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Montano's Masterclass: Spring zing!

February 18th 2013 / Susannah Taylor, Kay Montano / 2 comments

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Photography by Billie Scheepers

Make-up artist Kay Montano helps us spring clean our make-up bags so we're ready to face the new season in style. By Susannah Taylor

Wintry shades begone! Spring make-up is all about splashes of bold, beautiful colour.

Make-up artist Kay Montano shows you how to shed your winter make-up wardrobe and break out of your comfort zone in just five easy-to-follow steps. Let's finally wave goodbye to the darks of winter and say a happy hello to spring sunshine...

Step 1: First base

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At this time of year, when the heating and cold weather is causing your skin to dry out, flake out and often become congested too, the temptation is to apply a heavier base to cover your skin issues. This, unfortunately can only make matters worse.

My advice, for the clearest looking complexion is to use a gentle exfoliator to remove any debris before moisturising and applying a light base. Kay then recommends using a sponge to blend foundation from the centre of the face outwards for the sheerest, most flawless, poreless finish.

Kay used: Autograph SPF 15 Invisible Cover Natural Finish Foundation, £12

Step 2: Turquoise twist

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Smokey eyes – we love them as much as we love a nude lip, but after what seems like an endless winter of kohl smudges and graphic flicks, we think it’s high time for a change. Here, Kay has used a deep turquoise powder shadow on the upper lids. Using a flat make-up brush she has pressed it into the skin to ensure intense, rather than wishy-washy colour.

Kay used: Marks and Spencer's Limited Collection Mono Eyeshadow in Jade, £4

Step 3: Softly softly

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As you would for a smokey eye, Kay has then used a soft, more rounded brush to wing the eyeshadow out to the sides, deepening the eye socket area. See how she has also brought it round to the inner corner of the eye to enhance the feline shape.

Kay used: Autograph Eyeshadow Brush, £6

Step 4: Dive into the blue

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If you think bold colour is clown-like then think again. The way in which Kay has used a soft sweep of blue under the model’s eyes actually breaks up and prettifies the intensity of the turquoise on the upper lids.

Kay used: Marks and Spencer’s Limited Edition Collection Mono Eyeshadow in Bright Blue, £4

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Step 5: Couture coral

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In order to keep this look modern and sophisticated - and away from Barbie world - it is essential to use a lipstick rather than a gloss, and one that has no shimmer. Kay uses a small flat lip brush for precision application, starting in the centre of the lips and working outwards to the lip edges.

Kay used: Autograph Moisture Colour Lipstick in Coral, £8.50 and Autograph Lipstick and Concealer Brush, £7.50

And finally...

Nails were painted in Autograph’s Quick Dry Nail Colour in Granite, £5. Wear them on short, rounded nails.

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Photographs by Billie Scheepers

Make-up by Kay Montano at D&V Management


Hair by Maarit Niemela at D&V Management


Model – Anna Korzun at Models 1

Clothes: Dress by Milly and bracelet by Erickson Beamon, both www.net-a-porter.com

Styling and words by Susannah Taylor







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  • Krishna Montgomery
  • February 21st 2013

Love these looks - incredible eyes which I will try and do at home!

  • Claire Moorman
  • February 19th 2013

Wow - you make it look so simple!! I love the Milly dress and bracelet!! I'm also surprised the makeup is all from Marks and Spencer - I'm off to freshen up my makeup bag - bring on the sunshine!

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