On Point Make-up for 2017

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Aisling Cunningham, make-up artist and salon owner of Powder ‘n’ Pout, Carndonagh, gives us the lowdown on the make-up trends that are set to be big for 2017.

This year make-up is shaping up to be two extremes. One being just a simple make-up look applied artfully, whereas the other is bright, bold, shine and glitter... lots and lots of glitter!

The ‘No-Make-up’ Make-up and Clean Skin

This year it’s all about the skin! And when I say that I mean, looking after your skin and making it glow!

It’s only natural for a trend like this to come around with the current health and fitness kicks; people are much more conscious of looking after their bodies and what they are eating. With this, skincare has evolved into a regime that people are taking much more interest in and spending more time on day-to-day skincare routines.

One catwalk look that stood out was Michael Kors, where make-up was only used to cover marks and blemishes. With this in mind, I will make a prediction that you will want to set aside some of your make-up funds this year to invest in your skincare.


Bold Lips!

Bold lips are making a comeback. Think orange, bright pink and purple.

There is no denying that a classic red lip will never go out of style, but in 2017 the way to wear a red lip will be with the ‘no-make-up’ make-up look.

Like I said, it’s all about the skin. With this trend, we are stripped back to clean, fresh skin with softer natural brows, minimal eye make-up with a striking red lip all add up to a no-fail combination.

Looking at the red carpet so far this year, Emma Stone at the LA LA Land premiere; her lips are a deep fusion of red and pink. By the way don't we all just love Emma Stone!!

Matte lips were big last year and this is a look that will still be around this year, however more and more brands are embracing the shine and shimmer again.


Streamlining Your Products

Another trend I have noticed is how a lot of brands are focusing on streamlining your beauty and make-up routine.

One recent example is the launch of Benefit’s new ‘They’re Real! Double the Lip’ collection; a lipstick and lip liner in one. These ombré lipsticks both line and fill in the lips in one step. As soon as these were released, I made sure to grab them and I can honestly tell you that I absolutely love them! They are super-handy for when you are on the go and I just love the glossy, moisture infused finish on my lips… Perfect.


The Year of ‘Non-touring’

Is heavy contouring really on the way out? Well it certainly seems that way. Even the queen of contouring, Kim Kardashian-West stated recently:

I think right now it’s more about ‘non-touring’, like real skin with less make-up on it.

But for anyone like myself who lacks a bit of bone structure (lol!) and needs some sculpting, this is easily fixed with subtle and soft bronzing.

To keep the skin looking fresh, I would suggest softly contouring using a light product. You may forget about layering with concealer, full coverage contour crème and ‘baking’ with lots of layers of setting powder.

This look is super subtle and is all about dewy, glowing skin. Instead opt for a sheer bronzing liquid/crème rather than a powder. For a more subtle application use a Duo Fibre brush, this will give coverage without overloading the skin. The Powder 'n' Pout Duo Tapered Powder Brush P210 would be ideal here with its chiselled shape that nicely sculpts around your cheek bones.

Personally a luxury product that I love is the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, but two budget brand products that I would recommend are: NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette or the L’Oréal Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette.

To finish, you should opt to just lightly set under the eyes and the T-zone area with a translucent powder. A powder that I love is the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, but for a budget brand, Flormar do a great range of loose powders.


Welcome to a World of Glitter and Colour!

2016 was the year of the ‘Golden Goddess’, and it looks like this is going to be super enhanced this year with an abundance of glitter. Glitter and shimmer for 2017 are not just a festival make-up go-to, but for year round! There has been shimmer galore on the catwalks. Think along the lines of glitter highlighters, a ‘spotlight’ of glitter on the eyes, and even adding a pop of glitter to your cupids bow on your lips. This year is sure going to be a sparkly affair.

Colour is also making a big comeback. While the trends for 2017 are all about taking it easy on the foundations and powders, this makes room for us to totally play with the eyes or lips.

A lot of brands are beginning to display more and more colour palettes for the coming seasons, so it’s all about being adventurous and just for it.

Although I have to be honest, full-on blue eye shadow isn’t quite my thing! Maybe I’ll follow this trend after you all try it first ;)

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