Backstage Hair and Makeup Secrets: Vilda Editorial Pros Share Their Tips

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New Year’s Eve, possibly the most glamorous holiday of them all, is almost here – and to help you celebrate in style with truly luxurious hair and makeup, we got top beauty tips from Vilda hair and makeup artists who worked on our latest fashion editorial with Unreal Fur. To help you recreate the sultry yet sophisticated, Marilyn Monroe-inspired look worn by model Josephine McGrail in the shoot, hair stylist Emma Grant and makeup artist / lash stylist Diana Fule share the inspiration behind their creative work.

The Brief

For this editorial, we were channelling a high-end, ultra-glamorous vibe with big, bouncy, somewhat dishevelled curls and sharp black eyeliner to go with a bright, candy-red lip. The aesthetic of the shoot told the story of a bored rich young woman spending a day frolicking about in a small seaside town that was quieting down after the madness of summer.

The Hair

 “I added hot rollers to create volume and waves. These can be left in for up to 30 minutes or longer, for a lasting effect. Once the rollers were taken out, I created some textured waves with GHD straighteners, adding to the soft and luxurious effect we were aiming for. The final touches were a super-shine spray and a strong-hold hairspray, to seal the glamorous 50s-style waves. “

For the second look, which was a messy bun, we already had the volume and wave created by the curls, which is always helpful when doing an updo – this gives the hair texture and hold, while still looking glamorous. I sectioned the hair from ear to ear, leaving some hair free at the front around the face. From the top of the head I backcombed the hair to create some height at the crown, then the hair was brushed back and to the side, and put into a low ponytail. I then put the ponytail through a hair doughnut, backcombed and pinned loosely around the doughnut to create a messy bun. The hair left around the front was curled again with tongs to create softness.”

-Emma Grant, hairstylist


The Makeup

“My look was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. For the eyes, I applied a white or beige cream shadow all over the lid, then added a white shimmery powder shadow on the lid, brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Of course, the Marilyn look is never complete without the perfect winged black eyeliner.

“The lips are the statement element of this look, so I strived to create the perfect red lip. I contoured the lips with a red lip pencil and applied a bright red colour, similar to what Marilyn used to wear.”

-Diana Fule, makeup artist


Photos by David Camilli

Styling and words by Sascha Camilli

Furs by Unreal Fur

Dress by People Tree at FAIR Fashion Boutique Brighton

Model Josephine McGrail at LoveLight Models

Hair by Emma Grant 

Makeup by Diana Fule

Thanks to Brighton Makeup School

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Sascha Camilli

Founder and Editor

A passionate changemaker, Sascha Camilli is the founder and editor-in-chief of Vilda Magazine. Born in Moscow and raised in Stockholm, she has also lived in Los Angeles, London, Milan and Florence, before landing in her current hometown of Brighton, UK. She was selected as one of GLAMOUR UK's Most Empowering Nu-Gen Activists and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of vegan fashion and material innovation. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books.

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