Refinery: En Vogue

Posted: Mar 16 2016 | Author: Katryna Y

One of Edmonton's hottest events makes its return at the AGA this Saturday. Refinery is known for its unique take on the Art Gallery's current exhibitions, the lively atmosphere, and perhaps most importantly, the chance to get creatively dolled up in accordance to the theme.

This year's theme, En Vogue, seems pretty straightforward at first glance: High Fashion. We all already have clothes. Easy. But, as I took to Pinterest and my latest issue of Fashion magazine, it started to feel a little more complicated. Avant garde fashion, it seems, is more about just the clothes. It was the total representation of the look head to toe. Then came the panic. "Wait, do I need to turn into a runway model?!"

For most of us, that seems a tad unrealistic (much like the notion that gobs of makeup in deep, dramatic runway hues and slicked hair gel are going to flatter us as the night wears on!)

Luckily, Brittany, one of our talented make-up artists, came up with a completely refreshing take on the subject. Why not create a look that is ultra clean, sleek and striking? Basically it's your everyday look...just a notch or two bolder. Play with your best features, and style with some easy going Workhall pieces and you're done.

A look attainable for the rest of us.


The simple steps to this luminous look

1. Prep your skin with your favourite foundation and concealer. We love Kevyn Aucoin Skin Liquid Lighting and Rouge Bunny Fine Spun Light for a dewy finish. Beauty Blenders are the perfect tool for blending these products. Set with a sheer powder like Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous, since you won't want a matte finish.

2. Sweep a medium, neutral-toned eye shadow into your crease using a fluffy brush like Sigma E40. The eyes won't be the focus, so this will give a light "there, but not there" depth.

3. If you feel like you need a little extra oomph, line your inner lash line with a creamy pencil liner.

4. Curl your lashes and apply mascara.

5. Create your "statement" brow by first creating the outline with a matching pencil to your natural colour. This is where we take your everyday routine and make it bolder. Create sharp, straight lines with a bold angle. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Fill in your shape with the pencil.

6. Follow up with Blinc Brow Gel in a slightly darker tone used to add dimension and depth to the feature.

7. Finish the look with a touch of contouring. Light-handedness is the key for success. Using a tapered brush, sweep Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in a downwards motion in the hollow of your cheeks, starting from your jawbone. Then follow up with a glowing highlighter like Living Luminizer by tapping it along your cheekbones.

8. Line your lips with a nude pencil and a slick of rich gloss and you are ready to hit the town.

Short on time? Book an appointment with one of our LUX artists this weekend and we will ensure you leave with a glowing look. There are still a few tickets left for the party this Saturday, so grab yours quickly and we'll see you there!