Raya is practically knocking on our doors! Just one week till the family gathers, friends reunite and a veritable feast will be had (for days and days!) In case you can’t tell, we’re excited- so excited we’ve been tracking each stage of Raya style-planning. Outfits have been bought, accessories worked out and last minute bargains picked up for extra pizzazz. What’s next? We’re thinking hair and make-up ideas!
First up: A poppy, super fresh look to go with more traditional outfits. While the trends for 2013 are fab, we find ourselves gravitating towards the more old school end of the baju raya options spectrum. And really – what’s more glamorous than baju kebaya? Over style this ensemble however, and you run the risk of looking stuck in the past. To combat this, build your look around a bright, modern lipstick with a nod to mod.
First, apply two shades of neutral tones on eyelids – a metallic taupe all over, then a warm gold on the outer corners. Next, take a warm pink cheek stain (like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Yumberry) and apply several dots on each cheek, blending quickly to create a sheer touch of colour. Next, defining the eyes! Black eyeliner gets boring so try something subtler like a deep mossy green (Stila Smudgestick in Starfish.)
Line the lashline just thickly enough to define, without creating a winged look. Now, pick a lipstick to match a key colour from your look.
TiC Tip: Accent the colours in your look with your make-up. We matched Lydia’s fuchsia pink lips to the flower petals on her black kebaya!
Tired of wearing your hair down but don’t want an old fashioned updo? Do both, and try waterfall braids! Check out our foolproof waterfall braid DIY for detailed instructions.
Going casual for Raya? Graphic eyeliner and perfectly matte skin will keep your flawless from your first open house of the day to the last. After moisturising, apply Kate Concealing Cover Powder Foundation for an even skintone with a velvety matte finish. Next, apply neutral shadows like a light taupe, a beige and a deep brown from the Sleek Cosmetics Au Naturel I-Divine Palette, creating a gradient to enhance your natural eye shape.
Add a flick of inky black eyeliner extending past the lashline, then use a brow pencil two shades lighter than your natural brow and create a frame for your brows, filling it in with light strokes.
TiC Tip: Bright blush is nothing to fear! Using a fluffy brush and a light hand, blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a pretty, doll-like flush.
Complete the look with a creamy, slightly shimmery pinky-beige lipstick like L’Oreal Paris Color Riche in Dewy Beige for easy glamour. Don’t forget to reapply after meals! As for hair, this effortless look just needs an easy blow dry and some serum or cream for a shot of shine.
Match the sheen of silky baju kurung with a little gleam and glow of your own! After prepping with a long wearing foundation like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation, apply a rich gold cream eyeshadow like Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold all over the eyelids, blending out the edges with your fingers.
Take an eyeliner in a bronzier, more glittery shade of gold, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Scorch and line the upper and lower lashline, smudging with a brush or Q-Tip. To contour, use a flattering, almost matte bronzer like Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long Wear Bronzer and apply to the temples, jawline and hollow of the cheeks.
TiC Tip: A blush brush offers brilliant control for precise contouring.
Next, take a smaller fluffy eyeshadow brush and run the bronzer on the side of the nose, extending to right underneath where the eyebrow starts. At this point we lightened Lydia’s brow with Kate Eyebrow Mascara to keep the look soft and almost-monochromatic in its bronziness.
To tie the look together, apply a plummy brown lipstick – we like BareMinerals new Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up. For a simple, out of the face ‘do, tease your hair for volume then tie a ponytail. Then wrap the hairtie with a little of your own hair, securing it with bobby pins. Runway inspiration with a retro twist!
Image Credit: Zoé Ng, Alyssa Lee