Allure Magazine ~ Beauty Trends That Makeup Artists Really Want To Disappear In 2016

I think every makeup artist I know has shared this article from Allure on their social media! 
It is on pretty much every private makeup artist group page on Facebook – it’s everywhere – and I love it!

For those of us who actually earn our living being makeup artists, the crazy makeup you see all over Instagram and You Tube is the visual equivalent of nails scratching down a chalk board. 
It’s awful.

Hopefully in 2016 girls will realize that this kind of makeup overkill just makes them look like caricatures of themselves, and that a face that has been obliterated by thick and heavy makeup doesn’t look pretty. 


The Beauty Trends That Makeup Artists Really Want to Disappear in 2016

The new year is a time for reflection, the perfect moment to reevaluate the regrettable life choices you’ve been making. Poor beauty choices are no exception. Here are the eight beauty trends that top makeup artists hope never to see again.

Enough already with the contouring. “People need to stop wearing such heavy makeup for the day. Makeup should highlight and enhance the features you already have, not completely cover them up. I hope a softer, more natural look comes back into trend—this always looks beautiful and elegant and is completely timeless.” —Tonya Crooks, a makeup artist who works with Megan Fox and Molly Sims

And go easy on the foundation. “I wish people would stop copying the heavy-foundation tutorials. People feel like they need to drown their face in foundation and contouring products in order to achieve a flawless finish. In reality, these techniques look better on camera than they do in real life.Try using a more natural foundation—and less of it—and contouring with a powder bronzer. Not only will this look more natural, but it will be much faster as well.” —Daniel Chinchilla, a makeup artist who works with Ariana Grande and Mischa Barton

The perfect “Instagram brow” isn’t perfect at all. “I am over the Instagram- and reality-TV-driven trend of perfectly waxed brows. Brows are meant to be unique to each face. They add character and structure, and those brow shapes that look like precisely pruned lines do neither. I am all for removing the excess stragglers that do nothing for an arch, but I just think it’s important not to go overboard in a quest for the ‘perfect’ brow because it just ends up looking cookie-cutter.” —Suzy Gerstein, a makeup artist who works with Camilla Belle and Julie Bowen

Give it a rest, ombré lip. “Let’s get rid of illusions in general and embrace makeup that enhances what we have.” —Robert Greene, a makeup artist who works with Tinashe and Emily Blunt

Matte brown lipstick (not naming any names). “It’s incredibly aging and does nothing to complement your skin or features.” —Kelly Hanna Thompson, a Kryolan makeup artist.

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Baking your makeup. “‘Baking’ your makeup has been around for a long time. Performers, drag queens, dancers, and even some actors have been doing this technique that involves letting heavy layers of powder sit or ‘bake’ on the skin while they apply the rest of their makeup. It gives a really strong and striking effect that looks great under heavy stage lighting, and of course with a good Instagram filter. The problem with baking is that unless you have baby-soft, flawlessly smooth skin, it will accentuate any fine lines or dry skin and will look completely fake in person.” —Luis Casco, the lead on-camera makeup artist for Project Runway

Clown contouring. “Crazy contouring or facial mapping, where you basically draw all over your face using heavily applied makeup in the wrong colors and then pretend a Beautyblender can save the day…let’s just make it stop. In the age of body-positive declarations, let’s bring back the love for natural and subtle enhancements of our facial features.” —Brandie Hopstein, a makeup artist who works with Becky G. and Pia Mia

Bridal Makeup Trends For Fall 2014

Sometimes magazines ask me for my thoughts on products or on upcoming trends in beauty and makeup. 
I invariably forget to repost the articles on my blog, This week Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine published a story about 
Bridal Makeup Trends for Fall 2014, and featured me in it. The information is relevant both for girls having a fall wedding, and for girls who just enjoy makeup. 

makeup touchups during a Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine photoshoot

Here is an excerpt from the article:

What are the makeup trends for Fall and Winter 2014 weddings?

Corinna Cooke:

-Metallic eye shadows are huge for Fall 2014. Stay away from silvers and greys – they can make the skin look cold and can enhance any under eye discoloration you may be wanting to disguise! Opt instead for universally flattering shades of bronze and soft champagne golds.

-Eyes are well defined for fall, and this season they are featuring lots of lashes.

-Skin is glowing for fall winter 2014, so get facials and keep your complexion both exfoliated and hydrated, and use a silicone based foundation such as Makeup Forever HD Foundation or Face Atelier Ultra Foundation to keep the skin looking alive and vibrant.

What about wedding day do’s and don’ts? 

Corinna Cooke:

Make up do’s for your wedding day: make sure your skin is super hydrated before you put makeup on. Drink tons of water in the days leading up to your wedding, and that morning apply moisturizer liberally, giving it at least 30 minutes to soak in before you put on primer and foundation.

Makeup dont’s: Don’t use a lipstick shade that is paler than your own lip color – it will look chalky and unflattering to both your lips and your skin tone. 

Also don’t use Bronzer as a contour product. Bronzer is designed to make your face look like it has been in the sun, and as such is reflective. It will also make your skin look muddy. Contour products are made up of black and grey and are designed to absorb light. Try Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit for a perfect contour.

Follow Corinna on Twitter, Facebook and her blog; check out her blog post and video about bronzing- it’s a must see!

Read the full article here