Make-up artist Iris Lo has a formula for success - keep abreast of trends and adapt them to suit each customer's face.
Lo, who has worked at Joyce Beauty for three years, knows how to make a client look her very best for that special occasion. She keeps up with beauty trends by watching fashion shows, reading magazines and exchanging ideas with Joyce Beauty's make-up trainers. 'I talk with my customers to understand their needs,' she says.
The trend for autumn and winter is a continuation of nude make-up, Lo says, 'but with a feminine, violet look while also adding black or dark brown eyeliner'. Smoky eyes also carry through from the summer trends 'but the colour schemes are more focused on dark brown, camel and purple. Rich eyelashes with a thick eyeliner - tilted up at the end of the eyes - are also a must'.
A must-have item for this season's look, whether day or night, is mascara. 'That should be first on your list,' Lo says. 'Eyeliner can further highlight the silhouette of the eyes, thus enhancing a sexy appearance.'
She recommends Le Metier de Beaute's anamorphic lash mascara and precision liquid eyeliner, both in black. Women should also carry some 'touch-ups' in their purses to transform their look from daytime to evening. 'I would recommend ladies to touch up with their own base/foundation first, then do some highlights on the eyes with eyeliner, eye shadow and fake lashes to enhance the entire eye silhouette. They can also use lipsticks with warm colour tones such as berry or rose for the evening look,' Lo says.
For more than 20 years, international make-up artist Kay Montano has created many of the world's most influential looks, and now she has created two special looks exclusively for Joyce Beauty for autumn and winter.
Montano came to prominence with her top magazine covers in the late 1980s and went on to make up the faces of supermodels and celebrities in the 1990s.
For day or night, the 'Cool' look is a sophisticated layering of green and brown tones that offer a fresh take on the smouldering, smoky eyes favoured for evenings.
Iris Lo took Montano's lead by recreating this look for Hong Kong model Ding Ding. After toning and moisturising the skin, she applies By Terry's Teint Delectation plumping fluid foundation and beige Touche Veloutee concealer.
Lo applies Le Metier de Beaute's eye shadow, black liquid eyeliner and black anamorphic mascara to complete the look.
Eyebrows are done with a soft brunette eye pencil by Laura Mercier.
Cheeks are highlighted with By Terry's Terrybly Platonic coral blush, while a nude lipstick by the same line is also applied. The final touch is a lip gloss - Le Metier de Beaute creme fresh tint in ginger lily.
'The cool look focuses on the eyes, and you can use browns, golden colours and black,' Lo says. 'Graduating shades of sophisticated colours make the eyes smoulder while the lips are subtle, shiny and sexy.'
Kay Montano's second exclusive look for Joyce Beauty gives a radiant new dimension to the classic smoky eyes by adding plum hues and semi-translucent layers of rich pigment to add depth before applying purple mascara. This look makes use of different textures of eye shadow, including pastel purple sheen, and lips are bold and beautiful in red.
Iris Lo prepares the skin with Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist toner before applying the brand's instant plumping cream base and Le Metier de Beaute's Peau Vierge Complexe primer. For the base, Lo applies By Terry's plumping fluid foundation and beige Touche Veloutee concealer.
On the eyes, Lo applies Laura Mercier Eye Basic in wheat for the base and shadow, Le Metier de Beaute's Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in violet and purple, By Terry's purple Terrybly eye definer and purple mascara.
Cheeks are given a poppy tint with Le Metier de Beaute creme fresh, while lips become anemone with Chantecaille Hydra Chic lipstick topped with ripe gloss by Beauty Lip Fusion.
Lo says the general autumn-winter trend is marked by a difference in eye shadow texture. 'The summer eye make-up highlights were shimmering, translucent and of a relatively thinner texture, while for this season we can choose an eye shadow with matte and velvet texture, which can express a warm and elegant feeling,' she says. 'To bring out such warmth and elegance for the entire look more delicately, we would use a warm colour tone for the lips such as red or berry.'
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