Post by Thandie
I love every aspect of getting ready for a Premiere. It starts a couple of months before when I get a schedule of what appearances I’ll need to attend. The Premiere itself is usually at the end of a week long publicity push – so it’s just one of the looks I’ll need to figure out. A few years ago I decided to style myself for events – mainly because I have strong opinions and also because I enjoy how creative ‘styling’ can be. I don’t go to many Red Carpet Events so it’s manageable. My PA Rosie calls in pieces that I select from the shows (I look at Style.com every few months to keep up to date with new and favourite designers), or I wear vintage. I usually borrow the pieces and return them Cinderella style.
The Rogue Press tour (Direct TVs ‘Audience Network’) earlier this year meant I had to source various looks for red carpet, TV appearances, interviews – roughly 20 looks in all. Kay was unavailable (and too expensive – ha!) to join me on the US portion of the trip (she did the Cannes leg of the tour, see my ‘Proud Pony’ post). So as well as styling, I was taking responsibility for make up and hair too.
This look was for the New York Premiere. It started with the dress (it always starts with the dress). I wanted something a little edgy and rocking. In recent months, my go-to for unique pieces has been The Gathering Goddess in London. Kay introduced me to Wilma Mae Basta’s fabulous store a year ago. It’s a cornucopia of tailored treasures, and guaranteed I’ll find a one-off piece that fits the mood I’m in.
This dress (left-I loved it so much I bought it) is an all time favorite. The beading literally spells out ‘ROCK’. It’s got a 1980s feel to it (complete with shoulder pads). I also loved that the label revealed that it was made in India – it’s Grace Jones goes to Bollywood!
The make-up look evolved quickly in my head. It needed to be strong – lips AND eyes (usually a no-no). Kay and I had recently shot a gorgeous spread for US In-Style and Kay was intuiting strong looks as being on-trend.
I always listen to Kay because, well, she and a handful of others are the ones who determine the trends.
Base: see ‘Kay Gets Thandie Ready for Chanel’.
Rogue Premier NYC
I always start by dusting my lids with translucent powder so the colored eye shadow goes on evenly. I used my favorite SUQQU palette – 02 GOKUSHI. Starting with the darkest aubergine (eggplant) shade I used a small eyeshadow brush along my upper lid crease, blending as I went. I also blended this color under my eyes, close to the outer lower lashes. Then, using the deep bronze color I used a slightly larger brush and gently exaggerated the initial application of the first color. I blended the upper lid and under eye until I’d achieved a nice smoky eye.
I also lined under the outer edge of my lower lash, taking the line up to meet the top line; creating a strong cat-eye shape. (I’m looking forward to trying Eyeko’s eye-liner next time – see Kay’s recent post here)
I didn’t want the black line to be too ‘hard’ so I used Estee Lauder‘s Double Wear Eye Pencil in Onyx and gently traced over the liquid eye-line. I then used the smudging end of the pencil to blend the creamy pencil into the eyeshadow until I had a graduated smoky eye with deep bronzey-purple undertones.
For this look I used Julie Hewett‘s ‘Cheekie Cheek & Lip Shine’ in Rosie, applied with my middle finger and smudged until I’d got those apples blushing!
Also at this stage, I curled my lashes and filled them up with Estee Lauder‘s Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Intense Black. I also added definition to my eyebrows with SUQQU’s Eyebrow Liquid Pen in Moss Green.
Finally, I lined my lips with a freshly sharpened Laura Mercier ‘True Red’ lip pencil, and using a lip brush, filled my lips with Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Coromandel. I learnt a brilliant tip from Kay when using a vibrant red – to line just outside my upper lip line, and just inside my lower lip line. It gives my lips a fuller pout, and makes ALL the difference.
When using a vibrant color, experiment with where you put your lip liner – it doesn’t always need to be true to where the actual line is.
Oh, and to finish off this look, I borrowed Solange Azagury Partridge‘s GORGEOUS ‘Big Bang’ diamond earrings. I felt pretty hot that night – dressed head-to-toe in a look that would’ve made the Studio 54 doormen approve. Get the Look!
Hair, Make-Up , styling & Illustrations by Thandie.