Each season everyone wants to know WHAT are the new makeup trends? Well, this season there are actually quite a lot of them- and they really span across a broad spectrum from barely there makeup to graphic liner and highly editorial bejeweled and bedazzled looks. Many include the continuation of makeup trends we’ve already seen the past few seasons, but they have either expanded, or altered, just enough to make them fresher. In fact, Harpers Bazaar actually chose several of the makeup trends that I also saw.
So, here are my 5 of the most wearable makeup trends that I am seeing in both runway, and in the current work of my fellow (and myself) pro makeup artists’ work coming into print and media.
Red Lips– ok, this one s not new, and this is one of those that I mentioned that is expanding; we are still going to see some deeper wine, berry, and purple lips going on- they were still on the runway- BUT you are also going to see a lot more true reds and roses- in both blue ands yellow/orange undertones! This classic lip never really goes out of style- but I have seen it paired with both a minimalist look (seen below) where it is the true focal point, but also paired with a bronzey brown eye that kind of harkens back to the late 80’s early 90’s. Botegga Vanetta, Dolce and Gabbana and Alexander McQueen all featured rosey lips in varying hues.
Clean, Glowy Skin– Again beautiful skin never goes out of style, BUT sheen and texture do change. Dewey skin has been a major player in makeup as has much highlighting and even more so now with “strobing” which really is just highlighting. But I am seeing a more natural semi-matte, glowing skin finish come into play with the major designers and makeup artists. Still glow, but really a finish that just looks like healthy skin rather than the almost pearlescent or metallic sheen of some of the most popular highlighters. You are still going to see a lot of the mainstream highlighting; I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon, and if done well, really does enhance a complexion, but keep it subtle for the most realistic “I was born with this amazing skin” look. Some designers actually sent models down the runway with just moisturizer and lip balm, zero foundation!
I love how Fashion Times phrased it ” Poetic Nude – This is all about transparent semi-matte, perfect skin. The poetic quality comes from using light touches of foundation, highlights and loose powder. Check out Stella McCartney, Valentino and Gucci for inspiration.”
Smudgey/smokey lined eyes: Again, I saw this paired a lot with a statement red lip; from light all the way to dark, but we also saw a lot of stand alone liner. The non abstract graphic variety, was almost always smudged out. I saw a lot of blacks, browns; some started in the waterline and smudged down and out. Other were top lash line only. The easiest, and most universally flattering way to rock this is to take a deep brown liner, line upper lashes liberally then take a pencil brush, or your finger and smudge liner into lash line and feather out. To switch it up, or go from day to night, go over with a metallic or black! Look at the very first picture above for the day version- my favorite!
Metallic Liners reigned as well, like gold from Pat McGrath for Anna Sui, that was beautiful! or Gold, Silver, or Bronze liner from Kabuki for Zac Posen. You can translate this makeup trend to your everyday wear by keeping the liner a tad more traditional in placement, meaning closer to your lash line, but then smudging it gently in, and feathering out edges. Or, simply take a hint of metallic gold and pop into the inner corner of the eye!
Beautfully Flushed Rosey or Peachy Pink Cheeks, ala Micahel Kors, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Balmain, BCBG, Chloe’, Schiperelli, to name just a few. This look, like clean skin will NEVER go out of fashion and is always a great makeup trend to have in your arsenal. A peachy pink or rosy pink flush actually mimics the look of healthy, and youthful skin. You are much better off choosing a bright, but sheer tone, than anything with the name “dusty”. Swirl or tap, some right onto the cheekbone itself. Trust me on this one, you will brighten and youthen your complexion with this one simple choice.
Metallic shadows – ok so this may kind of go with the liner, but not really, as the liner is actually used as a stand alone- AND if you want to keep it the focal point with out the true graphic nature of many of the shapes we saw (which are gorgeous but not really wearable for the everyday woman) then let them stand alone.Metallic shadows – ok so this may kind of go with the liner, but not really, as the liner is actually used as a stand alone- AND if you want to keep it the focal point with out the true graphic nature of many of the shapes we saw (which are gorgeous but not really wearable for the everyday woman) then let them stand alone.
But If you want to create a whole eye look, that is where shadows come into play. I saw pretty much every color in the spectrum, but metallics had a special spotlight. I saw them paired often with brown and black. My preference for everyday wear is blending them well right over the center of the lid to draw attention, and line tightly at lash line again smudging and blending out- blend, blend, then blend some more. It creates a soft, diffuse makeup that always looks polished! if more drama is your style try the reverse like Mara Hoffman with smokey black paired with luxe gold in a cut crease style , again blending is key!
What Makeup trend(s) are you goign to try? This month’s sample is Breathless a beautiful bright Rose Pink to help create that Pinky Glow! (included in full size orders only)