flawless skin


Loving the trends we are seeing at all the shows. There really were key trends that stood out at Milan AW14 Fashion Week, shows really focused a lot on lashes, liner and the no make up make up glowing barely there skin.

In the above image its either fake lashes that have been applied with a beautifully contoured eye or lashings of mascara that Pat Macgrath created for the Prada with a beautiful flawless face and either a nude lip or a beautiful red lip.

The barely there skin really is a big trend across all the shows where foundation is more like a veil on the skin blurring out imperfections but allowing the skin to look really natural and then applying a wash of colour on the eyelids.

Milan AW14 Fashion Week
Milan AW14 Fashion Week

Liner, Liner and more liner. The last image was from the Anthony Vacarello show and Tom Pecheux cretade this cool liner look with strings tht had the make up applied on and then pressed the sting onto the eyes to create this graphic look. Love it.

Beauty Trends at Milan AW14 Fashion Week
Beauty Trends at Milan AW14 Fashion Week

Am loving the Mac Features video’s for each fashion week. This video shows us looks that were created and the trend red and berry lips and products used to create and the eye trends.

Thats all from the Milan AW14 Fashion Week. Watch this space for the Paris Fashion Week AW14 trend report.

Shahnaz x

Mac Cosmetics AW13 Trend Report

Last week I was able to attend the Mac Techniques AW13 event where Michelle-Lee the Mac Senior make up artist went over 4 key Mac trends for AW13. Michelle took a look from each trend and explained how the look was created and what products were used and what Mac products were very popular back stage. Some of the looks are not every day looks but using the products you can take the technique and the product and take what you see and make it into every day and if you are a make up artist shooting beauty then you can go wild and be extreme.

So here are the key looks from the event, what each look represents and the key products used that are a must have:

Au-Currant: This trend is al about a new play on linear lines and  its undone but well done. The Red lip is a big trend with a new take on crimson, whether it be a blurry bordeaux, a glossy cranberry or a contemporary red.

Key Essentials: Lipmix in Crimson for the matte intensily pigmented mouth, Lip Pencil in Night Moth with the focus on the inner edges of the mouth and the Cream Sheen in Hang Up for the just bitten lips.


The look that Michelle showed us was the blurred lip which isn’t necesarrily an every day look but great for make up artists to try but the products used are amazing at creating a dark berry lip. Firstly lips had a prep and prime to lock in the edges of the lip and avoid bleeding. Hang Up was used to create the stain on the entire lip and then Viva Glam 1 was used on the centre of the mouth and a 217 blending brush was used to blur the edges. The Lip Pencil in Night Moth was used in the centre of the lips and cupids bow to create intensity. To mattify the lip you can blot the lips with translucent powder.

Here are a couple more looks following this trend:

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Reb-Elle: This trend is where black meets charcoal meets emerald meets burgundy meets midnight blue or a carbon shot with a petrol like pigment. It has a feeling of rebellion and make up is definitely pushing boundaries.

The Essentials: Smoulder Eye Kohl to let it bleed, Mixing Medium Shine as its reflects transparent pink and transparent teal glitter, Blacktrack Fluidline for precise and decisive black lines, Nocturnelle Nail Polish to create polish punk nails and Typographic Eye Shadow to accentuate.


So in this look Michelle showed us how to create the eye using Feline Black Pencil which was traced along the lash line, into the crease all the way to the inner corner of the eye and under the lash line and then using a Mac 217 brush she blended the pencil to create the smokey undone eye. To set the eyeliner then blend carbon eyeshadow and blend it in. On the lid Michelle applied a white eyeshadow but if you don’t want such a contrasting eye then take the Black Diamond pressed pigment and apply to the lid. Really layer the lashes at the root with mascara.

Here are more looks following the trend:

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Spritual Eyes: This trend the skin is pale and flawless and mattified and the eyes are in cold shades like steel, cement, asphalt and slate. The trend has been described and sombre and soulful, where the eyes are emotionally shaded and not sensually smoked.

The Essentials: Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Smokey Pink and then sheer it down, Paint Pot in Groundwork swooped on upper and lower lids with a small 188 duo fibre face brush for a real shadow, Lip Mix in Medium Nude for a photographic stain around the eye, Eye Pencil in Prunella for a naturally bruised shadow and Pro Long Wear Paint Pot in Camel Coat and Tailor Grey mixed for bespoke grey shades.


Michelle demonstrated a similar look as the above picture but just used greys with the paint pot in Tailored Grey a blended into the eye lid and all the way up to the brow then under the eye and pulled down using a Mac 217 brush. For the skin it need sto be mattified using translucent powder and under the eyes, in between the brows, down the nose and the chin then blend in the Prep and Prime highlighter to crate the ligher skin.For the highlighting  Michelle used my favourite Silver Dusk Irridescent Loose Powder to highlight the skin to create a beautiful sheen.

Here are some more looks following this trend:

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Perspect-Tive: This trend is all about high shine gloss on the skin, the cellophane eye, where make up is elemental in every way, from matte to high shine, its a new way of revisiting the monochrome effect, there is a big focus on how the skin picks up the light and where make up is seen through a veil of skincare for a blank canvas.

The Essentials: Pro Mixing medium to create shine and a subtle emollient glow, Strobe Cream to create the classic irredescent sheen, Lip Conditioner for a low level shine, Cream Colour base in Luna, Shell and Pearl to add seamless highlights, Gloss texture for a glassy sheen and brow set in clear and brushed up and groomed.


