I met Kylie over two years ago when we were shooting the Sunshine State of Mind editorial over on Rock My Wedding. Back then Kylie was fixing gold stars to our model’s face while we frolicked in a meadow. Now she’s back to share an autumn beauty tutorial with the colour of the moment, greige.
Kylie created these looks for the Queen Charlotte Ball. Though many of us won’t be attending a ball at Kensington Palace, this look would definitely translate to a glam yet natural saturday night look. Over to Kylie…
Started in 1780, King George III held a May ball, which was launched to raise money for a new maternity hospital, named after his wife Queen Charlotte. This became an annual charitable event and Queen Charlotte’s Ball became the most important ball of the social calendar. This year, the 235th Anniversary was held at Kensington Palace and I was honoured with the task of designing the beauty looks, sponsored by Bobbi Brown.
As a make up artist and skincare specialist, I wanted to keep the debutante’s beauty look fresh, youthful and individual to character, hence showing the gorgeous faces of Elizabeth and 2015’s Debutante of the year, Amira. I looked no further than Bobbi Brown’s Greige Collection to help me and my team achieve this.
Look One – Elizabeth
- Start by prepping the face with plenty of moisturiser and adding both a face primer and eye primer (lid and under bottom lashes) for longevity. Curl the lashes and add lip balm.
- Firmly pat an ivory eye shadow all over the lid with a dense but flat eyeshadow brush.
- Add a mid shade, I used ‘Greystone’ from the roots of the lashes to half way up the lid with the same flat eye shadow brush. Add to under eye stopping before the inner eye.
- Smudge ‘Greige’ and ‘Brown Haze’, a metallic dull brown, along the roots of the lashes and angle out towards the edge of the lid. Add ‘Greige’ to the under eye stopping before the inner eye. Blend with a touch up brush.
- Press a sparkle shade such as ‘Earth Metal’ into the inner corners of the eye with your finger, edging to the centre of the eye to really catch the evening light.
- Add a light shimmery silver such as ‘Twinkle’ with a fine liner brush to enhance the brow bone and inner corners of the eye.
- Finish the eye with a smudge of gel liner, with the same fine liner brush, blending to the outer corners of the eye and lots of mascara.
Look Two – Amira
For Amira, one of our younger Debutantes, I wanted to keep the look very ethereal and clean.
- Start by building colour with Twinkle, a light shimmery silver, all over the lid, right up to the browbone with the same flat eyeshadow brush as before.
- Layer and smudge ‘Greystone’ into the roots of the lashes with the smudge brush blending out to the edge of the eye.
- Layer and smudge ‘Brown Haze’ over ‘Greystone’ and blend and layer under the eye swapping to fine liner brush as before, continuing into the inner eye. By not highlighting as before this creates an otherworldly and editorial style look.
- Finish with a line of liner on the out corner of the eye, applying mascara on top and bottom lashes.
- For both ladies I used Bobbi’s Stick foundation and concealer in Porcelain, Warm Ivory and Sand. Mixing foundations for a custom colour isn’t unusual as skin tone changes every day! Apply with a foundation brush and buff any excess with a full coverage face brush to get a super natural finish. Only apply powder if you need it, I used a weightless powder foundation for extra T zone coverage with an eye blender brush.
- Strobing is now trendy! Apply Bobbi’s shimmer brick to the high point on the cheekbones with your full coverage brush.
- Finish with Bronzer to lightly contour the cheekbones – you can use the full coverage for this too! Just give it a wipe with some tissue paper. Add a cream coral or light pink blush on the apples of the cheeks keeps everything gorgeously glowy and youthful.
- Add colour to the lips with Bobbi Brown’s Nude Rose or Tutu blotting post application for a natural looking stain.