The weekend before last, Vogue in collaboration with Eastland hosted a “day of style and inspiration” at the huge Ringwood shopping complex. Now, Ringwood is one of those suburbs that often gets a bad rap, but the gentrification of the outer east has begun to morph the once “questionable” town into something much more desirable. Eastland is a reflection of that, with the 1960’s built center boasting a $665 million expansion over 2015 and 2016 to incorporate high end fashion and cosmetics.
The whole family headed east to check out the big day, encompassing not just the ticketed style sessions, but also fashion workshops hosted by David Jones, nail art masterclasses by Trophy Wife Nails, the adorable “GifGif” photo booth, and much, much more.
I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the Vogue x Eastland Beauty session with Vogue beauty editor Remy Rippon and celebrity make-up artist Max May who were showcasing the latest in autumn make-up trends for this 2016 season. The beauty session encompassed an hour of tips, tricks, and clever ideas that work with this season’s make-up trends. Long story short, dewy, radiant foundations are in, with light contouring and highlighting to work with what you’ve got. Max worked his magic on the already perfect skin of model Zoe, creating a flawless, glowing face with a pale pink lip and barely there eyes.
The essential tool this autumn? Max never goes without his eyelash curler, claiming it is the one item he finds indispensable in his kit. Max was quick to recommend curling the lashes only before your obligatory coat of mascara. Yes, apparently people do curl *after* as well. Personally, I can’t stand the things (despite owning at least two of them). Nasty little torture devices. I’m missing out though, because as Max pointed out, even the mascara wands that claim to curl the lash can’t compete with the curling power of pointy eye clamp thingies that stab you in the face.
Max was also down on primer, instead preferring to use everyday moisturiser to create a smooth base for foundation. He really massaged the moisturiser in too, stating that by moving his hands and fingers down the face and neck, he assists in removing any extra puffiness and fluid, highlighting the contours of the face naturally. I love this idea.
Plus size and round faces? Max informed us that the drill is exactly the same. Contour as usual, but if you have a little more skin under your chin to worry about, brush some bronzer there too to conceal. He also suggests sucking in your cheeks well before contouring under the cheek bones.
The whole family enjoyed the day out. Freya in particular loved the fuzzy ball from the Vogue-Eastland grab bag, which was packed with fun items and incredible vouchers. I particularly loved the Midas shoe shiner (that thing is like wizardry), and the gorgeous box of tea from T2.
It was the perfect day to simply get out of the house and have a low cost, high style weekend of fun and frivolity.