Whenever I look at the new Dior Star foundation I can’t help myself but sing the legendary 80s song Lucky Star by Madonna. This foundation is literally my lucky star, it makes me want to break out the lace gloves and dance around my room singing into a hair brush like I did 30 years ago! I had have the pleasure of using the new Dior Star Foundation and Star Concealer for a month or two. I have used it personal nearly everyday as well as on a photo shoot and it photographed beautifully! I am so happy that the Dior Star Foundation has a SPF 30 which is very hard to find in a buildable coverage foundation as it changes the consistency. It has a blurring effect which soften imperfections and fine lines, give a medium coverage and blends so well into the skin it almost disappears leaving a beautiful weightless canvas for you to apply your other makeup products. Dior recommends you blend it in with a Dior Sponge but I buff it using small circular motions into the skin with a MAC foundation brush. Conceal where needed then powder. Lovely!
I have been receiving comments on how bright my skin looks. This foundation fades skin imperfection such as dark spots. Its suitable for all skin types however I find that I do have to give this foundation a little powder mid day but I am fine with that. Dior Star concealer hides dark circles brilliantly and blends so beautifully. Dior has been bringing out so many amazing products this past year. I am so excited to see what is coming next!
This has been such a amazing year for Dior. They keep surprising me! When I think they have done it, something else comes along that surpasses it! This time they have bought out ROUGE DIOR LIP BAUME aka lip balm which are “Lipcare and colour in perfect harmony”. These are fabulous and I have been wearing Diorette 688 a bold fuchsia nearly every day since I got it. I even wore it to sleep I loved it so much!
In the cold winter months my lips really suffer and wearing a regular lipstick can even make them worse. This lip balms are so moisturizing (I am kind of excited to see colder temperatures) and come in such a array of beautiful colours there will be something for everyone all year round! The Dior laboratories specially created a star ingredient called Cristal Oil (probably even nicer than the champagne) which forms a ultra light film on the lips that cares, revitalises, protects and radiates colour. Dior have launched 14 different shades with lovely names such as Park Avenue, Primrose, Star, Kew Gardens (I love Kew Gardens, been there many times), GardenParty, Spring….. The packaging is pretty nice too. It resembles the lipsticks with the tight fitting lid but slimmer which is great because I always seem to loose all the lids to my lip balms and end up with a lip balm in the bottom of my bag covered in handbag fluff – not nice.
To go with this launch Dior has also bought out 3 new lip Contours (Lip pencils) which can be added to the lip balms for added intensity, Spring, Lili and Diorette. Simply use the lip contour to add definition to the lips either before or even after the lip baume is applied. If you have never used the Dior Contours before they are worth a look at, they come with a lip brush at the end of the pencil, perfect to blend out the line (no 90s lip lines here thank you very much) and come with a pencil sharpener too. Nothing is more annoying then have to hunt for a pencil sharpener.
Finally to top it all off, Dior has even bought out 4 new Vernis to tie this collection all together with a big Dior bow! Lili, Star, Spring and Diorette!
Lancôme has brought out a lovely collection this fall. I have even fallen in love with it and especially the name ‘French Idole’. This collection consists of a new Hypnose Palette that contains 5 eyeshadows called Malachite & Amethyste, it offers shimmery shades of olive green, light green, deep aubergine, purple and a buttercream. It focuses on rich luxurious jeweled tones and has 3 fantastic new shade of Vernis in Love polishes, Topaz Rose, Amethyste Brune and Tourmaline Noire. Lancôme has also brought out a new lipstick. The L’Absolu Rouge 188 Rouge Agate Sheer is the perfect shade to compliment this palette!
L’Absolu Rouge 188
A little inspiration to help get you started:
Lancome French Idole Face Chart
I am seeing a lot of 90s style eye makeup all through the Fall collections. Its a powerful look and the eyes are really played up a lot.
Start by applying some of the new Lancome Miracle Air de Teint foundation. This foundation will give you a matte glow. Conceal, then powder and apply some of your favorite Lancome blush to your cheeks.
Tidy up the brows by applying some Le Sourcil Pro pencil mimicking little tick marks.
Now apply some of the buttercream shimmer from the Hypnose Palette all over the lid from lash line to the brow bone with a eyeshadow brush.
Next apply some of the deep aubergine shade to the outer corner and above the crease using a small firm eye shadow brush. You want to provide a lift to the eyes, so make sure you are blending the shadow up towards the end of the brow, obviously not blending up to the brow, just in the direction of!
Apply some of the olive green shade to the lid and blend towards the aubergine shade.
