In the realm of make-up there are timeless, iconic looks which we consider beauty staples; such as a red lip or a smokey eye. The problem that I can’t help but notice however, is that because these looks are so frequently used, it seems as though they have become commonplace. As a Goldsmiths student, a participant in a wildly creative community, it made me think; can we make-new make-up? With an exciting era of make-up emerging that pushes boundaries through colours, shapes and patterns, it seems now is the time to truly unleash your inner-artist and play around with beauty.
Women are experimenting with two-tone lips, graphic eye-liner, and coloured mascara. This may sound a little daunting but by indulging yourself in one of these edgy looks, chances are you won’t be disappointed. What’s more is that you can create these looks easily and on a low budget (I’m talking about one quid here), so there are definitely no excuses.
For those who are wondering what the hell graphic eye liner means, it basically involves using eye liner to create different lines and shapes. It may seem a little tricky but there are very simple ways to do this; a pen eyeliner is preferable as it’s the most easy to apply.
If you prefer subtlety you could just apply your eye liner as you normally would, leaving a gap in the middle of the lash line to break it up into two. If you’re feeling especially sassy you could draw a line up towards the end of your eyebrow, bringing it half way into the crease of your eyelid to create a V-shape. Be warned: this is not for the faint-hearted.
If you want to be completely up to date with the trends, then a two-tone lip is for you. This requires little effort but reaps big rewards in terms of ‘style points’. The simplest look for this is to literally use two different lipsticks, one for each lip. You want to use bold colours like coral and fuchsia, or red and burgundy. If you fancy something more out-there, then you could apply a lighter colour all over the lips, using a finger to dab and blend a darker colour on the inner parts of your lips.
For the slap-it-on sort of people out there, the easiest way to be fashion forward with your make-up is to use coloured mascara. Bright colours like electric blue and barbie pink are perfect for people who aren’t scared to make a statement, whereas navy blue and maroon are best for the more conservative.
With affordable brands like MUA, Barry M, and Collection 2000 (available at Boots and Superdrug) bringing out products that are perfect for these looks, there is something for everyone – wherever you are on the make-up spectrum.