Possibly one of the best parts about being a model is having the opportunity to change your look at the blink of a smokey eye. Dutch beauty Bette Franke rates as one of my favourite runway models, for her captivating natural beauty, and her ability to wear any type of elaborate make up look with poise and femininity. The fact that she has the most striking blue eyes and glossy brown tresses is probably every hair and makeup artists' dream to work with. These are some of Bette's most recent and interesting runway makeup looks.
Bette beautifully portrays a coy maiden with rosy flushed cheeks, a dewy complexion and subtle pink-tinged lips. This romantic type of mien requires a good skin-smoothing base or BB/CC cream, neutral eye-shadow, a multi-tonal pink blush, matte rose lipstick and a white highlighter applied on the bridge of the nose, forehead and the highest point of your cheeks.
Bette is instantly transformed from a blushing belle to bombshell with just a flash of mascara, smudgy black kohl and bold eye-liner. Anna Sui presented an extended cat-eye, whilst at Emilio Pucci, Bette is pictured in a retro 60's doll-look. Both Lanvin and Versace accented the lower eye-lids with smokey charcoal. Anthony Vaccarello exaggerated the eye paint to below the brow bone and Gucci piled on fake separated lashes with layers of mascara.
All it takes to achieve that senational sun-kissed glow (without going on an island holiday) is a good bronzer or self-tanner. Brush a matte bronzing powder 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone from your hairline (the point at the mid-section of your ear) downwards in an angle, to attain the illusion of more defined cheekbones. Don't forget to sweep some shimmering blush over your temples, chin and forehead as well. Keep the rest of your makeup palette - including eye shadow and lip stick - in warm brown to bronze tones for overall radiance.
Bette is lucky enough to have those perfect pucker-me-up lips without the collagen. She wears bright high-gloss cherry red lipstick at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Barbara Bui, rich ruby at Dolce & Gabbana and unlined wine stained lips at Marni. At Oscar de la Renta, lips were berry-kissed with porcelain skin. Bette is pictured last in a hot pink opaque ombre look at Dior.
As stunning as she looks with defined eyes and bright lipstick, Bette's true beauty can be seen when she is styled with the least amount of makeup. Her luminous skin can be recreated with a tinted foundation and some concealer under the eyes. A nude eye-shadow, soft, peachy blush and clear lip balm is all is takes to create this engaging, fresh-faced look.
Eye of the Storm
Turning up the colour volume, Bette's stunningly blue eyes is highlighted by a blend of multi-hued pigments in exciting tones. A metallic theme at Ferré combined silver, pewter, black and gold for dramatic effect. Donna Karan went for a generous brush of magenta across the eyelids, whilst Jason Wu lined the models' eyes in an intense indigo. Green and blue glittery jewels decorated the eye-line at Christian Dior. I am currently obsessed with the gold dusted eye lashes at Dries van Noten, which would be easy to translate into real life.
Which of these makeup looks best suit Bette Franke?
Would you try any of them out?