Start with a good foundation: moisturize skin, use a light base and concealer, blending for a natural finish; moisturize lips.
Using Smolder Eye Kohl line the eyes starting thinner at the inner corner and going thicker on the outer corner; a pencil brush to smudge, keep the colour darkest at the lashes and lighter as you push it up and out . Add Blacktrack Fluidline to create intensity, building density on the outer corners; it’s a great product to use in the humid Caribbean weather as it stays firmly in place.
Tip: follow the natural symmetry of the eye as guide for the ‘wings’ on the outer corner.
Working on top of the black liner base, add Silver Ring Eye Shadow (a grey silver sheen) using a blending brush, placing in the inner corner, under the eyeline and on the eyelid, smudging it around and blending well.
Using Typographic Eye Shadow (a matt darker grey), apply with an eye shader brush, working it from the outer crease to the outer corner.
Tip: apply colour lightly, building up slowly, layer by layer, blending neatly and effortlessly as you go.
Add Moth Pressed Pigment (a mauve, silver pearl) with an eye shader brush as a highlight, pressing it into the crease and blending out.
Using Black Grape Pressed Pigment (a deep, glittery aubergine) on to the crease, patting in carefully as you blend out to avoid excess flecks of glitter.
Tip: when using glittery pigment, remove excess glitter on the face and under the eyes with a small piece of tape!
Finish the eye with several coats of Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara.
Complete the look with a clean lip using only a hint of concealer; add a dash of gloss for a little added gleam if wanted.
Want some tips on applying foundation and base to your skin so it looks flawless and feels like you have nothing on? Gisel shares her advice on getting that ‘no-makeup makeup’ look effortlessly:
Products available from MAC Cosmetics stores throughout the Caribbean.
Say the word Carnival and it conjures up a visual of stunning, colourful costumes with feathers and beads; outfits adorned in gems and jewels and beautiful women; rhythmic music, partying, liming, and dancing – something we in the Caribbean are well-versed in! Carnival is celebrated throughout the region and different islands call it by different names, and impart their own style. Some are better known than others, and as the diaspora has spread through the globe, they have taken their festivals with them to the streets of New York, Toronto, London and LA. The world has embraced Carnival Caribbean style!
“It’s said you haven’t played mas until you’ve experienced true carnival in Trinidad, jumped in Jamaica and wined in Barbados…”
In homage to carnival, we asked M.A.C Cosmetics to create some stunning makeup looks for a shoot with Zulu International, (one of Barbados’s most popular bands) to showcase the vibrant colours of the gorgeous headpieces that form part of their costumes for Kadooment 2014 – the culmination of Barbados’ CropOver (carnival) season, their stunning designs will cross the stage on Monday 4 August as they dance their way to Bridgetown with pulsing music and a premium experience that has garnered a loyal following.
Zulu International has established itself in just two years as a band to watch out for (they sold out their entire 2014 band in 3 days!) and was chosen by none other than the Caribbean Queen herself, Rihanna, to be the band she jumped with in 2013. Rumour has it she’ll be back again this year in a custom design! Through the creative direction of their designer and co-producer, Lauren Austin, the costumes each year just keep getting more spectacular and her designs for 2014 are no exception. Based around the theme ‘Once Upon a Time’, inspiration was drawn from well-known folk tales and fairy stories, creating a beautifully put together collection that takes characters from fables and brings them firmly into Zulu territory!
Makeup provided by M.A.C.MUA: Sabrina Newsam. Creative Direction: Caribbean Bazaar Photography: Jaryd Niles-Morris.Assistant: Ryan Austin Models: Ashlee Haynes, Tamika Grant, Jena Barrow, Helena Shankar, Karma Warrington, Kanisha Taitt; Saadiyah Nakhuda/LOUD|87 Thanks to Zulu International: Ryan and Lauren Austin/Rondell Jones
Take a look at their band launch video and see the costumes in their entirety!
We’ve got the Moody Blooms this summer – M.A.C’s latest collection hits stores in the Caribbean from mid-July 2014 and we can’t wait to get our hands on the limited edition new shades of violet, plum and berry lipsticks and the divinely addictive lipglass tint – a favourite of ours for a slick yet soft look, perfect for day or night. Rich and vibrant, the collection’s full colour palette is reminiscent of tropical flora and fauna in the deep, dark jungle – exotic, dramatic and intriguing!
M.A.C describe the Moody Blooms collection as: “Venomous violets, intoxicating ivy and poisonous nightshade glow with a phosphorescent gleam – shrouding eyes in earthy metallic Eye Shadows, intensified by blackened green and plum Fluidline and the drama of False Lashes Black. Vibrant lips suggest a hidden motive as the soft warm pinks of Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint are overpowered by the deep blue plums and darkened berries of Sheen Supreme Lipstick. A final surge of adrenaline bursts with pink and shimmery bronze Powder Blush.”
