Oh goodness, it’s 2010! Happy New Year everyone! Is it just me, or can everyone still remember what they did on the eve of 2000? The parties, the excitement of the new millennium and the promise of a new decade and time. Well, the world didn't end, computers didn't crash and life just carried on as usual. I could do a whole recap of the past decade, but I won’t. It’s about looking ahead and anticipating all that 2010 will bring.
Hangover? Thought so. I personally don’t drink but have witnessed many of my friends suffer from the morning after. I am, however, suffering from lack of sleep and over-indulging on food and rich deserts so favoured during the holiday period. I will share with you, dear readers, that as a lactose-sensitive, small-eyed Chinese person, puffy eyes and over-active sinuses is definitely not a good look. So while I don’t really know what a hangover feels like, I can offer a few remedies, I suppose. So let’s keep it light and easy, shall we? It is, after all, New Year’s Day.
Just because I say so does not make this the gospel of make up - I'm about to give you the key essential products I think people should have in their kits, be it professional or personal. Of course, there are different opinions but it’s my column and I’ll type if I want to!
I still remember when I first started and decided I was an Artiste - and I could make do with only a few products, and just as an artist would mix paints to get different colours, I deliberately kept only key items so I could create different colours whenever I wanted. For a while it sufficed, but as my jobs became more varied and demanding, I realised that, yes, maybe I do need a few more items in my kit!
When I started doing London Fashion Week and had a day of four shows back to back, my kit needed a major refurbishment to work with the crème de la crème of the fashion world. Thankfully, by this time I was starting to get regular work and had become more aware of what each season's trends for products, textures and colours would be. Anyway I digress, so here we go.
Remember that Kim Carnes song, 'Bette Davis Eyes'? Well, this is kind of like that, except it's about Madonna and it more appropriately would be called 'Rose-Cut Diamond Eyes'.
For her 2009 Sticky & Sweet tour, the Material Girl's makeup artist, Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brooke, has created an extra sparkly look by dusting the singer's eyes with white shadow and crushed diamonds. As if that wasn't enough, Brooke adds to her work with an additional two carats of diamond pieces on the brow bone. The total look was inspired by Madonna's hit 'Ray of Light', according to People.
"The resulting brightness and glow from Madonna's eyes captivate the audience and reinforces the fact that there are always new possibilities with makeup — and no rules," Brooke explains. We say: After watching 'Blood Diamond', we hope that diamond dust is cruelty-free!