If 2017 and 2016 was all about hoarding Korean cosmetics, the coming year will see the return of Japanese makeup and cosmetics. There is fascination in 2018 for labels like Shiseido, Kanebo and Kate Tokyo that offer a more natural-looking color palette. Clear and polished skin is the focus for beauty looks in the coming year. Trust that Japanese cosmetic companies are masters at perfecting complexion and combating age.
CLEAN AND FRESH
Makeup direction for 2018 is straightforward. Achieve polished skin, well-groomed brows and punctuate the look with a glossy red lip. Models that walked the runway at Chanel wore the red lip layered with gloss to emulate sophistication and youth. At Assoulin, the rouged lip was subtly smudged at the edges for a bitten-by-a-bee effect.
WINGS, WINGS, WINGS…
For 2018, it’s no longer enough that you line the upper and lower lids of the eyes. The new direction for makeup dictates the application of graphic shapes onto the eyes, starting with the winged eye.
THE PERFECT POUT
Marc Jacobs added drama to a glossed, au naturelle make-up look through well-defined, dark eyes that swooped up at the outer corners. How to get the look: Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen is a heaven sent especially for the non-pros. This dual ended liner makes it easy to create the dramatic eye with a calligraphy tip on one end and a brush on the other.
For that polished looking skin I found a new favourite product in the form of next to nothing foundation by MAC Cosmetics. A weightless and light foundation that seamlessly blends with your skin. When it comes to that particular wing and the products I use, I found that the gel liner in Blacktrack helps you work more precisely, while the powerpoint eye pencil helps to enhance a more subtle eyeliner as the formula is matte. Another great option is the rebeleyes gel liner in one. The choice is yours.