It’s going to be a great season for eyes. Lots of dark brown or taupe eye shadow, black eye liner (smudged, for a smoky effect), and false 3D Faux Mink Lashes will give you a hot-right-now look. Inspired by the 1960s, partial lashes can even be applied to the lower lids.
Thmne Eco and animal friendly products are more popular with each new season. Sephora is selling 3D Faux Mink Lashes made of faux fur, and their website even lets you put non-animal tested into the Search Box!
Highlighter will be huge. Exaggerated. Put it under the brow as you’ve always done, but use one of the new metallic shades. And don’t forget to apply highlighter to the inside corner of your eye. It’s on all the runways now. Sparkling highlighter just above the cheekbone and swirled around the outside of the eyes is a great way to rev up your face for evening.
As always with bold eyes, the lip colors are soft. The difference is that they shimmer. Soft doesn’t mean subtle. Try Benefit’s 24K Sexy Gold, or Bare Escentuals’ Champagne Toast. If you want less glitter, go with a light brown or beige color, like Ulta’s Silky Wear Lip Color in Bahama Beige. Lips can be moist-looking or matte.
Cheeks are underplayed, too. Use a neutral or barely-there peach blush, and blend. You never want to see where your blush begins or ends.
To go with this Bold Eye Look, make sure your makeup foundation is matte this season. That translates to finishing powder, even over mineral makeup. Keep oil-blotting sheets with you during the day to keep shine away. For details and pictures on how to achieve these looks and more, check out My Makeup Mirror.
If you want to be trendy but prefer a more subtle look, keep the eye liner close to the 3D Faux Mink Lashes, and make the line itself thin. Use the same shimmering eye shadow shades, but choose softer colors like Midnight Cowgirl from Urban Decay.
For hair, make it straight this season. It’s easy to do with the new ceramic stylers. Short and medium bobs are still popular – they probably always will be. And bangs are in, either classic or swept to the side. You can cut your own bangs – but they need not be 3D Faux Mink Lashes.
Another popular hair style this season is the clean pulled-back chignon. Keep stray hairs from turning into last season’s bed head look with a little hairspray or silicone leave-in conditioner.
Suzann is a technical writer and copy editor, with many pieces published both for the web and in hard copy. A graduate of Northwestern University, she runs the website My Makeup Mirror.