It’s official: Purple has been dubbed the official shade of romance! I recently teamed up with two of my favourite beauty brands Dior and Estee Lauder to present their take on romantic looks for the month of love, as inspired by some of my favourite on-screen beauty personas.
The Sophisticated Debutante- Estee Lauder
If you are a huge fan of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf character, then the Sophisticated Debutante look is for you. Like Blair, it’s all about understated but polished play on the eyes, a defined light brow and lips with the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks, and the new love of my life: The Little Black Primer.
Using the Eye Illuminator as an eye base, a highlighting shade from the Estee Lauder Currant Desire Eyeshadow Palette was applied all over the eye socket. Next, the Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeliner in Night Violet was lined along the top lash line and half of the bottom lash line, before being blended out in the outer crease. The inner lower waterline was then lined with a pearly gold shade to accentuate and brighten up the eyes.
Next, Estee Lauder Double Wear Gel Eyeliner was drawn along the top waterline of the eyes to give a widened effect. Tip: to get a thorough coverage of dark eye circles like mine, brush diagonal lines along the area of the area, then blend it in with a small brush.
Lashes were first prepped using the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, which not only helped to lengthen but also created a base that boosted the vividness of the jet-black colour of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Extreme All Effects Mascara, which was applied on top and bottom lashes. Tip: To reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, it is advisable to apply an eye serum like the Estee Lauder Advance Repair Eye Serum.
Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Foundation was mixed with the Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Primer for a smoother application, giving the complexion a radiant finish. Using a flat foundation brush, the foundation was blended evenly onto all areas of the face. Here's a tip: To effectively conceal more obvious blemishes, using a small brush draw the letter ‘X’ over the spot and a circle around it before buffing it in with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer.
To achieve healthy flushed cheeks, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Blusher in Sensuous Rose was dusted from the apple of the cheeks to the cheekbone area in a light, circular motion.
A pop of colour was added by layering the base lip colour with Estee Lauder Envy Shine in Surreal Sin before applying the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Discreet on the middle of the top and bottom lips.
The Fairy Queen- Dior Backstage
Like the ethereal fairy Queen Titania from a Midsummer’s Dream, DIOR’s look is one that is part whimsical and part dreamy, but altogether so wearable for everyday. Using the latest Spring/Summer collection aptly named the Kingdom of Colors, the look is all about a natural, barely-there look with a play of sensual colours with a healthy flush.
After priming the face with the Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin, dark circles and blemishes were then concealed with the airy Dior Air Flash Foundation, a spray foundation that gives a flawless, air-brushed natural finish. The foundation was sprayed directly onto the sides of the face (avoiding eyes), then blended with a medium sized brush in downward strokes.
Using the Dior Brow Styler Pencil in shade Chestnut, brows were defined using short small strokes, and drawn a little thicker than the actual brows for a fuller brow look. A shimmery highlighter shade was then applied on the brow arch to accentuate the shape.
Using the House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette, the lightest shade in Ivory was used as a base shade and applied all over the lid up until the brow arch. Next, a small angled brush was used to blend the rich plum shade around the inner and outer eye socket area, and the pearlescent bronze shade added as a softening colour to create a gradient effect. At the middle of eye, the light pink shade was tapped and blended for a pop of colour.
To create the illusion of wider eyes, the inner eye rim was lined with a Diorshow Khol Pen Eyeliner in 039 Pearly Silver, and the Dior Precision Eyeliner in Brun Brown added along the top lash line and finished with a sharp winged flick.
Eyelashes were first curled using a metal eyelash curler, before applying the Diorshow Maximizer Plumping Serum to prime the top and bottom lashes to add extra volume to the lashes, fanning them to create a wide-eyed dolly look. Next, an additional layer of Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara was used to further enhance the lash length.
5) Cheeks & Lips
Using this multi-tasking Dior Cheek and Lip Glow (in a universally flattering rosy pink hue), a few drops were dotted onto the apples of the cheek. Using a dab-and-brush motion, the colour was blended upwards to the hairline for a natural looking flush. To finish off the look, the tint was also applied with a lip brush onto the lips to create glossy, kissable lips.
With two great looks from Dior and Estee Lauder, I think its time to ditch those boring nude and brown palettes and start getting more adventurous with this seasons’ most coveted colours! Special thanks to the lovely team at Estee Lauder and Dior for their kind help in this beauty tutorial.
Which look do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!