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Get The Look: With Makeup Artist Mary Ellen Darby on Behalf of Lancôme

"There were a lot of variations of the iconic cat-eye look on runways this season, a certain sense of freedom of expression which I took inspiration from."

One of Ireland's leading makeup artists talks us through re-creating the looks from our Beauty issue, with support from Lancôme.

In her lengthy career in the fashion industry, makeup artist Mary Ellen Darby has painted some of the country's most recognized faces, and editorially, her work has been featured in many leading publications both here and internationally.

Leading brands with which she has worked include Harrods, Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Chanel and Lancôme. She has also been invited to work backstage at London Fashion Week on numerous occasions.

As a talent in her field, Irish Tatler enlisted the help of Mary Ellen for our Beauty issue editorial and cover shoot, which accompanied the Business Post newspaper on Sunday 11th of April. 

For those who might have missed the magazine or would like to know more about spring's makeup trends, we asked Mary Ellen for the inspirations behind the looks, the products used, and her tips and trick on re-creating the looks at home.

On her overall direction...

"There were a lot of variations of the iconic cat-eye look on the summer' 21 runways, the classic black and much more bold shades. There is a certain sense of freedom of expression in these looks, which I took inspiration from."

On her style references...

Salvatore Ferragamo summer '21. 


"I prepped Vita’s skin using Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sérum and Day Cream to give the skin that beautiful hydrating plump look."

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Serum Summer Essentials Value Set, €105 – SHOP

"To keep the base fresh and modern, I used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude Foundation, careful to apply a light layer only where needed."

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude Foundation, €40.50 – SHOP

"For the eyes, I used a slightly wet, angled brush and Lancôme Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in Shade 15 Hypnotic Blue. To start the wing, draw along the upper lash line towards the outer corner. Then, as if you were aiming at the end of the brow, draw the product upwards from the outer corner of the eye. Connect this back to the original lash line, creating a triangle shape and fill in. To pull it all together, apply lashings of Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara, paying particular attention to the roots of the lashes for extra thickness."

Lancôme Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette, €45 – SHOP

Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara, €27.95 – SHOP 

"For the brows, I used Lancôme Brôw Shaping Powdery Pencil in Shade 8, and using the spoolie end, I brush the eyebrows upwards to help determine any sparse areas and fill those in. Then with short, dash-like strokes to mimic hairs, use Lancôme Brôw Define Pencil to create the desired shape and add extra definition." 

Lancôme Brôw Shaping Powdery Pencil – SHOP 

Lancôme Brôw Define Pencil, €27 – SHOP

"The final step involved using Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream in Shade 274 on both lips and cheeks for a natural, glowy look."

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream, €32 – SHOP

the finished look...

Model, Vita at Not Another Agency 

For more makeup inspiration, follow Lancôme at @lancomeofficial and Mary Ellen at @maryellendarbymakeup

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