Three top make-up artists share seasonal looks to take you from day to night, writes Tama Lung
IT'S ONLY NATURAL
With its light mineral-based products, BareMinerals has become a top choice for those who want to look good, but not like they're wearing make-up. International make-up artist Sarah-Jane Froom was in town and shared her tips for summer, starting with a good primer.
"You should use primer all year round, particularly in hot climates, because it's going to soak up excess oil all day long," she says, using one pump of Prime Time Foundation Primer to cover the entire face. She applies concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on the chin. Next comes the new solid mineral foundation, Ready SPF 20, which provides a natural finish.
"It's great for summer because it has a natural SPF and it never looks like you're wearing loads of make-up," says Froom, who buffs it on with the Precision Face Brush. Moving on to the eyes, she preps with the Eyelid Primer before applying neutral tones from Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Truth.
"It's so easy and wearable," says Froom, who uses a fine-tipped brush with the darkest shade to provide a subtle eyeliner effect. After finishing the look with blush, a touch of Flawless Radiance and a natural lip gloss, it's time to go "desktop to dance floor". Froom's night look uses eyeliner and Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Last Call, a blue/navy combo with mix of matte and shimmer, to create a summery smoky eye.
Shu Uemura's playful summer looks are reflected in the Spring Sakura collection, inspired by 20-year-old Japanese contemporary artist OB. Senior make-up artist Gabe Ku begins by prepping the skin with Poreraser, an airy mousse that covers the pores and provides SPF 35.
After applying a light layer of foundation, Ku uses concealer around the eyes to cover any spots. "In summer, most people wear light or sheer make-up. So concealer is more important, especially under the eye," she says.
The day look follows OB's Ocean Princess theme with a four-colour eye shadow palette, with brown and shimmering orange above the eye and a soft blue underneath and in the inner corners. "Always use a creamy eye shadow as a base. It's longer-lasting and it helps the colours to stand out," Ku says. "Pastels are good for summer, but Asian women should apply some brown shadow underneath to give shape to the eye."
Ku completes the look with false lashes adorned with tiny cherry blossoms, a swipe of blush and a glossy coral lipstick. To take the look into night, she chooses a darker and a more shimmery eye shadow such as dark brown and white gold from OB's Forest Princess palette. Two layers of false lashes, including OB's beaded set, make for a dramatic eye. To keep the lips neutral, Ku applies concealer, a light orange lipstick and finishes with shimmer. "Put some gloss on top of the lipstick for a more summery look."
ACE OF BASE
Hydration may seem an unnecessary step when the humidity is nearing 100 per cent, but not to Clé de Peau Beauté make-up artist Bonnie Chan. “Many people neglect moisturiser during the summer, but skin easily dries out. The key is to find a moisturising makeup base and foundation with SPF,” she says, recommending the brand’s new Brightening Enhancer Base and Brightening Powder Foundation.
“Apply moisturiser five to 10 minutes before makeup to let the nutrients and other ingredients absorb into the skin,” she adds.
For a summer day look, “less may be more”, Chan says. She opts for a shimmery grey or brown shadow, subtle eyeliner and pink or orange blush for freshness.
Adding to the eyes can take the look into night. “First, enhance the eye shape with a deep and smoky colour such as dark brown, blue or grey. Then apply liquid or gel eyeliner at the upper lash line and wing it out a bit at the corners,” Chan says. “Apply blue or brown eye shadow at the lower lash line to give definition, but not a strong eyeliner look.”
Clé de Peau Beauté’s newest eye shadow palettes, inspired by the changing colours of the Mediterranean, pick up on the trend for bright, shimmering colours paired with soft neutrals. “Don’t forget to bring out the sense of sweetness with warm rouges,” says Chan, who completes both looks with the Luminizing Face Enhancer over a soft cheek colour.