Dare to go pro on your face; tips and tricks
When my sister asked me what I wanted for my birthday, she was rather surprised when I asked for foundation and added: “Any colour.” I had to explain to her how I really prefer to mix and match my own dream shade. For me it’s all about treating your face like a canvas, and having fun with it!
Foundation- Go Picasso
Since nobody has the same exact skin colour, and there are no foundation bottles –yet- with your name on it, you’ve got to blend your way to perfection.
-To get the right shade – Your skin isn’t the same colour all year round; obviously you are darker during the summer months, or say after a ski-holiday. But even during the winter you might periodically use a selftanner. By blending a darker and a lighter foundation you can easily adapt to your ever-changing skin tone.
-To get the right warmth- You can also mix warmer and cooler colours; foundations tend to be either pink, tan or yellow, but your skin is a combination of those!
-To save money- Want to stretch out that expensive Dior or Chanel foundation that you love? Find a cheaper drugstore version that works for you–say Maybelline or Covergirl- and mix ‘m up!
-To create a perfect finish: Some days you want a healty glow, other days you want to look sophisticated and matte. Mix foundations with different finishes.
-Put about 5 dots on your face with one foundation, -forehead, nose, cheeks, chin- followed by dots with the other foundation next to those spots. Use a stippling brush to blend it on your face by using circular motions.
-You can also blend the foundations on the back of your hand or if you’re in a hurry, straight onto one finger, after which you blend them between your hands and apply the mixture directly to your face.
Mascara- Mix your own cocktail
Layer, layer, layer. That’s the trick to create the perfect, doll-like lashes. Yes you can use a primer, but why not several different mascaras? Just read on the package what they’re supposed to do, and be creative. Here are some tried and tested combinations:
Curl + Hold
Volume + Lengthen
Thicken + Separate
I know this is common sense, but still: before you start, make sure the mascara wand doesn’t have big globs on it. If so, take them off with a bit of tissue.
Once you’ve applied the first mascara, you don’t need to wait. Go right ahead and start layering with the second one! Once you get the hang of it, you might even go for three layers; my personal habit.
One of my favorite ‘cocktail ingredients’ is a fiber mascara, like L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. Use it first, to add length, followed by a mascara with a bold brush like CoverGirl LashBlast, to get rid of clumps and create a smooth thick look.
For a final touch, -the olive on your Martini- you can apply a good smudge-proof mascara on your bottom lashes like Vamp! by Pupa. Just don’t forget to act surprised when people ask you if your eyelashes are real…
In bed with Arianne
As far as I am concerned, there is only one heiress to Edith Head’s throne, and that is the magnificent Arianne Phillips (53), twice Oscar-nominated costume designer and Madonna’s favorite style-collaborator. Like Edith, she is a tastemaker and visionary in both film and fashion. And just like her legendary predecessor, she is a feminist icon in her own right. I had the rare chance to interview Arianne and ask her about Madonna, feminism in Hollywood and why she thinks lingerie is ‘everything’. “We definitely do NOT like to hide it!”
Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’
In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.
My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage
All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head
Fabulous words, and they could easily have been mine, but it was the legendary Edith Head – one of Hollywood’s most iconic designers – who said this many decades ago.