Ask An Artist: Trendy Looks

4 09 2009

By Nicole

PL: Can you give a peek into some trendy looks you’ve seen on the scene lately?

NV: I guess it depends on where you live, but in the Los Angeles-area, there are two main makeup trends. The first is a heavier application of makeup, but blended so it doesn’t look like you’re really wearing any makeup at all. To get this look, follow these steps:

  1. Start with a very blended foundation. Chanel makes two great foundations for this. One is a matte (Mat Lumiere) and the other has an great glow (Pro Lumiere).
  2. Next, apply a bronzer to give you that healthy touch of color, then add some cream blush to your cheeks. MAC makes great cream blushes. My favorite is Lilicent. Remember, with cream blush, the trick is to always pat it on, never rub. Patting it on will keep the glow and it will also keep your foundation in place instead of rubbing it off your face.
  3. For your eyes, just a touch of champagne shimmer across your eyes with some soft smudgeable liner and a great lengthening mascara. I recommend DiorShow mascara in black.
  4. Finish it up with well groomed brows filled in with a natural shadow.
  5. Add a touch of lipstain to your lips, or a sheer pink or red gloss.
  6. Spray your face with a few sprays of MAC Fix + and you’re looking fresh-faced and ready to go.

The second trend I am seeing is a very Arab-inspired smokey eye with black liner in your inner rims of your eyes, softly contoured cheeks and pale lips. If you need a visual, think Kim Kardashian. This look is a focus on the eyes and is not only very sexy, but also very confident. The steps to acheiving this look are similar to the first trend, but you’re going to change it up around the eyes a bit.  Here’s how you can acheive the smoky eyes from this look:

  1. For your eyes, start with a base, such as MAC’s paint pots in Bare Study. Next, apply a charcoal shadow – MAC’s Print is great – and pat it on your entire lid with a flat brush, stopping at the crease. The #242 brush from MAC is great for patting on the charcoal color.
  2. Use a fluffier brush, like the MAC #217, to apply a shimmery champagne color on your brow bone and to blend the crease color. Stila’s Starlight works really well as a browbone shade. 
  3. Line your inner rims with a black eyeliner, and complete the eye look with a great lengthening mascara. Again, I recommend DiorShow mascara in black.
  4. Finish it up with well groomed brows filled in with a natural shadow.
  5. To get that simmering nude lip look, use concealer as a lip color, line with a neutral lip liner – like MAC’s Stripdown – and top with a clear or nude lipgloss.
  6. Spray your face with a few sprays of MAC Fix + to set, and don’t forget to take your MAC blot powder to catch any shinies!
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