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General, Make-up Trends

Make-up Trend A/W 2010 – Red Lips

Red lips is a regular Autumn/Winter trend. It’s a true classic! This season the red lip trend is much more contemporary and a lot less retro.

Instead of vintage fire engine, Reds injected with berry and raspberry were seen on the A/W catwalk at Dolce & Gabbanna (left).

A few tips for re-creating this look:

Keep the rest of your make-up neutral. Be careful though, neutral does not mean bare. Your skin, eyes and cheeks should look polished.

Use a sharp lip pencil for precision (if you have trouble getting the point sharp place the liner in the fridge for a while before paring).

The Cupid’s bow is the focus – draw on deep to re-create the D&G look.

Experiment with the shape, tone and texture until you find what works for you.

If you look at closeups taken backstage at Dolce and Gabbanna you can see that the lips are drawn very slightly beyond the natural lip line. A word of caution, unless you’re experienced at this, practice.

D & G went for a moist-matte look but hyper-glossy raspberry red lips would also hit the spot.

I think this seasons red lip trend will be easier to wear than the 50’s red look. It’s more forgiving and it’s also more contemporary. Don’t be afraid to try it – you might love it!

Enjoy experimenting!

What are your thoughts on this trend?

 

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Foundation, Make-up Tips, Make-up Trends, Tutorials

Create a Matte, Luminous Base: Make-up Trend A/W 2010-11

 

Matte luminous skin

Image copyright vogue.com

Every season we see a different skin trend. Natural-looking skin was big on the Autumn/Winter catwalks. Matte yet luminous skin sounds like a contradiction but it’s easy to achieve.

 

You want to create a fresh faced effect but still maintain matte skin. The work is in the preparation for this look. Use a

How to create matte yet luminous skin:

  • Use a primer if you have oily skin. This will help keep the oiliness at bay during day.
  • Those with dry skin should moisturise well before make-up application
  • Ensure your that your skin is exfoliated regularly. This means you have fresh, even skin to work with.
  • Blend your foundation well into your skin, leaving your skin looking polished without visible product.
  • Conceal any under discolouration, redness and blemishes.
  • Powder is essential for this seasons trend. A light touch is the way forward if you want a silky looking effect. Use a very finely milled powder that will let the skins natural radiance shine through without looking cakey. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural is perfect for this.
  • Then add a little highlight powder down the centre of the nose.
  • Carry oil absorption sheets if you have combination or oily skin or if you are in a humid climate.

This is a trend I will definitely be exploring this season. It’s also perfect for bridal and special event make-up – just make sure your powder doesn’t contain Titanium Dioxide if you are being photographed (it photographs white).

What way do you like you base – dewy, matte, satin?

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General, Make-up Trends, Tutorials

A/W 2010 Catwalk Trend- Create a Blended Soft Brown Eye

Soft, smoky brown eye make-up was huge on the A/W catwalks. This trend is so easy to replicate at home.

I’m happy to see brown replacing black for creating a smoky eye this autumn/winter. This is easier to wear, softer, more natural but best of all it’s much more forgiving mistake wise.

Alexander Wang had greasy reddish brown eyes that added intensity. Amazing for catwalk but a little harder to wear on the ground.

At Julien Macdonald artists applied peach cheeks with chestnut circled eyes. We also saw toffee shades at Anna Sui, mutted brown stained eyes at Pringle and deep chocolate shades at Cavalli.

Re create the look at home:

For the eyes, choose three matte brown shades ranging from light to dark. Those with a tinge or red will keep the trend. A chestnut shade would be perfect. The key to this look is blending. It may take more time but it will be worth it.

  • Apply a warm medium brown shade over the entire lid, wing it out and up. Bring it to the inner eye too. Then blend three quarters of the way under the eye, keeping close to the lash-line.
  • Apply the mid tone shade into the crease and blend upwards almost to the brow bone. Also blend into inner part of eye up to start of brow. With a clean fluffy brush blend away all edges until you get a smoky effect.
  • Apply the darkest shade, a bitter chocolate or rich dark brown (matte), into the crease and outer corner of the eye. Focus on blending once again. Add a little to the outer half of the lower lid close to the lash-line.

Keep the rest of the face quite bare looking. Focus on creating a flawless base. Go easy on the blush and add a slick of lipbalm or a nude pink shade to the lips. Avoid lip liner and dab colour on with your finger.

Use the browns you have in your make-up collection already. For the MAC addicts here are some shades would be suitable to create this look – Embark, Soft Brown, Texture, Corduroy, Wedge, Espresso, Swiss Chocolate. These are all matte shades, you can of course experiment with some different finishes for fun.

Easy peasy. Blend, blend and more blending.

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