Pre-Fall 2016 Beauty Ideas

5 Beauty Ideas from the Pre-Fall 2016 Fashion Shows

Hair & Makeup, Photography, Words and Styling: Claire Murray

As the Pre-Fall 2016 shows begin to wind down, it’s time to take a look at the innovative hair and makeup ideas that the designers have dreamt up for this winter.

Pre-Fall is a transitional season, one that tends to turn away from traditional runway looks with smudged smoky eyes, a futuristic cluster of bobby pins or completely colorful dyed hair, the designers inspirations have left us with several clever suggestions to consider wearing in the months ahead.

Here are five inspired looks to wear this late summer/autumn, before the Fall 2016 shows finally arrive.

Bordeaux Lips

A matte burgundy mouth caught the attention of spectators at Dior, where it came paired with romantic, barely there makeup on the skin and loose center-parted waves. My version of Bordeaux/berry lips can be seen on the opposite page.

Hat Hair

At Alexander Wang, models gave us the solution to not wanting to wash or dry our hair: Put a bobble hat on and go out in winter style!   Later on in the show models removed their hats on the catwalk showing slick top half to their hair and messy, matted lengths.

Hair TwistsCatwalk Nude

Another sleek but easy look to copy from the catwalk was hair twists.  The hair is parted on one side and both of the sides each have a twist, pinning the hair back from the ears. This is a simple but elegant look and would look great for work or evening. My version of this twist style van be seen below.



New-Smoky Eye

The latest incarnation of the Brigitte Bardot inspired makeup is thickly smudged kohl eyeliner along the top and bottom lashes and accompanied by a soft, dewy sheen on the skin, as seen on Chanel’s catwalks. This look has a more grunge effect rather than the beautiful smokey eyes which we have seen in previous shows.

Bobby PinsCatwalk Red

Maison Margiela created a whimsical style for the hair in her show using every woman’s staple item: bobby pins.

Instead of the bobby pins being hidden away as is the norm, for this show the bobby pins are on proud display. They were used over the front of the hair to create a geometric crosshatch effects. My more wearable version of this style can be seen above.


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Claire xx

Fall/Winter 2016 Trends

Hair & Makeup, Photography, Words and Styling: Claire Murray

Light Vs Dark

What I’m talking about is your makeup allegiance and not the new Star Wars movie!!!.

As usual, for Fall/Winter 2016 I predict that makeup will be split into 2 camps – dark or nude

Dolce & Gabbana in their Pre Fall 2016 show had a completely nude look with light coloured eyes and nude lips. Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci & Chloe also followed this trend but decreased its intensity even further to have their models in an almost barely there makeup look.

On the opposite side of the eye competition was Channel’s Pre Fall 2016 show with their dark, elongated smoky black eyes paired with nude coloured lips and leather jackets, giving a more sexy and rock chick look to their show. This is a look which they repeated from last fall’s show and was also used by Yves Saint Laurent and Ellie Saab.

My wearable version of this winter’s trend of light eyes with nude lips can be seen below on model Talia. For this winter’s trend I have used MAC’s Technakohl Liner in Graphblack to create a smoky, smudged and blended outline both on the top and the bottom. For this look I have kept the eyes light using MAC’s Rice Paper Shadow and also kept the blush neutral and light using Fleur Power. I’ve teamed it with MAC’s lipstick in Suede to create a voluminous nude winter lip

 Catwalk Nude

On the other side of the Light Vs Dark conflict we have Jason Wu and John Rocha who kept their eyes light and bright teamed with dark shades of red on the lips. This was a very popular colour of lip for Fall/Winter 2015 and is looking set to be popular again this winter.

I have also created a wearable version of this winter’s trend of light eyes with dark berry coloured lips on model Talia so you can see the difference between the light and bright lips against the dark sultry lips of the winter 2016 trends.

