She said “I love these images. It was so great to work with Priscilla and Tomas on this shoot. We were all on the same ‘sassy secretary wave length’.”
Maria kept the makeup very nude but creamy, giving the model flawless skin then heavily contoured her cheeks & eyes.
She created a deep modern smokey sweep over the eye using Dior eyeshadow and finished off with a dewy Dior lipstick.The effect was strong and sophisticated with a nod to 80’s glam.
Maria Comparetto attended the Givenchy launch to celebrate their new mascara, Démesure (which hits stores in July £22). They also launched their AW11 collection (which will hit stores late August, prices start at £13).
The setting was the very Grand ‘Quintessentially House’ Portland Place. There was a Champagne reception followed by a presentation by Nicolas Degennes, the Creative Director for Givenchy make up who came over from Paris to talk through the inspiration for the new mascara and also preview the AW11 collection. In a blackened room, he presented the new colours and textures.
Using a powder highlighter underneath the foundation Nicolas demonstrated how easy it is to use the AW11 palette to allow the glow to look more natural. Apparently this new product will be available in only two shades (light & dark) and does it all.
Nicolas then demonstrated with the use of just a pencil, this palette and the new mascara how easy it was to create a seductive look in a the matter of minutes.
Maria said that Nicolas approach is to break all the rules and use fewer products to keep things simple.
After Nicolas‘ presentation, journalists, publishers/editors and make up artists could experience the new mascara for themselves with the help of four make up artists including Kevin Fortune, Adam De Cruz, Lyz Marsden and Dani Guinsberg.
For Maria the most exciting of all the products was the Mascara with its new and innovative retractable wand. Maria thought that ‘The ribbed applicator seems thick and clunky at first with slight grooves at the end to brush through the lashes’. She said that the trick is to apply your mascara, and then twist the base of the wand. This exposes a super flexible brush which helps you work the product from roots to ends to separate the individual lashes.
Maria’s said, “The result is amazing. Any transfer of mascara onto the eye area can be easily blended as eye shadow to enhance the Smokey eye.” And added that “The mascara will be out soon and I can’t wait!”
According to Maria the one to watch also is the Golden stardust, “In a beautiful “old school” black perfume bottle. The dust is applied as if you were applying perfume to hair & skin, truly magical… The room fills with flecks of Gold”. Unfortunately we can’t see for ourselves what this looks like until nearer the time…
One of the best and most versatile beauty buys I have made in the last (yikes) two decades has got to be the M∙A∙C Pigment Colour in ‘Frost’.
Twelve years ago a make-up artist recommended I make the purchase and I wondered what on earth I would do with it. Now I wonder what I would do with out it!
The official brief from M∙A∙C is that pigment is ‘a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin’ and M∙A∙C claims that you can use it ‘to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect’. They also say that it ‘does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting.’
Unlike a lot of press releases or product descriptions, this is actually 100% true (and more and I don’t even have the latest refined version)…
I (speaking as a non professional) have had the following uses of it and can make the following tried and tested claims:
1. With a little bit of moisturiser to wake up the skin on the face and body (and no, you don’t end up looking like a Twilight vampire in the sun – but could do if you wanted to). A perfect primer.
2. A little added to tinted moisturiser or foundation to make me look like I’ve had a few more hours sleep than I have.
3. As a highlighter.
4. As a full on fancy dress disco glitter silver eyeshadow.
5. As a subtle addition to a daytime eyeshadow.
6. A little more to change a daytime look for evening.
7. To soften a smokey eye when I’ve overdone it.
8. A teeny amount with a little lipsalve (over lipstick and not).
9. On the shoulders and décolleté for a bit of party shimmer.
10. VAT returns (obviously joking but I wouldn’t be surprised – it does everything else and will certainly make you feel nicer as you get it done)
To give a professional view, I asked Maria Comparetto for her comments and she said that “Pigments are the most versatile product on the market today…” She suggests choosing the ‘correct mixing medium and create an array of effects from eyeliner with maximum lasting power to the most intense body paint’ (as seen in the image). She added “For whatever occasion and effect there is a pigment for you even used straight from the pot. I love M∙A∙C pigmets as they turn even the most inexperienced of makeup artists into a professional.”
|It blends beautifully and it’s very easy to manage. However, my little pot of magic is coming to an end and unfortunately the exact shade I have doesn’t exist any more but apparently the closest is the Frozen White Pigment RRP: £15.50 (with blue duochrome) or the Vanilla Pigment with a pearlescent finish will be a good substitute. Price per wear it has been the best value I have ever spent on a product so I’m going to try both.
On Saturday Maria sent this from Milan: ” Just been doing makeup (with Linda) for Emporio Armani, the show was amazing, all black clothes & beautifully tailored.. The makeup was very natural with an accentuated cheek and lip. The eye socket was shaded and the lid was highlighted as was the cheek bone. Matt lip and skin was the trend! Back stage was buzzing with the arrival of Tina turner, and Ricky Martin to name a few… Great atmosphere!! I’m livin the vida loca.”
The show was very well received. Maria said that “the girls looked amazing”.
Maria worked with the MAC Pro team to create the pointed purple and electric lilac lip (using Blue Lipmix and Rich Purple Paint Stick with Plush Prolongwear Shadow on the upper lip) which was to be “futuristic but paid homage to the eighties”.
Eyebrows were brushed up and set to give the final look an elegant but animalistic quality.
Nails were painted black.
|Maria and her team
They started the shoot at 3pm to catch the fantastic light at dusk on Hampstead Heath. (you can see why!)
The designer Jayne Pierson was the art director for this and Danielle Rees (Fashion Director at Blown Magazine) styled the shoot. Maria is working with them both this Sunday for Jayne’s show for London Fashion Week on the On/Off schedule.