Barely-there make-up versus a celebration of colour; time-tested techniques versus creative expression—our make-up manifesto reveals the game-changing trends of the season
Keep your eyes on the prize
Creative and experimental make-up is set to dominate this wedding season. Stafford Braganza, national makeup artist, L’Oréal Paris, agrees, “This year is all about gradually moving away from the conventional beauty guidelines. My beauty resolution is to create looks that are edgy, fun and accessible to all. Take, for instance, a floating eyeliner (a line drawn independently on the crease rather than the lash line) done in pop colours. It not only adds an abstract element to the eyes, but also lends a fun twist to the run-of-the-mill winged shape.”
When it comes to the bridal space, Braganza pegs the classic red lip to be a trend that will persist and stand the test of time. However, he hopes to see the last of this make-up fad, as he confides, “The application of a harsh winged liner is a trend that’s done and dusted to bits. It’s time we say goodbye to thick black lines and embrace the beauty of a soft eye look. Stick to earthy tones that enhance the natural shape of your eyes. Go the extra mile by gently smudging out the eyeliner so as to elevate your natural features.”
Bling me to life
Nothing commands attention quite like a party-ready bedazzling glam up. “Ornamentation of the face and hair with a lot of diamanté, Swarovski, glitter and foil will be in this season,” claims Mehak Oberoi, artist in residence, Bobbi Brown India. Moreover, Oberoi—whose beauty resolution is focused on intense skin hydration—explains, “Dewy skin will be a key trend and so, it’s important to moisturise well with a hydrating product for a natural and healthy glow.”
In keeping with the natural (read: no make-up look) movement, Oberoi is ready to say goodbye to exaggerated and dramatically sketched out eyebrows or ‘Instagram brows’ as she calls them. “Girls, today, have outgrown the phase of overdrawing their brows. The application of excessive contours and highlights, too, are less in demand. Natural-looking glossy skin and fluffy, brushed up brows are the top picks for the season,” she feels.
The simple life
Taking into account everything that has transpired, a focus on simplifying technique and trends is the overarching theme, feels Navreet Josan, national artist, MAC Cosmetics India.
She explains, “For instance, colour; find fun ways to wear colour without any rules—whether it is stamped on or applied with painterly strokes on eyes.” Besides this, she suggests highlighting one feature, “Be it your eyes or lips—use bold colours against skin that is treated with a thin layer of foundation and concealer lending it a fresh finish. Most of all, none of what you do has to be perfect! Just have fun with your make-up.”
As new trends emerge, Josan thinks it’s time to abandon a few overplayed fads. “We’ve been obsessed with matte skin, eyeshadow and lipstick for far too long. It seems like the ‘all things matte’ trend is taking a backseat as fresh and radiant skin takes over,” she informs.
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