Feminine Rock Chic with Ivy Hawkins

Ya'll! Can we talk about my new favorite look from a recent photoshoot that I did? But first, to give some context to my excitement, let me just share that as a makeup artist working in live television, the opportunity for creativity is pretty limited. It is important not to detract from the content. Clean and beautiful, but non-distracting looks are my staple in live TV. 

Moving to Asheville–while it has definitely challenged me to redefine my career–has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with some incredibly talented photographers and models, and to step out of my creative comfort zone.

Clean Beauty is still my all time favorite style, but with amazing brands like Glossier (click for 10% off your order) making their way to the forefront, it is easier than ever to create a look with exquisite washes of color that somehow simultaneously create that pop, yet melt into the skin for a natural, beautiful effect. 

I was inspired to do this look after I received my latest order from Glossier. I took a major step out of my comfort zone ordering their Lidstar Liquid Eyeshadow in Lily. Being the queen of all things bronze, brown, and neutral, I was equal parts excited and terrified when I swatched that gorgeous, cool, lilac eyeshadow across the back of my hand. I knew that if ever there were a product that was going to get me out of my Golden Goddess rut, it would be this one.  

The wonderful thing about Glossier's Lidstar is that it provides the most luxurious, not-too-shimmery, yet sophisticated sheen while being completely transfer proof. Yet also it is a buildable product, which means if you are someone who is afraid to use color, you can safely dip your toe into this realm of playfulness, while not fully committing to it being the entire look (e.g. Kim K.'s previously trending Bright Blue Smokey Eye). 

Let's talk through some of the finer points of creating this look.

For the eyes, I started with just a wash of Lily Lidstar, and took a moment to process it. I added some definition to the crease with a warm neutral from the Natasha Denona Tropic Palette (which I purchased for the amazing bold shades in the bottom row, but have yet to venture into). I took care not to over-blend the crease and risk losing that beautiful Lily shade. I really had to force myself to put down the blending brush before muddying the look. My model, Ivy, has beautiful natural lashes, and with her edgy up-style, I wanted to keep the look soft but still a bit rock and roll. I skipped eyeliner so as not to overdo it, and also to reserve as much lid space for that Lily to peek through! I curled the lashes, and used my Bdellium Tools Bent Fan Lash Brush (#730) to apply a hearty coat of mascara to the tops and bottoms of her lashes. I wiggled the brush at the base of her lash line almost creating a tight-line effect (side note, this brush has totally changed my game... more to come on that later). I brushed her brows up, and filled in the gaps lightly with an IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil. I combed through her brows using Glossier's Boy Brow in Blonde, and left them combed up and just a bit messy as they set in place.

After stepping away to process the look, I decided to add another layer of Lily across Ivy's mobile lid (the part of the lid between the lashes and crease) in order to intensify the color. I then moved on to perfecting her skin before deciding on her lip color (products listed below). With her skin complete, and eyes beautiful, feminine, and soft, I decided to take another leap from my comfort zone. I paired the eye look with a bold and bright red lip to bring back that element of rock and roll I wanted to tie it all together. I chose Carina's Love from my gorgeous, rose gilded collection of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks.

While I'm happy to talk shop all day–and you're welcome to find me in the comments section–I'm equally proud to share the final result. While Lily might have translated with more subtlety than I've described in these photos, I assure you it was magnificent in person. 

What do you think of this look? Ready to try rocking Glossier Lily yourself? Let me know in the comments.


Hair + Makeup: Emily Radin | Photography: Alina Kolberg | Model: Ivy Hawkins

Product breakdown:

  • RCMA foundation
  • Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer
  • Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate 
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
  • MAC Invisible Set Powder
  • Natasha Deanna Tropic Palette
  • Glossier Lidstar in Lily 
  • MAC Haute & Naughty mascara
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina's Love