Look of the Day: Modern Retro (The Secretary)

Hello Lovelies. Today I thought I would share with you a hair and make-up look I wore out last night. I’m calling it ‘The Secretary’ as I went for a flick of liner and a beehive but with a modern twist.

I used a matte white eye shadow over my entire lid, right up to the brown bone. I then used a matte red eyeshadow with a mixing medium to make a red liquid liner to create a 60s style flick. I exaggerated it and brought it almost as far as the end of my eyebrows. I drew in a black beauty mark on my left cheek with liner set with black eye shadow.

Here’s a close up of the eye make-up. I kept my eyebrows fairly light and a lot straighter than I usually wear them. I curled my lashes and added black mascara. I finished my eyes off with false lashes on the outer corners.

I used a red lip liner to line my lips, I then coloured them in and topped off with a glittery red lip gloss so the look wasn’t too matte.

I beehived my hair using three sections. One at the front to create a swooped fringe. The crown section to create the bouffant (I used a doughnut sponge on the crown which you can unfortunetly see peeping through slightly, I would do more back combing to avoid this usually but I needed to keep my hair fuzz free for today). Finally, the back of the hair which is twisted up into a French pleat. I accessorised using some of the flowers I make for clients to buy.

Here’s the swooped fringe. You can also really see the height of the beehive here. I haven’t got any decent pictures of the back to show you (it’s rather awkward taking photos of the back of your head on your own I have discovered. The next time I do this look I will use tongs to curl the ends of the fringe section to help curl it up nicely on the side of the head. I would also swoop it further over my forehead.

Halloween Party: A much deserved night off

Happy Halloween Lovelies! I hope you are getting up to mischief and mayhem on this day of death, mystery and horror. I love Halloween, it is my favourite time of year. Christmas can’t compete, yes, Yuletide has gifts and carols and lovey schmultzy stuff but Halloween has zombies, pumpkin carving and The Monster Mash! On Saturday I had a much deserved night off and headed to my favourite little club The Buffalo Bar with my boyfriend The Monster, to raise some hell and dance the night away.┬áThe night was put on by the Actionettes, the theme was 1960s B-Movies, right up my street! I had come home straight from giving a vintage hair and make-up demo so didn’t have much time to get ready, so my make-up wasn’t as elaborate as I’d have liked, nevermind. Here’s a wee look at the hair and make-up I did on myself and my boyfriend.

I wasn’t dressed as a particular character on the night. I wore a floor length black gown with leopard print heels and a necklace made of skulls. My inspiration was taken from Elvira and witch doctors. We were running late and didn’t have time to take proper photos before leaving the house, so I didn’t get a full length photo of the dress, but you can see my pale and gaunt looking face here at least! You can’t see very well but I also have really extreme black cat-eye make-up.

I wanted my hair to look like a spider’s nest so I beehived it and then wrapped it in green cobwebs. I put little black baby spiders all over my head, I think I creeped a few people on the Underground out with it! I then added a big glittery purple mummy spider in the very top of the hair do to look after her brood of creepy-crawly babies. I backcombed the heck out of my poor hair and used half a ton of super strong hair spray to keep it in check.

Brushing it out and washing it was pretty horrid but it was totally worth it. I was really pleased with the outcome. The green cobwebs contrasted nicely with my bright copper hair too. If only I could get away with hair like this every day but I think all that backcombing would destroy my mop, how did women do this every day? Their hair must have been frazzled!

I also did my partner’s hair and make-up. He was going for a Mad Scientist look and people kept quoting Doc from Back To The Future at him all night. I think he enjoyed dressing up and having his hair and make-up done. It’s a shame most men don’t get to enjoy the fun of cosmetics and hair styling like us women do, which I think is unfair but maybe one day things will change.

Here is Monster on the tube on the way to the party. His hair had a ton of hairspray in it aswell and it felt icky! I dusted lots of talc into in to make it greyer and so he smelled like my Lush Vanilla Puff talc all night, teehee. I also paled out his face and contoured in some deep shadows to make his cheeks look hollow and his eyes sunken and tired.

Here’s another photo of Monster with his trusty side-kick Hubert the Lab rat on his shoulder. You can really see the contouring in this photo. I still fancied the pants off him, even looking like this. But then one of my first crushes was Jonny Depp as Edward Scissorhands so I guess I just have a thing for pale and interesting men. Hubert didn’t require any styling as he already has that scruffy street rat look down. He kept disappearing all night and we soon found out what he was up to….

He was busted drinking from ‘ glasses on the bar. Naughty lab rat! He seemed to like the Kraken Rum best, with disastrous yet predictable results…

…Totally piddled and unable to get up. He was in a sorry state in the morning but no one was feeling sympathy for the dirty little rat!

So, all in all a rather fabulous night full of madness, mayhem, blood shots, great music and limbo dancing. I’m already deciding what to wear next year!