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How to: Whitney Eve’s Polished Hair and Fun Makeup Combo
Tue, 28 August 2012 12:35PM
As much as we love the daring makeup looks often seen at big international fashion shows, there’s something about the wearable, aspirational hair and makeup that pop up at fashion festivals. Case in point: Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney, where Whitney Port showcased her floral, feminine and gorgeously girly collection, Whitney Eve, on Saturday.
We caught up with the show’s hair and makeup directors to get all the how-to info we could possibly pry from their knowledgable little fingers. The good news? It’s easier than it looks.
1. The Makeup
Maybelline New York’s Makeup Director, Nigel Stanislaus, was the man behind this gorgeous bright lip and glowing skin creation. “Whitney wanted something fresh, modern and achievable for the everyday girl,” he explains. So, he set about prepping the face with foundation on the t-zone, before blending blush and bronzer together to get that perfect spring/summer look that instantly screams HOLIDAYS! Of course, the lips were the centrepiece, picking bold orange shades for a flattering, fun finish.
As for Whitney herself, well, she looked to Pinterest for her inspiration. “I have become really active on Pinterest, once I start pinning I can’t stop. I found inspiration there and settled on a very fresh, fun and subtle look. A glossy eye, colored lip and retro updo,” she said.
Want to recreate the look? Here’s Nigel’s step-by-step…
1. You have to have happy skin before you do anything, so prep the face with a hydrating moisturiser to guarantee a smooth and flawless base and easy application of foundation.
2. Next, apply a lightweight dewy foundation to project a youthful and carefree look. I love Maybelline NY Dream Nude Airfoam as it spreads beautifully for a sheer coverage.
3. Dust a nude eye shadow over the entire eye and finish with a lengthening mascara like Maybelline NY Illegal Lengths. The brows for this show were smart. I like to call it the boyfriend brow – like the boyfriend jean, these brows are comfortable, effortless and not perfectly structured. I simply brushed the brows upwards and glossed them with some Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm.
4. Create some definition and apply a little bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks and brush towards your temples for a natural, sun-kissed look. Highlight the apples of your cheeks with Maybelline NY FITMe blush for a flushed look.
5. Finally, to make this look pop I created a beautiful citrus lip. For the perfect shade mix, I blending two orange lipsticks together (Coral Crush and Coral Fever) and applied, blotted and reapplied three times. This leaves a rich pigment finish on the lips and a really fashionable opaque look that is all drama. If you want to blend your lipsticks too, simply use a lipstick brush and blend the colours on the back of your hand before applying on your lips.
2. The Hair
Hailed The Whitney Whip, Redken Stylist Jodi Nicholson created this romantic updo after Whitney sent her images of similar romantic, vintage-inspired styles. To bring the hair into the here and now, Jodi made it sightly softer with flyaways and created a matte finish to the texture of the hair through products.
Here’s what she did…
1. Starting with dry hair, prepare with Redken Powder Grip 03. Freely apply from roots to ends as to encourage texture throughout. Blast hair with heat.
2. Using a paddle brush, comb over all of the hair from left to right side of the head.
3. Gather the hair to the top of the right ear with your hands. Next, twist the hair tightly inwards and towards the head. This will form your twist.
4. Starting from the back to the front, gently take pins and secure the twist along the top inside section.
Still unsure? Here are Jodi’s top tips for creating this look at home:
- Get your hands on the best quality tools you can. Strong bobby pins, high quality brushes and the right styling products will make this hairstyle so much more achievable.
- It’s the texture that really makes this style, so focus on prepping your hair correctly for a perfect match.
- Work with the natural texture of your hair. If you have waves, don’t bother straightening them and if your hair is flat work with that, too. The lesson? LESS IS BEST.
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope