Bird prints and patterns where spotted on the runway late last year and are set to be a top trend for spring 2012.
Photo Credit: Jill Stuart, Carolina Herrera, Marc by Marc Jacobs from ImaxTree
I think this print design is a really exciting trend to incorporate into beauty, and there are two different but equally successful ways of doing this:
1. Using the vibrant colours, patterns and theme to inspire your make-up, nails and hair – which is great if it is party time!
2. Using a fresh, simple look where you let the prints do the talking!
So Let us start with Make-up:
When it comes to make-up with both ways of using this trend you want to keep you facial make-up as simple and clear as possible. Then if you are using the colourful approach your make-up will not be to overpowering, and it fits in with the simple look too.
To get a powerful look and make a strong statement start by using a soft eye pencil line the top lid of your eye from the inner to outer corner the best colours for this trend are greens, blues, purples and gold. For this I recommend Urban Decay who do a fantastic range of coloured Glide-On Eye Pencils. They are soft so easy to use, but as far as I have seen do not smudge and you can get them in half sizes which are great to pop in your hand bag.
Then get a pot of eye glitter that compliments the pencil colour, and using a fine eye shadow brush apply the glitter to the inner corner of your eye, spreading a little along the top and bottom lids if you wish. For this I recommend MAC eye glitter, I use a copper colour for this as I love my green Urban Decay eye pencil, and I really like the contrast they make together!
For a still vibrant, but slightly more understated look, use a cream coloured eye shadow, and a thin eye shadow brush, so you can blend the colour better, and a more neutral bright eye glitter, like silver or gold.
For example the Picture before is of NARS Party Monster, a purple cream eye shadow, with a silver MAC glitter. However the glitter also reflects blue when the light catches it for some extra dazzle!
Then to finish off either of these looks line your bottom lashes with a neutral colour (brown, grey or navy blue) that suits the colours you’ve used on top, so you give your eyes definition without distracting from the colours on top. Followed by two coats of mascara for plenty of volume!
Top tip: Although for these looks we are using lots of colour and glitter, still try and keep it as simple as possible, use clean lines for the eye liner, and still use plenty but don’t go overboard on the glitter!
For a more natural look:
If your opting for a fresh and simple look to focus on the prints have a look at Hannah’s tutorial over at Fresh Look Beauty for a fantastic chic day time look!
Fully embrace the bird look with the slightly un-tamed looking yet elegant Bird’s Nest Top Knot:
- Apply hair texturising gum through your mid lengths and ends. I use Shockwaves Go Matt Gum.
- Pull your hair into a high pony tail that sits on the crown of your head. (Top tip: Do this step and the one after with your head upside down to save your arms!)
- Create large amounts of volume by slitting the pony tail into sections and teasing your hair with a comb (until it looks a little crazy!)
- Use a bristle brush to gentle brush over the top on the pony tail to neaten up the texture.
- Wrap the hair around your pony tail and secure with bobby pins creating a messy top knot, and hair spray.