Tuesday, 06 March 2012

How to rock the latest makeup trends?

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By Funmi Odegbami - Mink London

The month of February is one of the busiest months in the fashion and beauty calendar. New fashions, styles, trends and makeup looks grace the stages at the fashion week events where designers, stylists and makeup teams work to create beautiful master pieces for us to ogle.

It is also not foreign to see beauty teams, comprising of facialists, manicurists and beauticians backstage helping to prep the models for styling. And at MINK the biggest trend for spring/summer is... "polish".


Yes such a small word but with huge implications. At Fashions Finest London Fashion Week, where MINK provided all of the makeup, the focus was on beautiful, flawless skin. We worked very hard to perfect the models complexions, keeping the makeup perfectly fresh and matt. We worked one of the seasons hottest trends – pastel eyes – and the final look was pretty, fresh and stunning.

So how can you recreate this look yourself?


Firstly you need to prep your skin by ensuring that it is clean and well moisturised. Additionally you should also consider using a skin primer. Just like you prime a wall before you paint it, you can prime your face before you apply foundation. Primers work much like a moisturizer under your foundation does: they ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin.

Once you have prepped your skin you then need to apply a concealer to cover up any dark under-eye circles, blemishes and marks on the skin. Be generous with the concealer and ensure that what needs to be covered is covered. Next apply a light covering of foundation where it is needed. Next apply plenty of powder to finish off the look. For FF London Fashion Week show our makeup artists worked with a loose translucent powder by Ten Image cosmetics.

A translucent powder is best applied with a powder puff first tissue off foundation before setting with powder, pour a small amount of powder into a tissue and using a clan velour powder puff or firm synthetic makeup wedge press lightly on the base with a rocking motion covering the entire face. Remove excess powder with a powder brush

Now are the eyes, the windows to the soul. Firstly you must have perfectly groomed eyebrows and we would suggest that you get these shaped by a professional. A good set of brows will draw attention to the eyes.


Next work a block of your chosen pastel colour into the eyelids. Pastel colours where taken from Ten Images spring eye shadow palate.


To complete the look we used Ten Image's Kijal eyeliner in black to line the tops and bottom lash lines. We also used a white eyeliner pencil in the water line to make eyes look bigger. Lastly we applied a think layer of black mascara to the top lashes. You can use an eyelash comb to separate the eyelashes and remove any lumps. When loading the mascara wand with product do not pump the wand in and out of the barrel as this will introduce air into the product and cause it to dry out quickly.

Contour the cheeks and apply a light sweep of natural but pretty blusher. The blusher will warm and brighten the skin complexion.

Prepare the lips with lip balm or Vaseline. Line the lips with a liner close to your natural skin colour. Then apply your chosen lipstick with a brush. If a shiny appearance is required, gloss can be used to finish.

Well there you have it. A foolproof makeup look for spring. Wearing colour on the eyes for the first time can be daunting so practice until you are happy with the result.

If you are interested in learning about makeup then check out some of the courses that we currently have going at MINK London makeup school.

MINK London is an award winning makeup school and agency that specialises in makeup for people of colour, any colour.