3 Ways To Work The Minimal Make-Up Trend

Intro Deck: 

Less is more this season, so put down your berry lipstick and focus on radiant skin and subtle accents

1. Rosy lips at Dolce & Gabbana

Why it works… A hint of an eyeliner flick, the softest touch of peachy blush on the cheeks and a rosebud pout  - make-up queen Pat McGrath perfectly summed up the designers’ vision of ‘enchanted beauty’ backstage in Milan, and we reckon it makes an ideal office look.  

Get the look… Although it looks minimal, this look requires time and effort. Start by prepping skin with moisturiser, then apply a foundation with a dewy finish, like Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation. Next create a subtle flick with black liquid liner – choose one with a thin nib, like Nars’ Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates for a super fine line. Apply a couple of coats of mascara for definition, and finish by blending a dot of gold shimmery shadow in the inner corner of the eyes. Pat used Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey to create the pretty rosy lips. Our top tip? Use the same lipstick on your cheeks too – blend a little into the apple of your cheeks using your fingertips for a natural glow.

Don’t have time for full make-up? Try Beauty Writer Jess Tibbits’ clever trick for simple shimmering eyes – watch the video above for her easy-to-follow tip.

2. Humid skin at Christopher Kane

Why it works… Brushed up brows and ultra radiant skin – the girls backstage at Christopher Kane looked like they were glowing with health despite their relentless fashion week schedules – exactly how we want to look in deepest darkest winter.

Get the look… Before you start on your foundation, hide dark circles and blemishes with a heavy-duty concealer – try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. Next apply a radiance-boosting foundation like Nars’ Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. If you’re feeling brave, skip eye make-up altogether and just beef up brows with a little brow gel. And for a ultra-glowy finishing touch take a pea-sized amount of cream highlighter, we love Nars’ Illuminator in Copacabana, rub between your palms, and pat over your face.

3. Statement liner at Marchesa

Why it works… If the classic eyeliner flick is a little too predictable for you, take inspiration from the Marchesa show and wear your eyeliner raised over the crease of your eye socket – it makes for a beautiful statement evening look.

Get the look… This look is all about the statement line, so choose a good quality eyeliner that will last the night without budging, like Revlon’s PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner and Brightener. Start drawing from just above the inner corner of your eye and follow in a gentle curve to the edge of the eyebrow. If you go wrong, clear up mistakes with a cotton bud dipped in eye make-up remover. Keep the rest of your make-up pared back to let your eyes do the talking.

Image courtesy of Revlon

For more make-up tips and tricks, check out all our Best Advice We Ever Hears videos...

By Jessica Tibbits

Back to Top