By Sophia Smith.
We have recently noticed a few exciting makeup trends on the catwalks this season, and the upcoming holidays are the best opportunity to try them out. Whether you will be a host or a guest, you must look your best at holiday outings, especially on New Year’s Eve. The season’s highlights have a polished and natural look, with the help of the following elements.
The Natural Look
Not every look this season is about flashy eyes. The no-makeup effect is the best thing for morning outfits. This does not mean washing your face and going out, it just means turning to lighter tones.
At Donna Karan, we saw how applying a sweep of dusky rose hue and peach on the cheeks, with a little lip balm and mascara, can really put an emphasis on your well-cared-for skin. To look as fresh as ever, match your lipstick with the same colour tones as your eyeshadow and blush.
Focus on Eyeshadows
This winter, the focus is on the eyes and there are a few old-new trends. Eyeliner has now been given a new role. Instead of the classic black colour on the eyelids and dramatic cat eyes, Dior uses a silver-white hue that accentuates natural beauty in their winter collection. The eyeliner is applied along the lower edge of the eye, and the colour palette changes depending on the colour of the eyes: green-blue for brown eyes and purple for green-eyed girls.
If you opt for black eyeliner, then go for the winged liner look. Smokey eyes made a comeback but this time, besides the standard black-grey combo, the colour of old gold and bronze made their way in.
For the next designer, think blue. Baby blue, icy white, aquamarine, and even cobalt blue – all shades of blue dominated the catwalk in the Jean Paul Gaultier autumn-winter fashion line this year.
If you are bold enough, experiment with metallic eyes. Do not be afraid to combine shimmers, sparkles, and sequins with a gold, bronze, or even silver line across your lids.
Come evening time, switch from natural to bold lips with rich plum, garnet, and ruby hues. Choose a matte lipstick, such as the one seen at the 2015-16 3.1 Phillip Lim’s winter fashion collection.
To accentuate regular face features, go for lipsticks in the colour of fuchsia or wine. Red lipstick is by no means a revolutionary trend, but this winter it has gone to its extremes in terms of acceptable hues, so there is no excuse to not follow it.
Lately, glowing skin has been in Vogue more than ever. As we have seen at Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, and Valentino, nothing less-than-perfect is acceptable. We are not talking about concealers, primers, and foundations, but the actual true nature of your skin.
All of these makeup tricks are of no use if we do not prepare our skin for cold weather. During harsh winter months, our skin loses its moisture faster and requires additional care. Use a cleanser or a lotion regularly to wash your face. A well-nourished look demands a little more effort, so include a proper face mask and exfoliator into your daily skin care routine, as well as a high-quality moisturizer. Do not forget to take in plenty of water and get enough sleep.
Sleek and straight, minimalist looking hair is what you should keep in mind this season. To achieve this polished look, make a masculine side part and style your hair straight.
If your hair gets frizzy on rainy days and you cannot control it, use the power of plaits. Plaits were present all over the catwalks from Fendi and Stella McCartney to Marc Jacobs and Blumarine. You can wear them any way you like, or any way your hair allows. You can also try a halo braid, fishtail, or even simple twisted tresses, just make them neat.
It doesn’t matter whether you are on a holiday or you are taking a pause from your life, it is perfectly fine to experiment and take risks.
What are your holiday makeup choices?
Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty, makeup, fashion and graphic design. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life on topics related to beauty, fashion and style.