Monday, November 10, 2008


This fall, what fascinated me the most was the usage of strong and bold colors, strong enough to make a bold and glamorous statement but soft enough not to go overboard!
This time the makeup techniques are refined and delicate application of bold colors ruled the ramps.

What I loved was the makeup at one of the most exotic fashion shows in the world, Alberta Ferretti. The eyes were the same smoky ones that we see everywhere but something enticing and alluring phenomenon happened here. This is called “whisper of color”.

Its an amazing transformation of sophistication and I would be a fool not to mention this as a makeup update and of course with my own additions.

This fall choose some amazing colors like navy blue, pewter, gunmetal, dark taupe, purple, deep forest green, teal, dark mauve, burgundy, wine, midnight blue, dark khaki and of course all possible browns and blacks for eyes. This is the technique invented by masters of the makeup universe like Pat McGrath, late Kevyn Aucoin, Tom Pecheux, Gucci Westman, Val Garland and many more.

The key is to use it as a whisper which means using a wee bit of concentrated bold color and blending it over a larger surface area for a longer time so that it fades and just leaves a trace of color. This is done for very bold blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows and believes me it works.

So I am going to show you a few methods of doing these for eyes………
1. Prep and prime the lid but see to it that you apply less amount of product and I’d prefer a liquid one rather than solid as blending is the key. I’d suggest usage of a small or medium sized flat brush as it helps control the amount of eyeshadow that is to be picked and dispenses at the right place. I prefer small eyeshadow brush from Shiseido.
2. After using an eye primer, before it dries off apply thin line with a pencil liner and smudge it using a thin liner or flat liner brush…..the key is to smoke it out.
3. Line the lower lash line and do not put any liner in the inner rims as it becomes too dramatic and the purpose of the whisper doesn’t solve. The liner is in the picture could be skipped.And that is something different than the conventional one.
4. Then with the above mentioned flat eyeshadow brush take the tiniest amount you can pick and apply it all over the lash line and blend horizontally and vertically till the crease.
5. The amount of desired color can always be built and done according to your needs. Drama could be created by using a lighter contrasting shimmery color applied in the inner corners or in the inner rims. For e.g. if you are doing a navy blue eyes, try putting some copper shimmer in the inner corners and believe me it looks ravishing.
6. Be very very extravagantly generous with the mascara and skip the liquid liner for the day or else keeping it smoky and faded.
7. Use a warm orange or hot fuchsia blush and apply just a hint to add on a healthy flush.
8. Use the new mouth watering range of lip tints from Bourjois to finish off and I am sure you’ll get accolades.

Here the color is very important. You could stick to colors from MAC or YSL as they are bold enough to create the required dimension.
Since there are no rules don’t forget to reinvent your style again and again….


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