Givenchy represents a world of couture beauty, where innovation meets style and there is no compromise on luxury or efficacy. Every product is signed with the codes of Givenchy’s runway shows, with emphasis upon the finest materials, high fashion presentation and haute accents.
To celebrate Givenchy Beauty’s launch at Escentual we have the perfect introduction: a Q&A session with Givenchy Pro Make-Up Artist Shadia Rahman that reveals the must-haves, the luxuries and the hidden gems in the collection…
1) You’re running late for work and you only have 5 minutes before you have to leave – which products do you use?
5 minutes is plenty of time if you choose the right products! I would suggest Mister Light. This product will disguise any traces of tiredness by eliminating dark circles in an instant! I would then use Noir Couture Volume mascara which is our dramatic volumising mascara – it will create maximum effect in minimum time. Dust over Prisme Visage, our award winning, compact powder which will even out your complexion and leave a luminous, radiant finish; pop on a Le Rouge lipstick which will keep your lips hydrated and add a bit of colour to your look… and you will still have time to spare! 5 minutes well spent!
2) What is your favourite make-up trend for A/W14?
Each year we see the return of burgundys and deep reds. This year they almost have a pink undertone to them which I am obsessed with, our Le Rouge lipstick in Framboise Velours is perfect for this trend! When wearing a statement lip, remember to perfect it with a lip liner to really seal the colour and enhance the shape. Our Waterproof Lip Liner in Blackberry is my favourite for this time of year and I sometimes wear it as an all over lipstick too! To further enhance this look, I would apply a quick flick of Liner Couture and lots of Noir Couture Volume mascara. Don’t forget your matching burgundy nails! Le Vernis is available the exact same colour as Le Rouge!
3) How do you create the perfect base?
The perfect make-up base starts with a good skincare routine. Please visit your nearest Givenchy counter for a consultation and a tailor made skincare routine to suit you. When it comes to make up, primers are your secret weapon! This will enhance your foundation and act like a magnet for your foundation to stick to. Personally I love Acti’mine colour correcting make-up base as I suffer from pigmentation so it corrects my skin perfectly. If you have any concerns with discolouration on the skin then this is your new best friend! There is also illuminating bases for those who just want to add a gorgeous glow to their foundation. Then use your perfect foundation, I love Teint Couture for a completely flawless and natural look. Press the foundation into the skin with your fingertips to give a little more coverage in areas you feel you need it. I then of course use Mister Light! I like to highlight under the eyes, the cheek bones and the brow bone. Lightly dust over Prisme Libre to set the make-up and add a Prisme Blush – I have yet to find someone that the colour Vintage Pink doesn’t suit, so try this! I always finish my make-up with a light spray of Mist Me Gently which is a refreshing and setting mist for the skin, it also leaves a radiant glow, and that’s the perfect base which will last you all day, and night!
4) What are your top 5 most-used Givenchy products?
Mister Light, Prisme Libre, Le Rouge, Noir Couture Volume and Liner Couture. All of these products are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, skintone or skill. These products can enhance your natural beauty, but can also take you from day to night. They are quick and easy to use, and I promise your will fall in love with them instantly.
5) What’s new in skincare innovation from Givenchy?
Givenchy is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to our skincare. Our global anti-aging premium skincare Le Soin Noir is one of the newest most advanced formulations ever designed to regenerate and protect the skin. Containing two rare and unique algae extracted from the depths of the ocean, the results are outstanding and the texture is simply divine! The beautiful black colour of Le Soin Noir melts away ensuring a truly magical skincare experience.
6) What is your favourite little-known Givenchy beauty fact?
Givenchy created the first ever spherical shaped mascara wand, Phenomen’Eyes, which means all lashes are perfectly made up, every single lash can be reached effortlessly and the results are spectacular! Often copied never equalled.
7) Tell us your favourite beauty trick!
Eyebrows are so important when creating a make-up look as they frame the eyes. It is not always needed to apply colour though. We have Mister Eyebrow which is a clear fixing pencil. You can use it on top of your eyebrow colour to seal and set the colour, but I like to use it alone for a natural look to lift the brows and keep the brows in place. It’s amazing the difference this product makes to the eyes.
8) How do you build a fragrance wardrobe?
A fragrance wardrobe is essential when it comes to experiencing the sheer joy of fragrance as we all have a variety of moods and occasions that particular fragrances suit. Fragrance is the ultimate accessory and the most memorable one. It goes without saying your favourite fragrance can be worn all year around but when building a fragrance wardrobe begin by thinking of the seasons. As the flowers of spring begin to blossom so does our mood and Very Irrésistible L’Eau en Rose, a delicious rose sorbet is perfect for this. An energising & timeless fragrance such as Very Irrésistible Eau de Toilette is perfect for Summer or the delicate & romantic notes of Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette. As the nights draw in to Autumn/Winter warm, woody fragrances with hints of vanilla envelop and comfort. The sensual & elegant Very Irrésistible Sensual Eau de Parfum is perfect or the intoxicating Ange ou Démon Eau de Parfum. Of course we can’t forget the special occasion fragrance and for this Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum is the must-have. Imagine how it feels to wear a Givenchy Haute Couture gown, this is the fragrance equivalent. Timelessly chic & sensual Dahlia Divin unveils the divine in every woman!
9) What are your top tips for choosing a winter fragrance?
When choosing a winter fragrance it all depends on your mood but as a rule that feeling of warmth and comfort is a must in the cold sometimes dreary winter months. Fragrances that envelop and contain woody notes, vanilla & musk such as Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum or Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum are extremely popular at this time.
10) What’s your favourite Givenchy perfume?
This is easy, Dahlia Divin! I wear it everyday (and night!). It makes me feel so elegant and glamorous when I wear it. I always get asked what fragrance I am wearing when I am out and about and I feel proud to say Givenchy Dahlia Divin, especially as its Alicia Keys’ favourite too!