LFW Day 1: Fyodor Golan, #HPMLFW, Eudon Choi

Phew, it’s been a busy old weekend for me – London Fashion Week is here, showcasing the designers’ Autumn Winter collections for 2013-2014. It kicked off on Friday, which is where I began… you’ll have to forgive the picture heavy post, but it was a busy day!

It started at The Savoy, doing make up for Fyodor Golan as part of the AOFM Pro Team with key make up artist Michelle Webb. Here is the model who’s make up I did.

To create this look, we prepped the skin then applied an illuminating cream (I used MAC Strobe Cream) then used a Bobbi Brown stick foundation one shade lighter than the skin to create a pale base.
We then used Make Up Forever HD Foundation mixed with a little more of the illuminating cream mixed together, stippled on then buffed in with a clean brush.
We used a peach concealer under the eyes then let the foundation set in while we got to work with the rest of the face.
We then used a matt sand colour eyeshadow all over the lid (I used MAC Wedge) and up to the eyebrow then using the foundation brush blended it in at the eyebrow area to create and natural and seamless finish.
We added Urban Decay Sidecar to the lid, making sure to pat off the brush on the back of the hand to remove excess shimmer, then took the sand shadow under the lower lash line and buffed it out to blend the edges.
The brows were concealed out which we did a tiny bit at a time using a light shade of concealer on a mascara wand through the brows layer by layer, then a little liquid concealer to create a nice finish, and buffed out the edges of the concealer.

Photo by houseofmari.com

We used a mixture of Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge 9 and 11 for the lip colour, creating a pointed edge to the lips, then used black gel eye liner to line the lips then blended it up using a small cotton bud, then added the gloss from the Aqua Rouge and went around the edges of the lips with a nude coloured pencil and blended out with a cotton bud.

Photo by houseofmari.com

We used MAC Lightscapade for a light contour then a sandy coloured blush on the cheeks.
To highlight the face we used MAC Soft & Gentle down the nose, on the chin, forehead and cheekbones.
To finish, we added MAC Vanilla pigment to the inner corner of the eye using the little finger and blended out with a brush, then added white liner to the waterline. Powder was added in the lineup.

Photo by houseofmari.com
Photo from Vogue
A film crew were with me filming for Handpicked Media’s YouTube Channel – HandpickedMediaTV which was rather exciting, although I was having one of those days where I just didn’t feel I looked like myself so it’ll be interesting to see the video once it’s finished!
There was time for a quick pitstop at the Handpicked Media London Fashion Week Suite at the One Aldwych Hotel, which is always a pleasure. It’s a little bubble of calm in amongst the hecticness. Seascape were offering massages which I was so gutted I didn’t have time for, but still enjoyed sitting down for a few minutes with a Vita Coco and Curly Wurly and looking at the goodies on display. Superdry were there doing make up – it looks like a really great range and the prices look good too, I’m looking forward to having more of a play with that. Playful Promises were showcasing their underwear, which was gorgeous too, and I was surprised with the prices as I thought they’d be a lot more than they were! 

It was then onto Somerset House for the Eudon Choi show – which I was working as part of the AOFM Pro Team with Adam de Cruz as the key make up artist.

The collection was based around Russian doll styling and Russian folklore, so the makeup was kept very simple with the main focus being on the skin. We were trying to achieve clean, expensive looking skin with dewy highlights and glossy lids. Here is the model I made up for the show.

We started with prepping the face then giving it a massage with Embryolisse moisturiser to wake up the  skin. We then buffed it in with a brush and added a light cover of Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser.
We used Bobbi Brown concealer with a pointed brush around the nose and any other areas that needed concealing, then buffed it out with a bigger brush.
We used a pink Bobbi Brown colour corrector under the eyes and for the inner corner of the eyes.
To achieve the smokey brow we brushed them up then added eyebrow powder on a brush which had most of the product brushed off it already, then a dry cotton bud to blend out the edges.
We curled the lashes then added Bobbi Brown gel liner to the waterline depending on what colour hair the model had – the blonde girls had grey, black hair had black, and brown hair had brown.
Glitter was added to the eyelid in lineup, and Tom Ford cream Highlighter to the cheekbones.

Photo from Vogue

I’ll be back from more tales from behind the scenes in the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy!

All About The Eyes – Rock & Roll Spring Make Up

One of the key trends that was apparent during the Spring Summer 2013 Fashion Weeks was that there was a rock and roll kind of vibe to the make up. It wasn’t always about perfect lines, but instead, a smudged out smoke. A flash of colour. Coloured liner under the eyes – a fantastic trend for bringing some colour into your look.

