Drop dead gorgeous
Saturday night is all about The X Factor.
This year’s panel of judges is fantastic - Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora bring something fresh to the table.
We have already inducted Ms Rita Ora into The Powder Room Hall of Fame and instead of looking at Cheryl this month - as you might have expected (her blah style just doesn’t inspire me tbh) - I thought I’d take a step back in time (sorry Danni, I know that’s a Kylie hit!) and look at the divine Danni Minogue.
She is a real style fave of mine. I loved her on X Factor .
Every week her look changed so completely it was exciting to see what she would rock up with next. Remember her amazing mohawk?
Her make up was always gorgeous so I wanted to remind you all, and myself, of her look to die for.
Danni has that fabulous combination of amazing piercing blue eyes, contrasting with ultra glossy dark hair.
To make her eyes really pop, they were always lined with a very dark pencil to give them a cat-like appearance.
Her shadow palette was all smokey warm browns and golds, which looked amazing in contrast against the radiant blue of her eyes ... a great tip for enhancing your eye colour (See my colour wheel item!)
Her skin always looked radiant and her lips were pout perfect in a neutral gloss.
The thing that always really jumped out was that extra touch of blue kohl liner inside the water line of her eyes. It really enhanced the blue.
Danni’s make up stood out. She balanced glamour with a fresh-faced beauty.
So the summer has breathed its last. The sun is sinking lower in the sky and the darker nights are starting to draw in just that little bit earlier.
Pumpkins, skulls and spiders are starting to appear in shops alongside the fruit and veg so that can only mean one thing ... Halloween is in the air.
Eleven months out of the year I spend my days making people look gorgeous so it’s nice, once in a while, to wield my brushes wickedly and make them look freakishly fab!
Last year I created a zombie look that was to die for. And you can create this special effects make-up look at home with a raid through your cupboards.
This devilish look can be recreated using household products and just a couple of items from a fancy dress shop.
To achieve a convincing zombie, you have to first decide how long your zombie has been dead or undead!
I went for quite an old, decrepit zombie. A fresh one would have been very messy with all the fresh blood so an older, more experienced zombie is the way to go.
First up, I used a white base mixed with some green/yellow tint to get a sickly complexion.
We decided to do only one side of his face to get a nice contrast.
Be sure to blend it down under the costume and then set it with white or pale powder.
The next step is creating the gory wounds that tell of decades spent rotting underground before being reanimated.
And believe it or not, they are created with common variety tissue paper.
Shred lots of randomly sized pieces and fixed them to the face using spirit gum, then cover it all with more base.
Once secured, pull at the edges to get an uneven finish to resemble torn, withered flesh.
With the decomposing face in place, push some coagulated blood gel into the areas with tissue. That gives the illusion of deep dark wounds, then apply some fake blood and let it drip. To create the dark, sunken, lifeless eyes of a Halloween zombie, use a grey shadow to darken around the sockets.
Years spent underground is bound to have taken its toll on the complexion so exaggerate facial lines using a thin brush and some grey shadow to make you look much older.
Add a pair of zombie contact lenses, and go out and dare to scare!
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