Friday, 17 September 2010

Q&A: Describe your signature makeup style in 3 words

As I'm now taking a break from studying I decided to stock up on this month's glossy magazines, rent some DVDs and have a nice, relaxing weekend.

Vanessa Paradis - Doesn't she look fabulous?
Red was the first to catch my eye, I don't normally buy it as I am slightly younger than its target audience, but I couldn't resist the picture of Vanessa Paradis on the front cover. She looks stunning and her makeup (obviously the important bit!) looked flawless. Vanessa was picked as the most stylish woman over 30 and I think I'd agree, although I was surprised not to see Cate Blanchett in the top 10.

The idea was that all great stylish women have a signature style that should be able to be summed up in 3 words. Although I love fashion, beauty is my real passion so I thought I would use the idea for makeup.

My 3 words would be sophisticated, elegant and appropriate. It took a surprisingly long time to pick them but I think they represent how I like my makeup to look, whether I succeed in this is another question entirely!

I feel very strongly that makeup should not be used as a mask, it should enable you to present the best version of yourself for the world to see.

When I see pictures of celebrities at the Oscars or in magazines, I like to emulate their look, but I don't want to look exactly like them. I would never want to look in the mirror and see someone completely different staring back at me.

I had an experience like that a long time ago when I was on holiday in Cyprus. I was about 15 and really wanted a professional makeover and the hotel spa offered this. I was distraught (though not as distraught as my mother) when I saw myself at the end. I was absolutely plastered in makeup, bold eyebrows, a base at least 4 shades too dark for me and eyes that would have been more suited to Cleopatra. The lady was thrilled with her handiwork, I was appalled. Valuable lesson learnt - less is more.

There are some fantastic and really creative makeup looks around that are great for giving inspiration, but I like to tone things down a little. Which brings me on to the most important of my 3 words, appropriate. I always like my makeup to be suitable for where I am, who I am with, the occasion etc. There are some women who are happy to wear red lipstick all day everyday, unfortunately I am not one them. During the day I favour more neutral tones that are flattering, but for the evening I love to vamp it up a bit and use more vibrant colours.

Keira Knightley - Elegant & sophisticated
So, elegant and sophisticated, these come as a pair. Most of the celebrity looks I like fall into these categories. Think Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradis, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. They are not afraid to experiment but they always wear the makeup, it doesn't wear them.
What 3 words describe your makeup style or attitude to beauty best? Are there any particular brands or celebrity looks that you draw inspiration from? Do you favour more extreme avant garde makeup or a natural face?

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