Here are our picks – the lip colours are just gorgeous (note: Venomous Violet is exclusively available online), the eyeshadows are divine – and we love the two must-have brushes, #211 pointed liner and #239 eye shader. Scroll down for the entire collection!
Sheen Supreme Lipstick: Lust Extract – electric violet; Quite the Thing! – deep blue plum; Venomous Violet – deep berry
Eye Shadow: Artistic License – pinky gold (veluxe pearl); Deep Fixation – metallic brown (veluxe pearl)
Powder Blush: Bred for Beauty – mid-tone blue pink; Worldly Wealth – shimmering peachy bronze
Summer 2014 is all about a fresh, healthy glow – bright, beautiful and moisturized skin creates a clean base for makeup with a decent SPF (30+) for added sun protection.
These are our favourite products we couldn’t do without this summer!
Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30
A really useful all-rounder of a moisturizer that brightens skin, evens out skin tone and protects against UV Rays while helping to prevent aging & discolouration caused by the sun. As always, Neutrogena’s formulations are dermatologist-tested, non-greasy, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (which just means it won’t block your pores).
Available at chemists, Duty Free Caribbean, department stores and supermarkets/grocery stores.
MAC Prep & Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF
A fantastic product for lustrous summer skin, M.A.C have added three new bronze shades to their Prep & Prime BB collection which will work well for those Caribbean skin tones: Golden (muted golden tan-beige with shimmer), Refined Golden (golden with a soft pearl finish) and Amber (golden bronze with a fine gold pearl). Each shade is available in cream (SPF 35) or a take-anywhere, easy-to-use solid cream compact (SPF 30) along with the perfect applicator, the #191 square foundation brush.
Wear alone, with concealer or as a base for foundation – you get broad spectrum SPF protection, a formula that locks in moisture while enhancing your skin’s natural luminosity, blurring imperfections and evening skin tone.
Available at at M.A.C stores in the Caribbean
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment
Already devotees of the original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (a multi-use go-to beauty essential from way back in the day hailed by supermodels as a miracle product), we discovered the Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment a few years ago and have been using it since.
Elizabeth Arden cleverly capitalized on the cult status of the name, expanding the line and in the process creating the most divine body moisturizer that sinks into your skin leaving a non-greasy light sheen (as it’s name indicates, it keeps skin moisturized for up to 8 hours) and has a refreshing, lingering fragrance. Best value is the mega size jar – sometimes it’s sold as a get 3 for the price of 2 (even more savings and a great idea for a gift!).
Available at Duty Free Caribbean stores and department stores.
From auspicious beginnings, Jamaica’s Calabash Festival has become THE literary event to attend in the Caribbean, attracting some of the biggest names in literature from around the world and inspiring the development of regional literary festivals in islands such as Trinidad, Barbados and Dominica. Caribbean Bazaar spoke with Calabash co-founder Justine Henzell to find out more about how the “greatest likkle festival” has earned it’s stellar reputation.
There is a tale, often repeated, of how the first Calabash Literary Festival in 2001 was heralded by the arrival of yellow butterflies as the event opened, then disappearing as soon as it was over, as if the spirits of writers gone before were sending their blessings. A labour of love, Calabash has been built purely through the tireless work of volunteers and co-founders into a must-attend event for aspiring and published writers and authors where there are not only readings but seminars and workshops, all free to attend.
The idea for Calabash was sparked by the frustration felt by friends and authors Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer as they embarked on a disastrous book tour in the UK. Recognising that there was a opportunity, their “crazy idea” was to stage their own literary festival in their homeland of Jamaica. Realising they needed someone on the ground, Colin contacted his friend Justine Henzell, a freelance film producer with a predilection for crazy ideas and a family owned hotel called Jake’s. So the journey began……
Held every year for the first decade, Calabash is now a two-day biennial event held on even years, welcoming authors, writers, poets and musicians to the beautiful surroundings of Jake’s Hotel at Treasure Beach, a tiny fishing village in the south of the island. “It’s a heavy workload to put on an event like this every year. Holding it every two years makes it easier on everyone” acknowledges Justine. It was a practical decision, not just for the volunteers but also for sponsors and funding, which they have found to be the most challenging aspect.
“People thought we were crazy and insane – not only for developing a literary festival but also because of it’s location” Justine explains. “We started with 300 people attending and are now getting 3,000.”
One of the attractions of Calabash, she explains, is that “it’s not a staid and stuffy event.” The vibe is relaxed and casual, readings are framed with a gorgeous oceanfront backdrop; the stage is simply decorated with flowers and calabash gourds; the lectern is made from bamboo and uses rocks as paperweights. There is a feeling of authenticity, of genuine appreciation for the work being shared – the ambiance is that of a friendly hangout, where everyone mingles together. It goes without saying that reggae music is an integral part of the whole event, with performances from artists at the end of each day – Justine could not have conceived Calabash without it: “Music is a big part of it organically – every day ends with music” she says.