Picking up a small pointed brush apply some of the lighter green shade to the inner corner of both the upper and lower lash line.
Using the same brush finish off the lower lash line with a touch of the purple all the way to the outer corner continuing up to the darker aubergine shadow creating a cat eye shape.
Line the upper lash line with some Lancome Art Liner in Chrome.
Apply a few coats of the new Grandiose Mascara. I like this mascara as it is so precise that you are able to reach the shortest of hairs, making your eye line even more dramatic!
Apply some of the new Lancome L’Asbsolu Rouge 188 lipstick to your lips.
Lastly a coat of two of the Lancome Vernis in Love nail polish and you are out the door!
Hope you are liking these face charts I am featuring this fall. Please let me know if there are any other looks you would like me to chart.
I love Fall not because of the breath taking landscapes as the seasons change but for all the new makeup collections. YSL Fall 2014 is such a strong colour collection. The PALETTE FETICHE is so incredible I can not even describe it. When I think of words to describe this fantastic palette only gibberish comes out of my mouth, like a love sick teenager trying to speak to the boy she fancies! You need to try this palette before it sells out, it will sell out and it is absolute must for every makeup wardrobe whatever your age!
It is made up of 5 colours, a black, a coppery gold, a champagne, a chocolate brown and a navy slate. A decent size mirror and some nice quality applicators also comes with the palette. On the back of the box has some instructions too for the makeup newbies out there.
A Cara Delevinge inspired Face Chart:
A CARA DELEVINGE INSPIRED FACE CHART
I made the chart nice and big so you can see the detail!
Starting with the eyes as we are using dark colours: Apply a little of the champagne shimmer from the YSL PALETTE FETICHE all over the lid as a base from lash line to brow.
Apply some of the navy slate shade to the outer corner and the crease with a pointed eye shadow brush and blend out towards the end of the eye brow with a blending brush!
Next, apply some of the black to the outer part of the crease and blend out.
Blend in some of the chocolate brown shadow in to the black leaving the lid bare.
Using a little more navy slate blend some into the crease, let you socket bone guide your brush and keep blending up towards the brow – this look is intense so don’t be scared, keep going and if you make mistakes wet a cotton bud and wipe away.
Blend some of the coppery gold onto the lid, this will catch the light and draw the eyes forward compensating for the heavily made up crease.
Using a slanted eye shadow brush apply some of the chocolate brown shadow along the outer two thirds of the lower lash line.
Clean off your slanted brush and apply some of the coppery gold to the inner third of you lower lash line.
Apply some black liner as close to the upper lash line as possible.
Curl lashes and apply a few coats of YSL Volume Effect Faux Cills BABY DOLL mascara in black. Bet it looks fantastic, please send me a pic!
Brows (obviously, its inspired by Cara Delevinge): If you have thinner brows and want to dramatically increase their size use both a eye brow powder or a matching eye shadow and a eye brow pencil. Using both products together will give a better finish. If you already have bigger brow then use either a powder of a eye brow pencil to fill in the hairs.
Clean up any eye shadow fall and apply some foundation and some YSL TOUCHE ECLAT (amazing stuff), powder well and add a touch of your favorite blush.
I used YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 210 applied with a lip brush then a little YSL Gloss Volupte 106, a beautiful brick red as a final touch!
This is such a fabulous look I hope you try it and tell me what you think!
So here I am in a bit of a flap trying to get my pro makeup kit organize for a magazine shoot at 6 am tomorrow morning! I always get into a bit of a flap about jobs even after doing this for over 16 years. Check list: primer (even though I am not keen) foundations, concealer, powders, bronzer (still to pack) blush (approximately 14 packed) brow products including brow gels, pencils & powders, eyeshadows (approximately 50 shade), pencil liners, liquid liners (still trying to find my Laura Mercier liner) 4 mascaras – all black, I hate brown, lip pencils, lip sticks, lip balms, lip glosses, nail files, nail polish, hygiene including tissues, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, cotton buds…., brushes, brush cleaner towels, anti-shine, basic skincare & I think that’s it.
I always have a reoccurring dream the night before a makeup job that I have
forgotten my brushes. It’s almost become like a good luck sign, if I dream about loosing my makeup brushes then generally I have a good shoot!
Pink to make the boys wink! Dior has broken the rules again by bringing out a beautiful pink 5 Couleurs 846 TUTU palette as part of its Fall 2014 collection. This palette is feminine and girly, it reminds me of a pretty flower corsage in the lapel of a white winter coat, a way of adding true beauty to cold nights and bonfires. Its rather extraordinary that Dior has brought out a pink palette for Fall! Every time I open the compact I am surprised. There are effectively 3 shades of pink and 2 shades of lilac in one single palette, it can be hard to work with but think of this palette as different ‘washes’ of colour that you can add to your makeup wardrobe.
