As the weather cools, heat up your make-up palette with warm and spicy colours such as chocolate, copper and bronze. Make-up artist Gina Myers, for Elizabeth Arden South Africa, gives her best trends and tips of the season.
What are the sexiest shades right now?
‘I think mauve is a great all-round and wearable shade this season. Think purple mixed in with browns to really make your eyes pop – and this shade suits any eye colour because of its pink undertone. Copper is also one of my favourites on eyes because it’s such a wearable colour.’
Can anyone wear these colours?
‘Browns in general are very wearable shades. Just add intensity: so, neutral brown (think beige) works well on very pale skin but darker skin tones will look best with dark chocolate colours. Tip: If you have a sallow complexion, counteract the yellow in your skin by choosing a brown with a pink undertone. This helps to banish any dullness.’
What’s the foolproof recipe for eye make-up this season?
‘First apply your highlighter eye shadow (the lightest colour you have, such as champagne or ivory) to under the brow area (the brow bone). Next, using a matte, neutral brown eye shadow, brush onto your lids and blend through the crease of your eye. Once that’s done, apply a metallic copper shadow to the outer corner of your eye and blend it in through the crease (this creates depth). Tip: Take your look from day to night by adding a darker shade of brown to the outer corner of the eye (exactly same spot as where you applied the copper colour). Next, apply dark brown eyeliner pencil (try Elizabeth Arden’s Smokey Eye Pencil in Espresso, R150) directly to your top lash lines. Tip: Change up your day make-up by adding liner on your bottom lash line too and rimming your water line (inside of the lash line) with the same colour. Your final step is applying lots of black mascara to your top lash line.’
And what about lips and cheeks?
‘To counteract pink cheeks in winter, opt for peaches and bronzy shades of blush instead. Think of bronze as the colour that contours your face (creating a defined looking set of cheekbones) and peach to warm up the skin. Apply this pretty and flattering colour on the apples of your cheeks (where your cheeks ‘pop’ out). For lips, stick to a natural and very warm look. I recommend an enhancing lip colour that brings out the natural colour of your pout. For a bolder look, try either an orangey hue or striking red – I suggest Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Ginger or Brick (R170 each).’
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