Oh the weather outside is frightful... but makeup is always delightful! Am I right? Of course I am ... just ask my husband. Ha.
From bold lips to crazy liners, NYFW (New York Fashion Week for those who aren't a fan of anograms...) showed some beautiful, basic trends this past fall and some that were, well... a bit more "outside the box" for the everyday makeup enthusiast. Because trends can seem appealing but often consumers don't know where to start, I asked a few of my fellow Saskatoon-based make-up artists to share their product recommendations in each category. These ladies know their stuff, and like me, are not strangers to testing new products! Helping me with our top "Pro Picks" for consumer products are: Modern Woman exhibitor Melissa Wyant-Taylor for Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique; Holly Decker of Holly Decker Makeup Artistry, sponsor for Modern Woman's annual fashion show; and one of Saskatoon's most popular makeup artists, Lisa Hallam of Lisa Hallam Makeup Artistry.
Now, hold on to your hats because you get the thrill of reading my tips, tricks and real talk about what is happening on people's faces this season...
The Classic Red Lip
Be still my heart, from the time I started wearing makeup I have loved this look. Imagine, little Katie rocking her Gwen Stefani lip in Grade 8. Ok, I totally looked more like Courtney Love due to my lack of skills, but this was a real thing and it happened. Sigh. The red lip is a trend that never seems to go out of style and we saw it all over the runway this year with designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera.
As an adult, I still love rocking a red lip and I think it looks good on almost everyone provided it is
A) Precisely applied and
B) The right shade for you.
Maybe you have a fav red and you've got it cased, but if you are one of the many women who just aren't sure - a professional makeup artist or a seasoned makeup retailer can help you assess your undertones and help pick the perfect shade for you. Having a lip liner to accompany your perfect red lip can help achieve that precise look, as well as having a good lip brush. If you prefer a more natural, flushed look you can dab your lipstick on lightly, blot with a tissue and finish with a nice balm or gloss. No matter the red or how it's applied, just be sure to stay inside the lines and take an occasional peep in the mirror so you don't end up looking like a hot mess. My personal advice is to avoid a heavy eye look when wearing a bold lip of any kind (think of that woman with the huge dangly earrings & a big necklace at the same time...) and let one facial feature be the star of the show.
Katie: Kevyn Aucoin "Everlasting" $34, Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Melissa: Ellis Fass "L401 Hot Lip" $40, Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Holly: MAC "Ruby Woo" $20; MAC Cosmetics
Lisa: MAC "Russian Red" $20; MAC Cosmetics
The Flushed Cheek
Ok, we are not allowed to discuss religion on this blog so ... OMG!!! PRAISE ** insert deity of choice here** THE SIMPLE, PRETTY CHEEK IS BACK!!! Did it ever really leave? Not in my world. But in a sea of heavily contoured, sculpted, highlighted, strobed (pick your poison) reality tv stars and YouTube sensations, the world has forgotten what looks truly natural and beautiful on a face. To me, that is a healthy, flushed cheek. This is easy people! Take a shade of blush that mimics what you look like when you are naturally flushed and lightly apply it to the apples of your cheeks with a nice big, fluffy brush. Voila - you're gorgeous!
Katie: NARS "Orgasm" $37; Sephora
Melissa: Kevyn Aucoin "Natura" $45; Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Holly: Benefit Cheek Stain $30; Sephora
Lisa: Make Up Forever "#401" cream blush $26; www.makeupforever.com
This one was ALL over the runways, but for a regular person it's pretty damn weird to me. This is essentially an oddly placed liner that often comes across like Pop Art or something that is supposed to be some sort of "fashionable" prison tat. But hey, Orange is the New Black right? There are no rules with this - pretty much take a fine detail brush and a gel liner, or easier still - a liquid liner and go to town. Maybe in your crease, maybe on just the inner or outer corners of your eyes... maybe draw a picture of your cat on your temple... whatever floats your boat. I really, truly recommend taking it easy with this one - I predict this to be a "what was I thinking??" iPhone snap the average consumer can look forward to making fun of themselves for in the future.
Dark Moody Lips
Wahoo! 90s Katie is swinging her grungy plaid shirt around with joy! 90s have been emerging on the runways for a few seasons now and this one is no different. Black lips were all over the place, showing up on models for Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs and Tibi... BUT, black isn't maybe the most wearable colour for the average person. Try a deep oxblood red, a dark purple or a rich wine colour and apply it precisely to avoid looking like Marilyn Manson or that girl from The Craft. Crank up some Pearl Jam and you're ready to rock!
