Malta Fashion Week 2018 – My Lookbook
For Mercedes Benz Malta Fashion Week 2018, I decided to challenge myself and create all the styling, makeup and hair myself. I know it is not traditional and many may say that this is the perfect opportunity to work with incredible people in the industry, but then again this is also a time for me to push myself towards a challenge. I thought to myself, this is also the time for me to really feed that creative nature of mine.
I am a lifestyle blogger but I also branch out into fashion and beauty, with that in mind, I decided it was time for me to show myself what I can do in terms of ‘hands on’ work.
For my Day 1 look, it was all about subtly. I went with a maxi silk dress and decided that I need to try and keep my hair as subtle as possible, so I decided to go for elongated soft curls. I also made sure to keep my hair away from my face to give the make up a chance to be seen properly.
For the makeup, I thought it would be best to use no eyeliner and just eyeshadows. I used earth colours and created an elongated corner on the top part of the eye, keeping the makeup as minimal as possible. On the bottom I used gold eyeshadow till the inner tip of the eye. This was complimented with mascara and a baby pink lip gloss by Too Faced.
Day 2 continued with the maxi dress style, however the hair and makeup were much bolder than Day 1. With a dress with tones of beige and brown, it was time to focus the attention on the hair and makeup.
The hair straightened and put into an ultra-high pony tail. I personally love high ponytails, but I am not able to always have one as my hair is very heavy and having a pony tail, causes neck and headaches. The makeup, as a base I used very light eyeshadow, which I always apply as it helps the makeup settle smoother, as well as to create slight depth to the overall eye makeup. Then came the wing. The eyeshadow was the base for that thick liquid eyeliner wing which extended just a tad beyond the eye. For the final bold touch, came the dark plum lipstick.
This day was the most casual of all. I wore, wide palazzo pants and a short wrap over shirt with platforms. The clothing was comfortable and summery. Hair was totally put together into a head scarf. I wasn’t sure how people would interpret this look, I thought some may have thought I totally lost my mind, whilst others may have seen it as offensive.
People took it very well and the only confusing aspect was that many weren’t recognizing me. Everyone is used to being greeted by my hair and then me, so without all of that hair, people were giving me double looks to check if it was actually me.
The makeup didn’t help their confusion. The eye makeup was inspired by the middle eastern style wing with a mix of cleopatra’s inner eye corners. This makeup is one of my favorites, but it is not the kind of makeup you can simply wear anywhere. In the middle east, women wearing head scarfs can afford to wear this type of makeup, as it truly makes people focus on the beauty of their facial features. From the very first time I came across this makeup, I was intrigued and till this day, I am fascinated as to how a certain makeup style can capture and direct someone’s attention on that specific aspect you choose them to notice and focus on.
Day 4 was the wildest for me, in all aspects. I wore a maxi black skirt with side slits and a real corset. Corsets have been one of my favorite fashion items every since I first saw one. It is something about the way they sit, or rather, are tied on the body, as well as the way they are made. I managed to get my hands on a real corset, with the authentic inner ribs which goes just a tad beyond the hips. It is honestly one of my favorite items I own.
It is not an easy task to wear, sit or even breathe in a real corset. The trick is to take a deep breathe when putting it on, and once it’s all tied up, to take short calm breathes. If you attempt to take deep breathes, you will fail, as a real corset will restrict you from such a pleasure. When it comes to sitting, well you have no choice but to stretch you back and keep it as straight as possible, otherwise the inner ribs of the corset will bruise your rib cage (yes, I have ended up with bruises in the past).
The hair was a simple task, I first tried to backcomb, but all that backcombing fell. So, I just got my brush and brushed my dried hair and voila! The lion’s mane made its appearance! As for the makeup, well I was wearing a corset, had huge hair, I was already knee deep in crazy, why not go all out there with the makeup too? And I did.
I created an eyeshadow wing on the crease of my eye, using a moist eyeshadow brush and different tones of dark eyeshadow shades. As they came very dark, I then went over them with medium shades, to help the colours bend in nicely.
On day 5, I wore another of my favorites. My maxi fish tail, high waisted skirt together with a laced body suit. If I could I would wear this style every day! My hair, as opposed to the day before, was brought to calm elongated waves and the makeup was my traditional eyeshadow eyes with a thin eyeliner.
The eye makeup was created using several light and medium shades for the base of the look, with a sharp corner of darker eyeshadow to accentuate the shape of the eye. This is my go-to eye makeup for most days.
Day 6 presented itself with a cocktail dress which had 1/3 of a corset from the top part of the dress. To match the red element on the dress, I wore DaisyQ Design by Margarita maxi tassel earrings, which made quite an impression.
As for the hair, I went for something more classic. It was placed in an oversized bun, which once again is a favorite, as it allows my face to be seen and not get covered up by all the hair. For the makeup, I went for light eyeshadows to create a base and a very thin and short eyeliner wing. The lips however weren’t as subtle. I created a gradient red lip to match the dress and earrings. Starting with a dark red lip liner on the border, followed by a bright red lip liner and finishing the inner lip area with a red/pink colour. After these shades, came the long lasting bright pink/red lipstick. The final touch was the light pink lip gloss, to create that extra gloss. This lip technique lasted for a good 4 hours and would have lasted longer if I hadn’t taken it off.
The final day of Malta fashion week, my look went back to subtly as it was not about my clothes, my hair or even my makeup. The jewelry was the accent of the night. The pendent, earrings and a ring made in white gold with an amethyst and diamonds. Carrera y Carrera is a Spanish brand which creates some of the most beautiful jewelry pieces. Not only do they focus on using quality material, but what grasped my attention many years ago, when I first saw their work, was the amount of detail that is put into their creations. In my elephant collection, the pendent has an elephant climbing on top of the amethyst. It is incredible how they managed to create ever muscle and crease of the tiny elephant in his attempts of climbing. The detail is truly remarkable.
As for the clothes, I wore I double layered maxi dress, with a shorter, knee length, layer under. The dress had an open back and slits on the sides. My hair was completely straight, and the front part was tightened back and the front made sleek.
The makeup was double corners made of medium shades of eyeshadow and two thin lines of liquid eyeliner. I wasn’t on the spotlight. I was a canvas for the Carrera y Carrera Elephant collection I wore.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Which look did you like the most? Feel free to comment in the comment section 🙂