I got to spend some time with Michelle-Lee South Africa’s Senior Pro Make Up Artist that heads up fashion week in South Africa and gets to fly to New York, Milan and Paris to work with celebrity makeup artists like Tom Pecheux and Charlotte Tilbury. Firstly I was given the much sought after Mac Trend book which I haven’t stopped looking at since but we also went through the 4 key Mac Spring/Summer 14 makeup trends and key products that were used. And yes being in South Africa means we are a season behind!
Mac always split the looks into 4 key trends so here is what its all about:
Radiance: The key focus this year was beautiful skin with 3 dimensional highlighting and making skin look like the moonlit sky using creams and shadows to create that lit from within skin. The key products to create this was the Cream bases like Luna and Pearl which are shimmer creams combined with Crystal Avalanche which is frosted white.
Contouring is almost invisible its there but you can barely see it and highlights were multi dimensional using silver and gold as the key colours. Lids were covered in white shadows or liners making the makeup very modern. Highlighting was strategic and the latest thing is to highlight on top of the brow. Lids looked like they were glossed but actually fine glitters where used to create a sheen by using the pressed pigments.
Day Glow: This trend is all about the focus on the cheeks with descriptions like sun and sand used to describe the makeup, to give that sporty feel and creating a sunlit face. Cream blushes such as pinks and peaches were used and the Paint Pot in Groundwork was used for contouring and on the cheeks and then the cream blushes laid over so as not to look to pretty. Teddy Eye Pencil was a key item used on the top lash line and smudged and Antique Eyeshadow washed on onto the lids as well as Mineralise Give Me Sun on the eyes and for contouring.
CC Thru Colour: This trend is definitely one of my favourites where there is a focus on yellow, blue and green tones and it all about an effortless approach to wearing colour. Its pastel shades which is the new nude, like beautiful lavenders such as Parfait Amour Eyeshadow, peaches, corals and oranges paired with minimal foundation and more correcting the skin. Shades such as Dove Grey and mauves were key on eyes and lips and for cheeks the key shades were the Minearlise Blushes in Love Joy, Azelea In The Afternoon and Warm Soul. Lips were no longer matt but more luscious and sheer and candy pinks were definitely a big trend.
The New Ideal: The Graphic Eye is back but this time there were focuses on the 50’s, 60’s and 90’s. The 50’s look was all about the liner but minus the flick and the 60’s focused on the Twiggy eye with top and bottom lashes in no 33 and Scuplt Mascara and Extreme Dimension Mascara.
The 90’s trend is all about the undone liner that looks slept in and has been smudged with pencils like the Technakohl which smudges but once it sets it won’t budge. Eyeliner doesn’t get flicked out in this look it stops at the end of the lash line.
So here are the trends and products I will be filming some trend video’s soon with some of my favoutite looks so watch this space.