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DECEMBER COVER STORY: HAVANA BROWN


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It’s an intimate look at Havana Brown like you have never seen her before. Young wild and free the singer, song writer and Dj opens up about all things beauty while on set of this months Cover Story.

After a long hot drive from West Hollywood out to the Hills of Bel Air we arrive to our shoot destination. Our Stylist Diana’s house to be exact. A rich tapestry filled house with breathe taking views over the pool and out onto the surrounding hills. It’s the light filled bedroom that will be our set and scene and the subject is a friend, client and fellow Australian, DJ turned singer song writer, Havana Brown.

Arriving on set with her little Yorky puppy Ba-Bing, HB’s skin is makeup-free and as golden and glowing as her hair is freshly coloured apricot blonde. It’s been a long-time coming this shoot. Back in 2012 when I was first introduced to HB I have toss and turned multiply ideas of how I envision I could shoot her for Maxmade. The one thing that remained the same throughout all my ideas was to capture a warm, seductive, yet dreamy side that I saw in her during the time we had spent together.

Dressed from head to toe in white lace, silks & draped in vintage jewels HB plays a romantic, heavenly vixen caught in the private moments of a her bedroom. Dishevelled locks and dewy bronzer skin and eyes, Havana is a natural in front of the camera showing us she is all that and more. If there’s one thing about her that everyone can agree upon, it’s that this girl’s got range.

 

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Beauty Notes

Skin
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream *Notes– to prep the skin for a dewy radiant finish
La Mer the Eye Balm Intense
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone *Notes– Mix 2-3 pumps into foundation for radiance!
la prairie Skin Caviar Concealer & Foundation

Eyes
Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curlers
Tom Ford Eye Color Quod in Orchid Haze
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length & Volume Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl in Barbarella Brown *Notes– to rim the inside of the eye only!
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Transparent

Lips

La Mer The Lip Balm
MAC Lipliner in Nothing Sexier
MAC Cream Sheen Lipstick in Creme D’Dude

Bordeaux LipsEstée Lauder Pure Envy Insolent Plum
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Liner in Current

Cheeks
Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Skin-Perfecting Illuminating Matte Powder *Notes– An instagram filter to mattify and blowout areas like under the eyes, across the top the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose & across the chin!
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette *Notes– I used contour #1 to contour cheeks, temps and jawline, highlight #2 (Metallic Bronze Colour)to tint the apples of the cheek & Highlight #1 (Metallic Gold) to highlight the skin and get that radiant dewy finish.

Body
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream in Medium to Dark
Charlotte Tilbury Super Model Body *Notes the two products together for an all-over dewy radiance!

 


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1
WHATS THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?

I always wake up starving so the first thing I do is make breakfast and I like to eat it while I do my daily music search on my laptop.

 

2
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE MAKEUP LOOK?

My signature look would definitely be warm and earthy tones, very natural but golden. It can be really difficult to match foundation with my skin tone, which is so important to me along with having the right consistency and coverage. MAC Studio Face & Body works really well with my skin tone and is build able giving me flexibility with my coverage. To conceal I use the M.A.C Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light.  It’s got great colours to not only conceal but to use for contouring! I generally like to use more bronzed golden tones on my eyes and cheeks. Smashbox Full Exposure Palette from Sephora has the perfect set of colours that I love use on my eyes. My go-to mascara is Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. It takes my lashes to a new level of volume, making them stand out. I love bronzer, it brings skin to life and contours your face at the same time. Laura Merciers Bronzing Pressed Powder in Matt Bronze. It has warm rose golden tone that glows on my skin.

 

3
WHAT COLOR IS PAINTED ON YOUR TOES RIGHT NOW?(colour brand, is it a go-to colour?)

Mod Square by Essie. It was to suit my girly mood at the time. I change my nail colours often.

 

4
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED? (who told you, how is it relevant to you or what does it mean to you?)

When I was on tour with Pitbull I was able to learn a lot from he’s actions. He worked so hard but always made time to have fun, laugh and dance. He showed a lot of appreciation and nothing was taken for granted. It changed the way I looked at things, not to take everything so seriously -It’s not like I’m doing brain surgery. I’m so lucky I get to do what I love everyday, travel and perform. It’s important that I do the same and never take that for granted.

 

5
WHERE DO YOU PLACE YOUR PERFUME ON YOUR BODY?

My pulse points, wrist, behind my ears, and bottom of my throat. My signature scent is Versace Crystal Noir – an old fave.

 

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WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT ‘YOU’ HAVE EVER GIVEN SOMEONE?

I recently got engaged and wanted to give my fiancé Vince an engagement gift, so I bought him a timeless Rolex watch

 

7
WHAT DOES YOU TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTAILS CONSIST OF – AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

I travel a lot so I absolutely cannot live without my Simple Cleansing Make-Up Wipes! Be cause I fly so much and generally straight after I a gig I keep them in my handbag and take my makeup off before I fly. You gotta let your skin breathe when flying. I apply rose-hip oil to keep it well hydrated and protected.

 

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WHAT SONG ALWAYS MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE?

Anything old school Janet Jackson

 

9
WHAT IS THE GREATEST MAKEUP OR HAIR TIP YOU HAVE PICKED UP IN YOUR TRAVELS?

Never use silver tones on my colour skin! It just does’t work on my warm tones skin.

 

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HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO KEEP YOUR HAIR IN SUCH GEAT SHAPE WITH ALL THE STYLING YOU HAVE TO DO FOR WORK?

Kerastase’ have the best products to keep my hair strong and healthy. Being blonde means a lot of maintenance and I want to make sure I keep my hair healthy so I make sure I use a masque once a week for strength and shine.

 

11
WHAT BEAUTY SECRETS OR ADVICE HAS YOUR MOTHER GIVEN YOU?

Drink lots of water! It’s important to stay hydrated so that your skin looks and feels hydrated too.

 

12
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY PRODUCT IN YOUR COSMETIC WARDROBE?

M.A.C Pro Long Wear Pressed Powder. Great for quick touch-ups when travelling or in between shows. It keeps my foundation locked in all day.

 

13
WHO IS YOUR BEAUTY ICON- AND WHY?

Jennifer Lopez, for obvious reasons. She always looks fabulous.

 

FINAL WORDS?

Always be confident with who you are and surround yourself with good people who encourage and support you to succeed in doing what you’re passionate about! Take risks and don’t give in to fear.

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Fashion Credits

Image 1, 2 & 5; La Perla bodysuit, Image 3 & 6; La Perla Dress, Erickson Beamon Necklace, Image 4; Celine Necklace, In Bloom Shirt, Image 6;  Cosabella Bra, Naeen Khan skirt, Image 7; La Perla Gown

Credits

Photographer; Ezra Patchett for Maxmade.com.au, Stylist; Tara Williams & Diana Pereira, Hair & Makeup/Art-Direction; Max May, Productions: Virginie DLM LA

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