For Autumn/Winter 2013 models strutted the catwalk with smokey eyes, pale skin and nude lips. Before you yawn and think same old, think again as this this year make up has taken on an edge of ‘punk glamour’. Eyes were heavily adorned with shimmering two toned blacks, chunky glitter was applied on the inner corners of the eyes, lips were vinyl, patent almost mirrored and skin was flawless and matte – go for ‘pretty punk’ rather than gothic.
To give you the lowdown I fired a few questions to top film & TV makeup artist Louise Young (www.louiseyoungcosmetics.com) about this seasons look.
Q. Which one item would you update in your makeup bag to fit in with A/W 13? I think the one trend that went across the board was strong brows so an eyebrow brush (my LY37 is excellent!) and a brow powder or eyeshadow brushed through an arch will give you the power brow look.
Q. Which colour dominates A/W 13? For me I like the rose hues that were featured in many collections including Armani and Jonathan Saunders. The clothes were sometimes teamed with darker eyes but the pale, rose-blushed skin featured heavily in these collections.
Q. Should we be matte or dewy? I think for winter a matte flawless complexion looks great.
Q. What are the trends for nail colour? A definite punk influence came across in Versace, Moschino and Chanel shows which would suit charcoal or a deep red nail colour. However, if you are going along the soft pinks and florals route which were also seen then nudes would be good.
Q. Lipstick, Lipstain or Lipgloss? Marc Jacobs featured a super glossy 80s red lip but mostly the trend was for lipstick?
Q. Eyebrows trend? Full on!
Q. Pale, tanned or anything goes? Pale definitely.
I was also lucky enough to receive a ‘Nail Punk Makeover’ with Victoria from Beauty Defined (07794 263 448/www.beautydefined.net and member of online beauty directory Essex Beauty Group). Victoria has introduced into her already extensive nail collection, the current trend of punk nails by using exquisite studs encased into long-lasting Shellac manicures. My nails were painted a steely grey then adorned with amazing skulls and studs from The Make Up Store £11.50 www.themakeupstore.se.
Achieve dark, mysterious and alluring eyes with The Make Up Stores Eyedust £11 in Extreme and Vampyre, both charcoal colours but with a shimmering hue - Extreme is given a blue metallic edge whilst the latter has a purple has a dusting of iridescent silver. SugarPill’s (www.love-makeup.co.uk) Cold Chemistry collection has introduced deeply pigmented pressed eyeshadows £8.50 and Elemental Chaos is a must have punk shade of violet which makes a change from black. Eyes will need to be primed first and Clinique’s All About Shadow Primer For Eyes (available nationwide counters) £20 intensifies colour, reduces creasing and extends eyeshadow, it also comes in 4 shades so you can wear alone for a natural look. Cliniques All About Shadow Duos £16 come in every shade and texture to create long lasting colour which stays put all day and also has added ingredients such as Vitamin E to provide gentle nourishment to the eye area.
Clarins Crayon Kohl (available nationwide counters) £17 is a timesaving masterpiece as the double ended applicator can be used to lightly define eyes during the day, but come evening can be smudged all over with the brush for a more dramatic look. My favourite shade is Smokey Plum a metallic, dark purple which gives a multi-faceted, dazzling smokey eye without the harshness of black. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense £14 Intense Peridot is a stunning olive, gold liner again with a smudge applicator to achieve a multitude of looks, this gorgeous colour gives a cheeky glint to the eyes as the gentle metallic edge catches the light.
Barry M’s Natural Glow Shadow & Blush Palette (available Superdrug) £6.49 contains 6 neutral, wearable shades suitable for everyone - use the darker bronzes to outline or fill in the whole lid to transform from day to night. Velvety, soft looking skin can be achieved with their Flawless Matte Finish Foundation, oil free yet hydrating £5.99 and finally finish the look off with the new Matte Nail Paint £3.99 in No 15 a gorgeous, nude, buff shade which doesn’t show any chips!
Lips were given a super glossy makeover and you won’t get shinier than Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Mango £16. Apply alone or over lipstick, this will get you noticed and the sheer shade can be worn by anyone. I’ve fallen in love (once again) with Clarins Long Wearing Moisturizing Lipstick £18 the rich colours compliment the rusty tones of autumn with Spicy Cinnamon and Royal Plum, and due to the addition of mango butter lips are treated with intense conditioning
Clarins new Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder £30 is a gorgeous mirrored compact with different hues of nude shades, use to contour, shape and lift by applying the brush in the colour you wish to apply or simply swirl the brush and let it catch the bright shimmering gold ribbon, to highlight and give your skin radiance.
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