The main focus of the season was on the eyes – weather it was black kohl or gorgeous tones of blue – it was all about the eyes. Some of the photos from New York Fashion Week which has just ended, that showcases the Autumn Winter 2013 collections, also seemed to continue the theme, which leads me to believe this trend is here to stay, rather than a quick fad.

Pantone, who are the Gods of colour, have said that *the* colours for 2013 are going to be royal blue, green and purple, which was reflected in many of the make up looks seen at the shows.

I’ve put together a selection of affordable make up that you could use to create a similar look.

oneMAC Blacktrack Fluidline gel eye liner £14  |  two – MUA Shade 5 pearl eyeshadow £1  |  three – Max Factor Magic Nights Max Colour Effect Mono Eyeshadow  |  four Bobbi Brown Blue Moon Long-Wear gel eyeliner £17  |  five – MAC  Undercurrent Pearlglide eye liner £14  |  six  – Laura Mercier Lagoon Baked Eye Colour £18.50  |  seven  – Lancome Rouge St Honore Rouge In Love Lipstick £21.50  |  eight Topshop Kingfisher Eye Crayon £6.50  |   nine – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Royal Blue Pure Pigment £8  |  ten Bare Minerals The Last Call READY Eyeshadow Duo £19  |  eleven Barry M Electric Purple Mascara £5.19  |  twelve – NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner £19  |  thirteen – Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow £16.50

Will you be experimenting with colour this year?

My Day at the BAFTA EE Style Suites

A few weeks ago I posted this image on my Instagram account….

Yes, that’s me, dripping in ridiculously expensive diamonds, hair and makeover done, wearing a designer gown, holding a BAFTA. Y’know, just a normal day for me…. ha, I wish! 
I am finally allowed to spill the beans on my day at the BAFTA EE Style Suites – and what an exciting day it was!
BAFTA invited me along to experience the EE Style Suites, which are open to all of the BAFTA nominees before the awards. They can choose outfits, gifts, have their hair and make up done, and relax and indulge before the ceremony. Which girl in her right mind would say no to an offer like that?!
I arrived at the gorgeously decadent Savoy Hotel mid morning, and was taken to the Style Suite. When they say ‘Suite’, this is no exaggeration – the space they had taken over was about three times the size of my home! On the actual day they take over an even larger space to make sure there’s enough room for everyone visiting the suites. Everything about The Savoy oozes luxury, mirroring the brands the Suites have to offer, which makes it a perfect location.
On arrival I was given a glass of Tattinger, offloaded all my junk and was told to have a seat for a minute. In the room, which was the living area of the suite – Edith Bowman was being filmed. I sat sipping champers watching the action unfold, and a handful of other journalists from the likes of Glamour and OK arriving to experience the EE Style Suites too.

Once the cameras had stopped rolling, I started my tour of the Suites.

First up was the mens bit which began with 88 Rue du Rhone – a Swiss watch brand who is the first watch partner to come on board for BAFTA. They launched in the UK last summer in Selfridges and John Lewis and always feature 8 or 88 diamonds in the watches (sounds like my kind of watch!)

The nominees visiting the Style Suites will be offered a selection of watches for them to choose from. Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins have already been gifted the gorgeous rose gold watch which is big and masculine (but I still think would look great on my wrist!).

For the second year running, Hackett is the menswear partner for the 2013 BAFTA Style Suites. This year they are offering classic suits either single or double breasted. The trousers are formal and black with piping.

They had some gorgeous velvet suits in jewel colours with peaked and grosgrain lapels, finished off with a pleat front or marcella shirt.

The accessories are big – it’s all about the bow tie which they also offer in velvets, dress scarves in silk or velvet, pocket squares, tie pins, and dress studs replace the buttons to lift the shirt more.

On offer to the nominees is a selection of 12-15 dinner jackets and 3-5 options of dinner suits. Stephen Fry has already confirmed he will be dressed by Hackett, but sometimes they won’t know until hours before that a nominee wants to wear one of their suits, so it’s all hands on deck to get the alterations completed within a couple of hours!

Now the men’s stuff is all rather interesting and gorgeous, but the girlie bit of the story now begins…

I was taken into one of the bedrooms where Lancome had set up their make up stations. They are the official make up sponsor for the BAFTA Style Suites and provide a team of make up artists (and this year, skincare experts to prep the skin) on site to make the stars beautiful before they head out onto the red carpet.

