Iridescent skin, statement eyes and the perfect pout – here’s the beauty kit staples you need now.
Photographer Weronika Mamot MUA Georgia Edgar Hair Sebastian Joseph @ Sequel by Parlour Hair Model Isobel Madsen @ Finesse Post production Emil Andonov
Whether it’s the dramatic winged eye or a colourful splash of on-trend pastel-hued shadow, there is nothing quite like a statement eye. When done right, it’s a beauty game changer, but when done wrong it’s a massive fail. Adelaide-based makeup artist Georgia Edgar says the key is to master a strong, precise line. “My number one product for inky black cat eyes is Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77,” says Georgia. “It’s smooth, rich in colour and waterproof – apply with a MAC 266 brush for the perfect line every time.”
Word of advice: “Finding the right wing is easy – start by looking straight ahead and stamp a line with your brush from the bottom lashline, pointing to the edge of your eyebrow,” says Georgia.
Contouring and highlighting are the new beauty catch phrases – but how much is too much when it comes to strobe creams and illuminators? “Highlighter is super in right now, but is so often over-done. To me, a perfect highlight shines in the light, but lets the natural skin peek through underneath,” says Georgia. “Isobel already has gorgeous cheekbones, so I only needed to lightly contour with Viseart 01 Highlight Sculpting Palette; I then added a bit of extra glow to the high points of the face with Hourglass’ Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette.” For a similar effect, take a highlighter and draw a ‘C’ shape from the arch of your eyebrow to the top of your cheekbone.
Top tip: “I used MAC Blushbaby as well as MAC Melba on Isobel’s cheeks – using slightly different tones and layering over one another enhances the cheek colour and adds extra dimension.” – Georgia
Whether you like to layer on the gloss or are a long-lasting matte kind of girl, you can’t go wrong with a soft shade of pink or peach – particularly if you’re pairing it with a bold statement eye. Georgia says it’s important to prep the lips first (she uses Runway Room lip prep). For Isobel’s peachy perfect look she mixed a few shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette until she had the right shade.
Did you know: Peach is a flattering shade for most skin tones, and a soft matte formula ticks the box for long lasting colour.
Yes, they’re still a thing. “The brushed-up brow is in, and there are no signs of it going out,” says Georgia. Our favourite brow enhancer? Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel is our go-to to enhance a bushy brow, and it allows you to layer pencil and powder over the top to fill in any gaps.
Try this: Brush brows up and out for a fuller style. You may have better brows than you think!
For Isobel’s fresh skin look, Georgia began by cleansing the skin with Bioderma Micelle Solution to get rid of any impurities and oil. She then used MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite to create a dewy base ready for priming. “I use Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer – this product is my must-have for a glowing complexion,” says Georgia, “the Champagne-hued primer adds so much dewiness.” She mixed the primer with Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro (great for medium coverage and drier skin types). The final step was the application of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, which was applied under the eyes and to smooth over any blemishes. “This concealer is one of my favourites – it covers everything you want it to without looking cakey. Use your fingers to blend out the concealer, this blurs the edges and allows for a seamless finish.”
Top tip: Mix your primer with foundation for a super luminous base.