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Shiseido Predicts 2020 Makeup Trends

December 23rd, 2014

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Earlier this month, Japanese beauty company Shiseido gave us a sneak peek of what to expect in 2020. “With the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo, people from all over the world will flock to Japan and attention will once again be focused on the country’s unique tradition and culture. In addition, the athletic trend will become more mainstream,” says Shiseido Senior Hair & Makeup Artist Setsuko Suzuki (鈴木節子), who devised the following two makeup looks.

Shiseido 2020 Makeup Trend Report - Japan Color
Look #1 Japan Color
Utilizing the 3 main colors found in Geisha makeup, the look above aims to bring a modern take on traditional Japanese beauty. White is used to create translucent skin and highlight the inner corners of the eyes while graphic black eyeliner frames the eyes and red makes the lips pop. Also worth noting is the dash of red eyeliner on the outer corner, which is a common practice among Geishas.

Shiseido 2020 Makeup Trend Report - Sporty Pop

Look #2: Sporty Pop
This look is all about radiant skin paired with a graphic blue eye and orange lips to convey a fresh, light and sporty vibe. Very much like my blue graphic eyeliner look for A/W 2014 but with an added touch of color. I can definitely see this becoming mainstream and a hit among many.

Images: Courtesy of Shiseido.

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Looks To Try For Fall 2014: Graphic Eyeliner

September 1st, 2014

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The graphic eyeliner trend continued to be a hit this fall with makeup artists interpreting the look in an even more unconventional, modern manner. At Anthony Vaccarello A/W 2014, red lipstick and black liquid eyeliner were applied on models’ lids and under their eyes with dental flossfor a “sophisticated and arty cool” look. At Marchesa, gel and liquid eyeliner in shades of blue and green were layered over each other for a feminine look while Zac Posen presented us with a “black swan” graphic eye with feather-like strokes at the inner and outer corner of the eyes.

A/W 2014 Runway Graphic Eyeliner Makeup trend

Fall 2014 runway-inspired Graphic eyeliner makeup look
For my take, I used my favorite pencil liner, NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road. The pencil glides on very easily and I ♥ that it doesn’t budget once it sets! I started by drawing a line along the socket in light feathery strokes and extending it past the outer corner. Once I got the shape I wanted, I thickened the line for more intensity. Next, I lined the lower eye and left the center san eyeliner. The rest of the face was Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in Cashew only where needed, NARS Blush in Day Dream on the cheeks, L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara in Blackest Black and Senna Form-A-Brow Eyebrow Stencil Kit in Neutral on the brows.

Turquoise graphic eyeliner look

Tip: To nail this season’s graphic eye, just allow your creative juices to flow. Instead of a filled-in line, leave a gap wherever you feel it. Remember to also experiment with different colors and textures. For instance, try layering a liquid eyeliner over a gel or cake liner for maximum staying power. My top picks are Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and NARS Eyeliner Stylo.

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Enchanted Beauty at Dolce & Gabbana A/W ’14

February 28th, 2014

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At the Dolce & Gabbana A/W ’14 show in Milan, Pat McGrath, brand Creative Advisor of Dolce & Gabbana Make Up, created a makeup look evoking a feeling of “enchanted beauty” while Redken Creative Consultant Guido swept the hair up in a soft, romantic style.

Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14 runway beauty
To achieve a flawless base with an even skintone, Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the Foundation Brush. She started by creating an even base with one shade, blending it from the central point of the face outward until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Then, Pat applied a paler tone around the eyes and on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin to achieve an illuminated finish. Finally, Pat then contoured the face by applying a light touch of Blush in Nude on the apples of the cheeks.

Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the light shades of the Eyeshadow Quad in Desert all over the eyelid, followed by the new Perfect Mono – Cream Eye Color, the latest innovative mono eyeshadow from Dolce & Gabbana Make Up, set to arrive on counter at the end of June. This creamy shadow, which is easy to apply either with the tips of the fingers or with a brush, added further intensity and drama with a velvety, powdery finish. Pat used Perfect Mono in Cocoa in the crease of the eyes for further depth and mixed the shades Innocence and Gold Dust to highlight the eyelids.

