Far­away eyes

Desert-is­land beauty tips are the key to party make-up, dis­cov­ers Shar­ron Liv­ingston

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Beauty - Michelle Abels has been make-up su­per­vi­sor on ITV’s This Morn­ing for eight years and Top Gear for 10. She is avail­able for help with make-up for any celebration. Con­tact hairand­make_up@hot­mail.com

WHEN ASKED what sin­gle item of make-up they would choose to take with them on a de­serted is­land, most women said they would grab their mas­cara, per­haps hop­ing they would be ma­rooned with some­one worth flut­ter­ing their eye­lashes at.

Ac­cord­ing to Michelle Abels, make-up artist on ITV’s This Morn­ing: “Mak­ing the most of your eyes for spe­cial oc­ca­sions is as im­por­tant, if not more im­por­tant, than find­ing the right out­fit. You might at­tract at­ten­tion in the right dress, but it is the eyes that we are drawn to as soon as the con­ver­sa­tion starts.” So let’s get to work. Start your make-up with a good un­der-eye con­cealer, such as Lancôme’s. Go for a colour that’s just a tiny shade lighter than your own skin tone.

Colour on the lids is a big look this au­tumn. There are two ways to en­sure a tidy and ef­fec­tive look. The first is to keep the lid light, with cream colours or per­haps a soft gold. Then pop a darker colour in the socket and un­der­neath the eye. Or cover the lid and socket us­ing one colour, then ap­ply the same colour softly un­der the eyes.

Se­lect a soft neu­tral colour that will give a lit­tle shim­mer, like Mac’s Shroom, a creamy colour with

a soft sheen. Or check out Bobbi Brown’s range, for some lovely neu­trals which are easy to ap­ply.

A cou­ple of good lay­ers of eye­lash-ex­tend­ing mas­cara will fin­ish the look. Dreamweave & Co Lash Ex­ten­sion, £12 from wrin­kleregime.com, does the trick. It doesn’t flake and has stay­ing power to last the evening — and through the night, too, so you can face the world the next day with­out reap­ply­ing. If your lashes are brit­tle or thin­ning, choose the Lash Con­struct mas­cara (£14), de­signed to widen and nour­ish the root and stem of lashes in around 15 days.

Adding eye­liner to your lid re­ally helps open the eye. Draw the line close to the lashes, start­ing at the in­ner cor­ner. A fine line frames the eye dis­creetly, while a thicker line adds drama. Lush Emo­tional Bril­liance ve­gan eye­liner, £14.50, has a no-smudge stay-put for­mula to take you through the night.

If you are ad­ven­tur­ous, per­haps con­sider dif­fer­ent colours to line your eyes. Black eye­liner is an all-rounder and is es­pe­cially at­trac­tive when used with pale, blue or vi­o­let eyes, but deep pur­ple is great with dark brown eyes and green with hazel.

False eye­lashes were all the rage in the 1960s. Re­mem­ber Twiggy and her su­per-flirty flut­ter? In re­cent years, they have made quite a come­back — Ver­sace used them on the cat­walk to cre­ate a ro­man­tic doe-eyed look. True, some strug­gle with fake lashes, but they are worth it. Few celebri­ties will go on cam­era with­out them. First, make sure you are happy with your eye­shadow, then add a line of eye­liner to hide the base of the false eye­lashes. Ap­ply a heavy of mas­cara to your real lashes, which will help to blend the false lashes with your own. Us­ing the lash glue pro­vided, po­si­tion the lashes on your lids. Your eyes will look lifted and daz­zling. The Power Lounge does 16 re­us­able styles, start­ing from £8.

One last thing. As you age, eye­brows tend to dis­ap­pear, yet they make such a dif­fer­ence to the face. Michelle’s ex­pert tip: “Use a soft pen­cil; Mac has self­sharp­en­ing brow pen­cils or, if you have the bud­get, try Tom Ford‘s. Fill in the gaps and try to give your brows some shape.”

Bel­lapierre eye­shadow pal­ette, £20

Lush Eye­liner Con­trol, £14.50

Dreamweave Lash Con­struct, £14

Lash Ex­ten­sion, £12

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