I spent some time during my rare weekend of leisure sorting through the pile of magazines cluttering up the living room (followed by a thrilling jaunt to the recycling bin because my life is so fabulous like that) and here be the fruits. For pinsterity.
Firstly, some looks from the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Marie Claire Beauty Bible (blogged about previously), always a good source of more catwalk-inspired makeup:
Seriously elongated eyes, white wash, bold lips = duh, I love this.
(One of my favourite ads this season also does something similar, but...with more balls.)
Here's a very pretty, uptown take on tropical shades. And the peek of colour at the outer corner thing is something else I've been wearing a lot recently (e.g. look 2 here).
Blue/Orange combos are another summer classic (navy/peach for the 'neutral', aseasonal version) and even this graphic placement could be made very wearable in softer shades and finishes.
The '60s style socket outline is something I've been loving all summer, complementing my pixie perfectly, and, balanced by something on the lower lashline, works even on my small, hooded eyes. The precise feathering just at the outer edge in this look makes it a very elegant, modern rendition (in pictures from the era, most of the eye makeup was incredibly messy); the fineness of the line also makes the most of limited lid space. Also, PAHRPAL.
Call me tacky, I care not -- always have love for looks like this. I do appreciate the subversive mitigating factors here: choppy hair, natch, but also the the bruisey plum-brown shading under her lower lashline, the imprecise lip and undone brows, and the fact that the powder blue looks so texturally as well as tonally powdery -- all edging this look into a deliberate parody of itself.
More girly exaggeration -- the sheer excess made me stop at this page rather than flipping right past yet another pink-styled-with-cupcakes-and-macarons ed.; in makeup terms, the fact that the pastels are all frosted metallics makes the standard robotic fashion posing seem kind of...intentional, for once.
One reason I so love So-En (previously professed) is that it eschews most of these more obviously yawnsome magazine conventions. The beauty section is small, but always throws up something fun.
|So-En June 2013|
|So-En May 2012|
The more populist/everygirl mags I rarely buy anymore, since
Even though it turns out that her special cover-worthy spread is (as I totally knew it would be) all of 2 pages long, and features 'beauty secrets' of such vapidity (I have small lips so I wear lipliner!!) that I think I can still feel brain dribbling down the back of my neck....
|BEAUTY (美人記) June 2013|
A very natural take on outer-lower-corner definition, mostly to balance all the gold-toned highlighting going on:
A more fun, trendy version (which nonetheless also involves careful shading):
And, er, 'mixed race' eyes. I presume because of the fashionability of this kind of look on the mixed-race models popular in Japanese magazines but who the hell knows, because this magazine in particular included a whole lot of bizarre racially inflected terms, and handy 'advice' on how to make one's skin look less 'South-East Asian'. JFC. My own fault for forgetting rule no.1: never learn to read, it gives you wrinkles?
Um. Here's another lower lashline look I liked from Majesty May 2013:
Majesty is a newish Japanese magazine which I sampled, because the first couple of issues were on sale (not a promising sign) and because Elli-Rose. DAMMIT. The magazine is meh -- basically a less quirky Vivi featuring the usual suspects and with a more Nylon-y layout -- but Elli-Rose! All debauched-like in winged-out eyeshadow.
The unbalanced-extended-upper-lashline look (better names welcome) is another trend I've been noticing, which makes for a nice complement to the lower-lashline one; both trends focus attention at the outer corner.
Here is a Resexxy (...I know. She's bringing armpit back.) ad:
And two more looks from FG 美妆:
|red/pink eye makeup is another resurgent trend this autumn/winter|