Summer Makeup Trends 2010

Here’s a few of this years Summer looks from the catwalks and style gurus:

“Watercolour” Eyes – Simply mix different colours together to make a water coloured inspired make-up look. Mix  blues, pinks, and purples all on one lid to recreat looks that we’ve been seeing in the fashion shows. Pair your eyes with nude lips, and flesh colored checks to complete the look and keep the focus on your eyes.

Sculted features – The perfection of Greek gods and statues is being used in makeup through a new trend called sculptural makeup application. This look adds a sensual and feminine side to any girl’s makeup regime, and it’s perfect for summer. It can be achieved by using foundation and light face powders combined with highlighting your cheeks in brownish shades (be careful if you have pale skin as browns can make you look grimy if you’re not careful!).

A Touch of rose – This summer, rosy cheeks are making a comeback by contrasting with natural and fresh skin. To get the rosy look, you want contrast! Your eyes should be strongly defined, lips should be neutral and your cheeks flushed. A classic beauty look!

Lip Pop -  Bright coloured lips are everywhere. From orange, purple, pinks and  reds the lips have it! We saw many coloured hues on the catwalks for the next season. When choosing bold lips be sure to tone down your eyes and your cheeks for a modern, professional look.

Natural – This is a “never fail” for summer and great for those who are colour shy when it comes to bold statement looks. Sandy colours around the eyes have been used by the likes of  Lisa Eldridge in London shows, and fresh clean skin never goes out of style ;-)

Book Review: The Complete Makeup and Beauty Book

Written by Leigh Tiselli, published 2007

At first I thought this book looked a little out dated, but then I changed my mind! It’s well set out and easy to follow, written in plain English with odd words and statements explained, and full of useful information and imitatable looks.
This book starts off where all good beauty books start…skin care! The basics are introduced and explained, from drinking plenty of water to using sun screen, and then onto serums and exfoliators. There’s a section which explains the main causes of certain skin problems and what type of skin you may have.

Then it heads to How We Age, Age Prevention and a generalisation of what to expect as you age. Make-up tools are explained along with techniques and tips on using your tools and why it’s important to keep your brushes and other tools clean.

Items such as Foundation, Concealer and Eyeshadows are each given their own sections where once again techniques and tips are given including a 7 stage process to the perfect base.

Once the tools have been covered, each area of the face then has a section dedicated to it. The Eyes section has 10 worded pages alone (that’s not including the pages with photos!)!

The back of the book has the Looks section where you are shown some different types of looks including Basic, Smokey Eye, Mature and Shimmer Eyes. Each look is either timeless or easily adaptable to current trends. They are easy to understand and copy so it’s a nice little section.

All in all, a good read!


Well a nail bar may not be the best workplace for a budding make-up artist, but it does have its perks!

I met a lovely lady the other day. Her brother brought her into the nail bar as a treat for her birthday and we ended up talking for quite a while about loads of things, including my future goals. It turns out that she works in TV in Vancouver and knows a few of the make-up artists. She has contact details for a local independant make-up sales woman and has ideas on how I can extent my list of contacts within various areas of the cosmetics world. She gave me her number told her to ring her in a few weeks (she’s heading to England for a holiday).

It feels good to be looking at the world from a make-up point of view again. These last two months have been a bit stressful looking for work in any and all areas, and its nice to have some focus again. I’ve made my first “contact” here in Vancouver and I’ve found a couple of short intense courses that I hope to be able to attend (my visa allows me to attend courses that are six months or shorter!).

Here’s to the future :-)