The top 4 images are from a fashion shoot that I adored working on for Vogue Germany which we did on the charming Greek island of Ithaki, shot by Phil Poynter, styled by Charlotte Stockdale, hair by Panos Papandrianos and the model is Maryna Linchuk. I love the story because it has such a timeless cinematic quality. For the beauty refs I looked at lots of film stars from the 50’s and 60’s with a smouldering Mediterranean sensuality: Sofia Loren (as always!), Ava Gardner in the brilliant film The Barefoot Contessa I was inspired by the classic image of an American Girl In Italy which I used for the beauty mood and feeling. I wanted the skin to look real so I used minimal foundation and I kept the focus on the eye liner, lashes and brows. I curled the lashes first (gently heating the curlers with a hair dryer for extra curl) I placed the lashes lifting them slightly at the outer eye and stuck them down on skin near the lash line (the outer corners) to create an even more feline eye. I filled in and elongated the eye line using a black eyeliner, shadow and liquid liner. Finally lots black mascara and made sure the models own lashes were joined to the false strip lash by pinching them together and using lots of mascara to “smush’ them together. I know that is not a technical term but I use it a lot in my makeup! This is a look that suits nearly all women and looks good at any occasion.