Winter 2012 Makeup Trends

New tips, tricks and colours

by Megan Patterson


One of the easiest and least expensive ways to update a stale look is through makeup. And lucky for us, makeup artists spend the seasonal shows trying new things: different or unexpected colour choices, application, or formulas. Here are some of my favourite looks from the Fall/Winter 2012 shows:

Bold Lips

As seen at: Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, and Miu Miu
The look: Bold lips in shades of red, orange, and purple with flawless matte skin.
Recommended products: Revlon Photoready foundation, Benefit High Beam highlighter, L’Oreal Expressionists lip colour in Violent Frenzy, L’Oreal Infallible lip colour in Ravishing Red, and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Siren.


Olive Smoky Eyes

As seen at: Chanel
The look: Olive eye shadow lined with black liner and nude lips. Perfect for a night out on the town.
Recommended products: L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible in Permanent Kaki, Annabelle Smoothliner in Black and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Apricot Fantasy.

The “No Makeup” Face

As seen at: Valentino, Versace
The look: Flawless skin, flushed cheeks, and little bit of balm with neutral or nude eyes topped with just a touch of mascara. A great option for a weekend date during the day or when you want to look fresh and flawless.
Recommended products: CoverGirl Nature Luxe mousse mascara in Black or Brown, Nature Luxe foundation, Bourjois Paris Touche Illuminatrice in Rose Universel, Revlon Luxurious Colour Satin Eye shadow in Nude Slip, and Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm.

Defined Brows

As seen at: Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta.
The look: Heavy defined eyes help your face look more balanced. After years of the no-brow or thin-brow look, the heavy, ‘40s-inspired brows are back with a vengeance. Beware of using too much pencil, the key is brow powder and short strokes of pencil to mimic the appearance of hairs.
Recommended products: Benefit Brow Zings

Orange Eye Makeup

As seen at: Rodarte, Donna Karan
The look: Whether it was a deep autumnal shade, bright, or even mixed with pink, orange eye makeup was all over the runways. The key to this look is to wear the deeper shades during the day, and save the brighter ones for a nighttime look. A look this bold doesn’t really have a place at the office. For the full effect, keep the rest of your makeup toned down to really let the colour pop.
Recommended Products: CoverGirl mono eye enhancer in Golden Sunrise and the 4-shadow kit in Tropical Fusion, L’Oreal HIP Matte Shadow in Crystal Shadow, and HIP Bright Shadow in Flare.

All products are available at your local Shopper’s Drug Mart, or anywhere else cosmetics are sold.

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