Hi everyone and Happy New Year! Its been an incredibly busy month and I have gotten behind in my blog writing. No more perfect time than this Holiday to chat about makeup looks. For those who are my clients you know that for special events I normally say DON'T go way outside of your box for a new look. A wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Anniversary Party, even a head shot is not the time to experiment. Those events are a one time deal (or in the case of a headshot something you will use for awhile). Its unfortunate when someone is talked into doing something with hair and makeup they aren't comfortable with, only to look back at treasured photos later and say "I hated the way I looked", even if they look great.
New Year's Eve is the exception to this rule - its the day to go outside of your box and do some fun makeup and hair. Clients tend to want something more on New Year's Eve anyway, and here are my recommendations for looks this year.
Dark Lips/Light Eyes
This look packs a lot of power, elegant and very sexy. Wearable for all skin tones and my personal favorite hence I have worn this look to every event I have gone to this season, and translated it into a day time look as well. I prefer a matte foundation - try Coverderm long wearing foundation which I carry (and is my new fave!). Minimal highlighting on the cheekbones; go for an all in one with a shimmer blush such a Nars Orgasm which works for everyone, and is a neutral tone that will go with all lipstick shades. One color on the lids - preferably a shimmer in Gold, Bronze or Silver. Heavy upper eyeliner and really heavy cat eye shaped lashes (try Ardell #117, #118 or #119) . Skip the gloss on the lip, there is nothing uglier than bleeding dark lipstick. Additionally the contrast of matte to the shimmer of the eye and light shimmer on the cheek carry the look. In lips try Maybelline Cream Matte in #695, Nars Matte in Volga or Valparaiso, Dior Diorific #001. These matte lipsticks have greater staying power as well. If you have balls of steel Black Lipstick has been a the rage in fashion this season….for how to's please take a look at this article in Refinery29 I was interviewed for here: http://www.refinery29.com/how-to-wear-black-lipstick#slide
Extreme Cat Eye
Wow~~~ this is gorgeous! This look was done by makeup artist Maya Mia. To do this look you really have to have the right lid shape or its not going to translate. A lid which exposes the lower lid when open will work - the crease can be built in. I would begin this look with a lid primer try Trish McEvoy eye base essentials, or some concealer with powder. Going with the contrast that I love so much, a crease color is used in a matte brownish/mauve or cinnamon. This color should NOT be dark. On the lid a silver shimmer try Bare Minerals loose shadow in Light Silver Blue. For the liquid liner (must be, no gels or cakes to get this look) am loving Maybelline Master Duo 2-in-1 Glossy liquid liner. The liquid liner is only going to be used on the top. For the bottom - use a powder liner stick on the inside of the lid. Underneath smudge the same color you used in the crease. Finally some thick lashes - I wouldn't use a lash that is so high that it blocks the lid, rather just an addition on the ends. I personally don't care for demi lash strips they fit awkward on most eyes. Individuals are difficult to put on yourself. Product to the rescue is Kiss Me Ever Easy Lash Trio's. These will not twist the way individuals do. These can be found at CVS drug stores. This look requires a strong eyebrow as well if you skip the look will be "missing" something. For a lip you can go the gamut from red to nude. I would not pair the dark lip above with this look lest you come off a bit goth.
So that's it for this years looks. Hoping 2014 was a good one, and expecting 2015 to be a great one! This was our first full year of being open at The Makeup Unlimited, and we thank all of you for support and many, many referrals. We will see you next year!