Happy Monday lovelies!
Or not, because Monday’s are where dreams and cake go to die. What do we need on days like today? Fantastical couture-inspired make-up of course! Coming right up…
The Chanel Couture SS14 show was a stunner. I’m not into luxury brands (they’re full of shit imo) but I’ll take inspiration where I can get it, and this freaky Winter Wonderland did it for me. Take a look at the beauteousness below and then let’s get some glitter up in here (up in here)!
Get your face prepped. I was only planning to keep this on my face for half an hour, so I didn’t bother with primer. If you want everything to stay put for longer, I’d recommend my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (R350). To start, I used my MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation in NC15 (R330) and applied it using a stippling brush. I concealed any dark circles with the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose (R255) and then defined my cheekbones using the Stila Liquid Luminizer in Kitten and Benefit bronzer in Hoola. The Chanel look is matte, so I then set everything with the MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (R290).
Next it’s brow time (similar to hammer time). I filled in my brows by applying Essence Brow Gel (R29.95), letting it dry for a minute or so, and applying MAC eyeshadow in Folie (R180) with an angled brush. Unfortunately I do not have Cara Delevingne’s amazing eyebrows, but I made do.
Next, eyeshadow! I used our brand new amazing NYX palette in Love in Paris which is a great collection of matte, shimmer and sparkly browns. As you can see below, we’re going for a cut crease effect like the one I used in the Lana double flick tutorial. The main goal here is to keep your eyelid a lighter shade than the crease, so go easy on the blending. I used the matte cream shade to cover my entire eyelid, and then built up the intensity on the crease using a combination of the different browns I liked best. I also used the light bronze to draw a straight line from my tear duct to the beginning of my eyebrow. Blend the shadow on your crease upwards rather than downwards, so that the shadow smokes out without messing up your cream-coloured eyelid.
Now it’s time to draw a perfect cat eye. I used my trusty MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (R180) and an angled brush, but a liquid liner would work perfectly for this look. This cat eye is pronounced and extends past the tear duct towards the nose. This makes it look super feline and awesome!
Finally it’s glitter time! I used Essence Crystal Liner to line underneath my eyes. I applied it quite thickly, as the Chanel look was not for shrinking violets. I then added some white Glamour glitter to the silver. Ideally I would have added some multi-coloured glitter in various sizes, so keep an eye out at craft stores if you’re keen to try this look. I finished off my eyes with the new Santhilea Magnetic Lash mascara (R300), which is seriously amazing stuff for those with stubby lashes like me.
Lastly I concealed my lips with the MAC Prep+Prime highlighter I used earlier. My lips are quite pigmented naturally, so you might not need to conceal yours if they’re close to your skin colour. I then placed a dot of Revlon pink lip gloss in the centre of my mouth and patted it in, using our Ombre Lip tutorial as inspiration.
And we’re done! Frosty cat-eyed realness. What do you think? I’d love to try this out with gold glitter too.
Any runway looks you’re dying over and would like us to try? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @smudgedbeauty.