Monday, 8 July 2013

Look book - Lana del rey

 Inspiration post and look-book : Lana Del Rey

Not being one to go for the normal in styles, it seemed only natural i was drawn to the passionate and soulful music of lana del rey. With her insightful take and also her mix of vintage style, she encapsulates natural beauty. So to try to grab a slice of her style is hard as I'm no lana del rey (Nor am i trying to copy her look) all I'm trying to do is capture the style and feel through her makeup.

So first of all to notice is the clean lines around the eyes and also the smokey hint, however not overly smokey that you loose her completely. She has a lovely hint of tan without over loading on the bronzer or blush. 

So this is the list of products i used 
MAC - Studio sculpt foundation (NW15)
Elemis - Pro-Illuminate balm  
Benefit - Fake up concealer (Hay fever season, red Rudolph nose)
Kay Hart cosmetics - Mineral concealer and setting powders in Yellow
MAC Temperature Rising Bronzer (lightly) - Sun dipped
Physicians formula - Happy booster in natural 
Cresty cosmetics - Brown brow cake powder 
MAC Extra Dimension - Skin-finish in Defiantly defined 
Helen-E / Eyelid Primer (I think is a excellent dupe for MAC paint pot)
Naked palette by Urban decay - using Sin for the inner duct, inner third using half baked/Toasted and smoke it out with a little hustle. Use virgin to blend up to the brow bone.
Mepore - Paper tape (found in boots or local chemists) to catch fallout 
Loreal - Gel liner in Black 
Chanel - New lumiere mascara (Sample)
MAC - Lipstick in Lickable 
So fo this look i made sure my base was kept to a light colour and my natural skin tone as i don't want to over bronze this look. The key is to keep very natural, also using a mineral concealer ensured that i could blend easier. So with a slight hand with a small application of bronzer to the main contours but not heavy, also pick a natural flush blush that ensures a natural a finish as possible. Then use the Extra Dimension to highlight the eye bone area and temples, this Defiantly defined is a nice tanned colour to use then a stark silver or golden highlight. Its subtle and amazing. They eyes and lips will go against the grain by being very intense but will merge in the neutral palette of colour and pop being the lipstick you choose.

So i went in first with my good old paper tape to line the bottom of my eye so this line is sharp and crisp. Also the fallout will be caught but the naked palette by urban decay has little. So using the Helen -E eye primer firstly to prime the lid then pack on sin from the inner tear duct to the middle of the eye. Use a little of this to highlight the inner eye.
Then taking Half baked and Toasted pack this and blend together, then take some Hustle (only a little as its very pigmented) then blend in toward the 'V' but this is to enhance the black on the gel liner. The main colour to see is the sin and toasted blended into a lovely golden mix. If you want it more intense then add some more Half baked.

Now the tricky bit but its worth it - remember practice makes perfect and you don't need to make it this heavy just build up as you get more confident. There is loads of Tutorials on youtube off many respected makeup artists and i found the paper tape, really helps first time users. Gel liner is also a lot more easy to apply as it doesn't drag, however the brushes included are rather big so i would use a flat angled brush thats small, to literally pat a line in the area, then you can build on this guideline. 
So then application of lipstick (Exfoliate and balm the lips before all face makeup as then they will be fabulous) which in my case was - Lickable by MAC, a lovely blue based brighter pink to really complement that golden look. Accessorise with flower hairbands, natural waves or backcombed and slicked hair.

So what do you think of my look ? 

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