Often whilst doing makeup for shoots, I find myself noticing certain trends emerging from the briefs. After so many years I still find it slightly magical that everyone seems to know what the trends for the next season are. Of course I forget that there are trends companies whose sole job is to predict and forecast the upcoming trends for future seasons. And since I work at fashion weeks which works a season ahead, I am in a very privileged position to get a peek at what is coming up in the next collections! Anyway I digress, a certain theme I have noticed is jewelled tones. There is definitely a nod towards bejewelled tones in clothes, makeup and even hair!
So it was rather opportune that at a recent shoot I was asked to do a strong blue eye but the client didn't want anything graphic, they wanted it strong but soft at the same time. So that ruled out hard edges and graphic shapes. When I suggested doing a jewelled tone eye that was strong but yet soft and wearable, everyone was happy and that was decided.
Let me introduce Ilse, a truly handsome model!
Face Prep: Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil, Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Shu Uemura Brightening UV Under Base Mousse, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.
Isn't she handsome? I use the word handsome because Ilse to me had beautifully chiseled and full features that transcended genders. Some would call it androgyny I suppose. She would make a most beautiful boy or a stunning gorgeous woman, depending on makeup and lighting. Anyway here's how Ilse looked after I completed the eye.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat, Givenchy Mr Light, YoungBlood Natural Mineral Foundation.
Eyes: Pixi Endlessly Silky Eye Pen in No 3 Black Tulip, MAC Paint Stick in Marine Ultra, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon, Shu Uemura Eye Shadow in Vivid Blue 665, Makeup Forever Aqua Colour in No 20 Intense Blue, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in Deep Black, Magnifibres, Paris-Berlin Beige Eye Pencil, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black, Madina Shiny Stick in 100.
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brown No 3, Gold Mascara.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Universal, Burberry Fresh Glow, MAC Taupe Blush.
Lips: Burberry Fresh Glow, Rodial Glam Balm Lip, MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.
Here are a couple of close up photos to see the full effect.
And an even closer shot.
And more close ups with lids down.
I suppose most people wouldn't bat an eyelid at the thought of doing a jewel-toned eye but I wanted to express the point of creating dimension. I rarely use just one product, I find that in shoots, that creates a rather flat finish. Personally I like using similar shades in various finishes to create dimension and texture. So even though I wanted a blue eye, I have used about 5 different blue products to create the final look. Just like how the more facets a gemstone has, the sparklier and more brilliant it becomes, I think the same applies to makeup.