Face as the canvas

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Face as the canvas

If 2016 was the year of the 90s, then 2017 is definitely the year dedicated to the 80s. The influences that resonated throughout the Spring-Summer runways in the 80s are now once again splattered across the apparel and makeup world.

Come Spring, we will be pressing the ‘refresh’ button to make way for the freshest beauty trends taken straight from the runways. Here is a round up of the makeup trends that will be big this year.

Luminous clear skin
Natural-looking dewy skin is everything that spring is all about. Heavy makeup is taking a backseat as the emphasis is more on clear, glowing skin and a flushed face. Good skin prep is a prerequisite to achieve this look. Cleansed, toned and moisturised skin provides a clean palette to work on.      

A primer blurs out open pores and uneven skin texture for an airbrushed effect while a BB cream is much preferred over a foundation. Pink cheek and lipstain along with a negligible coat of mascara will top it all off perfectly.

Glossy smudged-smoky eye
Channel the ultimate urban cool girl vibe via kohl-rimmed eyes. It’s about time we gave the liquid cat-eye liner a break and embraced black eye crayon pencils. Trace the pencil along you inner waterline and over your lids, and smudge it out with a smudger. Top it off with a clear gloss (or Vaseline). Bronzed sunkissed skin and barely-there lipstick further add to the look. The slick texture oozes fierce confidence.

Excessive glamour
80s beauty signatures are staging a massive comeback in the form of bright and bold lips and lids and hair that demands instant attention. Swathes of prismatic eyeshadow, colours like seafoam green, aquamarine, coral and punchy purple were splattered across the eyelids.
In addition to it, a new technique called ‘draping’ ( applying and blending pink or magenta-toned blush from the lids to the tops of cheekbones in a semi-circle shape) is gaining mass popularity. There was abundance of glitter and metallic, especially on the lips accompanied by a fierce liner.

The effortless red lip
Everyone loves a good red lip. Something that was particularly mastered at the Giambattista Valli show where makeup artist Val Garland gave his models the effect of just-kissed lips by staining the lips with a youthful red colour and blurring the edges to avoid making it look too ‘ladylike’ or ‘sophisticated’.      

The new red lip is understated, wearable and easy to achieve and you do not have to break a bank. Satin lipstick finishes are back in vogue with distinctly warm and cool undertones. Do keep in mind to keep the rest of the face bare with little or no eye makeup for maximum impact.

When it came to hair, plaits dominated the moodboards of many designers. Take your pick from woven chignons, plaited buns, perky pigtails and looped scrunched braids.

Slick side swept hair with a ponytail and full blown out hair are your best bet for a glamorous night out. During the day, keep your hair loose, slightly tousled and spritz on some texturising salt spray to take on the new season.

(Compiled by Farah Magi)

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