Love it! Rock it! Own it!
When I get dressed I always think: "Where am I going and what fashion mood am I in?"
The answers to these questions determine which choices I make with my clothes, shoes and accessories - ultimately giving me an outfit I can feel confident and stylish in.
"Fashion shouldn't be taken too seriously. You've got to have fun with it, to make it work"
Every edition I am going to share with you:
**What's in my Wardrobe**
**Jenna-rate’ the look**
**A Heavenly Hint**
**A Heavenly Treat**
**Your “Fashion Heaven” Moments**
I want you to think of all the items in your wardrobe and all the endless possibilities of what you can create.
Let your imagination run riot. Have fun, glam up - Love it! Rock it! Own it!
**What’s in my Wardrobe**
This month is the launch of the long awaited new Star Wars film, and everyone in my house is Star Wars mad. So much so that I was ‘forced’ to buy a Star Wars dress...
My outfit consisted of a Star Wars inspired dress by fashion house Preen, who channeled their love for Darth Vader and all things ‘imperial’ in this unusual dress. The modern looking, long black dress is emblazoned with Darth Vader’s infamous black helmet, featuring kaleidoscopic prints and laser-cut-looking techniques, celebrating the dark side.
The dress needed nothing more than a simple pair of black patent high heeled shoes.
Nails: I didn’t want dark nails - but I did want something ‘galactic’ looking. Jess from Irresistible Beauty applied a white base coat to the nails and showered them with an array of multicoloured glitters, which sparkled with flashes of light.
Hair: Created and constructed by Hilary Jones. I’ll hand you over to Hilary to tell you how she achieved this style.
Emma’s brief for this month’s issue was Star Wars and my first thought obviously was the iconic Princess Leia.
But how to do it with a modern twist?
I was looking for a softer, newer version, so I started to play. I needed two big exaggerated pieces of hair - and for this - extra large bun rings were a must. I curled Emma’s hair with medium straighteners, then split the hair into two sections, from the middle parting. I left some curls out from around the parting on top of the head and the nape of the neck. The rest of the hair was put into two ponytails at the top of the ears. The bun rings were placed over the ponytails and secured with pins. The curls were pinned onto the bun rings, covering it and creating volume on each side. The two pieces of hair above and below the bun rings were loosely draped and pinned to the rest of the curls. I completed the look with hairspray and shine spray.
I always have such fun doing Emma’s photo shoots and I can’t wait for the next one.
Thank you Hilary, the hair was a simply out of this world - in a galaxy far, far away!
Makeup: Created and applied by Jenna Kelly. I’ll hand you over to Jenna to tell you how she achieved the look.
**’Jenna-rate’ the look**
Well... December was pretty fun!
Every month I wonder how Emma is going to outdo the last... And every month she does! I don't even doubt or second-guess what she's going to come up with anymore!
So... Instead of Christmas... We did Star Wars! And this month was pretty easy for me. My direction was to create a wearable sci fi inspired glam, something to compliment rather than overpower the intricate Princess Leia style hair and crazy amazing Darth Vader dress!
For this we went back to my kit basics...
Starting with clean moisturised prepped skin, I first applied a base concealer (once again Charlotte Tilbury's mini miracle eye wand) and crafted natural brows using my favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I love to apply the eyebrows first as it gives shape and lift to the face allowing me to craft the rest of the makeup.
For the eyes, I created a soft, blended-out metallic charcoal, nothing over complicated. Using soft grey matt tones I first blended them into the crease of the eye, pulling the colour slightly higher to give the illusion of a more open and wider eye. I then packed on a metallic silver/grey shadow to the lid and blended it under the lower lash line, just smoking out the look and allowing for a softer finish.
The silver eyeshadow is from one of my favourite pallets and I don't even have the name on the compact any more! It's an Yves Saint Laurent four-colour product which includes a black shadow of the same metallic finish. It's amazing quality and the pigment is to die for. I’d highly recommend trying them! I finished the striking - or should that be ‘Strike Back’?! - eye look with lots of mascara and my go-to ardell wispies lashes. It's simple but highly effective.
