Monday, 17 September 2012

Chanel - Rouge Noir

My most recent nail polish purchase has been the classic Chanel shade of Rouge Noir. I have been lusting after this for around a year or two for a few reasons. One being the amazing deep red/black colour and the other being the history attached to it.

The shade was first released in the grunge period of the mid 90's with the designers working to the colour brief of 'dried blood', could it any more melancholy? The shade has also been sold under the name Vamp and it proved so popular that the company created both 'Very Vamp' and 'Metallic Vamp'.

One of the reasons this shade is so well known is that is makes an appearance in the classic film 'Pulp Fiction'. A favourite movie of mine, this polish is worn of the hands of the amazing Uma Thurman. Surprisingly the colour was discontinued but luckily it was re-released in mid 2000's so we too can now have the deep, dark nails of a wicked woman.

I love pairing mine with an equally vampish lipstick like MAC's Rebel or Bobbi Brown's Black Cherry. Keep the complexion and eyes clean and simple, and add a flick of black liner for a touch of mystery.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Spring racing makeup

It's now Spring and all that lovely sunshine means Spring Racing Carnival. This is a makeup I did for a race day in Brisbane. We focused on natural look that was going to last throughout the day and didn't take away from the fabulous hat.

Products used -
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Foundation
MAC Prep and Prime Powder
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Chanel Blush in Pink Explosion
Too Faced Brow Kit
Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Virgin, Sin, Naked and Hustle (all from Naked palette)
Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Diorshow Mascara
Clients own nude/pink lip liner and lipstick

The shade Naked was used as a base and Sin on the lid.
I then blended Hustle into the crease to add some depth and finished with Virgin to highlight on the inner corners and brow bone.
A little Hustle was smudged into the lower lash line for some definition.
Finished off with the Bobbi Brown Gel liner on the top lash line and mascara.