Fun times at the Revlon Beauty Class with make up artist Gucci Westman running a tutorial on how to achieve the look she created for Alice Temperley for London Fashion Week – a purple/grey smoky eye and a red lip – and to introduce Revlon’s big summer launch, Just Bitten Lipstain.
We were each given a set of brushes and the colours we needed to recreate the look – and a real model each to work on. Honestly, it’s a whole other thing when you’re given an actual person to work on – I was terrified of stabbing her in the eye with my brush, but she was so sweet and accommodating although I don’t think I have the gentle touch she’s used to because she jumped a few times. Oops.
|She’s laughing now…..|
To start, we used our foundation brushes to give a soft, natural look that evened out the skin tone but didn’t look overtly made up. Gucci did a clever thing with the blusher by brushing it just under the cheek bone and with a very light touch… I got a bit heavy handed and my poor model looked a little flushed!
|Foundation, blush and one coat of purple over a base of grey on the eyes|
So, on the eyes, using a base of pale grey, we brushed the entire lower lid with it, and topped over with a slightly irridescent purple shade. We then added to that a dark shimmering grey shade (mine fell all over her cheeks) at the outer corners and then blended in. Gucci did a little walk about to check everyone’s work and when she got to mine she said, ‘I love how everyone is interpreting the look differently’ which I took to be make up artist speak for ‘that looks nothing like it should’!
|I can only apologise for the brows….|
We then added kohl on the inner rims (I got my nice model to do her own because I seriously didn’t feel competent to be fiddling about actually inside someone else’s eye) and when it came to add the mascara I just wasn’t gentle enough on her and she did jump about a bit so I left it at one coat because it didn’t seem fair to keep on putting her through it. Then, I had a go at her eyebrows – as you can see above, it wasn’t an unqualified success – she has really pretty, natural brows that aren’t plucked but were quite fair – so I added wayyyy to much brown brow powder to her and made her look like like one of the characters from Guess Who.
|The finished look.|
Finally, we added Just Bitten Lipstain, which handily comes as a dual ended pen with a balm at one end and a pen tip with colour at the other. Gucci suggested that we use the balm first to soften the look before adding the stain. The colour here used is Flame – a pinky red. These launch in June for £7.99.
All in all, it was a really good experience though – if only to prove that my make up artist aspirations should really truly stay as just that – aspirations!