DIY Makeup: Disco Eyes

This morning, as it is (allegedly) the night to end all nights, the party of all parties (can you sense the sarcasm here?) tomorrow; yes, that means New Year’s Eve folks, so I’m sharing a party makeup look. It’s my turn to play model this time, again, to highlight that these looks can work on any average Joe.

Another of the tutorials we shot a couple of months ago now, this was inspired by the catwalks again and a look that was called ‘Beetlejuice’, a coloured smokey eye using greens and blues and purples like the iridescence of a black beetle’s back. Coupling that with the Seventies resurgence that is still massive right now and the disco fever that is perfect for parties (think jumpsuits, Halston Heritage and Studio 54) we opted for a D-I-S-C-O look.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

I think it’s my favourite look so far, mainly because I love playing up my eyes, then just working a slick of gloss on the lips. I hope you all love it too! 🙂

I’ll hand over to Catherine from Ivy Clara makeup now to give you the how-to and thanks go once again to her and Zoe Hodson for taking the fab photos.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

When using any strong colour, it is really important to use a cream base coat in order for the powder colour to stick to and remain vibrant throughout the night. This also ensures that the colour does not slip so avoids the dreaded panda look after a couple of hours of dancing. Pat on with a finger or a flat brush and then use a fluffy brush to buff out the edges into the socket line. My favourite products are Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner by Benefit. I used a lilac based colour called ‘Stilleto’ on Rebecca’s eye but the product comes in a range of shades. Any of the brighter shades would be suitable as a base for the ‘Peacock Eye’.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

The next step is to build up colour in the outer corners to create depth. I used a pure pigment shade by Illamasqua in ‘Illuvium’ which is a high shine, metallic product perfect for a disco vibe. Use a small brush to apply the product into the outer ‘V’ and then buff along the socket line towards the inner corner of the eye. Repeat this process a few times, using a ‘little and often’ approach. This way you are creating a multi-tonal effect with the eyeshadow and strong definition without harsh lines.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

Next, line the lower water line with a soft pencil. I used eye kohl by MAC in ‘Blooz’ but if you have chosen to recreate this look in purple or green, use a pencil in a corresponding colour. Take a slanted brush, and using the same colour used in the eye socket, apply along the lower lash line. A good tip to avoid any fall down of product onto the cheek, is to hold a tissue under the eye while doing this. Any product will be caught by the tissue instead of ruining your base.

To live up to the ‘Disco Eye’ title, add some sparkle to the centre and inner corner of the eye. Using glitter can be tricky! To be more twinkly eyed than disco ball, mix the glitter with a sealant such as Illamasqua sealing gel and pat onto the eye with a flat brush. A cheap alternative is to mix some glitter with a small amount of vaseline before patting onto the eye. Stick to glitters that are formulated especially for eyes. I used Holo Glitter Shaker in ‘Lazer Purple’ by Stargazer, which comes in a range of vibrant colours.

To finish off the look, add a few coats of mascara brushing through the lashes after each application. I love Volume Million lashes Luminizer by L’oreal which contain tiny particles of colour. There are formulations for blue, green and hazel eyes.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

If any glitter or eyeshadow has run astray, tidy this up using your foundation brush which will have surplus foundation on it.

Finally finish with a luminizing blusher in a pink or peach tone. I love ‘Anglikia’ and ‘Amour’ blushers by Nars. Apply to the the apples of the cheeks, building colour up gradually until you reach the desired effect.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

As you can see, it wasn’t only me who had their make-up done by Catherine… we also created this look for Mahj, who suited a peacock take on the look in emerald greens and vibrant blues. Of course, you can change your choice of colours to work with your skin tone or eye colour, or just when you fancy a change!

I hope you liked the tutorial and once again thank you to Catherine, Zoe and Mahj for helping out!

So, what are you all doing for New Year’s Eve?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

DIY MakeUp – 70’s Caramels

Afternoon!

Apologies for the lack of variation today! Not only did this turn into a mammoth post, but there has been some difficulty behind the scenes for the last 2 days and while I’m working with the hosting company to get things sorted, this was the easiest way of making sure you all got your twice daily fix 🙂

Ok, so we’re back to share the actual how-to for the gorgeous look Laura was sporting in this morning’s post. This tutorial is based around the caramel and bronze look made famous by Farrah Fawcett in the 1970’s. Let’s get going with Catherine’s step by step how-to…

1. To create a matte yet natural base begin by applying a natural semi matte foundation to the face. Start at the t-zone with the product and blend outwards towards the hair and jaw line. Use the foundation brush to then sweep over the eyelids to eye to even the colour of the lids and act as a primer for eye shadow.

2. Next, to brighten the under eye area, apply a light reflective concealer such as Yves Saint Lauren Touche Eclat using a fluffy brush to buff into the delicate skin. Using this form of application will prevent the product lying in any fine lines.

3 & 4. Use a natural bronzer and apply to the skin where the sun would hit you naturally, the top of the forehead, bridge of nose, top of cheeks and chin. Close your eyes and sweep the brush over the eye lids to enhance the sunkissed look. Daniel Sandler’s bronzer is one of my farourites as it is has a natural finish and is not orange in the slightest. It also has two shades which I find fantastic for contouring the skin. Apply the bronzer in light, sweeping motions with a large fluffy brush.

5. Next, apply a light shimmery eyeshadow such as ‘Naked Lunch’ by Mac to the whole lid. Patting the eyeshadow as opposed to sweeping will give it longer staying power.
6. Apply a metallic bronze colour, such as ‘Woodwinked’ by Mac, into the socket line and buff any harsh lines using a fluffy brush like the Mac 224.
7 & 8. Fill in the brows using a matte eyeshadow. I reccomend buying a light brown and dark brown shadow which you can then mix to create the perfect colour and intensity for you. Use a slanted brush and light upward strokes for a natural finish.

9 & 10. To add a healthy flush of colour to the face, lightly apply a peachy toned blusher onto the fleshy part of your cheeks. I used Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in ‘Lush Nectarine’. It helps to smile while you do this!
11. Next, apply coating of black mascara, but keep the look light and clump free. I love L’Oreal ‘Million Lashes’ mascara as the brush has fine teeth to create a totally clump free finish.
12. To finish the look apply a shimmery nude gloss to the lips which will keep the look natural while adding fullness. I particulary love Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in ‘Bare Peach’.

And here’s the finished result… Catherine very deftly added some ‘Farrah Flicks’ to complement the makeup and even if I do say so myself, I’m loving this look, particularly on Laura. Even Harry the Guinea Pig couldn’t help himself getting in on the act… his coat was too good a colour match to resist. 😉

With Thanks to:
Catherine, (Ivy Clara makeup) – go check out her work if you’re in need of a make-up artist for anything from make-up lesson parties to events or of course bridal – she’s a star.
Photography – Zoe Hodson
my friend Laura,
…and of course, Harry the Guinea Pig for guest starring!

Drop us all a comment in the box below if you’ll be trying the 70’s caramel look, or if you’re already a fan…

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

PS Look out for more make-up tutorials coming in future – and if there’s something you would like to recreate, then please drop me a line on hello@florencefinds.com and I’ll see what my superstar team can do!

PPS. No animals were harmed in the making of this tutorial. 😉

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