This week, I forgot that everything existed because I was all set to attend the MAC A/W Trends Report. This is an event definitely worth going to, as MAC Cosmetics is always on the forefront of makeup trends, as they are the number one choice for runway and fashion makeup!
James Molloy, Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics APAC region, was there to personally showcase the A/W trends, what’s hot and what’s not! I was really thrilled as I was able to experience firsthand new color trends and techniques. He credits his skills as working tirelessly during fashion weeks around the world, collaborating with designers, and such. Ahhhh. It was one of my best days this year! Anyway, moving on…
Four gorgeous Filipina models ( proudly ours! yay! ) were there as James illustrated the A/W trends, further “localizing” the trend for Filipinas. I really loved that aspect.
So, what’s big for the upcoming A/W season? Let’s check it out.
Sense & Sensibility
Healthy, sensible, honed, balanced, understated, elegant, effortless, and groomed. The new blueprints for contemporary makeup magnetize through their sheer beauty rather than any trickery, with a structure that is always sensible and sensitively applied.
“It’s about timeless classics done in a modern way – these are elements of makeup that never go out of fashion but simply get reinvented – Terry Barber”
For Sense and Sensibility, it’s all about keeping features simple and focusing on the lips. Modern classics, as we call it. The skin still look like skin, and should not look totally made up. The peg is all about effortless, natural beauty, with a pleasant pop of color on the lips.
James Molloy proclaims the very enticing MAC Lady Danger Lipstick as the IT lipstick for the upcoming season, specially for Filipinas. The red and orange shade of this lipstick compliments the warm skin tones that most Filipinos have! Aside from the Lady Danger lipstick, bold lips are definitely in. It’s not just a “hype”, as he doesn’t see it going away. What’s starting to go away is pale, understated lips. Bold lips are quite becoming an accessory, a solid statement. All attention to the lips right now, all our other features can take a rest and keep it simple!
Summing up = bold lips are in, pale, baby colors are out. Get ready your bold lips my lovelies!
For this look, James Molloy deepened the red of the Lady Danger Lipstick by applying Cherry Lip Pencil under that. Skin was prepped with Prep and Prime Illuminator, and Studio Sculpt foundation was applied in a stippling motion to mimic good skin and not look thick. Full brows, but natural, not looking like they’re intentionally drawn. Tres chic.
“The beauty equivalent of the utilitarian and military vibe so omnipresent in fashion, “bone structure has moved on from last season’s hyper-highlighting into a consideration of how to add depth to a face with shadows,” explains Terry Barber.
“We’ve turned the light around this season – it’s now less about highlights and more about the depth of a contour,” adds Andrew Gallimore. “It creates a shaded face that is slightly hollow and haunted but extremely beautiful and not alien.”
For Hone Structure, it’s all about having a utilitarian look. It’s all about defining your features via contouring and defining your bone structure, and I’m in love with it. I’m all about contouring, as I always want to give my face some depth, and keep my chubby face at bay. Haha! I feel more chic when my cheeks are contoured!
James Molloy elaborates on this look as all about the brows and a contoured cheek. Think Tim Burton movie girls. Helena Bonham-Carter?
Of course, contoured cheeks are thought of to be not wearable during the day. James recommends applying blush on top of the contour to make it wearable. For this look, James applied a beautiful peach colored blush on top of a beautifully contoured cheek ( I envy this girl’s features, I couldn’t stop looking at her ), and applied a very beautiful pale shade of Sheen Supreme lipstick in Behave Yourself that I am definitely going to get. Call me a non-bold lip girl, I really prefer this! Haha!
“She’s a global wanderer who organically picks up on beauty elements upon her travels, she hasnt done a lot of homework on how to emulate the exact makeup of a particular culture.”
From stained soulful tints through to mesmerizing jewel-like metallics, it’s a trend that focuses on playing with the proportion and depth of an eye. Call it contemporary rethink on how to do smoky. – Gordon Espinet
Key shades? Those that pull inspiration from roaming the world – desert rocks, sunset and sepia stains, driftwood browns, weathered tans, sand, minerals, pastoral shades of plum and cranberry, metallic greys from asphalt and concrete through to slate and charcoal – all are employed to give a soulful depth to lids and lash lines
Oh, reading through that description just made me close my eyes and let my soul wander on my previous travels. As I close my eyes, I think of exotic places – colors at a local fabric market, the color of the rusty ground in which I walked on, age-old rocks, golden statues, and so much more. Sigh. Time to reinvent it into a makeup look, how genius is that?
James Molloy brilliantly explains this trend a mix of the the warm colors of the earth, and the cool colors of industry. Earth meets metal. Warm, spicy colors inspired by the spice bazaars ( think saffron, and such ). Think concrete, graphite, and everything industrial. It can be a warm, spicy palette. It can be a cool eye palette. Recreate the quintessential smoky eye your own way, filled with rich colors that we see all around us. Inspiration from travels from the city, and the exotic.
James also emphasizes that fuchsia, rather than dolly pinks, are fast becoming the desired lip color for women, specially for this season. He suggests Girl About Town. Jewel tones for the eyes will still be a big part of this trend.
“This season isn’t about liner being classic,” explains Gordon Espiner. “It’s about liner as an etching, about it creating a geometry on the face.”
That’s right, folks, The winged eyeliner, which is associated to the Twenties flapper, Forties feline, Fifties wings, Sixties flicks, Seventies punk, and Eighties’ new Wave, are now going to take a backseat, at least, trend-wise. New styles of lining the eyes are here, think futuristic, think geometry.
The look that James Molloy created on the model is very very futuristic, don’t you think? I’ve seen this on runways. I wonder if I will see this during casual days. Don’t doubt – you just might see it one day!
I would just like to share what James Molloy fondly described this trend – as “Egyptian punk.” *humming walk like an Egyptian…* Super apt. MAC Gel Liner in Blacktrack is the best bet for this look. I swear by it. I have never given up on this reliable MAC product. Never lets me down!
With that, I am quite excited with the upcoming collections to be brought to us by MAC Cosmetics. It’s not just three collections for the upcoming season, there are definitely more, and it’s not within the topic, but I’m excited with the…holiday sets! Haha! But I do hope that this serves as a helpful guide on your makeup application ( get creative! ) for Autumn/Winter! I know, we do not have such seasons here, but call it colder-weather, festive makeup trends!