I'd really like to update my look for the winter. What are some easy (and wearable) steps I can take to stay on top of beauty trends?
Just like haute couture fashion, some makeup trends are clearly not meant to be worn on an everyday basis. If you think you won't be taken seriously at the office with four-inch long feather eyelashes and purple glitter on your temples, you may be right.
There's no reason, however, that you can't be taken seriously (and glamorously) with the most popular trends in makeup right now. Between bare shimmer and film noir red lips, there's plenty of room to play around with the most everywoman-friendly trends that are hot today.
Think Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. Red lips continue to endure as a signature of glamour like a string of pearls or a pair of black slingbacks. Julie Hewett, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, created an entire line of red lipsticks after working on the ‘40s-era film Pearl Harbor. Ranging from coral to aubergine, the line offers a red lip for all skin tones. You can find her line of lipsticks (along with guidelines for color choice) on her website at www.juliehewett.net.
If you want the seductive pout but with a little less effort, stick with sheer shades that don't require the precision of a lip brush. Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is a flattering shade for most skin types and imparts a berry-red color with a hint of shine. In drugstores, look for Revlon's Shiny Sheers line, which features several red tints like Ruby Radiance, Plumdrop and Cherry Pop.
When sporting red lips, remember to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Go sparingly on eye makeup and forego blush altogether. Red lips are appealing, but you don't want to end up looking clownish, especially in fluorescent office lighting.
Unlike the all-out glitter favored by gymnasts and punk rockers, a little bit of shimmer can go a long way to highlight your bone structure. In order to prevent yourself from looking like a disco ball, stick with colors that are as close to your natural skin tone as possible. In addition, look for products that have only the slightest bit of shimmer. An easy test is to swipe a layer onto the back of your hand. Despite how the product looks in its packaging, the skin test will tell you how much shimmer is visible on your face.
Stila's Illuminated Tinted Moisturizer is ideal for dry winter skin. After applying moisturizer, add a bit of this creamy shimmer to the tops of cheekbones and on brow bones underneath the eyebrows. If you prefer to place shimmer over makeup, use your normal foundation and then brush on a light layer of shimmer powder such as Physician's Formula Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Powder Pearls in Translucent.
Metallic smoky eyes
Like red lips, smoky eyes are a symbol of allure, but they can also be tough to perfect without looking like a raccoon. Thankfully, this year's trend gives us more leeway by creating a softer look with metallics.
To choose the right palette for your skin, take a look at yourself in the mirror under natural light while holding up gold and silver jewelry to your face. If your face looks brighter with gold jewelry, your skin tone is on the warmer side and a copper eyeshadow will flatter your coloring. If silver looks better, your skin tone is on the cooler side. Go with gunmetal grays and silvers.
With silver, take a sheer, shimmery shade and brush it over the entire eyelid and into the crease, leaving the brow bone clean. If you have larger eyes, you can apply the same shimmer underneath the eyes as well. Apply a darker gray close to the lash line, blending it up and into the lighter silver. Nars's Eyeshadow Duo in Paris offers both of these colors while you can mix and match the colors in Duwop's Grey Eyes palette.
For coppery smoky eyes, apply a deep shimmer like Stila's Eye Shadow in Ray all over the eyelid and into crease. Line eyes with a dark brown eye pencil like Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Deep Brown. In both cases, apply black mascara to finish the look.
With the emphasis on your eyes, stick with sheer blush and nude lip colors if possible. L'oreal's Infallible Lip Gloss in Barely Nude offers shine and just the faintest hint of color.
Published On: December 18, 2008