This month I tackled this lovely Vogue cover with Taylor Swift. We have all come to know her with a red lip and a flick of black liner, but she looks great in a heavy black lined eye, and she looks like a totally different person. I feel like this is how every girl wants to look; effortlessly cool, but still chic without that "trying too hard" thing happening. (Ok, maybe it's just how I want to look, but I can't deal with bangs and I have a two year old so who has time for getting black liner on before running out the door??)
The girl can take a mean picture. She knows how to look good in front of the camera and her look can read as very modern, or late 60's boho chic, and lots of other looks in between. Sometimes I actually have to do a double take because I think it's a model in the picture. And I love that. So often celebrities just look like the same version of themselves, which I get -- they aren't models, they're actors -- but it's nice to see a little variety with their looks and to have them trust the photographer, hair and makeup team to make them look amazing.
Please note: I did not work on the original images in these posts, only the recreation (for full credits please see the bottom of the post). These pictures are culled from my inspiration library. They are go to images for me, pictures that make me want to grab my makeup brushes and start painting!
For the skin I used Got The Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation Lotion in Light #3. When I find a foundation that I like, I tend to stick with it, and this foundation from mark. is great. It gives a nice medium coverage, but I can still work it down so I can see freckles and beautiful skin. I really didn't need to use much concealer on Amanda, just a touch around the edges of the nose and a little under the eyes. (Her skin is beyond flawless.) I also clearly have favorite tricks that I employ.... highlighter on the ridge of the nose an cheekbones is a must for me, eve if the rest of the face is matte. It gives the face a little magic and life, a touch of radiance..... I do it on almost everyone because it's insanely flattering. That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer gives you that perfect soft glow that isn't too sparkly, it's just right. After the luminizer I set the base with Set Things Right Loose Powder in Light before adding a little flush to the cheeks with the Just Blushing Powder Blush in Kitten. I prefer loose powder to pressed powder because you can get a lighter application with it. And also it doesn't smash into a million pieces in you kit (it really really really bums me out when that happens) which is nice.
Amanda has great brows, she didn't need much. I used a small angled brush to dust in a little matte brown shadow just to make them look a touch more finished. Not much, just a hint. Then I brushed them into place and set them with a brow gel. Using a soft domed brush I swept on a fine layer of I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Minx from the lash line almost up to the brows. Using the same domed brush I used a little of the I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Tabac from the lid to the crease. It was just the smallest amount, meant to give a bit of depth to the lid, but still enabling the sheen from the Minx color to shine through. Then I took No Place To Run Longwear Liner in Jet Set and scribbled it into the lash line on top and the waterline on the bottom. Using a small concealer brush I blended the liner down into the lower lashes. The liner was really more focused in a V-shape at the outer corner of the eyes in the picture so if I had drawn the liner on under the lower lashes it would have been too heavy.
PRO TIP: I almost never draw liner directly onto the eyes. I usually draw some onto the back of my hand and then use a small concealer brush to push the liner into place where I want it. I find I have more control over the product this way and I can manipulate it better than if I use it straight from the pencil.
After I had the pencil liner in place, I went over it on the upper lid with Get In Line Hook Up Waterproof Liner in Painted Black which is a liquid liner. This gives the black a deep inky feel which you just can't always get from a pencil. It really hammers the point home, if you know what I mean. I did three coats of Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black on the top lashes and on the bottom. Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Baby Luv gives that perfect "I'm not wearing lipstick, my lips are just naturally this enviable color" with just a hint of sexy sheen. Love this color....
I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new, whether it was a new product or a new application tip. I love doing makeup, and I love sharing it with you! Feel free to tweet me anytime at @fionastiles or comment on the post. I will always get back to you....
photographer: Andrew Stiles (www.andrewstiles.com) / model: Amanda Mondale (wilhelmina models) / hair: Jen Blanchard
Got The Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation Lotion in Light #3
Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer in Light
That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer
Set Things Right Loose Powder in Light
Just Blushing Powder Blush in Kitten
I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Minx & Tabac
No Place To Run Longwear Liner in Jet Set
Get In Line Hook Up Waterproof Liner in Painted Black
Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black
I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Tabac
Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Baby Luv
photographer: Mario Testino
makeup: Gucci Westman