Observer on Sunday: This season’s look is bold and sophisticated

(Published in the Observer on Sunday, 28 October 2012)

The autumn/winter fashion shows have come to a close and once again makeup artists across the globe will be replicating key trends that were seen on the runways. This season, models were working tailored looks, from blood red lips to thick natural brows, precision-lined eyes and sculpted cheekbones. It all added up to a sophisticated and polished look. This year it’s all about playing with dark and light tones to make a bold, yet effortless, statement, which is bound to get you noticed. Whether you choose to update your look with elegantly lined eyes, sculpted cheekbones, full groomed brows or bold red lips, here are some top tips to ensure you rock this season’s hottest trends.

Futuristic eyes 

Eyes took on a futuristic, head-turning, artistic look at many shows, with bold colours and fun, geometric shapes. Heavy, precision-lined eyes are a key trend this season, Gisel Calvillo, a senior makeup artist for cosmetic brand MAC, says. “It’s all about the perfection of lines and symmetry to the face. A bold liner across the eyes allows a shape to be created and thus enhances the shape of the eyes, allowing for a more intense or dramatic look.” For a wearable and fun day-to-day version, line eyes with a liner, such as MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Penultimate Eye Liner, and add a splash of metallic eye shadow, such as a copper, bronze or gold, for some added drama which is right on trend.

Dramatic red lips 

It’s time to forget about those neutral, barely there glosses and lipsticks – bold reds and burgundy hues were the colours of choice on lips. Indeed, this season’s lips hark back to the days of femme fatales when a dramatic red lip was a must. “Nothing gets more dramatic or eye-catching than a bold red lip,” Sharron Eyers, makeup artist at Le Visage, Camana Bay, says. “If you are tanned or have a dark complexion, choose darker reds in brick or burgundy shades like Stila’s long-wear lip colour in lover. For fair-skinned women, stick with cool-coloured reds in a more crimson red shade. For women with medium skin with an olive or yellow tone, a bright, fire engine red is ideal. For a little more glam add a sexy red gloss from Kevyn Aucoin’s new collection – Pasiflora.”

Chiselled cheeks 

The look for cheeks is all about the precision placement of highlights and contours to create a perfectly sculpted nude face that is strong, yet feminine. It’s the perfect canvas for those heavily lined eyes or bold red lips. “This look is all about enhancing the natural dimensions of the face,” says Gisel. “Sculpting those cheekbones in sepia and caramel tones adds that extra dimension.” To get this look at home, start by using a darker toned powder, such as MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish Powder in dark or deep dark, on the outside part of your cheekbones, exactly where you feel the hollow bone, and blend to add more depth to the face. Use this same powder to help contour eyes, by adding it to the crease and underneath the lower lash line. Finish with a swipe of mascara for an effortless look.

Full and natural brows 

Gone are overly plucked, pencil lined brows – beautifully strong brows are a must for fall. This season, it’s all about brows looking natural and full, not groomed to perfection. Indeed, eyebrows are one of the easiest looks to replicate this season, Gisel says. Simply let them grow to their fullest and pluck any overtly stray hairs. “Eyebrows are the frame to your face. Right now natural brows are in, the thicker the better. Groom brows in the least minimal way, and add shadow to softly fill in any open spots. Set with a clear brow gel, such as MAC’s Brow Set in clear, for a groomed and effortless look in a matter of minutes.”

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