This season’s beauty takes its cue from the swinging sixties, but its not to be taken literally; think Brigitte Bardot with a modern twist says Mariella Agapiou
The sixties made its way onto the catwalk at shows such as Stella McCartney, and Dolce and Gabanna. Back in the day it was all about the eyes; big lashes, big liner, but now this look takes a more minimal approach. The eyes are still dynamic and so are the lashes, seen especially at Lanvin, but they are not as thick as they used to be. For this season’s lashes use YSL’s Luxurious Mascara, £22. Pat McGrath for Anna Sui, used a thin lower lash line drawn with Max Factor’s Liquid Effect Eye Liner in Black Fire, £6.99, and also along the natural crease above the eye, bringing Edie Sedgwick to the 21st Century. Although the eyes are dramatic, there is a very natural approach; the skin is flawless, without blusher and there is an attempt to bring out inner beauty. With a nod to the gamine style of the sixties, this minimal make up lends itself nicely to the boy-girl trend, but the main difference is that the result is not as obvious. Primers such as Mac’s Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum, £28, are the best way to prep your skin for a less applied look, and if you can get away without wearing foundation, just use a little concealer to really match the looks on the catwalk. Chanel’s Lift Luminère Smoothing and Rejuvenating Eye Contour Concealer, £32.50, is a great way to achieve such an effortless complexion.
Serums and sheer powders should fill your make up bag this season, as well as subtle taupe, mauve and coffee shadows for the eyes. Wendy Rowe for Burberry used this palette to create a flushed natural hue with glossy cheeks and natural lips to complement the brightly coloured coats walking the runway. For the natural glow, try Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Powder Gelee, £28, which adds a subtle but very elegant shimmer to the cheekbones, and for the lips, Tom Ford’s Private Lip Blend Colour Lipstick in Vanilla Suede, £36. The brows are bushy and full, but keep them groomed. Benefit’s Brow Zings, £23, is the perfect shaping kit to get mod like brows.
This attitude to makeup is the perfect way to achieve a sophisticated sexy look that works for both day and night. Play down the graphic liner during the day, and add a little more gloss to the lips and cheeks at night, to really nail this revisited sixties style.
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