I wake up at ‘still dark o’clock’ (5am) and shuffle my way across the corridor to Gracie’s room. Gracie beams a smile…she doesn’t need much sleep…she’s been tapping away on her laptop enthusing about last nights interview and dinner with Ricki ready for her fans. I am excited because today is the opening breakfast for LCM and today I get to apply the killer peacock lashes I hand crafted especially for her!
The Ambassadors for London Collections: Men
There are two Ambassadors Gracie want’s to interview. In the past only David Gandy has ever given her interview time. It’s where it all began. You need to watch this interview. It’s so funny and powerful at the same time. How can we do it. How can we lure them in?
I spritz Gracie’s face with Dermalogica ‘Ultracalming Mist’ to diminish any traces of tiredness..(this product smells amazing and calms any nerves I have too!). We begin with the same stable routine of M.A.C moisture infusion but I top the skin with Dermalogica’s Active Moist today as I know it’s going to be a busy one. I use a mixture of M.A.C Prep+Prime Beauty Balm (Light Plus) and M.A.C Pro Longwear (NW25) for durability. Both are great products and allow me to ‘highlight’ and ‘contour’ the face at the same time. I preen her brows to perfection and enhance her deep set eyes (once primed) with my Too Faced ‘Natural Eye’ palette. Gracie needs just a sweeping of M.A.C ‘style’ (how apt!) blush before the face is set with M.A.C prep+prime Transparent Finishing Powder.
Lipstick Stay On Power
My best buy by far has been M.A.C Prep+Prime Lip…Gracie talks!…with all this lip movement she requires a product that ensures her lip colour stays put. Whether its lipstick, stain or tint…this works! Today I used Max Factor ‘Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint’ in 06.
The Power Of The Quiff
I section Gracie’s hair into two pieces, back and front. The front section is whipped into shape using a bigger hair piece and smoothed to perfection (V05 Control It crème). This produces a much larger centre quiff and the ends are twisted and pinned neatly on top.
The lower section is french braided from ear to ear forming a ‘horse shoe’ shape and secured with kirby grips. I knew this style needed to be ready for plenty of action so layered it with ‘Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Back Comb in a Bottle Hair Styling Spray’.
The Peacock Eyelashes were a hit with the Ambassadors
Finally, I apply the lashes…eeek!..and she is ready to rock! We did not expect to get the positive outcome as we did. David Gandy, Dermot O’ Leary and Tinie Tempah were taken a back. Mission accomplished within in the first hour of London Collections: Men. That’s our Gracie Opulanza.
Shot taken by epic Maria Scard