corner of the eyelid first line along the lash line and then flick wrist up and away from the outer corner making short strikes and lengthening the line a little at a time. Draw a thin line to begin with and build up slowly a bit at a time to make a thicker line.
  8. Apply false stripes lashes if required. If not use two coats of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.
  9. Choose a true red lipstick and liner. Line the whole lip with the lip pencil first then apply the lipstick with a brush pressing the lipstick into the lip, then blot.
Top Tips
  • To stop the lipstick from bleeding apply concealer around the outside of the lips up to the lip line.
  • When drawing a strong liquid line along the top lashes you don’t have to line underneath the eyes you can leave bare or define it softly because anything to harsh will draw the eyes down.

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