Maja Rickner, one of the team that will be working on the big day, was in charge of giving me the red carpet look. The products she used were: 

Skincare Preparation
  • Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur Express Cleansing Solution
  • Lancôme Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser
  • Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate – this is their award winning lightweight serum which makes skin glowy – this is a red carpet must!
  • Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Extrême Cream-Gel

Red Carpet Make-up
  • Lancôme Eclat Miracle Complexion lluminator in 01
  • Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Make-up Primer – this is a lovely oil free primer – it felt gorgeous, and left my skin mattified and radiant at the same time!
  • Lancôme Effacernes Concealer in shade 02
  • Lancôme Teint Idôle 24H foundation in shade 010 – this foundation is perfect for the red carpet as it’s long lasting and feels so light on the skin.
  • Lancôme Poudre Majeur Loose Powder in shade 01
  • Lancôme BAFTA Limited Edition Blush Subtil in their best-selling shade Rose Sable (exclusive to Selfridges) Full review of this here
  • Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Mono eye shadows in P102 (Sable Enchanté) and M204 (Très Chocolat)
  • Lancôme Crayon Khôl in Noir 01
  • Lancôme Artliner felt eyeliner in black
  • Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in 240M (Rose en Deshabillé)
  • Lancôme Contour Pro lip liner in 303 (Rose Boisé)
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara in black 

The smokey eye is a red carpet favourite with nude lips, or the Hollywood classic of red lips with a more subtle eye. I loved the smokey eye that Maja gave me, it’s really intense and made me fall in love with lining my waterline again. Maja told me she always lines the upper lid too – this is to avoid seeing any skin between the lashes in red carpet close-ups. Another trick she uses is when she has lined the lips, she also fills in the corners of the lips with liner to help it last longer and to withstand canape nibbling and champagne sipping.
The make up artists will speak to the nominee before starting their make up, to see how they will be dressed and how they are styling their hair, to work together to create a complete look that compliments each different part, and make each nominees’ look as individual as possible.
To ensure there isn’t a mad rush just before the ceremony, the nominees book in a slot to have their make up done – or some of the nominees have the service in the luxury of their own home! Each make over normally takes around 35-45 minutes depending on the schedule. Each person they make over gets given the lipstick they are wearing and a powder for quick touchups, but Lancome provide a special service where they will provide touchups on the night too!

Next stop was Asprey, the official jewellery partner, who hosted the nominees party for the 5th year running. They dress the nominees and presenters of the awards, by sending them a selection for them to choose from, or they come to the Style Suite and pick something out (oh, how the other half live!)

Some of the pieces on display at the Style Suites, and on offer on to the nominees and presenters were the Daisy Collection – this is an iconic and classic collection, boasting coloured diamonds and big earrings.

The Lattice Collection is typical red carpet jewellery – the lattice necklace costs a whopping £120,000, with the matching bracelet ringing in at £78,000 (no wonder there was also a guard in the Asprey room!). These kind of pieces will go with anything, which makes the style a big favourite for the nominees. My personal favourites were the feather earrings, which when they are worn, are super duper sparkly as they have so much movement and are constantly catching the light.

The Whimsical Woodland Collection is a fun, quirky collection designed by Brit, Shaune Leane, which has a main icon of the oak leaf. The pieces are less traditional and perfect for anyone wanting something a bit different. The oak leaf necklace is simply stunning, as was the intricate detail on the charm bracelet.

When I was asked if I’d like to try any of it on, of course, I said yes!
It seemed such a shame to take them off…. but that wasn’t the end of my foray into Asprey’s world of diamonds for the day…

Onto the dressing room of the suite, where I got to meet the legend himself, Mr Charles Worthington who personally styled my hair.

He gave me a gorgeous halo braid, which took him all of five minutes. He told me it was very easy to do yourself, the trick being not to look in the mirror, although I have since tried, unsuccessfully, at home! 

Like the Lancome Team, Charles’ team also discusses with the nominee what they will be wearing to try to achieve a complete overall look. There will always be the classics like Hollywood curls and dolly buns on the tops of the head, but this year there is more of a 60s vibe going on, and a lot of the styles will be looking not too “done”.

Once one look has been done on one person, the team ensures that nothing remotely similar is done on another of them – that is a complete no-no. Even things like a simple plait would have to be totally different to ensure each person looks completely individual.

The unpredictable February weather can cause havoc with freshly styled hair, but the team of experts is on hand, and standing backstage with brushes, pins and products ready to make sure the nominees’ hair is perfect the minute before they step onto the stage.

