Trend this, trend that! All we’ve been hearing lately is what’s on trend and thanks to the many looks graced on the catwalk, there’s just so many to keep but with but Jane from Canadian blog A&J’s Hairport narrows down two trends worth following. A&J’s Hairport is one of the best sites I’ve come across lately with its mix of beauty and lifestyle. They’ve also created the salon index A&J’s Hairport Directory which lists several salons suited for afro hair from London to Toronto!
Makeup looks on the Fall/Winter 2012 catwalks were decidedly undone as we saw a return to barefaced beauty. It’s a fresh and youthful look because the focus is all about flawless skin.
A slight variation on this look is the graphic blue eye. It’s pretty amazing how adding an accent colour can change your look, no? In the pictures above you’ll notice they are all very similar but once indigo eyeliner or mascara is added, the look becomes instantly edgy.
So how do you replicate these looks? Here are some products that will help you on your way:
La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Mat – The key to looking fresh is making sure your skin doesn’t become an oil slick. After cleansing your skin, apply this lotion that will keep you matte all day and also help to reduce the size of your pores. This one step will go a very long way.
EOS’ lip balm – Instead of going for a gloss, look for a balm that will moisturise your lips with little to no added colour. EOS lip balm does just that because it’s rich in shea butter and vitamin E.
Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream – It couldn’t get any easier to get naturally glowing skin with this 8-in-1 lightweight tinted cream. Instead of heavy foundation, this light cream will help to blur imperfections while still allowing your skin to shine through.
MAC’s Brow Finisher – Make sure your eyebrows are groomed and defined by using this stick to keep every hair in place.
Blinc’s Mascara – As far as natural looking mascaras go, this is one of the best in my opinion. It adds noticeable length and subtle volume by painting “tubes” on your lashes. You’ll be left with eyelashes that look like your own. For this look, concentrate on the top lashes leaving the bottom lashes bare.
Once you’ve got this mastered and feel like kicking things up a notch, add one of the following two suggestions for a technicolour pop:
Covergirl’s Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in ‘Blue Boom’ – This pencil that draws on like a liquid is ideal for achieving a precise cat eye. For an even richer hue, add Covergirl’s Eye Enhancers 1-kit shadow in ‘Indigo Impact’ on top.
Collection’s Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara in ‘Blue’ – Trying out a new trend shouldn’t mean you have to break the bank. Check out your local chemist for this cheap and cheerful brand. This time, paint both the top and bottom lashes for the full effect.