Simple retro makeup is always a good choice. Why? Because it can be made to fit any situation, any occasion and any outfit. There’s no makeup I can think of, besides no-makeup makeup, that can be as versatile as the black eyeliner + red lips makeup.
Assuming you are comfortable with applying eyeliner quickly and easily; this is one style of makeup that can be applied within 15 minutes.
I will not go through the step by step process of retro makeup, because it is too obvious and simple. But here are a few tips to pull it off perfectly:
1. Make sure your skin is flawless
You will not have much going on in your makeup, so nothing will divert attention from your skin. Your dark circles should be well covered, your imperfections concealed and your countouring products perfectly blended.
2. Don't leave your eyelids completely naked.
Instead, use a light champagne pink eyeshadow to give a glow to the eyelid from the lashes line to the eyebrows.
3. Contour your face, but let it be very subtle.
Sharp face countouring with red lips will give you everything but a natural look.
4. Focus on your eyebrows and on your lashes
Try to strike the balance between dramatic and natural, at well done but not excessive.
5. By all means keep the whole look matte.
Red and shiny do not function well together if you are planning to look elegant and sophisticated.
6. Use a light bronzer with a very very natural effect.
Keep your heavier bronzers for the dramatic summer and sun looks; retro looks are on the other side of the spectrum.
7. Use a real red color that’s neither too dark nor orange-red.
The classic retro look is based on a true red pout that’s center staged. Now that all other elements are downplayed, make sure you get the right red for your star element.
Our weekly installment of Fashionicia, a fashion and style blog written by Patricia Issa, a Lebanese luxury marketing consultant and the regional editor of Layalina Magazine.