Sophia Loren is the ultimate femme fatale with her iconic feline eyes and fabulous curves, she's entranced men and women for decades.
Born in 1934, she’s graced the big screen for over 50 years, featuring in over 100 films.
Now 76 Loren still sizzles with power and beauty.
My make-up tips for creating Sophia Loren's iconic look.
Loren's eyes are the most important feature of this look. She tended to use matt warm browns to accentuate the shape of her eye and blend with her bronzer look.
Eye shadow-Apply dark warm eye shadow to outer edge (folie- shadow). Then blend over and through the crease with a mid-tone a two shades darker than skin tone (wedge shadow). The mid-tone will blend out the darker shadow creating a seamless appearance.
Liner- I use gel based liner (blacktrack- fluidline) making sure to keep the angle lifted. I tend to follow the line of the bottom lash line. Tip- use cotton bud and (fast response- eye cream) to sharpen line or erase.
Draw a line on the bottom lash line but leave a small gap on the outer corner of the eye as this will make your eye appear more feline and elongated. Then draw a brightening pencil in the waterline (Chromagraphic- Pencil)
Brows- Comb brows up for a fuller shape. But don’t over draw them or make them too dark, try eye shadow with an angle brush (omega- shadow/ 266 # brush). (Clear- brow set) to lock them in place.
Lashes- two pairs of (36# lashes) for full winged lashes that are not too long.
Changed the way women wanted their skin to look. Poles apart from 50's trend for pale matt full coverage foundation. Her skin is sun kissed and contoured with a velvet texture.
(Face and body- foundation), (studio finish-concealer) then set with (mineralize skinfinsh).
Contour using matt shade a few shades darker than skin tone- I use (Harmony- blusher) or for fair skin (kid- eye shadow). Tip- use contour brush (168#) from top of the ear to corner of mouth.
(Sublime Culture- lip liner) buffed all over the lip then (freckletone- lipstick)
Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; all of them are from MAC
Your foundation choice will depend on your skin type, the coverage you'd like to achieve and the texture you prefer.
A great one for sheer to medium coverage with a slightly luminous look: (mineralize satin finish SPF15 foundation)-(190 foundation brush).
If you like a medium to full coverage but still with a natural satin finish (studio sculpt SPF 15)-(190 foundation brush).
Skin that produces more oil tends to need a matte finish, for a long-wearing medium-full coverage (studio fix fluid SPF 15)-(188 stippling brush).
Concealer is usually used for more targeted areas of coverage such as around the eyes and blemishes.
The colour and texture of the concealer depends on the area of use. For coverage round the eyes, colour theory will come into play; if you have a bluish tint in this area then a warmer pink base will counteract the blue (in mac concealers the warmer tones are represented with NW).
(Select moisturecover)-(217 blending brush) is a beautiful concealer for round the eyes and the face as it gives good coverage without looking too heavy; it has a satin-smooth ultra-moisturized finish.
For a matte finish, long wearing concealer (select cover-up)-(217 blending brush) - good to use over eye lids before eye shadow to reduce redness.
Or full coverage for problem areas such as spots- (studio finish SPF 35 concealer).
To lock foundation and concealer in place, set them with a powder especially around the eyes to stop them gathering and creasing.
For a dimensional yet natural matte finish that’s not dry or powdery looking (mineralize skinfinish natural).
Or for shine prone skin (blot powder); only 3% colour so great for touch-ups, contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface.
(129 powder/ blush brush)
Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; all of them are from MAC
I was the key makeup artist for both these shows. The designers gave me a brief for what make up looks they wanted.
Hannah Dulcie wanted an edgy but sexy smoky eye. As Rihanna is a big fan of their underwear they wanted me to use her as an influence.
For this look we used-
- blacktrack fluidline- blended all over the eye
- mineralize skinfinish- in a few shades darker to diffuse the blacktrack
- vanilla- pigment as a highlight
- clear lipglass- applied over the lid to give it an oil stick, gloss back finish
- Keeping the skin understated but flawless focusing on accentuating the contours of the face
- sculpt foundation- as it gives your skin a polished, satiny, sheen but still covers imperfection
- contour- mineralize skinfinish in a few shades darker
- highlight- vanilla pigment mixed with lip conditioner
keeping the focus on the eyes we erased the lips using:
- studio finish concealer- in a warm shade then pat lip condition on top to keep the lips looking plump.
Mimi Noor wanted a fresh look.
So I gave the models a youthful glow with Rosie stained lips and checks.
