Marchesa AW15 Makeup Look In 4 Easy Steps

Take inspiration from the catwalk this party season with a makeup look sure to turn heads


Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
December 4th, 2015

Proving that makeup doesn’t have to be complicated to be striking, the Marchesa AW15 runway look is a master class in the use of texture, tone and simplicity. I love the hair; a nod to the 1920s and old school Hollywood screen sirens such as Greta Garbo and Mary Pickford, which is also picked up in the makeup, although in a slightly more subtle way as the sooty, dark shades we’re used to seeing on eyes have been replaced with a gilded, gold lid and the rose bud lips made fuller for a more modern feel.

When you break this makeup look down there are three key elements; fresh, glowing skin, a luxurious gold smokey eye, and of course, rich berry lips. The mix of both warm and cool tones is something I particularly like as it makes the overall look more wearable regardless of whether you have a porcelain, olive or a deeper complexion.

Marchesa AW15

Get the look:

1.For a smoother finish and added freshness to skin, start by applying a primer and then a light or medium coverage foundation to create a natural, even skintone. I used Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm to prime the skin and then Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation as the base. For nights out, I’d recommend avoiding any formulas with added SPF as it may cause unwanted flashback in pictures.

2.To reduce shine and set your base, dust a little powder down the T-Zone and on top of the eyelids. Instead of blusher or contour, tap on a gold toned liquid highlighter to catch the light and accentuate cheekbones for a healthy sheen. I opted for Sun Beam Highlighter by Benefit.


3.A metallic eye shadow will give a more luxe feel to your eye makeup. To create depth of colour, try wetting your brush a little first and then pushing the colour into the lash line. With a dry brush, buff out the colour for a seamless, blended finish. Apply lashings of black mascara for contrast and definition or add false lashes for even more drama. I used Inglot’s Pure Pigment Eyeshadow in #24 and Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes mascara.


4.Berry lips can be a little daunting for some people so if you’re not in the market for a strong lipstick you can try a tinted balm or sheer lipstick instead to give the hint of colour without the commitment. I used Lipstick Queen’s Bête Noire in the shade ‘Possessed Metal’. A handy tip for ensuring your lip line is symmetrical is to change the perspective by using a hand mirror, reflected into your normal mirror to look at it upside down.


Image Credits

Photography: Emily Charlotte Greene

Makeup: Sarah Jane Lanagan at Distinct Model Management

Model: Dorottya at Distinct Model Management

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