Last night was the Fellowship hairstyling competition semi-finals for the FAME team 2016. I was the makeup artist for hairstylist Vic Stevens, and had to create two looks on her two models. The competition and judging lasted all day, from 9:30am till 7pm, and then there was a show after that where the contestants presented their looks, and the 8 finalists were announced. Unfortunately, Vic didn't make it through to the next round, but she did an amazing job! The task on the first model (on the left in image below) was to recreate an image that the hairstylist had sent in to apply for the first stage of the competition, and this is the makeup look I'll explain in this post. The second model (on the right) had to have an up do hairstyle of the stylist's choice.
The first look had to recreate an image that the hairstylist had already provided, which meant I had to create the makeup as identical as I could based on the picture. The model was wearing a feathered neck piece which had blue and green tones, so this was to be reflected in the eye makeup. The focus of the makeup was the eyes, which revealed a vibrant blue winged eyeshadow look.
Whilst the attention was on the eyes, the rest of the look was kept fairly minimal and the lips were a pink nude colour. I contoured her cheekbones slightly but kept the cheeks free from blush to put all the emphasis on the eyes. I used a variety of eyeshadows and products to create this strong eye look, to try mimic the look in the reference image.
Above are the eye products I used to create the look. First, I applied a layer of the Kiko Infinity High Pigmented Eyeshadow in '275' (£2.80) all over the lid with an Illamasqua eyeshadow brush, and began tracing out the basic winged shape with this base colour. This eyeshadow really does live up to its name and so much pigment comes out in one brushstroke. Next, I started layering Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hour eyeshadow in 'Tenacious Teal' (£4.99) on top to create the vivid turquoise colour. I also took this colour along the bottom lash line to bring the whole look together.
In the outer corners and along the lash line I applied the other Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 'Everlasting Navy' with a MAC 219 pencil brush, and alternated these two Maybelline gel-cream eyeshadow colours until I had the right intensity. I also used MAC Eye Kohl in 'Blooz' (£14.00) to create some definition around the top and bottom lash lines. For some depth, I added the Bourjois Intense Eyeshadow in 'Noir Fusain 10' (£6.99) to the outer and inner corners of the eyelids. To blend all the eyeshadow together I used a MAC 224 brush, and I used countless amounts of cotton buds to clean up the eyeshadow and create a crisp edge and winged shape. Finally, some mascara and false eyelashes completed the look and made the eyes really stand out.
This was a very cool experience and it was exciting to be a part of it. Throughout the day it got slightly manic at times and there were models, hairstylists, makeup artists and judges everywhere, and it felt like we were all tripping over each other to try get all the looks done. It was also quite a tense environment as the judging was commencing pretty much all day, and especially in each hour the hairstylists had to complete their hair looks. Trying to do the makeup in between all of it was tough but I liked the pressure and it was really fun!