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Make-UpCrush: M.A.C Autumn/Winter 2013 Make Up Trends by Kathryn

The Autumn/Winter ’13 trends are moody, mysterious and haunting. Last season we saw beautiful minimalist makeup, but now the trend is pushing away from pretty and towards rebellion.

This time it’s got attitude; it’s fierce, and it’s imperfect on purpose. Gothicism is back in a big way as we see models looking ghostly and haunted, and we also see a very strong punk influence. Grunge inspires the messed-up makeup looks, and more and more we begin to see the different subcultures being brought to the foreground and celebrated in makeup, fashion and hair.

The makeup this season is angular, artistic and unfinished as it’s all about celebrating the imperfections. MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, Vimi Joshi, sums the trends up as being ‘beautifully flawed’.


A/W 13 Makeup Trends from left to right: Perspex-tive, Au-currant, Spiritual-eyes & Reb-elle


With grunge and punk being the main trend influencers, this is the anti-glamour makeup that celebrates the walk of shame. Make it beautiful and then roughly smudge it out; it’s all about deconstructing beauty. The focus is never on perfection; it is quite the opposite, and it’s more about bringing out the flaws that we don’t necessarily label as pretty. This is a movement I’ve been waiting for and it’s certainly refreshing to see this trend embrace both the features and flaws of real women, regardless of whether or not they conform to conventional beauty.



I love it when makeup tells a story and that’s exactly what this trend does; showing the inner demons of a strong woman. It’s mysterious and haunted but full of attitude; contrasting the external fragility of a woman against her inner strength. Gareth Pugh interpreted this trend as a woman running from a fire, while Altuzarra described it as a woman burning from the inside. We see greys, gun metals and charcoals being used not only on the eyes, but on the contouring and lip shading as well; and these are often accompanied by copper colours to give that raw, burned impression.



The vampiric trend that rules the runway this A/W is inspired by films such as The Hunger, portraying dark and intense lip shades against matte and paled skin. This trend uses deep reds, currents, purples and blacks on the lips, which Vimi Joshi explains should look ‘eaten and beaten’. The eyes are either left bare, or they are contoured with an orange or red-based shadow that echos the haunting looks we see in the Spiritual-eyes trend.



Shining like Barbie dolls, the high planes of the face (forehead, cheekbones, nose) are shined to the maximum using lip gloss. The trend uses creamy textures and contrasts areas of matte skin against the zones of high shine. To tone down this look for everyday use, simply apply a cream or liquid highlight and built it up as desired to increase the shine intensity. Opt for a healthy peach-pink lip shade and blush, flick out your eyeliner and elongate your eyebrows.



So feel free to experiment with your makeup this A/W and shake up your normal look because it really doesn’t have to be perfect – this is one of those rare times when the more messed up your makeup is, the trendier it is! Take full advantage of that. If you need tips on any of the above trends, please feel free to leave a comment.

Until next time,


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Hey Glam Gals!

The Desert-Kissed look has taken over catwalks worldwide; even strutting its way onto runways in the Arab countries which have up until now have preferred the paler looks.The concept is a woman who has walked through the desert for days and been subjected to sun and heat with little food or water. We see strong contouring to bring out the cheekbones, giving a gaunt impression, along with dewy to shiny finishes on bronzed skin.

In the mainstream, this makeup look is natural and lightweight; appropriate for the beach, out about town, and of course – rendezvousing in the desert itself! Not only is it a huge global trend this season, it’s also easy to apply!

Healthy skin is very important with this look so eat healthily, exercise well and take care of your skin with a good skin care routine!



To get started with this look, smooth a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15+ over both face and neck. BB Cream is also a brilliant option; basically, you want a very lightweight feel to the base but with a dewy finish – not matte!

Blemishes can always be touched up with a bit of concealer if you’re after more coverage, and if you don’t own a tinted moisturiser, try mixing a dab of foundation with your regular moisturizer.

MAC BB Creams


The catwalk trends are chiseled and gaunt but you can smooth out the contouring for everyday wear, so carefully apply a darker shade of tinted moisturiser or foundation along the base of your cheekbones, and blend it up onto your cheeks. If you want to look more bronzed, you can also blend that same shade into the areas of your face you would naturally tan. Start off light and build up the colour gradually.

The key is to keep the skin glowing so I recommend using a couple of drops of my products of the moment: Benefit’s High Beam, Moon Beam or Sun Beam to highlight brow bones, cheekbones, and slide down the centre of your nose.

 Benefit Highlighters


If you’re planning to take a dip in the water, go for cream eye shadows as they are waterproof. Work quickly when using them as they tend to dry fast. Make Up For Ever offers a great “Aqua” waterproof makeup range.

Curl your eyelashes and apply waterproof mascara. Although, if you’re a sun & sand girl, I’d recommend getting your eyelashes tinted in a salon so you can skip on the mascara altogether!



Define your eyebrows with your choice product. I recommend a MAC eyebrow pencil or Benefit’s BrowZings. Structured eyebrows make such a difference to your appearance and furthermore, this season brows are strong and defined!

Brow Kit


Well hydrated lips are a must! Exfoliate them with a toothbrush and apply a lip stain such as Benefit’s BeneTint (use sparingly). Rub a rich lip balm with SPF over that and you’re all set. Sheer lipsticks are also an option but keep it natural.



 Finish your look with a lovely body moisturizer  you might like to go for a tinted body moisturizer that will match your face. You can also apply Benefit’s highlighter to the tops of your collar bones to make them stand out.

I hope you found this useful; feel free to send in your feedback and requests for tips, tutorials and reviews of anything makeup and skincare related!

Thanks to the fab gal Kathryn Pardoe, our Glam Crush Make-Up Artist for her tips & tricks!! (see her website here!)

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