Contouring, nude lips and feline eyes; the three major make up trends of the moment look gorgeous on celebrities and models of all shapes, sizes and skin tones. The big question is, will they look good on you? Will these looks exude timeless elegance or date you like an ‘80s meringue dress? We got the answers from New Orleans experts.
Meggan Ory, wwner and head stylist at Makeup by Meggan, advises: “Contouring is a must for a bride. It is an art. We use shadowing and highlighting to either enhance or recede certain features. Contouring can allow a makeup artist to slim a nose … or slim the face. Highlighting, which goes hand-in-hand with contouring, allows the artist to accentuate certain features. You can highlight the top of the cheekbones to make them appear higher or highlight the inner corner of the eyes to make them look larger. Every bride wants to look photo shoot-ready on her Big Day, and for media photo shoots we highlight and contour the models heavily to accentuate their features. I do a toned-down version on brides to achieve the same optical effects while still looking natural.”
Lindsey Benoit, owner and head makeup artist of About Face of New Orleans, suggests: “Going with a nude lip on your wedding day will give a bride a romantic, dreamy look. However, there are many different nude shades to choose, and the key is to choose a shade that complements your skin tone. If the color is too light, you will look washed out; if it’s too dark you won’t achieve the subtle, starry look you’re going for.
“For fair skin tones, look for a rosy-nude color, such as Lipstick Queen’s Pinky Nude. Peachy or coral nude shades, like Glo Minerals Tahiti, are good for medium skin tones. If you are on the darker side, try looking for a brown or golden shade that is a shade lighter than your natural lip color. Keeping a natural, nude look will always look effortlessly enchanting.”
Ashley Sievert, Owner and Head Make Up Artist at Ashley Sievert Beauty says: “The feline eye definitely has a ‘60s retro vibe, but it also looks classic on brides. To pull if off, first use a taupe eye shadow to cut the crease of the eyelid and jet-black liquid eyeliner for the actual line on the top lid. Make sure the liner is defined versus smoky or smudged; the feline is a distinct and clean look. As for bottom liner, use a black pencil to draw a thin line on one third of the lower lashes.”