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For those of you who emblazon colours boldly on your faces, take a breather and spring clean your colour kit. We foresee that you won’t be needing much make-up in 2012 except for your staple primer, foundation and concealer (or so says the fashion-o-meter at the Spring Summer 2012 runways). It may seem terribly boring but perhaps it’s time to spend your saved grooming minutes on styling fancy hair braids or chignons which are hot trends this season?

 

Most women use the wrong eye make-up colours or textures simply because they like how the colour looks in the pan. So, add a new challenge to your 2012 New Year resolutions – complete a look with just matt nude shades of beiges and browns. It’s technically slightly difficult and rather skill demanding than it seems to define eyes with shades of browns and contour your face with beiges. However the results are most rewarding in yielding a polished classic beauty look.

 

Another notable aspect of nude make-up is the possibility of appearing a tad weak and sickly. To counteract, keep your soft peach pink blushers handy and apply them on the apples of your cheeks with a light swirl of the big dome brush. For lips, instead of skin colored nude lippies, try a creamy milk chocolate brown colour as seen on Donna Karan (MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bittersweet, a deep red-brown shade and MAC Lipsticks in Mocha and Full Chocolate). This colour is also great for hiding uneven stained lips. Keep the healthy sunny radiance in our all day tropical climate by sculpting your cheekbones with a soft sheen bronzer and add a touch of metallic gold or bronze eyeshadow to the middle of your lids.

 

Do you still wonder why young children look picture perfect and naturally beautiful sans make-up? Well, beauty products are designed to address the effects of aging, which most unfortunately takes place once the growing up phase is passed. So with the rise of young runway models and celebrity tweens, not much make-up is necessary to make them look gorgeously beautiful. Straight of the runway at both Lanvin and Balenciaga, the models’ earthy nude faces showed just a tint of taupe eye shadows and khaki stone colored accents. At Dries Van Noten, a beige liner, Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Clair was used to further tone down the exposed redness around the eye and soften the glaze.

 

Try lifting heavy Asian eyelids with narrow strips of see through surgical tape instead of black eyeliner. If you are a fan of the smoky eye for a night out, take heart that you are not stripping down your face to nudity. Just be inspired by Rooney Mara’s look in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Keeping the face minimal and real, lighten the brows by brushing over face foundation. Shape the eyes with a matt browns shadow palette and intensify the socket with a darker nude brown. Then add an accent of earthy brick red to the corner of the eye for the fearsome attitude. Oh… and don’t forget to book your hairstylist for a sleek and sharp haircut complete with some red ombre dip dye to complete the look.

 

- Rowene Law

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