Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Mardi Gras, Masks and Maquillage

Ciao! This week The Style Eye is in Italy checking out Carnivals and costumes. Mardi Gras is a celebrated all over Italy with events and parties running from the weekend until Shrove Tuesday and this is the day when floats and parades take place in the larger cities. In Venice, masked balls are one of the city's famous aspects and the style is one of 18th and 19th century aristocratic balls. Sumptuous brocades and silks feature heavily in the costumes as well as exquisite masks. At a party in the Tuscan hills however, anything goes. For Saturday night's event, revellers were thinking out of the box when creating a modern take on the masquerade ball . We saw a white boiler-suited forensic team with hospital masks ,scuba divers and one guy with a circular shower curtain around his head to obscure himself. I had to be convinced that a drawn-on eye line mask would be appropriate for the event as well as suitably glamourous. I have to say that it was the perfect backdrop for my Viktor and Rolf for Shu Uemura eyelashes and was very pleased with my Zorro- Burlesque -Catwoman look. Susy Carducci, a London based make-up artist is the creator for all the looks shown here. Including her own New Romantic-meets-Harlequin look and the Afroed-Manga-Clown girl.
Cool Carnival Queens never looked so good.
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