Sunday, January 18, 2009

Trend Alert: Barely There Makeup

The latest makeup trend for this spring isn't one. With most of the runway models sporting barely any makeup on their face (In some cases, they were completely free of mascara!), this has begin to be one of the top looks for coming spring.

NARS Cosmetics has also created a fresh, innocent face using beige, yellow and orange. Soft, dewy skin and sparkled cheeks, combined with a brilliant yellow gold eyelid, brought a youthful brightness to the look. Mascara was not used to create a bare, innocent eye. A nude-peach gloss finish on the lips rounded out the fresh look.

Face Chart created by Ayako, NARS Cosmetics International Makeup Director

Runway look for Chris Benz Spring'09

Even some celebs have been spotted with minimalist makeup look. Jessica Alba being one of, appears at 2007 Teen Choice Awards with barely wearing any makeup except for naturally coloured lined upper lash, some bronzer, blush, lipstick and definitely mascara.

Jessica Alba looking flawless with minimal makeup

My fav Gossip Girl cast, Leighton Meester

To translate this look from runways to regular life, look for products with a hint of tint: tinted moisturizers, tinted lip balms, and maybe the sheerest pink lip gloss. Of course, with so much skin showing, you'll want to get your complexion in tip-top shape. I know, I know—easier said than done—but there's plenty of time between now and next spring, right?

For creating your own barely there makeup, I have compiled some valuable lessons from Sephora as a reference:

Step One: Start With Eye Brightener
Apply to dark circles, inner corner of eyes and below the brow bone. Gently blend with a synthetic brush.

Step Two: Add Creamy Natural Shadow
Apply sheer shadow to upper lids from lash line to brow bone, concentrating most of your color from lash line to the crease. Use your fingers to blend.

Step Three: Add Brown Liner
To create the illusion of a thicker, fuller lash line, gently work liner in between lashes from inner to outer corner.

Finish with a very light coat of mascara. Brown works best as it's more natural, and you're done!

What do you think of this trend?


fuzkittie said...

Great tips~ I love natural glowy looks.

Siew Goh said...

so i need to makeup to look like i dont makeup? haha

queenyee said...

SG: yup...use makeup that makes your skin looks glowy and healthy plus concealing all your imperfections.