Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge worked with the Benefit team to create a healthy, glamorous look that complemented the ’70s Jet-Set inspired collection.
Lisa began by moisturising clean skin with face and eye creams, leaving both to settle for two minutes before applying makeup. She used a brush to sweep Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Foundation, €35, lightly over the face, beginning at the centre and working outwards. She then went over the face with a blush brush, buffing the foundation into the skin to create a “no make-up” look.
She brightened dark spots with Fake Up Concealer, €26.50, focusing on the undereye area in particular. Again, she buffed the product in well, this time using a powder eye-shadow brush until the skin looked dewy and flawless. Watt’s Up Highlighter, €35, was applied across the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose with a foundation brush to light up the face.
On the eyes, she buffed Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents, €22.50, an iridescent-copper, onto the eyelids. This product was worked right into the socket and under the lower lash-line with a tapered eye-shadow brush. She contoured the lids with Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure, €22.50, a shimmery medium-brown. She then dabbed High Brow Glow, €21.50, into the inner corners. She curled the lashes and applied Bad Gal Mascara in Plum, €23, to the top lashes only.
To finish the eyes, she backcombed the inner brows with Speed Brow Gel, €19, for a thick, Seventies look. She then smoothed the rest of the brow.
Getting creative, she took a blusher brush and mixed the My Two Cents cream with. She buffed the blend into the skin in a figure-3 pattern. She went over this warm colour with Hoola Bronzer, €34, to create a gorgeous glow.
On the lips, Lisa patted Hoola Ultra Plush Lipgloss, €21, only on the centre of the lips, for a plump, hydrated look.
“The inspiration was very much a modern-day Grease girl at the ultimate slumber party. The look was very pure, innocent, young and fresh faced — sporty luxe,” said Lynsey Alexander, Revlon makeup artist at Sophia Webster’s “insect slumber party” themed show. “It was more about texture than colour on the face.”
Lynsey began by dabbing PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector, €14.99, on the cheeks, nose, and forehead, and blending outwards. She blended PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef, €11.20, into the apples of the cheeks and either highlighted the model’s freckles or created new ones using the Eyeliner Pencils in Brown and Black, €6.60. A highlighter, PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light, €17.99, was stroked onto the apples of the cheeks, the cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow of the lips and down the mid-section of the nose.
On the eyes, the light and dark-brown shades from the ColorStay 16-Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Brazen, €11.20, were used to colour and contour the lid, respectively. The PhotoReady Kajal Liner and Brightener, €7.20, was applied above the upper lash-line. The white shadow from the ColorStay 16-Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Adventurous, €11.20, highlighted the inner corners and was taken above the lower-lash line with a shadow brush to make models look wide awake.
An optional touch of ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Peony, €11.20, completed the look.
Revlon UK Nail Ambassador, Jenny Longworth, used a mixture of pastels and iridescents to pick up on the collection’s theme. The model above wears Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel in Green, €9, available next month.
To complement Henry Holland’s sartorial salute to Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet, senior MAC makeup artist Lucia Pica said she and fellow senior artist Lesley Keane were “inspired by Mexico City, a 50s vibe with a Drew Barrymore element. Hot, tropical, glaring skin and a raspberry lip were our focus.”
She began by smoothing Face & Body Foundation, €36, onto the skin with her fingertips to create an even, natural finish. To hide blemishes and shadows, she dabbed on Studio Finish Concealer, €19.
For sultry senorita eyes, Penultimate Eyeliner in Rapid Black,€21, was drawn across the upper lash-line and extended straight out towards the hairline, keeping the it lower than the Amy Winehouse-style “cat flick.” This gave the girls a slightly sleepy look.
The upper lashes were curled well in preparation for a coat of Extreme Dimension Mascara in Black, €23.50, applied only to lift and define. Cream Colour Base in Luna, €25.50, was washed over eyelids with a blending brush to finish.
For luscious pink lips, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, €25.50, was patted over well-moisturised lips to prepare them for the matte colour.
Lip Pencil in Beet, €16, was blended over the entire lip to define and accentuate the natural shape before she blurred the edges slightly with an eye-shadow brush. MAC Pro Lipmix, €17, in Magenta and Crimson were mixed together and patted over beet pencil for complete coverage.
Mac Lipstick in Russian Red, €19, was layered on top for a vivid, cool red dimension to lips. Finally, Pigment powder in Magenta Madness, €22.50, was dusted over lips for a velvety finish.
The models gorgeous waves were created using the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves Tong, €35 at boots.