Say so long to easy breezy summer beauty and bring in fall with gorgeous makeup looks - dramatic eye makeup and bold lips - you are sure to love.
By Karen Kwan
Photography - ImaxTree.com
Mesmerizing metallic eye makeup
“This fall there seems to be a return to matte faces and metallics on the eyes,” says Toronto-based makeup artist Diana Carreiro. “The smoky eye is less of a standard black smokey eye, but with colours like greens and blues.” We fell in love with the glamourous look on the Diane von Furstenberg runway, and chatted with Diana on how to recreate this look.
How to do these eyes: “It’s important to keep the look modern, so stick to two, maybe three, colours and blend them super well,” she says. Take a deep blue and apply it to the inner corners and one-third of the way on the bottom and top lids. Fill in the rest with an army green shadow. “Apply it most intensely on the lid and fake it up to to the brow,” says Diana. Using the same green shadow, apply a bit to the lower lash line. Diana’s shadow palette favourite for this look: Quo Minerals Matter Eye Duo in Blue Lagoon. To make it a daytime look? “Just don’t carry the colour up to the brow,” says Diana.
Complete the look with Quo 10th Anniversary pencil in Silver Bullet along the water line, and a sweep of mascara. Some matte peachy blush (“Benefit Georgia Peach blush is great”) applied in a light veil to the cheekbones (on the cheekbones make it more sophisticated for this look, says Diana), and an orangey nude shade on the lips such as Anna Sui Lip Rouge Glossy #700 completes the look.
Ethereal eyes that sparkle
“This look from the Jason Wu runway is probably to the extreme of being simple,” says Diana. “You’ve got metallic on the eyes, almost nothing on the cheeks or eyes, and a nude mouth.”
How to do these eyes: Use a shimmer in one colour from the lid to the brow. A word of warning, though: “This much metallic on the eyes is very unforgiving; it provides no camouflage—it you have any redness, acne or fine lines, they will be highlighted,” says Diana. Using your finger, sponge brush or Q-tip (anything more solid—you don’t want to be using a fluffy brush) apply a metallic pigment such as Gosh Effect Powder in Steel or Gold Glamour from the lid to the brow. “Silvers will work on fair skin and deeper skin tones, gold will work better.”
Finish your face with a matte, very pale pink blush (Diana suggests Lise Watier Rose Cachemire blush for fair skin, and go darker if your skin is darker—“but you just want a blush that has a hint of colour) and on the lips you want “something that is your lips, just better,” says Diana. Her pick to achieve this lip: Smashbox Photofinish in Flawless, a sheer pinky beige.
This very barely there look is great on the runway but might be too bare for most of us, so to make it more wearable for real life, Diana suggests using the metallic shadow only on the eyelids, adding a bit of cream eye liner (she swears by Quo liner in Pewter) and sweeping on some mascara.
Ravishing red lips
“Every fall there is some version of the red lip. Here on the Vena Cava runway, the face is kept matte and the eyes and cheeks are in the same neutral colour and the brows are important,” says Diana.
How to do these lips: Diana tends to steer clear of lining with a pencil when doing a red lip. “It starts to look very drawn on and you want it to be more natural looking and organic,” she says. To get it a slightly less structured looking lip, she suggests using a lip brush to line the lips with the lip colour. A shade close to the one from the Vena Cava show is Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, but you’ll want to hunt for the right shade for your skin tone and lips, says Diana. To find the right red for you, she suggests drawing several stripes of the lip colour options on your inner wrist, and picking the one that looks best to you in natural light. If you’ve got thin lips, Diana recommends using a gloss instead, as “anything too dark or too matte will just end up looking like an angry red slash.” A gloss, however, will give the illusion of fullness.
Do the rest of your face by focusing on your brows (Quo Must Have Brows palette is a must), eyes (the ideal shadow for this is actually a blush Diana recently discovered and has fallen in love with: an orangey saddle brown shade, Bourjois Paris Blush No. 03 Brun Cuivre) and cheeks (a tawny bronzer such as Pur Minerals Mineral Glow will work best).
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