For this look I have again used MAC’s Technakohl Liner in Graphblack to create a smoky, smudged and blended outline both on the top and the bottom. For this look I have kept the eyes light using MAC’s Rice Paper Shadow. I have used a pink colour blush to complement the lips in the shade of Peachy Keen by MAC. I’ve teamed it with MAC’s Lipstick in Sin to create a sultry berry winter lip.

 Catwalk Red

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Claire xx

Signature Style – Choosing my Photos

The process for creating my Mondrian style makeup started with a beautiful canvas and natural makeup. I then mapped out the design on Maddies face with gridding tape. Next I colored in the appropriate squares with colors, removed the tape and drew in the lines with a black face paint. The process can be seen below.

After my final assessed shoot I had many great photos of my model Maddison to choose from. As I can only choose 2 to be submitted in my portfolio I had a difficult job ahead of me.  My contact sheet can be seen below which shows the number of great photos which I had to choose from.

maddison contact sheet

I chose 06-04-64 and 06-04-91.  I didn’t have to do much editing to these photos and I love the way that both photos show the contrast of the more natural side and the avant garde side of the face.

My final image can be seen below.

CLAIRE_M_06_0464 - Final Image

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about my university assessed shoots, photo shoots and general makeup tips and tricks. I will continue to give advice and information over the summer and updates on my photographic makeup work and resume in September with my final year of University blog posts.

See you all soon

Claire xx

Evaluation – Signature Style/Showstopper Shoot

This shoot was confusing at first as I believed that we had to create a photograph depicting our own signature style of hair and makeup. I firstly planned to create another modern smoky look which is my signature style however when I spoke with Victoria about the shoot she explained that the shoot is intended to me more of a showstopper style and should be the first images in my portfolio. They should make the person looking at my portfolio want to look further to see more of my work.  With this in mind, I decided that I would look at different classic inspiration. I found an YSL Mondrian style dress on the internet and wanted to know more about it. Upon completing my research I discovered that it was styled on the work of an artist called Piet Mondrian. I knew his work but didn’t know the artist and so I set up a Pinterest board to research more of his paintings. I showed my ideas to Carl who inspired me to look at other artists such as Lerdinand Leger and Bridget Riley. I absolutely loved their work however for my assessed shoot I decided to stay with my original inspiration of Piet Mondrian. I have decided that I want to create a series of artist inspired makeup styles for my portfolio using inspiration from the artists above and also Pablo Picasso.

I wanted to keep the hair off my models face however I wanted it to be quirky to match the artist’s style. My final image for this shoot can be seen below.

CLAIRE_M_06_0464 - Final Image

In conclusion, I can confirm that I have embraced this module with enthusiasm. I have really appreciated the experimentation sessions which have led me to use new products and ideas and have used these sessions efficiently to discover my own style.

I am extremely proud of my current portfolio and all final images can be seen at


Evaluation – Metallic Shoot

For this shoot we were given the brief of metallic or texture. I loved the idea of this theme however I had too many ideas which I wanted to create. As we were given experimental sessions I decided to use this time to create some of my other ideas and shoot them in the studio. I wanted to create 4 different looks to experiment with; metallic, glitter, gloss and wet look.  I chose metallic for my actual assessment as I love the autumn/winter trends of metallics. As I had previously used metallic for 2 avant garde shoots, using gold leaf and also airbrush silver foundation, I decided to create a more contemporary look with the metallics. My Pinterest Mood board for this shoot can be found at: Makeup – Metallic.

I matched the modern metallic smoky eye with fashionable tousled hair and a metallic denim jacket. I wanted to keep the shoot up-to-date and so I didn’t want to add any props or backgrounds which could date the style of the shoot. The final images can be seen below.

My next shoot in the series of metallic / texture was a glossy eye look. I looked into a few different ways to create this look and ended up using a cream taupe eyeshadow with a gloss over the top.  I wanted to create a natural, nude toned theme and so I kept the remainder of the makeup neutral and simple as the majority of the images which I had seen using this glossy eye look had bright eyes and matching bright gloss lips. My research mood board for this shoot can be found at: Makeup – Glossy Eyes and my final image can be seen below.

