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Fashion Faux Pas(s): No make-up make-up

While you may have finally figured out how to contour like a Kardashian, beauty trends at recent fashion weeks suggest that contouring is out and highlighting is in. Indicative of the natural beauty movement, highlighting is aimed at enhancing what's already there.
The runway is often reserved for the most ‘otherworldly’ make-up looks, but during this past fashion week season, make-up artists opted for more soft, subtle beauty. At the Burberry fall/winter 2018 show, make-up consultant Wendy Rowe empahsised models’ natural beauty by using highlighter to create a natural-looking glow. At the Burberry Spring 2018 show, Rowe got rid of highlighter altogether and created a more muted, matte look.

Up close. The #BurberryBeauty look by #WendyRowe . #BurberryShow #LFW

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Mirroing those sentiments, Alex Box took inspiration from the models’ natural beauty at the Issey Miyake Spring 2018 show at Paris Fashion Week. Box used blush and eyeshadow suited to the models’ natural beauty for a toned down, no make-up look. Meanwhile, at the Rihanna x Fenty Spring 2018 show during New York Fashion Week, highlighter was the star of the show. Make-up artist James Kaliardos made highlighter the main attraction by strobing models’ cheeks, temples, corners of the eyes, and cupid’s bow with highlighter.


The look is easy to replicate, and you may choose to go bold or be more subdued – it also allows you to accentuate parts of your face that you are more confident of. Highlight away!

About Maroefah Smith

Enthusiastic UCT graduate with a passion for fashion, film and words.
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