For the skin I used a full coverage, cream, oil-based foundation in different tones to create a highlighted and sculpted look, with shadowing for the cheekbones and temples, with lighter tones under the eyes and jawline.
We dusted the skin with translucent finishing powder to minimise shine under the studio lights. A lot of people are afraid of powder in case it settles into fine lines or creases on the face. Yes, this can happen, but the right powder can also do the opposite. A very finely-milled, loose translucent powder - Nars do a fantastic one - can set the makeup and stop liquid or cream foundations creasing and shining throughout the day. Just be gentle and light with it. A little is better than none!
The main part of this ‘Leia look’ was the lips. And I'll admit it unnerved me a little when Emma explained what she wanted to use, as I've never used the product before. But on camera, it gave amazing results. GLITTER LIPS! Yes you heard me right.
This was an online purchase of Emma's which was quite literally lip glue and loose glitter. We chose a purple/pink pigment to contrast the rest of the look, lined the lips for shape, and went to town on the glitter. Now this was a little messy... A LOT of glitter is needed for impact. And a LOT of glitter means a LOT of ‘drop down’. But nothing a little concealer clean up can't fix and the results are so worth it!
Some extra ashy-toned bronzer for contour helped to set the structure of the cheekbones - my absolute fave for this is Laguna powder from Nars, which is a cult favourite and should be in everyone's makeup bag - and a little blush to lift the cheeks completed the look.
My tip of the month:
It's important to take into account everything else that's going on with the outfit when starting your makeup. Having the same look with every outfit can - understandably - be a woman's safe place. But it doesn't allow for full effect. Commit to your look, and think in your head if you saw someone else wearing what you were wearing, what would you imagine their makeup to look like? Try it out - change is good!
You wouldn't wear the exact same wardrobe of clothes for 20 years, so why have the same ‘wardrobe’ of makeup? Makeup is such a trend now that people can easily get sucked into wanting that full cat eye, dark lip, full contour, etc. There's a time and a place for all makeup trends.
The very reason I love makeup is how it can transform your mood and how it can make you feel. Everything must flow. If we'd have gone overboard with the sci fi feel of this shoot the makeup could have spoiled the entire look and descended into costume or fancy dress.
Think before you apply... You've spent ages finding that perfect party dress... How does it make you feel? How do you want to feel? Now create the face to match your attitude... And have a glass of bubbles for me too!
Thank you Jenna for creating another stunning masterpiece.
I would love to see how you style your Star Wars inspired outfit/beauty look.
**A Heavenly Hint**
Christmas time is party time - and you NEED to get your hands on Guerlain’s Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder.
It’s like sprinkling diamond dust all over your body.
The shimmer powder will enhance the face, body and hair with an iridescent golden veil.
The heavenly scent envelops you with its mesmerising aroma, making you feel glamorous and fabulous.
And it comes in a gorgeous bottle which will simply look wonderful on your dressing table.
**A Heavenly Treat**
Waffles. What’s all the fuss about I thought? I’d tried the ones in the supermarket,and yes they were ok, but not something I just *had* to have.
Apparently they’re best if you make them fresh yourself. So I thought I’d give it a go, bought myself a waffle machine and set to work.
Oh my word - WOW - hot waffles, smothered in Nutella, fresh cream and strawberries. Simply to die for! My tastebuds went into overdrive and so did my mind, imagining all the different toppings I could come up with.
An amazing, indulgent treat - guaranteed to satisfy you on a cold winter’s morning, noon or night! And definitely one I shall be including in my ‘cheat meal’ repertoire.
**Your “Fashion Heaven Moments”**
Thank you to everyone who sent in a photo of their ‘Chic in the Rain’ outfits.
Here are some of my favourites.
Well done - you all look Classy & Fabulous.
Ruth Legg: Loving the green pashmina Ruth.
Anna-Sophia Tutton: Such a pretty coat, with great detailing on it.
Calley Lewis-Meredith: Coat, scarf and umbrella - you are determined to stay warm and dry!
Yue-Ying Ho: Wow! The hood on this coat is amazing!
Tara Hammett: Looking glam, already to step outside in the rain.