Gloss Eyes

My next experimentation with this theme was a wet look. My inspiration for this shoot can be found at: Makeup & Hair – Wet Look. Again there are many ways to create a wet look on models and so I chose to use a baby oil gel on the skin and water with argan oil on Talia’s hair. It gave an amazing look to the final images as her hair took on its natural curly state when wet and looked amazing with the shine on her skin.  The final images can be seen below.

My last experimentation shoot for this theme was glitter. I had many ideas of using glitter including on eyes, lips, as a highlighter, to make glitter tattoos or all over the face. I made an inspiration board on Pinterest: Makeup – Glitter. I decided that I didn’t want to create an avant garde look with the use of glitter as that is what would be expected. I produced a classic makeup for this look then sprayed Chlo all over with glitter.  I asked Carl is we could make the lighting darker on one side and have a more moody feel to the shoot and the images came out just as I wanted, as can be seen below.

Overall, I absolutely loved this theme of metallic or texture as it has given me lots of opportunities to use products in ways which I haven’t used them before and also try new products.  It has also encouraged me to research how to create different textures with the use of makeup and how to use them in a way which is appropriate to my own style.

Claire xx

Evaluation – Recreate Shoot

When we were given the brief for our Portfolio Development Module I was enthusiastic at the prospect of adding more photos to my portfolio which would enable me to improve my collection by adding missing genres. We were given 3 themes: Recreate an Image, Metallic or Texture and Signature Style (Showcase) with the aim of adding variety and diversity to our portfolio.

I knew instantly which theme I wanted to recreate from my first year; Evening Makeup. I didn’t like the first draft of the shoot at all. Not only had I had a problem with my model, firstly with her age and misleading description on her Purple Port profile page but when she arrived, she didn’t want to wear heavy makeup and resisted me carrying out a full evening look on her.  Due to this reason I decided that the opportunity to recreate the evening look would be perfect.

When speaking to Victoria (my tutor) she suggested that I take this occasion to make the shoot ‘bigger and better’ than the first attempt. With this in mind I did a lot of research for my 1st Shoot and wanted to create a modern evening look and take it one step further by using both a man and woman. One of the makeup artists who inspire me at the moment is Charlotte Tilbury and in researching her work, I discovered that she created the makeup looks for the Tom Ford Beauty Campaigns. The photos for these campaigns really inspired me to create a modern smoky look along with a contemporary hairstyle and clothing.

I wanted to create a more mature look than my previous endeavour with a slightly sexier feel to the shoot and decided to create this through the clothing and lighting along with the hair and makeup. My inspirational images for the shoot can be found in my Pinterest board: Inspiration – Couples Shoot and below.


On the day of the shoot the whole process of the hair, makeup, styling of the models and the lighting went exactly to plan.  I described the look and feel of the shoot to Carl, my photography tutor, and we set the lighting up with a tabaco colored background.

The final images, as can be seen below are perfect and completely represent the idea which I was aiming for with the shoot.

Keep reading my blog posts for more information on how we bring together a photo shoot and create the amazing hair and makeup looks to bring the shoots alive.

Claire xx

7 Ways to Revamp Your Feline Flick for the Summer

Hair & Makeup, Photography, Words and Styling: Claire Murray

Whether it’s for brightening your makeup, elongating your eyes or just trying new ways to restyle your eyeliner.

The Classic WingEyeliner Wing

  1. Begin by drawing a line along the natural shape of your upper eyelid. I used MAC Gel Fluid Liner in Blacktrack and 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush.
  2. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye.
  3. Connect the end of the line to your original line, joining them at about 2/3 of the way into the corner of your eye.
  4. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.
  5. For a fuller wing, repeat steps 2 – 5 and exaggerate the line for even more effect.


