Last night we attended The Body Shop’sChristmas Launch with Karim Sattar who took us through Winter Trend 2011. While he demonstrated the look for the season; smokey eye and toned down lip and cheek, Karim imparted more than a few pearls of beauty wisdom on his ever-captive audience. We took special note to pay it forward and share them especially with you!
- When planning on wearing a smokey eye or bold lip, always do your blush first and get this to the intensity you would usually wear with a natural look. This will stop you overdoing it to compensate for heavy eyes or lips and keep you looking young and fresh with a natural flush.
- Applying a light sweep of the same colour blush to your eyelids before working with eyeshadow will create the perfect base and give your eye look the same tone (warm/cool) as your cheeks.
- For a youthful, fresh look, apply the same blush lightly to the browbone once finished your eye look. I'm not sure how well this and the previous tip would work with a hot pink or red blush but, when working with neutral shade blushes, as Karim demonstrated, it looks great!
- Winged liner is something we all love to perfect (Tutorial here!) and while it is a great look, it's not always necessary to create a dramatic cat-eye. Simply, line your upper lash line, stopping at the outer corner to give depth and thickness to your lashes and definition to your eye shape.
- When working with dry skin, apply a light facial oil and a tiny bit of foundation to any dry patches to quickly hydrate them. Allow this to dry for a few moments and then proceed with foundation as usual. Karim used The Body Shop Vitamin E Oil with the Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation on his model to demonstrate this tip. This also creates the perfect, "less is more" tinted moisturiser for daytime.
- Always fill in your brows with a lighter shade for a naturally defined look. Usually one shade lighter than your hair is enough!
- Although it may seem weird, apply a coat of mascara to your lashes and, before it dries, use your eyelash curlers to curl the wet lashes. Then apply another coat of mascara. This will have a glue-like effect on your lashes and hold the curl for longer.
- To add instant definition to eyes, use a bendable brown eyeliner in the crease. Simply draw a line through the shape of your crease and smudge it out entirely so it fades naturally into your skin. You can apply eyeshadow over this and the dimension will show through. Karim used The Body Shop Eye Definer in Rich Dark Brown.
- Don't try to cover up or conceal dark pigmentation like freckles, sun spots, redness or scarring. Packing these areas with foundation and concealer will make your skin appear grey and muddy. Alternatively, apply foundation as normal and either use a lighter shade on these areas or highlight them slightly to balance out your skin.
Will you be taking heed of any of these tips?!