Wouldn't it be great to spend minimal time primping ourselves in the mirror every morning and still look our best? Whether it be a natural no make up look, a fresh faced day look or something a bit more dramatic. Imagine being able to accomplish any of these in a matter of minutes.....and even better yet, imagine taking that look from day to night in even less time when the occasion should arise. If that isn't enough, imagine being able to accomplish all that plus being on trend for the season. Yes, it can be done and I'm here to tell you how.
Let's recreate some of the looks we saw on the F/W runway for 2015 to suit your needs.
The No Make-up Look: it's all about the skin. Not too dewy or matte, the texture is "candle light looking", Aka something in between.
Start with a primer, let it absorb before applying a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. For additional coverage, use a concealer that matches your skin tone (not a shade lighter) under the eyes and on any imperfections. Using your fingers helps warm up the product to blend better into the skin. Clean hands of course! Set your face with a dusting of loose powder (translucent or tinted if more coverage is desired). Curl lashes and apply black mascara, brown if you have blonde lashes. For an added healthy looking touch, apply blush on the apples of your checks (the fleshy part when you smile). Find a shade that looks similar to your natural lip colour. Finish off by applying some tinted lip balm, don't go any darker than one shade from your natural lip colour.
Add Eye Liner: We saw lots of graphic liner for this fall.
Tone it down a notch and make the look work for you (or anybody for that matter). Use a black or brown waterproof pencil eyeliner and work it right into your lash line. Focus on the top lid for a more natural look. Try to apply the liner into where the lashes grow and maybe only a touch above. Keep it thin! If you make a mistake smudge it in with a cheap non fluffy cotton swab. Don't go right into the corners of your eyes. It most likely will bleed or gather there looking messy.
Bump it up with Eye Shadow: As usual, smokey eyes made an appearance on the runway.
Take your look from day to night (or wear this look for day if you like more drama) by adding either a bronze, grey or black shadow along the lash line (both top and bottom if you want intense smokey eyes). Blend the shadow into your liner, working it up a bit and fading out completely before you hit your crease. To be extra trendy, use a dark blue shadow in the same manner. Lastly, to make it uber current, let's put a touch of Vaseline, clear non menthol lip balm or even a clear gloss on the brow bone for a "strobing" effect (aka highlight). Pair smokey eyes with a nude lip by working a bit of your concealer into your tinted lip balm, an all time favorite evening look.
Red Lips: Another option for evening is a statement lip in all shades of red from berry to a dark vampy shade and everything in between
This lip can be worn with just the eyeliner or you can go full glam by adding it to your smokey eyes.
For those brow lovers: A strong brow is back.
You can emphasize your brows with any of these looks. Fill them in lightly with a powder, pencil or wax. Find a shade that matches your natural brow colour, brush brows downwards to see the exact shape and fill in. Brush back into place.
Voila! A quick, current and easy "maybe she's born with it" look is accomplished.
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Julie Lynas, Bio
Make-up and hair artist Julie Lynas started her 19 year-long career while still in high school. She graduated with a diploma from the prestigious Make-up Designory in Los Angeles. After graduating top of her class, her teacher suggested her for a job at Saturday Night Live. Her Passion for make-up has lead her to work in print, film, television, runway, bridal and special events. Through work on various film/T.V sets, she was able to expand her skills into special effects and character make-up on the sets of Dawn of the Dead, Rhinoceros Eyes, and the television series Mayday.
Julie has had the opportunity to work throughout North America and Europe, including New York City, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Miami. Her travels have allowed her to work on many prominent faces, such as, Vivica A. Fox, Olympia Dukakis, Adam Levine, Robin Thicke, Hayden Christensen, Jessie Macartney, Beverly Mahood, Joyce Dewitt, Sir Richard Branson, Kesha Shante, and numerous notable Canadian celebrities, including Mia Kirshner, Lynda Reeves, Lisa Laflemme, Mike Holmes and Conrad black.
Although her background is in film and television, Julie has worked on many top advertising campaigns, including Sony, Tip Top Tailors, Tuxedo Royal, Classy Formal Wear, Pepsi and Nikon and has had her work featured in magazines like Fashion, Flare, Wedding Bells, Today's Bride, Canadian Families, House and Home, MacLeans, MORE, Zink, Vice, Hello! and Ocean Drive.
At the start of her career, Julie gained experience in the retail world through professional cosmetic lines such as, Make-up For Ever, Lancome, Laura Mercier, Helena Rubinstein, and Nars.
After years of working in all areas of the industry, Julie expanded her career into instructing, and educating. She spent 7 years as the Lead Make-up Instructor at George Brown College School of Make-up and Esthetics. Winning Instructor of the year in 2010. Julie has also taught at Complexions International School of Make-up and Branksome Hall.