The Double WingDouble

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eyeliner.
  2. With a pencil, on the lower lash line, start at the end of the wing on the upper lid but leave a gap between the lines. Draw a lower wing dragging it half way along your lower lash line. I used MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder.
  3. With a small brush, smudge the liner a bit on the lower lash line below the lashes (not the wing).


The Bold WingEyeliner Bold

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eye liner and MAC 210 brush. I used MAC Fluid Line in Blitz ‘n’ Glitz.
  2. Starting at the inner eye add more liner to make it thicker on top.
  3. Once you get to the outer corner follow the shape of the wing and extend it slightly.
  4. Bring the point back down to meet the classic wing and fill in any gaps.


The Graphic WingEyeliner Graphic

  1. Begin by drawing a straight wing from the outer corner of the eye. I used MAC Penultimate Eyeliner.
  2. Connect the end of your wing to the inner corner of your eye using a straight line.
  3. Fill in any gaps.
  4. Draw a straight line from the end of the wing to the outer corner of the eye at a 45o
  5. Draw a vertical line down to create a triangle shape.


The Soft Sexy SquareEyeliner Square

  1. Use a pencil to line the top of your upper lash line as tightly as possible. I used MAC’s Kohl Powder Eye Pencil in Feline.
  2. Follow the line out to create the bottom of the square.
  3. Complete the square shape and fill it in bringing the kohl over half of the lid.
  4. Use your finger or a brush to smudge the kohl across the eyelid towards the inner eye to create a soft faded look.
  5. If you want more definition, draw the edge of the square with a liquid liner.


The Coloured WingEyeliner Coloured

  1. Create a classic wing using a brighter coloured gel such as gold, silver or turquoise. I used Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Turquoise.
  2. For a more dramatic look, bring the colour down under your bottom lash line.


Eyeliner Two Coloured

The Two Coloured Wing

  1. Create a slightly elongated classic wing using a black liquid liner.
  2. Let it set for a minute then ontop of the black line, draw a coloured line following the shape of the wing.

Easy but Dramatic!



  1. Gel Eyeliner – Apply with an eye liner brush. Intense Colour. Up to 24-hour wear. Doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run.
  2. Pencil Liner – Softly glides over the eyelid for a long-lasting and intense result, which can be blended.
  3. Liquid Liner – Water-resistant, quick and precise to apply. Won’t smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when.
  4. Cake Liner – Apply with an eye liner brush to create bold, dark, dramatic eyes. Colour-intense, quick-drying and doesn’t smudge. Can be used wet or dry.
  5. Kohl Liner – Very soft, smooth & creamy formula that glides on easily. Waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof and heat-proof.


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Claire xx

My Style Shoot – 3

It’s the day before my final assessed photo shoot at University and I am just about to pack my kit, (hair and makeup), clothes, face charts etc.

As the makeup is in the style of a famous artist, Piet Mondrian, I have decided to keep the clothing simple; a black body con dress, as this wont detract from the brightly coloured abstract makeup.


The hair on the other hand I want to be back off the face but I want something a little bit more adventurous than a simple pony tail.  I am thinking of possibly taking inspiration from one of the photos below.  All of the photos can be found on my Pinterest Board for this shoot.

There will be no props or accessories used as I want the shoot to be very simple and stylish. The main focus is the hair and the makeup.   With a sleek, off the face style like one of those above, coupled with the bright abstract colours of the makeup (Piet Mondrian work can be seen below), I believe that the shoot will be very stylish and effective.



I want the lighting to be bright and airy. I don’t want moody shadows. An idea can be seen below and on my Pinterest Board.


My call sheet for this shoot can be found here:  Call Sheet for 05 05 16 Maddie.

I have a model release form which I will ask Maddison to complete tomorrow. I obviously wont be putting a copy of that onto this post as it has her personal details on it, but a blank copy can be found here: Model Release 2016

Once I have completed the shoot I will post some of the sneak preview images before I start my editing.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at and sign up to my Newsletter at my website –

Claire xx