Showing posts with label Vogue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vogue. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Going gaga for Gatsby! Hair & Makeup inspiration.

With the worldwide and much anticipated release of the Great Gatsby coming up very soon, it seems everyone and their mama - at least in fashion and beauty terms - is going utterly gaga for all things Gatsby! I can't really say I blame them however, as the time period of the book and now the film is one that is so utterly rich in inspirational style. Everything from the hair, the makeup and the fashions of the 1920s is something that we all seem to latch on to, look up to and strive to emulate whenever the mood strikes. How many of us have been a Flapper girl at Halloween solely to get away with the drop waist glamour, the (faux) bobs, and the feathers? I know I have!

 I say the faux bob because I unlike a few of my friends have never been brave enough (or had the jawline for it) to cut the mane into a 20s bob, but I salute you if you have, it's not an easy choice going so short! If like me you are a little scared of going full chop there is the solution of The Faux.

Start by heat styling your hair whichever way you'd like it -straightening, wavy curl, or full on curly curly) and part it a little slightly off the center of the head. Then make a low ponytail, about halfway down the length of your hair from the base of your neck to the bottom.Then just tuck and roll the ponytail underneath, moving upwards until you reach the nape of your neck, then discreetly secure underneath with slides/bobby pins - ones that colour match your hair would be perfect as they'll be harder to spot! Complete the do by spraying hair with a strong hold finishing spray.

Image - Pinterest

The style of the film, and of the Hollywood version of the 20s in any film really focuses on the softness of the era, style wise at least. The soft makeup - with a daring lip from time to time, but mostly a soft eye and base - the silks and drop waist dresses, the buckle Maryjane's and the headpieces. Everyone from Downton Abbey to Miuccia Prada has caught the bug - rightfully so too since she was co-costume designer on the film! Click here to see some of her original sketches.

Ralph Lauren Ready-to-Wear S/S 2012

For the Daisy look - seen here from Carey Mulligan in her Vogue shoot for this month's issue, I see they've focused on the soft base with a slight smokey eye and berry lip. It's bold, teamed in with the elaborate feather dresses and headpieces, it runs the risk of looking too 'over done' - but - bad photo-shopping aside, I think it's a look that looks stunning on her, it really helps the audience get a sense of who  this character is.

My dupes for the Daisy look at home would be the following :

Start off with a good base, and for a good base make sure you cleanse and tone and of course slap on a good moisturiser, one of my faves is the 'Total Moisture facial cream' by +Benefit Cosmetics

Next up is your foundation (or use a primer if you feel you may need one!) for this flawless finish I find I work with liquid foundations best, and this one from +BourjoisUK the 'new' Healthy Mix (full review if you'd like it, later in the week?) is fab! 

Next up to conceal any unsightly blemishes go for a hydrating concealer, something like the new FakeUp by +Benefit Cosmetics I hear is fantastic for those of us with a dry under-eye area. After that I'd focus on eyes, using any plumping and thickening lash lacquer that will help to widen and thicken your lashes giving you that wide-eyed seemingly innocent Daisy look.

Using a neutral pallet, such as the MUA Heaven and Earth Pallet - £4! would be ideal if you're on a budget.

Sweeping a neutral across the entire lid, followed by a darker shade in the crease for depth, and a little of that under the lash line below should finish off the shadow work. If you feel so inclined, the winged eyeliner look can only add to the luxurious drama of the 20s look, choosing a gel liner I find is easier to work with over a liquid - it's less messy and there's less room for mistakes! I use the +Maybelline UK  gel liner in black for this effect.

Finish off the look with a deep berry shade for an over the top statement face, or a softer neutral shade for that subtle more understated vibe.

For the berry shade I love the Fabulous Fig from +Revlon or the softer sheen shade in Temptress to round off the look.

Happy facepainting, peeps!