Once you’ve found the perfect party dress, managed to track down the perfect shoes to go with it (that you thought existed only in your imagination), and the accompanying bag (a clutch, obviously), there’s only one thing left to pin down: the perfect party makeup looks to go with it. “The key aspect of all party makeup looks is durability – whatever you apply on your face, running, fading or smudging is not an option. You don’t want to spend the entire night sneaking away to the bathroom to redo your eyeliner, or having to do a lipstick check every time someone points a camera at your face,” stresses ace makeup artist Ojas Rajani. Here are 7 make-up trends that you should be trying this season.
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Luminous, megawatt skin is massive this season, no matter which make-up look you choose to rock. The aim here is fresh, natural, glowing skin, which can be achieved with a sheer-coverage base such as a BB or CC cream, or a low-coverage foundation. If you’ve just spent eight-plus hours staring at a computer screen, your skin is probably looking a little tired. The quickest way to perk it up is with highlighter.
Keep it clean
The ‘no make-up’ look isn’t exactly new, but there’s no denying it’s having a moment all over again, believes renowned makeup artist Cherag Bambboat. But mind you looking like you’re barefaced actually requires a bevy of products to perfect your skin, brighten your eyes, and bring a touch of colour and definition to all the right places. Why? Because you’re trying to fool people into thinking your skin is naturally perfect and glowing and magical, and that level of trickery takes time and precision. Tip: A good makeup sponge is your no-makeup makeup secret weapon. A dampened sponge presses pigment into your skin and removes excess for the perfect coverage. It makes the difference between your foundation looking like makeup and your foundation looking as if it’s just your skin, but better.
Red and Ravishing
The quickest route to a party look is a slick of bold lipstick; it will take you from desk to disco in no time. If you embrace red remember to keep the rest of your makeup, especially the eyes, in subtle shades or near nude. A bit of black mascara on the top lashes is all you need. Tip: To soften the look, take a cotton swab and run it along the edges of the lipstick.
Few things are as timeless and classic as a winger liner. Instead of an elongated liner, create a small flick by using an angled brush to emphasize the corner of the eye. “When trying out strong eye make-up, keep the rest of your make-up natural, and simply apply a little oil-free foundation to smooth out the complexion, while contouring the cheekbones with a little bronzer or rose-hued matte blush,” suggests Rajani.
If you love being the life of a party go full out with red lips. Blood red lips and tousled hair are a match made in sex appeal heaven. To create an eye catching pout swipe a red lip colour over your mouth and then top it with superfine, crimson coloured glitter. The one rule to follow? Don’t be halfhearted.
A sexy, smoldering stare is pretty much de rigueur during party season. Though a bold look, smoky eyes can flatter almost every face shape. You don’t need to go too dark either – try browns, greys and even bright colours to find the look that suits you best. “You can make a black smoky eye even more current by fashioning it into a dramatic graphic shape, like exaggerated wings,” suggests Rajani. Use Scotch tape as a guide to ensure your wings are straight and even.
Contouring carves out our features like magic and we love it for that. “But reverse contouring or strobing, a newish technique that essentially does just the opposite using light to define our features, is a more natural alternative,” explains Bambboat. Tip: Sweep your highlighter below the hollows of your cheeks, then blend along your jaw. By brightening this part of your face, it tricks the eye, making your cheekbones look pronounced.
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