Keeping an eye on high fashion

Compiled by John Kang

YP junior reporters visited Fashion Forward Festival, where they learned the art of eye make-up from an expert

Compiled by John Kang |

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Four junior reporters attended one of the many workshops offered during last month's Fashion Forward Festival (FFFest). They were given eye make-up tips by Karen Yiu, a make-up artist who has worked at London Fashion Week, Hong Kong Fashion Week, and with major brands such as L'Oreal.

Eye-catching design

Hong Kong's fashion world may not be as big as London, New York or Paris, but it is certainly catching up. "Hong Kong has never been short of hidden gems in fashion design," says Edith Law, the chairperson of Fashion Farm Foundation (FFF).

FFF is a non-profit organisation which promotes the local fashion industry through exhibitions, workshops and events like FFFest. We were lucky enough to attend one of the workshops.

The workshop was hosted by Karen Yiu, a graduate from the University of the Arts London, who specialises in make-up design.

She taught us how to create one of her fantastic eye designs.

Cammy Lam and Nola Yip

Beautiful butterfly

The eye make-up design we learned from Karen Yiu was made up of white, black, green and gold. Treating our face as a canvas, we blended the four colours together and it looked like a brilliant pair of butterfly wings.

To get the best effect, we applied the star powder first, then the green eye shadow, and finally the gold.

Natasha Lau

To create the look, you need

  • Eyebrow glue (stage make-up) and spatula
  • Concealer
  • Mascara wand
  • Make-up sponge
  • False eyelashes
  • Eyeshadow - a light and a dark shade; we used black and blue-green
  • White star powder/pigment
  • Gold shimmer powder
  • Black gel eyeliner
  • Brow pencil
  • 3 small brushes

Beautiful eyes in seven steps:

1 Cover your brows: apply one or two layers of eyebrow glue to your brows using a spatula. Comb them into their natural place using a mascara wand. Apply concealer to cover the brows and blend with a make-up sponge.

2 Dip a small brush into the dark eyeshadow and apply a "V" to the outer corner of the eye. Then blend the lighter shade above the dark "V", making sure to soften the edge.

3 With a dry brush, pat white star powder over the entire eyelid up to your crease.

4 Use a black gel eyeliner on the upper lashline to define the eyes. It's best to keep your eyes open when applying eyeliner; to do this, place the mirror on a table in front of you, look down, and tilt your head back.

5 Apply false eyelashes: it's easier if you cut the eyelashes in half and place on the outer corner of the eye. Don't confuse the left and right sets!

6 Draw brows above your own ones using the brow pencil. Then pat gold shimmer powder from the inner corner to the middle of the eyelid.

7 Finish by patting concealer below your eyes, and sweeping the light-coloured eyeshadow below your lower lashes.

Ruby Leung (Young Post Junior Reporter of the Year)