Friday, March 4, 2011

Maximise the 70's Catwalk Look

If you love fashion from the 70’s - that is the more glamorous style rather than the hippy laid back look - then you’ll fall in love, like we have, with Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer RTW (ready-to-wear) 2011 collection. The colour palette is strong and fun with a very sexy feminine silhouette. The above image is from this collection and is a wonderful look for anyone who has a special event over the coming months. Obviously we don’t have the budgets for this particular dress so here’s how you can recreate this fab look on the highstreet.

Per Una flamenco maxi dress from M&S

Pink t-bar flower sandal from M&S

Alpna clutch from Accessorize

Tips for wearing the Maxi Dress
·         Choose a style that emphasises your waist, or create your own definition with a belt – avoiding the swallowed by a shapeless tent look
·         If accessorising with a belt; shorter ladies should choose a colour similar to the colour of the dress while tall ladies should wear a different colour belt to break up a long silhouette.
·         Cropped jackets and cardigans should be your only cover-up option to elongate your figure.
·         Bring heels with you when shopping for your dress to ensure you find the correct length.
·         Get wear from your dress after the event is over by teaming with more casual accessories, such as flat sandals, wooden tribal themed jewellery, a cropped denim jacket or this season’s on-trend waistcoat.

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Main Features of the Catwalk Makeup Look

  1. Foundation - Natural and Powdered
  2. Eyebrows - Bleached - ok so we're not recommending this step but we said we'd include it just for fun
  3. Eyes - Smoky eye using metallic green eye shadow, black eyeliner and mascara
  4. Lips - Burgundy
  5. Cheeks - Creamy Pink blusher applied to the cheekbones
  6. Over all Look - The metallic eye shadow and striking lips is just one of the beauty trends seen on the catwalk this spring/summer 2011 and is easily recreated into everyday life by following these few easy steps.

Re-Creating the Look

  • Apply the bleach hair crème to the eyebrows. Always follow manufactures instructions, but normally you leave it on for 3-5 minutes but the longer you leave it, the lighter your hair will be and this look requires very light eyebrows. Wipe it off and then rinse with cool water. Note (If you don’t like the colour it turned out then use a brow pencil to darken them. Otherwise don’t worry your hair will grow out sooner than you think).
  • Cleanse, tone and moistures the skin.
  • Using a metallic green eye shadow apply to lid and blend to just above the socket line. Use a flat liner brush to then apply the eye shadow under the lower lash line.
  • Take your black eyeliner pencil and line both the top and bottom lash lines.
  • Apply two coats of black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
  • Before applying the foundation use foundation primer first all over the skin.
  • Apply foundation to the face, match the natural skin tone, don’t rush the application as this is the most important part of any make up, apply concealer then where needed and set with a translucent powder.
  • Blusher is applied to the cheekbones and blended up towards the temples.
  • Choose a burgundy coloured lipstick and apply generously to the whole lip area using a lip brush. Blot with tissue paper then reapply.

Sally Hansen Fast and Gentle Crème Hair Bleach For Face kit
GOSH - Velvet Touch foundation primer
Gosh - 15 Bottle Green Eye shadow
Gosh - Velvet Touch Lipstick 136 Burgundy

Top Tips

When you're doing a strong eye look do your eye make up first before applying the foundation that way you can then clear up any fallen product easily and it won't ruin the rest of your make up. You should still apply foundation over the eye area before doing the make up.

Using a primer on the skin provides a base on which the rest of the make up can be built. It also smoothes out the surface of the skin and helps minimise open pores, lines and wrinkles. This is a must have for your make up bag.

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