Makeup trends don’t differ that much from clothing trends, some of the more outrageous styles can be intimidating to experiment with—especially if they force you to stray far from your comfort zone.
However, life is short, and makeup is as permanent as the closest Kleenex box—if you see a bright lipstick of colorful shadow that intrigues you, you should go for it!
Gucci Westman, Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, is the driving makeup force behind some of Hollywood’s most beautiful (and constantly stylish) faces; such as Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Natalie Portman, just to name a few. (Whew!) Here she gives some real-life advice for the best way to experiment with the latest and greatest (and possibly scary) makeup trends.
Make it real. It’s important to keep in mind that makeup done for the runway or a photo shoot is exaggerated to look good under powerful lights. The key is to adapt a single element to the real world. Lips are easiest, try applying a new color with your fingers rather than a lip-brush for a more subtle color. Eye trends are trickier, but colored eyeliner is an easy way to be adventurous.
Don’t go retro. Avoid trends that reference the past too literally. Forties-shaped eyebrows are always going to look costumey.
Be honest with yourself. Even if a shade is fashionable at the moment, skip it if it clashes with your skin tone. If you struggle with ruddiness or Rosacea, don’t wear red shades that will exaggerate it. Fuchsias tend to be more universally flattering because they have a blue base. For the eyes, browns and purples tend to look great on everyone.
Get comfortable. A good way to get used to the trendy look is to wear it around the house. When you’re ready to try it out into the real world, wait for a dinner with friends as opposed to a day at the office—you’re more likely to feel confident, get honest feedback, and compliments.