FACEON Magazine – UK Beauty Editorial

I am absolutely honoured to have my work published in the current edition of FACEON Magazine – UK. In this beauty editorial I have explained my tips for ‘Colour Bombing’ and how to best achieve the look created in these images. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please see Tearsheet below along with the article information underneath :)

Erin xx

FACEON Magazine

Photography: Danial Gowans
Makeup: Erin Bigg

To demonstrate the latest trend ‘colour bombing and blocking’ using bold colours and clean lines in beautifully captured macro beauty images.


Step 1: Prime the face with a water based primer or light moisturiser and apply Giorgio Armani Luminous silk foundation in the appropriate shade. For a flawless, airbrush effect I choose to use the Rae Morris Radiance Foundation brush.

Step 2: Use MAC prep and prime on the eyelids and lips

Step 3: Use a wet eye shadow brush and a metallic eye shadow palette such as the 88 Crown Brush colour palette and gently apply your chosen colours to the lid, blending up to the brow.

Step 4: Using an angled eyeliner brush apply a black gel eyeliner such as MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and a lick of Maybelline’s great lash mascara in very black.

Step 5: Add some individual knot-free eyelashes to enhance the natural lashes

Step 6: Using a MAC eyebrow pencil use upward ‘brush strokes’ with the pencil to create a natural looking brow.

Step 7: Choose two Lip Tar shades from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (I find Monochromatic or Analogous colours schemes are most effective) and squeeze a small amount of each onto a palette.

Step 8: Using a clean angled eyeliner brush, dip half of the brush in one colour and half in the other colour. Carefully apply the colour to the lips on an angle creating the colour gradient effect. Add more of the inner colour using a lip brush if needed.

Product references:

Rae Morris Brush Range
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics available in Australian at Makeup and Glow
Crown Brush
Giorgio Armani


Giorgio Armani ‘Rouge D’Armani’ Lipstick Review

I have had a lot of requests recently for a long wearing red lipstick for bridal use as the ever popular ‘Adele’ red lip accompanied by the classic winged eyeliner is being requested more and more.

Enter Giorgio Armani ‘Rouge D’Armani’ long wearing lipstick in shade #400. The perfect red carpet colour! At $52.00 a pop, I nearly had a coronary, but when dealing with makeup I have learned: you get what you pay for. This was no exception.

I applied the lipstick at 8am. I lined my lips first, applied one coat of the lipstick with a lip brush, blotted my lips with a tissue and then reapplied. It was both moisturising and nourishing. As I was working at a wedding I didn’t have time to look at myself, let alone touch up my makeup. My lips continued to feel quite moisturised, and not dry compared to other long wearing brands I have worn.

Come 2pm I had finished my wedding and looked in the mirror to realise my lipstick was still completely in place! I had been drinking water and had a small amount to eat also. No feathering, smudging or bleeding to be seen. That’s 6 hours of continuous moisturising colour. This is a product I will definitely be recommending to my brides and clients, in my opinion it’s $52 well spent. (If only they paid me to say so!).

E xox

Giorgio Armani 'Rouge D'Armani' in Shade #400


Question: What foundation do you use in your makeup kit?

I always get asked what foundation I use and my answer is always the same: Many! Here I have listed 5 of the foundations I like to work with, though there are many more! These can all be found online from the affiliated brand/company…

Left to Right

- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (Shown in shade #4)

I use this foundation in many beauty shoots. It is lightweight, silky and has a beautiful dewy-look. Quite a sheer, but buildable coverage.

- Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid (Show in shade #40)

Again I use this in beauty shoots. It has a heavier coverage than the GA Luminous Silk and provides an even more luminous look. This is also a beautiful foundation on mature skins due to it’s moisturising properties – a winner for Mother of the Bride’s! Contains sunscreen: SPF 15.

- MAC Face and Body Foundation (Shown in shade C6)

I mainly use this foundation on the body, though it can be used on the face. It is a beautiful body foundation and works well to cover bruises and enhance a tan when used all over. It’s waterproof so it’s great for beach shoots.

- Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional finish makeup (Shown in shade #10)

This has now been discontinued by Chanel. Sad face. I use this on myself and I love the dewy, medium coverage. It is really similar to the Vitalumiere – perhaps why it has been replaced with ‘Perfection Lumiere’. While I haven’t tried its replacement myself, my sister recently purchased it and it appears to have a slightly more matte finish which is often favorable with younger skins. It’s next on my list to try!

- Latonas Matte Liquid Foundation (Shown in shade Almond)

Brisbane based company Latona’s have it right with this formula. A beautiful matte foundation which can be mixed with distilled water to go through an airbrush gun. I use this foundation on most of my brides and for many of the glamour/swimsuit shoots that I do.

Just a few of the foundations I use and stock in my makeup kit. I think it is really important to have a range for different skin types and desired finishes. A trick if you can’t afford to stock the full range of foundations of your choice: Buy the darkest and lightest colour (keeping in mind some foundations may be more pink or yellow based than others so you may have to buy one in-between) and custom mix for each client.

I hope as an artist or for personal use you find this helpful. Feedback and questions are always welcome, so feel free to leave a comment below and I will respond as soon as possible.

E xxx