An Ode to Delicateness

I was stunned by Elie Saab’s Spring/Summer 2013 show for the Paris Couture Fashion Week.

Naming his collection An Ode to Delicateness, Saab could not be more spot on. As always he fails to disappoint his eager audience.

A brilliant collection, I thought Elie Saab outdid himself yet again with a collection that is almost painfully delicate, and endlessly feminine. We’ll go over some of the most striking highlights of the show.

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The always-glamorous burlesque performer Dita Von Teese was one of the most noticeable attendees of the show. In a glittery coat over a knee-length dress, Von Teese impressed in classic black.

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The show kicked off with angelic white. The first shade of Saab’s choice. This piece is is a long-sleeve block-white with subtle embellishments on the chest.

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Saab experimented with cuts, although always keeping it delicate. I am in love with the the embellished top on this piece.

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Classic was in, and the sequins here are just a preview of what is to come in this collection in terms of glamour and shine.

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Then came the pastel blues of the collection. With an almost aquatic theme, the gowns were embroidered so delicately in coralesque patterns with shimmering blue crystal.

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I love the sleeves on this piece; romantic, dreamy, nostalgic almost.

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Again with the daring cuts, I love the embroidered neckline and we can see how Saab kept it consistent with the aquatic embroidery on the most delicate of fabrics.

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A more floral theme was also observed on some of the gowns in the show. Using 3D flowers on top of sheer fabric made the gowns look ethereal and floaty.

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I loved the clustered crystals on the neck and sleeves of this piece. Glamour at its most refined.

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The most striking part of the show was when the dusty lavender gowns went in. In my opinion, they were the most delicate of all pieces and truly encapsulated what the theme of the show was about. They looked almost too delicate for words.

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The way these dresses moved was unbelievable. Very fairy-like and dreamy.

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A touch of peachy gold warmed up the collection.

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What I found refreshing was that, towards the end of the show, Saab starts giving the collection an edge. Out with the pale pastels and in with the more striking colors, just to avoid making the collection too sweet. In came the ladies in red.

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With baroque black detailing over soft florals, Saab kept showing the darker, edgier side of the collection. I love the clash in this piece.

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Of course, in came the ladies in all black, but the pieces did not lack the subtlety, craft, and delicateness of previous designs. All what changes was the color.

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The sheer fabrics made the black gowns look like ethereal smoke on the runway.

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And of course, last came the highlight of the show: the bride. With the most delicate of lace and striking baroque patterns, this bridal dress incorporates simplicity and complication at once. The fabrics give it that clean, luxurious look and the detailing is extremely poetic.

Defining luxury, An Ode to Delicateness  was an ethereal collection that does not disappoint Saab’s clientele. Always proving to be the master of his own craft, Elie Saab shines again in Paris Fashion Week.

Hala Ajam and Elie Saab at Dubai Fashion Week.

Hala Ajam and Elie Saab at Dubai Fashion Week.

Hala Ajam is a Lebanese makeup artist who has worked with international and local celebrities such as Queen Rania, Claudia Schiffer, Haifa Wehbe, Nawal El-Zoghbi, and Shereen Abdul Wahhab. 

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Important Makeup Notes Before Your Big Day!

The wedding day is usually a culmination of dreams and visions collected over the years. In some cases, these images are simple and the transformation requires nothing more than a beautiful wedding dress. In other cases, they are more elaborate, with details such as hair and makeup.

 

Express your wishes, and how you see yourself on your wedding day. With an experienced team, working to create your look, translating your dream into reality can be made easy and far less stressful. I believe that a woman knows herself and knows what she wants. The day of her wedding is thus the moment to tell all her dreams come true.

 

 

Bride by Hala Ajam

Bride by Hala Ajam

 

The makeup artist should realize your dreams. Yet, you must be willing to listen to her advice to avoid drawing attention to less attractive features of your face on your wedding day. For example, if you have close-set eyes and want a smokey look, this will in fact make your eyes appear even closer and in some cases, almost cross-eyed. The makeup artist is always able to find a solution to give you the loom you want. Your aim is to look beautiful on your very special day, and the makeup artist is there to make sure you will.

 

 

Bridal Makeup by Hala Ajam

Bridal Makeup by Hala Ajam

 

SPECIFIC RULES IN BRIDAL MAKEUP

Age, season and wedding theme, not to mention personality, should all be factored in when creating a specific look. Be sure to accentuate and cover imperfections where appropriate and highlight the areas where light naturally will hit such as the cheekbones and brow bones. This will make you look better in photos.

