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Holliday Grainger debuts A/W’s luxe looks – The Red Lip

After applying base, blusher and a few coats of black mascara, Chanel make-up artist Kay Moatano began working on the main attraction. If your lipstick has a tendency to bleed or you like a well-defined mouth, make sure the lip line is powdered, then line inside in a similar shade to create shape and fill in with your chosen colour. ‘However, paint straight on to lips – from the middle outwards – using a small lipstick brush,’ says Montano.


Rock ‘n’ Kohl

‘This is glamorous eyeliner with a cool, rocky twist,’ says Montano, who explains that the key is to make sure lines are smudged and imperfect. ‘Keeping everything else soft, prep the eye with a wash of ivory of stone eyeshadow.’

Then select a soft kohl, liquid or gel liner (whatever you are comfortable with) in your chosen shade. ‘Starting with your lid, take it along the lash line to the outer corner, before doing the same on your lower lash line, in the opposite direction.’

Using a clean cotton bud, gently blend and smudge the line to avoid any harshness and, if you want your look to go the distance, press a powder in the same colour carefully over the top. ‘Then layer black mascara on both sets of lashes to create more drama.’


Scarlet lips & smouldering eyeliner. Go Glamour!

A/w sees the return of the beefed-up brow, so be sure to invest in a pencil and gel. ‘Brows give your face definition and frame your eyes,’ says Montano. ‘Gone are the days of overplucked brows and defined arches, it’s far more chic to enhance a naturally wide shape.’

Always start by combing your hairs in an upwards direction, then fill in any sparse areas with soft, feathering strokes. ‘Oddly, if you are fair, darkened eyebrows work better than on brunettes, where they can look old-fashioned,’ she explains. ‘Better to widen them with a neutral pencil like Tom Fued’s brilliant Brow Sculptor in Taupe or Blonde, followed by brushing them up with brow gel or clear mascara.

‘Holli’s blonde, so I used a sharpened pencils two shades darker than her natural hair colour, brushed them up and set with a brow gel.’ Finish by balancing your strong brows with a glossy nude lip.


InStyle UK – September 2012


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