Which '90s grunge look took S/S '16 by storm?
The eyes have it
Probably one of the most wearable trends favoured at S/S '16 London Fashion Week was a modern twist on the '90s cool grunge girl. Yes, we've seen the '90s return to the catwalk a hundred times before, but this new version of a lived-in, warm or muted browny cream shadow on the eyes, seen at Erdem, Roksanda Illincic, Christopher Kane and Marques Almeilda, among others, is definitive proof of how big the wet-look eye will be this season. Paired with dewy skin and natural or pale lips, it also gives off a very 2016 vibe. Make-up artist extraordinaire Val Garland has termed the trend 'the tea-stained eye' after her stunning creation for the Erdem show. Here's my take on making it work in real life.
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1. Create the base
It's important to take a bit of time to prep the skin properly to create the perfect dewy - but not oily - look. After moisturiser, apply a primer with a dewy finish to the skin for glorious texture. Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum does this perfectly but also keeps make-up on longer.
- Next, mix MAC Careblends Essential Oils with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in the palm of your hand to create a creamy yet good coverage base and buff into the face.
- Apply Nars Creamy Concealer to the eye area and anywhere that needs coverage.
- Then lightly apply Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder in a pressing motion, just in a few areas like the nostrils, front cheeks, eyelids and t-zone but leave the rest bare.
-Add Stila Convertible Colour in Camellia to the cheeks - it's the perfect browny buff shade to give natural definition to the cheeks and it doubles as a lovely lip stain.
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2. Highlight the eyes
Launched just in time for the S/S '16 show season is another limited edition cream eye palette from MAC Cosmetics. Named The Trends Spring Forecast '16 Palette, it comes with six shades, but the two middle shades (Back in the Swing and A New Brew) are spot-on for this trend. Using a soft tapered brush, apply the shade across the lid lightly first, and blend away the edges around the eye shape. Get a flat brush to deepen the shade along the lower lid and blend in.
- Using the same shade but with a bullet shape brush, apply under the lash line, making sure the edges are smoothed out.
- Add MAC Longwear Shadow in Uninterrupted lightly under the lash line on top to seal in the cream shadow and intensify the colour.
- Lightly add this shade to the outer edges of the eye for added depth.
- Curl lashes and add several coats of mascara for more definition. The new and improved formula of the classic YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils gives the perfect amount of volume and definition for this look.
- To naturally bring focus to the eyes, add a line of a lighter-coloured cream concealer to the brow bone just under the brows with Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector Concealer Palette. Tap the edges away also.
- Finish off by adding a tiny bit more concealer just under the eyes to correct and perfect with the same Studio 10 palette.
3. Light on the lips
Keeping the eyes the main focus, swipe a light neutral shade on the lips - I love the new Kate Moss Nudes collection by Rimmel in Tan Nude 43.
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