How To Achieve The Season’s Top Makeup Looks – Forbes
When MAC Cosmetics first presented the new makeup looks for the season, the beauty brand emphasized the preference for the word “direction” in lieu of “trend.” The reason, according to the MAC Cosmetics team, was that the new looks for Fall/Winter took inspiration not only from the runways but also everyday sartorial sightings. This new approach in the creation of makeup looks reinforced a pulse for all things current and happening.
There were four varying looks presented for Fall/Winter 2017. Each of the looks, different as they were, was a celebration of individuality, confidence and creativity. While some are best suited for women who like play with color palettes, there were also looks ideal for a more subdued individual. Here are the four top beauty looks for the season and practical tips on how to integrate them into your daily makeup regiment:
THE LOOK: BOLD
Think high definition color in full saturation. Striking color is applied on the eye area with the rest of the face fresh, clean and polished. “The stronger the statement, the simpler the face has to be.”
Touches of metallic blue made it to the runway show of Mary Katrantzou.
At Oscar dela Renta, it was all about a strong and solid orange eye shadow.
Thom Browne creates the illusion of a strong brow and patterned lip against porcelain.
HOW TO GO BOLD:
MAC Eye Shadow in How Royal goes well with all skin tones. It brings a brilliant pop of color when applied to line the eyes or to as an accent on the brow bone area.
For added shine or to life the eyes, apply MAC Eye Shadow in Shock Factor to the inner corner of the eyes. You may also blend this with your eyeliner for a two-tone degrade effect.
A quick and easy way to achieve the bold look would be to line eyes with MAC Pearl Glide Eyeliner in Undercurrent. The deep green hue is subtle but creates depth and a play of color once hit by light.
THE LOOK: WASHED
Seasons past have seen the bare-faced look that emphasizes the natural glow and radiance of skin. The washed look places more emphasis on a polished finished. This makeup direction uses a fresh face as its canvas, painting a natural flush and topping it off with strobe polish.
It was peachy cheeks and lips at Altazurra.
Models the walked at Issey Miyake were looking flushed with highlights on the cheekbones and brow bone. A subtle pink tint on the lips added a feeling of youth the entire look.
Makeup for the Missoni show resembled the classic dewy look but with more restrain. Strobing was done on the cheekbones on other elevated parts of the face while coverage was kept at the bare minimum.
HOW TO GET WASHED:
MAC Next To Nothing Face Color is a lightweight foundation that gives good coverage without too much build up. When going for a washed look, apply only in areas that need covering and blend. The key is to keep the layers of makeup at a bare minimum to allow skin to breathe.
Create a natural-looking flush with a swipe of MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose. This hue helps create a sun kissed glow.
When doing a washed look, also remember that there is no need for contouring. Instead, highlight the elevated areas of the face like the cheekbones, chin, brow bones and bridge of the nose with MAC Strobe Cream. Start with a small amount and build up slowly to avoid skin from looking too shiny.
Pucker up with a layer of MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Lady Be Good. More natural tones in beige, peach, pink or a combination of one or two shades help create a look that is effortlessly fresh and youthful.
THE LOOK: ROUGED
It may seem a little intimidating to work with a palette of fiery reds. Think of the rouged look as a re-imagination of the classic red lip. It is after this point that you can feel free to add lighter shades of crimson onto cheeks and other parts of the face.
Rosie Assoulin’s models were also wearing candy red lips the seemed to have been applied with ease and nonchalance instead of deliberate precision.
It was retro redux when models at the Hussein Chalayan show walked the runway with a strong, bright red lip with matching eyeliners.
Giambatistta Valli completed its feminine looks with cherry red lips that appeared smudged at the edges and topped with gloss.
HOW TO GO ROUGED:
Every woman needs at least one lip tube in red. MAC LIPSTICK in Carnivorous is to make what the little black dress is to a wardrobe. Mix with other shades of red or wear sans a lip liner to create a more modern makeup look.
For a brighter and more fun lip shade, apply MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Postmodern. It is a shade that can work well especially when applied onto lips to create a “blurred effect on the edges.”
Red powder blush is hardly top of mind when it comes to choosing color for the cheeks. Unknown to most, a very subtle swipe of rouge on the apples of cheeks actually creates a more natural-looking flush that most hues. Swipe a layer of MAC Power Blush in News Flash and build up as needed.
THE LOOK: BIG
For a while now, fully made up eyes have been taking a back seat to simpler makeup looks. The big look is a redux of the intense power eye but with a twist. Conventionally, the smoky eye will utilize only dark shades like brown, black and gray. This year, we are seeing a more playful way to go full on with eye makeup whether it be with regard to the use of eye shadow, false eye lashes and liners.
There were hints of red and blue to the smoky eyes at Alberta Ferretti.
The smoky eye was given a metallic finish at Balmain. Stenciled patterns also made the look feel more contemporary.
Backstage at Les Copains, the full eye powder look was done in shades of orange, rust and gold.
HOW TO GO BIG:
There is more to the smoky eye than browns, blacks and dark grays. MAC Eye Shadow in Lunar and Silver dawn are pigmented to add a metallic touch with depth.
This year’s heaven sent for makeup enthusiasts is the MAC Bold and Bad Lash Mascara. It comes with two wands, one for upper lashes and a smaller one for the lower lashes.
Traditionally, liner is applied right on the upper and lower eyes close to the lash line. This season, liners are applied in other areas of the eye to serves a playful decorative element. MAC Roller Wheel Liquid Liner allows users to experiment with new ways to wear liner with ease.