6 Sept 2012

Dublin Fashion Festival 2012

It's upon us again, and this year I'm working with LA Makeup Academy to do the catwalk looks for the models.

It means early starts and late ends; three days of being on my feet from about 7 (that's in the am) to about 11 (that one would be pm).  It will mean, in essence, coming home, scrabbling around to clean lots of brushes quite late at night, to get them all ready for the following day.  It will categorically mean comfy shoes and a cardigan (there will be a lot of outdoor events, and supposed Irish-Indian Summer aside, it just won't be that warm).  
But I can't wait!

There is quite a full programme and all events are available here, at this link.

There are essentially two main looks that we've agreed to recreate for the various fashion shows.  The inspiration and breakdowns for these looks are coming right up...

Day-time look

Day-time look inspiration
This one (also look here) is the inspiration behind the day-time look.  This visual is from the Gucci AW12-13 campaign.  How beautiful is this.

The planned day-time look will change slightly from this visual to include heavier brows.  The  skin, eyes and lips will be matte/satin finish across the board.

MAC Pro Bridal Masterclass (Face chart 2)

This look, to me, is reminiscent of this look here, which was created at a MAC Pro Bridal Masterclass I attended back in March; either coincidentally, or the MAC look was inspired by the Gucci look, or vice versa.  Either way, it's a beautiful look and one I'm looking forward to recreating.


BasePolished and luminous, satin finish, medium coverage

CheeksCompleting the monochrome look with some coral-toned blush used as contour/blush just on the outside/back of the cheekbones

EyesA satin orange-toned coral lightly on the lids and deeper into the socket, possibly the barest hint of some non-shimmery highlight to the centre of the lid and tear duct area

LinerNo liner, or perhaps "barely there" (likely tightlined) liner, maybe with a small tick at the outside edge to lift the eye, with a highlighter pencil on the waterline

LashesThe lashes don't appear to be curled in this visual.  I imagine mascara will be applied sparingly, likely with a fan brush

BrowsThe brows will be changed to a more full and defined look (the heavy brow trend, it would appear, just won't go away!)

LipsOmbré, another trend.  Matte for day-time look

Night-time look

Night-time look inspiration 1
Night-time look inspiration 2

These are again inspired by Gucci's AW12-13 campaign (for these images, click here).

The night-time look will see the addition of a smoked-up (likely bronze) eye, individual flared lashes, keeping the lip but glossing it up, and adding a more defined contour, but little in terms of blush colour or bronzer.

Obviously these will be somewhat tweaked, depending on the model's skin type/tone/shade etc, but in essence this is it.


LA Makeup Academy are the Makeup Partner for the festival, so most of the products will be their own, for example the LA Creative Lashes (evenings) and the LA Creative Illuminator Stick, together with their own foundation range (I haven't used LA Makeup products before, so I'm looking forward to trying them out).


Note that there's a bunch of excellent offers to be found on this page for the duration of DFF'12 - worth a click-see!

DFF'12 is taking part from Thursday 06th September (yep, at time of post, that's today!) until Saturday 08th September, at multiple locations around Dublin (check out aforementioned website for more information).

The Lookbook for the festival is available here.

Find DFF on Twitter (@DublinFashion) and via hashtag #DFF.


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