HOW I CREATE THE PERFECT (CUSTOM) SKIN TONE EVERY DAY

Hey guys! Thanks so much for all your interesting questions on my post from last week, both in the comments and via email. It has totally helped me understand what you’d like to know more about and (although this wasn’t the point originally) it has helped to develop new ideas for posts. Big thank you! One thing that a few of you wondered was about how to get a nice even skin tone, and so I thought I would share with you something I’ve started doing in the last year or so which has really helped me to perfect the base of my make up.

How to create the perfect foundation tone

I’m not sure about you guys but I’ve always found it hard to find the right tone of foundation, I think because a) my dad is Sri Lankan so I have more olive skin which can be hard to match and b) it changes a lot depending on the season or if I’ve been on holiday. Speaking to friends I realised that regardless of your colouring, finding the perfect match can be really hard. Sooooo, to cut a long story short, I decided to do something about it. I bought a tinted moisturiser a few shades lighter than my skin, and another one a few shades darker and as my make up base I mix them together, creating a daily custom blend depending on the colour of my skin at that moment.

How to create the perfect foundation tone

You can see how dark the BB cream is compared to the tinted moisturiser! Once mixed together you’ll have a completely new shade.

How to create the perfect foundation tone

I then patch test the resulting colour on my face to check that it’s the perfect match, adding more of one or the other if the colour isn’t quite right. My face is usually a bit lighter than the rest of my body so I usually like to make it a touch darker to match the rest of my skin. This totally allows you to do that!

How to create the perfect foundation tone

Now, obviously this process is going to suit some people more than others, but regardless it’s a good idea to experiment with colours like this if you find it hard to get the right match. I knowwww it’s kind of annoying that you have to buy two products but I don’t mind if it means my skin tone is as close to perfect as possible and matches the rest of my body really well! It also lasts twice as long so that’s a bonus too.

It changes all the time but these are the two products I’m using at the moment – Dr Jart Ceramidin Day Tint (this has such a velvety texture) and Bobbi Brown BB Cream in Medium to Dark.

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY DECONSTRUCTED JEANS

If you’ve had your eye on the streets (or the street style), you’ll know that deconstructed denim is where it’s at right now – a trend started by niche denim brands has pervaded all of the others. What started with a  casually frayed hem has morphed into full on deconstruction – from relocated pockets and indigo dyed to seams and cut outs. I’m all for it because it takes a simple pair of jeans of zero to hero (if I can be so cliche!) and it also SO doable yourself. Because why not? To mark all that I love about fashion week – the clothes and the inspiration – I got together with Who What Wear Australia to show you how to do it yourself. Scroll down for the video!

DIY deconstructed jeans

Watch the video here

You need:

  • A pair of old jeans (these are vintage Levi because they’re cut the best!)
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Unpicker
  • Sewing machine and thread

DIY deconstructed jeans

How to:

  1. Lay the jeans flat on the table, back pockets facing up.

DIY deconstructed jeans

2. Unpick the pockets from the pants. I found it easiest starting from the corners.

DIY deconstructed jeans

3. After unpicking a couple of centimetres, you can move things along faster by ripping the pockets off.

DIY deconstructed jeans

4. Decide on the position you want to re-sew the pockets. This will depend on how much of the dark pocket imprint you want to show-off.

DIY deconstructed jeans

5. For the hem, cut up along the side seam about 5cm.

DIY deconstructed jeans

6. Then cut straight along the front of the pant leg.

DIY deconstructed jeans

7. You will end up with a “step” in the leg hem. Cut the hem off the back of the leg to make that a raw edge too.

DIY deconstructed jeans

8. To make the seam line in the leg of your jeans, mark with a pin at the height of your knees and cut straight through.

DIY deconstructed jeans

9. Flip the jeans inside out and pin the two pieces back together.

DIY deconstructed jeans

10. Sew the legs back together. To avoid making the jeans too short, keep the seam allowance to a minimum because this will affect the length of your jeans.

