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