Saturday, March 2, 2024

The 5 Beauty Looks We Can ALL Achieve

Before we see out the year, there’s partying to do – and that means, going glam with your makeup and nailing the season’s best beauty looks before they’re out-dated.

With the catwalks at London, Milan, New York, Paris & Lagos Fashion Week providing all the inspiration we need, we at SPICE are whittling down to the ones we can all easily achieve – the ones that don’t take a makeup artist to master. And here they are, below…

1. The Power Brow

Bold brows at Tome's Autumn/Winter'15 show
Bold brows at Tome’s Autumn/Winter’15 show

Although hyped to death this year, the ‘Power Brow’ is a beauty favourite – appearing on almost every catwalk out there – and for good reason.

We spied the look at H&M, where models rocked boyish brows; we saw heavily-shaded brows at Christine Phung and Julien David’s showcases; and a slightly more feminine, contoured version at John Galliano’s.

Jonathan Saunders' Autumn/Winter'15 look
Jonathan Saunders’ Autumn/Winter’15 look

Basically, all that’s required is you saying goodbye to tweezing and threading for a while, and sporting bolder, bushier brows (slicked up with a little brow gel or carefully draw in with a pencil) to nail the season. Best about it, is the look suits every skin tone and every beauty budget.

Ready to give it a try? Go for the Eylure DIY kit, £7 here


2. Vampy Lips

Black lips at Ashley Williams' Autumn/Winter'15 showcase
Black lips at Ashley Williams’ Autumn/Winter’15 showcase

It never hurts to add a new lipstick or two to your collection, and the ones trending are the rich shades of Autumn/Winter’15, following the vampish, dramatic pouts spied all over the runway.

Designers used black lipstick throughout Fashion Weeks, as seen in presentations by Ermanno Scervino, Marchesa, Marc Jacobs, Giles, and Emanuel Ungaro – Giles’ paired with a burgundy hue, and a purple tone detected at Ungaro’s.

There were black-painted lips at Washington Roberts' showcase at LFDW 2015
There were black-painted lips at Washington Roberts’ showcase at LFDW 2015

The look at Giles included vampy, deep plum and black lips
The look at Giles included vampy, deep plum and black lips

All you need to nail it is one swipe of a dark, moody tone on your lip, whether it’s matte, glossy, or achieved by a stain. And don’t fret, it is definitely more wearable than you think, and just screams “party time!”

Team SPICE like, MDMflow’s “Di La La” lipstick, £18 here


3. Sultry, Smokey Eyes

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Sublte smoked lids at Tommy Hilfiger’s Autumn/Winter’15 show

This beauty look brings major sexy vibes and can be achieved with as little or as much effort as you’re willing to put in.

Classic versions of the sultry, smokey look were spotted at Diane von Furstenberg and Elie Saab’s showcases; there were alien-like, ’60s versions at the Cushnie et Ochs presentation; Monique Lhuillier’s models stepping out in grungy, plum-smoked eyes.

April By Kunbi's smoked lids were highly pigmented at the 2015 LFDW
April By Kunbi’s smoked lids were highly pigmented at the 2015 LFDW

Naeem Khan's smokey eye look for Autumn/Winter'15
Naeem Khan’s smokey eye look for Autumn/Winter’15

The key to rocking it is not necessarily about having a highly pigmented and black-based look, but focusing on blending and shading a variety of dark shadows together to achieve the intensity you desire – whether you’re doing that with a pencil, power shadow, makeup brush or your fingers.

Try the Urban Decay’s “Naked 2 Palette” for a range of blendable colours and amp your selfie game this party season, N34,00 here


4. Black Liner

House of Holland's Autumn/Winter'15 look included a graphic eyeliner
House of Holland’s Autumn/Winter’15 look included a graphic eyeliner

For this season, different designers used black liner in different ways, proving that however you rock it, you’ll be alright.

There was a classic beauty look at Oscar de la Renta, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Fendi, which is a great place to start if you’re a liner newbie. And while yes, the look will require careful hand-eye coordination, it is quite easy to recreate the look at home.

An alternative liner look at DKNY's Autumn/Winter'15 show
An alternative liner look at DKNY’s Autumn/Winter’15 show

All you need is a pencil, liquid or marker-style eyeliner and a steady hand to draw along your upper lash line, and/or inside your lower waterline. Cat-flick, optional.

N.Y.C’s pen liner is great for first-timers, as you can achieve bold lines with minimal effort and maximum control and precision. N1,500 here


5. Matching Eyes & Lips

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Matching earthy tones at Prada’s Autumn/Winter’15 showcase

Matching your lip and eye shades is a basic concept that should be in every woman’s beauty roster.

Relieving that occasional fear of mixing and matching the wrong lip and eye combo, this is a look that can look super sweet and – with the right products – beat bashing your budget too, via 2-in1 lip and eye products.

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Matching lips and eyes backstage at Thakoon’s Autumn/Winter’15 show

Spied on the runways of Thakoon and Prada, pretty earth tones, pinks and violets provide options for all complexions, and anyone can pull it out of the bag.

To rock it, simply apply the colour to lids and lips, to any intensity you wish, but keep in mind the elementary rule: Go lighter on the eyes than the lips, or vice versa.

We like House of Tara’s “Ewa” shadow (N500 here) and “Shakara” lipstick (N1,700 here)


Got more tried and tested makeup tricks? Tell us your favourite beauty looks we can all try below in the comments box or online @SPICETVAFRICA.

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