Sorry about the lack of posts the last couple of weeks – it’s been super hectic at my end as I was preparing to direct the makeup for my first fashion show at Sydney Fashion Week and then I went straight into a Press junket for a UK actor at the weekend. It’s been a tad busy and put it this way – I never thought I’d be so excited to spend a day cleaning the house and doing washing!
The show was the first fashion show in Australia for China’s most esteemed couture designer, Lan Yu (her incredible gowns show up regularly on red carpets and A-list celebs around the world).
Sponsoring the show was EVOHE, the Australian 100% natural skincare company who have recently appointed me as their Creative Director. I love EVOHE products as they are one of the few brands that I find I can consistently use on my skin, and get results from with no irritation (more posts to follow when I get some more time to write about them!)
The collection was called ‘Starry Night’ and Lan Yu had designed 12 incredible gowns, each representing a different archetype of the Zodiac. The detail and finish of each gown was truly breathtaking, and the brief for the makeup was Universal goddesses. Each model was like a star in the sky, and just like the Universe is completely natural and unforced, so each girl needed to look like the most radiant natural version of herself. It was all about beautiful skin and a very modern, effortless look to contrast with the incredible complexity of the gowns.
In order to do that I gave the girls a facial before the show using EVOHE’s Silica Mask (which is amazing as it plumps the skin and doesn’t leave it irritated or red, so it’s a fantastic start to the makeup). Then I applied the EVOHE Mineral Powder foundation anywhere the girls needed it to give really beautiful, radiant looking skin.
Long-time readers know that I don’t normally like mineral powders but this one is designed to mix up with the EVOHE moisturisers into a liquid foundation. So that I can handle! I added some of the EVOHE Omega 3 6 9 oil just to the high points of the face and the rest of the makeup was beautiful groomed brows, a soft wash of brown around the eye, and the EVOHE Liquid Lips in Eve, Rosella and Celebration as a stain on the lips and cheeks.
Backstage was pretty frantic with lots of media to talk to about the look and a very hectic final few minutes before the show as the previous show had run late. One of the lovely models, Katie, had three hairdressers, a manicurist and me all over her getting her show ready on time. I suppose it wouldn’t be a show without a bit of frantic maquillage at the end! I used very little powder to keep the gorgeous natural shine on the skin and just let each girl’s beauty shine through.
I was also thrilled to be re-united on the show day with one of my all-time favourite hairdressers, Raymond Robinson who I used to shoot with in Sydney many years ago. He was directing the hair on behalf of Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair and he and the team did a gorgeous job of creating organic, unstructured ballerina buns. It was a beautiful show and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of Lan Yu’s incredible designs in future.