How to work blush for A/W 15
As we welcome in a new season, it's time to find out some of the key looks for the coming months. MAC's director of make-up artistry Terry Barber highlights a trend he calls Strength of Beauty, which will see make-up return to soft femininity. In New York Prabal Gurung used light make-up to compliment his creations, while Milan favourite Salvatore Ferragamo also worked the trend. In Paris Chloé and Giambattista Valli channelled pink-flushed cheeks too.
"[It's] going back to womanliness, which is empowering to a woman. A step on from raw. It's super enhanced beauty, radiance, the glow," Terry told Cover Media.
One of the key ways to work the look is to put down the bronzer and head back to the blusher.
"[We've] spent so many seasons on the contour, now there's a return to the idea of flush, a slightly carnal afterglow blush," Terry smiled.
The idea is not to think Barbie doll pink, but rather a brisk walk on a cold day. It was a natural freshness the fashion houses went for, not an overdone face.
Terry's best advice for wearing blush? Don't match it with your lipstick!
"[It's the] way we're using pink this season, wearing it on very natural skin. There's a difference to wearing pink on a very no coverage face, to wearing it on lots of coverage. If you wear with pink blush and pink lipstick on lots of coverage it looks a bit twee. A bit bridal.
"But to take the skin down to wear on top of glow or radiance, is much stronger," he added.
A slick of fine liner and a coat of mascara will bring the look alive though, as will skin that can be seen through make-up. Avoid heavy foundations, and go for one that covers imperfections but doesn't completely hide skin.
"It's a new way of looking at femininity, making it more real which makes it modern," Terry said.