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COLOUR THEORY by Silvia Draz

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

The Spring 2019 runways were full of colour makeup looks in unexpected ways - makeup artist James Kaliardos at Rodarte had bright poppy red lips paired with bright pink eyeshadow, master makeup artist Pat McGrath painted the upper part of the face in orange and hot fuchsia at Anna Sui and Erin Parsons wrapped a bright metallic teal shadow all around the eyes at Alice + Olivia, proof that treating your face like an artist’s canvas is a trend that’s here to stay.

To get the intensity of colour, layer bright pencils with powders or use opaque cream products like MAC Chromalines or Makeup Forever Aqua XL shadows to dab in the creases of the eyes. Wear it on its own like a vivid blue lipstick or hot pink eyeliner, or create a clash with contrasting colours on lips or eyes. All the new amazing eyeshadow palettes that are out lend themselves to creative free expression. There’s no excuse for boring beige makeup this season.

Photographed by Silvia Draz. Styled by Kazami Ohsawa

Makeup by Christabel Draffin at Emma Davies Agency.

Hair by Hiroko Matsuo. Makeup Assistant, Laura Onea 

Talents, Hazel Jane & Amber Harwood at The Hive Management.

Line the eye with Bobbi Brown Smoky Kajal Eyeliner in Black, then layer with MAC Cosmetics Green Paint stick and top with a green powder shadow from the Sample Beauty Tectonic palette.

Cheeks get a flush of cream blush in Stila Lilium.

Lips are filled in with MAC Cosmetics Lasting Sensation lipliner.

Back frill collar dress by Teija, and top by Natalie B Coleman at Young British Designers.

Eyes - Mix of Kryolan Shimmering Creme Eyeshadows from the Interferenz palette.

Becca Lip and Cheek Tint in Watermelon lightly for blush.

Lips are filled in with Kat Von D Liquid Lips in Backstage Bambi,

and outlined in Barry M lipliner in Orange.

High neck color top by Filippa K and red top by Maison Kitsune.

MAC Cosmetics Orange Chromaline painted in crease of eye,

then washed over with orange eyeshadow from the Sample Beauty Tectonic palette.

Illamasqua blush in Rude applied to cheeks.

Lips are lined with MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture.

Check Coat by Naya Rea, and long neck by EDC.

MAC Cosmetics Chromalines in Process Magenta and Genuine Orange mixed and applied with an angle brush. NARS Mata Hari blush is applied to cheeks. 

Lips - Chanel Pretty Pink lipliner is applied all over lips.

Ruffle neck dress by Teija, and top by Edition.

Makeup Forever Aqua XL shadow in Matte Fuchsia splashed into the crease of the eye.

Blush is Stila Convertible Colour in Rose applied very minimally to cheeks.

Bobbi Brown lipliner in Beige is used all over lips.

High neck color top by Edition, and white knit top by Norse Project.

MAC Cosmetics Coffee Eyeliner applied close to the base of lashes,

and Charlotte Tilbury palette in The Sophisticate all over lid. MAC Cosmetics Shine gloss applied to lid. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink on cheeks.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in deep navy Jet Set on lips.

Red top by Eudon Choi at Young British Designers.

Layer a mixture of MAC Cosmetics Cyan and White Paint Sticks,

and top with Cleá de Peau Moonbeam eyeshadow. On the brow bones use MAC Cosmetics Yellow Paint Stick and use MAC Cosmetics Chrome Yellow eyeshadow over it. 

Cheeks get a touch of Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink.

Lips get a light layer of Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude lipstick.

Top and vest by Le Kilt.


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