All of us have that one makeup look that we turn to in times of need, or every day; a signature of sorts that really pulls us together. Garance gravitates towards a smoky eye, Elle has her lipstick game perfected, and I love a really fresh natural face — with a strong eyeliner when
Saturday night the occasion calls!
We thought it was about time that we explored these four signature makeup looks, and how to achieve them with minimal products in a way that is as close to effortless as can be — simple enough to pull off at a moment’s notice. So we called on our friend and makeup artist Sophie (remember her from Women At Work?) for the challenge: to show us how to create each look with ease and precision… which we will no doubt need when it comes to that super mod, sleek cat eye!
BYO steady hand.
Start with a natural, fresh face
The base is Estée Lauder double wear makeup to go foundation, which can be applied by brush (or, if you cheat like me, lightly with fingertips!). Then Soph (yep, we’re on nickname basis now…) used Estée Lauder perfectionist concealer and she said that it’s the bees knees. Major tip here was using Chanel’s cream blush stick for both blush and lip (subtle and nice, no?). Chanel mascara was lightly coated, finishing with RMS Living Luminizer as a highlighter (and totally worth the extra step).
So that’s the base. Soph then just added from there for the other three looks, and so this is the perfect start if you’re looking to go from day to night; use this as the canvas to start with, no matter what look…
Only one extra step here! And that’s some of Chanel’s Le Crayon Kohl, which Soph used in a more Autumnal shade of 17 (a little like a dark plum). Such a cool nod to mod times! Even when going for a more classic outfit… Or if you have plans to dress up as Edie Sedgwick this Halloween…
The Great Lip
Ok, if you’re not an eye girl (or if you feel like trying something new!), a lip is a good way to go. Always chic, and with a little bit of a Sharon Stone vibe here on Rose, Soph used Rouge Allure no. 109 and then topped with a coat of Estée Lauder’s true liar and quiet riot gloss. A little extra definition on the cheek with Chanel cream blush stick! Ok, so we’re all in love with this lip at the studio…
What makeup tool kit would be complete without this classic but still dramatic and, moreover, seductive take on the eye? This one is a little extra jazzy for the holidays, if you’re so inclined… Soph went for a Chanel shadow (signe particular 9002), then a khol pencil from Estée Lauder in burgundy, an extra flick of mascara and then (the piece de resistance, and only if you’re in the mood…) a tiny touch of Chanel illusion de ombre in rouge noir, which is basically the most beautiful eye glitter out there.
What’s your signature makeup look?