Crop Over Souvenir - - UNMASKING MAKEUP TRENDS -

So­cial me­dia seems to be set­ting the makeup trends for fe­males this Crop Over. This is ac­cord­ing to Karolynn Browne, make-up artist and owner of Over the Top Beauty.

“Ev­ery­where you go now, there is a cam­era. No one wants to get caught not look­ing their best. That lux­u­ri­ous, put-to­gether look is very much cov­eted,” the make-up artist shared. “I find that clients come with photo ref­er­ences and spe­cific de­tails in mind.”

As the na­ture of Crop Over events has evolved, so too have the make-up looks. “When I first started makeup, Kadoo­ment makeup was just a swatch of colour on the eye and one or two match­ing gems. Nowa­days, it’s a pro­duc­tion. The en­tire cos­tume is a look, with a theme and ac­ces­sories and in some cases, even a par­tic­u­lar hair­style.”

Karolynn fur­ther noted that there are dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions for each event. “For day­time events like break­fast fetes, clients tend to want a more nat­u­ral look, fo­cus­ing on skin, brows and lashes,” she said. How­ever, for the later events, a bolder look is usu­ally de­sired. “For night time events, I usu­ally do glit­tery bold eyes and lots of shim­mer.”

The make-up artist, who has spent al­most ten years per­fect­ing her craft, shared that many fe­males are even opt­ing to take per­son­alised classes in or­der to com­plete their make-up look on their own. “At this time of the year, I ac­tu­ally do a lot of one-on-one classes and con­sul­ta­tions to rec­om­mend prod­ucts.”

Look­ing good can be costly, both for the client and for the make-up artist. “Peo­ple spend a lot on ap­pear­ances gen­er­ally, but as I said, with the ad­vent of so­cial me­dia, clients want to make sure they look good at all times.” As with many artists, Karolynn seeks to use the best qual­ity prod­ucts to en­hance her work, but this can be a chal­lenge. “Qual­ity prod­ucts are quite ex­pen­sive lo­cally and im­port­ing them can be quite ex­pen­sive as well.”

So what ex­actly does it take to keep clients look­ing beau­ti­ful for the en­tire fete? “Good skin prepa­ra­tion, qual­ity primer and set­ting prod­ucts. Pay­ing at­ten­tion to the in­di­vid­ual’s needs, too. Make-up is not one size fits all,” she noted.

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