Ashes to Ashes

I was  really disappointed that Ashes to ashes ended on Friday I love it, eighties clothes, make up a fab sound track and of course the well known phrase that was cleverly turned round by the Tories ‘Lets fire up the quattro’ I think they must have paid a lot for that car as it featured in nearly every episode I was devastated to see it destroyed! My only criticism is I didn’t quite get it….  the ending it was bizarre!

I loved Alex played by Keeley Hawes so in honour of this great character I have created a modern 80’s look…

How to get the look.

My model had great skin so I opted to use a sheer foundation Mac Face and body did the job perfectly any problem areas such as the under eye, around the nose and chin I used Bobbi Browns creamy concealer, making sure it was well blended.

I added a bit of the concealer to the eye lid then blended then set with a Mac Translucent powder my reason for this is I know I will be working with powdered eyeshadow and it needs a good base to work well on.

The Eyes- First of all I lined the waterline of the eye top and bottom with a Black Kohl pencil buy Bourjois make sure you get right into the tear duct to make the eye liner look finished. To create the super blended eye lid you will need a good blending brush a Mac 224 is perfect and several different coloured eye shadows I used from Mac Arena, Gold mine and Tempting and Mahogany from Bobbi Brown. Experiment with creating this look try to keep the darker colours  in the socket line for a more dramatic look.

I finished the eye by curling the lashes and adding a coat of Max Factor lash extension effect mascara,  inserting individual eyelashes and finishing with another coat of mascara to blend and finish.

Cheeks are quite minimal just a bit of Mac powder blush in Prism under the cheek bone for definition.

The lip is strong so a good lip brush is essential to get a good straight line I always use a Shu Uemura lip brush as its easy to use and gives a lovely shape to the lips. The lip colour I have used is Morange by Mac.

To finish I added a bit of Mac mineralize powder to the under eye as I find this to be a great finishing powder. To set the rest of the make up I swept a translucent powder all over the face.

The Look

The look I created yesterday was dark and sexy taking references from the supermodels in the nineties. In fact this was the time I started to notice fashion so it was reminiscent of my teens pouring over Vogue magazines in my bedroom.

Pau had simply gorgeous skin with a lovely little smattering of freckles that I wanted to highlight and not cover, I used Mac’s Face and body foundation in c3 as it has a really sheer coverage.  If the skins good don’t put too much on it! I used Laura Mercier camouflage concealer on the under eye and to highlight I set the base with Mac’s Prep and prime making sure this was blended in with a large soft brush.

This look is all about the eye and brow. I started with the brow exaggerating it and defining it with Illamasqua’s brow cake in glaze which gave a nice dark finish. I then started on the eye I used a Bourjois Kohl pencil on the water line top and bottom I then used an angled brush to really get the kohl into the lash line and just below. I then applied Mac cream colour base in Antique gold to the lid and into the socket line I then used Nars cream eyeshadow in gold rush to the front of the eye and tear duct I bumped up the colour with a Mac gold eye shadow in the centre of the eye. Using another cream colour base in dark brown I filled in the socket line and beneath the eye I then used Mac black track on the outer part of the lid and followed with black powder to create a sexy cat eyed look.

Cheeks I used a Make up forever brown cream to contour under the cheek bone on the cheeks I used a Mac mineralize blush in peach and then highlighted with luna cream colour base.

I then curled Pau’s eyelashes and added two coats of stilla Mascara I left the eyelashes quite clumpy to make it look dirty sexy.

After highlighting the lip on the cupids bow with a beige pencil I then added lots of a lip gloss in a light brown colour super sexy.

Marc set the hair in pin curls and back combed to create Pau’s super luxe hair