Every morning your alarm goes off. After hitting the snooze button a time or two, you get up and start your same routine: brush your teeth, make the coffee — extra strong if it’s a Monday — pick out your outfit, do your makeup, grab your keys and you’re out the door for one days work, days by days.
Maybe it’s time to try something new. A bright eyeshadow may make you a happy and energetic day. Let’s talk about some ways will glam up our eyes in this paper. Fall and winter 2011 was all about neutrals, and some of that will be spilling over into the Spring/Summer of 2012. Fall and winter get to go in a completely different direction. Expect gorgeous winged out eyes and bold, jewel tone colors. And, the biggest trend will be most seen with eyeshadow. Now is that time to reach for something new to activate yourself!
The latest eyeliner trend features a double flick at the outer corner of the eye. This gives the traditional cat eye liner a twist. Play around by making the bottom flick thicker than the upper one or use another color on the upper flick. If you are up to it, you can even extend the flick as far out as you are comfortable with or use colored liquid liners for a more fearless look.
Colorful smokey eyes. This makeup trend veers away from the traditional black, gray and brown smokey eyes and goes for navy blue, deep purple and green, and silver. Using a color of your choice, it is smoked up almost until the brow and the color on the lower lid is brought a little lower than usual. Experiment with smoking the color out first until you find the right intensity for you. Pair it with neutral lips and cheeks and you are ready for a night out.
Full, lush eyebrows. Pack up your tweezers and cool down those wax warmers because full, natural brows are in this year. Known as the “power brow”, this striking and feminine look can be achieved with brow powder, pencils, or with simply styling your brows by brushing them upwards. Using a brow gel can help hold not only the color but the shape of the brows as well.
Rock those red lips. With Autumn just around the corner, you want to look like you have sun kissed cheeks—even on a cloudy day. Achieve the same healthy coloring by going for more light pink, peachy pink or apricot blushes. For that extra glow, use a touch of bronzer that has a little shimmer. If you prefer matte blushes and/or bronzer, add that hint of glow with a highlighter. If you want your cheeks to be the center of attention, then pair this trend with neutral eyes and lips and it will look like you just had fun outdoors. On well moisturized skin, peach and bronze are what made this gorgeous look a favorite, dubbing it the “sporty cheeks”.
So, you got the trends of this year? Remember that these trends are guides, not rules and you are the boss of your makeup. Whether you want to make a bright and bold statement with your look, or just be your natural and beautiful self… this is the year for you!