Bourjois has launched a Paris Ballerine make-up range for Spring 2011 which is due to be launched shortly. Hot on the trail of new trends, Ballet News invited a crack team of professionals (Bex Singleton – photographer & Laura Tucker – make-up artist) to create two new looks using Paris Ballerine products, with a twist. I wanted to show these new looks on a ballet dancer. I chose Rachel Ware, who you may recall from the recent BBC Four documentary series called Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet. Rachel had been chosen as a swan for English National Ballet’s in-the-round production of Swan Lake, as they needed 60 for the Royal Albert Hall, which is a huge space, and her experiences as she rehearsed for the performances were chosen as part of the series.
Paris Ballerine is a modern day ballerina. By creating this range, Bourjois pays tribute to its early love of theatre and stage by highlighting the most gracious of stars : the ballerina.
The range is a celebration of a deceptively well-behaved, gentle and ultra trendy ballerina and brings a fashionable twist to grey and black, teamed with pastel pink. Pink is often a cliche in ballet, but in Paris Ballerine these tones are perfect for an easy daytime look. It’s a mix of tenderness with a modern rock ‘n’ roll edge; somewhere between gracious ballerina and rock chick. The new fashion icon plays with soft, romantic yet enchanting smoky eye shades; delicate pink contrasts with intense black, as mystery contrasts with poetry. Seductive assets for women, graceful assets for dancers, the stage is set with original shades : deceptively innocent pink and bluish grey, so rock ‘n’ chic. The complexion and lips are discreetly illiminated in nude and pink, leaving the eyes and nails under the spotlight.
Professional make-up artist Laura Tucker started on a daytime look for Rachel, using the soft pinks and greys to create a soft wash of colour over her face.
During the shoot I took some videos using my flip Ultra HD to show you how the look was conceived and brought to life by Laura. The flip is easy to use, survived being dropped and the results are easy to share however you choose.
As a professional make-up artist, Laura has a few tips up her sleeve, including how to curl your hair with straigtening irons. Yes, that’s right ! Who knew ?
The first video clip shows Rachel with her face prepped and ready for our daytime look, using the lighter shades in the palette to highlight Rachel’s beautiful face and to keep the look easy and light. We decided to keep her hair away from her face in a puffy, slightly loose but elegant bun. In the studio Rachel is used to having her hair tied back quite firmly, so Laura worked to keep the look natural so that re-creating the look is easy for Rachel. Because Laura is a professional, she used the Illuminating Touch in Rose Essentiel as an eyeshadow colour, which you can see in the clip, so there’s an extra tip ! Apologies for the sound quality; I’m waiting for vimeo to upload my HD versions and it seems to be taking some time!
Then we see Laura finishing off the daytime look with Volume Glamour Mascara from the range, and she also explains the best way to apply mascara as well as some tips of her own.
This clip shows Laura applying a soft pink lipstick to complete Rachel’s daytime look. I painted Rachel’s nails using So Laque Ultra Shine in Rose Satin (36). It’s easy to apply and when dry it gives Rachel’s nails a touch of French manicure.
For evening, we decided to leave Rachel’s hair loose and curling softly. Laura surprised us all by using straightening irons to curl Rachel’s hair, but as you can see the effect is perfect.
Laura wanted a smoky eye for Rachel’s evening look, to create some red carpet glamour using the same colours but with more intensity.
Rachel spent time with Bex Singleton to capture the best shots of both her as a ballerina and of the make-up looks, moving around the lighting to create drama for evening. As a ballerina, each of Bex’s requests were carried out perfectly, and I think you can see from the results what a fun shoot it was and Rachel’s transformation from daytime ballerina to red carpet Paris Ballerine.
The Paris Ballerine range consists of :
Little Round Pot eyeshadow in shade 05
Little Round Pot eyeshadow in shade 25
Effet Smoky pencils in Ultra Black (76)
Effet Smoky pencils in Sand Rose (77)
Effet Smoky pencils in New Wave Blue (78)
Volume Glamour Mascara in Noir ébène
Illuminating Touch in rose essentiel
Sweet Kiss Naturel in Rose innocence (11)
Sweet Kiss Naturel in Rose passionné (13)
So Laque Ultra Shine in Rose satin (36)
So Laque Ultra Shine in Bleu asphalte (37)
The eyeshadows are £5.99, the eye pencils £4.99, mascara £7.99, Illuminating Touch £6.99, lipstick £7.99 and nail varnish £5.49.
Paris Ballerine is available from Boots from 20th April. For stockist information please call 0800 269 836.
Laura found the Effet Smoky pencils very soft and easy to blend; as you can see from the videos she used the pencils on Rachel’s eyelids to intensify the smoky grey colours. The Volume Glamour mascara has a surprisingly great brush. Laura used false eyelashes to create extra drama but this mascara worked very well on it’s own too and didn’t flake or clump.
Bourjois have five sets of the Paris Ballerine range to give away to five of my lucky readers. All you have to do, to be in with a change of winning the entire range is to answer this question :
What are the 2 new shades of the So Laque nail polishes for the Ballerina range?
All of the correct answers will be placed into a make-up bag and the winner will be drawn at random after the closing date of Friday 8th April 2011 8pm GMT.
Good luck everyone !