2010-04-10 10:21

THE colour palette for winter 2010 make-up has been turned on its head – and it’s a breath of fresh air in an industry that has been stagnant for the past few seasons.

Smoky eyes paired with red lips, electric coloured lids with pink lips and coral nails, shimmery blusher ... the colour explosion has been great, but now it seems the 80s revival has outstayed its welcome.

Byron Barnes, creative director and head make-up artist for Iman cosmetics, touched down on our shores with the former supermodel to give us the latest in make-up tips and trends.

“Winter make-up this year is all about balance. If you want the smoky eyes effect, then it’s better to pair it with nude lips so that the top looks heavier than the bottom of the face,” he says.

As for the near-nude eyebrow? Banish those razors, ladies!

“That is done. Leave your eyebrows alone and just shape them to suit your face! It is time to stop drawing them on,” is the strong warning from this celeb make-up guru.

Below are the looks for this season – you might want to give them a trial run during this coming weekend’s South African Music Awards.

For smoky eyes

Barnes suggests darker shades of every colour. This season, eyeliner is the key to defining the eyes. Kohl pencil-rimmed, flicks of liquid liner and globules of gel liner are all accessories you will need to make those eyes pop out.

) ?Smear the lid with a darker shade of any colour shadow– brown, green, grey, purple – any colour goes as long as it’s a darker shade.

) Apply a lighter shadow towards the brow just high enough to highlight the dark shadow and then blend it in well.

) ?Highlight the eye with some pencil or kohl for that extra dark-eyed effect. It’s all about creating a dark outline.

) ?Finish off with volumising mascara or a pair of faux lashes.

Brush the apples of your cheeks with a light shade of blush, just enough to give you a tint.

Apply a light lipstick with a little shimmer or a tinted gloss. This helps creates a romantic moody face.

For the naked eye look

For naked innocent eyes, go for bright lips with pink-toned cheeks and eyebrow hues.

) Use a small amount of foundation where needed, starting with the centre of your face and working out towards the edges. Gently apply with your fingertips for a blended, refined look. It’s important to choose a foundation with a nude effect and a fluid, silky texture.

Apply foundation around the eye and a coating of clear mascara.

Cheekbones should be covered with a discreet dusting of pink and lips enhanced with satin textures. Remember to stay away from the bronzer, tempting as it might be.

Red or plum tinted lips are best to create an overall sexy but innocent look.

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