Rise and shine

Megumi Sekine turns up the heat with sunset colours and a dash of shimmer, writes Tama Lung

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am


This issue's cover shoot took place on the sunny shores of Discovery Bay, just as the heat and humidity started to make their return to Hong Kong. So it wasn't hard to get in the mood for our 'hot summer' theme.

Make-up artist Megumi Sekine sorted through the latest collections from Shiseido, Becca, M.A.C, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and more to choose shimmering eye shadows, bright blushes and soft lip shades. 'This summer we're going for sunset colours, such as orange, copper, metallics, soft peach and coral,' says Sekine, who added blues and greens for contrast.

Our models' healthy summer glow came courtesy of shimmering creams, such as Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector, and bronzers, including Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige.

'I mix shimmer with the foundation, and I use cheek colours with shimmer and put them on the high cheekbone and the cupid's bow before applying lipstick,' Sekine says.

The Hong Kong-born and Japan-raised Sekine also put her extensive experience to work on our models, Celine Yao and August Zhang.

'Some make-up artists find it harder to do eye make-up on Asians. And I know most Asian women don't use much eye shadow and only black eye-liner and mascara,' she says. 'But using different products can give different effects. If you use black kohl pencil, the lines are softer and the whole look is softer. If you use liquid eye liner, you will give a sharp and cool impression because the lines are more defined.'

To complement brown eyes, Sekine suggests taupe, brown or dark purple eye shadows. Blue and navy shades can intensify eye colour.

Covering the spectrum of ice blue to soft brown, our looks came together with hairstyling by Alexander Chui and striking silver and gold jewellery pieces from Ame Gallery. Capturing it all was French photographer Raya, not long before she escapes Hong Kong's hot summer to return to her home in New York.