Well a lot has changed since last winter, and to be honest it feels more like 5 years ago. Now that we are all wearing masks, or should be at least; makeup strategies and focuses have also been forced to change. Here is our take on the latest makeup strategies that you may be interested in adopting. This isn’t really about makeup trends at all, as there are plenty out there for you to choose from, but rather, suggestions as to how to deal with the current COVID situ.. Read on!
The eyes really are the window to the soul when you can’t show your smile, so it’s important for your eyes to show your smile.
Lipstick || A Sticky Situation
Understandably, lipstick is a bit of a sticking point with the wearing of the mask. Firstly if you are out in public, it doesn’t show at all, and then once you take the mask off, you may be wondering if your lipstick has smudged. There is also the added issue of continuously staining your mask with lipstick. Well there are two solutions.. I actually believe that it is a great time to get your lips colored semi-permanently at your local aesthetician. This guarantees that you always have a minimum amount of lipstick on which will keep you looking fresh, you can always strengthen the color when the need arrises. Alternatively you can opt for a long-wear lipstick that doesn’t transfer easily, keeping in mind of course that it should be a non-drying formula, which is often the case with long-lasting formulas.
The Eyes Have It || Focus on Spacing and Symmetry
Well the eyes have taken center stage and there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. Before you explore eyeshadow combinations it is important to explore spacing and symmetry, something that we don’t often need to consider. Put a mask on and take a good look at your eyes: are they too wide apart, too close together, asymmetrical in some way? Whatever the result, there is a beauty trick that can remedy it.
The Eyes Have It || Focus on Shape
Once you have established the above; spacing and symmetry, it is time to once and for all, establish the shape of your eyes, and the style of your eyelid. These are two very important factors when considering the makeup style to be adopted. Without a mask on, there is so much more to look at; nose, cheeks, lips and chin. Now with the focus solely on the eyes, it is important to establish what will suit you best. Once the shape is sorted, identify a number of makeup looks that best suit you, let’s get creative!
The Brows and Eyes || What’s the Relationship
Where your eyes sit in relation to your eyebrows is actually of great importance. Often times they are either too close together or even too far apart. If they are too close together you may look stressed out to just grumpy. Not a good look, particularly when you are wearing a mask. Consider combing your brows upwards before you think of plucking any precious eye brow hairs. If your brow and eyes are too far apart, there is the possibility of thickening your brows slightly on the bottom using a brow pencil. Alternatively you can play some tricks using eyeshadow.
The Shape of Your Brows
Your eyebrows and eyes will need to work together now to create something soft yet impactful. I say soft because a mask, regardless of how cheerful the style is; is quite aggressive looking. It is therefore important to achieve a look that is at; once gentle and present. This puts a lot of pressure on the eyebrows, simply because you need them to show, but the last thing you need is a dark black, tattooed ninja style brow. The current brow trends are softer than we have seen them in a while, with a wilder more feathery look. We’re not too sure this look will work while wearing a mask. You need to look as familiar as possible, and messy eyebrow trends don’t help in this department. We would suggest you focus on the shape of your brows, which should take center stage. Using a like colored pencil first draw your ideal brow shape, then shade in any lighter spots or empty spaces with the same pencil. Once you are done, attempt to smudge the work, to make it look more natural.
Your Lashes Have The Final Say
Your lashes may not be the most substantial volume-wise, when compared to your brows and eyes, but they do have the most impact. They ultimately define how happy you look. They give the eyes a twinkly look, that makes you appear more friendly and cheerful. In addition to the thickness and length of your lashes which are often the two features we consider when talking about lashes, there is the curl factor which I find more important than the other two. What’s the use of having long lashes if they don’t curl up beautifully? If you lashes don’t have a natural curl I would highly consider a lash curl and tint. This 45 minute procedure will guarantee a more beautiful eye look, and will last a good three months. Totally worth it!