What kind of makeup do you wear when you’re making a fashion statement?
Makeup that shows off your face in the best light but lets your outfit do the talking, that’s what.
According to Maybelline New York Australian makeup director Nigel Stanislaus, it’s all about enhancing the structure of the face, using bronzer to contour and create (or enhance) cheekbones, the nose and jawline.
It’s a look he created for the models in the hour-long opening Trends Gala show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney (a show that featured all the designers who showed at Australian Fashion Week in April). And it’s a look that not only worked on the catwalk for allowing the clothes of the 20-plus designers to speak for themselves, but it’s actually something we could easily adapt for ourselves this summer.
This makeup look starts with a flawless base celebrating a healthy glow and is finished with bronzed contoured cheeks, soft, defined eyes and a nude lip.
This video explains how to master this contouring. Take note of Nigel’s tips on how to avoid a bronzer application looking like you’ve applied Milo to your face.
Key Maybelline NY products used include: FITme Foundation; FITme Bronzer; SuperStay 24Hr Powder; Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic; Illegal Lengths Mascara; Line Express Kohl pencil in brownish black; SuperStay 14Hr Lip Color in Never Ending Nude; Baby Lips Loves Color in Rose Addict.
The SY-Maybelline NY event
Remember when I shared my latest 2-minute makeup trick and I ran this competition a couple of weeks ago? Excitingly, I got to spend the first half of last night at MBFFS with the winning SY readers and their guests. Four of the party even flew in from Queensland for the night.
We sipped on sparkling, visited backstage with Nigel Stanislaus and chatted with Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose before sitting down to watch the Trends Gala show and then spending time together in The Hub (where they hand out more drinks … hello espresso martinis as well as Messina Bailys ice-creams while you line up for a Maybelline makeup refresh).
It was so lovely to meet people who until last night were names in the comments section here on the blog or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Head over to Facebook for more photos from the night.
What I wore
Yesterday involved jumping on a flight from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney and hitting the ground running. I needed a plan to look halfway fashiony without the luxury of time.
I think good hair always helps in these situations, so I called up my hair stylist and booked in for a blow-dry. Maria knows just how to wield my hair into a style that’s fitting for the occasion and, importantly, will last the distance.
My foundation was still in place from that morning (go the Maybelline NY Instant Age Rewind The Lifter Foundation and SuperStay 24Hr Powder) … I just had to hand my eyes over to Tori at the Maybelline Hub for some colourful definition. Key eye colour products she used included a bright blue and white eyeshadow from the Hyper Diamonds Sapphire Diamonds palette and Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal. On the lips, my new favourite pink, Color Whisper in Pink Possibilities.
When it came to deciding what to wear, this task was made easier by the new sass & bide tee I sent Mr SY on a mission for a couple of weeks ago. I wore it on the plane with my trusty Country Road black blazer over the top; switching out of flat boots and denim jeans into white jeans and black pumps when I arrived at the hotel.
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney continues until Saturday, August 24. For details and tickets, visit here.
For more information on the Maybelline NY products mentioned above, check out the Maybelline NY product explorer.
So tell me, are you a bronzing queen? Do you think Nigel’s look is one you could master for yourself this summer?