Regal & Stylish Glam

Saturday, June 09, 2018

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The recent royal nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex saw the bride, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with natural-looking, barely-there make-up. This signature 'fresh face' beauty look, highly favoured amongst women worldwide, has been an integral part of the beauty aesthetic of aristocrats for centuries.

Its origin dates back to Europe and the Renaissance period where one's status was determined by the paleness of one's skin. The higher a person was in status, the more leisure time he or she had to spend indoors keeping the skin pale. This resulted in the lower classes with agricultural jobs, etc, with darkened skin attempting to lighten their skin directly using white powder and even white lead paint, possibly containing arsenic, which led to the death of quite a few — the result of poisoning.

Queen Elizabeth I of England was one well-known user of this paint with which she created a look called “the Mask of Youth”. She used it to maintain her “Virgin Queen” image as during the Elizabethan era cosmetics were eschewed because they were believed to block good energy. Eventually, women across Europe started bleeding themselves to achieve pale skin, except for Spain where prostitutes wore pink make-up in contrast to the norm and in Italy where women started adding a red lipstick to their pale visage as a symbol of their aristocratic status.

For today's barely there beauty look, make-up artist Jheanell Nesbeth provided a fresh take, with guests at the exclusive Royal Wedding Watch experience, hosted by Jamaica Pegasus, British Airways and the Jamaica Observer serving as muses. The looks featured the 8-colour Glitz N Glam metallics eyeshadow palette, the 16-colour Glitz N Glam eyeshadow single and the five-shade Glitz N GLam metallic lip lacquer all by Gabriella's Cosmetics.

Getting this look on your own starts with gentle facial cleansing without exfoliation (which will redden the skin) as you want to ensure your skin is soft and hydrated so your make-up sits but isn't greasy on the face.

The right choice of foundation ensures a photo-ready finish but with skin that breathes. Foundations with adaptive qualities are best as they blend easily with your natural skin colour providing excellent coverage without a cakey finish. The most important thing to remember during this application process is blend, blend, blend.

After applying foundation, concealer is used sparingly on areas that are problematic, including dark circles. A large brush is used to apply powder all over the face to absorb excess oil. Do not use a bronzer with this beauty look as it will detract from your natural colouring.

Choose instead a blush colour that is soft and similar to your own natural blush and apply this to the apples of your cheeks. The application should be at the exact part of the face where you would naturally flush. Blend it into the skin until the colour is but a subtle hue. Applying a small amount of the blush colour on the lips can also enhance your natural pigment.

Complete the barely-there look with curled eyelashes or a double coat of mascara for more defined eyes.

In the end, you would have created for yourself a look so natural-looking onlookers will be enamoured immediately by a beauty silhouette that is both minimalist and glamorous at the same time and truly 'palace-ready'.

Style Week Jamaica Runway Glam

The recent Style Week Jamaica was a celebration of Jamaica's fashion prowess, featuring a select group of Jamaican designers, based locally and internationally, showcasing their ready-to-wear collections on a host of Jamaican top models from Saint International.

The accompanying make-up for the runway presentations was decidedly minimal, in line with current international trends beginning with the 2018 runway events across London, Milan and Paris. The Gabriella's Cosmetics team created two distinct looks for the nights, both minimalist, with one featuring strong colour on the lips and the other maintaining a nude palette.

The looks featured the Glitz N Glam metallics collection from Gabriella's Cosmetics which includes an eight-colour eyeshadow palette, 16 metallic eyeshadow singles, five metallic lip lacquers and 10 liquid matte lip stains.

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