In February, the Tom Ford RTW Fall 2015 show ranked as one of my favorites. The landscape was LA instead of New York, London, Paris, or Milan and was stocked full of celebrities. It was days prior to the Oscars kicking off, and the show seemed to set the right vibe for what was about to come. With a runway full of rose petals…literally a thick, plush walkway filled with thousands upon thousands of roses.
Of the 500 [guests], 270 were in the entertainment industry. I’d better give them some showmanship. I thought, It never snows in Los Angeles. Let’s make it snow rose petals.
When the tone is set up front with a runway of rose petals you know it’s about to be great. Aside from the craftsman ship and details in the clothing, the makeup was on point. I don’t think there is ever a Tom Ford show that disappoints in the beauty department. The man has a great line of cosmetics so of course it’s not going to disappoint.
As the show centered on more of a bohemian style versus Ford’s regular sexy rock ‘n roll looks, the makeup was a bit more subdued and sultry than other shows. Gone were the big teased hair styles and black rimmed eyes. The beauty focused on browns and smoky earth tones to set the mood. It wasn’t without a hint of drama but took a step back from the typical black smoky eye looks.
To create this look we’re focusing mainly on the eyes and cheeks. As with any look start with your base and conceal. My favorite at the moment is BareMinerals Original Mineral Foundation (in Fairly Light) and Benefit Boi-Ing Concealer. Next, let’s sculpt and highlight your cheekbones. I recently picked up the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow’ Duo. It seems a bit dark for my every day look but for this it’s perfect. You want a bit of color and depth on your cheeks. Focusing the contour mainly on the back half of your cheeks (back towards the ears) blend the contour color into the hollows of your cheek and back.
Add a blush in the same area working up more onto the cheekbone itself. I like NARS Orgasm as it’s the perfect blend of peachy pink you need for this look. Finish off with some highlighting on your upper cheekbones and your face is done. For more details on how to contour and highlight with the basics, check out this post.
Now onto my favorite part…the eyes! Use an eye primer if you desire. For this I went without when I tried it myself. I wanted more of that lived in, creased look that skipping an eye primer will give you. If you skip the primer, dive right in with a palette of browns. If you want a set go with Laura Mercier ‘Sleek and Chic’ Set or MAC ‘Amber Times Nine’ Eyeshadow Palette, or go with some individual colors that I’ll list below. Starting off with your lid, work and blend a soft brown over the entire lid area such as Urban Decay ‘Naked’. Work the color over the entire lid, into the crease, and on the lower lash line.
Next with a plum brown color, such as Bare Minerals ‘Chic’, blend the color into the crease really working it in to create depth with the eye. When blending, work the color up and slightly above the natural crease line. It will help to create that smoky look we are trying to achieve. With your last darker shade of brown, MAC ‘Charcoal Brown’, apply to the outer corner of the eye and blend into the lower lash line as well. Finish off your eye look with a powder liner. Since I tend to go for the deeper smoky look, I would use a black powder liner like the Bare Minerals ‘Onyx’ Liner Shadow. If you went light handed, opt for a darker brown. Apply to the top lash line only.
BareMinerals Original Mineral Foundation // Benefit Boi-Ing Concealer // Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow’ Duo // NARS Orgasm // Urban Decay ‘Naked’ // Bare Minerals ‘Chic’ // MAC ‘Charcoal Brown’ // Bare Minerals ‘Onyx’ Liner Shadow // Lancôme Hypnôse Drama // Tom Ford Noir Lip Color
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