Beauty Trends 2016: The Individual
Try the middle ground between the coming season’s all or nothing makeup looks
Judging by the beauty looks at international fashion weeks now underway and makeup collections coming to counters soon, we are in for more of the split personality approach to wearing makeup. “All or nothing” is how M.A.C has dubbed it in trend previews.
This isn’t much help if you’re looking for pointers, but handy if you like the increasingly individualised approach to application, matching what you put on your face to your mood, rather than to industry edicts. Hard to ignore though is the continued near no make-up look of skin allowed natural glow — or what top makeup artist Val Garland describes “as girls who just got out of the shower” — and the more recent emergence of fantasy-inspired colour play.
At Giambattista Valli, Garland combined the two with blended lightweight foundation and a blue glitter overline. A more showy purple glitter was seen on New Zealand’s own Next Top Model winner Danielle Hayes in a turn on the runway at Manish Arora in Paris for spring-summer 2016, said to be inspired by “galactic, manga, gypsy girls at the disco.” A futuristic look where freckles are allowed in keeping with the modern mantra that skin should be perfected not disguised.
Which brings us to what to wear: lightweight foundation, subtle illumination and whatever else you please, from boldly crayoned eyes to sheer lips or a classic colour kiss. The eye hue most in view is definitely blue, but we recommend playing with gentler sunset shades this autumn to graduate into colour. Pinks and lilacs are a good starting point and favoured by many brands this season. They make an easy way to transition into experimenting with stronger shades.
STROBE VS. CONTOUR
Bobbi Brown says strobing not contouring is the best bet of the two big face defining styles. She says the strobing technique, to highlight your features with illuminating products, is better than trying to make things disappear with heavy, fake-looking contouring.
Kardashians may disagree, but anyone who likes a less time-consuming approach to makeup will side with the beauty entrepreneur who has always favoured more glowy, less matte skin. This is made easier, she says, by layering care and cosmetic products.
Her future beauty predictions include even longer-wearing makeup, including false lashes that can stay on for weeks.
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