To contour the eyes, Pat defined the upper and bottom lash lines by applying the Eyeliner in Black, drawing from the center to the outer corner. Along the top of the upper lash line, she drew a softly defined line of Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Black Intense to perfect the eye. Underneath, Pat outlined the bottom lashes once again using the Eyeliner in Black. The Eyeliner in Nude was then used to illuminate the inner corner of the eye.

On the upper lashes, layers of Intenseyes Mascara in Black Intense were applied, with Passioneyes Mascara in Terra applied to the bottom lashes for a volumized and curled lash look – the combination of the two mascaras made for a beautifully fresh and wide eyed finish.

The eyebrows are a key element of the look. Pat used the new Brow Liner in Soft Brown to draw and feather the brows, filling in the color using the nib of the pencil, and then brushing outwards to the end of the brow. Eyebrows are beautifully constructed, with a natural finish.

On the lips, Pat used the new Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey applied with the fingertips for a sophisticated nude effect. Then a hint of Perfect Luminous Concealer was used to even out the lips and illuminate, before a final touch of Sheer Shine Gloss in Acqua was applied to the center of the lips.

As a very final touch, Pat applied a light dust of the Pressed Powder.

To complement the look Pat chose the Nail Lacquer in Nude for a natural and elegant finish.

In order to achieve an airy quality to the hair, Guido first used Redken body full volume amplifier onto damp hair. Next, he added a spritz of Redken pillow proof blowdry two day extender before creating a loose braid and twisting it into a soft updo. “I used a very small amount of products to give the hair some friction and texture, but where it still felt soft. Once the hair was pinned back, I pulled out a few tendrils to add even more softness around the face. Dolce & Gabbana always take a soft approach to women’s beauty.” said Guido.

Runway makeup look at Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14
Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14 backstage makeup

Images: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

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Runway Beauty: 50s Glamour at Douglas Hannant Fall 2013

February 19th, 2013

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“Reserved 1950s glamour, re-thought for a modern generation” was the idea behind the neutral eyes and red lips at Douglas Hannant A/W 2013 show.

50s glamour makeup at Douglas Hannant A/W 2013
Douglas Hannant A/W 2013 makeup face chart by NARS

Lead Makeup Artist: Jason Hoffman, NARS Training Executive

* Sheer Glow Foundation
* Radiant Creamy Concealer (New for Spring 2013) For a similar effect, try Concealer.
* Loose Powder
* Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose
* Zen Blush

* Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow
* Portobello Duo Eyeshadow
* Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
* Carpates Eyeliner Stylo
* Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
* Santa Monica Blvd. Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

* African Queen Lip Liner Pencil
* Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
* Norma Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

The dark red nails were created by a coat of Essie first base base coat, followed by two coats of Essie berry hard and topped with a coat of Essie good to go top coat.

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Images: Courtesy of NARS and ImaxTree.

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Runway Beauty: Monika Chiang Fall 2013

February 10th, 2013

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Lancôme National Makeup Artists Tarek Abbas, Darais and Alex Sanchez created a dark, sultry eye with unexpected pops of color and lace accents along with a soft, romantic lip at Monika Chiang Fall 2013.

Monika Chiang Fall 2013 runway makeup by Lancome
Face: Matte and light

• TeintIdole Ultra 24H Foundation
• Dual Finish Powder
• Blush Subtil Palette in Nectar Lace or Rouge Allure
• Blush Subtil in Tamarind

Eyes: Sophisticated and moody, with hints of green and purple blended into a smoky look. Hand-applied lace detailing at the outer corners

• Le Stylo EyeLiner in Noir
• Liner Design Gel EyeLiner in Bronze Couture
• Color Design Eye Shadow in It List
• Color Design Eye Shadow in Daylight
• Color Design Infinité 24H in Enduring Vert
• Hypnôse Star Mascara in Noir Midnight

Lace is hand-painted with Liner Design Gel EyeLiner in Black Fishnets and stamped on the outside corner of the eyes

Lips: Creamy matte

• Le Lipstique in Natural Mauve
• Rouge in Love in Sweet Embrace

Nails: Asymmetrical French Manicure with gold tips and gold rings applied to ring fingers

• Vernis in Love in Madame Tulipe
• Vernis in Love in Noir Caviar

Images: Courtesy of Lancome.

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