Just as the Hindus have done for centuries with the Holi festival in India, I’d like to welcome in the Spring with pigment. Bright, loud, strong pigment.
Make-up Artist Alex Box is one of the most successful, and least colour-shy make-up artists in the world and Illamasqua, her wonderful make-up line is a window into her colourful soul. I love the confidently bold eyeshadows on the Illamasqua website HERE.
Like Pat Mc Grath and Miranda Joyce, we are all make-up artists who find nothing at all odd in using bright colour in whatever way we deem to be beautiful.
3 of my ‘brights’ above., left and right …..
and Alex, Pat and Miranda’s ‘brights’ below
Beautiful and artistic I hear you say, but how on earth am I supposed to wear these colours without looking like a clown? Well clearly dense pigments are not designed with make-up wallflowers in mind but there’s always a way to wear make-up in my world so the colour-curious ladies can baby-step into Spring with SHEERS.
Some examples of sheer-but brights:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt, Laura Mercier Eyeshadow & Nars Blush
HOLI HOLI HOLI HOLI HOLI
Another important need-to-know in the pigment dept is my old make-up commandment ‘conceal under eye circles and blemishes before applying any make-up’ which is especially key to getting away with the braver stuff. Remember, peachy tones in a light and creamy formula to neutralize the blue-to grey around the eyes and denser, drier, and more ‘yellow-to-olive’ ( terracotta-toned for black skin) toned to neutralize the redness of blemishes.
Meanwhile, here’s something you shouldn’t try at home.