354 ROSE TUTU
Rouge Dior 354 ROSE TUTU is a soft pale pink. This colour will be so versatile in any makeup bag, It will suit many different skin tones and is very moisturizing!
254 ROSE TUTU
Dior Vernis 254 ROSE TUTU is another high shine, gel finish, soft pale pink nail polish to perfectly match the lipstick. A very surprising colour for Fall 2014. There is something to please everyone in this collection!
A way of wearing 846 TUTU:
846 ROSE TUTU
Apply some medium coverage Dior Nude Skin with a foundation brush paying attention to the jaw line. Next correct any flaws with a little Dior Skin Flash, powder well and add some of my favorite Dior Rosy Glow to the cheek bones.
Fill in your brows with some Dior Universal Brow Styler.
Using a small eye shadow brush, apply a thin layer of the lightest soft pink shadow from the Dior 846 TUTU palette as a base to the lid from lash line to crease.
Apply a thin line of the center pink shadow to the lash line with a pointed eye shadow brush and blend up towards the crease.
Apply some deep lilac to the lid just above the darkest shade of pink and blend up. Blend. blend. blend. This look is based on the setting autumnal sun so keep that in mind when applying.
Using the pointed sponge applicator line the lower lash line with some of the center pink shade from the inner to outer corner.
Draw a line with the Dior Art Pen liner along the upper lash line. You can always add some black pencil to the water line for added drama.
Apply a few coats of Dior Iconic Over Curl mascara.
Glide on some Rouge Dior 354 ROSE TUTU.
File your nails and add a few coats of Dior Vernis 254 ROSE TUTU.
Hope you have enjoyed my interpretation of the Dior Fall 2014 collection. There is something for everyone. I invite you to ask questions, sample some of this fantastic collection at your local Dior counter and keep a eye on my blog for more exciting things coming from Dior this year! xx
Here is number 4 of the 5 Fall 2014 eye shadow palettes by Dior. The 5 Couleurs096 PIED-DE-POULE is a very grown up & sophisticated palette. It contains 4 dark shadows and 1 light so this palette is for the woman whom knows what she wants and is coming to get it! The framework for this palette is black, its essential center colour is a classic matte black. It also contains a dark blue slate, a buttercream shimmer, a black green metallic and black green with a satin finish.
Dior blew my mind by bringing out this fantastic merlot coloured Rouge Dior in the shade 977 PIED-DE-POULE! I am so excited about this lipstick for 2 reason:
I generally look forward to wearing wine colour lipsticks in the fall, they remind me of cozy cashmere, autumnal leaves and darker nights.
You hardly ever see such a dark palette launched together with a dark lipstick. Dior has broken all the rules with this look and it is refreshing. Dior is sitting firmly in the front row at the makeup fashion shows this season!
Just when you think you can’t take the excitement of the dark 096 PIED-DE-POULE palette and the Rouge Dior 977 PIED-DE-POULEDior throws this high shine, long lasting gray stone Dior Vernis 902 PIED-DE-POULE at you! This colour combination knocks me over, literally. When you see the lip stick and the nail polish next to each other it is pure perfection! My word, its world Dior-mination!
A little Dior 096 PIED-DE-POULE inspiration:
096 PIED-DE-POULE Face Chart
This look isn’t for the faint hearted, there is nothing natural about it and its going to be done a little different than you have seen me explain things before. We are starting with eyes first then moving onto foundation. Why? Because when you apply dark eye shadows you can get a lot of eye shadow pigment dust AKA fall dropping down onto your cheeks. By doing foundation after eyes it make the fall clean up a lot easier to deal with!
We want lines and not a lot of blending. Its a very strong and fabulous look!
Apply a little Dior Backstage Eye Prime to your lids from lash line to crease.
Use a eye shadow brush to apply the butter cream shadow from the 096 Palette all over your lid on top of the eye prime.
Next using a small firm eye shadow brush apply some of the dark blue slate to the outer corner of each eye. Blend a little bit with a blending brush just to soften the colour on the lid not the outer corner.
Using your small firm eye shadow brush carefully stipple some of the matte black shadow to extenuate your crease. We want a sort of 60s inspired look so this is not to be blended out. Pro Tip: apply a little to one eye thenthe other eye, this will help you with symmetry. Continue all the way to the inner corner of each eye.
