Happy Hallowe’en my fellow beauty babes and beautiful boys too, if you’re out there! Welcome to this week’s BBB – that’s Binky’s Beauty Blog, my regular musings on all thing cosmetic, from the latest make-up looks to gorgeous spa treatments and great hairstyling ideas.
Aaaarrrrrgh, I’m feeling a little queasy! I’ve just spent the day surrounded by bloody limbs, severed heads and blood-spattered torsos. Don’t worry, we haven’t had a murderous girl fight at MIC (if anyone’s getting knocked off, it’ll be one of those beastly MIC guys!). No, I’ve just finished a photo shoot in the studio at Christine Blundell Make-Up Academy in London, home to some of the world’s greatest film and theatrical make-up artists. The cosmetic tricks these guys conjure up are unbelievable (we’re talking Oscar-winning, Hollywood movie-star standard make-up – everything turning Robert Downey Jnr into Sherlock Holmes, to grooming the yummy Daniel Craig as James Bond).
I have to admit, the make-up kit here at CB*MA puts my little beauty bag to shame, but my visit reminded me just how much fun you can have with a bit of slap, and how creative and crazy you can be. It was perfect timing, too, as Hallowe’en is just around the corner and I have big plans. If you’ve been watching the show, you’ll know I’ve recently had a few dates with a new man, so I’m hoping for a hot Hallowe’en.
In spite of all the blood-curdling make-up inspiration I picked up at CB*MA, my spooky party look this year will be more glamorous than gruesome. I’m guessing a wart-nosed witch or a stinky corpse costume isn’t the best way to impress a new guy. So I’m thinking along the lines of cute cat-woman or sexy sorceress.
Luckily, the gothic look has been one of autumn’s biggest trends, both fashion and beauty-wise. The stores are full of delicate black lace creations – from glam-goth gowns to saucy lace masks (not to mention beautiful lacy lingerie, which I can never resist!). Meanwhile beauty counters are dripping with deep, blood-red lipsticks and nail colours, and all manner of dark and desirable eye make-up.
Since my Hallowe’en outfit is all in black and red, I’ve come up with an evening make-up look in those shades. Obviously the classic gothic face starts with a deathly pale complexion, however you guys know how much I love a tan. So while I’ve steered clear of that “recently deceased” pale skin tone, I’ve given myself a flawless complexion courtesy of my latest hero product – the amazing Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer. This ingenious foundation and concealer duo comes as a pot of lightweight tinted base, with a block of concealer in lid. Both products contain minerals and moisturisers to nourish the skin beautifully, and together they give me wonderfully dewy, smooth complexion.
Next up, I’ve done a classic smoky eye using Dior’s 3 Couleurs Smoky Palette in Smoky Black, which features two shimmery shades and one matte shadow. I applied the darkest glistening grey shadow under the eye and across my lids, blending the lighter shades up towards my brows. A cat’s-eye flick of liquid eyeliner and lashings of mascara complete the look (I used Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara).
Finally, the blood-red lips. I’ve found it’s a good idea to take a look at what you’ll be wearing before choosing your lipstick. I had planned to wear a deep maroon lipgloss with my Hallowe’en outfit, but then I found a fabulous pair of bright red devil’s horns in Camden Market so I switched my lipstick to similar shade of bright, warm scarlet and the whole look totally came together. I used a brighter, orange-toned red, painted on with a lip brush for a longer-lasting hold.
As a finishing touch, I spotted these fabulous blood-dripping nails on the catwalk at the recent Prabal Gurung show at New York fashion week last month, so I’m going to recreate the look. Dior Vernis in Red Royalty and Nailtiques Nail Lacquer in Moscow are two of my favourite glossy reds, or you could try a luscious deeper shade such as the stunning Guerlain Nail Lacquer in Lou Ling.
Now I’ve put together my party look, I can’t wait for Halloween night. I’ve got a feeling the naughty little devil inside me might just make an appearance. After all, I’ll be looking pretty wicked, don’t you think!