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Cheat Sheet: Master These Four Makeup Techniques To Look On Point This Season

Cheat Sheet: Master These Four Makeup Techniques To Look On Point This Season

The Ber months are here—and you know what that means: The perfect excuse to update your beauty arsenals and wardrobes! But before you go cray cray over makeup shopping, you better learn first what's hot in terms of techniques and style so you don't waste time, money, effort, and feelings. Because, you know, you might be so bent on looking a certain way but ooops, girl, it's so not working on you. But guess what? We have four makeup looks that will look fab on anyone and are just so perfect for the cool, festive vibe of the season at hand. We learned them from the recent MAC Autumn/Winter Trends Presentation at The Penthouse 24/7 McKinley (these looks are the hottest trends on the international runways, too, so we've got advice from global makeup icons!):

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1. The Sharp Lip. “It's a pained precision... the extreme texture is what keeps it modern," says Val Garland. Blood-black reds are huge now, but they can't be haphazardly done nor effortless, but rather, painstakingly sculpted and perfected. "I call it minimal glam makeup," says Tom Pecheux. "Skin worked very simply: No brows, no eyes... the girls should look the way they are, just uniquely adorned with this very intense lip."


2. Modern Black Eyes. For Garland, "It would be too reductive to simply scoop them all up under the umbrella of 'punk.' It's more about finding a modernity in the punk aesthetic, pulling out the purity in punk." The focus now is on the line, rather than the lash, with a fresher background of clean skin, soft lips, and simply groomed brows. "It's a rebellion against the generic smoky eye of social media... there is nothing production-line about these eyes," notes Terry Barber.


3. Embellished face. Yes, as in glitters and metallics, pretty much a carry over from summer. The difference is, this one's a highly technical and more considered take. "It's a clean, minimal element of design on the face," says Sam Bryant. Even so, it's still fun and free form for the most part. As Romero Jennings puts it, "There's a creativity in beauty now that feels more like art than makeup.. anything goes."


4. Real-Skin Texture. "Real as in it's not heavy with cosmetics, and real in that it's how women actually want to wear their makeup," shares Mark Carrasquillo. Diffuse is the key word a.k.a clouded edges, seamless buffing, and leftover lip colors. Simply gorgeous skin and a relaxed, effortless take on a rouged lip = Lived in makeup, FTW! Adds Garland, "We don't want to see that trickery of highlights and contours now; it just smacks of social media makeup." 


Have fun with this season's makeup trends, beautiful!


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