IF YOU WANT TO CRE­ATE A NEW YOU FOR THE NEW YEAR, MAKEUP IS A GOOD PLACE TO START AND THERE’S A GALLERY OF MAS­TER­PIECE LOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM.

SHE Carribean Magazine - - INSIDE BEAUTY -

When a col­lec­tion graces the run­way at a ma­jor fash­ion week event like South Africa, Mi­lan, Paris, New York or Lon­don, we don't look only at the gar­ment, but at the hair and makeup and nails that fin­ish the de­sign­ers’ look.

Fash­ion shows are lit­eral trend-set­ters, dic­tat­ing what is ‘in' now and what is soon to ar­rive on the scene for ev­ery style mile­stone from wed­ding to party to funeral.

In re­cent years, fash­ion houses have been break­ing all the ma­jor makeup rules, a re­flec­tion that fash­ion re­ally has no bor­ders. In 2015, artists have been in­spired by the 1970s, but in 2016, looks from the 60s and 80s are mak­ing a come­back. The ‘Twiggy' was one of this spring/ sum­mer's favourite makeup looks on the run­way, so spice that face up with some six­ties-glam lashes and strut the look this sea­son.

Cat eyes will not be leav­ing any­time soon. A re­turn to the run­way but with a dif­fer­ent ex­pres­sion—a swoop­ing cat eye is now a pop­u­lar trend for party looks, shop­ping or just date with your girl­friends.

The tra­di­tional smoky eye in black and grey is joined by many shades and colours, reen­er­gis­ing what is an industry stan­dard. Be in­spired by Kate Moss’s grungy plum smoky eye, or if you want to pump up party sea­son nights, try the smudged lid that was seen on the run­way for Ni­cole and Burberry Pro­sum mod­els.

The big news in makeup this year was eye­liner. It was used by var­i­ous de­sign­ers on the run­way, but the artistry of DKNY’s eye-fram­ing look was amaz­ing, with Re­becca Minkoff out­lin­ing only the lower lids. The new trend of thick kohl swept up at the edge of the lid used by Suno, and graphic eye de­tails used on the Matthew Wil­liamson and Rochas run­ways gave the mod­els a boho-mod­ern vibe that could be a new party make-up trend to ro­mance up your sea­son fash­ions.

Con­versely, check out the come­back of min­i­mal makeup 90s-style, with an ap­pli­ca­tion of soft lips, gen­tle flushed cheeks and sim­ple soft liner—Donna Karan’s run­way looks for 2015 were nat­u­ral enough to ac­com­pany your pro­fes­sional style.

But the best medicine for beauty this and ev­ery other year—in fact rec­om­mended as a daily part of ev­ery girl's life—is to drink loads of wa­ter, get plenty of sleep and in­vest in a very good mois­turiser. Fresh look­ing skin is al­ways a healthy habit, so if you don't want to be left look­ing less than gor­geous, al­ways put your best skin for­ward. At Calvin Klein, Pucci, Gi­ambat­tista Valli, Christo­pher Kane, Valentino, Nina Ricci, Balmain and many oth­ers, the com­bi­na­tion of face oils, con­ceal­ers and high­lighters cre­ate the de­sired fresh ef­fects, al­low­ing the skin to give off a healthy glow.

The New Year is look­ing to­wards health­ier habits and less hid­ing, so as we make-up artists like to say, less is def­i­nitely more in 2016. It's not about the heav­ily sculp­tured face with high­lights and con­tour­ing and foundation, but the en­hance­ment of nat­u­ral beauty with bold eyes or lips or a com­bi­na­tion of both.

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