Over the years I’ve worked backstage at the world-famous Fashion Weeks in New York City with the teeny-tiny models and the outrageous designs they wear and you know what? I loved every minute of it! While I understand those wild, over-the-top ensembles along with the makeup and hairstyles we created to compliment them might seem outlandish, the reality is that all that creativity and the total fearlessness of the designer, inspires the rest of us. When those innovative ideas and cutting-edge styles flood the market it enables people to interpret their own values into their fashions in fresh new ways.
Here are a few trends for Spring/Summer of 2014 born on the runways that I feel are fun and doable for those of us who want to update our look and not feel as if we look a bit overdone!
The Raw-Bare Faced Beauty Look:
This little or no makeup look was quite the trend on the runways during the Spring/Summer fashion shows for 2014. I find this au natural look to be a welcoming change towards enhancing the true beauty of every woman. Plus, as the temps rise, women typically don’t like to wear a lot of makeup. To achieve this look I like to start with hydrated skin. A quick skincare tip- even though it’s warm outside, your skin still needs hydration. The heat can quickly dehydrate your skin and that can make your makeup look worse.
Face: For foundation, try a moisturizer that is already tinted with a foundation or mix a few drops of your liquid foundation with your moisturizer before applying to your skin (preferably with an SPF of 15 or higher). My favorite tinted moisturizers contain a pore minimizer, an SPF and come in a matte finish. They provide a clean and polished looking coverage with a nice matte finish.
Eyes: For eyes, avoid dark shadows and liners. Use soft neutral shades with little or no liner.
Cheeks: Blush colors should be in the soft coral or rose shades to create a healthy glow.
Lips: Lips should remain neutral or a soft gloss or tinted lip balm.
The Bronzed Look:
This gorgeous sun kissed look is really popular trend this season! The good news is that it is achievable without having to spend time in the sun (which is the number one cause of aging!)
Face: Apply a bronzing powder or apricot colored blush to your cheeks, temple area and forehead. Less is more as bronzers tend to get darker when skin gets oily from the warm temperatures outside.
Eyes: Apply a soft bronze shadow to lids. Avoid heavy liners as this look is again a soft natural look. For an added “pop” apply a gold toned shadow to the center of your lid.
Lips: To finish this sun kissed look choose a neutral lipstick shade with a touch of bronze or a gloss with a bronze tone.
I love this trend as I am always preaching the importance of stepping out and wearing brighter shades of lipstick. This is why: the rule is when you wear brighter lip shades you actually brighten your face and eyes and make your skin appear more flawless. A touch of gloss in the middle will really finish off your look and create a sexier look.
It might seem bold for what you are used to but go for it! Now you have an excuse to step out and give it a try. Design is all about experimenting with textures, colors, fabrics, patterns and styles. Good designers and makeup artists find new ways to express what makes us feel beautiful. That’s what you’re doing when it comes to incorporating trends into your Spring/Summer makeup routine and your wardrobe. You become your own designer!