You might of seen this already but for those of you who didn’t I had a little article on the Irish Times Blog: Fash Mob you can check it out here. I also posted it here incase you are too lazy to click the link 😉
Cher is rocking a beautiful fresh faced look with soft pastels, but has given it a modern twist, with a pop of lavender on the lip.
To create this look yourself you need to start with luminous flawless skin. To get the glowing base, prep the skin with an iridescent primer like MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. If you have oily skin they now have a light version. To even out the skin tone use a foundation on the centre of your face blending up and outwards. Lancome Teint Miracle is the perfect foundation to create this beautiful fresh look. Cher has no hint of undereye circles, but for those of us that might not be as well rested, a heavy duty concealer like Benefit’s Erase Paste is just the ticket. Use a soft sheer powder like MAC Mineralise Skin Finish to set the make-up but not lose any of the luminosity. To recreate Cher’s envious bone structure contouring with any matt bronzer or taupe eyeshadow is essential. Lightly sweep this on with a soft blusher brush in a C-Shape going from the side of the forehead around and under the cheek bones. Blend this out to avoid the heavy look popularised by the 80s! After this is applied use a subtle peachy blusher like Benefit Coralista on the apples of the cheeks to keep the skin tone healthy looking.
With Urban Decays 24/7 Eyeshadow pencil in Delinquent generously line around the top and bottom lashline, smudge this out gently with a dense brush, I love No.7s Smokey Eyeliner Brush (which happily is free with the €7.50 Boots vouchers). This creates a soft wash of purple. Layered on top of this is a dramatic black eyeliner. Use a waterproof gel liner like BobbI Brown Black Ink and a very thin brush (I like to use a small watercolour paintbrush from the Art and Hobby Shop). Thickly line the eyes on top, coming to a slight point at the outter edges. Then line the bottom waterline with an Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. This is by far THE BEST black eyeliner out there, as once dry it is waterproof and doesn’t budge. To finish of the eyes, apply feathery lashes that add volume and density. The Illamasqua No.16s are great, although there are no Illamsqua stores in Ireland anymore you can still buy their products online. Top this with lashings of mascara to blend them in.
Complete the look with a fantastic lippy from Barry M called Palest Lavender. Top this up with YSL Golden Lavender lip gloss to create sparkle and shine. It is a more unusual choice for the lips, but is a great alternative to a nude lip and surprisingly suits most complexions, so go on try it!