Fashion runway can seem like an intimidating place to seek makeup inspiration. The artists are real pros, and the designers can get quite creative with their ideas, and together they often work to create a wealth of beautiful fashion images. But can we copy them? Let’s find out as I test 3 wearable makeup trends from the 2016-2017 Fall/Winter fashion runways around the world!
1. GOTHIC LIPS
Seen at : Dior, Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier
The gothic lip is a popular look as it is quite versatile and goes with many fashion styles. Depending on your occupation or environment, there is a wide spectrum from dark purples to deep berries from which you can choose your favorite colour.
This is the hardest part for many people including myself, because it’s about skin tone. For pale skins any true dark shade works, especially if the tone is neutral. Olive skins should steer clear of true browns and blue based reds, preferring brown based reds and true berries. Deep tone skins look perfect in true burgundy as much as a dark red.For my own look I chose bare eyes to pair with my dark lip colour courtesy of Colourpop’s Lippie Stixx in Château and Love Life. I would wear this look to an evening with friends or a social event, but I would see it in the workplace if you are in fashion, arts, design etc.
2. HEALTHY GLOW
Seen at : Valentino, Giambatista Valli, DKNY
This is a favorite look of mine as it can help brighten dull skin as much as it can emphasize healthy skin. The focus is on the base makeup, meaning your foundation. I recently did an article on MUA Recommended Makeup Techniques, if you’d like to see how to apply foundation naturally.
It is recommended to start a healthy glow makeup look with a properly cleansed and hydrated skin. After using witch hazel toner and a gel based moisturizer, I like to apply a primer with SPF such as the Kiko City Filter Sunscreen Primer SPF 50. I used the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth Foundation in the shade 120, applying it with a Beauty Blender only on discolored areas to unify my skin tone. I used the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in Natural to highlight the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, as well as the center of my forehead and my chin. I applied the shade Creamy Beige from the same concealer under my eyes to correct my dark circles, and went on top of my highlight with the shade Subsolar from the Sleek Soltice palette. Finally, for a soft contour I used the Essence cream-to-powder blush in Sweet as a Peach.
This look can also be played up using eyeshadow or a lip colour, to take you from a day at work to an evening at *insert your usual hangout*.
3. COPPER EYESHADOW
Seen at : Alberta Feretti, H&M, Alexander Wang
The last and my favorite look is the copper eyeshadow. It’s a great time saver as you can use just one eyeshadow to apply all over the lid, add some mascara and eye makeup done! But again, occupation and environment will determine the depth of your look. And the best part? Copper is one of few shades that really emphasize the beauty in all eye colours. The secret is to find “your shade”, which would typically be warmer for deep skin tones and cooler for light skin tones.
My favorite copper shadow is the Colourpop SuperShock Eyeshadow in Game Face. I prefer to apply the copper eyeshadow using my finger to avoid fallout, but also to better control the amount of eyeshadow and a do a little subtle crease work.
I love this for a casual place of look, but find it a little less exciting for a night on the town.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this article and found these looks as wearable as I do! Tell me in the comments what look you would wear at work 🙂
The Foundry girl.