Look: LORAC Private Affair

Look: LORAC Private Affair

I just finished up testing LORAC’s Private Affair palette (review coming soon), and this is a finished look I did using the palette. The burgundy shade is so disappointing, because it looks so lush and pigmented when swatched and when initially patted on, but it fades away so quickly to this dirty mauve pink. More on all that soon, I promise! 🙂

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), LORAC Private Affair Palette (first shade — champagne, fourth shade — metallic taupe; fifth shade — burgundy; sixth shade — blackened purple), Make Up For Ever #4L Aqua Eyes (plum), Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (Rouge Noir)
  • Face: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Punjab), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
  • Cheeks: Rock & Republic Lust Blush (dirty red-pink)
  • Lips: Vincent Longo Aurelia Lipgloss (plum)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply the taupe eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend the burgundy eyeshadow on outer half of the lid with the 239. Next, apply the blackened purple eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend the champagne eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #4L aqua eyes on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Lust blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Aurelia lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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NARS @ Honor S/S 2011

NARS @ Honor S/S 2011

NARS @ Honor S/S 2011

TREND: Accentuated Eyes & Nude Lips

INSPIRATION: “Elegant femininity inspired by Catherine Deneuve and Grace Kelly with an edge of rebellion like Cyndi Lauper,” said Honor designer Giovanna Randall about the look and inspiration. With the venue set up like a Parisian apartment, the idea was to communicate a merge of innocent femininity and bold sexuality.

LOOK: A round-shaped eye combined with a nude matte lip and an overall blended effect. “We wanted the look to be clean and simple so not to distract from the clothes,” said James Boehmer. To keep the face soft, features were kept streamlined by not using mascara.

  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (NEW for February 2011!)
  • NARS Zen Blush
  • NARS Bombshell Eyeshadow (to highlight cheekbones)
  • NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow
  • NARS Ashes To Ashes Eyeshadow
  • NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (NEW for Spring 2011!) dabbed on the lip

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MAC @ Ruffian S/S 2011

MAC @ Ruffian S/S 2011

MAC @ Ruffian S/S 2011

INSPIRATION: She’s an American ex-pat adapting to the French culture. It’s a neutral palette but the gold makes it glamorous.” — James Kaliardos

Eyes

  • Pearl Cream Colour Base blended over the eyelids.
  • Centre Stage Mega Metal Shadow (2011) and MAC PRO Rose Gold Metal Pigment blended through the crease of the eye and winged out towards the temples.
  • Golden Lemon pigment placed on the center of the lid and smudged onto the inner and outer cortners of the eyes.
  • I Get No Kick Eye Kohl (2011) drawn onto the lower water lines of the eye lids.
  • #33 Lashes applied to top lashes only and blended with Plushblack Plushlash Mascara.

Lips

  • Lady Blush Blushcreme blended high on the cheeks.
  • Refined Deeper Bronze Bronzing Powder applied to the temples and the cheeks as a contour.
  • Golden Lemon Pigment touched onto cheekbones as a highlight.

Face

  • MAC PRO Dim Lip Erase toning down the natural colour of the lips.
  • So Vain Kissable Lipcolour (2011) blended over Lip Erase with a lip brush.

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MAC @ Vena Cava S/S 2011

MAC @ Vena Cava S/S 2011

MAC @ Vena Cava S/S 2011

INSPIRATION: “The look is full glamour — Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface 1983.” — Christian McCulloch

Eyes

  • Contrast, Prussian, and Shadowy Lady eyeshadows — blended together and pulled out from the center of the eye along the crease and lower lash lines for a blue gray smoky eye.
  • Dalliance Mega Metal Eyeshadow (2011) to highlight the inner corners of the eyelids.
  • Dangerous Cuvee Paint Pot (2011) blended together on the center of the eyelids.
  • Haute & Naughty Lash in Black with two coats applied to both upper and lower lashes.

Lips

  • Subculture Lip Pencil to fill in the lips.
  • Morange lipstick patted over the liner for an orangey red stain.

Face

  • MAC PRO Cherche Blushcreme and MAC PRO Shadester Sculpting Powder to contour just beneath the cheek bones.

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NARS @ 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2011

NARS @ 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2011

NARS @ 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2011

TREND: Flushed cheeks and dewy skin

INSPIRATION: “The boys are part bourgeoisie, part rugged. They have swagger, but they are beautiful,” said designer Phillip Lim. Naïve, fresh and with an affluence for dressing, they carry confidence like it’s second nature. Ruling the streets and proving that class is effortless, the Spring/Summer 2011 Phillip Lim man is gorgeous, and flawless-their innate beauty is best expressed through Lim saying, “Put a bow on this gift!”

LOOK: Athletic skin – dewy with flushed cheeks. “They are like school boys – preppy and athletic but post-game they’re heading to dinner,” said lead artist Francelle Daly. The key point is the beautiful skin and the rosy glow of the cheeks.

  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (NEW for February 2011)
  • NARS Concealer
  • NARS Lokoum Cream Blush

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