DIY deconstructed jeans

11. Sew the back pockets back on in their new position and you’re done!

DIY deconstructed jeans

Voila!

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY OVERSIZED CUFFS (THE SHIRT EVERY FASHION GIRL IS WEARING)

Hey guys! Welcome to day one of Fashion Week Made. If you’ve had your eyes on the street style and blogs of late you’ll know that oversized sleeves in all forms have been a hit. And something only a fashion girl could get behind because they make eating or doing anything vaguely technical near impossible… but they look so. dam. good. We decided to put our hands (literally) to this style in the studio, with the result working out so well I had to wear them on Day 1 down under. If you’re not following along make sure you do via instagram and snapchat (username: apair_andaspare) to catch DIYs happening IRL before they hit the blog (and a few special features too!).

DIY Oversized Cuffs

Wearing: Yasmin Raquel jacket and pants, DIY oversized cuff shirt, Mode Collective Heels and Celine Bag.

DIY Oversized Cuffs

You need:

  • A white shirt
  • Cotton fabric (we used white to match the shirt)
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread

DIY Oversized Sleeves

How to:

  1. Cut or unpick the cuffs from the sleeves.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

2. Now you’re going to cut out 2 pairs of the new cuff from the cotton fabric and interfacing. You can see we used  pattern below but the pattern you use will depend on the shape of your cuff (hence why we haven’t given you a downloadable pattern). Instead, draw yours up by simple measuring the cuff size and creating a rectangle using that size as one of the song edges. We make the length around 20 cm (8 inches) and tapered the edges out in a slight trapezium shape to give some bell shape.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

3. Match the interfacing to the cotton fabric laying the bumpy side face down on the fabric (this is the side that will stick to the fabric)

DIY Oversized Sleeves

4. Iron the interfacing and fabric together. Lay a scrap piece over the top to prevent the interfacing from sticking to your iron instead!

DIY Oversized Sleeves

5. Pin the cuff pairs together, leaving the bottom side open.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

6. Sew the cuff on the sides that you have pinned together.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

7. Snip the excess fabric off the corners. This will make the corners sharper and neater.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

8. Turn the cuff inside out and iron flat.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

9. Pin the cuff to the sleeve.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

10. Sew the cuff onto the sleeve.

DIY Oversized Sleeves

Voila!

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Here’s a few snaps of them without the jacket:

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon and Badlands Studio

#FASHIONWEEKMADE

Hey guys! Hooroo from down under. I’ve come to Sydney for a few weeks, and man it’s lovely to be here. I’ve here to experience Australian Fashion Week, and I have to say the line up of Resortwear talent this year looks pretty amazing. I’m excited to see what so many new and amazing emerging designers have in store for us.

And this year I’m even more excited because we’re going to be doing something a little different, aimed at sharing this experience even more you you guys. I mean, fashion weeks are by definition exclusive events where industry and media get to see what we’ll all being wearing next year, but often that exclusivity can make it hard for you guys to really experience/ feel it. And as this blog grows and evolves I’m focusing on it being more of a community, a two way exchange of ideas and inspiration where you can really share in it.  Enter, Fashion Week Made, a series of easy DIY projects and ideas aimed at inspiring you to get a little bit of fashion week in your life. We’ll be showing you how to do it yourself, and we’ll also be exploring the creative process behind a design – after all I know you guys are just as interested in the process or technique as you are the finished product. Below is a little moodboard we’ve been working off in the lead up to #fashionweekmade, stay tuned for the first DIY project in a few hours – one that I love and featured in my outfit on Day 1 yesterday and all over recent street style.

Follow along on instagram and snapchat, I’ll be making some earrings on snapchat in the next day or so and hoping you can join me! username: apair_andaspare. xxxx

Fashion week, made by you

We’ll also be sharing a designer interview (all about the process) and some beauty tips and tricks, so even if you’re not crafty you’re going to hopefully enjoy this. :)

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