 

 

3D Bridal Makeup by Hala Ajam

3D Bridal Makeup by Hala Ajam

 

 

 

Hala Ajam's Book-Face To Face

Hala Ajam’s Book-Face To Face

This text was taken from Hala Ajam‘s Book Face-to-Face

 

 

Candy World vs. Exotic Makeup

Candy World

Use colors that express playfulness from childhood. The image of candy is usually a very feminine and colorful one. The following photos aim at showing it is springtime and that these are the new colors to be used. Resorting to the colors of candies help achieve the image we want, making the models look like Barbie dolls, playing like little girls or going funky with the makeup.

 

 

Candy World Makeup

Candy World Makeup

 

Exotic

The natural world is reflected: island, water, flowers, butterflies, and tropical colors such as fuchsia come in to play. The working team creates the whole setting for such kind of photo. All can be brought to the studio: water, plants, etc. It is fun to create a unique atmosphere as it helps in producing new combinations for the same model.

 

 

Exotic Makeup

Exotic Makeup

 

 

Hala Ajam's Book-Face To Face

Hala Ajam’s Book-Face To Face

This text was taken from Hala Ajam‘s Book Face-to-Face

So, which side are you with?

The Do’s and Don’ts For A Wedding Day

  • Do not apply too much foundation on your wedding night, as it will not sit well on the skin’s surface when exposed to the heat caused by dancing and excitement.
  • To ensure makeup longevity, be sure to have a friend readily available to give you tissue or face paper to blot away any excess of facial oil or sweat throughout the night.
  • Choose the colors of your makeup that suits you and compliments your skin tone and eye color. Do not make these decisions based on the shade of your dress.

 

 

Professional Makeup by Hala Ajam

Professional Makeup by Hala Ajam

 

  • In general, the simpler and smaller the wedding, the more natural the makeup should be. The same can be said for a day wedding where the bright daylight will reveal heavy makeup.
  • If you and those around you are used to seeing you in the same makeup day in and day out, try something a little different. It doesn’t have to be drastic, but subtle changes can make a lot of difference.
  • Do not overboard or get carried away with too many changes and experiments. At the end of the day, you still want to look like you!
  • Stop using any medication or skin treatment before the wedding.
  • Make sure your skin is well moisturized before the wedding.

 

 

This text was from taken from Hala Ajam’s makeup book Face to face

This text was from taken from Hala Ajam’s makeup book Face to face

Basic Makeup Tutorial: Foundation, by Hala Ajam

Basic Makeup Tutorial: Foundation, by Hala Ajam

This is another article from my book Face-To-Face which you can order online.

Foundation creates a base for the rest of your makeup to be applied to.

Choosing the right color is most important and fortunately very simple to do.  Apply a line of foundation from your cheek to your jaw line in front of the mirror; take a step back to see if it blends well with your natural skin tone and color.  If so, you have found the correct shade and if you see it then it’s not for you so try again!

 It is also important to remember that, like your wardrobe, makeup is seasonal too.  You should not use the same foundation in the winter as in the summer.  A healthy tanned skin deserves more of a golden

hued foundation and will look far more natural, not to mention flattering, than the chalky look that occurs when a paler, winter shade of foundation is applied over a tan.

As with concealer, foundation can also smooth out skin discoloration.  A light tinted moisturizer can offer enough coverage if you are lucky to have perfect skin.

Pro Tip: Apply a primer to your face before foundation to make your skin look smooth. It will help create a clear look.

Types of Foundation

The foundation you use will depend on certain factors including personal choice, the ‘look’ you hope to achieve.  There are different types of foundations but the ones listed are the ones I use. Each creates a different look, and should be used according to skin type.

 

Cream Base Foundations are best used when looking for total coverage and a very polished ‘finished’ look.  As it is the heaviest of foundations, it can cover small scars, broken blood vessels and veins. 



Liquid Foundations offer medium-range cover and are overall, a very good weight for day-to-day use.  It is important to learn how to blend well, as natural daylight can be far harsher than the indoor light we might normally use to apply our makeup in.  It will be far more telling of any flaws in application.  Be sure to use your fingers to blend all the way beneath the jawbone, up to the hairline.

Water Proof Liquid Foundation and Sheer Foundation are the easiest to apply and blend. They offer light, translucent coverage that will enhance the skins natural glow. 

My favorite trick is to mix a cream foundation with a moisturizer, keeping the coverage, but lightening the texture.

 

Pro Tip:  To avoid shine, blot the skin with a tissue for a few seconds to allow it to lift any excess oil or sweat from the skin.  This will leave the skin with a lovely matte finish.

By Hala Ajam.

“A Lebanese Makeup artist who worked with Local and International Celebrities”.

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Hala Ajam.