It’s time to get fresh. Faced, that is.
We’re going back to basics this season, so if your skin glows like the full moon then rejoice! The high-maintenance, bronze-goddess look has been thrown out the back door; instead long, feathery lashes paired with fresh, radiant skin will be the core look this season.
The best thing about this trend is its simplicity – statement eyes and dewy skin – so there’s no need to go out and buy every weird beauty tool and product under the sun to achieve it. The sophisticated street look is versatile enough to be worn by girls in their teens through to mature aged women.
“It’s a statement with multi-dimensional lashes and it’s not contrived. It’s about elevating the natural beauty of each woman set against fresh, radiant skin,” explains MAC senior makeup artist, Carol Mackie, who says all it takes is six simple steps to pull off this killer look.
What you’ll need: MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils, Strobe Cream and moisturizer.
How to do it: Prior to beginning, make sure your skin is moisturized so you have a smooth base for your makeup. Next, buff your face with the Prep + Prime Essential Oils using a stubble brush and complete by massaging a small amount of Strobe Cream into your skin for a luminous glow.
2. Get bronzed
What you’ll need: Face and body foundation, illuminator and MAC Tailor Grey Paint Pot.
How to do it: Start by evening out your complexion with a light foundation that matches your skin tone. “Don’t use heavy foundations,” Mackie recommends.
“A face and body foundation is great because it’s super sheer and you can build upon it, creating whatever kind of coverage you need.”
Follow with a pea-sized amount of Tailor Grey Paint Pot to create a light contour under the cheekbones. Then, using your fingertips, buff illuminator back over your cheekbones, brow line, eyelids and nose. Finish by ensuring all product is well blended – the ideal finish should be a glowing, sheer wash – so if you feel as though you’re bordering on looking oily, faintly powder down your t-zone and chin.
3. Brow wow them
What you’ll need: Eyebrow pencil, clear brow gel and an eyebrow brush.
How to do it: “What we’ve seen in all of the collections overseas is the brow being less of a focus feature on the face. It’s been a fluffy, soft brow,” explains Mackie. To pull off this look, use a brow brush to brush brows upwards, creating a feathery appearance. If you need to apply pencil to fill in any gaps or darken the brow, take the time to do so subtly, then set in place with clear brow gel.
4. Eyes wide open
What you’ll need: MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow, individual eyelash extensions and mascara.
How to do it: Bulk up your top lashes by adding individual extensions. Since they’re the focus and the overall look is so versatile, you can be as playful as you like. Mackie suggests experimenting to create something that works for you.
“Place them in a deconstructed way so they’re not necessarily all at one end of the eye. You can actually change the shape of the eye – if you’re putting lashes at the end, you’re going to elongate it out. If you add them to the inner corner, it’s going to shorten the space.”
Follow up by placing smaller, fluffy extensions under your bottom lashes. Once the glue is set, bulk up your top and bottom lashes by adding mascara right up to the lash line. Finally, sweep the eyeshadow over your lids for a luminous finish.
5. Pucker up
What you’ll need: MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil.
How to do it: “What we’ve been noticing with lips is not having so much of a definite edge. Having a softened edge with no harsh line around the lips gives them more sensuality,” explains Mackie. So to avoid having a sharp lip line, use the tips of your fingers to gently pat the product from your lip pencil onto your lips.
6. Get cheeky
What you’ll need: Powder blush or lip pencil.
How to do it: Using light strokes, apply a pale pink blush to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping back toward your temple. Alternatively use a lip pencil brush to dab and smooth the lip pencil onto your cheeks to create a soft, flushed finish.