|Venice Carnevale 2013 Gran Ballo Mascheranda|
Here's one I forgot to post last month!
As mentioned in some (reasonably) recent Facebook posts, I was lucky enough to attend a masked ball in Venice as part of the 2013 Carnevale celebrations. I wanted to go the whole hog, to dress up in period costume, period wig, jewellery, makeup, the lot.
Research into the makeup suggested simple; very whitened, powdered, matte makeup, red "rouge" and a stained red lip. Minimal eyeliner and mascara, just enough for definition. Essentially this was the same for both men and women :-)
There wasn't a lot to do except layer on the white and make sure the finished look was a pale white, matte powdered finish, enough coverage not to be patchy, but not so much coverage that it was a mask itself - ie not a clown/geisha white.
The products and techniques I used were as follows:
|Primer||I needed this to last from 5pm until about 5am, so I used Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - my favourite go-to primer|
|Red Correction||I'm prone to a bit of Irish ruddiness, and I needed to make sure that was masked-off, so I used l'Oréal Studio Secrets Primer Anti-redness - sparingly, I didn't want to look Halloween white, just 15th Century white!|
|Face, hairline, ears, neck, eyelids, deécolletage etc||A fortuitous purchase at a fiver each in the Illamasqua sale, I used the Illamasqua Cream Foundation and Illamasqua Powder Foundation both in #100 (white). MAC Fix+ to finish.|
|Undereye Concealer/corrector||My trusty BBU Palette came into its own here, how otherwise would I have sufficiently pale correctors? Here I used the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain Bisque as an undereye concealer...|
|Blemish concealer||Score again for the BBU Palette, using this time a mix of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealers in Porcelain & Alabaster and Illamasqua Skin Base in #01 (white) to create an uber-pale face concealer for any minor blemishes.|
|Arms||MAC Face & Body in White - a PRO store only item (annoying, as Brown Thomas stock Face & Body in all other shades except white), this isn't used much but came into its own for paling-down my slightly tanned arms.|
|Brows||I didn't want the brows to be too sculpted, so wanted to just use a slightly greyed powder - the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium was perfect for the job, even though it's a contour powder. My brows were not going to be on show anyhow, as they were hidden by a mask.|
|Eyeliner||Eye makeup wasn't a huge thing in the 15th century, however I needed to just give a bit of definition for the camera, and to make sure that my eyes didn't disappear completely behind the mask. I tight-lined the upper waterline only in Urban Decay Black Dog powder eyeshadow and the lower waterline in MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating (white), which I also applied under the lash line and into the inner corners).|
|Mascara||With all the water around and the threat of rain, I figured waterproof was the way to go! So I used Chanel Sublime de Chanel Waterproof Mascara in #010/Noir, barely painted on with MAC 205 (Pro) fan brush.|
|Blush||I'd actually managed to forget to bring an appropriately coloured blusher with me, despite bringing more than 4kg of makeup to Venice! I discovered KIKO Cosmetics in Venice and purchased their Soft Touch Blush in 107/Tomato and used it high on the cheekbones and pulled down softly. This look didn't need a contour or highlighter - a contour would have made it look too theatrical, and there was nothing to highlight as my entire face was already whitened-out!|
|Stain||The lips just needed to be stained very simply with red - I used a pink-based red (Dior Diorific Lipstick in 040/Marilyn, blotted and removed a few times, and then removed finally to leave a long-wearing stain only that lasted the night.|
If you're remotely interested, look here for my costume-making post. My mask was one I'd purchased from Ca' Macana (side note: these are the guys who made the masks for the movie Eyes Wide Shut as it transpires!) on a prior visit to Venice some years ago. My wig was rented and my hair jewellery was something that I made myself some time ago. Overall, the ball was immense fun and I'd love to do it again, however given the ridiculous expense involved, am not likely to!