Last week, Cigdem and I had the pleasure of attending the Look Fantastic and Daniel Sandler event, at Four London, in Mayfair, where we were greeted with Champagne and macaroons, and treated to a masterclass by the celebrity make up artist himself. Daniel focused on two make up classics, the perfect smokey eye and the timeless red pout. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to recreate the looks :
The Perfect Smokey Eye
Taking your make up from day to night has never been so easy, thanks to Daniel and his modern take on the classic smokey eye, which replaces powder eyeshadows with colourful eyeliner pencils, for an easy, fun and sexy look. Here is how to do it :
Step 1 Line your upper and lower lash line, making sure to get the colour in between the roots of your lashes. To do this, Daniel used his waterproof eyeliner pencil in the colour Blue Velvet, but you could also go for purple, green, or even grey.
Step 2 With an angled brush, soften the line you just created. For a sexy cat eye effect, flick out the colour slightly and blend until you are satisfied with the result. It should be like a soft cloud of colour around your eyes. If it's not... Keep blending!
Step 3 Take a darker colour pencil and repeat step one and two. Make sure the line is slightly thiner, so it creates an ombré effect.
Step 4 Line your lashes using the same dark eyeliner, without blending it this time, before finishing off with several coats of your favourite black mascara. If you want to make your eyes stand out even more and make your eyelashes look even thicker, you can also use one of Daniel's favourite tricks : tightlining (that is lining your waterline, for you and me!)
The Timeless Red Pout
Back in the days when red was the only lipstick colour available, there was no questioning whether or not a woman could wear the statement lip. They just did. Daniel believes that any woman can rock the bold, glamourous hue and that it is all down to how you apply your lipstick. Here are Daniel's tips on how to make red lips work for you.
Technique n°1 Gently pat the lipstick onto your lips, using your middle finger for a natural, stained effect. Your finger will naturally find the curve of your lips, which makes this technique the easiest way to apply red lipstick on the go. It is also great for younger girls and those just starting out with the classic shade.
Technique n°2 Using a lip brush, start applying the colour to your top lip. Chances are, like most women, your bottom lip is naturally fuller than your top one. Concentrating the colour to your top lip will balance them out nicely and give the illusion of a more proportionate pout. Paint your entire lips, blot and repeat. Not only does this allow you to control the intensity of the colour, it will also lock it in and make it last longer.
Another tip Daniel likes to use on his clients is to use concealer outside the lip line, before even applying the lipstick. This gives the illusion of a sharper, cleaner pout and will also prevent the colour from bleeding. Just make sure to remove any trace of concealer from your lips, as it will prevent the lipstick from sticking and denature the colour.
Talking about lippie, I am going to Zoe's ZOMG lipstick launch party tomorrow, more commonly known as the #ZOMGbloggersbash. Will I see any of you there?
- Elodie x