No sooner had Givenchy’s catwalk closed that we realised there was one major thing ingrained in our minds: the makeup. Actually, that’s an overstatement – it wasn’t the makeup as a whole that had captured our attention, but a small flourish: the metallic half-circle below and above each eye.
After all, sometimes what you want from a beauty look isn’t just something that compliments and turns heads, but something that adds a little dot of unconventionality. And that’s precisely what this look is – literally. Creative, unique, yet ultimately wearable, the addition of a metallic circle to the upper and lower lids is all you need as a beauty look that stands out from the spring 2012 fashion showings.
At Givenchy’s spring 2012 show models’ eyes were dotted with silver sequins. It was a look that was at once childlike and innocent, yet futurist and a little avant garde. Here we’ve recreated a similar look using a champagne-gold sequin for an alternative take.
For the full how-to steps you can read the tutorial after the break.
In creating this dotted eye makeup look on model Sophie Van Den Akker, makeup artist Shev Kelly from Napoleon Perdis kept the face fresh and flawless, making the sequins the key feature. She was kind enough to share detailed how-to steps with us on how to create the look.
Start the look by applying a moisturiser and primer to the face. We applied Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum to the entire face using Artist Foundation Brush 19b, before adding Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer to the face.
Prep lips with Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service.
Apply your first coat of Mascara. We used Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-eyes Mascara, using both sides of the Mesmer-eyes Mascara brush (begin with the wider comb to apply your mascara and separate the lashes with the finer comb.)
Using a foundation brush (we used Napoleon Perdis Artist Foundation Brush 19b), apply foundation to the ‘feature focus’ area of the face (the triangle of features – eyes, nose & lips) and blend well so it disappears into the jaw line. On Sophie we used Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Foundation.
Conceal dark circles – we chose to use the Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer Pen – under eye area to hide any darkness or discolouration. Be sure to warm the concealer into the skin with your finger tip.
Apply a touch of concealer across the entire eye lid from the lash line to the brow bone and set with a touch of Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish, creating a matte base for your eye shadow.
Lightly set the foundation across the ‘feature focus’ area of the face with Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish.
For the eyes use two eye shadow colours: one nude, and one in a matching colour to the sequin. We used Napoleon Perdis Contour Brush 16b to sweep Napoleon Perdis Color Disc Skinny Dip from lash line to brow bone.
To highlight the inner corner of the eyes, we used Napoleon Perdis Color Disc Sparkling Bubbly.
Apply two coats of mascara to the top lashes and one coat to the lower lashes.
Comb the brows upwards and outwards with a clean mascara wand then define with an eyebrow pencil. For Sophie’s brows we used Napoleon Perdis Chocoholic.
Set unruly brows in place with a clear mascara such as Napoleon Perdis Peep Show Mascara Madame Crystal.
First add some contour. We used Napoleon Perdis Finishing Powder Brush s25 to apply Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette Contour underneath the cheekbone.
With a blush brush such as Napoleon Perdis Chisel Blush Brush 22b, apply a soft blush to the apples of the cheek, adding that soft peachy flush. On Sophie we used Napoleon Perdis Color Disc Orange Sherbet.
If using the Napoleon Perdis Color Disc Skinny Dip as your nude eye colour, you can also use it to highlight the top of the cheekbones.
Using a lip brush (we used Napoleon Perdis Compact Lip Brush 2b), coat the lips with a soft coral lip colour. Sophie wears Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick Lianna mixed with a small amount of Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil Rare Opal.
Take two small gold sequins and cut each in half.
Using lash glue, press half a sequin in the centre of the top lash line, and the other half of the sequin into the lower lash line.
Beautifully photographed by Kelly Defina with hair by Annika Bowen and styling by Mercy Watson, you can see more pictures of Sophie Van Den Akker wearing the dotted sequin eye makeup look by clicking on the thumbnails below.