Some calypso, a lot of sun and colour, colour, colour... Corinne Bailey Rae talks us through her carnival beauty.
Because: Why carnival?
Corrine Bailey Rae: "I've been going to the West Indian Carnival in my home town of Leeds since I was a baby. With my last record, we toured in Rio and Sao Paulo. I adore Brazil! I fell in love with the weather, their attitude towards life, the vibrant mix of cultures and of course the music. I was already a huge Antonio Carlos Jobim fan. One of my favourite films is Black Orpheus, set around Carnival, stunning women and costumes."
"I'm crazy for the the bright, colourful eye and all the subtle blending. Kay has a lovely, light touch so I never felt like I was wearing loads of make-up. Mostly she encouraged me to play around more with it. Philippe, the hair stylist, tied my hair in a knot, so that was a new discovery!"
Behind the look
In clashing, co-ordinating and complementary colours, the eyes have it. Inspired by the Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet eye shadow quad, Kay daubed on all the shades and added a couple of extra from the Shiseido palette for good measure. Keep the colours from mixing by using a small firm brush for precise placement but blend around the edge to soften it up. You can take the shadow up and over the eyelid, this is colour that's meant to be seen and noticed.
To keep the look carnival, rather than pantomime queen, skip blusher and go for a contrasting coral lip dabbed on to create the look of a stain rather than lipstick.