Even those who don’t really follow fashion know that animal print is hot, hot right now. Has been for a couple of seasons now actually, but I’d just like to take a minute to shout out those of us who never really stopped wearing it. Those of us who were as loyal to it as Georgia from Love Island claims to be about, well, everything and to those of us who wore it as a neutral, even when it wasn’t ‘on trend’. Because, that’s exactly what it is – a neutral.
And now, thanks to Marc Jacobs who so seamlessly brought his signature urban chic vibe from the runway to his beauty line, leopard print is boldly making its way from our wardrobes to our makeup bags. Apparently, according to the press release I was sent, Marc’s leopard-printed pieces housed the answer to day-to-night beauty, so I booked a session at their counter at Harvey Nichols Manchester to find out how.
The makeup artist started by priming my skin with their world-famous Coconut Primer from their usual range and then going in with foundation, concealer and brows to set up a good face base.
At first glance, the burgundy and khaki hues in the palette made me a little nervous, but the lovely Jade, an artist with the brand, showed me how to use the burgundy as a base hue and the khaki in my crease but then blended the whole look in with their See-quin Glitter Eyeshadow Pigment in Copperazzi till my eyes looked peachy, every-so-slightly shimmery and neutral. Perfect for a professional setting.
She then played up my natural tan from my holiday by illuminating it with some of their famous Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter (which alone felt and smelled like an extension of my holiday), adding just a touch of their 24h foundation and buffing the Tan-fastic bronzer into my skin, proving that the eye palette is one that can be used for creating glamorous winter eyes as well as light-as-air summer looks, with a little imagination and a good blending brush.
She finished off the look with a little blush, highlighter, mascara and a Leopard Frost collection lipstick – a warm, metallic caramel shade called ‘Just Peachy’. I’ve linked all the products she used on me in a slider at the bottom of the post, so you can shop any of the products you’re drooling over with ease (except the Leopard Frost Flam(boy)ant eyeshadow palette, which is sold out, so I’ve linked one of their shadow palettes with the closest shade matches to the original).
Et voila! Here’s the final day-to-date night look. Indoors (above) and in natural light (below).I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with me in the comments below.