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.
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.