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According to Axford, monochromatic makeup is having a moment in the spotlight and autumn will see us reaching for rust tones. “I believe the monochromatic trend is here to stay—it’s classically flattering and makes sense to the eye.” For Axford, the warm, reddy, rust tones are a perfect complement to our model Cecily’s striking brown eyes and jet black hair. “On Cecily, I wanted to use quite a bit of warmth in varying saturations as her darker features can handle a bit more colour.”
First, she applied RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder in ‘Madeira Bronzer’ across the cheeks and forehead to warm up the complexion and add dimension. “One thing I wanted to avoid was creating a fake contour on Cecily’s eyes.” Instead, Axford applied RMS Beauty Eye Polish in ‘Embrace’ as a luminous pink base for powder shadows. She follows this with RMS Beauty Eyeshadow in ‘GR12’ along the lash line to brighten Cecily’s brown eyes, and a lick of RMS Beauty Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. On the cheeks, RMS Lip2Cheek in ‘Illusive’, a warm, ruddy, rose colour that complements the look and adds a natural flush. For highlighter, RMS Beauty Eye Polish in ‘Lunar.’ “It’s less silvery and wet compared to the bestselling Living Luminizer, and looks more soft-focus on the skin.” On the lips, Chantecaille Lip Chic in ‘Ceylon’ for a glossy flushed look that ties everything together.
For this look, Axford created a soft, wearable smoky eye with a luminous cheek and a juicy lip. “I wanted to create a look that would give the wearer life in the colder months.” Rather than using bronzer (and to keep the focus on the cheek to come) Axford contoured Cecily’s face with Westman Atelier Face Trace Contouring Stick in ‘Biscuit.’ “This cream contour is one of my new favourites, it has a violet tone to it, which is both cool and warm – and looks like a shadow on the skin without turning too grey,” explains Axford. Blend the contour out with a brush designed for both powder and cream – Rae Morris’ Jishaku #1 Deluxe Kabuki is Axford’s pick.
On the eyes, a mix of matte brown shades (Surratt Artistique Eyeshadows in ‘Greige’ and ‘Truffe’) along the top and bottom lashes. Apply with a domed brush to ensure a blended edge. For the cheeks, Axford uses the new NARS Exposed Cheek Palette, blending two of the warmer shades along the underside of Cecily’s cheeks and through the eye to add definition, before enhancing the apples with the peach shade. “This creates a multi-dimensional finish on the cheeks and also adds warmth to the eye.” Follow this with the highlighter shade in the same palette. “I almost use it to blend all the colours together.”
On the lashes, NARS Climax Mascara, and for lips, the new NARS Explicit Colour Lip Duo in ‘Intriguing’. “Use the pencil and tinted gloss duo to add volume and just enough colour to balance the eye.”
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Words by Romy ErdosVideo by Tiny DiscoMakeup by Sally AxfordModel Cecily ChunMay 2019
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