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IN: Blue Eyes

Bold blues were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week this year. Of course, bringing it into your own makeup routine is a whole other matter. Good thing blue is such a versatile color – we recommend keeping a few options on hand to suit your mood. A smoky navy is a little more subtle, but for the days when you’re feeling over-the-top try a few swipes of bright cyan liner to really stand out.2016 MAKEUP TRENDS

OUT: Mascara

For many women, mascara is an everyday staple – and that’s the problem. It’s become way too expected for those who like to push the makeup “boundaries.” If you just can’t give it up, though, there are still a few ways to make mascara pop for a stand-out look:

  • Take the blue-eye trend to the next level by swapping out black mascara for cyan
  • Skip uniform thick lashes for something spiky and carefully sculpted



IN: Bold Lips

Red lipstick is a classic, but this year there’s been major agreement from designers on the shade of the year. Go for a bright candy-apple red – don’t hold back! If you’re looking for something darker, change up a deep, matte red by giving it an ombré finish.

The trick to pulling it off? Pair those red lips with an extra-clean face. Try skipping foundation for a few touches of concealer.


OUT: Hiding the Shine

Gone are the days of patting on powder to mask shiny skin – it always wears off anyway, so why bother? Some designers have even taken to playing up the shine by skipping foundation and highlighting the face with Vaseline or clear lip gloss to play up the look of having come right from a beach, a sauna, or a wild all-night party. Shine on!

If you want to embrace this shining trend in a practical way, try strobing!



IN: Get Crafty

Good news for fans of glitter – you don’t have to stop there! A glittery liner or shadow is great for a more subtle, everyday look, but if you want to step up your game for a big occasion, go all out. Designers this year have been adding major accents by applying sequins, lace, jewels, pearls and more to their models’ faces, from lids to brows to full-on masks.

Want to learn more about perfecting your glitter application? Watch the tutorial from our Pro Makeup Workshop here!


OUT: Lips-Only Pink

Shades of pink and peach are spring staples, but they’re usually reserved for the lips. Not this year! Look out for these soft, girly shades around the eyes this spring, where they add a little surprise while still keeping things pretty.

But as an up-and-coming makeup artist still working on developing a portfolio, styled shoots offer another big advantage. Because photographers are often working on a tight budget, a lot of them are looking for a skill exchange – you do the makeup for their shoot, and they’ll let you use the photos to update your portfolio or website. They may even agree to pay a small kit fee to cover your expenses.

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