Saturday, 21 April 2012

Before/After: Strong Sultry Looks: Makeup Faux Pas

I am sure by now everyone knows about YSL's new foundation coming out later this year. I have been trialling it on shoots and celebs and can now officially say I love it! Anyway I used it once again on a beauty shoot this week and wanted to share the 3 looks I created. The model was a very interesting young lady called Dommie who had the most arresting eyes! My brief was to create strong, sultry, sexy looks. So I thought I'd do something different by using all the mistakes one makes in makeup such as over-clumped up mascara, strong eyes and strong lips or overuse of similar shades, to create what I thought are 3 gorgeous results!

Anyway let me introduce Dommie!
Face Prep: Emma Hardie Moringa Balm, Une Radiance Refresh Micellar Cleansing Water, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.

Dommie has typical teenage skin problems such as spots, oiliness & dry patches so I started by doing a deep cleanse using a muslin and Emma Hardie Moringa Balm to remove dry skin and to give a thorough cleanse. The result was soft, clean and flake-free skin.

Have a look at the first look. I find that when you use the same shade of colour all over the face, it sometimes results in a rather dull look. Bearing that in mind, I did all that on Dommie but upped the amp on the colour! All the way to brows, eyes, cheeks and lips and even hair! I have to say with her incredible eyes, she looked amazing! Have a look.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, YSL Touche Éclat, Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer.
Eyes: YSL Ombres 5 Lumiéres Eye Shadow, Paris-Berlin Beige Pencil, YSL Luxurious Mascara Shocking Volume in Deep Black.
Eyebrows: YSL Eyebrow Pencil, YSL Eyeshadow, MAC Brow Gel in Clear.
Cheeks: YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder.
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Blond Ingénu, YSL Teint Touche Éclat,
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.

For the second look I kept the same look but added on really black liner inside the waterline and added 2 dots of gold at the inner eye area and swapped for a deep raspberry lip. Who said that you couldn't do a strong eye with strong lip eh?
Eyes: YSL Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink and Luminescent Gold,  more mascara!
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Fuchsia in 5 coats!

For the last look I wanted to do the usual makeup mistake of matching eye colour to shadow & liner but instead of same pale blue of Dommie's eyes, I went for electric blue pencil and clumpy inky mascara. As if that wasn't enough I also decided to throw in an intense red lip! What makes this work? I would say the dewy bare skin and brushed undone brows and a little bit of abandonment! 
Face: The same as before except I added a layer of Le Maquillage Make Up Mixer.
Eyes: YSL Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Azure Blue, YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow, YSL False Lash Effect Mascara in Noir Radical (5 coats).
Eyebrows: MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge, YSL Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque.

So there you go, 3 interpretations of the sexy sultry look, taking inspiration from makeup faux pas and mistakes. What do you think? Something you would have a go at? As always comments are most welcome!

42 comments:

  1. I love the lipstick in the second look, its gorgeous. All these looks are great, I don't think is any rules to make up. :) x

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    1. Thank you and you're right but there are guidelines that sometimes are good to break! Thanks for you comment x

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  2. All 3 looks are incredible! Such a transformation each time. Huge fan of your work x

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    1. Thanks! I'm really humbled by your kind words. x

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  3. All absolutely stunning, but number two absolutely blows me away. Just wow. the foundation looks beautiful xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie! You'll adore the foundations for sure when they come out! Thanks hon x

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  4. Utterly gorgeous n sexy.. Love all 3 looks! Xx

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Celena! x

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  5. In love with the first look...right up my alley with those sexy nude colors. Beautiful!

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  6. I love the last look the most... Dewy skin and her eyes just pop with the Blue. Looking forward to trying the new YSL foundation when is it coming out?

