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Inspirational Makeup: Wendy Rowe for Chinese Vogue

Wendy Rowe - Chinese Vogue - Lindsey Wixson

Hello again fellow make-up addicts!

I am really starting to enjoy this Friday segment. I look at other make-up artists work all the time and there are so many people that inspire me all over the world. It is great that I am now able to share people’s work with you and hopefully introduce you to great artists that you too can be inspired by. This week I am taking a look at the work of Wendy Rowe.

Internationally renowned and respected in the global fashion and beauty industry, makeup artist Wendy Rowe is famed for her modern luxe makeup aesthetic. She is famous for her keen eye for detail and ability to create beautiful, flawless skin that looks real. Originally from London she now divides her time between Europe and New York. She began her career in graphic design before becoming a makeup artist, this design aesthetic is clearly seen in her work as it is precise, clean and well thought out. She has been a makeup artist for eighteen years and has a wealth of experience, working with some of the most prestigious fashion and beauty houses. From Chloë, Prada, Gucci to Cartier she is a regular at fashion week shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Wendy Rowe Makeup Artist - Chinese Vogue - Lindsey Wixson

I adore this shoot that she did for Vogue China recently with the model Lindsey Wixson, photographer Sharif Hamza, stylist Julia Von Boehm and hair stylist Shay Ashual.  The idea for this shoot was a women who is angelic yet sexy, rich gold accessories styled with strong black fashion gave the look a gothic, religious feel.

Wendy Rowe - Chinese Vogue - Lindsey Wixson2

Wendy was so kind as to share how she created this look on her blog Wendy Rowe which you should definitely check out.  Wendy bleached Lindsey’s brows, saying that: “Although it can look quite alien in real life, bleaching brows gives the face a softer look in photographs as it takes away the strong structure lines and doesn’t restrict the eye shape.” She created a heavy, extended feline lashline to complete the look.
Below are all the products that she used:

Wendy Rowe Face Chart for Vogue

I see that she used the Tom Ford Highlight and Contour Cream, I am dying to get my hands on this as I have heard great things about it. I also love that she used no less than 3 products on the skin. I like to mix and match my foundations as I find that some formulas work better together. This look has subtle shading and is more about the liner. Wendy shaded the eyes using Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Abstraction over the eyelid, blending up to the socket line to create a natural shadow and underneath for subtle definition. She then softly blended Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Sable into the socket line to give depth to the eyes. After this she used Dior Show Art Pen in Podium Black to define the lashline, extending slightly at the end to create a straight line that makes the lashes look heavy with a seductive feel. I think you agree that it looks so gorgeous.

I have included the behind the scenes video as well, which is a bit of fun and shows what it is like being on set of a Vogue photoshoot. Hopefully one day that will be me!

What do you think of Wendy’s work? Are you as big a fan as I am?

Lots of love,


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