Apply some matte black shadow along the lower lash line. Pro Tip: leave a gap at the outer corner of each eye. this is called the “open eye design”.
Draw on your Dior Show Art Pen liquid liner making sure to draw a good feline flick at the outer corner of each eye.
Curl lashes and apply a few coats of the dramatic Dior BLACKOUT mascara, fill in your brows with some DiorUniversal Brow Styler.
Moving onto foundation, buff some Dior Air Flash into your skin with a kabuki brush, conceal with Dior Skin Flash and powder well. Brush a little Dior Rosy Glow on to cheek bones.
Apply some of the beautiful velvet Rouge Dior 977 PIED-DE-POULES lipstick.
Apply a coat or two of the amazing high shine gel effect Dior Vernis 902 PIED-DE-POULES nail polish, put on your dancing shoes, call your best girl friends and hit the town!
I would love to hear if you are going to recreate this or any other face charts from the Dior Fall 2014 collection. I can be contacted through twitter @ninaWmakeup, through Facebook Nina Westbury Makeup Artist, on Instagram Nina Westbury (though I am still trying to figure out how to use that) or comment below! I can’t wait to hear from you!
Here’s another beauty Dior added to theirFall 2014 collection, the 5 Couleurs 876 Trafalgar. This exciting red palette is incredible. I was a little skeptic at first glance, I felt like the red would be too much but after working with it for a few days I quickly realised it was one of my favorites from the collection. This palette contains 5 eye shadows: a brick red, a gold so luxurious it resembles a regal gold cushion, a chocolate brown, a soft yellow and a palest pink.
689 ROUGE MASSAI – a personal fav!
The House of Dior has created a lipstick in such a beautiful shade of red to go with this palette I could actually eat it. Rouge Dior 869 Rouge Massai is an outstanding red. A real show stopper and will get you noticed. Wear this colour alone with some eye liner and some mascara or with the 876 Trafalgar eye shadow palette.
The Dior Vernis 853 Massai has the gel effect shine and is long lasting. It is a exact match to the lipstick, it makes you feel like the glamorous icons of yesteryear . Such a pretty colour. I am wearing it on my toes right now!
A little inspiration on how to wear 876 Trafalgar
876 Trafalgar Face Chart
Apply your chosen foundation, if you fancy something light then try the Dior BB Cream. Conceal any flaws and under eye shadows with Dior SkinFlash concealer. Dust on a little powder to your t-zone especially.
Apply a little Dior Rosy Glow to your cheek bones for a healthy glow.
Fill in your brows with some Dior Universal Brow Styler.
Using a eye shadow brush apply some of the pale pink shadow from the 876 Trafalgar palette on to the lid from lashes to crease.
Add a little of the brick red shadow to your crease and outer corner with a pointed eye shadow brush and blend it will to create a smoky pink hue of colour.
Pick up your eye shadow brush and stipple a little chocolate brown shadow onto the outer corner and blend well.
Line the lower lash line with a little of the chocolate brown or if you are feeling brave a little of the brick red shadow.
Clean off your shadow brush and apply some of the gold shadow onto the lid.
Line with a little Dior Art Pen close to the lashes and apply a few coats of black Dior Iconic Over Curl Mascara to upper and loew lashes.
If you are feeling daring apply some of the striking red Rouge Massai 869 straight from the tube or dab it on with your finger tip for a more subtle look.
Lastly a coat or two of the Doir Vernis 853 Massai nail polish will complete this dramatic and electrifying look!
Here is another fabulous 5 Couleurs palette to go with the FALL 2014 DIOR Collection, 276 CARRE BLEU. This palette is full of fabulous colours such as mother of pearl, steel, midnight blue, a mid almost powder blue and turquoise. This palette is a very playful palette especially for somewhat conservative people that want to play with a little bit of colour. The turquoise shadow makes a excellent fun eye liner with a classic grey smoky eye. You can use the pearly white as a highlighter for the brow bone, inner eye corner and even on top of the cheek bones. This eye shadow palette is so well suited with the complementary lip stick ROUGE DIOR 135 CARRE D’OR, a golden beige. This lipstick also can be used on top of other lipsticks such as the legendary Rouge Dior 999 for a coral hue.
135 CARRE D’OR
Finally the House of Dior has also come out with a fantastic rich and luminous DIOR VERNIS 796 CARRE BLEU an almost diesel blue that looks simply divine with the ROUGE DIOR 135 CARRE D’OR lipstick. Its so worth going to your closest Dior counter to have a look at this fantastic collection!
