I’m a professional hair and make up artist raised and based in Nairobi, with seven years of experience in the Hair and Make up industry. I pride myself on being a fun, creative and energetic person that seeks to infuse my talents into my work and the content I create.

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Look of the Week : Oh Betty!

The colorful 1950’s was possibly the most glamorous decade for make-up. It certainly has its share of beauty icons, think Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Loren.
Their make up looks defined an era that was without a doubt the age of glamour and sass. Now, almost 70 years later, it’s still a staple and lots of fun to incorporate into your personal style.
When thinking old school glamour your mind automatically goes to a powdery base, winged cat eyes and red lips. Here’s how I created my perfect pin up look.

Start with your usual creamy foundation base and set it with plenty of powder such as M.A.C Studio Fix for that perfect ‘blank canvas’. Apply a light neutral eyeshadow to the entire eyelid, then apply a fine layer of a brown color eyeshadow such as M.A.C Texture Velvet eyeshadow to the upper eyelid. Be sure to concentrate the color in the crease of the eyelid.

With a black liner like Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner draw a defined line that begins at the corner of the eye and runs along the lash line of the upper eyelid to the outer corner, opening up the eye. If the wing is too low it makes the eyes appear to droop so make sure to angle the wing upwards. Mascara is your best friend in defining your cat eye, so apply plenty to your lashes.

This Hollywood Bombshell look wouldn’t be complete without glamorous red lips, and this was the era where over lining your lips became a common trend. Do so at your comfort using M.A.C Cherry Lipliner. Orange-red lipsticks look great on blonds,redheads and medium brown hair colors while pink and purple-reds compliments dark hair and warmer skin tones. I used M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick.

Finally, with a light hand, apply a pastel hue of rouge to the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go. Embrace your inner pin up girl.

Photos by MGPhotoStudio – Masha Grosman

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