classic makeup: the tastemaker

For the third edition of my classic makeup series, I'm focusing on a look that I am referring to as the tastemaker. It's not a set look, per se, but a sensibility designed for people who aren't afraid of colour. It's a twist on basic makeup looks, a colourful alternative to basic black. It's for people who follow fashion, are intrigued by trends, or who just want to integrate a favourite colour into their beauty look.

Much like the allure of perfectly undone hair, this look is meant to be a bit rough around the edges. Perfectly imperfect. Don't worry about getting your lines super crisp, or blending everything to perfection. It's the makeup equivalent of effortless chic, so don't be afraid to leave things a little smudgy. The important aspect of this look is playfulness, and a willingness to experiment with colour.

Here are some examples:

Here's my version:
Here's what you need:

Here's how to do it:

Prep your skin with your favourite foundation and set with a light powder. Groom your brows with a clear mascara or old toothbrush, brushing upwards. This look tends to shine the most with thicker, less plucked brows.

Choose a highly pigmented eyeshadow colour of your choice, in a medium shade. I used MAC Creme de Violette. Using an angled brush, press on the eyeshadow as liner, smudging slightly to soften the line. For more intensity, wet your brush first.

Apply one to two shades of eyeshadow in the crease of your eye. They should harmonize well with the colour you chose for eyeliner. I blended MAC Cranberry and Trax eyeshadows into the crease using a fluffy brush. You can also sweep a very light layer along the lower lashline to smoke out your liner too. Curl your lashes and apply a few generous coats of your favourite mascara.

Dust on a basic pink blush to add a glow to your cheeks. I used MAC's Dame, a simple, pretty pink.

You've effectively done a coloured smoky eye, so most people will tell you not to go to crazy with the lip colour. Unlike most people, I love saturated colour, so I say go for it. Again, choose a shade that will harmonize with the colours you chose for the eyes. I chose I chose Make Up For Ever Aqua Creme in Fuchsia, a bright pink with purple undertones, to complement the shades on my eyes.

That's it! Final look: