Friday Flashback: Winning Looks

In the spirit of Friday flashback and Rio 2016, I had to dig into the FAB archives and bring you this timeless shoot titled ‘Winning Looks’ – possibly one of my favourite shoots not only as an art director and editor but also during my time at FAB.

The looks were created by the amazing make up artist extraordinaire Lola Maja and they were as timeless then when we shot in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, and they are just as timeless now on the even of Rio 2016 Olympics.


Golden Goddess

This look is all about creating a golden glow, a bronze goddess. Great for summer months as a daytime look and can easily be spiced up for a night out with a heavier lip colour.

You can get a natural tan without sitting out in the sun for hours by adding a touch of liquid bronzer to your usual foundation, or you could switch your normal powder for one of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish such as Dark or Deep Dark.

Lightly sweep a cream shadow along the lower lid to create a soft sheen. Then gently contour the outer corners with a dark brown such as MAC Bronze Frost Metallic Cream and Bark Matte Shadow.

Highlight your cheeks using a gold powder blusher as a highlighter such as Doris Michaels or for a more intense shine you could use a cream blush instead.

In tone with the bronze shades, use MAC Bronze Frost Metallic Cream on the lips and top it up with Light Venus, a slightly pink gloss which will soften the look.


Power Pout

Let your lips do the talking without saying a word. Just pick a shade that suits your skin tone. Orange is a flattering colour for most people.

Top MAC Morange with a lip gloss, such as Inglot AMC Lipgloss in 545 for a multi-tonal effect. Barry M Blusher in Apricot (615) is a stunning warm orange which will add that extra pop.

With Barry M Kohl Pencil KP17 in an intense green, line under the eyes for a simple statement to complement the lips without overpowering them.


On your Blocks

You can choose any combination of colours to contrast or complement for the perfect colour blocking look. Get creative and experiment with your favourite colours. It’s good to invest in an eyeshadow palette that gives you a variety of options such as the Sacred 120 palette.Hare, aquamarine blue and a deep fuchsia pink is used. A touch of black liquid liner gives an extra dimension and depth to the eyes.

Since this look is all about the yes, keep the lips simple with a nude colour such as Inglot Lip Paint in No 51.


Make a Splash

Nude, contoured and totally hot. Finding the right products to create a barely there look which will keep you clean and shine-free through the day is essential. Apply MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation and Studio Fix Pressed Powder to obtain a matte base without a heavy finish.

Accentuate cheekbones using a matte blush to contour MAC’s Buff and Illamasqua’s Disobey or one of Sacred’s Contouring Powders.

Keep the eyes nude but with a slight sheen by applying Inglot’s eye shadow base in Dark all over the lower lid. To define the eyes, use MAC Feline both inside and smudges under the waterline.

To complement the neutral tones choose a barely there shade of lipstick such as Sacred Professional Lip Palette No 2.

Photography: SubySinem

Make up: Lola Maja-Okojevoh

Model: Deandra @ Strike

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