Under the Sea: Mermaid Makeup for SS12

A beautiful trend has been punctuating the catwalks of SS12 – a glistening homage to all that is under the sea. From metallic tones to embellished gowns, it seems that everyone is going crazy for the pearls of the ocean.

My favourite piece so far is this gorgeous Versace gown; the starfish detail is so on trend and yet so timeless.

Then, of course, there was that Chanel show; embracing the trend whole-heartedly, they brought the ocean to dry land with an elaborate and mesmerising set.

When contemplating beauty interpretations of this trend, one of the most striking references is Katy Perry’s latest campaign for GHD. Since signing up as a brand ambassador last year, Katy has channelled a number of alter-egos modelling her trademark brunette locks. This time, however, she has kept the candy floss colours that she has recently been keen to experiment with and unveiled a pink mane in her latest role as a mermaid.

Here’s an example of a mermaid makeup look I created a few months ago. To start, I used a turquoise MAC glitter to create a signature Peaches and Cream glittery smokey eye. Then, I took some of the blue and green pigments from my Lime Crime Magic Dust Rainbow and began to paint scales on one corner of my client’s face. As usual when using the pigments for any face-painted concepts, I mixed them with water to create a pasty consistency.

The finished result was one that looked positively Ariel-esque but still showcased all of the other elements of her makeup. If you liked this small accent you may also like this Zoo Project inspired leopard makeup I created for a friend earlier in the week.

Have fun exploring this trend… I am going to try and find a scalloped hem or two in my local vintage shops.