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January 7th, 2014

January 7th, 2014

Magazine covers and editorial shoots are a fantastic source of inspiration, exhibiting the perfect moment when the model, make-up, clothes and photographer come together to create a split-second snapshot of beauty.  As we welcome in the new year, Warpaint looks back at the top make-up looks that graced covers in 2013, and the magic hands behind them.

We love this look, created by Lloyd Simmonds using Yves Saint Laurent products, for several reasons.  The confidence in Elisabeth Erm’s face, captured by Katja Rahlwes, while wearing such brash, bold and conflicting colours inspires us to be equally bold with our own colour choices.  Timed to contrast with the onset of Autumn, those magically bright eyes evoke a freshness and vitality to counteract the darkening days outside.  But most of all, that experimenting with make-up can produce some surprisingly effective contrasts and combinations, however unlikely they may be.

You can re-create Simmonds’ look using YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation; The City Drive palette in Arty, Ombre Solo in Topaz Blue and Deep Night Purple; Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara in High Density Black; and Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in Le Orange – Art Factory.

Striking and simple, the ghostly pale complexions of Ji-hye Park and Sung Hee are perked up with hints of luminous pink.  A pinker version of Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, the simple touch of colour against the monochrome  lifts the whole cover while remaining utterly chic – and wearable.  Lloyd Simmonds again uses YSL to create this youthful, flushed look. Try new Benefit Lollitint to achieve the same perky pink look.

Dramatic eyeliner has been a big trend this year, which looks set to carry on into SS14, and this cover, created by Chase Aston, showcases a fantastic sultry, smoky eye to contrast with the model’s porcelain skin.  Dark, dramatically coiled hair and bold brows brushed straight up complete the look.  The details of the brows and the perfectly tapered smoke are what made this cover stand out, as well as the choice not to try to add anything else – her lips are only the slightest shade different to the rest of the skin, and there is a barely noticeable cheek contouring.  Bold and beautiful.

Hold brows in place with Maybelline’s Browdrama Sculpting Brow Mascara, adding an extra dimension to the look without being crunchy or unnatural.

Pop art meets photography.  This look tied in perfectly to the mod-inspired feel of SS13, and the rest of the editorial produced a whole host of fantastic Halloween looks as animated pop-art figures.  Bright, fun and unexpectedly inspiring, this look was created by Andrew Gallimore, who became Dior’s very first UK make-up ambassador back in 2010.

For the perfect two-toned pout, try a creamy fuchsia base with a warm-toned orange or red in the middle, blended outwards.  Rouge Dior Lipstick Couture Color Voluptuous Care in Trafalgar and Darling would be a great pairing.  The use of black eyeliner and shocking blue mascara make for a look which really pops.

Classic yet modern at the same time, Itala Gregorio and Makky P created this striking look for Allure Russia using Guerlain products on the gorgeous Eniko Mihalik.  The bright yet graphic eye covers both eye trends from AW13, while remaining summery and warm enough to be current for its release.  There’s something about that lip colour which is so wearable and flattering, while also being bright enough to be interesting.

Recreate the look using Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream; Ombré Éclat 1 in shade 190 and 181; Écrin 6 Couleurs in shade 29; Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash mascara in Noir; and Rouge Automatique in shade 124.

Keeping with the vintage feel which has dominated much of 2013, Yasmin Heinz created a gorgeous and very wearable look on Anmari Botha using Chanel products for Vogue Thailand.  The ‘50s-themed shoot places the emphasis on strong but not overwhelming eye make-up to make Anmari’s eyes pop.  The subtle peachy-nude lipstick suits her skin tone beautifully, and is complimented with subtle contouring and delicate highlighting at the top of the cheekbone.  Nothing too flashy and something that could be worn in the real world, but absolutely stunning at the same time.

The key here is tones – making everything tie together and suit the skin tone, rather than using a pop colour.  The dark mascara and eyeliner will make your eyes the main event in this look.

The gorgeous fresh blue eyeshadow used on Sui He is like a flower opening from the depths of winter against her pale skin.  Blue eyeshadow is set to be huge this year, whether it is a soft wash (as seen at the Badgley Mischka Beauty SS14 show) or as a statement as it is here, it’s the perfect spring shade.  This cover, with the stunning pastel-hued headdress, and delicate petal-coloured lips, has us craving springtime and sunshine.

Kenny Campbell used the new Shiseido make-up range to create this look, including the Sheer & Perfect Foundation; Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trio in Lido and Shimmering Eye Colour in Ice; Automatic Fine Eyeliner in Black; Perfect Mascara Defining Volume in Black; Eyebrow Styling Compact in Deep Brown; and Lacquer Rouge lipstick in Deep Coral.

Metallics were a big trend for AW13, and we love this subtle, metallic smoky eye, paired with luminous, glowing skin and the perfect naturally-done lip.  A strong brow again completes the look, created by Mo Karagag using Laura Mercier.  She looks like she’s just dabbed the products on with her fingers, ruffled her hair and strolled out – this whole look is just the epitome of modern chic.  Imperfect perfection.

Smudge Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks across the lid and blend outwards to create a gorgeous, creamy wash of colour over the lids.

We’re enormous fans of cover girl Jennifer Lawrence, but reckon we would still have featured this cover regardless of our bias, based on that lip colour alone.  Perfect for winter, those glossy, darkened berry lips are just stunning.  Monika Blunder is the MUA behind this cover, and she chose not to overpower Jennifer’s dainty freckles with an overly-strong base.  Instead she lets her mouth do the talking, with subtle shading on her eyes to add dimension but not detract from the centrepiece.

There’s still plenty of time to rock a fab berry or wine-hued lip this winter.  Try Sinner by Lipstick Queen, Rebel by MAC, or Estee Lauder Pure Colour High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine if you prefer a glossy finish.  Our ‘Red, Red Wine’ feature has some other great options, which you can find here.

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