With the holiday season just around the corner women will get gussied up for all their upcoming festive celebrations. Having the right makeup look is essential to having an overall fabulous head-to-toe look. So whether you’re going to a soiree during the day or an evening on the town, consider some of the season’s hottest makeup trends. Kevin James Bennett for Kryolan Professional Makeup shares the following tips:
For Day: “The New Nude – Ombre”
My color of choice adobe rides the line between warm and cool so beautifully and looks great on almost any complexion.
Step 1. Prep the eyelid with an eyeshadow primer, foundation or concealer.
Step 2. The finished eye makeup should have a subtle glow, not a shimmer, so we’re doing the application backwards to control the amount of shine. We start with a metal powder in a burnished gold on the lid only, from outer to inner corner. Apply it sparingly and then blend it well with a clean brush. Use a small amount on the lower lash line and blend well also. Make sure to include the tear duct area.
Step 3. Next, we layer a rich adobe matte eyeshadow over all the areas we applied the gold and blend well. Now we exaggerate the shape of the eye with the more adobe shadow, blending into and slightly above the crease, extending past the outside corner and generously under the lower lash line. Blend all of your edges very well.
Step 4. Line the upper lid only with a very dark brown or soft black liner. Keep the liner as tight as possible to the natural lash line and try to fill in the spaces between the lashes with it also.
Step 5. Multiple coats of black mascara on the upper lashes only. I don’t suggest false eyelashes with this look unless you are seriously lash challenged. The focus here is the color, not the lashes.
Step 6. Use the same adobe eyeshadow, cut with a little loose powder, as a blush/ bronzer on all the high points of the face (cheeks, hairline and base of chin). Make sure all edges are blended VERY well.
Step 7. Condition lips with a non-shiny balm (I like using pure shea butter) and reach for the adobe eyeshadow – yes, I said the eyeshadow. With a lip brush, apply the eyeshadow as a “lipstick”. The lip conditioner should keep it from grabbing. Top it with an additional coat of the non-shiny lip balm.
For Night: “Bright-n-Smoky”
The typical “smoky eye” becomes a modern, color saturated focal point of unexpected elegance by layering tones of blue and tempering them with a wash of metallic as a finishing touch.
Step 1. With a small fluff brush, apply a dynamic cool matte sky blue shadow to the entire eye lid, blended into the crease and continued under the lower eyelash line.
Step 2. On the outer third of the lid and in the eye crease, blend a cool, midnight blue toward the center of the eye until it disappears into the lighter blue eye shadow.
Step 3. To intensify the pop of color and introduce the metallic effect, apply a translucent layer of shimmering teal pigment, distributed delicately with a brush over the entire shadowed area and below the eye along the lash line.
Step 4. Define with a cream liner in black along the upper eyelashes and along the waterline of the lower eyelid.
Step 5. Apply at least 2 coats of mascara to upper lashes and one coat to lower eyelashes. A set of flirty false lashes can be added to the upper lashes to create even more drama but are not obligatory.
Step 6. Blend a soft peachy blush with powder bronzer to add depth and warmth to the face that will contrast with the cool blue tones on the eyes.
Step 7. Shape and define lips with a nude pencil a few shades deeper than your natural lip color.
Step 8. Finish with a high shine gloss tinted a sheer rosy shade to amplify the lips natural color.