I have been fortunate to work on Chloe’s beautiful face a number of times and one of the many things I love about her is her versatility. While her personal favoured look is effortless, vintage glamour her fabulous bone structure really can take anything you throw at it. One of the things I am hoping for on her very exciting X Factor journey is that the artists on the show take a few risks with her look as she will be able to pull it off.
Like this more avant garde look I did on her for a dear friend of both mine and Chloe’s, legendary photographer (and #INSPO’s bff) Bruce Smith. The gowns were by a super talented lady called Chantal Malett who created these dream like, fairy tale gowns, and I wanted to the makeup to compliment them.
I started with a full coverage foundation by Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream. Chloe’s skin is usually flawless but on this occasion she had been very, very poorly and her skin needed some extra cover. I applied the Dermablend with a patting motion using a sponge then sheered everything out with some MaqPro Makeup Mixer to make sure it still looked like skin. I then powdered the entire face using a puff with Shu Uemura Colourless Sheer Face Powder.
Eye makeup was super simple with just a wash of Mac matte shadow in Yoghurt. No mascara just curled lashes. I then took Illamasqua matte blush in Tremble and started with a smallish fluffy brush while I ran it across the brow and down onto the temple. I switched to a larger brush, my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, to sweep the blush right across her cheekbone and softly blended towards the hairline. This gives such a lift to the face. Its a very youthful way to apply blush even when it’s not as bright as this one. Blush in itself is an age defying beauty item. Often when I am running out the door with no time to spare, the one thing I put on is blush to wake up my complexion. It can hide late nights, illness and just general fatigue by giving you a subtle glow.
Chloe’s lips are made up of my all time favourite lip stain. Benefit’s cult classic – Benetint. I am yet to find a stain that I love more, nor one that lasts as long as this. I love adding a touch of Vaseline over the top to give it a really plump look but for this shoot, with its slight nods to the Renaissance I left if matte.
As this was a fun, couture shoot that was capturing Chloe’s personality, I also took the blush into the parting of her hair for a colourful play on hair chalks.
All in all, this is a great winter look if you soften the blush. It makes you look like you have just stepped in out of the cold from a brisk walk or a day on the slopes. The catwalks might be neglecting blush, but it will always be one of my favourite makeup items. Have a play with different textures and tones to find your perfect shade!
Photo by Bruce Smith