Changing Faces – styling your most expressive feature
By Felicity Barnes
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like a mole emerging from underground, blinking into the sunlight as we start to slowly tiptoe out into the world again?
Of course many frontline workers have bravely continued to keep our world turning with extraordinary humility in the eye of the storm – we salute you. But the rest of us, in our little corner of the world, are seeing the beginning of restrictions easing and how to navigate new regulations and changes on a daily basis.
Face Covering Guidelines
As of the 15th June the rules changed in England to state that face coverings (not specifically medical masks) must be worn on public transport.
No longer an unusual sight, face coverings have overnight become a ‘new norm’ and indeed, been elevated to one of the newest high fashion and home craft accessories.
So our focus has shifted to exercising our creativity with eyes.
Preparation is Everything
Masks may require adjustments to accommodate the potential impact on skin’s natural microbiome. Keyworkers will agree that masks create friction and humidity which can lead to irritation and breakouts.
As eyes are our most expressive feature, the skin is fragile and can be prone to damage and loss of hydration. Clarins Extra Firming Eye Cream is an essential and our experts on counter in-store are a must-see for a diagnostic on your specific needs.
Ace of Base – Correct and Perfect
With a correctly fitting face covering there will be transfer of, so keep your base minimal to help avoid this. Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator is the perfect product for this situation. Sheer, universal tones that even out skin tone, boosts luminosity and provides a moderate SPF.
There are a myriad of good concealers out there and it can feel a minefield to choose. As far as application goes, concentrate placing product to the inner corner, near the bridge of the nose and blend out. Use as little as possible to the outer corner of the eye as this is more mobile skin so will move the product to any fine lines.
Primed and ready?
When you are getting creative with colour, dynamic placement and feel that the humidity caused by wearing a mask is affecting the durability of your look – a primer is a great way to set things in place.
Choose Your Weapons!
There seems no end to the innovation and library of eye colours! Technology in milling powders has helped deliver creamy, durable and highly pigmented products that deliver clarity of colour.
Cream shadow is comfortable and often infused with skin nourishing ingredients within the base and work well applied with brush or fingertips.
Appealing to the magpie in all of us, glitter has often been a rather unwieldy addition to makeup, prone to drop and wear off. There are now liquids and intriguing powders that simply glide over the lid and stay put. Simple one step WOW, minimal effort maximum impact.
Precision and Definition
Pencils, kohls and liquid liners offer more than just a finishing touch. They can form the basis of a whole look, they can be blended for an instant smoke to the lash line, tight lined to boost the appearance of lash volume, define shape and make the eyes appear whiter. Pencils offer an inexpensive way to experiment with an instant, simple pop of colour to the eyes.
Remember, don’t limit yourself. Be creative, throw away the rulebook…you can wear orange…you can wear blue…it’s about having the confidence to try.
So, let’s explore some of the tantal-eyes-ing (sorry!) choices of looks to try.
Works best with a singular colour look – either on a neutral base or with a hot colour to define and exaggerate the area of creativity and play on the lid.
Consider complimenting your mask colours, or swing to the opposite side of the colour wheel for a modern clash situation! The season is awash with brights. Dip in and have fun!
Smokey eyes don’t have to be labour intensive and complicated. It is more about depth and placement and can be created with one product and blended for that diffused shadow effect.
I Woke Up Like This
There is something effortlessly stylish in an eye that appears to have nothing but perfected skin. Finding your skin tone of matte colour, finish with lashings of mascara …groomed to perfection without looking like you’ve done a thing!
Brows and Lashes
These are the finishing touches you cannot forget when the focus is on eyes. Shape and define brows using either a powder, pencil or wax.
Finish with high impact mascara to pack a serious punch on definition, volume and length.
The Insider’s Tip
Try a setting spray to keep your skin looking dewy and fresh all day, helps beat the heat.
The Taste of Tennis
By Sisley White
Just because there’ll be no Centre Court action this year, that won’t stop us from indulging in our Wimbledon food favourities!
Wimbledon might be off the agenda in 2020 but my love of strawberries won’t be taking a year out. With the rules of seeing friends and family changing (is it just me, or are the Zoom nights in wearing a bit thin now?), and after so long without seeing anyone, it is definitely a great time to show off new baking skills. And I have the perfect centrepiece for a summer socially distanced meet-up.
This is a cake that would have been perfect for the Wimbledon tennis fortnight party but will be just as adored as we reconnect with those important to us. It combines the iconic Wimbledon flavours of strawberries, cream and, of course, Pimm’s!
If you enjoy a glass of Pimm’s and you love cake this bake is a match (let’s skip the game and set) made in heaven. My Pimm’s cake combines the softest sponge drizzled with the summertime gin-based tipple, sandwiched together with a cream cheese buttercream filling and topped with fresh strawberries, orange, cucumber and mint. This recipe can easily serve 20 and would make a perfect event or party cake. Honestly, it’s just too good not to try creating it yourself at home.
Pimm’s Drizzle Cake
For the cake
- Two 8-inch cake tins
- 500g of unsalted butter or Stork butter
- 450g caster sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 500g flour
- A small pinch of salt
- Half a teaspoon of baking powder
- 300ml semi skimmed milk
Cream cheese frosting
- 250g unsalted butter
- 300g icing sugar
- 340g full fat Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 100ml Pimm’s
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 50ml water
Cake decorative garnish
- Mint leaves
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 160ºC fan
- Grease and line two 8-inch cake tins with parchment paper
- Cream together the butter and the sugar until smooth
- Mix in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract
- Sieve in the flour, pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of baking powder
- Gently stir in the milk
- Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for around 45-minutes until golden brown. Use a cake tester to make sure the middle is baked through
- Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins
- Trim to level the tops and slice the two pieces to make 4 equal layers
- In a mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar together to make a smooth buttercream
- Drain off any excess water in the cream cheese and add it to the buttercream mix along with the vanilla extract
- Beat again until smooth and pop it in the fridge to set slightly (this is essential if it’s a particularly warm day)
- Add the Pimm’s, sugar and water to a saucepan set on a medium heat. Allow the mixture it to bubble and thicken slightly (it should only take a few minutes). Keep stirring, and remember to give it your full attention as it could bubble over if the saucepan gets too hot.
- Once thickened, remove from the heat and set aside
Putting it all together
- To assemble, take a cake stand or plate and position the first cake layer. Using a pastry brush quickly brush over the Pimm’s drizzle. Be careful to not add too much, this should only be light drizzle.
- Either pipe with a large circular nozzle, the buttercream onto the cake, or use a knife to covering the sponge with a thick layer it on thickly with a knife. You will need a quarter of the buttercream for each layer. Repeat with the remaining layers finishing with a buttercream cream cheese layer on top. Pop it in the fridge until ready to serve
- Complete the cake, simply add the iconic Pimm’s toppings – strawberries, orange slices, cucumber and some fresh mint leaves.