The gorgeous Olivia who modeled for this White Magazine shoot, had a wonderful deep olive complexion. If you have a similar skin tone or are just curious on how I achieved her look see below! I changed the look slighlty for different dresses, some are with more nude lips others with a deep burgundy lip colour. The warm cheek colour and deep lips blend perfectly with her complexion whereas the same colours on a paler skin would look really dramatic and would probably not be suitable for a bridal look. Do you have extremely dark circles under the eyes? Try colour correcting them first before you apply your concealer. Laura Mercier has an colour corrector for the under-eye area in orange which works on almost all darker complexions. The products below are just suggestions from what I have used on the shoot, feel free to find similar colours or products within your favorite range. It was a warm sunny day, so I prepped Olivia's skin with Nars SPF 30 primer to make her foundation last and protect her skin from the UV rays, which are CRAZY in Australia, but wherever you are: Always (!) remember to use sun protection for your skin!
Complexion: I used Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation in (N128/N156 mixed to match), lightly, buffing it into the skin in thin layers. As a highlight on the cheekbones & on the bridge of the nose, I used BECCA shimmering skin perfector with a Real techniques brush, buffed into the skin For concealer under the eyes I used By Terry Touche Veloutee in Nr.3 Beige and wherever needed, I used Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC5 on as concealer for blemishes or pigmentation. Then added a touch of Laura Mercier Powder Universal to finish.
Cheeks: To enhance Olivia's gorgeous bone structure and give her a little colour I use a deep warm blusher in Seduction by NARS and a contour with Make Up Forever's Contour Powder.
Eyes: I started by applying Laura Merciers Cream Eyecolour in Rosegold all over the lid, up into the socket line. I then buffed and blended Chantecailles Eye Shade in Rose Gold to soften the edges and define the shape. To add extra sultry definition, I applied Bare Minerals Eye Pencil in 9pm ( a deep brown shade) to the waterline and outer corner, smudging and blending all along the lower lash line. To finish I used a hint of L'oreals Volumize Mascara in Black on Olivias’s long lashes to define without clumping.
Brows: On to those luscious brows, just a small amount of Laura Mercier Brow Powder was needed to shape a little. I then glossed them up with the Ardell Brow Gel for a healthy shine.
Lips: I moisturized her lips with Rosebud Salve too get rid of any dehydrating lines & dryness. I paired this look with a natural lip, patting a touch of Kevin Aucoins Creamy Glow in Tresbelle all over her lips. For the more dramatic look which still looks very natural against Olivia's deeper skin tone I used MAC Burgundy lip liner following her natural lip line before filling in with the same pencil and dabbing on Kenvyn Aucoin's Creamy Glow in Mystere.
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