Yup, the summer’s barely started and here we are blithering on about autumn. But it’s important to be prepared, people. Eh? Present and correct at more fashion weeks each year than I’ve got pairs of earrings, Mac holds press days showcasing makeup trends from key shows for each AW and SS season and I popped across to London for the AW13 one in May.
Mac reckons we’re gonna be wearing Rebelle, Spiritualeyes, Au Courant and Perspextive come September-time. So I guess we best get acquainted, eh? Lets do that right now.
A deconstructed smokey, Rebelle channels the punk reference that’s everywhere for the coming season. And yeah, we’ve all seen the smokey eye a billion times, but this year, it’s more about the undereye, taking the colour down further, and less on the lid. “It should look slightly unfinished. Broken is chic,” says Terry Barber, Mac’s super-quotable director of makeup artistry.
“This is the perfect eye stain,” says Barber. The trend is for tired, sleepy eyes. Grand – see me on a Monday morning so. It’s a romantic, fragile finish with a gothic twist achieved by lots and lots of blending so the colour barely remains. What’s key here to keep it looking current is a strong brow. “It’s now a beauty standard,” points out Barber, who adds, “it should have volume.”
Lips, as always, are back for AW13. Berry gets a reworking with shades of deep fuchsia, oxblood, charred red and smoked purple and texture comes into play as well. Mac calls this a futuristic take on 1950s beauty, and says that the lipstain is the new blush. How to wear? Reinvent your makeup: play this lip against nude face, no mascara and a big brow. “It should have a mystery to it,” Barber explains.
The hardest to pull off in real life but plastic skin always gets my vote for technicality. Perspextive is all about adding sheen and highlights to skin, something we see more and more on catwalks as the complexion cult ramps up. “This is a futuristic nude,” Barber says. “Every season texture becomes more important, creating structure with light.” For us at home, we translate that into contouring and highlighting; at shows it’s use of clear gloss on eyes and face, iridescent pigments, mineralized powders and more.
What can you see yourself wearing for AW13?