Fact: your beauty look can make or break your outfit.
Incase you missed a whole week’s-worth of Instagram (LOL, JKS. No one ever does that right?), Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (a.k.a. MBFWA) took place here in Sydney last week, and oh what a week it was.
Doing things last minute is kind of my MO, so I only put my looks together on Thursday and Friday the week before. This year I felt like having a bit of fun. I was in the mood to wear things that were slightly unexpected (hello, pastel pink Gucci dress!).
But there’s definitely a way to do it without feeling completely unlike ‘you’. It’s all about how you bring your look together at the end with accessories and, most importantly, your hair and makeup.
These are the three looks I wore on rotation throughout the week. I think each one suits a particular kind of style and gives-off a different vibe. Which is your favourite?
LOOK ONE: SUPER-NATURAL
How it’s done:
I love dressing like a tomboy, but to pull it off I need to keep my make-up ‘pretty’. I went for a creamy complexion with subtle contouring on the cheeks and eyes, softly defined brows and a pinkish-nude lip.
Estée Lauder has these new cream contouring palettes for the eyes and face which are completely fool-proof. I used the darker shades to define my eyes and cheekbones without looking like I’m wearing make-up, and the lighter shade on the tops of my cheeks and my brow bone.
I also used theDouble Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter to lift the shadows under my eyes and around my nose, and then finished-up with a slick across my cupid’s bow to accentuate my lips.
Tip: for an airbrush finish, buff it all together with a stippling brush.
LOOK TWO: EYE SPY
How it’s done:
This outfit had a real 70s feel about it, but I wanted to toughen it up and give it a fashion edge. To do this, I always turn to a heavily defined eye.
Start by creating a flawless base with foundation and concealer (where needed).
Then, trace along your lower lash line (in between the lashes) withLittle Black Liner (the thin end). My eyes are slightly downturned, so I only use liner on the top lashes from the centre of my eye out to the edge. Use the thin end of the liner to perfect the shape, and colour it in with the thick end for a bolder finish. Fill-in the water line with a pencil for more impact.
Complete the look with a touch of pink on the cheeks and a sheer gloss on the lips – this creates balance and keeps the overall look fresh.
Pictured: Double Wear Makeup To Go | Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter | Brow Defining Pencil in ‘Dark Brunette’ | Pure Colour Envy Blush Stick in ‘Rose’ | Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Gloss in ‘Discreet Nude’ | Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara | Volumizing Brow Gel | Little Black Liner
LOOK THREE: STATEMENT LIPS AND BOLD BROWS
How it’s done:
I always rely on a red lip to lift my face when I’m tired. The pop of colour distracts from puffy eyes and brings warmth to my complexion. To keep it balanced, I always go a bit heavier on the brow pencil, and further define the shape with a tinted brow gel (brushed upwards).
Pictured: Brow Defining Pencil in ‘Dark Brunette’ | Little Black Primer | Volumizing Brow Tint in ‘Brunette’ Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Carnal’ | Double Wear Makeup To Go | Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter
Photographer: Nicole Cooper
*Shot in collaboration with Estée Lauder.