A sizzling summer palette

2011-07-29 14:56

Quality make-up is costly, especially if you have to buy it all at once. So, save your purse the pain and start stocking up on some prettifying must-haves now.

Michelle-Lee Collins, senior make-up artist for MAC South Africa, revealed the hot trends for next summer at the recent Cape Town Fashion Week.

“This season’s colour palette is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. Most people are so used to doing the same make-up that anything new scares them. I say forget that and start trying new colours,” she says.

This is what Collins says is hot right now:

Pastel shades
The easiest way to wear pastels is on your cheeks. This trend has taken pastels from being the colour for the mother of the bride to a more modernised version.

The eye shadow colours are feminine – lilac, lemon, pistachio, marshmallow and duck egg. We did pastel make-up on the Dax Martin show.

We translated it onto the face in a punk rock, modern way juxtaposed with pinks, browns and greens to vamp it up.

If you like trendy orange, mix it with some white to get a pastel, milky effect.

Raw, refined make-up
This is self-explanatory. It’s raw and refined, but not overly done. There’s a lot of focus on sculpting, highlighting and contouring.

It goes with everything you wear. The Abigail Betz show pulled off this raw-refined trend.


Modern bronze
This is monochromatic and uses earthy tones to give that healthy, sun-kissed look without looking too polished. The shades include coppers, biscuits, taupes and chocolate.

These are new-age bronzing tones instead of the normal orangey that most people abuse. These tones are in sync with your skin and amplifying it.
They help sculpt around your cheekbones and eyelids, especially if you use two shades darker than your skin tone.

This was reinvented from the 1990s monochromatic look and is now applied with a modern twist by changing textures to make the look more glossy. It makes you look more youthful and fresh. The only place for matte is on the lip.

Pop the lip colour
Be bold with your lips. Bright colours are big this summer. Neon-yellow and orange, magenta, greens, blue and other bright colours will see fashion brighten up and spill over into make-up.

Experiment with colour on the eyes and lips. Pair contrasting colours on eyes and lips to create the perfect colour-blocking. Sift though magazines to get an idea on which colours make the perfect combinations.

If you apply a bold colour on the eye, the lip must be toned down – and vice versa. You don’t want your face to look too cluttered.”

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