Michelle talked about creating Vitamin skin with high shine formula’s. The Mineralise Moisture Foundation was a big winner to create the balmy texture and give a richness to the skin (I love this foundation). She used the amazing Care Blend Essential Oils to show us how to create the shine as seen in the above picture. Aplply the oil in a big C shape into the temple, top of the cheek bone and above the arch of the brow and then mattifying the skin in the T-Zone using the Prep and Prime Translucent Finishing Powder. Clear Gloss was used on the eyelid and on the eyebrow and a no 33 lash to add definition. Obviously this high shine look is not an every day look but take key elements from it so take a little bit of the oil and use above the cheek bone or a little bit of the clear gloss. Instead of gloss on the cheek bone give a wash of shimmer and use one of their Pressed Pigments  like Light Touch. Make sure you prep your skin before pplying your make up as its all about skincare shining through.

Here are some more looks following this trend:

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I love the Mac trend reports as they break it down for the every day person and teach how to carry out the trends and how to use their products for me this is a big plus. I love all the essential make up they use for each trend and of course have the majority of the make up but will be definitely getting my hands on more of the Pro Long Wear Paint Pots.

Hope you enjoyed my post and get busy experimenting. x

So I already posted about the Christian Dior backstage beauty last week. But here are some of the looks from the shows which I really love from fresh faced to graphic lines and sleek hair to quiffs. The key make up trend is flawless skin and where skincare plys a huge role in achievHere are the trend looks:

1) Fresh Face – skin is absolutely flawless and the hair is simple with a braid to add some detail.

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2) Skin here is flawless, highlighted, contoured with a taupe colour on the eyes.

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3) The skin is dewy with hints of peach on the eye and cheeks with a beautiful highlight in the inner corner of the eyes.

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4) The skin is fresh and flawless with a hint of highlighting paired with an elegant up do. This whole look is simple and elegant.

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5) Skin is beautifull highlighted with a slight grey smokey eye and everything else is minimal and the hair has a cool quiff. This whole look has a soft grunge feel to it.

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6) Graphic eyes are still very much in and very cool. The rest of the skin is utterly flawless and the lip is left nude.

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7) Black eyeliner is the focal point for this look and sleek hair. The skin is beautiful with a slight contour.

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8) Dark berry lips are back again and big hair. The hair has been given a modern twist with a pop of neon pink added.

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9) The eyes are the key focus with black liner and a grey smokey eye and a beautiful highlight pop in the inner corners of the eye. The hair is kepy very simple in a bun and hair sleeked to the side.

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Hope you enjoyed the post. x

I recently did hair and makeup for a beauty trend shoot for a local South African retail client. One of the looks was a natural flawless face and a bold red lip and for the hair a simple top knot. Here is how I created the look.

Face: I applied Estee Lauder Day Wear Cream all over the face and then buffed in Benefit Oxygen Wow Oh So Flawless Foundation and for concealer the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer under the eyes and around the nose.  I highlighted using a cream highlighter (no longer on the maket so try one of Topshop’s cream highlighter’s) on the top of the cheek bone up to the temple, on the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow. For contouring I buffed in Benefit Hoola under the cheek bone, along the jaw line and on the temple.

Eyes/Brows: I applied Benefit cream shadow in birthday suit on the lid with a Mac 239 brush, I blended Mac Scuplt in the crease of the eye with a Mac 219 blending brush and then for extra intensity I applied Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in sable in the outer corner of the eye. I applied Inglot AMC Pure Powder pigment in no 14 on the lid and in the inner corner of the eyes. I brushed the brows upwards filled the brows using Benefit Browzing in light with a Mac 266 angle brush. I applied 2 coats of Maybelline Falsies Express Mascara.

Cheeks: I lightly dusted Mac blush in Peaches.

Lips: Applied lip balm, then traced the outline of the lips using Mac lip liner pencil in Brick and then applied with a lip brush Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo.

Hair: I spritzed the hair with Osis hairspray and then brushed the hair upwards into a high ponytail. I secured the hair and teased and then twisted the hair into a bun and pinned.

Nails: I applied Ciate Nail polish in Sand Dune.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

Creating a flawless looking complexion starts before you apply any creams or make up. You need to follow a beauty routine that will help keep your skin smooth that when it comes to applying foundation it glides over your skin. The key is exfoliating so as to ensure all the dead skin is removed.If you suffer from dry skin exfoliating is important as it will take the flakes of skin away. One of my personal favourites is Dermologica Daily Microfoliant its gentle on your skin but also great if you suffer from pigmentation.


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Depending your skin type make sure you moisturise or apply a primer to your skin. So if you are like me and have combination skin I use a moisturiser before applying my foundation. If you suffer from oily skin use an oil free primer like Laura Mercier or Smashbox to slow down the process. If you have dry skin pick a really hydrating moisturiser like dr Haushka’s Day Rose Cream.

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When choosing your foundation again it all depends on your skin type. My personal preference is a liquid foundation to really give a glowing finish and there are all different types out there so you need to spend time depending on your budget trying foundations out. Ask for a sample or take the tester and apply and go out into natuarl daylight. Make sure the colour matches your chest and blend down into your neck.

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Depending on the type of coverage you want depends on the type of brush you use or  work it in with your hands. Buffing brushes and stippling brushes are great for a lighter coverage . Then other foundation brushes will give a more medium/full coverage.

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Concealer can be done either before or after applying foundation. I normally apply it after the foundation then I can see what areas need more coverage. My favourite is Bobbi brown creamy concealer but again choose one that you feel comfortable with and that works with your skin. Take a small concealer brush and blend in concealer under the eyes, around the nose and any areas that there is redness.

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Finish the flawless look with a finishing powder. Personally I prefer the translucent powders but its all about personal preference as long as the powder you are using is the same colour as the foundation and not too heavy as it can go terribly wrong.

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Hope you enjoyed the post.