“We aim to share a good balance of literati [at Calabash]” says Justine, revealing a line up that includes representatives from Asia, India, Kenya as well as the Caribbean. For 2014, Salman Rushdie heads up a delicious roster of names including Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith, Robert Antoni, Karen Lord, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Mervyn Morris (Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate inaugurated this year) and K’wan Foye to name just a few of the nearly 30 invited to participate this year.
Indeed, previous participants wax lyrical about their experiences at Calabash. “I can’t tell you how many authors say to us it’s the most responsive/respectful audience they have ever had. [The audience] are sitting there…..they are not silent…….they are responding to what is being read, they are not chatting amongst themselves. Simultaneously responsive and respectful.”
When co-founder Colin Channer made a decision to resign from the board officially in 2012, many speculated on the reasons why. Justine is unfazed by the so-called controversy: “Kwame and Colin are best friends, even when we launched….[the 2014 event] in Kingston, Kwame referred to the ghost of Colin Channer that was hovering with us. Colin is not actively a member of Calabash but he is absolutely there ….if we need to bounce something off him, he is still there. Colin was such a huge force and part of creating the festival….the festival is imbued with him. It is hard to separate Colin from the festival. The three of us worked very, very closely to make this happen.”
The benefits emerging from cultural events held throughout the Caribbean often go unstated – for Calabash, being located so far south in the parish of St Elizabeth has enhanced and generated not only international interest but has also encouraged internal tourism. “It’s not a place you would pass by”, says Justine. “You have to be going to Treasure Beach.”
The influence of Calabash on the literary culture in Jamaica and the Caribbean is undeniable. “Local authors refer to B.C and A.C (Before Calabash and After Calabash). It has exposed our writers to such wide, diverse styles and forms. Many now published writers have emerged from our workshops, such as [award-winning Jamaican writers] Marlon James and Ishion Hutchinson.” In order to keep the event fresh, the Committee, led by Kwame Dawes, are discerning about who is invited and seek to promote a diversity of voice and genre, with 2014 seeing the inclusion of sci-fi and fantasy fiction for the first time. Participants are chosen not only for their brand appeal; other criteria include having a book in print within the last two years and ensuring a roster that includes emerging Caribbean writers alongside internationally acclaimed names. Invitees can only attend once every three events.
From the start the Calabash team have been very particular about the organisation and timing during the event, having been described as a “drum & bass mentality with Swiss precision.” Events start on time, which is sometimes lacking at Caribbean festivals and many would say that’s simply the Caribbean way. Justine disagrees: “[you] can be…..vibesy and rootical and start on time and have a PA system. It is not at odds with our culture to be punctual.” Having firmly established itself as a significant event on not only the literary calendar, but also as one of the major Caribbean cultural festivals, Calabash continues to raise the bar. All costs related to the staging of the event are raised by sponsorship as well as direct support from Jake’s Hotel, which closes down for a week to host the participants and attending press.
“Most challenging – without question – is the money. Everything else is a joy. Raising money for the arts..[is difficult] when people don’t get it. 12 years later they now realise [the opportunity]. We have proven it can work.”
Unlike the US and Europe, voluntary support of the arts is not a culture in Jamaica or indeed the Caribbean as a whole. “It’s another cultural thing that we are trying to champion. We are committed to keeping the festival free – with voluntary support it can work.” Now a registered non-profit in the US, donations can be made directly through the Calabash website or via cheque to Calabash International.
In it’s 12th year, Calabash is going from strength to strength, and has built a legacy with tremendous impact on the Jamaican and Caribbean literary landscape. “I am incredibly proud,” Justine shares, “Calabash is like my 3rd child. No matter how challenging, I feel truly, truly blessed to spend a weekend in one of the most beautiful places – with 30 of the most interesting people in the world.”
Hitting M.A.C stores in the Caribbean from mid-May, the Summer 2014 Alluring Aquatic Collection conjures up a modern-day water goddess – subtly intense, fresh and luminous. It’s a gorgeous, sensuous colour palatte for beach parties and easily turned up or down in volume, making it ideal for day to night.
Our top picks from the collection:
Bronzing primers and powders set summer skin refreshingly aglow, as Extra Dimension Bronzer washes over the face with a subtle gleam and Bronzing Powder sculpts and highlights in gentle pearlized shades with a touch of shimmer. Luminous Extra Dimension Blush gives cheeks a goddess glow.
Eyes take on a subtle radiance in tarnished olive, seafoam and darkened plum Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, lined with the pearlized black of Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner.
