With cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and cosmetic nose jobs widely available, it can be easy to forget about more simple beauty techniques – such as basic makeup tricks! The right cosmetics are designed to enhance your natural beauty and increase your confidence, so let’s take a look at some of the best looks from Fashion Week Spring 2013 for inspiration.
This season, it’s all about making the most of your best features and keeping the rest of your face as neutral as possible. So, if you have a perfect pout, why not accentuate it using a quality lip liner and a daring shade of lippie? At this year’s fashion show, Prada makeup artist Pat McGrath used a matte crimson on the models whereas the Jean Paul Gaultier girls rocked a dramatic power red. Whatever colour you go for, ensure it won’t smudge easily and apply it using a special lipstick brush.
If you’re not used to wearing much makeup, a little eyeliner could transform your appearance instantly. There are many looks you could try, but the cat eye style (complete with small flicks either side) is as popular as ever. It adds definition and cheekiness to your features, without being too overpowering and was the technique of choice at Thierry Mugler and Miu Miu. If you want to try something new, Chanel’s makeup artist Peter Philips spiced things up by combining dark liner with a platinum eye shadow.
Full, thick eyelashes
Who would have thought you could do so much with your eyelashes? That’s right, by using the right products and brushes, you can change your style each day depending on your mood. Moschino showed that with a little patience it’s possible to separate your lashes so that each one stands out individually (almost). This might be a little time consuming, but the effects are quite impressive. Alternatively, you can follow in Gucci’s footsteps and go for the curled up look finished off with dark mascara.
Clean, clear skin
As winter becomes a distant memory and the sun shines for the first time in months, spring is the perfect season to let your skin glow. The natural look is just as popular as dark eyes or bright lips, so let your complexion breaths and use minimal cosmetics. If you do want to wear a product or two, follow Pat McGrath’s advice by applying a liquid foundation with a makeup brush before brightening your cheekbones using several shades of blusher.
Makeup can help you look and feel great throughout 2013, so experiment with various cosmetics and unleash your inner goddess.
editor's note: while this post is sponsored, i love all of the trends mentioned.