Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Dior Lip Glow

Makeup how to: Penélope Cruz at the Golden Globes, 2018

I was away in Wanaka last week and used it as an excuse for a digital detox of sorts, so I’ve only just now taken the time to check out some of the looks from the 75th Golden Globe Awards. SO much black, and so much of it worn so well! It takes a great beauty look to pull off an all black ensemble and really stand out from the crowd, and the incredible Penélope Cruz, Lancôme Ambassadress and Golden Globes presenter, did just that.
Global Celebrity Makeup Artist, Charlotte Tilbury was the woman responsible for Cruz’s perfect glow, saying “Penélope was wearing a mesmerizing Mediterranean Dolce Vita-inspired fitted black dress by Ralph and Russo couture. I wanted to create her signature, hypnotising, bronze smoky eye with a fuller, wider nude-y pink lip.”
Thanks to Lancôme I got Tilbury’s full beauty report on the look, which can be recreated at home thus:
1. First, I like to multi-mask with a clay mask and a sheet mask. I then drench the skin with moisture massaging the Rénergie Day Cream using my angel wing technique and Tilbury-tapping in eye cream around the delicate eye area to ensure the makeup goes on like magic. 
2. Then I use La Base Pro as a glow primer before foundation as it soft focuses pores and lines, redirects day-light and camera light to more flattering angles of the face to give a dewy, youthful radiance and makes everyone’s skin look lit-from-within. 
3. On Penélope I created a foundation base using Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation that minimized shine in the right places, mattified the T-zone and gave her cheeks a healthy, youth-boosted glow. 
4. I then lined the eyes with the Grandiôse Liner in Matte Noir to lift, creating Penélope's signature feline flick.  
5. I then used Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Amour to prime the eye with a champagne shade back and forth across the eyelid. I then used bronze shade, followed by the copper shade around the outer corner of the eyes. I finished off with the chocolate brown shade along the lash-line. (please note this product is not available in NZ).
6. I completed her eyes with lashings and lashings of the Grandiôse Mascara.
7. I lined the lips with an incredible iconic pillow-y lip liner, and then filled in the lips using L’Absolu Rogue Lipstick in Crème de Marron.
8. I swished and popped the golden-flecked Blush Subtil in Aplum onto her cheeks.
9. For a finishing touch, we added a spritz of Trésor Eau de Parfum before Penélope stepped onto the red carpet.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Daily delight: Carey Mulligan for Vogue Australia


Beauty news: Revlon appoints Gal Gadot as Global Brand Ambassador

In one heck of a major coup, Revlon has announced the amazing, real life Wonder Woman Gal Gadot as their new Global Brand Ambassador. She was chosen for both her astonishing looks and inspiring spirit, which is the embodiment of what it means to Live Boldly, Revlon’s new campaign designed to inspire women to express themselves with passion, optimism, strength and style.  Revlon’s new Live Boldly campaign will launch later in the month and come with a new multi-media campaign that will be brought to life through a series of experiential activations and cultural immersions designed to bring women together around powerful conversations, shared experiences and a celebration of diverse beauty. 
Gadot – actress, wife, mother, former soldier, former Miss Israel, and advocate for women – will be joined by four additional brand ambassadors, to be announced later in the month, who powerfully represent the ethos of living boldly and will be featured as part of the Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign.  
“Revlon is such an iconic and groundbreaking brand, a champion of women, and I am so happy to be part of this family now,” said the statuesque brunette beauty of the appointment. “There’s a cultural shift happening, which Revlon celebrates, where feminine power is recognised, and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.”
“Revlon has always celebrated and championed strong, independent women in its iconic campaigns and in its philanthropic initiatives. Gal captures the beauty, strength, modernity and boldness that Revlon represents,” said Fabian Garcia, President & CEO of Revlon.  “Gal, and all the new Revlon brand ambassadors are emblematic of the beauty, determination and attitude that reflect what it is for women to live boldly in today’s world,” said Garcia.  
Gadot will begin appearing on behalf of Revlon across all media platforms as of now - expect something truly special.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Giuseppe Zanotti

All about: NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick

One of the first foundation formulas that I fell in love with – and used slavishly for years – was a stick, and I swear I went through hundreds of them. As liquid foundation improved with the addition of serums and the like and then cushions arrived, I somehow forgot about my old favourite… until now.
I am officially obsessed with the new NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, and since having one to play with, have barely worn anything else. The versatility of a stick is one of its major pluses, and the portability when it comes to travel and touch ups on the go is equally as awesome. The fact that this versatile stick has a creamy, velvet texture - allowing you to stay matte, not flat all day long. – means that it’s a great choice for summer days and nights, and the built-in, Touch-Up Blender for all over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go makes it my road trip cover up of choice.
The all-in-one matte foundation stick and pro tool has a beautifully creamy, blendable texture that layers easily for medium to buildable coverage. Matte Rebound Powders are included in the formula to enhance the glide and comfort of wear, while mattifying – but never caking - the look of skin. Elastomer micro beads provide extreme flexibility and elasticity to help prevent creasing by adapting to movement without settling into lines or wrinkles, whilst ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E are in there to support natural antioxidant protection and defend skin from environmental damage. 
I love that the foundation can be applied multiple ways: with your fingertips, directly from the stick, or with the included removable Touch-Up Blender, to create various effects depending on your mood (and skill set). You can use the Touch-Up Blender to stipple or buff foundation in targeted areas, and to sculpt the face with a lighter shade for highlighting and a deeper shade for contouring. Anti-bacterial, the wee blender can also be washed with warm water and mild soap or shampoo. Just blot away excess water and allow to air dry before using again – too easy.
NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick is in store now at Mecca Cosmetica and online in New Zealand at www.meccabeauty.co.nz, and has a very reasonable RRP of $66 so you can build up a wardrobe of shades over time. Go on, you know you want to!