Lips feature dark, mystical violets and ice-cold pearlized nudes; nails glisten in hues of aquatic chrome.
Limited-edition teal packaging is accented with sheer water droplets; the collection features brushes and makeup bag is a chic clutch with translucent sides in luminous aqua blue, perfectly sized for all your necessities! Exclusively available in the Caribbean at M.A.C stores.
A self-taught artist with a vibe reminiscent of a dreadlocked absent-minded professor, H G Fields appears introspective and thoughtful, with a demeanour that belies the depth of his work. Scratch below the surface, however, and one finds the heart of an activist seeking to challenge the status quo and educate the masses. Growing up in an open, progressive Caribbean family who lived mainly in Barbados (with a short stint in Ireland in his early teens) H G was taking art classes at 5 and by the time he was 10 he already had awards under his belt; an interest in graphics and illustrations was fueled by reading Tin Tin and admiring the “lovely pen and ink work” by Herge. He recalls being read to by his father from classics such as Dr Seuss and Alice in Wonderland, the influences of both of these are evident in his work.
Studying at Central St Martins in London was a catalyst for H G’s creative inspiration – the discovery of a book on counter-culture art became a turning point, galvanizing him to create pieces based on the racial, social and cultural issues of the day, challenging the perception of others, the ignorance and fear that leads to assumptions and uninformed judgements. Researching into the ‘wog’ ethos, he took an in-depth look at the ties between culture, racism and marijuana – the literal arguments and the marginalisation of minorities through the war on drugs. It became his degree dissertation and a genesis for his exhibition pieces.
“Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.” ~ Salvador Dali
As for digital art as a medium, H G waxes lyrical about the benefits for emerging artists “Digital media is really cost-effective,” he explains. He dips into styles influenced heavily by surrealism and pop art – Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s iconic treatments are rendered in a contemporary environment; he also looks back to the past, presenting vintage images in a tongue-in-cheek way, bringing them firmly up to date. “It’s an observation of life & what is going on. I [need to] voice my opinion through art.” H G accepts what is, yet acknowledges education and awareness is key to shifting attitudes and prejudice.
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dalí
His blog began innocuously enough “my flatmate was into social media and got on my case to do one, so I decided to put it up during the degree show as a point of reference.” It became part of his portfolio, an evolutionary extension of his sketchbook/journal and allowed him to voice his “rants,” and to share his creative process, as well as his thoughts and reasoning behind each concept. “It’s constantly evolving with insight….giving context to what I am doing. I do it to keep people up to date with what is going on, to share what inspires me. I enjoy it – it keeps me busy and motivated; I get inspiration from it too.” It also helps him maintain a level of discipline, keeping him focused on projects at hand. He marks his progress and scope of where he sees himself going with “blocks” – each piece of art is a goal, a step forward, another opportunity to see where this journey takes him. “See where you’ve come and where you’re going” is his mantra from Central St Martins and one he reminds himself of often.
“It’s not for me to describe it,” he says. “It’s for others to interpret.”
Like many creatives, H G struggles with coming to terms with the commercial side of being an artist, although his comfort level with technology and the internet gives him a head start in gaining exposure. Produced in small, limited edition runs his work can be found in homes in the UK and the Caribbean; a recent foray into commission work – painting a mural – became a challenge, forcing him to go back to using a paint & brush, sketching out ideas and concepts to show a client, rather than just please himself.
Describing his art as “surrealist counter-culture”, the synergy with his work and lifestyle is evident. It is art with a social conscience, full of symbolism and meaning; his pieces are multi-layered, with rich colours and subtle details. “I like stirring up racial & social issues,” he explains; “It’s not for me to describe it,” he says. “It’s for others to interpret.”
His personal experiences with racial issues were sporadic until he left Barbados; travelling to the UK for college was an eye-opener. Friends would joke about being racially profiled by the Police as ‘driving while black’ while the sordid mess surrounding the death of Stephen Lawrence played out in the media. “I know what they’re about……I’m not interested in that. It must be difficult to be a bigot. You have so much that pisses you off around you all the time……[it] must be really stressful.”
Indeed, H G Fields is a bit of a conundrum. While his medium is based almost entirely on technology, he is not a tech-head – his mobile phone is an old Nokia with a cracked screen; his well-worn tablet he calls “a necessity”, a concession made to further develop his craft. Yet he always goes back to his sketchbooks, a habit that began at college. There is no particular methodology to his creative process: “I don’t always sketch an idea out – sometimes I like to get a feel for where I’m going with it. The beauty of computers means that you can erase and go back over…sometimes I sketch on the computer, clean it up and then start applying textures or I might look for textures….then draw.”
His advice to other artists is Warhol-esque: “Stop trying to be perfect, use whatever you have and just create.”