Jacket: c/o Zaful, Top: c/o Gamiss, Denim: Levi’s, Bag: Just Cavalli, Pumps: London Rebel
Images by Ahmed Fayed
How to choose makeup to complete a look?
Makeup can really pull an outfit together. Equally, it can make you look totally disjointed. Imagine dramatic Old Hollywood hair and makeup paired with a velvet tracksuit – something clearly got lost in translation. Having said that, going too matchy-matchy is a total nay for some. All of this is so horribly subjective and everyone seems to have an opinion, so how can one win?
Here are 5 tips on how to decide what makeup to go for to complete an outfit:
- Let’s get the basics out of the way. When you have no time or you are not in the mood for creativity, I have two words for you: cat eye. Flick on the left, flick on the right and a swipe of mascara – that’s all it takes.
- If you are a fair skinned blonde with a thirst to wear a strong punchy colour, think canary yellow or electric blue, make sure you go for a bold contrasting lip. This will help you own the colours rather than the clothing dominating your whole look. It’s all about remembering the woman in the dress, and not the dress.
- If you are going for a strong eye shadow colour, tone down the shade of your lips for day. You can get away with unusual combinations as your evening look, but for when the sun is out, this may be perceived as overpowering. Which is annoying if you ask me. People and their perceptions. Hmph.
- In the look I photographed above I matched my eye makeup with my clothes and the lip colour with my shoes. It’s like I wore my outfit on both my face and body. I got this vegetarian leather embroidered jacket from Zaful – a brand that keeps on delighting me. To continue in the pastel blue spirit, I wore a loose top from Gamiss and basic skinny Levi’s.
- Fancy a really bold lip colour? Who doesn’t. This season lips go strong and eyes go bare. Like really bare. If your lips are going to be painted in the most unusual of colours – think green, black or blue – minimise your eye makeup and maximise the unruliness of your eye brows. Goodbye tweezers, hello thick, healthy and youthful brows. It’s like the 90s, only better.
Before attending the Sibling catwalk show at London Fashion Weekend, I was lucky enough to pop down and hear the label’s designers’ talk session. I loved how candid and down-to-earth Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery were. I thought I’d share my learnings with you.
5 Things to Learn From Sibling:
- Sibling made sure their models smiled on the catwalk, which to many seasoned show-goers is unheard of. This completely changed the vibe of the show. I couldn’t help but smile back at them. If the runway can be full of smiles and positivity, picture doing that on your morning commute?
- Every successful design house on the planet is asked: What is your advice for up-and-coming designers? Cozette answered speedily: Get an accountant. To me, this spoke volumes about Sibling as a brand. It was the best wake-up call to any fashion-lover. It’s okay to be dreamers, but we also must be business-minded. If you aren’t, befriend someone who is.
- If you look closely, you will find that underneath a Sibling catwalk show, there are some really cool jumpers, Sid said. This was music to my ears. Whenever I attend and review a show, I keep hearing whispers behind me saying: Ugh but who would wear that. Many times I wanted to turn around and say, I would. As a show-goer I mentally deconstruct catwalk shows into items of clothing and mix and match them with other separates. Attending shows to voice a lack of appreciation says tons about the person, not the designer. There’s a reason this is a creative industry.
- Be nice, not bitchy. Another gem from the Sibling Squad. Thankfully, the era of I-am-more-important-than-you within the fashion sector is drawing its curtains. Good riddance. However I do take this advice seriously whatever the situation. You get more stuff done when you are pleasant and just plain nice.
- Knitwear isn’t going anywhere. Invest in the cosiest, loudest, most fun jumper out there. It is a guaranteed timeless piece. And now that everyone has smiled at me so wholeheartedly from the catwalk, I’ll make mine Sibling.
This year’s Fashion International showcase left a positive impression on me. I finally saw something that LFW is all about: experimental fashion. Juan Palomino’s looks caught my attention. The young Peruvian designer showcased his dark and avant garde collection which was met with shock, sometimes laughter but foremost admiration. It felt refreshing, it felt London. It was what I came to see.
The other collection that stood out for me was by Michaela Frankova. I am convinced with every fibre in my being that one day I will wear a piece by this fabulous designer – especially this jumpsuit. Lovely, feminine and oh-so glamorous.
I also want to give a special mention to a navy, lace and ruffled dress by Omar Mansoor – it has fantastic styling potential. Picture that dress with a classic leather jacket, lace red heels and a red Chanel Le Boy bag. It’s what fashion dreams are made of.
Lenie Boya did it again – brave, dramatic and unmistakably her own aesthetic. Bernhard Dyne came back with more extreme and elegant minimalism. Rai, Sasmitha Dellawa, Fernanda Melo also produced some showstoppers.
To summarise, if last year I was relatively unmoved, this year’s Fashion International left me smiling.