Naturally contoured using-
- Kid eye shadow- though the crease of the eye
- Vanilla pigment
- Face and body foundation- takes down redness without masking models natural beauty
- Cheeks-Posie cream blusher- applied to the apples of the cheeks
- Highlight- vanilla pigment mixed with lip conditioner
- Speak louder lipstick- pushed into lips with fingers to keep the edges soft and stained
I selected a group of amazing makeup artist to assist me-
Amelia- Jane Wilkey
Massive thanks to them, they were fantastic and carried out the looks perfectly!
And a huge thanks to Hannah Dulcie, Mimi Noor the photographer Emerson, PR- Sarah Lye and everyone else involved.
There's a really amazing designer /stylist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a few occasions. She’s a true inspiration as she juggles being a mother of 3 and setting up her own clothing label. As well as being a stylist and photographer. So I’m not sure how she found time to blog about me but a massive thank you to EOH, her lovely words really touched me.
Here’s what she wrote-
TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011
Naomi Mckeever is Blonde bombshell with a difference..she is a super talented freelance make up artist, with a wealth of experience. Naomi has a fine art background, which transfers to her work, as she has a really good eye for colour trends and detail. In this business, the ability to be personable, is everything, and Naomi is a very patient and kind person, I always trust her advice!. In the past Oli and I, organised a Vintage inspired, charity event and photo shoots and Naomi helped us, her skills are totally adaptable, from the 1920's to ultra modern...Have a look at her site Here. Also check out her Blog, because she has started doing make up tutorials...
link to the blog post-
Think a burst of colour...
Pushing the limits...
Fashion on acid...
The glamour of a ‘Red lip’ with an edgier vibe...
A treatment of Neon to oranges, pinks and magentas...
Beautiful balance of a ‘pop’ of colour placed on a discreetly prepared canvas to avoid the makeup appearing ‘theatrical’. For example leaving out mascara or brows and keeping the skin clean and natural...
Taking a classic look like a precise lip and turning up the intensity by using super saturated block colour.
I worked on the Giles show representing MAC where Miranda Joyce was the key make up artist.
Here's what we used.
- Face and Body Foundation – where needed, fresh skin is so important so this look stays modern.
- MAC Pro Gold Glitter – over the lids, packed on tight at the lash line, applied onto mixing medium lash with a 242 brush.
- MAC Pro Turquoise or Pro Pink Glitter – applied in the same way all around the gold and up into the brows, applied in a “C” shape beneath the eyes in a free and arty, not perfect, style.
- Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara – several coats on top and bottom lashes
- Brows bleached if necessary.
- Lady Danger Lipstick – softly applied.
- Clear Lipglass – for a full-on vinyl finish.
“It’s Bohemian and arty rather that draggy or overly retro – there’s definitely a sense of real decadence and fun behind makeup this season” – Miranda Joyce
- M•A•C Gloss
- Magenta Lip Pencil
- Cherry Lip Pencil
- Crimson PRO Lip Mix
- Orange PRO Lip Mix
- Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow
- 316 lip brush
- Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil
- Magenta Madness Pigment
- Morange Lipstick
- Lady Danger Lipstick
- Sushi flower Eye Shadow
- Waveline Fluidline
- PRO Turquoise Glitter
- PRO Pink Glitter
I did a lesson with Natalie Jane Mitchell for make-up students at Swindon college on the trends. In this post It includes bits from what we covered with them in our hand-out.
Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets;
Preparing the skin is key; for radiant skin take the time to really massage your moisturizer in- (MAC complete comfort creme or embryolisse). This will stimulate the blood flow to your face.
Then tap an eye cream round the eyes- (bobbi brown hydrating eye cream). Avoid getting the cream to close to the eye, apply a small amount to the orbital bone all-round. Where the skins thin it will absorb the product where needed.
At this point apply a generous layer of lip conditioner to the lips and leave to marinate- (MAC lip conditioner). This will leave your lips soft and moisturized ready for lip products. If there is a lot of dry skin mix some regular sugar into the lip conditioner, then gently work it into the lips exfoliating off the dead skin then wipe off.
I always use a primer before applying foundation, (smashbox photo finish primer or MAC prep and Prime- skin) as it calms down redness, smooths over texture and keeps your foundation lasting all day.
I worked as part of the Mac team for London fashion week S/S 2011.
Mac separated what was done on the catwalks into 4 key make- up trends.
I did a lesson with Natalie Jane Mitchell for make-up students at Swindon college on the trends. In this post I will show what we covered with them in our hand-out.
We weren’t representing MAC for this lesson but this is how we translated the trends.
Mac spring/ summer 2011 Trends
Being brave with makeup, creative and contemporary with classic references. Minimalistic, but striking. Avant Garde but ‘pretty’. Striking but discreetly placed.
Makeup this season is technically bold and daring!