Welcome to our series In the Detail, where we take a magnifying glass to the hottest new beauty trends and zero in on what makes them great. This is the ultimate guide to zeitgeist beauty and how to wear it your way.
Christmas party season is hurtling towards us, and by now, it's likely you'll have multiple dates circled in your diary. Not only are all these celebrations cause for a new outfit or two, but they're also the perfect opportunity to get a little more experimental with your makeup.
What you need now is some inspiration, so we turned to makeup artist Lottie Tomlinson to talk us through 2017's most modern incarnations of party makeup trends. Her weapons of choice? mark. makeup, the new brainchild brand of beauty heavyweight Avon, which has recently signed Tomlinson as its UK ambassador. It may be pretty under the radar, but having swatched every single product up and down our arms backstage on the shoot and seeing the downright dreamy looks Tomlinson managed to whizz together, we can confidently say it's about to become big beauty news.
We're more than impressed at the super-high-pigment shades and smoother-than-silk finishes. Oh, and we should probably mention that the products are crazy affordable, too.
So keep scrolling to discover three modern party makeup looks and our quick and easy guide to re-creating them.
Why struggle to choose a single lip shade from your kaleidoscopic collection when you can have two? Well, that's the theory behind this colour-block lipstick look. At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's just another statement berry lip, but peer a little closer and you'll spot the clashing shades that add an extra element of quirk. Set against a base of clean, dewy skin and naked eyes, dual-tone lips could never look too try-hard.
To re-create this look, first choose two clashing shades. A fuchsia shade like mark. Liquid Lip in TKO (£8) sits particularly well next to a wine shade such as mark. Liquid Lip in Man Eater (£8), or try a poppy-orange red against a deep burgundy. Precision is key here, so choose liquid lip formulas in matte finishes as they will dry down and stay put better than any creamy bullet. Also, apply with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Brush (£18) for extra control.
If you're the sort of person who struggles to keep one lip colour in place, the idea of trying to keep two shades completely separate all night long might fill you with fear. Tomlinson has the answer, however: "Apply the lipstick and then lightly rub your lips together to merge the shades a little," she explains. "You'll end up with an ombré effect that's a little less precise, and you won't have to be so careful with it."
The whole glitter lips trend doesn't show any sign of slowing down, in part thanks to Pat McGrath and her incredible lip kits. And while brightly coloured glitters have their place in our makeup bags, a pared-back version might just be the makeup look you've been searching for. Enter sugar-coated lips: softly shimmered lips that look like the shell of a Fruit Pastille. On top of cashmere skin and futuristic metallic eyes, the concept looks chic and sophisticated.
To try the sugar-coated lip trend on yourself, start by applying your favourite lip balm onto lips to act as a base for the glitter on top. Then pat Festival Face Iridescent Glitter Flakes (£4) on top—clear glitter makes for a subtler finish than anything coloured. Use a lip brush if you find using your fingers gets a little messy. Then brush on a layer of clear lip gloss like MAC Lipglass in Clear (£15) to lock in the glitter and give the lips a lacquered finish.
Team with a soft silver eye by smudging mark. mark. Gel Liner Pot in Silver (£7) over the entire eyelid using your ring finger making sure to keep the colour fairly dense to avoid looking too retro and outdated.
If there is one autumn/winter 2017 lip trend that sticks in the mind, it's got to be the kissed-off lips that anchored faces on catwalks including Preen, Temperley and Topshop Unique. It gives off inherently low-key and nonchalant vibes, which in turn make it feel super modern and wearable. Plus, anyone with a less-than-steady hand can revel in the fact this look is far lower-maintenance than having to carve out a sharp, slick lip line.
To re-create, apply mark. Liquid Lip in Orange You Happy (£8) directly to the centre of the lips and allow to dry down a little. Then hold a fluffy eye shadow brush loosely between your fingers and use it to buff and blur the edges away. If you accidentally venture beyond the lip line, simply dip a cotton bud in your concealer and use it to clean up around the outside.
Here, Tomlinson teamed the look with a wash of bronze eye shadow—try Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Burnt Sugar (£19)—across the eyelids and a little bronzer on the cheeks to warm the complexion.
Photography: Hugo Yanguela; Makeup: Lottie Tomlinson using mark.; Hair and Nails: Dry by London; Model: Jiwon Heo at Body London; Styling and Creative Direction: Shannon Peter; GIF: Maureen Dougherty.
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