About a week ago I enlisted the help a beautiful new girl to help me recreate this year's runway look. Unfortunately, by the time we got to makeup, the sun had set and the video is suuuuuper dark/oddly yellow-looking. Howeeeever, I did manage to get a few
After reading about a million different interviews with Tom Pecheux, I've picked out the most consistent pattern. I hate when in one interview, they claim to use all VS products, and in another he's obviously like, "Psht, I'm using real foundation." As a result, I'm not using any of the same products that he claimed to use.
- Prep -- Start off with cleansed, moisturized skin. I applied a layer of La Roche Posay Nutritic to her face and C.O. Bigelow's Soothing Lip Buffer to her lips. After a few minutes, I soaked up any excess Nutritic with a tissue and left the lip exfoliant on.
- Base -- I had to mix Deem's colour from a bunch of foundations I had, but go for your regular foundation and concealer. If you have extremely dry but smooth skin, don't be afraid to mix a little illuminator in there for extra dewiness!
- Set -- Tom Pecheux eschewed "heavy" make up this year, so he used a technique where he mixed all the powders together -- I used E.L.F. HD powder to set her make up on her forehead, nose and chin. Since we're going to do a lot of work on the cheeks, don't powder them just yet.
- Cheeks -- this was a three-step system.
Contour: I mixed the HD powder with Benefit Hoola so I could get the silky finish as well as the colour. I used an EcoTools powder brush to contour under the cheekbones, around the temple and a little on the nose and chin for an all-over glow.
Blush: I used a mixture of Benefit Dallas and Benefit Hoola to start building the gradient towards the cheekbone. I mixed Benefit Dallas and TheBalm Hot Mama and applied to the very top of her cheekbone to start introducing a little shimmer.
Highlight: Since the Victoria's Secret girls are famous for their bronze-y gold shimmer, I didn't want to use a pink or white-based shimmer like Benefit High Beam or Mary Lou-manizer from TheBalm. I ended up mixing Mary Lou-manizer with a little MAC Gold Nude (LE) pigment to get the right colour.
- Eyes -- There was almost no shadow on the eyes this year, so I used the same mix of Gold Nude and Mary Lou to highlight the centre of the lid. I tightlined the upper lash line with a Styli-Style pencil and used the Lancome Artliner for a clean, precise wing. Deem already had amazing lashes, so I just used two coats of waterproof Great Lash after curling with a Shu Uemura curler -- waterproof formulas hold curl better!
- Lips -- After removing the buffer, I was left with a plump, soft lip to work with. If you want, you can use a lip plumper or perfector to encourage that va-va-voom pout, but I didn't bother. I realized I don't have a nude lipstick that works for her so I mixed Viva Glam Gaga I and NARS Morocco to get a nude-y pink base, and topped it with Revlon Nude Lustre for a high-gloss finish.
That was shockingly exhausting to write. I'm not sure why. VS hair tutorial tomorrow? Maaaaaybe.