When it comes to beauty trends, the execution is pretty much up to you. We'd be hard-pressed to find a look that doesn't look cool on someone. So we're not here to tell you how to wear your makeup. But it is nice to know there are experts who have a finger on the pulse of what's to come. And that they're willing to divulge those secrets. Below, celebrity makeup artists Patrick Ta and Katie Jane Hughes detail the trend they'd like to see left in the past—and what to try instead.
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"I think we're going to be seeing the heavy highlight start to disappear," Ta suggests. He means that ever-popular Instagram makeup that doesn't exactly hold up without a ring light and front-facing camera. "For me," he explains, "it's more about that fresh glow. Instead of going crazy with powder, focus on your skin prep and use liquid highlighters for a dewy finish."
For natural-looking, dewy foundation, Ta loves La Mer's Soft Fluid Foundation ($110) and the brand's dome-shaped brush. He recommends starting at the center of your face and working your way outward. Then he goes in with a slightly warmer shade to create a natural-looking contour. When applies concealer, he presses it onto his skin first to warm up and melt the product so it sinks into the skin (rather than creating a mask).
Ta is a huge proponent for subtle strobing wherever light naturally hits your face—the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones, Cupid's Bow, brow bone, and the inner corners of your eyes (you can watch his entire process here). Similarly, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes advocates for real-looking skin and a natural glow.
"I don't want people to be blinded by my highlight," Katie Jane Hughes admits. "I don't want people to not see my pores or think I have no signs of aging. I want people to see me first, not my makeup. It's simple: If the makeup looks too good to be true, then it most likely is. A good glow starts with great skincare." Hughes lists her go-tos: "Oil is my jam. I love using an oil or a balm to remove my makeup as it’s the most effective yet gentle way, in my opinion. I love Farmacy's Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm ($34) and Dermalogica's PreCleanse ($42). I live for anything acid-based, glycolic, or lactic. I use Skyn Iceland's Nordic Peel ($42)—it's giving my skin this insane shine. I also like the Pixi's Glow Tonic ($29). I love Tatcha's Essence Plumping Skin Softener ($95)—it's the step I do to wet my skin before my hydrators. I just finished a pot of Sunday Riley's C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer ($65) and loved it. I simply look for rich, shiny creams and only put them where I’m dry. Also 8 Faces Beauty Solid Oil ($88) is epic as a one-step product when you don’t have time or if you wanna keep it super simple."
As for her favorite highlighters, she favors liquids and creams over powder. "Anything that doesn't dry down," she says. "I only really use highlighter that stays dewy on the skin. A highlighter like this should be a tiny bit tacky to the touch, depending on what you use. I love this kind of formula because it looks most like dew and not shimmer." She recommends Glossier Haloscope ($22), RMS Living Luminizer ($38), and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter ($41) for all your natural-looking highlighting needs.