I often get asked the same questions: “What is your favourite make-up line?” “Which product do you recommend?” and “What is in style this season?” Well, there isn’t one particular brand of make-up I have a preference for. With so many great brands out there, it’s very difficult to choose a favourite.
As a make-up artist, you will find in my kit brands ranging from Mac, Nars, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever ⎯ and the list goes on and on.
Get inspired this spring by some of the make-up and hair trends we’ve been seeing on the runways from Paris to London to New York to Milan. Although for many designers the trend focuses on fuss-free make-up and hair, there were a few twists thrown into the mix. We saw romantic, yet edgy. For that beautifully, glowing, dewy complexion, lots of moisturizer was applied to the face and body. Matte eye shadows are used to create natural smokey eyes to create a textured look with wind-swept cheeks. We also saw lust-worthy looks with honey skin, tawny eyes and red lips.
The “no make-up” make-up will dominate the scene. We are looking at a fresh face, little to no foundation, barely there look. We see bronzier, sunkissed skin swept across the cheeks (to the temples), under the eyes and down the nose with soft rose blush.
60s beauty meets rocker, biker chick!
We saw brown, natural eye shadows of cool taupes and warm bronzes with either no liner or a very soft smudge of brown, as well as the winged, black and bold liquid eyeliner with the most neutral to no shadow. Twiggy-inspired makeup from the 60s brightened the stage with semi-circle lines (in the crease), silver eye shadows, black track eyeliner, lots of mascara with top and bottom lashes. Also making many appearances was the light lavender lid, and of course the ever-so-seductive black and grey smokey eye.
“Just-kissed lips” was applied with fingertips, no pencil liner, to achieve a soft, diffused edge. We also saw bright lips of reds, berries and corals partnered with a “no fuss” make-up.
This season, long, straight lengths of hair turned heads on the runway, pulled back into slick, almost wet-look ponytails, tucked behind the ears, influenced from the 70s. Center parts were very prominent along with messy, finger-combed hair and big chunky braids. The long bob, also referred to as the lob, is still the most sought-after hairstyle for this season because of its chic look and no-fuss maintenance. What? 1980s? Crimping is back! You can create texture by crimping a few random stands and smoothing them into a low pony. You can also achieve next-day braid waves by zig-zagging a flat iron over sections of hair.
Well, my friends, have fun and I hope you enjoy this season’s looks!