Fall beauty trends, or any trend for that matter, are usually so kooky that they are only wearable for 12-year-olds. OK, I’m being facetious. Sarcasm aside, there are some trends that are completely applicable for those of us with mature skin. Just saying that sentence makes my skirts fly up. In this article we are going to cover two looks; sheer, translucent skin, and dramatic eyeshadow. While we witnessed a plethora of dramatic eyes last season including long lashes, thick eyebrows, and black eyeliner, this seasons trend, coupled with sheer skin, has a softer, prettier outcome in my opinion. I will go over how to create the skin look, and then delve into how to bring out your eyes in a way that would flatter you most.
It’s All About Skin
Many of us break into hives with the idea of showing our skin when we walk out the door. Our facial skin that is. Although if you want to be a nudist there is no judgment. What do you do, though, with age spots, discoloration, and a dull complexion? I have done many videos and articles about skin care so please refer to those for a more thorough explanation. Having said that, in the video, I use a little hyaluronic acid and biomimetic mist to plump up my skin which I love doing in the morning. It makes my skin look not only plumper, but also brightens it a bit.
Another wonderful trick to brighten your complexion is to use primer. The primer I use is Jane Iredale Smooth Affair, which makes my skin look more luminescent and keeps my makeup on longer. After that, I head into foundation and concealer. The trick with using foundation and concealer while maintaining the translucent effect we are going for, means using products that are considered light coverage. Try using a tinted moisturizer or a light to medium coverage like Vapour Beauty Soft Focus Foundation. It’s a clean, nontoxic formula that leaves a lovely sheen to the skin and I only use it in the T-zone to look less made-up. Then I take my concealer and spot-cover my age spots and under my eyes. The key here is using products that are not too heavy, and using them in specific areas rather than being too liberal with them.
It’s All About Eyes
Without a doubt, the toughest area for most of us is in doing our eyes. It takes a lot of practice and also the right tools in order to create the looks that many of us long for. I start with making my eyebrows look a little bit fuller with Glossier Eyebrow Pen. This has to be done delicately, so that it doesn’t look weird. Looking weird as we get older is definitely not a goal. Although if you want to look weird there is no judgment. Then I move on to eyeshadow and use every color in Jane Iredale Storm Chaser palette which includes beautiful mauves, purples, and silvers. For eyeliner, I use a Mac Cosmetic eyeliner pencil called Teddy. It blends easily and stays on all day.
The trick with blending eyeliner so that it looks soft is all in the brush. I use a MAC #233 Pencil Brush in the video to blend both the top and bottom liner into a soft smoky line. I use the eyeliner in my waterline as well as between my top lashes, being sure to make it heavier on the outer corners, while underneath my eye I’m careful not to overdo it. With the eyeshadow, I apply the lightest shade and work my way towards the darkest in the palette. As a sidenote, one easy trick to make your eyes pop is to keep the outer edges of your eye area slightly darker than the inside. This has the wonderful illusion of pulling the eye up and out. And who doesn’t want our body parts to go up and out? Well not every body part that is. But I can certainly think of a few that I would love to have go up a couple inches without sticky tape.
A Word on Lashes
Lashes are still a mega style statement. In whatever way works best for you including layering your mascara on the upper lashes, false lashes, or extensions, you can make them appear thicker. In the video I use my favorite clean beauty mascara, Beyond Lash by Jane Iredale. I once did a week-long photo shoot with a lash extension brand. At the end of the week after working with at least 25 female staff and models who all had mega lash extensions, I had lash PTSD. I’m joking, but really after that I could barely put on mascara. In any case lash extensions can be just right for many of you.
I hope that you try these two looks, and if you do, please tell me what you think! I realize that having dramatic eyes takes practice, but no one is going to judge you if you walk out the door looking less than perfect. In fact, I think it’s one of the wonderfully freeing things about being older. We care much less about what everybody thinks of us and no longer try to keep up with every trend. That is unless your 12.