|Vanessa Paradis - Doesn't she look fabulous?|
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|
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?