Corinne Bailey Rae went totally disco for this glamorous seductive night time look celebrating colour, shine and wild unrestrained hedonism. Starting from the vibe and attitude of Studio 54, Kay Montano pictured Corinne on the cover of American Vogue in the '70s ending up with a smouldering after hours look which could stop you in your tracks across a flashing dance floor. Corinne takes us into the mind of her disco diva.
"The images we see from Studio 54 fascinate me. Bianca Jagger on a white horse or Diana Ross dancing with movie stars, the gorgeous trannies, the outfits, the hairstyles, the mix of people - all fabulous and glamorous. I love getting dressed up for stage and this look is all about that. Everyone dressing for the spectacle, they were the show! I love that!"
"I loved the shiny, sticky lips and having big hair! It was fascinating to see how Kay applies lipstick, right to the edge of the cupid's bow. I have obviously been doing it wrong forever!"
Behind the look
This is a look which has a lot of everything. Kay started with a vibrant coral blusher and contrasting shimmer highlighter, both from Kevyn Aucoin, to shape the cheekbones. Working from inside out, soft black pencil was applied all around the eye and smudged out to create intensity and definition. Next an ultra violet eyeshadow was applied on the lids. The colour is concentrated on the outer third of the lid and nearer the lashline and blended up and out. A candy pink shadow was dabbed on the inner third of the lids and under the brow bones to create highlights and dimension. This kind of technique takes a bit of practice and time but the reward is a subtle dimensional eye makeup rather than a flat block of colour on the lids.
For maximum colour and impact rather than a lipstick Kay used a Sleek Pout Paint, a full saturated opaque cream lip colour, painted on with a brush. The lips were lined with a pencil liner first to create the outline and then painted in: definitely a high maintenance diva lip.
Hairstylist Philippe worked with Corinne's wonderful natural hair texture to tease out a wild untamed style which is full of movement. The finishing touch was a chrome finish foiled silver nail reminiscent of the disco ball the diva would dance under.