Ice-queens and dark crystals

If fashion is fixated on contrasts, then light and dark are a yin and yang oft revisited. De la Lumiere a L’Ombre by Lorent K and Oanell is a beauty shoot about the light that exists in shadow, and the shadow that exists in light. The brilliant makeup by Stephanie Jacquet features two contrasting looks: sparkling ice-queen skin and crystal-dotted eyes, and gritty dark skin with burgundy lips and onyx nails. Both seem to channel the minerals of the earth, sparkling diamonds and dark crystals.

And therein lies plenty of beauty inspiration, though you may not be looking to go all out in such creative manner, the dot of a crystal or shimmer of glitter makes for a stand-out beauty look. Just ask the creatives responsible for this bedazzled look at Dior or the glitter eyes at Chanel.

crystal beauty shoot

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De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell
De la Lumiere a L'Ombre by Lorent K & Oanell

Quentin Guyen gave model Claudia Dolez white and dark hair respectively to match the beauty looks. You can view the full shoot by Lorent K (kostarprod.com) and Oanell (monsieurimageetmadameconcept.tumblr.com) by clicking on the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.