Take a fantastical journey through your make-up bag
Reach out to the unicorn in you with a colour palette that is bright and beautiful.
With wave-tossed mermaid hair, gleaming unicorn highlighter and a sprinkling of glitter – actually, make that gallons of glitter – now appearing everywhere from the catwalks of Couture Week in Paris to every It girl’s Instagram feed, all things sweet, multi-coloured and mythical are having a moment. Our enchanting beauty looks are both fit for a fairytale princess – and easily achievable, even by mere mortals – taking you on a fantastical journey through your make-up bag to add a little magic to the mundane. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn for a day?
Turn your highlight up with a rainbow of pastel shimmer to illuminate your face in hues that enhance your natural undertones. Dark skin shines with blue or purple shimmer, while olive and tan glow with a yellow or golden bronze highlight. Pale complexions are framed with a hint of peach or pink.
Use a soft fan brush to layer your chosen highlighter across the highest point of your cheekbones, where the light naturally hits. Apples too much? Use a fluffy brush to buff into the skin. We used Aurora Glow Kit Dh225, Anastasia Beverly Hills; Pearlizer Sheer Pigment in Pearlette Dh135, MAC; and Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You? Dh180, Marc Jacobs. On skin: Diorskin Star Concealer in 002 (Dh161);
Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm (Dh158, Urban Decay); Base Lait-Creme Concentrate (Dh99, Embryolisse). On nails: Color Hit Nail Polish in Enchanted Island and Proposal in Paris (Dh25 each, Sephora).
Head somewhere over the rainbow with this eye-catching twist on bright eyeliner. Use four to five of your favourite colours to trace a bold eyeliner flick, and pare down the rest of your make-up to let your eyes do all the talking.
Using an angled eyeliner brush will help keep your liner tidy. Start from the upper inner corner of your eye and trace your lash line as close to the lashes as you can. Layer each colour slightly so the hues fade into each other. We used Supracolor Interferenz Palette (Dh141, Kryolan), Tecnico Eyeliner in blue (Dh79, Collistar) and Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Blossom (Dh25, NYX). Finish with Nail and Body Art Spangles in 22 (Dh85, Inglot) and Lustre Lipstick in Touch (Dh104, MAC). On skin: Second Skin Cream Blush in 330 Dh150, Make Up For Ever; Pro Sculpting Brow Palette Dh165, Make Up For Ever; Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Dh205, Laura Mercier.
Wow with a dreamy eye look that features creamy clouds of pastel shades drifting across your lids. Best of all, the free-hand watercolour look means that you can add as much or as little colour as you’d like, with smudging only enhancing the look. Apply the pigments in tiny flicks with a small brush – go to fridaymagazine.ae to watch a how-to.
Start adding colours along the upper lash line – stick to the lid for a more subtle wash of pastels, or hit the eyebrows to make a statement. To enhance colours, dampen your eyeshadow brush before applying. We used AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in 59, 111 and 114 (Dh82, Inglot) and the Supracolor Interferenz Palette (Dh141, Kryolan), adding a dot of metallic shadow in the inner corners. Line eyes with a pastel like Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Deja Blue (Dh100, Marc Jacobs Beauty). Finish with a slick of Dazzleglass lipgloss in Extra Amps (Dh130, MAC).
On skin: Pro Longwear Concealer Dh120, MAC; Traceless Foundation Stick Dh315, Tom Ford; Hydra Pro Matte Matifying Moisturising Fluid Dh125, Kiko Milano; Bronzing Powder Dh135, MAC.
Unlike the Little Mermaid’s underwater dealings, there’s zero commitment to getting lush mermaid locks for yourself. Hair chalk will shampoo out, making it ideal for a one-day flirtation with quirky hues. Apply a white chalk on dark hair before adding colour for maximum impact. Use a fluffy powder brush to apply, or rub the hair chalk directly on to strands. Make sure to place an old towel over your shoulder and fix the colour into your locks with a generous spritz of hairspray to finish.
Kevin Murphy Color Bug hair chalk in Pink, Purple, Orange, White and Neon Dh80 each, at Marquee Salon
This lip look melts together juicy shades of fuchsia, purple and orange for a lip-smacking pout with Lisa Frank vibes. Use a small, soft brush to gently blend lip colours for a smooth hue transition, and add a garnish of glitter if you’re feeling extra bold.
Apply a colour close to your own lips as a smooth canvas for this pouty look (we used Pro Longwear
Paint Pot in Groundwork Dh115, MAC) before adding up to three complementary shades. Use the darkest shade (here, we’ve chosen purple), to line your bottom lip, creating fullness and depth. Try Le
Marc Lip Creme in Georgie Girl (Dh150, Marc Jacobs Beauty) or Cremesheen Lipstick in
Sweet & Sour (Dh104, MAC) topped with Pigments in Pink Pearl, Red Electric and Fuchsia (Dh135, MAC) and Dazzle Dust in Aphrodite (Dh22, Barry M).
Model Aricia at MMG Models. Hair and make-up Ania at MMG Artists