My last stop before the final surprise was the bedroom that had turned itself into a giant Escada-dress-filled walk in wardrobe. There were short dresses, long dresses, bright dresses, dark dresses…. oh so many dresses!

Manequins were dressed in some of their iconic pieces, with photos of stars wearing their dresses at previous awards.

I was invited to try on anything that took my fancy (squee!) and I went for this gorgeous Grecian number – I thought it tied in with my hair rather well. It was amazing – the top part was made of chain mail which draped over the shoulder… I felt a million dollars wearing it, apart from the fact it was tiny and I couldn’t do the zip fully up, it was perfect.

Feeling on a high at my wonderful day, but also a little deflated that it had come to an end, I got undressed and started putting my clothes back on, when one of the BAFTA team came to get me for my photo shoot. Photo shoot? What photo shoot!? I felt like Cinderella with all these luxury dresses at my disposal… as much as I loved the Grecian dress, I didn’t fancy exposing myself in the shoot, so when I tried the grey dress on and it fitted like Cinders’ glass slipper, I knew this had to be the one. 
I popped back to Asprey who picked out the feather earrings, latice bracelet and daisy ring to compliment my outfit – then off we went (accompanied by the Asprey guard) to the room which had had a photo studio set up in it!
It was then that I was presented with an actual real-life BAFTA. It was surprisingly heavier and smellier (it has a distinct metallic smell) than I imagined, then it was photo shoot time! For some reason I could only pull comedy faces, but they are still lovely mementos of my day.

So then my time at the Style Suites really had come to and end. I enjoyed myself so much, and found it really interesting to experience the lives of the nominees before the awards ceremony. I will be thinking of them in the run up to BAFTA, in their cosy little haven in The Savoy, getting beautified, with fond memories.
The Film Awards take place on Sunday 10th February. Keep up to date with BAFTA by following @BAFTA on Twitter and follow #BAFTAstyle for all the latest BAFTA style updates. 
Oh, and one more thing – I’m going to be there on the night!!!! Make sure you are following me on Twitter @Super_Gorgeous for live updates from the BAFTA red carpet.

A Little January Sparkle

To celebrate the launch of Ladbroke’s Diamond Slots game, they got in touch and set me a challenge. What with so many awards ceremonies on the horizon, the red carpet look is very much the *thing* at the moment – they wanted me to create a look suitable for the red carpet.

I was sent a pack of Eye Rock lace eye tattoos which the look was supposed to be based around, as well as a gift card to pick up anything I needed to complete the look.

I did start with a look using the Eye Rock tattoos… well let me say… if I ever decide to grace the red carpet looking how I did (let alone outside the front door), I need locking up! With practise, I’m sure some stunning looks could be created… but as it was my first time, it didn’t go quite to plan!

Luckily I had stocked up on supplies so decided to make a red carpet look of my own.

My head would always tell me red lip and neutra eye for red carpet… but it’s so done… I wanted to do something different, use some products for the first time, and just go with the flow – and this is what I ended up with.

The products I used were: 
Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation (Desert Beige)
Estée Lauder Double Wear powder (Desert Beige)
Lancôme Blush Subtil (Rose Sable)
Makebelieve bronzer (Sunbeam)
Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Pink Gold)
Urban Decay eyeshadow (Kiss)
Bourjois Intense eyeshadow (extrait 10)
Maybelline Master Drama khol liner (Deep Purple / Ultra Violet)
Barry M eyeliner pen (Intense Black)
Lancôme Doll Eyes mascara
L’Oreal Intense lipstick (Plum Passion)

I started by applying my foundation with a brush, then blusher to the apples of my cheeks and blended towards my temple.
I used my bronzer to contour – taking it under my cheekbone, the temples and jawline, then set my face with powder.
I used the Colour Tattoo as an eyeshadow base, applying it all over the lid then softening the edges using my finger.
I then applied Kiss into the outer third of my eyelid and into the socket.
I used the black shadow to draw a smokey line under my eye, and a line close to the lash line to create a smokey effect. I blended some of the black into the corner of my socket, then blended the edges of the eyeshadow.
To add a little definition, more intensity and flick I used the pen eyeliner tight to the lash line.I used the purple liner for my waterline to emphasise the brown in my eyes.
Once I’d curled my lashes I applied my mascara.
To finish the look I added lipstick, using a lip brush as its such a bold colour.

And that’s it! Hope you like it 🙂