Have you ever attempted something you thought looked amazing on the catwalk, only to look in the mirror and feel totally ridiculous?
It’s not just you, I swear!
As I explained on KPTV for MORE Good Day Oregon, the reason makeup looks so different when you try to duplicate what you see on the runway is multi-fold.
- There’s a huge team of professionals who design makeup and hair around the statement the designer is trying to make, so it’s really pretty impossible to recreate the same effect at home.
I’ve worked on these teams for 10 years, so believe me when I tell you what looks simple never is!
[Curious what it’s like behind the runway, here’s my diary of the Spring/Summer 2016 shows at NY Fashion Week.]
- Models are usually teenagers who look very serious as they walk down the runway.
So for a woman over the age of 25, without the wrinkle-free skin or bone structure of a model, these makeup trends can be way too severe. Sometimes we need to go softer and prettier to lighten it all up.
The Spring 2016 Makeup Trend Inspiration
One of the biggest makeup trends for Spring/Summer 2016 is a very nude eye paired with a deep berry, vampy lipstick.
In real-life though, this look is a little too extreme for the office on a Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t draw inspiration from it!
Runway to Real Life Makeup (with all natural products!)
To demonstrate the “Runway to Real Life” effect, I was lucky enough to have the fabulous Lavenda Memory, who’s known for her killer fashion blog Lavenda’s Closet, as my non-teenage model.
Now, check out the difference in this before and after.
After just a few minor tweaks this look has gone from a little goth to totally gorge!
Both are beautiful, but you see how the “Real Life” version is more approachable and pretty – and it’s not just because she’s smiling. The colors and balance are more flattering too.
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A Recap of All the Natural and Organic Makeup I Used
I started by applying a natural foundation by W3LL People all over Lavenda’s skin.
I brushed a medium, warm brown shade into Lavenda’s crease line before curling her lashes and applied a natural mascara from W3LL People to the roots of the lashes – top and bottom.
For her brows I focused on filling in the naked spaces between her hair with an Alima Pure brow pencil and gave them a nice brush through.
Pro tip: After finishing up the brows, I added just a touch of blush tone on the center of her eyelid.
Instead of the cool, dark purple we used to show the runway look, I chose Diabolique – a deep hue of red by RMS Beauty for Lavenda’s lips.
Then I followed it with tinted balm from W3LL People in Fig with a blackberry undertone to complete the final look (even though they didn’t show it in the video, I did use both!).
The great thing about this look is you can really customize the lipstick shade depending on how adventurous you are and what you feel most comfortable wearing.
I hope this inspires you to try out something new and let me know in the comments if this is a look you think you could rock on a weekday!
Graphic design by Emily Blue. A big thanks to EcoVibe Apparel for my fully sustainable outfit and gorgeous accessories, to Option Model and Media for providing the and to Echo Natural Beauty for letting us film in their shop.