Yesterday I watched a brilliant Halloween make up masterclass with one of my favourite beauty brands, Stila, at Sefridges Birmingham. Stila’s lead UK make up artist Sascha Jackson was creating a gothic look using my friend and fellow blogger Ting Newall as her model. The look she created was perfect for Halloween parties and beyond, using smoky eyes and glitter and shine that will also be perfect for the upcoming party season that Christmas will soon bring.
I have attended sessions with Sascha before, and have been lucky enough to have had my own makeover with the Stila products, and I love the fact that Sascha gives you so many hints and tips, from the best way to apply products, to the best colours to use for different skin tones. She always preps the skin using the One Step Correct primer that adds balance and an even skintone, making your skin a perfect canvas to your make up.
Sascha applies foundation with a brush, in order to get a more natural coverage. The stay all day foundation is great for a natural look that actually lasts the day.
The theme of this makeover was all about gothic beauty, but you needed to leave any ideas about overblown, over done make up at the door. The look is all about the eyes, but skin in general, and brows and cheeks were kept as natural looking as possible. Eyebrows were accentuated, with Sascha giving the tip that if you add eyebrow colour from the centre, and leave some small gaps, the affect is of natural beauty. Another wonder product is the Poreless Putty Perfector which is the perfect product to help hide pores and give natural coverage, almost giving your skin an airbrushed feel.
The look is all about the eyes, and the colour was built up using two shades from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette that have mauve/purple tones that are perfect for a gothic look. Liquid eyeliner was also used, going right into the waterline of the eye to exaggerate the smokey-ness of the look. The eye was then given a hint of sparkle with the fabulous glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow, a must have for party season.
The gothic look is light on the blusher to avoid making the look too pretty, this is, after all a look that could work for Halloween, so apple cheeks are not a good look. The lips however, are a different story. Stila is renowned for fabulous lipliners and lipsticks that stay all day, with the Stay All Day lipstick being an award winner. Sascha built up an ombre style lipstick on Ting, using two shades, nude and purple. I love that the lipsticks have a matte look to them, and come in a great range of shades.
Ting’s finished look was gothically glamorous and beautiful, one that would certainly work well for Christmas party season. I loved the colours used and the techniques that Sascha employs to create a flawless face.
With thanks to Stila, Selfridges and Ting for the invitation.