One of my dearest friends is a make-up artist and recently started her own make up studio. Lola's Studio, In Amsterdam and I decided to visit this studio for I AM Mode. But ofcourse I couldn't say no to getting beautified by Lola!
But first I had to wait for my ibuprofen to kick in , because the flu has also reached me. Hence the yellow skincolor you see on my before picture below.
Lola always looks stunning, like she's ready to go to a premiere.Actually she just looks like a celeb. When I'm with her, I'm always waiting for a paparazzo to jump up and scream'Lola, over here!'
She laughs when I tell her this. 'Hahaha no I'm not a celeb. BUT I always take pictures when I'm out and I think it's very important to look good. I mean, I'm an make-up artist, I'm my own business card, right?'
She starts by blow drying my hair and after that she's ready to beat my face. I know before I've stated that I'm not a true fan of contouring, but I'm more than happy to let Lola work her magic on me.
Step 1: Eyebrows and concealer.
'To me, it all starts with the eyebrows. With your eyebrows you can really give your face and especially your eyes an optical lift. I'm filling up your brows with a brow pencil, and I'm doing that in the direction of the hairs. To do the lifting, I really accentuate the top of the brow, especially your corner. Concealer is also important, to light up the dark circles around your eyes. And I also use it to shape up your brows, so they stand out more.' When I tell her that brows are the last step in my beauty routine( like in the train, tram or sometimes car) she gives me a very judgemental look. I try to send it of as a joke, but it's too late. 'You'll understand why you have to start with your eyebrows in a bit.'
Step 2: eyeshadow and eyeliner.
'For a daily look, I would go for a matte eyeshadow. There's no need for shiny eyeshadow during the day above your eyes. On your entire eyelid I use a darker brown shadow while in the middle and the inside corners of your eye I use a nude tone.' After this she starts with the eyeliner. 'There's an easy way to get the perfect winged eyeliner. First you draw a line against your lashes. Then, with your eyes open, you draw a line from the outer corner of your eye and connect with the one you drew against your lashes. The higher you draw that line, the more winged your liner will be. Important is to keep your eye open and not to pull up your eyebrow or whatsoever. Or else you won't get the desired effect.'
'After this she applies mascara and adds some extra lashes to the mix. Beneath your eyes you can add a liner with (dark)brown sparkly eyeshadow to make your eyes appear bigger. 'A thing I don't get is that people want their eyes to appear bigger, but don't use mascara on the buttom lashes. Do you do this?' I try to find my pokerface, but she sees right trough it. 'A well, for a daily look, it can be a bit overdone. But I love the overdone look!'
Step 3: Contour.
'I won't leave my house without a contour. It doesn't matter how good looking you are, but every face needs depth. And this is why you contour your face. And do you know why I've waited to do your foundation? When I'm doing your eye make-up, I rest my hand on your face. If I would've started with your foundation, I might have stained it. And that's something you really don't want. For the contouring I'm lighting up your nose bridge, forehead, above your lips and underneath your eyes. After this, I apply the foundation. Then I apply the dark contour cream form the contour kit. I apply this at the outside of your face, jaw and the sides of your nose. And key to a fab look is blending. If you want a less dramatic effect, you can use a powder contour instead of a cream contour. Blush and highlighter is also very important, apply these in a half moon shape from the side of your brows to your cheekbones. '
Step 4: lips.
Ok this started out as a daily look, but for the lips we went for something a bit more extreme; the ombre lip. Lola showed how quick and easy it is to achieve this look. 'I start out with drawing the outside lines of your lips and on your lips. This also creates a good base for your lipstick and is a great way to make your own colors. After this, you fill in the middle part of your lips with a lighter color than the lipliner, in this case with a red one. I light gloss overall , fill in the corners and tadaaa: Ombre lips!'
I'm so happy with the results!
Lola used a mix of products of Anastasia Beverly Hills, Make-up Studio and MAC Cosmetics.
Tips & Tricks for the mommies.
Ofcourse I'm loving this look but tbh, but I seriously don't have 45 minutes every morning for just my make-up. Normally it takes 10 minutes for me to fix my make up. But this shouldn't be an issue according to Lola. 'Just make sure your brows, concealer and blush are done. This is the most important base. And you'll get the hang of it if you practice a lot. It takes me 20 minutes to do my hair and make-up in the morning, with contour and all.'
Make an appointment!
Lola's Studio is situated at the Zeilstraat 19 in Amsterdam. To male an appointment, you can call 06 31793580 or 020 341 8373. Full make up is from 30€
Make-up tips from 10€
Lash extensions 60 €
Check out her Instagram for more of her work. And for more information: www.estilobeautyskinspa.nl