Face of the Day – Inspired by the Dolce Vita!

An overdue face post… possibly because I feel so self conscious writing these? 

Anyway, enough of the ‘sharing’…

For a recent Black Tie affair, I decided to go for the whole Riviera/Dolce girl look – you know, big hair, heavy on the eyes, gloss on the lips… a 1960’s Sophia Loren was my inspiration.

Obviously, I left the hair to my hairdresser, I couldn’t do my hair like this in a month of Sundays.  So, after some blowdrying, rollers and backcombing, we got the look I was after.

And this was the face:

What I used:

Primer: Bare Minerals Prime Time, applied with fingers
Foundation: Photo Flawless Foundation by No 17, MAC Foundation Brush
Concealer: Conceal FX, Hourglass concealer brush
Eyeshadow: Bare Mineral Clear Radiance on the lids, Daniel Sandler Matte 
                   Eyeshadow 238 in the crease (quite possibly my favourite 
                   eyeshadow of all time), Smashbox Precision Brush for both
Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar on upper lids, Bobbi 
              Brown Fine Eyeliner Brush, Hourglass brown from Vol.6 Palette on 
              lower lids, Smashbox Arced Liner Brush No. 21 
Mascara: Peep Show by No 17, two coats on upper lashes, one coat on lower 
Cheeks: MyFace Blusher in Night Fever, Bare Minerals Blusher in Giddy used as a 
            highlighter, Daniel Sandler Angled Blusher Brush for both
Lips: Bare Minerals Lipstickin Parfait, straight from the bullet, MAC Lip Liner in Spice, Bare Mineral Natural Lip Gloss in 7 Layer Cake

And that was about it!

As you can see, not too many products and a relatively simple makeup that only took me around ten minutes to do, but suitably “done up” for the occasion I was attending. 

I’d just had my eyebrows HD’d, (a separate post on that coming soon!), so I literally didn’t touch them.

If I’d had time, I would have put some false lashes on to really finish the look off properly…. ah well, next time!



  1. April 25, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    wow you look amazing!!! 🙂

    • April 25, 2012 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you… 🙂 Not sure I’ll ever be able to recreate it!

  2. Naveen
    April 25, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    You look beautiful !!! 🙂

  3. April 25, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    You look gorgeous 🙂 that make up look lovely on you and your hair looks GORGEOUS!!! Congrats to your hairdresser, but it is also so healthy and shiny 😀 do an updated hair care routine post… please!!! 😉

    xx raquel

    • April 27, 2012 / 10:16 am

      Thank you, yes, promise to do an update on the hair soon :))

  4. April 28, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Love the hair, makeup… EVERYTHING! Will definitely be trying this look xx

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