Katie: MAC Cyber $20, MAC Cosmetics
Melissa: Kevyn Aucoin "Blood Roses" $35; Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Holly: MAC "Sin" $20; MAC Cosmetics
Lisa: MAC "Diva"$20; MAC Cosmetics
Skin that looks like skin. What a concept! Seriously though, fresh healthy skin starts from within - lots of water, a healthy diet and limited sun exposure. Sometimes though, this just doesn't cut it and we need a little help from the cosmetics department. The mistake people often make is assuming you NEED a powder to set your foundation, or that you need lots of it. A light dusting in the T-zone is sometimes all you need, if any. The other thing people don't realize is that you don't HAVE to use foundation all over your face! A properly matched foundation can be applied to just the areas on your face that need a little extra help and let your natural, beautiful skin show everywhere else. One last thing - don't use a heavier coverage than you need, and don't use too much product regardless of formula. It shouldn't look like you have foundation on. "Wow, your cakey face looks amazing today!"... Said nobody, ever. A good makeup brush or a damp beauty blender can help control your application and give a beautiful finish.
Katie: FACE Atelier Ultra Skin Foundation $50, www.faceatelier.com
Melissa: Ellis Faas Foundation $105; Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Holly: The Beauty Blender $28; Holly Decker Makeup Artistry
Lisa: MAC Face & Body Foundation $43; MAC Cosmetics
Sparkles, sequins, gems, shimmers and all things reflective made enough appearances on the runways to merit a mention. As a consumer, please don't go around gluing sequins to your eyes. Just don't do it... you can thank me later when you don't look like a dumbass. However there are some fun ways to add a little metal to your life. The first is to go raid your boyfriend's "CD book" from 2004. If that is unsatisfactory, which I assume it will be, then you can get some cream shadow with a metallic or shimmery finish to play around with. Use these lightly on your lids or a try a fun metallic eyeliner to use on your upper or lower lash line for a night out. I personally love the look of a clean eye with a bit of bronze on the lid, especially with a classic red lip.
Katie: MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot "Indianwood" $26, MAC Cosmetics
Melissa: Ellis Faas Lights "E303" $48; Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Lisa: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick "Copper" $34; Sephora
The Smoky Eye
Last, but not least - the smoky eye. I knew you were waiting for it... But! Throw away the idea of the 10-step process that you've seen a million times on YouTube. That is not what I'm talking about. Let's talk about a smoky eye that is clean, simple and sexy. Matte neutral shadows and a kohl pencil is all you need - and not even necessarily both, or even black for that matter. Use brown or grey shadows to lightly darken the area around the eye, then take a kohl pencil in brown, grey or black around the lash line and smudge it out. You can change this up any way you like it! Just pencil, just shadow, whatever! Play with using shadows as your eyeliner - this is something I do frequently for myself and my clients. However you choose to do it, make it soft, sultry, and a bit messy without all the over-the-top shimmery lids and cut creases. If you insist, pop the tiniest bit of highlight shadow in the very inner corner of your eye. Above all - blend, blend, blend!!! The best smoky eyes are blended to perfection. When you think you've blended enough, just blend a little more. Kapeesh?
Katie: Urban Decay Naked BASICS #1 $34, Sephora
Melissa: MAC brush #217 $29.50; MAC Cosmetics
Holly: MAC brush #219 $30; MAC Cosmetics
Lisa: MAC Kohl Pencil "Smolder" $16.50; MAC Cosmetics
Well there you have it. Hopefully you are inspired to try some new products and looks!
Special thanks to all my pro makeup pals that contributed with their product picks and helped you spend your hard earned money on more cosmetics that you most certainly, absolutely, positively, 100% need. We are all happy to help with any questions you may have, and we are available for all types of makeup bookings!
Katie Martin - Katie Martin Makeup Artistry & Esthetics
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph:(306)280-4848
Melissa Wyant - Le Lash Lash & Makeup Boutique
Email: email@example.com Ph:(306) 933-5274
Holly Decker - Holly Decker Makeup Artistry
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph:(306) 716-8287
Lisa Hallam - Lisa Hallam Makeup Artistry
Email: email@example.com Ph:(306) 665-5537