DIY Make up – Flick Chic

This morning we have a real treat for you. Remember the DIY make up tutorials I shared a while back? Well, this is the final look that Catherine and I put together on the day Zoe also shot Mahj doing the vampy dark lip, me wearing a Disco eye and Laura also rocking a seventies Farrah-esque look. Today’s chic homage to the sixties but with a decidedly modern take, happens to be not only trend led but infinitely classic, whether paired with sixties style fashion or just because you love it.

I happen to think Laura looks gorgeous and after all my full-on lip-love this week, I’m seriously fancying a sixties look for #PenDo this weekend now. Bring it on girls! But for now I’ll hand you over to Catherine (from Ivy Clara make up) to tell you how it’s done…

Autumn’ 11 saw the sixties vibe swinging down every catwalk, and as we enter Spring’12 it shows no signs of stopping. Mary Quant, Jane Birkin and Twiggy were amongst the women iconic for fashion and beauty during the 60’s and along with them came thick black eyeliner, fake lashes and backcombed hair. This look makes reference to the sixties but in a more wearable fashion. Less matte, more natural but still as striking.

For me, Spring means ‘fresh’ so begin by using a base that provides good coverage but lets your skin be seen. A particular favourite of mine is Invisible Radiance Foundation by Daniel Sandler. Inside the lid is a concealer which can be mixed with the foundation to provide extra coverage only where needed. Blend using a foundation brush starting at the centre of your face and working outwards. Go back in with the concealer under the eye, gently patting with your finger. This will brighten up the whole eye area. Next tidy up the eyebrows by using a brow gel for a natural effect. I used Anastasia brow gel in Brunette which comes in 5 shades.

  • To ensure the eye makeup stays put, use your fingers to apply a base coat of cream eyeshadow in a light colour. The mac paint pots are ideal for this and a particular favourite of mine is the shade ‘Painterly’. Use a finger to blend it all over your lid up to the crease.
  • Next, take a light shade of powder eyeshadow and use a brush to press the powder into the cream base. In the sixties, the finish of the eyeshadow was very matte but for a modern take I have used a satin eye shadow with some subtle sheen. Here I used ‘Naked Lunch’ by Mac.

  • To create the ‘Twiggy’ vibe just build up colour through the socket keeping the eye lid bare. Use a small brush to do this for precision and flick the colour out slightly at the outer corner of the socket.
  • To soften the line, take a small fluffy brush and gently blend upwards to soften the line. Be careful not to over buff as this look relies on the line remaining quite strong but with a diffused finish
  • To create the trade mark top line, take a gel eyeliner and a slanted brush. Use your non dominant hand to pull the skin on your eyelid taut and then your dominant hand to hold the brush. It is best to draw the line in segments instead of attempting one continuous line. Begin where your eyebrow arch starts and sweep along the lash line until you reach the outer corner of the eye. Then take the brush further towards the corner of the eye and again sweep along the lash line until you reach the beginning of the previous segment. You can then go over the line and taper it out so it is thicker towards the outer corner and add the all important flick to the outer corner. A fantastic eyeliner is Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner.

  • Curl the lashes and add a couple of generous coats of mascara. I decided to keep the lower lashes bare to keep the focus on the lid and top line. After applying mascara add some fluttery eyelashes to complete the eyes. For the sixties feel I used Eyelure Naturalites Volume Plus Lashes ( 101 ).
  • To add a gorgeous natural sheen of colour to the apples of the cheeks I used a cream blusher to provide a healthy flush without adding powder to the skin keeping the look sheer. Here I used Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Creme Rouge blusher in ‘Soft Peach’. This is best applied to the apples of the cheeks while smiling! Pat onto the skin, in a circular pattern building up the colour gradually.
  • Lastly finish the makeup look by adding a lightly coloured gloss to the lips. The look for the lips is bare to ensure the eyes take centre stage. I used Lancome Colour Fever Gloss in Tangerine Petal.

  • To complete the overall look, a high messy bun is perfect. Spray the hair with dry shampoo to thicken and backcomb your hair at the roots. Use a natural bristled brush to smooth into a high pony tail and secure with a hair band.
  • Backcomb the pony tail further until extremely ‘full’ then smooth out the top section with a natural bristled brush. Next wrap the hair around the base of the pony tail to create a ‘messy’ bun and secure with hair pins.

Foundation: Daniel Sandler Invisible radiance foundation and concealer
Brow gel: Anastasia
Mac paint pot: Painterly
Light powder eyeshadow: MAC Naked Lunch
Gel eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner
False Lashes: Eylure
Blusher: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Rouge

With thanks to:
Laura for being a willing real-girl model 🙂
Catherine of Ivy Clara make up for her immense make-up talent (check her out planning brides!)
and Zoe Hodson for spending the day taking pictures of us all.

So then guys, lets hear you, what do you think. Is this a look you love and will you be trying it?

Big Fluttering Retro love,

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25 thoughts on “DIY Make up – Flick Chic

  1. Ha! I have Eyelure Naturalites Volume Plus Lashes (101 ) packed, in my bag and ready to go for the Pen Do! They are super easy to put on and look great. I often wear this look (but let’s be clear, I do not look even half as gorgeous as Laura) but with my hair down with a huge quiff, and with just plain eyeshadow, no buffing required (although this looks worth the effort). I’ll definitely be busting it out this weekend – it’s actually quite easy to put together. The gloss I use is Clinique Supergloss in Apricot, and I use Laura Mercier base for extra glowiness.

  2. Laura looks just gorgeous!

    I personally love a strong eyeliner flick – for me it’s always about the eyes. I always feel I look a bit weird/tired if I don’t have any definition underneath my eyes though!!


  3. One word gorgeous! Am hoping to rock an eyeliner flick on the W-day as I love this look. Might have to invest in that eyeliner! Very jealous of the hair too! xx
    PS: I need a new blusher – any suggestions? Have just finished with benefit sugarbomb but its a very awkward shape for my make up bag!!! xx

  4. Ah I love this look! So very Jean Shrimpton. A messy bun and flick of eyeliner is the ‘little black dress’ of my makeup wardrobe – always makes me feel glam. Also love that you can wear it during the day without looking like a drag queen because it’s tres chic.


  5. This is a great look but I can’t steal the whole idea as I would never be brave enough to put all my hair up like that! Much like the strong lipstick chat, if I see myself in the mirror with my hair up I don’t think I look like me. Anyone else like this or am I just a bit weird?!

  6. I even have a pair of the Original Twiggy lashes!! (really)
    How ’bout painting the lashes under your eyes as Twiggy did back in the 60’s!

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