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    1. Thanks Amanda. The YSL Teint Touche is out nationwide 9th July! I love it, hope you will too! X

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  7. All three are fabulous - look #2 is my favourite. She has the most stunning eyes and they pop so beautifully with the black liner and fuschia lips.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Lx

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    1. Thanks Lisa, isn't she stunning? X

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  8. "brushed undone brows and a little bit of abandonment!" I love how poetic you make it! :)

    I applaud your boldness in breaking makeup "rules." Especially liked the first look. Her cool eye color really broke through the monotony of the warm brown. Good job!

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    1. Haha thanks! I love a bit of dramatic prose! Thank you for the comment! X

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  9. I love it! As soon as I saw the model I thought: vampire! Her eyes reminded me of the vampire's eyes in Underworld (or the contact lenses they used for those movies). Truly breathtaking! I particularly love the first look.

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    1. Haha thanks Gaya and you're right! They are vampiry aren't they? Thanks for the kind comments x

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  10. Hi Kenneth,you are brilliant.i love all 3 looks,but 1 is very close to me,so i will try it for myself:)

    Margaret Mchenskay

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    1. Hi Margaret! Thank you for such a lovely comment. Please share with me when you try the look on yourself? X

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  11. You are so talented! I love the second face so much. Wish you could come do my face! ;)

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    1. Thanks Kathy! You're very kind, who knows? Our paths might cross one day. x

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  12. Wow, her skin looks amazing!
    Could you please make a post about how to achieve flawless skin using foundation, concealer, powder? And your techniques of applying it too.

    XOXO
    Ariel

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    1. Hi Areil, thank you for the kind comments. It's really hard to explain how to 'do' skin without actually doing a video and I have no idea how to do that as yet! I will try and do a post soon ok? Thanks again x

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  13. I love these looks!!!! They so should not work, but you have made them do just that. Totally inspired again by you x

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  14. Hi Kenneth, my name is Teddy from Indonesia. i stumbled across this fab blog and found it sooo inspiring...i was so happy i could 'met' you here and i am so looking forward to see your upcoming creations and more than anything else, you shared everything so generously,respect for that !
    oh i wish i could share with you my beauty works as well and perhaps some advices Kenneth...any Facebook account or something else?
    Thanks a million!

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    1. Apa Kabar Teddy? Thank you for all your kind comments. I am on twitter as KennethSoh so please feel free to contact me via there to chat. Look forward to chatting soon. x

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  15. Look at her eyes! I'm impressed.
    You've officially become my favorite, your work is always flawless...

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    1. Thanks Noemi, you're very kind indeed x

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  16. Wow Kenneth, really beautiful look. The Azure Blue eye pencil makes her eyes look so piercing.

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    1. Thanks Sonia! I am glad you like it. Her eyes are incredible aren't they? Thanks for the comment! x

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  17. I loved her eyes! they speak a lot even through the first no makeup pic u took...
    I loved the raspberry lip and the strong eye...what an amazing combo...very inspiring.
    U r a poet than a makeup artist...the whole scene felt like a ballad for the spring!

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    1. Awww bless you Neeraj, thank you. You're always so kind with your comments. She has amazing eyes for sure. x

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  18. I thought this was Miranda Kerr when I came across this in google images. Amazing!

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  19. I applaud your boldness in breaking makeup "rules." Especially liked the first look. 2nd is better then others.

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    1. Hehe thanks! It's only makeup so technically we should be too afraid of breaking the rules eh?

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  20. Love how you underlined her beauty instead of adding to it.
    In your opinion, do you think this new YSL foundation is good to cancel out reds in my face? It looks so in the first photo but she looks a bit blushing in the last one (not sure if you aimed for that). So might it be too sheer if I have much redness around the nose and eyes, yet no blemishes?
    Thank you xx

    (Just stumbled on your blog today and going to read all the way through it hihi)

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    1. Hi Kitty, thank you for commenting. If you're after a foundation to cancel out redness, I would advice using a concealer and buff it after you apply foundation. I like layering foundations especially to tackle problems like redness. I hope it helps x

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