796 CARRE BLEU
A way of wearing Dior 276 Carre Bleu
After skin care is applied spray a little Dior AIRFLASH CC PRIMER onto your skin. If you get a small amount of the primer onto your lashes do not remove it. This makes a excellent primer to build length for your lashes. Next apply and sheer layer of the Dior NUDESKIN foundation, then conceal any dark shadows with some Dior SKINFLASH concealer. Powder well. Dior NUDESKIN foundation will give you a light to medium coverage with a natural finish that will look great with this look.
Fill in your brows with a little Dior UNIVERSAL BROW STYLER using little ticks to mimic the natural hairs.
For the eye makeup start by applying light grey from the 276 CARRE BLEU palette all over the lid from the lash line to the crease with a eye shadow brush.
Next apply some of the midnight blue shadow to the outer corner and the crease, blend well with a blending brush.
Apply a little of the steel grey shadow to the lid right next to the midnight blue. This will give the eye more depth and shape.
Taking a slanted eye shadow brush apply some of the turquoise shadow to the lower lash line allowing the outer corner to go up following the shape of the eye. This will give the illusion of the eye having a more almond shape.
Moving to the pearly white shade apply a little to the brow bone as a high light and the inner corner of the eye.
Line the upper lashes with my favorite Dior liner the DIORSHOW ART PEN.
Curl lashes with a eyelash curler. Dior did bring some out awhile ago so if you are lucky you got one!
Apply some DIORICONIC OVER CURL mascara. Happy Days!
I like using the ROUGE DIOR lipstick in the shade 135 CARRE D’OR over a little DIOR LIP GLOW. This will give a little more colour to the lipstick.
Finally a coat or two of the beautiful high shine DIOR VERNIS 796 CARRE BLEU.
I hope you are finding this post useful and you are discovering new ways of applying your makeup. Please feel free to ask questions. I am more than happy to help.
Let me introduce you to the stunning DIOR 5 COULEURS 056 BAR palette from their Fall 2014 Collection. This collection is fabulous and is my little trip to Paris! This palette contains 5 eye shadows. The House of Dior calls these colours pearl, mouse, anthracite, trianon andmyriad. They sound very pretty but I am calling them a matte black, a shimmer pink, a shimmery white, a shimmery taupe and a shimmer sort of slate (though my mother says its a donkey brown colour with a lovely sheen). The top trio are designed for a day look and the bottom trio are designed for a evening look. This isn’t set in stone and you can use these colour in any combination you like. The soft shimmery pink with some donkey brown in the crease and lined with the matte black for day. For evening try the matte black across the lid blended with the taupe on top. Highlight the brow bone and inner corner with the white for a quick smoky eye. Anyway, as you can see there are lots of different looks you can create with this palette. When I look at the palette it reminds me of a classic, I do not think that these colour will ever go out of style. This is definitely a palette to add to your makeup wardrobe.
The House of Dior has also created a icy pink lipstick to compliment the 5 Couleurs palette ROUGE DIOR in the shade 317 Bar. I was a little curious about this colour thinking it seems a little bland but then I saw the nail polish and completely freaked out! Dior created a deep black, Dior Vernis206 Bar to tie the look together and it works beautifully! Seriously, it is a perfect paring like pain au chocolat and Café au lait!
How to wear this Dior 056 BAR palette:
I really like a semi matte foundation with this look so Dior AIR FLASH CC PRIMERfollowed with the Dior AIR FLASHfoundation buffed onto the skin with a kabuki brush would achieve this. I would then conceal dark shadows with DIOR SKIN FLASH, a good powder and I would finish my skin with some DiorRosy Glow blush along the cheek bones.
For the eyes, fill in your brows with the Dior Brow Styler. For the eye shadow apply some of the center taupe colour in the 056Bar palette to the lid from lash line to just higher than the crease with a eye shadow brush.
Then apply some of the matte black to the crease and the outer corner with a small pointed brush and continue to blend well with a blending brush.
Use the pointed tip sponge applicator provided with the palette and apply some of the matte black to the lower lash line.
Next apply the pearly white shimmer to the brow bone and the inside corner to highlight.
Create depth to the lashes with some Dior Show Art Pen to the upper lash line then follow with some DiorIconic Over Curl mascara. Clean up any eye shadow fall with a little Dior Skin Flash. If you want more drama then line your water line with black eye liner pencil.
Apply a little Rouge Dior lipstick in 317 Bar, if you feel it is a little light then add a little colour with a little lip pencil focusing on soft lines not the 90s harsh liner look.